Winters in Vancouver have a reputation for being . . . well . . . a bit wet and cloudy. So when the first warm rays of summer grace city sidewalks, Vancouverites can’t wait to get outside for some patio dining.
The city boasts hundreds of bars and restaurants with patio space, offering a uniquely Old World dining experience on the West Coast. But for the consummate warm weather meal in Vancouver, you have to choose a patio with seaside views. The Coal Harbour, English Bay, West End and Granville Island neighborhoods are all home to great restaurants offering outdoor dining on prime waterfront real estate.
Here are just a few selections for a memorable patio meal right on the water:
The Boathouse Restaurant: Set above English Bay and overlooking Vancouver’s most popular urban beach, the Boathouse offers an unforgettable dining experience. From their second-floor patio, you can enjoy spectacular sunsets while sampling fresh West Coast seafood and other cuisine.
Bridges Restaurant, Bistro and Bar: Perched on a pier on picturesque Granville Island, Bridges offers panoramic views of the False Creek waterfront and downtown Vancouver skyline. Ample outdoor deck seating, plus a menu that embraces everything from bar classics like fried calamari to gourmet dishes like duck confit, make Bridges one of the most popular dining destinations on a sunny afternoon in the city.
Cardero’s Restaurant: Located in the sleek and trendy Coal Harbour neighborhood, Cardero’s is actually built on platform above the waters of Burrard Inlet. Cross the drawbridge – being sure to admire the starfish clinging to the rocks below – and you’ll discover a cavernous, nautical-themed restaurant specializing in chops, seafood and pizzas. On sunny days, grab a seat on the deck outside for clear views of the inlet, bright-colored float planes and the snow-capped North Shore mountains.
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