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Where to find a leafy, shady patio for lunch in Vancouver?

Anne M Jul 5, 2013 01:01 PM

I'm planning a lunch with a friend who needs to stay out of the sun. Can any of you suggest a restaurant in Vancouver that is open for lunch, has a comfortable, shady (and preferably leafy) patio and good food?

My mind is drawing a blank right now.

  1. waver Jul 9, 2013 01:49 PM

    Edible Canada is under the bridge so also shady.

    1. LotusRapper Jul 6, 2013 08:33 AM

      Here's a listing, prolly not all that complete but a start:


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        Anne M Jul 8, 2013 09:25 PM

        Thanks. I wish they would define how they decided what was "best".

        1. re: Anne M
          grayelf Jul 8, 2013 09:32 PM

          Not by best food, I'm guessing : -)

          1. re: grayelf
            LotusRapper Jul 8, 2013 09:41 PM

            Even says so right at the top of the website:

            "Please note: this list is strictly focused on quality of patio, not food."


            1. re: grayelf
              Anne M Jul 8, 2013 09:51 PM

              Yes. It is a little dispiriting.

              1. re: Anne M
                grayelf Jul 8, 2013 09:59 PM

                Hey, is the patio at Crave leafy? I've only ever eaten inside. Food there is at least decent...

                1. re: grayelf
                  LotusRapper Jul 8, 2013 11:11 PM

                  No tree cover at Crave's patio.

                  IIRC, Ouisi Bistro has some patio cover but it's been many moons since I've eaten in their patio.

                  Wee bit dated list, but may offer some options not already mentioned:


                  1. re: LotusRapper
                    Anne M Jul 9, 2013 06:33 AM

                    Thanks, that is a good list and they actually mention if there is shade or sun. A little out of date but the best list I've seen so far.

                    1. re: LotusRapper
                      grayelf Jul 18, 2013 04:26 AM


                      Nother list, FWIW

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                        Georgia Strait Jul 18, 2013 11:02 AM

                        that's a great source of lists - esp the one about how to eat on BC Ferries!

                        as the bus service to the island (PCL?) used to say on the slogan on the side of their motorcoaches - follow the birds to Vanc Island - and you know in those days, you'd be a smart bird to follow those ships - the ferry "restaurant" clean-up went over the railings. (don't fret - it was largely food waste not packaging cuz there were actually plates and glasses and cutlery in those days of the 60's - oh and waiters in white jackets who took food orders and served at tables and counters. Fun days of real BC Ferries (aka Bennett's Navy!


                        those waiters - i would imagine were summer students etc - they were great - so nice to families trying to tame ornery children - i know I was one of those misbehaving whining kidlets.

                        1. re: Georgia Strait
                          grayelf Jul 18, 2013 01:44 PM

                          There are indeed a lot of lists on that site but I do wish they would date them. Many of the restaurants are gone...

                          1. re: grayelf
                            LotusRapper Jul 18, 2013 02:02 PM

                            What's also amazing, in a sad way, is the rate of restaurant turnovers (and closures of established ones) in the past 3 years or so. Who would have thought back then that establishments like The William Tell, Il Giardino, Umberto's, The Cannery, Belle Auberge, Villa de Lupo and several others would cease to exist.

                            1. re: LotusRapper
                              moyenchow Jul 22, 2013 11:39 AM

                              Villa de Lupo still exists, they went thru a management/owner change but I'm sure they just call themselves Lupo now.

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                                Anne M Jul 22, 2013 11:44 AM

                                Yes there's a real generational change taking place. It is not just restaurants though.

                                Lots of family businesses are closing or being sold because the next generation doesn't want to take over or it is obvious that a whole lot of work would have to be done (and money spent) to keep the business thriving for another 25 years. I'm thinking of Thrifty's being sold, the Minter Gardens closing etc.

                      2. re: grayelf
                        Anne M Jul 22, 2013 11:36 AM

                        It is partly shaded by umbrellas. If you come for lunch it should be fine. Later in the afternoon not so good for shade lovers.

                        I had a late (2:30 pm) lunch there on Saturday and we were able to just manage to stay out of the sun. It is a great little patio, lots of plantings, a small fountain and the staff were very accommodating.

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                watashi Jul 5, 2013 10:32 PM

                Seasons in the Park at QE Park is one of my faves. Nice shaded areas on patio and amazing views of the city on a clear day. The food is solid, as is the service.

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                  grayelf Jul 5, 2013 10:56 PM

                  We had terrible service on our most recent visit to Seasons, resulting in a dinner that took at least a full hour longer than it should have to finish (ie three hours instead of two). We only went back because they gave us a coupon to make up for the truly horrendous first visit. Food both times was adequate, not enough to inspire a return try, sadly.

                2. LotusRapper Jul 5, 2013 03:40 PM

                  Gallery Cafe at the VAG has big sun umbrellas over their patio tables:


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                  1. re: LotusRapper
                    Anne M Jul 5, 2013 04:51 PM

                    Thanks. I think it is a nice patio for a drink but the food is just not good enough. And they often don't bus the tables outside for ages so it can get pretty grotty out there.

                  2. Quattrociocchi Jul 5, 2013 03:14 PM

                    Just thought of another - Season's in the Park. Can't comment on the food, but Adesso's is solid. Frito Misto and funghi pizza are excellent.

                    1. Quattrociocchi Jul 5, 2013 03:13 PM

                      Adesso Bistro sounds perfect.

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                        Anne M Jul 5, 2013 04:47 PM

                        Good one. thanks

                        1. re: Anne M
                          Just Visiting Jul 18, 2013 02:24 PM

                          I had dinner at Adesso last year. Loved it - food and service were great. Patio is beautiful. You probably want to specify patio when reserving as it is very popular in the nice weather.


                          1. re: Just Visiting
                            Anne M Jul 22, 2013 11:33 AM

                            Thanks I did have dinner twice on the patio last week and lunch once. Reservations are helpful but if you come early they can usually squeeze you in unless you want to make an evening of it. Definitely my favourite patio in Vancouver.

                        2. re: Quattrociocchi
                          KarenDW Jul 5, 2013 11:44 PM

                          +1, and partner :)

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