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Dining Alfresco in Vancouver

Take advantage of our gorgeous West Coast summer on patios that range from the spectacular to the seductive

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Story by Jim Tobler

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Possibly the most beautiful patio in the city. Located seemingly on the water in Coal Harbour, one half expects Lift to sail away, like some kind of shimmering yacht. The West Coast cuisine is superlative, the patrons polished. The lounge-like tables beside the rooftop fireplaces, if you can get one, are particularly glamorous. 66 brianJESSELSUMMER 2007 604.689.5438

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
A legendary spot for seeing and being seen as well as for some of the best seafood and steak in the city—Joe’s never goes out of style. The sprawling rooftop patio is gorgeous and gardenlike, the perfect spot for everything from a high-powered business conclave to a first date. 604.669.1940

C Restaurant
Chef Robert Clark might just be the best hand in the city with seafood; his peers, the critics, and most Vancouverites would certainly say so. Prepare yourself for what has been described (by critic Jamie Maw) as watershed, definitive seafood cookery. That and spectacular views of False Creek, the marina and the last rays of the sun setting over the Pacific. 604.681.1164

Quattro on Fourth
This beautiful boîte on West 4th Avenue is renowned for its gracious service, spot-on Italian cuisine and considered wine list; the latter two are known to feature the spoils of owners Antonio and Patrick Corsi’s frequent trips to Italy. The patio is lush, lovely, private, and always full of well-heeled diners. 604.734.4444

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Savory Coast  cucina mediterranea
Mediterranean warmth meets West Coast freshness at Chef Romy Prasad’s first independent effort after eight years heading up the kitchen at Cin Cin. The large, sunny patio is perfect for signature sangria and wood-fired pizza on a warm summer evening. 604.642.6278

The Beach House at Dundarave Pier

It is worth the drive over the spectacular Lions Gate bridge for lunch or dinner on this gorgeous seaside terrace. Fellow diners are likely to be among West Vancouver’s well-heeled, the seasonal menu always draws on the best of the Pacific Northwest, and the seawall is right there for a perfect post-prandial stroll. 604.922.1414

Raincity Grill
This Vancouver favourite helped define West Coast cuisine, and Raincity Grill remains committed to sourcing and serving the best in fresh, seasonal and organic produce, game, poultry, meat and fish from BC and greater Cascadia. The patio overlooking English Bay is uniquely positioned to capture both the glinting ocean, strolling passers-by and the spirit of the city. 604.685.7337

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