Brewmasters Dinner at Seasons in the Park – March 6, 2012

Photo: Seasons in the Park Restaurant

Seasons in the Park, one of the Top 5 Vancouver Restaurants with a View (and one that has been re-vamping its image from “traditional fine dining” to the more youthful, vital “enjoy wine on our rustic patio or grab an informal lunch while atop Queen Elizabeth Park“) is hosting a Brewmasters Dinner with Granville Island Brewery on March 6.

The first event of its kind at Seasons, the Brewmasters Dinner showcases award-winning beers from Vancouver’s Granville Island Brewery paired with seasonal, signature dishes from Seasons in the Park.  Granville Island Brewmaster Vern Lambourne will also be on hand to entertain guests with his oral “history of brewing.”

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Brewmasters Dinner at Seasons in the Park – March 6, 2012

The “New” Seasons in the Park: Same Fabulous Views, New Attitude

Seasons in the Park Restaurant. Photo: Sequoia Company of Restaurants

There are few restaurants in Vancouver that can boast views as breathtaking as those at Seasons in the Park Restaurant. Perched on a hillside atop Queen Elizabeth Park—the highest point in the city—the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows and rustic patio take full advantage of the gorgeous vistas of downtown Vancouver’s skyline and the northern mountains. It’s one of the Top 5 Vancouver Restaurants with a View.

I had lunch at Seasons in the Park last week and was surprised to discover that this local favourite has been quietly making substantial changes over the last year. In the past, Seasons was best known as a fine-dining destination, a place for celebrations, family reunions, and other special occasions. Today’s Seasons is still worthy of special events, but it’s evolving away from its former “fine-dining” designation to a more relaxed one: it has changed its menu to include a wide variety of reasonably-priced (though still delicious) casual fare, has extensively renovated its Winebar, and has launched a new cocktail list, too.

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The “New” Seasons in the Park: Same Fabulous Views, New Attitude

Vancouver’s Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant: Dining & Partying with a 360° View

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Vancouver’s Cloud 9 Restaurant, the revolving restaurant on the 42nd floor of the Empire Landmark Hotel in downtown Vancouver, has long been a favourite nightspot of mine. It’s one of the go-to places I always take visiting friends and family; I took my Brazilian in-laws there for after-dinner drinks and dessert so they could see the full glory of Vancouver at night, via Cloud 9′s endless 360° view (and enjoy the cocktails and food, too). They loved it!

One thing I hadn’t done before, though, was attend a private party there. Last weekend, I got to do just that: A friend has his birthday party at a Cloud 9 VIP room (part of the main lounge area—so you can hear the weekend DJ—but separated by low walls so it nonetheless feels “private”). As a party venue, I thought it was perfect; it has such a night-on-the-town, cosmopolitan vibe. After sunset, Cloud 9′s fiber optic ceiling lights give the impression of a sky full of stars, while the 20-foot high windows showcase the glory of Vancouver’s nighttime skyline, from the lights of Lion Gate Bridge to the skyscraper Shangri-La.

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Vancouver’s Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant: Dining & Partying with a 360° View

Top 5 Vancouver Restaurants with a View

Seasons in the Park's fabulous view of downtown Vancouver

Seasons in the Park's fabulous view of downtown Vancouver

We’ve got the looks, that’s a given—not many cities are blessed with Vancouver’s combination of ocean, mountains, parks, and city scape. We also have some of the best restaurants in the world.

So what could be better than a marriage of the two, dining on delicious food with a drop-dead gorgeous backdrop enhancing every bite?

What’s better than a Vancouver restaurant with a view?

True, most restaurants with a view can be pricey, but, since this is the Pacific Northwest, that doesn’t necessarily mean fancy. (They’re as fancy as you want them to be.) You can certainly go in your walking-around-town clothes, which is nice, since these restaurants are the perfect ending to a day spent shopping on Robson, exploring Granville Island, playing in the park or strolling on the beach.

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Top 5 Vancouver Restaurants with a View