Top 5 Vancouver Restaurants with a View

Blessed with mountains, beaches, inlets, and a gorgeous downtown skyline, Vancouver has an abundance of breathtaking scenery. At the Top 5 Vancouver Restaurants with a View, diners get to enjoy the unique beauty of Vancouver while enjoying top-of-the-line cuisine, too.

The best Vancouver restaurants with a view are the perfect setting for a romantic date, a joyous family celebration, or a place to relax, have a glass of wine and celebrate our great city.

For just the view, check out Vancouver View Points: Where to See the Best Views of Vancouver.

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    View from Seasons in the Park restaurant
    ••• Seasons in the Park in Vancouver, BC. Sequoia Company of Restaurants

    When it comes to great Vancouver restaurants with a view, Seasons in the Park is definitely the most family- and small-kid friendly. Located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park (the highest point in Vancouver) and boasting incredible long-range views of downtown Vancouver and the northern mountains, Seasons in the Park is the perfect spot for family brunch, dinner, or enjoying cocktails as the sun sets. Its wheelchair and stroller accessible, and its new, more casual menu makes it easy to pop in for fish tacos after a day spent exploring the park.

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    Vancouver restaurants with a view: Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant
    ••• Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant. Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

    There are two revolving restaurants in Vancouver offering panoramic views of the city: Cloud 9 and the Top of Vancouver Restaurant at the Harbour Centre. Of the two, Cloud 9 is the hands-down favorite. It's hipper, sleeker, more fun, and you can enjoy drinks and dessert only (rather than a whole meal) at a window-side table. (The nearby parking is cheaper, too.)  The food at Cloud 9 isn't at the same level as Vancouver's best restaurants (it's just "OK"), but the floor-to-ceiling views, great service, and swinging, piano bar atmosphere more than make up for it.

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    Vancouver restaurants with a view: boathouse
    ••• Boathouse at Kits Beach. Photo by Dana Lynch

    The Boathouse is a chain of almost-fine-dining restaurants in Vancouver that can't compete, food-wise, with the best Vancouver fine dining cuisine, but it makes this list for having locations at two of Vancouver's best beaches: English Bay Beach in the West End and Kitsilano Beach. The Kits Beach location has floor-to-ceiling windows that provide exceptional views of the beach, ocean, and West Vancouver mountains all day; the sunsets are absolutely stunning!

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    Vancouver restaurants with a view: The Teahouse in Stanley Park
    ••• The Teahouse in Stanley Park. Image Courtesy of Sequoia Company of Restaurants

    The Teahouse in Stanley Park is the quintessential Vancouver restaurant with a view. Nestled in the heart of Stanley Park, surrounded by sea and mountain views and serving West Coast cuisine in a historic house, The Teahouse is a local favorite for its charm, warmth, and for having the "longest sunset" in the city!
          
     

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    No Vancouver restaurants with a view can boast closer or more immediate cityscapes than Granville Island's Bridges Restaurant. Bridges' iconic yellow patio umbrellas are postcard-perfect, and there's no better place to be on a sunny day than dining under those umbrellas, enjoying breezes off False Creek and feeling this close to downtown Vancouver. It doesn't hurt that Bridges' seafood is famously delicious, too; the restaurant was a 2011 Diner's Choice Winner at OpenTable.com.