Supper by the sea: Beachside restaurants in Vancouver

There’s no shortage of stunning water views in this city, but there’s a surprising lack of dining establishments steps away from the sand. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your dinner with a dose of sun and sparkling ocean. These restaurants ensure you will.

Cactus Club Cafe

1790 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC V6E 1V3

Nestled up to arguably the city’s busiest section of the seawall, the Cactus Club at English Bay offers prime oceanfront viewing with their prime rib (ok, it’s a pineapple hoisin short rib). Even in winter the slate-grey water is a beautiful site from the glass-enclosed dining room. Order from Rob Feenie’s signature dishes menu for the Iron Chef’s specialties and enjoy your post-seawall stroll reward while you take in the beach, water and endless stream of fascinating people.

Local Public Eatery

2210 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1B5

Just across Cornwall from Kits Beach you’ll find this happening patio. Score a table in the sun amid the boisterous, beautiful crowd. Perfect for a late weekend breakfast before a day at the beach or for grabbing a bite after a serious swim session, Local’s a great bet day or night. If the latter, order a round of their various “cocktails in a boot” — drinks served in glass cowboy boots — and ease into a glorious summer evening.

The Boathouse Restaurant

1305 Arbutus St, Vancouver, BC V6J 5N2

Even closer is the Boathouse location right on Kits Beach. With restrooms, showers, a concession and public tables out front, this is the hub of activity. And while the concession offers decent grub beyond the burger and fries variety, head upstairs to the full-service restaurant to escape the hustle and heat and relax with the daily catch and a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The covered but open patio provides unrestricted views of that stunning Pacific Ocean and sunsets here are magical.

The Galley Patio & Grill

1300 Discovery St, Vancouver, BC V6R 4L9

As you watch kayakers haul in their boats and sailors rig up their Lasers, you’ll find there’s no better beachside joint for a casual bite than the Jericho Sailing Club. Here, they welcome salty skin and sand between your toes. Order inside from their concession-style kitchen — burgers, fish and chips, nachos — and then settle into their patio overlooking the city, the North Shore and the mountains to the west with cold drinks and big, contented smiles. This is the epitome of summer.

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