With so much of traditional conference or meeting time translating to hours spent indoors, when it comes time to enjoying a well-deserved break, attendees need look no further than one of the hundreds of sundrenched patios around Vancouver.

We’ve pulled just a few of the many exceptional patios worth considering the next time you are craving an al fresco dining experience when in Vancouver for your next meeting or conference.

You can easily spot the patio of Bridges Restaurant Bistro & Bar, a Vancouver landmark restaurant located on Granville Island thanks to the neat rows of bright yellow umbrellas and coordinating yellow exterior. Groups of all sizes will enjoy taking in the bustling scene while enjoying great service and west coast cuisine.

Also located on Granville Island you’ll find Dockside Restaurant, tucked away in the boutique Granville Island Hotel. It’s easy to see why Dockside has won Best Patio in citywide competitions: it combines stunning views, spectacular food and a laidback west coast atmosphere.

If your team happens to be out toward UBC, consider stopping to refuel at the Biercraft Wesbrook Village where you’ll not only find a great patio to kick back on, but one of the largest selections of craft beer in stock (32 on tap alone). Their French-inspired bistro menu features plenty of seasonal ingredients and local fare. 

Tap and Barrel at the Vancouver Convention Centre is a convenient choice when time to unwind is of the essence without having to sacrifice quality food, service and breathtaking views. Tap and Barrel features a unique on tap program of 36 beers and 18 wines coupled with large patio to kick back on with colleagues and friend as you take in breathtaking views of coastal life.

Also conveniently located at the Vancouver Convention Centre and housing a beautiful, spacious patio overlooking the harbor activity (and perfect for an al fresco break) is Bellagio Wine Bar. Featuring a menu that offers a fresh and tasty new take on traditional Italian cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere – it’s the perfect spot for small to mid-sized gatherings and a little people watching.

Another nearby spot to consider (and perfect for a group dinner that will surely wow the senses) is Ancora Waterfront Dining & Patio. Situated overlooking all the activity surrounding the False Creek seawall, Ancora serves Peruvian and Japanese cuisine infused with sustainable seafood source from the West Coast in a contemporary yet sophisticated setting.

Known to locals and visitors alike as a go to patio for great service, food and stunning scenery, small to mid-size groups will enjoy the patio setting offered up at Lift Bar & Grill in Coal Harbour. With two levels of patio dining to choose from and an upscale-casual atmosphere, you’ll truly feel transported as you take in the coastal scene, watch seaplanes buzz above and a steady stream of pedestrians cruise the picturesque seawall that winds its way around the harbor and through Stanley Park.

Pier 7 Restaurant takes you to the North Shore for an unforgettable waterfront dining experience on their patio overlooking the Vancouver city skyline. Pier 7 features a creative, seafood focused menu with plenty of fresh and seasonal cuisine and calls the historic Victory Shipyards in the revitalized waterfront of the Lonsdale Quay home. The restaurant can be easily accessed from downtown by nearby SeaBus, making it a beautiful destination option for groups of any size.

Hungry for more examples of Vancouver’s top-notch restaurants suited for groups of various sizes? Be sure to visit our curated list here and, as always our talented team at Tourism Vancouver is here to assist you in any way when it comes to planning the best meeting of your career. Connect with us today!