The best restaurants in Vancouver to have a meal with a view

Do you crave a good meal with an even better view? The following eight Vancouver restaurants pair delicious meals and captivating vistas. From revolving restaurants to beachside bistros, there’s a dining option for everyone – and every taste – in the harbour city. [Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver/Clayton Perry]

The Boathouse Restaurant

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1305 Arbutus St, Vancouver, BC V6J 5N2

Here’s the perfect summer day: sunbathing on the beach followed by drinks and food at The Boathouse, a casual fine dining restaurant overlooking Kits Beach. This modern seafood restaurant is actually located right inside the public park, which means you don’t have to stray far from the beach to enjoy fish and chips, hamburgers or lobster with your pals.

Cactus Club Cafe

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1790 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC V6E 1V3

Eating at this Vancouver-born, national restaurant chain’s English Bay location is like eating aboard a cruise ship with the best seat in the house. With nothing but large windows between you and the view of sand, ocean and mountains, an evening sipping specialty craft cocktails is well worth the lineup.

Cactus Club Cafe

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1085 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3

This Coal Harbour location offers a similar experience to its English Bay counterpart – but with an entirely different view. The active downtown harbour is home to floatplanes, cruise ships, boats and plenty more action, all enjoyable to observe while you indulge in fresh, West Coast-inspired fare.

The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant

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1535 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

This upscale bistro’s stunning wood patio offers picturesque views of Granville Island and False Creek, where cute and colourful passenger ferries mingle with paddleboarders, kayakers and sailboats. You’ll also enjoy fine seafood, excellent service and a selection of imported and local wines in a casual, relaxed setting.

Milltown Bar & Grill

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101 9191 Bentley St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2X8

It may not look out on the Pacific, but this rustic, West Coast modern pub, situated between Richmond and Vancouver, near Marpole, offers two fantastic views from two separate patios. One looks out on the mountains and quaint Milltown Marina, while the other provides an ideal vantage point for gazing at the Fraser River. What more can one ask for while enjoying local dishes and cocktails?

Teahouse Restaurant

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7501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2

Surrounded by ocean on all sides, Stanley Park is an ideal location for enjoying your food with a view. The park’s iconic Tea House is situated on a high peak overlooking the ocean and beach below. Offerings include all sorts of tea, of course, as well as sandwiches, scones, cookies, soups and some more robust meals. Open late into the evening, the patio is the spot to be when the lights go down and the stars come out.

Lift Bar Grill View

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333 Menchions Mews, Vancouver, BC V6G 3H5

For a rooftop patio with breathtaking ocean views, look no further than Lift in Vancouver’s West End. With stunning contemporary design and sophisticated details, one can imagine a movie star sipping a Manhattan at this swanky patio’s bar while overlooking Stanley Park, Canada Place and the North Shore Mountains. Tip: don’t leave without trying Lift’s signature cocktail – the spicy prawn Caesar – which also doubles as a tasty appetizer.

Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

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555 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N4

It might seem cheesy at first blush, but dining at this revolving restaurant is a special experience you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Completing one revolution every hour, this 553-foot high tower boasts fine dining service – like prime rib and whole Atlantic lobster – with a stunning 360-degree view of the city.

Vancouver’s favourite firework festival is back this summer for three spectacular displays on July 29th, August 2nd and August 5th. Between Kits Beach, English Bay, Stanley Park and Granville Island, these local restaurants and food trucks make great vantage points for grabbing a bite before, after or during the Celebration of Light. [Photo credit: iStock.com/jamesvancouver]
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Run out of date ideas? Why not grab your sweetie and head to Kitsilano, where a plethora of restaurants serve up a delectably diverse array of memorable experiences. From designing monster sushi rolls, to sharing authentic Italian pastas, to sipping margaritas on open-air patios, this beachfront Vancouver neighbourhood offers plenty of locales for romance. [Photo courtesy of The Oakwood]
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