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Ranking Vancouver’s Best Restaurant Patios, Al Fresco Oases And Secret Hideaways


Vancouver patios come in all shapes and sizes, from fine dining hideaways and sprawling hangouts to tiny neighbourhood cozies and cool people-watching perches. Here are our favourites, presented in alphabetical order for your ranking consideration (pick your three favourites at the bottom of the list):

ADESSO BISTRO | This classy, dependable Italian neighbourhood hideaway comes complete with one of the most secluded and sexy patios to ever be hidden in Vancouver. | 1906 Haro St. | 604-568-9975 | www.adessobistro.net

ANCORA | Located on the False Creek seawall, stunning Ancora plates a refreshing hybrid of Peruvian & Japanese cuisines in a modern, breezy, stylish setting | 1600 #2 Howe St. | 604-681-1164 | www.ancoradining.com

BEACH BAY CAFE & PATIO | We could swear that the clean, evocative West Coast flavours at this beachside icon taste even better over a summer sunset. | 1193 Denman St. | 604-685-7337 | www.beachbaycafe.com

BIERCRAFT | If you dig beer, people-watching, fresh mussels, and the smell of marijuana wafting over from Grandview Park, welcome home. | 1191 Commercial Dr. | 604-254-2437 | www.biercraft.com

BLACK & BLUE | If the nouveau riche of Vancouver and Vegas had a love child who grew up to fetishize steaks, this would be its upper deck lair. | 1032 Alberni St. | 604-637-0777 | www.glowbalgroup.com/blackblue

BLUE WATER CAFE | The ultimate fine dining seafood experience in Vancouver. Best enjoyed with a side of Yaletown people-watching on the gorgeous patio | 1095 Hamilton St. | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

BRIX & MORTAR | This Yaletown double decker boasts TWO patios, one a dedcadent sidewalk enclosure and the other an inner sanctum. Both are worthy of this list | 1138 Homer St. | 604-915-9463 | www.brixandmortar.ca

CABRITO | Refined Spanish tapas (the best in Vancouver) coupled with a cool front deck that juts out into the action of The Drive. Late nights out of a dream! 2270 Commercial Dr. | 604-620-7636 | www.cabrito.ca

CAMPAGNOLO ROMA | 10 seats amidst the hustle and bustle of the main drag in Hasting-Sunrise. Excellent pizza, spaghetti carbonara, and soft serve. 2297 East Hastings St. | 604-569-0456 | www.campagnoloroma.com

CHAMBAR | Superlative urban outdoor oasis in the night or day, with inventive Belgian-Moroccan fare always stealing the show. A perennial on the Scout 25. | 568 Beatty St. | 604-879-7119 | www.chambar.com

CHEWIES STEAM & OYSTER BAR | The vibrant, loud, casual, always busy deck at this neighbourhood hangout is a gas. So much more than just an oyster bar. 2201 West 1st Ave. | 604-558-4448 | www.chewies.ca

CHILL WINSTON | A veteran of the Gastown restaurant scene with a sprawling patio right on Maple Tree Square. Where perfect summer days go for a bite and a beer. | 3 Alexander St. | 604-288-9575 | www.chillwinston.com

CINCIN | Invariably delicious high end Mediterranean fare brilliantly served on a secluded second storey veranda shielded from the bustle of the world. An ultimate hideaway. | 1154 Robson St. | 604-688-7338 | www.cincin.net

CIOPPINO’S | Superb people watching paired with exquisite food and wine. Home to Pino Posteraro, one of the best and most innovative chefs in Canada. | 1133 Hamilton St. | 604-688-7466 | www.cioppinos.wordpress.com

FARMER’S APPRENTICE | Tiny, mostly shaded patio showcasing breathtakingly beautiful renditions of local, seasonal, organic ingredients | 1535 W 6th Ave. | 604-620-2070 | www.farmersapprentice.ca

FAT BADGER | Proper English gastropub with small 2nd storey patio. The adorably miniature Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and gravy are a local rite of passage. | 1616 Alberni St. | 604-336-5577 | www.fatbadger.ca

GOTHAM STEAKHOUSE | Secluded, tranquil patio expertly served by seasoned veterans from a carnivore’s dream. Heart of the city. Deep wine list. | 615 Seymour St. | 604-605-8282 | www.gothamsteakhouse.com

HAVANA | Chipotle mayo-licked plantain chips, spicy Jambalaya, cold Margaritas, refreshing Palomas, and good people-watching on The Drive until midnight | 1212 Commercial Dr. | 604-253-9119 | www.havanarestaurant.ca

HAWKSWORTH | A thin but elegant sliver of a sidewalk patio receiving some of the most consistently excellent food and drink in the city | 801 W Georgia St. | 604-673-7000 | www.hawksworthrestaurant.com

HOMER ST. CAFE | Sleek downtown perch removed from the sidewalk by a few transformative steps. Good service paired with high quality comfort food. | 898 Homer St. | 604-428-4299 | www.homerstreetcafebar.com

JERICHO SAILING CLUB | It’s a bit out of the way on the West Side, but this burger and beer spot on the beach is legendary for its views | 1300 Discovery St. | 604-224-4177 | www.jsca.bc.ca

MAMIE TAYLOR’S | A tiny bar height Chinatown patio that pops out from under garage door frontage. Deliciously reimagined American comfort food with a unique view. | 251 E Georgia St. | 604-620-8818 | www.mamietaylors.ca

MARKET BY JEAN-GEORGES | Precise a la mode cooking and cocktailery on a covered, heated patio tucked up and away from downtown’s shopping hordes. | 1115 Alberni St. | 604-695-1115 | www.marketbyjgvancouver.com

MINAMI | You’ll find a cozy patio at the very back of this stylish and consistent Japanese eatery. One of our favourite city hideaways | 1118 Mainland St. | 604-685-8080 | www.minamirestaurant.com

MIKU | The signature flamed-seared sushi at this waterfront stunner competes with the view for diner attention. Fitting name Miku translates as “beautiful sky”. | 200 Granville St. | 604-568-3900 | www.mikurestaurant.com

OAKWOOD, THE | Summer evenings on the West Side are improved with an hour or two spent chilling on this little charmer. Menu an inventive take on Canadian traditions. | 2741 W 4th Ave. | 604-558-1965 | www.theoakwood.ca

TABLEAU BAR BISTRO | All the classic traditions of a French bistro improved by excellent service, a good wine list, and a sexy sidewalk patio. | 1181 Melville St. | 604-639-8692 | www.tableaubarbistro.com

TACOFINO | Uniquely cloistered patio hidden away in Gastown’s Blood Alley. Refreshing cocktails, lively atmosphere, and the best fish tacos in the city. | 15 W Cordova St. | 604-899-7907 | www.tacofino.com

SIX ACRES | An ideal spot to sip local beers, snack on buttered parmesan popcorn and sweet chili-glazed wings, and watch the Gastown action unfold for better and for worse | 203 Carrall St. | 604-488-0110 | www.sixacres.ca

SUPERMARINE | Fun, irreverent, talented, different – that’s how we’d sum up this cool little seafood spot just up from Kits Beach. Patio a late night and brunch gem. | 1685 Yew St. | 604-739-4677 | www.supermarine.ca

VIA TEVERE | Quaint neighbourhood Neapolitan pizzeria (VPN certified) with the prettiest pizza oven in Canada out front and a gorgeous patio out back. | 1190 Victoria Dr. | 604-336-1803 | www.viateverepizzeria.com

VIJ’S | The new weather-dependent rooftop patio at this Indian icon has only been open for a couple of weeks. A very special spot with its own kitchen, menu, and bar. | 3106 Cambie St. | 604-736-6664 | www.vijs.ca




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