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Where to Dine Outside in Vancouver This Summer

A photo of Red logo
by Johanna Read
Updated May 31, 2022

With the end of spring showers, Vancouver’s sunny season is starting and restaurant patios, rooftops, and terraces are poised to welcome you back. The city’s temporary patio program—which kicked off in the summer of 2020 in response to the pandemic—has some changes for summer 2022, so you might not see as many temporary sidewalk and curbside patios as before.

Here are some of Vancouver’s best outdoor dining spots, some open year-round. Get ready for afternoon tea, mountain and sea views, and the joys of being outside for cool cocktails, snacks, and meals from brunch to dinner at the city’s top spots for outdoor dining.

A photo of Joe Fortes Vancouver restaurant
4.7
4.7 (8364)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
West End
About the restaurant

This Vancouver institution has a rooftop patio with a living wall, garden, horseshoe bar, and an outdoor fireplace; awnings and umbrellas protect from both sprinkles and the bright sun. Whether up on the patio or in one of several indoor areas, enjoy a wide selection of oysters on the half shell, fresh fish and seafood, chops, and steaks aged a minimum of 28 days. Saturday and Sunday brunch also has eggs Benedicts, chicken and waffles, plus Joe’s coffee cake with mascarpone honey cream.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Best patio in the city. Get there early to grab a spot.
A photo of Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen restaurant
4.5
4.5 (53)
CAN$30 and under
Nepalese
West End
About the restaurant

Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen is set in a century-old house on Davie Street, with plenty of outdoor seating options. The largest is the lantern-studded heated patio above the back alley, but there’s also a tiny one on the side of the building with good people-watching opportunities. The lunch and dinner menus focus on freshly prepared Nepali, Tibetan, and Indian dishes with lots of vegetarian and vegan choices. You’ll also find the occasional fusion dish, such as crème brûlée flavoured with chai.

Top review
AndrewW
Dined on Dec 9, 2023
Simplistic low cost meals with good portions. Friendly service in a nice small restaurant.
A photo of Minami Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3240)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Japanese
Yaletown
About the restaurant

Like its sibling restaurant Miku, Minami focuses on aburi, or flame-seared sushi — enhancing the texture and flavour of the fresh fish without compromising the balance and beauty that characterizes sushi. Also on the menu: Aburi-style beef and vegetable dishes, plus creative cocktails. The plant-filled garden courtyard is a hidden oasis in Yaletown and open—weather permitting.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Service was wonderful and quick. Kombu squid katsu was amazing. Oshi sampler was pretty good, salmon one was my favorite. Redwave and champagne rolls were okay. Not memorable
A photo of Tap & Barrel • Olympic Village restaurant
4.4
4.4 (794)
CAN$30 and under
Comfort Food
False Creek
About the restaurant

From inside and out, Tap & Barrel’s Olympic Village location has views of the Seawall, Science World’s geodesic dome, the spires of BC Place, and the boats on False Creek. Choose between the covered year-round patio and the weather-permitting upper balcony, both equipped with heaters. The elegant comfort food menu here uses plenty of BC ingredients, including Fraser Valley free-run chicken, gin from Victoria, and, of course, beers from Tap & Barrel’s own brewery.

Top review
Lisa
Dined 3 days ago
Good food, service and value. The door was open and there was a cold wind coming through - we had to keep our jackets on. Other than that it was great! Thank you :)
A photo of The Teahouse Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (4029)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Regional American (Northwest)
Vancouver
About the restaurant

At Ferguson Point in Stanley Park, the iconic Teahouse’s heated terrace has views of both the North Shore mountains and English Bay sunsets. The patio is partially protected from the elements by sun shades and glass half-walls. The menu features contemporary classics such as rack of lamb and duck confit, with several gluten-free options, too.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The service was amazing and they made my wife the crescents even thought they only make them on the weekends. Love, love, love this place.
A photo of Reflections Terrace - Rosewood Hotel Georgia restaurant
4.0
4 (1377)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Lounge
Downtown
About the restaurant

Hidden on the Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s fourth floor is this swanky, seasonal walled terrace, complete with a waterfall and trees hanging with lanterns. Chefs prepare elegant tapas, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch along one side of the open-air room while bartenders concoct original and classic drinks on the other. A glass roof protects part of the terrace from any rain.

Top review
JenniferL
Dined on Dec 29, 2023
Great place to catch up with friends over the holidays. Ambiance was picture perfect, prepare to take great photos and have a good time. Our server Taufiq, was great and made sure we had everything we needed. The manager David, was super friendly also making sure our table was well taken care of.
A photo of Gotham Steakhouse and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3514)
CAN$51 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant

Gotham’s sunny upstairs terrace, next to its red-walled dining room, welcomes you for lunch, dinner, and drinks with shade trees, umbrellas, and a massive fireplace. Classics such as prime-grade beef and lobster tail are paired with award-winning wines, and the special prices of the afternoon social hour menu are available in both the lounge—which often has live music—and on the patio.

Top review
NicolaM
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent steak, good choice of wine. Ambient a little too dark for my taste but overall 5/5
A photo of Provence Marinaside restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3227)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
Yaletown
About the restaurant

Feel like you’re in Nice at this French-influenced restaurant, with views of the Seawall and the masts at the Quayside Marina. The flower-festooned sidewalk patio stretches out in front of the restaurant and is protected by awnings and overhead heaters. Open for brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late night; takeout includes Provence at Home meal kits, which have optional wine pairings.

Top review
CarolHvip
Dined 3 days ago
We enjoyed our evening though it is sometimes hard to hear because of background noise. Excellent halibut, good sablefish, excellent fish trio, Delightful lemon tart dessert. Good caesar salad, excellent crab and shrimp cakes which were quite filling, good calamari. Extensive winelist, pricey French wines but moderately-priced BC and other wines. Excellent service.
A photo of Havana restaurant
4.5
4.5 (669)
CAN$30 and under
Latin American
Commercial Drive
About the restaurant

Latin American and Pacific coastal cuisine share the stage at this vibrant spot on The Drive. Boozy slushies and fun cocktails accompany ceviche, tacos, tostones, vegetable bowls, and more. This is a great place for families, too — the kids’ menu includes free happy hour weekend brunch pancakes for those eight and under. Seating on the covered back patio and at the street-side tables is first-come, first-served.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
It was a beautiful day, and the patio seating and atmosphere at Havana made it an even better day. Our waiter was friendly and courteous and added to the brilliance of the day.
A photo of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2430)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
Downtown
About the restaurant

The award-winning team at Boulevard impresses with its West Coast fine dining menus and top-notch service. The permanent terrace’s tables sit atop a beautiful grey-and-white tile floor next to the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s circular driveway and along Burrard Street. Executive chef Roger Ma whips up a fresh lineup of shareable dishes perfect for al fresco dining, including a salt-encrusted whole sea bream served with roasted fennel and Provençal sauce. One of the city’s best seafood towers makes for a patio-perfect starter, before or after shopping on nearby Robson Street.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Jameson is the best! Great food and service as always :)
A photo of LIFT Bar Grill View restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2453)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Regional American (Northwest)
Coal Harbour
About the restaurant

This seafood-forward restaurant is perched on stilts for spectacular views of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, and the North Shore mountains from both indoors and out. Choose from the rooftop deck or wrap-around patio with “vanishing” fold-away windows. Some tables are protected from unexpected showers by awnings and umbrellas. Given the demand, outdoor tables are first-come, first-served.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
It was a lovely afternoon to sit on the patio and enjoy the sunshine and activity on the water. The service was terrific. The only complaint is that the scallops in my scallop and porkbelly starter were on the small side for the price of the dish and they were overcooked, tough and a bit rubbery.
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