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20 Awesome Vancouver Patios

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There is almost certainly no more beautiful place to be on earth than in Vancouver in the sunshine, but where to go to soak up those rays? We asked Anya Levykh, restaurant critic for the Westender, as well as the weekly food columnist for CBC Radio's On the Coast to compile a list of her recommended patios across the city.
From intimate secluded suntraps to family-friendly beach-side hang-outs, we've got the lot. May we present, in no particular order, Vancouver's 20 most awesome patios. Apply the sunblock, slip on your shades, order up a cold one and enjoy.
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Teahouse Restaurant

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7501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver
BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
(604) 669-3281
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Overlooking Burrard Inlet in Stanley Park, the patio and atrium of the iconic restaurant is the perfect summer hangout, especially after a day of sun and sand. Sip a Tintoretto while enjoying some classic eggs benny for brunch and allow the view to work its magic on that hangover.

2. Cactus Club Cafe

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1790 Beach Ave, Vancouver
BC V6E 1V3, Canada
(604) 681-2582
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Built specifically to take advantage of the stunning English Bay vista, this particular location of Cactus Club features a terraced patio that extends to the seawall’s edge, meaning every seat has a fantastic view. Enjoy steelhead and prawn ceviche with a glass or three of Cristalino.

3. Adesso Bistro

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1906 Haro St., Vancouver
BC V6G 1H7, Canada
(604) 568-9975
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A true West End gem, Adesso specializes in the cuisine of Liguria, in northwestern Italy. With an excellent wine list and authentic menu, you almost don’t need the enclosed and private patio with verdant hedges and lots of space that invites long and leisurely meals. Almost.

4. Lift

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333 Menchions Mews, Vancouver
BC V6G 3H5, Canada
(604) 689-5438
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Definitely more of a place to see and be seen —and perhaps make some Friday night conquests— Lift boasts one of the city’s best rooftop patios. Its location on the waterfront adjacent to Stanley Park certainly helps, but the open-air rooftop setting also boasts a cozy firepit lounge and plentiful seating, with nary a bad view in the house on either level.

5. CinCin

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1154 Robson St, Vancouver
BC V6E 1B2, Canada
(604) 688-7338
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This second-floor tiled patio is one of the city’s hidden gems. Lush, green, cool and covered, it’s the perfect place to rest in between shopping binges. Indulge in Chef Andrew Richardson’s contemporary Italian cuisine, along with a few glasses from the serious wine list, and forget all about the busy hordes below in the calm oasis.

6. Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

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777 Thurlow St, Vancouver
BC V6E 3V5, Canada
(604) 669-1940
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Spacious suntrap roof garden which gets packed out during the daily 4-6p.m. happy hour when bar food is 50% off and oysters are just $1. Come for the delicious mini-burgers, stay for the great service and location right in the heart of the downtown core.

7. Black + Blue

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1032 Alberni St., Vancouver
BC V6E 1A3, Canada
(604) 637-0777
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It’s definitely a meat-centric menu here, and the enclosed patio is equally rich with luxury furnishings and classic cocktail offerings. Cozy up with a dirty martini and P.E.I. Blue Ribbon ribeye for a carnivorous and posh night out.

8. Tap & Barrel

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1055 Canada Pl., Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 235-9827
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The selection of craft beers, ales, porters, lagers and stouts on tap (one of the largest collections in the city) will have your standard hops fanatic drooling, but the mountain and water view will leave them stunned. Comforting dishes like poutine with red wine gravy and beer-barbecued pork ribs match the drink list perfectly.

9. Miku Restaurant

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200 Granville Street, Vancouver
BC V6E 2E9, Canada
(604) 568-3900
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Since it took over the old Aqua Riva space at 200 Granville Street, Miku’s patio has become one of the hottest in the city, not just for the stunning waterfront location, but also for the signature aburi sushi that is served up all day and night. For the adventurous, the omakase menu (chef’s choice) is the way to go.

10. Reflections

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801 W Georgia St, Vancouver
BC V6C 1P7, Canada
(604) 682-5566
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This seasonal, outdoor space is a fantastic nod to the serene spa next door, as well as Miami nightlife with its lush cabanas and contemporary sculptures (is that an Ogopogo in one corner?). A cocktail-centric menu focuses on tapas, charcuterie and grill items, as well as a fantastic ice cream sandwich.

11. Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe

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750 Hornby St, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
(604) 662-4700
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Cosy little suntrap patio on the second floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Throughout summer they offer a very tempting three beers for $15 deal between 4-6p.m.

12. Keefer Bar

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135 Keefer St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1X3, Canada
(604) 688-1961
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The small but perfectly formed patio outside the Keefer is one of the best people-watching spots in Chinatown; on long summer evenings you can sip award-winning craft cocktails, nibble on duck tacos and flick through their hefty cocktail menu and decide what to go for next.

13. Gotham Restaurant, Vancouver

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This small, walled garden patio is one of the downtown core’s secret oasis spots. Get the full steakhouse experience en plein air and escape for a few hours from your financial wheelings and dealings. Order the grand porterhouse with a side of whiskey neat and imagine yourself as a character from Mad Men.

14. Provence Marinaside Seafood Restaurant Bar & Grill

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1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2Y3, Canada
(604) 681-4144
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Not only is the breakfast/brunch menu fantastic, the waterfront setting, across the street from the seawall, is the perfect people-watching hangout. Knock back a few mimosas while enjoying the Mediterranean fare and imagine yourself on a boardwalk in Nice.

15. The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

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1011 Mainland St., Vancouver
BC V6B 1A9, Canada
(604) 633-2534
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The rooftop patio is the perfect place for after-work drinks (they’re open at 4pm) or dinner in the summer months. People-watch to your heart’s content while sampling retro fare like mushrooms Neptune and the wedge salad.

16. Minami Restaurant

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1118 Mainland St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2T9, Canada
(604) 685-8080
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Sister restaurant to Miku, the back walled garden patio is a large, yet cozy space that features lots of comfortable seating and the famed aburi sushi. Indulge in an afternoon of sake flights selected by expert Miki Ellis and pair with some truffled beef nigiri for extra oomph.

17. Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar

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1138 Homer St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2G2, Canada
(604) 915-9463
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For cooler nights, or romantic dates, retreat to this English garden oasis hidden behind velvet curtains. Not only is it open year-round and completely enclosed, the contemporary Canadian menu and extensive wine list makes for a perfect night in any weather.

18. The Boathouse Restaurant

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1305 Arbutus St., Vancouver
BC V6J 5N2, Canada
(604) 738-5487
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It doesn’t get closer to the beach than this. This second-floor restaurant patio spans the whole width of the building, and faces straight onto Kits Beach and the stunning backdrop of water and mountain views. Come before sunset for the perfect postcard experience, complete with fish and chips.

19. The Galley Patio and Grill at Jericho Sailing Club

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1300 Discovery St., Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 224-4177
For a more casual experience, this hidden gem has been long known to locals and fronts beach, water, mountain, park, city and island views, and lets you enjoy a burger and sleeve in peace while the kids play in the sand below. The chowder is also worth a try.

20. Romer's Burger Bar

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8683 Kerr St, Vancouver
BC V5S 3E4, Canada
(604) 566-9545
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Located in the newly developed River District in South Vancouver, this large glass-walled restaurant boasts riverfront seating year-round that overlooks the quiet end of the Fraser River against a backdrop of trees and fields. Tuck into the Righteous Rib Burger and a classic mojito and call it a day.

1. The Teahouse Restaurant

7501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Overlooking Burrard Inlet in Stanley Park, the patio and atrium of the iconic restaurant is the perfect summer hangout, especially after a day of sun and sand. Sip a Tintoretto while enjoying some classic eggs benny for brunch and allow the view to work its magic on that hangover.
7501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver
BC V6G 1Z4, Canada

2. Cactus Club Cafe

1790 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC V6E 1V3, Canada
Built specifically to take advantage of the stunning English Bay vista, this particular location of Cactus Club features a terraced patio that extends to the seawall’s edge, meaning every seat has a fantastic view. Enjoy steelhead and prawn ceviche with a glass or three of Cristalino.
1790 Beach Ave, Vancouver
BC V6E 1V3, Canada

3. Adesso Bistro

1906 Haro St., Vancouver, BC V6G 1H7, Canada
A true West End gem, Adesso specializes in the cuisine of Liguria, in northwestern Italy. With an excellent wine list and authentic menu, you almost don’t need the enclosed and private patio with verdant hedges and lots of space that invites long and leisurely meals. Almost.
1906 Haro St., Vancouver
BC V6G 1H7, Canada

4. Lift

333 Menchions Mews, Vancouver, BC V6G 3H5, Canada
Definitely more of a place to see and be seen —and perhaps make some Friday night conquests— Lift boasts one of the city’s best rooftop patios. Its location on the waterfront adjacent to Stanley Park certainly helps, but the open-air rooftop setting also boasts a cozy firepit lounge and plentiful seating, with nary a bad view in the house on either level.
333 Menchions Mews, Vancouver
BC V6G 3H5, Canada

5. CinCin

1154 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1B2, Canada
This second-floor tiled patio is one of the city’s hidden gems. Lush, green, cool and covered, it’s the perfect place to rest in between shopping binges. Indulge in Chef Andrew Richardson’s contemporary Italian cuisine, along with a few glasses from the serious wine list, and forget all about the busy hordes below in the calm oasis.
1154 Robson St, Vancouver
BC V6E 1B2, Canada

6. Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5, Canada
Spacious suntrap roof garden which gets packed out during the daily 4-6p.m. happy hour when bar food is 50% off and oysters are just $1. Come for the delicious mini-burgers, stay for the great service and location right in the heart of the downtown core.
777 Thurlow St, Vancouver
BC V6E 3V5, Canada

7. Black + Blue

1032 Alberni St., Vancouver, BC V6E 1A3, Canada
It’s definitely a meat-centric menu here, and the enclosed patio is equally rich with luxury furnishings and classic cocktail offerings. Cozy up with a dirty martini and P.E.I. Blue Ribbon ribeye for a carnivorous and posh night out.
1032 Alberni St., Vancouver
BC V6E 1A3, Canada

8. Tap & Barrel

1055 Canada Pl., Vancouver, BC, Canada
The selection of craft beers, ales, porters, lagers and stouts on tap (one of the largest collections in the city) will have your standard hops fanatic drooling, but the mountain and water view will leave them stunned. Comforting dishes like poutine with red wine gravy and beer-barbecued pork ribs match the drink list perfectly.
1055 Canada Pl., Vancouver
BC, Canada

9. Miku Restaurant

200 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9, Canada
Since it took over the old Aqua Riva space at 200 Granville Street, Miku’s patio has become one of the hottest in the city, not just for the stunning waterfront location, but also for the signature aburi sushi that is served up all day and night. For the adventurous, the omakase menu (chef’s choice) is the way to go.
200 Granville Street, Vancouver
BC V6E 2E9, Canada

10. Reflections

801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7, Canada
This seasonal, outdoor space is a fantastic nod to the serene spa next door, as well as Miami nightlife with its lush cabanas and contemporary sculptures (is that an Ogopogo in one corner?). A cocktail-centric menu focuses on tapas, charcuterie and grill items, as well as a fantastic ice cream sandwich.
801 W Georgia St, Vancouver
BC V6C 1P7, Canada

11. Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe

750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
Cosy little suntrap patio on the second floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Throughout summer they offer a very tempting three beers for $15 deal between 4-6p.m.
750 Hornby St, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2H7, Canada

12. Keefer Bar

135 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X3, Canada
The small but perfectly formed patio outside the Keefer is one of the best people-watching spots in Chinatown; on long summer evenings you can sip award-winning craft cocktails, nibble on duck tacos and flick through their hefty cocktail menu and decide what to go for next.
135 Keefer St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1X3, Canada

13. Gotham Restaurant, Vancouver

Canada
This small, walled garden patio is one of the downtown core’s secret oasis spots. Get the full steakhouse experience en plein air and escape for a few hours from your financial wheelings and dealings. Order the grand porterhouse with a side of whiskey neat and imagine yourself as a character from Mad Men.

14. Provence Marinaside Seafood Restaurant Bar & Grill

1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Y3, Canada
Not only is the breakfast/brunch menu fantastic, the waterfront setting, across the street from the seawall, is the perfect people-watching hangout. Knock back a few mimosas while enjoying the Mediterranean fare and imagine yourself on a boardwalk in Nice.
1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2Y3, Canada

15. The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

1011 Mainland St., Vancouver, BC V6B 1A9, Canada
The rooftop patio is the perfect place for after-work drinks (they’re open at 4pm) or dinner in the summer months. People-watch to your heart’s content while sampling retro fare like mushrooms Neptune and the wedge salad.
1011 Mainland St., Vancouver
BC V6B 1A9, Canada

16. Minami Restaurant

1118 Mainland St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2T9, Canada
Sister restaurant to Miku, the back walled garden patio is a large, yet cozy space that features lots of comfortable seating and the famed aburi sushi. Indulge in an afternoon of sake flights selected by expert Miki Ellis and pair with some truffled beef nigiri for extra oomph.
1118 Mainland St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2T9, Canada

17. Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar

1138 Homer St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2G2, Canada
For cooler nights, or romantic dates, retreat to this English garden oasis hidden behind velvet curtains. Not only is it open year-round and completely enclosed, the contemporary Canadian menu and extensive wine list makes for a perfect night in any weather.
1138 Homer St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2G2, Canada

18. The Boathouse Restaurant

1305 Arbutus St., Vancouver, BC V6J 5N2, Canada
It doesn’t get closer to the beach than this. This second-floor restaurant patio spans the whole width of the building, and faces straight onto Kits Beach and the stunning backdrop of water and mountain views. Come before sunset for the perfect postcard experience, complete with fish and chips.
1305 Arbutus St., Vancouver
BC V6J 5N2, Canada

19. The Galley Patio and Grill at Jericho Sailing Club

1300 Discovery St., Vancouver, BC, Canada
For a more casual experience, this hidden gem has been long known to locals and fronts beach, water, mountain, park, city and island views, and lets you enjoy a burger and sleeve in peace while the kids play in the sand below. The chowder is also worth a try.
1300 Discovery St., Vancouver
BC, Canada

20. Romer's Burger Bar

8683 Kerr St, Vancouver, BC V5S 3E4, Canada
Located in the newly developed River District in South Vancouver, this large glass-walled restaurant boasts riverfront seating year-round that overlooks the quiet end of the Fraser River against a backdrop of trees and fields. Tuck into the Righteous Rib Burger and a classic mojito and call it a day.
8683 Kerr St, Vancouver
BC V5S 3E4, Canada