Best Hidden Patios in Vancouver (Part 2)

Dec 19 2017, 11:03 am

Thrilled with the reaction and feedback from our awesome Vancity Buzz readers on our first edition, we bring you part two of Vancouver hidden patios worth exploring.

Grab your sunglasses, don’t forget to take care of your service staff and enjoy patio hopping around Vancouver!


Gotham Steakhouse

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Despite what preconceived notion you might have, the patio dress code here is more casual. Shorts are welcome, flip flops too…they just want to see you enjoying a fabulous lunch in the sun. Suits are of course always welcome too.

This hidden patio that many of you have never been to, is south-east facing and gets plenty of golden rays just in time for it’s 11 a.m. opening. It is Vancouver’s Urban Garden Oasis surrounded by plants, vines, trees and a fireplace. The Prime Beef burger is 10oz’s of Canadian Prime Alberta Beef and comes with a refreshing pint of draft beer for $19.99 at lunch, priced to honour the year the restaurant opened.

  • Patio Capacity: 40
  • Best for:  Lunch in the sun with friends, casual or formal business meals
  • Best Eats: 10oz Prime Beef Burger, Lobster Cobb Salad
  • Best Drinks: Hoyne Summer Haze Honey Heff from Vancouver Island
  • Kids: Yes
  • Dogs: No
  • Bikes: Yes (Places to lock up along the Dunsmuir Bike Path)

Address: 615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Twitter: @GothamVancouver
Patio Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Phone: 604-602-8282

Westin Grand Hotel – Pop Up Patio

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You’ve probably walked by Homer and Robson more than a few times, but missed the patio perched a couple of floors above street level at the Westin Grand Hotel. It’s all based on good weather and good timing, which is why it’s called Pop-up Patio. During the summer months, on Thursdays and Fridays only, it becomes a patio party with a pool side terrace, live DJ, light food and crafted cocktails and beers. It is poppin’ back up already this summer, weather dependent.

  • Patio Capacity: 60 seated; 100+ mingling.
  • Best Thing: Beautiful poolside patio, Great music, Great DJ’s featuring @zuzuproductions
  • Best Eats: Personal size baked potato nachos
  • Best Drinks: Sparkling Limoncello Raspberry Spiked snow cone
  • Kids: No
  • Dogs: No
  • Bikes: No

Address: 433 Robson Street, Vancouver
Twitter: @TheWestinGrand #PopUpPatio
Patio Hours: 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday & Friday in the Summer (Weather dependent)
Phone: 604-602-1999

Pronto Caffe

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A peaceful, cozy patio tucked away at the very back of the restaurant, makes it a great spot to be out of sight and totally chill-out. Instead of feeling like a guest in the restaurant, you feel like part of the neighbourhood in a backyard or forest.

The patio floor is made from individually poured concreted tiles that look like planks of wood, specially designed by owner Angela Maida. Overall, it’s a green and relaxing atmosphere and get lots of sun and shade with a big cedar tree hanging over. The sound from the street is completely blocked out – you wouldn’t guess that bustling Cambie Street was just steps away.

  • Patio Capacity: Licensed for 23
  • Best Thing: Romantic dates night when the sun is setting or client lunches in the day
  • Best Eats: Porchetta sandwich (Slow roasted pork, fresh herbs, made traditional) or Fresh made Gnocchi
  • Best Drinks: Negroni, Bombay EAST Gin & Tonic Spanish Style. Cocktails created by Sathi Rajan
  • Kids: Yes
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Bikes: Yes (If you’ve got a really expensive bike and you don’t want to leave it out front we can help bring it around back to the patio. Owner Angela is very understanding being a biker herself.)
  • Bonus: Quiet patio completely blocking out any street noise from Cambie.

Address: 3473 Cambie Street
Twitter: @prontocambie
Patio Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Phone: 604-722-9331

Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar

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It opened in Yaletown in April of 1999 and has been host to many amazing meals, parties and weddings ever since. Located in a wonderful brick heritage building, the entrance leads you into a one of a kind courtyard patio. Guests often comment that they feel like they have been transported to a different country. How about wine country!

They have 60+ wines available by the glass (at great prices too) and if you don’t feel like a glass or a bottle they have half litres, which come in handy on those “in between” days. In 2013 they rebuilt the inside bar where Nicola Roland continues to create amazing cocktails and the food is creative and fun, modern Canadian fare.

  • Patio Capacity: 40
  • Best Thing: Romantic Dates, Wine, Weddings
  • Best Eats:  Spot Prawn Carpaccio, Smoked Sablefish Gnocchi
  • Best Drinks: Wine by the Glass 60+; Basil Collins: Gin, house made basil syrup, lime juice and a soda float; L’Americano: Basil Hayden Bourbon, domaine de canton ginger liqueur, peach bitters, lemon juice, house made sweet spice syrup and mango juice.
  • Kids: Yes
  • Dogs: No
  • Bikes: Yes (Few spots to lock them out front on Homer Street)
  • Bonus:  *First Seating Menu, which offers 3 courses for $29 if ordered before 6:30pm Monday to Saturday. Great value and timing if you’re headed to a show, concert or game just down the street.

Address: 1138 Homer Street
Twitter: @brixvan
Patio Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Phone:  604-915-9463

Forage Restaurant

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After having a remarkable meal at Forage, you feel satisfied and clean. Everything is locally sourced and sustainable, hence the name. The patio is cute and cozy, with picnic tables that make you feel like you’re out in the wild.

This patio is best for early sun weekend brunch or an early dinner during the week. Their wine list brings together the best from B.C., Washington, Oregon and a splash of California – but nothing further. The menu is constantly changing as they are committed to source sustainable, local ingredients which can be seasonal or only available in limited quantities.

  • Patio Capacity: 18 people
  • Best Thing: Cozy picnic tables make up the patio
  • Best Eats: Rangeland Game Burger, Kale Salad, Line-caught Halibut
  • Best Drinks: Forage Red Blend (Fairview Cellars) & Nichol Pino Gris – both from the Okanagan
  • Kids: Yes
  • Dogs: No
  • Bikes: Some spots to lock up your bike on Robson
  • Bonus: Amazing rotating craft beer list

Address: 1300 Robson Street
Twitter: @ForageVancouver
Patio Hours: Weekdays 5 to 11 p.m. ; Weekends 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Phone: 604-661-1400