Alright, so you’ve got a friend in town who has never seen Vancouver before and wants to experience our views in all their glory. Or maybe it’s date night, and you’re trying to re-ignite that spark of years’ past with some eye-candy courtesy of YVR. OR, maybe dinner and a view just sounds like a nice way to treat yourself.

Regardless of what neighbourhood they want to visit, we’ve got the perfect spot to go get a bite to eat with some great views.

Here are our picks for 8 restaurants with the best views in Vancouver.

Seasons in the Park

seasons in the park

Perched at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park is Seasons in the Park. This spot provides a great view of our skyline, looking north towards the mountain. A great spot for a full-fledged dinner, try to time your visit with sundown so you can watch the city of glass light up.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:30AM-10PM and Saturday/Sunday, 10:30AM-10PM
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park

The Teahouse

teahouse vancouver

While the views from this spot aren’t spectacular, its proximity to Third Beach makes it a no brainer for anyone who wants to spend some time in Stanley Park. Grab a relaxed lunch and stroll around the beach a bit, or spend the day at the beach and head over after, either work.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:30AM-10PM and Saturday/Sunday, 10:30AM-10PM
Where: 7501 Stanley Park

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Salmon House on the Hill

salmon house

Probably the best place to go for a full vista of Vancouver. This spot sits just above the Trans-Canada Highway in West Van and gives an amazing view of downtown Vancouver and the Burrard Inlet. If you’re going to be making the drive, just make reservations in advance and request a window table.

Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 5PM-9:30 PM and Friday/Saturday, 5PM-10PM, Brunch Saturday/Sunday, 11AM-2:30 PM
Where: 2229 Folkestone Way

Pier 7

pier 7

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 patio during happy hour.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:45AM-10PM and Saturday/Sunday, 10:30AM-10PM
Where: 25 Wallace Mews Road


boathouse vancouver

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

Cactus Club English Bay

cactus club english bay

Another waterfront beach spot, 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

Five Sails

five sails

Nestled in the Pan Pacific Hotel, Five Sails offers great views and a Pacific Northwest-inspired menu. This is definitely the most balling restaurant on this list, so only go if you’re ready to spend some cash.

Hours: Daily, 5:30PM-10PM
Where: 999 Canada Place


miku vancouver

Practically right beside Five Sails, Miku has an amazing menu and some really solid views. With a focus on aburi (pressed sushi) and other Japanese dishes, Miku is the answer for those who want to experience Vancouver’s views and its culinary gems.

Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 11:30AM-10PM, Thursday, 11:30AM-10: 30 PM, and Friday/Saturday, 11:30AM-11PM
Where: 200 Granville Street

And that’s our list! Now go forward, knowing where to go to impress your friend from out of town.