Where to eat and drink near Vancouver beaches

Sunny days on the West Coast are to be savoured. For many Vancouver locals, the perfect summer day in the city means heading to the beach to enjoy some sun, sand and surf before capping the day off with eats and a pint near the water. Here are some choice spots to grab a bite near my favourite Vancouver beaches: Jericho, English Bay, Kitsilano, Dundarave, and Third Beach. [Photo credit: iStock.com/ wundervisuals]

The Galley Patio & Grill

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1300 Discovery St, Vancouver, BC V6R 4L9

The Galley is simply good food by the beach. A prime beachside venue, the restaurant is conveniently located right on the water of Jericho Beach, on the second floor of the Jericho Sailing Centre. The menu offers classic beach concession fare: think burgers, fish and chips, hot dogs and fish tacos. In true Vancouver style, there are plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Thirsty? The Galley is also fully licensed so you can enjoy patio pints while watching the sunset.

The Beach House

2
150 25th St, West Vancouver, BC V7V 4H8

Beach patios don’t get much better than The Beach House at the foot of Dundarave Pier in West Vancouver; the open-air deck feels almost as if you’re dining directly on the water. The restaurant is located in a restored heritage building with modern amenities like patio heaters to keep things comfortable. The West Coast inspired menu is focused on local, sustainable ingredients with standout dishes like Ocean Wise halibut and steelhead salmon that’ll appeal to seafood fans. You’ll also find an extensive wine list with plenty of options from local B.C. purveyors.

Sushi Itoga

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1668 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C7

Located on Robson Street in Vancouver’s West End, Sushi Itoga might be a little farther from the beach, but it’s worth the trek. Itoga specializes in super fresh, super delicious sushi that’s also Ocean Wise-certified, meaning you can indulge in local seafood, guilt-free. Order at the counter and grab a seat at the communal table. The staff are friendly and keep the green tea coming. Better yet, order a selection of rolls, nigiri and sashimi to take away, and then rally your pals for an al fresco sushi picnic at nearby English Bay.

Sylvia Hotel

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1154 Gilford St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2P6

The ivy-covered Sylvia Hotel is a beloved sight in the West End. Built in 1912, the iconic hotel is one of Vancouver’s heritage jewels; in fact, some of the original Art Deco finishes can still be admired today. For a truly Vancouver experience, take a stroll or bike ride along the Seawall and retire to Sylvia’s onsite restaurant, which offers a formal dining room as well as a more casual lounge and an outdoor patio. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are available and almost every seat offers a stunning view overlooking English Bay.

Octopus Garden Restaurant

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1995 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1C9

After admiring the gorgeous Vancouver waterfront, it’s time to sample the bounty that comes out of the ocean! Octopus’ Garden is a hidden gem near Kitsilano Beach offering a small menu of Japanese including sushi and sashimi. On-the-go eaters looking for a beachside snack can order sushi pockets – a handheld sushi sandwich with fillings such as spicy tuna, unagi tempura, and even foie gras! The restaurant’s main event is the omakase menu (chef’s choice); reserve this marvellous meal at least 24 hours in advance, and then prepare to be wowed.

Siegel's Bagels

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1883 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1C6

Siegel's has been a Vancouver fixture for over a quarter century. Founder Joel Siegel brought his Montreal-style bagel recipe to Vancouver and quickly boiled and baked his way to a devoted following. On your way to Kits beach, you can pick up bagels and a container of schmear, or a big deli sandwich: Montreal smoked meat and beef salami are specialties. Don’t forget a tasty chocolate walnut rugolach for dessert.

Nook Restaurant

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1525 Yew St, Vancouver, BC V6K 3E5

Just a few steps up from Kits beach, this Italian joint is a casual spot that focuses on fresh pastas and wood-fired pizzas. Even outside of beach season, Nook proves to be a favourite among locals thanks to its rustic fare and cozy vibe. The neighbourhood trattoria is open for lunch and dinner throughout the week, as well as brunch on the weekends. There isn’t a patio, but the windows open up like a garage, letting in all the fresh ocean air.

AnnaLena

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1809 1st Avenue W, Vancouver, BC V6J 5B8

Drop off the flip-flops and sarong, and dress up for the occasion at this upscale restaurant that’s considered to be one of the best in the city. Located a couple minutes from the eastern edge of Kits Beach, AnnaLena defies neat labels: it fuses global cuisines with French technique, and incorporates street art into its chic dining room. The chocolate-covered fried chicken skin dessert is just one example of chef Michael Robbins’s unorthodox approach to local cuisine.

The Boathouse Restaurant - CLOSED

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1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Y9

A Happy Hour hotspot with an unbeatable view, The Boathouse is a perennial favourite among Vancouver visitors and locals. Its seafood-forward menu is casual in its approach, with crowd-pleasing dishes like crispy calamari, crab and lobster ravioli, mussels, crab legs and cod ’n chips. Happy Hour food and drink specials run daily from 3:00 to 6:00 pm in the bar, while heaters and blankets help extend patio season into the cooler months. You’ll find locations in English Bay and on Kits Beach, both offering prime waterfront views.

Third Beach Concession

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Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2

Nothing says summertime like an ice cream cone on the beach. Stanley Park’s Third Beach is a little quieter and less crowded than nearby English Bay, and is easy accessible on foot through the park or by bike along the Seawall. Plan to spend the day here soaking up the sun, dipping in the water and enjoying the picturesque mountain views. When hunger strikes, hit the beachside concession stand for casual snacks and no-frills finger-foods like burgers, hot dogs and French fries.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why it’s key to know where to find toast, bacon and eggs just the way you like them, seven days a week. From diners to dives to fine dining, Vancouver has plenty of weekday breakfast spots where you can start your morning with a satisfied belly. [Photo courtesy of Cafe Medina]
Things can get chilly above the 49th parallel. Thankfully, Vancouver’s restaurants and bars are heating up with flavourful cocktails inspired by South American tradition: think Cuba libres, pisco sours, caipirinhas and classic margaritas. Here are a few local venues that serve up drinks with Latin liquors and tasty food from below the equator. [Photo courtesy of Cuchillo]
Izakayas first arrived in Vancouver in the early 90s and the lively Japanese-style pubs have been a staple in the city ever since. Some joints stick to tradition, while local chains such as Guu and Hapa Izakaya serve up dishes influenced by the West Coast culinary scene. These Vancouver izakayas will have you shouting “Mou Hitotsu!” (one more!) thanks to their crowd-pleasing food and drinks. [Photo credit: everydayAnalog]
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