On a warm day, there is nothing like enjoying a meal al fresca. Whether you’re in search of tranquility by dining near the water, or need an urban oasis, here are some of Vancouver’s patios you need to make a stop at.

Fun and Casual | Tacofino Gastown

Tucked away in Gastown’s historic Blood Alley, Tacofino Gastown’s patio is the ideal destination for those seeking a sunny spot to indulge in the restaurant’s popular Mexican-inspired fare and signature cocktails. Their intimate 20-seat patio features a brick facade, greenery and a whimsical canopy of string lights, making it an intimate and ultra-cool spot to unwind on a warm summer’s night.

The After Work Crowd | Reflections: The Garden Terrace

Reflections: The Garden Terrace is a luscious destination situated four floors above the activity of downtown Vancouver. Recently re-opened with a fresh new look and menu, Reflections offers a variety of seafood and light tapas-inspired dishes and share-bowls in a sophisticated outdoor bar and lounge setting. Taking a note from Vancouver’s diverse communities the bar offers whimsical signature cocktails such as the Wreck Beach Lemonade and the Kitsifornia Cobbler, punchy and refreshing creations that offer instant escape from the city heat. 

A Special Night Out | Gotham Steakhouse

The garden oasis at Gotham Steakhouse is sophisticated escape from the bustle of downtown. Nestled against the south wall of the art deco heritage building, the patio is warmed by the morning and lunchtime sunshine and protected from the heat of the afternoon. Lush flowers, greenery, and market umbrellas create intimacy, and the outdoor fireplace and warm colours evoke the atmosphere of a private Mediterranean terrace.   

By the Water | Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio

Situated in False Creek, during brunch Ancora is the perfect place to soak up the morning sun accompanied by fresh seafood fare and punchy cocktails boasting flavor combinations found nowhere else in the city. Chef Ricardo Valverde's new menus draws on his Peruvian heritage and Japanese influence to fuse fresh flavors for light lunches and tasty brunches that pair perfectly with the warmer weather. The patio at Ancora is spacious and lush, perfectly situated and easily accessible by car, bike, or guests travelling on-foot can hop on the False Creek Aquabus and head across the water to picturesque Granville Island.

Take in the Sunset | Beach Bay Café and Patio

This summer, Beach Bay Café and Patio is serving the freshest seasonal cuisine in the heart of Vancouver’s most vibrant celebrations and community festivals. This patio will have you at the center of the action with a location that boasts the best views of the annual Pride Parade and the Celebration of Light. Throughout the summer at Beach Bay, guests will experience ocean side calm on the quieter days – enjoying the gentle bustle of one of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighborhoods – then return to be pleasantly surprised to dine on the patio with front row seats to the best summer events and festivals happening in the city.

Lake Side | Hart House

Located in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, the patio at Hart House Restaurant is a hidden treasure.  The award-winning restaurant occupies a Tudor-style heritage building located on a thirteen-acre estate; guests who dine on the patio enjoy views of tranquil Deer Lake over the expansive lawns. The patio area is equipped with comfortable seats, broad umbrellas to protect against the noonday sun, and heat lamps that allow guests to linger after the air has cooled.  Many guests walk around Deer Lake as part of their visit, and canoe, kayak, and rowboat rentals are available from a nearby vendor.