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When dining in Metro Vancouver the incredible views can add to the quality of your meal

Boathouse on Kits Beach
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Vancouver is lucky to be situated in a spot of great natural beauty and combined with that beauty is a stunning city of glass which reflects back the mountains and oceans all around. It is no surprise that there is a plethora of restaurants with great views – of the mountains, of the ocean, of the city and in some cases of all the above.


Here are a few suggestions of where to go to feast your eyes and your taste buds.


  1. Seasons in the Park - With a magnificent view of the lush green City of Vancouver, this restaurant in Queen Elizabeth Park is a popular choice for weddings, but also for a memorable dinner after a relaxing walk in the park with your date.
  2. Boathouse on Kits Beach – Right on Kits Beach with views from practically every table facing west – right into the sunset. Bring your sunglasses and an empty stomach as both the food and the views will fill you up, but the sunset can be very bright in some places.
  3. Cloud 9 at the Empire Landmark Hotel – The Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant & Lounge on the 42nd floor of the Empire Landmark Hotel on Robson Street offers a spectacular 360 degree view of the mountains in the north, the harbor, the Strait of Georgia and the City of Vancouver. A good choice for a special romantic anniversary dinner, even for the view alone.
  4. Top of Vancouver – The other revolving restaurant in Vancouver, Top of Vancouver has unsurpassed views of the city – all of it as you rotate throughout you meal, eventually seeing the city from every angle. It is truly a great experience to see the city, the ocean and the mountains from the comfort of a dinner table.
  5. The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant on Granville Island – Tucked away on the upper floors of a building right under one of the arches of Granville Street bridge on Granville Island, the Sandbar is high enough to give diners superb views out over the waters of False Creek to Yaletown and out the boat channel leading under Burrard St. Bridge. Sip a cocktail, dine on succulent seafood and watch the pleasure boats return to the marina below with the sunset.
  6. Bridges Restaurant, Bistro & Bar - After strolling around the public market and completing a discovery tour around Granville Island, savour a meal at Bridges while enjoying the view of the city skyline and the harbor, with the backdrop of the mountains. 
  7. Dockside Seafood Restaurant – Located in the Granville Island Hotel this restaurant offers a protected patio as well as interior seating all of which have a great view out over False Creek to Yaletown and the mountains beyond.
  8. Horizons Restaurant - Set up on Burnaby Mountain in magnificent flower gardens, trees and Japanese totem poles of Burnaby Mountain Park, Horizons offers a 360-degree view unique dining experience. Specializing in alder wood grilled seafood and meat, this is a great place to see Vancouver from a distance.
  9. Cardero’s – Right on the water – actually right over the water on stilts, Cardero’s has great views of the mountains, Coal Harbour and Stanley Park. Watch the pleasure boats come and go and the seaplanes take off and land as you enjoy your local seafood.
  10. Teahouse - Watch the sun set from the Teahouse Restaurant at the western shoreline of Stanley Park, where the fabulous view of the North Shore and the sail boats drifting by can’t be beat. The food is delicious and the service is good.
  11. The Observatory at Grouse Mountain – On the top floor of the Chalet at Grouse Mountain the views are similar to the views from a helicopter – a helicopter with gourmet food and comfortable seats. The entire city is laid out below you and is especially beautiful at night.
  12. Monk McQueens – On the shores of False Creek this seafood focused restaurant offers great views looking up to Grouse Mountain over False Creek and Yaletown.
  13. Raincity Grill – A cozy little restaurant with a lovely patio overlooking English Bay. Sourcing its ingredients fresh from local farms, for over 20 years this restaurant has been all about sustainability. The food is superb.


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