Though Vancouver is known for its precipitation, come summer the city can feel like a tropical paradise with temperatures reaching the mid-20s and 30s. And with amendments to city bylaws in recent years making it easier for restaurants to set up patios, there are no shortages of outdoor spaces in which to enjoy a great meal this summer. Here, five hidden patios to spend some time on this season
Along with extremely fresh fish, Minami is famous for its unique pressed sushi, which is formed into a perfect rectangle and seared with an open flame. Enjoy this specialty, along with an array of inventive Japanese dishes, with a glass of chilled Champagne on the exclusive patio located at the back of this Yaletown restaurant.
Located on the Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s fourth floor, Reflections Rooftop Bar is a go-to for downtown professionals as well as the Robson shopping crowd. Enjoy tapas-style dishes and inventive cocktails (some available in non-alcoholic versions), on the laid-back yet upscale garden terrace.
Craving Italian? This summer head to the courtyard patio at Adesso in Vancouver’s West End to enjoy cuisine from the Northwestern region of Italy. The European-style terrace is tucked away among the trees making it super romantic.
Though not hidden per se, the obscure location of Arms Reach Bistro in Deep Cove makes it a fit for this roundup. Located in the quaint seaside community of Deep Cove, overlooking Deep Cove Bay, Arms Reach Bistro has a beautiful terrace where diners can enjoy Canadiana cuisine; everything from Seared Atlantic Scallops to Grilled 8oz AAA Alberta Striploin.
With its mahogany woodwork and brass detailing, the interior of Joe Fortes restaurant is a beauty to behold, but come summer there is only one place to be: the urban oasis that is its rooftop patio. Here guests can enjoy Fortes’ steak and seafood dishes while taking in the beauty of a green wall, an outdoor fireplace and a horseshoe bar.