Best Restaurant Patios for Sunset Watching in Vancouver

A summer evening is the perfect time of day for a restaurant patio, enjoying a great meal and watching the sun set.

Everyone loves a sunset. Whether you consider yourself a romantic, a nature lover or city slicker, when the sun starts going down and those beautiful colours start painting their way across the sky, who can resist the urge to stop and take a wicked selfie? No one!

Here is our list of the best places to be when the sun sets over our city:

Coal Harbour Cactus Club 


Always the hub of action, there isn’t a better location to watch the sun set then at the Cactus. This particularly popular location gets bonus points for having the view of the lights of the city skyline to the south, Stanley Park to the west, float planes taking off and landing in the harbour and the glow of North Van across the harbour.

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Dockside Restaurant


Separated from the waters of False Creek by a wooden walk-way, the chic Dockside patio not only gives restaurant-goers a great sunset but offers panoramic views of the Yaletown cityscape and the North Shore mountains beyond.

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The Wicklow


The Wicklow is a cozy tavern overlooking False Creek which has stunning views of the sun setting over the boats in the Heather Marina. On suitable evenings the sliding glass doors of the Patio Bar open up and patrons can cuddle on the couch and watch the sun slide into the night.

Image via @wicklowpub


The Galley


The Galley is a casual dining kind of hang-out with a view even a millionaire couldn’t afford. The patio gives burger lovers an unimpeded view of the downtown skyline, Stanley Park, the twinkling North Shore mountains, glimpses of Bowen Island (if it is a clear night) and on into the Straight of Georgia.

Image via @GalleyPatio


Mahony & Sons Stamps Landing


Get your butt in a seat during Happy Hour (3-6pm Mon-Fri), grab a pint or two and wait for your dinner guests to arrive. Enjoy live music; the finest in pub food from Guinness-infused soups to thin crust pizzas, and watch the sun go down as you cheer on the end of another day with your co-workers.

Image via @mahonyandsons


The Teahouse Restaurant


The Teahouse is so attached to having their fine dining guests watch the sun go down that they publish the Sunset Times on their website. Located at the edge of Stanley Park, the only thing between you and a gorgeous sunset is a touch of greenery and the lights of the international freighters moored in the harbour.

Image via @the_teahouse


Bridges Restaurant


Bridges is home to one of the largest outdoor patios with the greatest views ever. In the evening the lights of the Burrard Bridge and Granville Bridge book-end the view of the shiny downtown core. As the sun sets, it illuminates the sailboats quietly coming to dock and reflects warmly off the downtown skyscrapers.

Image via @bridgesgi


The Boathouse Restaurant


Continuously on the Best Patio’s lists year after year, it’s also the best places to relax, take in the fresh air, eat the finest seafood, and watch the sun go down. The patio is heated and in July, offers the best vantage point for the Celebration of Light fireworks competition.

Image via @boathousebc


If there ever was a list for sunset lovers, this is it. From casual to fine dining, you and your friends, or that one special friend can spend an evening taking in the beauty of the city and the spectacular sign-off of the sun each and every evening.

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Featured image via Cactus Club Cafe