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Best Restaurants with a View in Vancouver

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Branas Mediterranean Grill

Branas Mediterranean Grill features beautiful views of the Vancouver skyline. Look out onto the water and skyscrapers in the background as you dine on classic Mediterranean dishes like baked lasagna, Greek salad, stuffed chicken breast, and more. Some evenings, you'll have the pleasure of enjoying live jazz and folk tunes. Check the website or call for the live music calendar.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company

Spectacular views from the spacious dining room defines the charm of Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company. But the skillfully-crafted house brews are the real highlight of the place, which pleases relaxed diners immensely. A good choice for group visits, they offer regular wine and beer tasting tours. Dishes to try out include Slow roasted Prime Rib, Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Grilled Wild Coho Salmon. Check website for more information.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant

Located on picturesque Granville Island, The Sandbar is a 300-seat seafood restaurant that highlights the best the Pacific Coast has to offer. With stunning views of the city waterfront, a heated patio and a lounge complete with a floor for dancing the night away, there's something here for everyone. The vast menu ranges from brunch selections to a variety of ethnic starters, to chilled seafood platters and crab and lobsters from live shellfish tanks. The wine list is also extensive, with bottles from around the globe as well as a number of local selections thrown in for good measure.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Bridges Restaurant

This 20-year-old landmark on the water offers scenic views of the English Bay and the North Shore mountains. A large building with a classy interior, it includes a fine dining room, wine bar, pub and summertime dock patio. Try anything from the exquisite dining room menu and enjoy it relentlessly. The wine bistro and pub offer more casual and less expensive menus. The place is open everyday from 5:30p onwards.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Seasons in the Park

Nestled in the 130-acre Queen Elizabeth Park, Seasons in the Park offers 360-degree views of the stunning Vancouver skyline, Pacific Ocean and the North Shore mountains. The combination of exceptional service and west coast cuisine make this restaurant one not to be missed. The menu features classics such as New York steak and rack of lamb, but the real focus is on fresh local seafood. Try the Queen Charlotte's dungeness crab and risotto cakes or the maple-glazed wild BC sockeye salmon. Seasons in the Park also offers an amazing selection of rare and vintage wines at surprisingly good prices.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Cactus Club Cafe

With the culinary manned by Canada's Iron Chef, Rob Feenie, Cactus Club Cafe features an innovative and lip-smacking cuisine. The kitchen rolls out tantalizing dishes like tuna tataki, calamari, steaks like peppercorn sirloin, creole steak and mains like double braised pineapple hoison short rib and the chef's special Rob’s hunter chicken. The ambiance here is a cross between casual and upscale fine dining, you can even choose to dine on their outside patio. Their wine menu is also quite extensive and you can choose a fine wine to accompany your meal. Head here, if you're looking out for a classy evening of fine dining.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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The Five Sails Restaurant

Both the cuisine and views are delicious at this elegant five-star restaurant in the Pan Pacific Hotel. Classy, elegant and modern; adjectives that perfectly describe this 125-seat city dining room. International cuisine is served here, with a selection of West Coast specialties. Try the Grilled Rare Ahi Tuna or the Roasted Baby Chicken Breast infused with wild mushrooms. A fine wine list and dessert menu await your perusal.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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P2B Bistro & Bar

P2B Bistro & Bar is part of the Ocean Wise chain and is located in the prestigious Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. The upscale establishment serves a contemporary menu of timeless favorites. In addition to lunch and dinner, they open for breakfast, catering to early birds in the neighborhood. Sip on perfect libations out on the lovely terrace or dine behind the floor-to-ceiling glass facades among elegant interiors. Enjoy panoramic ocean vistas that paint a tranquil, almost therapeutic picture.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Mahony & Sons

There are plenty if Irish bars around the city but none of them provide as Irish an experience as Mahony & Sons does. Maybe it's the serene Burrard Landing location or the authentic Irish food they serve, Mahony & Sons stands out as a traditional Irish bar, with a personality of its own. The food menu comprises a variety of dishes like Irish Potato soup, Irish Sausage Bangers & Mash and other delectable treats. Quenching your thirst, the pub has a wide array of drinks, with wines and pints all ready to be poured. The wall-mounted television screen broadcasts live sporting action from all over. Regular live-music performances are hosted as well. Call ahead or check website to know more.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Simpatico

One whiff of the aroma from this kitchen is enough to transport diners from the West Coast's rainy winter streets to the Greek Isle's sunny shorelines. This large Kitsilano restaurant has two dining floors with a rustic charm, and walls adorned with pictures of Greeks in traditional costumes. The blue-on-blue checkered tablecloths add a touch of the Mediterranean. Start with the Hummus and Pita appetizer, then move on to the Lamb Souvlaki or Moussaka for an entrée. Retsina is the beverage of choice here. Finish it off with a honeyed Baklava for dessert.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Cardero's

This sophisticated restaurant boasts outstanding views from its Coal Harbour location. Set among the seaplanes and yachts of the marina, the waterfront deck is the prime location to enjoy a meal on a summer's day. The west coast-inspired bistro is renowned for its fresh fish creations and especially its Salmon baked on a cedar plank in a wood-burning oven. If you prefer a steak, the Marbled Prime Rib Steak is a favourite among regulars. Enjoy the food and take in the beautiful view of the marina.

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Lift Bar & Grill

Posh and classy, this restaurant offers some great views of the Coal Harbor cityscape, the North Shore Mountains and Stanley Park. If you can tear your sights away from these breathtaking views, it would be only to ravage through an extensive menu, serving some of the best meat and fish dishes one can find. The staff is welcoming and the service is in keeping with the smart and cheerful décor, which is accentuated by two outdoor fireplaces. Bite into some lip-smacking Crab Rolls, followed by Chicken Breast and Warm Honey Potato Salad. Pairing up a dish with wine does not require an expert, for the list is full of Canadian and international favorites. At the end of it all, you may be presented with a rather hefty bill, but for the food, ambiance and service, it's worth every cent!

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