There is absolutely no shortage of restaurants in Vancouver, and we’re confident that we have the best in the world. Best seafood, best cocktails, best chefs and, of course, best views. Dining at a restaurant with a great view is simply icing on the cake, and in Vancouver, it’s turned into a quintessential experience. These six Vancouver restaurants offer some of the best views in the city, whether from a sky-high perch or right down on the water. Check them out for dining experiences you won’t soon forget.
Any Vancouverite will acknowledge Raincity Grill as one of the best dining experiences in town. With prime real estate overlooking English Bay, the restaurant boasts unrivaled scenes of boats sailing into the city against Vancouver sunsets. Not only that, but Raincity Grill is also spearheading efforts to offer regional, sustainable cuisine, resulting in award-winning dishes and sumptuous favourites such as roasted sapo bravo pepper linguini, served with local arugula, watercress and basil.
After 30 years of delivering top-notch cuisine and stunning views, this Stanley Park mainstay -- formerly known as Sequoia Grill -- has mastered the art of fine dining. Located at Ferguson Point, the Teahouse Restaurant is emblematic of Vancouver, offering a fresh, casually sophisticated environment, a diverse array of culinary influences and views that are wonderfully simple and pure. Often voted as the restaurant with the best sunset view in the city, the Teahouse is the perfect special-occasion restaurant that never fails to deliver unforgettable experiences.
Bridges’ Granville Island locale is one of its biggest draws. Sitting right on False Creek, the Vancouver landmark is always buzzing with dynamic energy -- even after 28 years on Vancouver’s waterfront. You’ll be dining with views of the creek, laughing with friends and noshing on Bridges’ fresh local seafood. Try the Dungeness crab and halibut burger, or order up a serving of the restaurant’s famous steamed local mussels roasted in garlic herb butter.
The Coal Harbour location is unbeatable, with clear and unobstructed views of Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains across the water. The outdoor patio features fire pits for group dining and a spectacularly hip atmosphere. No wonder the Vancouver Sun named it Best Patio, Best New View and Best Restaurant just one year after its debut. Order from an exceptional oyster menu, a top-quality sushi selection or a choice of meat and seafood dishes with a twist, such as beef tenderloin with lobster gnocchi and pico de gallo.
The name should tip you off, but if you need details, the dining room floats on the 42nd floor for sweeping views of Vancouver, its surrounding coastal mountains and deep blue waters. The rotating restaurant -- one revolution takes about two hours -- affords diners unsurpassed cityscapes in every direction through 70 windows each six metres (20 feet) high. And a convenient location right on Robson Street means you’ll have plenty of pre- and post-dining options. That is, if you can tear yourself away from those gorgeous panoramas.
This high-end restaurant on the top of Grouse Mountain (and it's sister restaurant, the Altitudes Bistro) offers unparalleled views of the city's skyline. On a clear day, the views of the city, the ocean and the mountains are staggering. A favourite for weddings and celebrations, The Observatory's food is as good as its views.