Considering that we’re really diving into summer, we thought that now would be a good time to revisit our guide to waterfront patios in Vancouver. Luckily, all of the places we had last year are still open, and we even found a few more for you! Word to the wise- book reservations whenever you can at these spots because they’ll be busy all summer long.
Here are 12 great waterfront patios in Vancouver to check out.
Dockside is a fantastic restaurant, but its patio is really what makes is a must-visit any summer in Vancouver. Super comfy and spacious, this is the kind of spot where a one hour lunch turns very quickly into three hours gabbing with your friends.
Hours: Wednesday to Monday, 11:30AM-9:30PM, Closed Tuesday
Where: 1253 Johnston Street
This one is right smack dab on the water downtown, so it’s kind of hard to beat it when it comes to waterfront patios. Pair that with tasty food and some great happy hour deals, and you’ve got one of the best patio experiences in the city.
Hours: Daily, 11:30AM-12AM
Where: 1583 Coal Harbour Quay
Just down the street from Cardero’s, Lift might just have the best waterfront patio views of Vancouver on this entire list. Pacific Northwest cuisine dominates the menu, and their happy hour features buck a shuck oysters. The best spot for your upcoming date with a person that just moved to the city and wants to chill by the water.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:30AM-10PM and Saturday/Sunday, 11AM-10PM
Where: 333 Menchion Mews
A sprawling waterfront patio right beside the walking path in Vancouver Olympic Village offers great views across the water. These guys are known for their great patios, so when in doubt, head to one of their locations.
When: Sunday to Thursday, 11AM-12AM and Friday/Saturday, 11AM-1AM
Where: 1 Athletes Way
A nice little hidden gem, The Wicklow actually earned a spot on our rooftop patios list as well. Overlooking False Creek, this is a great spot for those of you who want a little bit more relaxed of a patio setting. Especially if you can get there in the mid-afternoon.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:30AM-12AM and Saturday/Sunday, 11AM-12AM
Where: 610 Stamps Landing
Just across the water from Tap and Barrel lies Provence Marinaside. A little more upscale, Provence does seafood forward French cuisine, so this is an ideal date night spot. Eat some lobster, then walk around either David Lam or Coopers’ Park.
When: Monday to Thursday, 8AM-10PM, Friday, 8AM-10:30 PM, Saturday, 9AM-10: 30 PM and Sunday, 9AM-10PM
Where: 1177 Marinaside Crescent
Right at the bottom of the Lonsdale Quay lies Pier 7. We recommend taking the Seabus over in the morning, exploring the area a little bit (don’t forget to check out the Polygon Gallery), then chilling on their waterfront patio during happy hour.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:30AM-Close and Saturday/Sunday, 11AM-Close
Where: 25 Wallace Mews Road
Right beside Kits beach, The Boathouse is a great way to cap off a day of shopping and laying around on the beach. Try and find a timeframe when it’s not going to be too busy, like mid-afternoon, and enjoy people watching with a great background.
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11AM-9PM, Friday, 11AM-10PM, Saturday, 10AM-10PM and Sunday, 10AM-9PM
Where: 1305 Arbutus Street
A Granville Island staple, the Sandbar is a great place to treat yourself after a quick trip to the public market. Pull up for a beer and a light lunch before you head back to reality. Well, maybe two beers if you didn’t drive down.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 4PM-Close and Saturday/Sunday, 11:30AM-Close
Where: 1535 Johnston Street
Cactus Club on English probably has the best setting for a patio in the city. It’s super busy in the summer, so make sure you pick a time to eat where you’ll actually be able to sit on the patio, otherwise, you’ll be better off eating at another spot in the West End.
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11AM-12AM and Friday/Saturday, 11AM-1AM
Where: 1790 Beach Avenue
Waterfront dining and delicious Peruvian Japanese fusion make Ancora a no-brainer. The spot in False Creek is one of the best open patios in the city. These guys also get to claim that their food is the best on this list (well, actually, we’re claiming it).
Hours: Lunch Sunday to Friday, 12PM-3PM, Dinner Daily, 5PM-10: 30 PM
Where: 1600 Howe Street
This low-key, counter-service spot on Jericho Beach is absolutely a hidden gem in the city. Seriously though, you’re sitting directly on one of the best beaches in Vancouver. Grab a burger, a beer, and enjoy the views.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11AM-8: 30 PM and Saturday/Sunday, 10AM-8: 30 PM
Where: 1300 Discovery Street
And that’s our guide for some great waterfront patios in Vancouver to check out this summer! If you need us, we’ll be sipping on one beer per week from each spot until we can’t anymore. Enjoy the day, folks!