Fun in the sun: patios in Vancouver
Me, I like air conditioning, but Mum just mentioned they are building a patio onto the front of Deacon's Corner (not sure how I feel about sitting outside there but maybe okay since they're only open in the daytime). That got me thinking about restaurants with patios in Vancouver. Here's what I've found so far -- this list would be for finding patios, not necessarily for finding the ultimate chow, 'cause sometimes a sunny table and a beverage are what you're looking for :-). I know I've missed a bunch so please add your thoughts.
Darby's (rooftop patio)
Trattoria Italian Kitchen (more like sidewalk outside eating per twinkie)
The Galley restaurant at Jericho Beach
Kayan (patio with great view of downtown)
Sandbar (rooftop patio under a bridge)
Go Fish (patio seating only)
db Bistro (small patio on the street)
Thomas Haas (both locations have small patios)
Bridges (massive, beautifully set patio)
Il Nido (outdoor dining area in their courtyard per twinkie)
Brix (nice patio per fmed)
La Terrazza (I can't picture the patio at all, only eaten indoors here)
Yaletown Brew Pub
Milestones on Denman (lovely patio per ck)
Il Giardino (per fmed)
Joe Fortes (rooftop patio)
Transylvanian Traditions (tiny patio is only seating)
Miku (fantastic patio per aussiewonder)
CANADIAN MAPLE GOURMET DELIGHTS (Street-level patio)
BREAD GARDEN (Street-level patio)
DIVA AT THE MET (Street-level patio)
GALLERY CAFE (huge patio)
the new Adesso must have a patio since L'Altro Buca and Parkside did
The Boathouse at English Bay
The Sylvia Hotel restaurant
Burgoo on Main (not the greatest view but it is quite large)
St Augustine's on Commercial
Fets (heated patio with view of downtown)
Crave (little patio in the back)
ALIBI ROOM – Street-level patio
And a shout out to one of the nicest outdoor seatings in the Lower Mainland:
Gudrun in Steveston (great big communal table under a tree)
Just got back from dinner at Cork and Fin where we sat on the patio. Almost everywhere down that way has a patio. Chill Winston, Irish Heather, Steamworks, Old Spaghetti Factory...etc...et al and all were packed to the rafters!
3 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A1B2, CA
I was thinking after I posted that there are certain areas where virtually every resto has at least an excuse for a patio. Gastown is definitely one, but then I went up West Broadway to Thomas Haas for a panini and even the little coffee shops have a few tables out on the sidewalk. May have to come up with some sort of rating system for a) the patio itself and b) the food at "outdoor friendly" restos :-).
Great list! Can anything really beat the Galley? (except maybe Darby's, but that was a long time ago).
I'll just add:
Granville Island (in addition to Bridges and Sandbar):
Cat's Social House
Granville Island Hotel (looked totally lovely today, wonder what the food is like?)
BTW, Ouisi does have a patio in the back and I think some tables out front.
Of course there's the Dunbar and the Cheshire Cheese on Dunbar : )
And Suvai in Kerrisdale (what's the food like there these days, one wonders).
Thanks for all the additions, keep 'em coming and I'll do a "master list" soon. Then we can decide if we want to add in food rankings or not :-).
I think the Galley has the most impressive view, but I have to say Darby's is a very nice patio to this day. I nearly went up there this afternoon but then it went and got all cloudy. I'm looking forward to trying Chef Rotherham's new menu. I noticed today they're doing some construction on the main floor too...
Keg - Yaletown (rooftop)
Local Public Eatery - Kits Beach
IIRC, the following all have some hidden patios:
Ouisi Bistro - South Granville
Caffe Barney - South Granville
Kingston Pub - Downtown
The Ouisi Bistro
3014 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H3J8, CA
2975 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H3J6, CA
Thanks ELS. Our list here is already way better than the Vanc. Sun's by a mile !!!
Also, Stella's on Cambie isn't bad. Patio space on Cambie side is a bit cramped, but along the side on 17th is nice and shady ! Wife, LR Jr. and I were about to eat there on Wednesday when it began getting hot. But honestly their menu ain't too toddler-friendly. So we zipped over to Burgoo on Main. Good patio with umbrellas, (very) good and attentive service, LR Jr. got his mac & cheese. It was all good.
You're a machine, GE !! This plus the dim sum carts guide :-D
Vancouver Sun publishes an annual pull-out of patio'd restos. Haven't seen one yet this year. I misplaced my previous copies :-(
I have a few to add:
NEW INDIA (Broadway @ Ash, inside medical building) - medium-sized, north facing patio offering panoramic view of downtown & North Shore mtns
RED ROBIN'S (Broadway/Oak) - large rooftop patio facing N/NE.
EARL'S (Broadway @ Laurel; Broadway @ Fir) - street level patios
BOGART'S CHOPHOUSE & BAR - next door to Earl's at Broadway/Fir
PROVENCE MEDITERRANEAN (W 10th @ Sasamat)
PROVENCE MARINASIDE (Marinaside @ Davie)
LA TERRAZZA (Pacific Blvd @ Cambie)