Sandwiched between breakfast (the alleged “most important meal of the day”) and dinner (the meal that seems to get all the attention), there’s no good reason to overlook lunch.
Lunch can be the midday bright spot in the workday, or where you linger on a day off. From where to settle in for a marathon chat sesh with the ladies who lunch, to handy spots for quick bites, we’re exploring lunch of all kinds, all around Vancouver.
Here are 14 patio lunch spots in Vancouver.
If patio lounging at lunch is what you’re after be sure to head on over to Chill Winston. With close to 100 seats, sun umbrellas, and a bustling atmosphere, Chill Winston’s sprawling patio is the perfect place to slow down and enjoy a midday nosh.
Address: 3 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Seating 60 people, Chambar’s partially shaded patio is open from 8 am until late (as long as the weather permits) and is a fabulous place to enjoy a spot of lunch (available Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 3 pm) or a round of post-work drinks. Look for Belgian-inspired plates with North African influences.
Address: 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia has a beautifully laid-out patio perfect for outdoor dining and day drinking. The menu features a variety of seafood and light tapas-inspired dishes. Offerings include Albacore Tuna Poke, Lobster and Prawn Brioche, Edamame Hummus with Seaweed Chips, and more.
Address: 4th Floor, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 Georgia Street
Not only did the old Subeez locale get a complete overhaul when the Social Corner took over the space, but the Yaletown eatery’s sidewalk patio also got a revamp. With a row of flower boxes and sun umbrellas, Social Corner’s patio encourages patrons to enjoy an al fresco meal. For lunch the restaurant offers a range of pizzas, including classic options like Margherita (tomato sauce, fior de latte, and basil) and more inventive takes like Tuna Tartare (tuna, Japanese mayo, avocado, sesame seeds, and sesame oil).
Address: 891 Homer Street, Vancouver
With a welcoming 40-seat patio who wouldn’t want to sit and linger at this modern, seafood-focused restaurant. Savour Crispy Humboldt Squid, Baja Fish Tacos, a Blackened Salmon Burger, a plate of freshly shucked oysters, and more out on WildTale’s open air stretch of Mainland Street.
Address: 1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Not only does the former Raincity Grill spot house a refurbished, light-filled interior but it also offers diners an inviting 35-seat park-facing patio. With ocean views, Beach Bay Cafe’s patio is a fantastic place to enjoy an al fresco lunch, dinner, or even weekend brunch (hello endless mimosas!).
Address: 1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Lined by a beautiful blooming garden and a living green wall, Joe Fortes’ rooftop patio provides a great break from the hustle and bustle of Robson Street below. Whether you’re visiting this iconic restaurant for the first time or escaping the office yet again, Joe Fortes’ rooftop patio is a delightfully peaceful spot to indulge on the restaurant’s signature seafood-focused dishes come lunch.
Address: 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
The patio at Dockside is hard to beat for its scope and views. Settle in and soak up the sunshine and enjoy the vista of Yaletown’s skyline and North Shore Mountains. Take the Aqua Bus over for lunch and be greeted by a tempting selection of seafood-focused offerings.
Address: 1253 Johnston Street (Granville Island), Vancouver
When it comes to eating outdoors, The Local Public Eatery is an obvious choice but we had to include it. The casual beachside sports bar has a hugely popular patio across the road from Kits beach. It’s always packed, so be prepared to wait for a spot, and those fish tacos will taste even better.
Address: 2210 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
An extremely popular option for sun worshipers, this casual Irish pub right on False Creek offers gorgeous waterfront views and a laid-back vibe. Complete with brews and pub grub, Mahony & Sons Stamps Landing is the ideal place to grab a bite to eat when you’re out along the seawall.
Address: 601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
North Vancouver’s Pier 7 is well-known for their spectacular patio, which offers breathtaking waterfront views of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy an array of delectable dishes at lunch, including Jicama Fish Tacos, freshly shucked oysters, soups, salads, burgers, ribs, and more.
Address: 25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Burgoo’s Main Street outpost is home to a cute, sun-laden patio. Receiving plenty of rays, coupled with the fact that the bistro-style restaurant dishes up a delicious mix of casual, hearty fare at lunch time makes Burgoo’s outdoor space a popular choice when the sun is out.
Address: 3096 Main Street, Vancouver
If you manage to grab a seat on the back alley patio at Taco Bar (the sit down restaurant at the Tacofino Gastown) you will have scored yourself a sunny spot to sample an array of Tacofino’s popular Mexican-inspired fare come lunch. Located on one of the quieter back streets of Gastown, under strung up bare bulbs, the 16-seat patio is super cool and casual.
Address: 15 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown this spacious cafe attached to the Vancouver Art Gallery offers a wide range of snacks, soups, coffee, deserts and, of course, one of the loveliest patios around. Decked out with a gorgeous array of flowers, the Gallery Cafe’s patio is a terrific spot to stop and enjoy a low-key midday meal, especially after a long morning of shopping on Robson Street.
Address: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver