A hub for British Columbian food, culture and art, Vancouver’s Granville Island is a popular destination among locals and tourists alike. With stores and restaurants situated along the shores of False Creek, the area offers visitors the unique opportunity to shop, eat and relax amidst unbeatable views of the city. Check out some of the best patios on Granville Island.
Image: The Dockside Restaurant
Enjoy panoramic views of downtown Vancouver at The Dockside Restaurant, a casual fine dining establishment nestled in on the waterfront of False Creek. With a simple yet elegant menu that focuses on local ingredients and Ocean Wise seafood, The Dockside and its patio offer the food and ambience for an idyllic day of sophisticated, slow-paced Vancouver living. An in-house brewery is a pleasant bonus, and the eight brews that are expertly crafted on site ensure a beer for every palette. Reservations are recommended, as spots on the patio are in high demand.
Signature Drink: Dockside has its own brewery, so anything off their beer list is a must! If you are indecisive, you can always go for their sampler.
Signature Dish: Seared Haida Gwaii Halibut – asparagus, roasted mini gem potatoes, crispy taro, charred lemon aioli
Address: 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
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Nestled away on the second floor of The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant is the establishment’s famous rooftop patio, a popular getaway from the bustling streets of an oftentimes hectic Granville Island. Specializing in casual fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood, The Sandbar offers stunning views of False Creek and downtown, and is consistently ranked as one of the top places to take out-of-town guests.
Signature Drink: Granville Island Lager
Signature Dish: Seafood Hot Pot – fresh fish, prawn, scallop, mussels, clams, red curry sauce
Address: 1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Image: Whet Kitchen.Bar.Patio
Tucked inside the entrance to Granville Island is Whet Kitchen.Bar.Patio, a casual restaurant serving West Coast fare. With a philosophy based on using the best in local and sustainable ingredients, Whet’s seafood-heavy menu, B.C.-only draught beer list and covered marina side patio make it the ultimate Vancouver experience.
Signature Drink: Strawberry Cucumber Mojito – rum, fresh lime, strawberry, cucumber, mint, cane sugar, soda
Signature Dish: Clam Chowder – cream, baby clams, bacon, potatoes and spices, topped with baby shrimp, corn and parsley
Address: 1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver
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A local landmark, the brightly coloured Bridges Restaurant boasts one of Vancouver’s most recognizable patios. Canary yellow umbrellas, dockside seating and a laid back atmosphere make this restaurant a favourite among locals to eat and drink the day away in an unpretentious setting. From pizzas and Nova Scotia lobster to beer and martinis, the menu at Bridges offers something for every taste.
Signature Drink: Granville Island Ice Tea – Stoli Razberri, rooibos & assam tea, cranberry
Signature Dish: Fresh BC Halibut Fish and Chips – house made tartar sauce and coleslaw
Address: 1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Experience the ultimate in Canadian cuisine at Edible Canada at the Market, a full service bistro whose strength lies in fresh, seasonally appropriate, farm-to-table ingredients. A strong supporter of Canadian farmers, producers and artisans, Edible Canada’s meticulously prepared food and its attached retail store are a locavore’s dream. Check out the garden patio, located across the street from the Public Market, for a relaxing day of eating, drinking and people watching.
Signature Drink: Wolf Paw – Aquavitus, lemon juice, lingonberry puree
Signature Dish: Pan-seared Arctic Char – Fraser Valley kale, Hazelmere Farm sunchokes, wild boar bacon, lemon thyme beurre blanc
Address: 1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver