Whether you call the North Shore home, or are just catching a SeaBus or taking a drive across the Lions Gate Bridge to spend a little time on the other side of the Burrard Inlet, there are plenty of restaurants that offer welcoming outdoor spaces perfect for enjoying the spectacular views that seem par for the course in the area.
Here are our picks for the best patios on the North Shore, showcasing spectacular spots in both North and West Vancouver.
Tap & Barrel’s third outpost is takes patio life to epic levels in North Vancouver. The Lower Lonsdale Shipyards location has a couple of patio options for customers who want to sip on wines (all barrelled) and beers (all taps) and the popular restaurant’s west coast casual fare.
Address: 8 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
North Vancouver’s Pier 7 is well-known for their spectacular patio, which offers breathtaking waterfront views of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy their daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. or sit tight for a dinner and spectacular golden hour vista.
Address: 25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
True, you’re going to have to take a gondola up to get to this one, but it’s worth it for the view. Altitudes Bistro is a casual dining option with a great patio and unbeatable views overlooking the Lower Mainland at Grouse Mountain Resort. A second, and more elevated option, The Observatory serves up dinner and stunning views (from the restaurant’s large glass windows) seven nights a week.
Address: Located on the upper floor of the Peak Chalet at Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Tucked into an industrial area, this North Vancouver brewery now has a patio. Enjoy Bridge’s brews and food in a laid back space while the sun is out.
Address: 1448 Charlotte Road, North Vancouver
Deep Cove’s Arms Reach Bistro is situated alongside the charming old shops on Gallant Avenue. Open since 2004, the family-run restaurant serves elegant seasonal fare, and offers a patio with gorgeous water views.
Address: 4390 Gallant Ave #107C, North Vancouver
This “hidden” patio is a not-so-secret favourite in North Vancouver. With cheery red umbrellas and picnic table seating, it’s a great gathering place for brunch or breakfast and socializing in the sun
Address: 636 Queensbury Avenue, North Vancouver
The Beachhouse is an upscale restaurant on the North Shore, located at the foot of West Vancouver’s Dundarave Pier. take a seat at their patio and enjoy a menu of acclaimed West Coast cuisine, and a relaxed vibe and view of Burrard Inlet.
Address: 150 – 25th Street, West Vancouver
Situated in picturesque Horseshoe Bay, Olive & Anchor is one of West Vancouver’s favourite restaurants. They’ve got a small covered patio where you can enjoy your delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner eats on a warm day.
Address: 6418 Bay Street, West Vancouver
Glowbal Group’s Park Royal location of Italian Kitchen is a popular stopping spot for local shoppers. Their charming patio offers a taste of sunshine in warm weather, and the reliable Italian fare for brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks.
Address: 757 Main Street (Park Royal South), West Vancouver
Just five minutes from the BC Ferries terminal in beautiful Horseshoe Bay, The Boathouse in West Vancouver offers diners fond of their casual BC fare a lovely covered marina-side patio that’s open year-round.
Address: 6695 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver
The Village Taphouse is a great local hang on the North Shore, offering 20 beers on tap, screens for viewing the games, and what they’re calling the #bestdamnpatio around.
Address: 900 Main Street (Village at Park Royal), West Vancouver