Patio season is in full swing! Take advantage of the pleasant weather by making your way to one of the many outdoor patios in the area, enhanced by lush foliage, sparkling lights, sunshine, fresh air and incredible views. There are plenty of restaurants in Vancouver with outdoor patios, many of which overlook the mighty Columbia River.
The next time you’re searching for an al fresco dining experience in Vancouver — we’ve got you covered!
1) At this time, Clark County is in Phase 2 of Washington’s phased reopening plan. That means restaurants and taverns may operate at no more than 50% capacity, table sizes must be limited to five people, and there is no bar seating available. While many restaurants are open indoors, some are either encouraging or only offering outdoor dining — making this the perfect time to dine al fresco. Click here for the latest COVID-19 updates in Vancouver.
2) Be sure to check with each restaurant (including their website and social media pages) before you go, as each one has varying guidelines in place at this time. Overall, guests are asked to wear a mask while they are not at their table, maintain a 6-foot distance from others, and avoid standing around or waiting in common areas. Some restaurants require reservations to dine-in.
Serving up all your favorite foods you’d find at the beach, from mussels and oysters to fresh salads and salmon, Beaches Restaurant and Bar has two locations in the area, including one along the Vancouver Waterfront. In addition to the many seafood options, Beaches serves a variety of burgers, sandwiches, pasta, bowls, steaks and more for both lunch and dinner. Take in outstanding river views from the outdoor patio, which has plenty of tables, colorful umbrellas, lush landscaping and sunshine. You’ll forget you’re in the middle of the city at this relaxing beachy getaway!
Bask in the historic setting of Officers’ Row by dining at The Eatery at the Grant House, which is situated in the elegant Ulysses S. Grant House. This exceptional farm-to-table restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner, plus a great happy hour menu Tuesday through Friday. They bring in fresh produce every day and fresh seafood three times a week. Plus, their herbs are grown on the premises, ensuring every bite is full of flavor. The outdoor patio is an especially dreamy space to enjoy a meal — and take in the beautiful scenery all around. You’ll feel like you’re dining on the patio of a neighbor’s elegant historic house, because in a way, you are!
Photo courtesy of Hilton Vancouver Washington
Situated in the Hilton Hotel downtown, Grays is a redesigned contemporary restaurant serving Northwest eats, local craft brews, regional wines and craft cocktails. Their large outdoor patio is particularly magical during the summer. It features a wood trellis with canvas draped overhead, providing plenty of shade during the day, and twinkling lights for a romantic feel at night. Plus, the patio has several firepits to cozy up to with a glass of wine and some snacks to share.
WildFin has several locations in the region, from Renton all the way to Beaverton, Oregon, plus one right here in Vancouver along the Vancouver Waterfront. You’ll find just about anything you’re craving at this modern eatery, all of which is hand-crafted and locally sourced — from seafood to pasta and sandwiches to burgers. Not to mention, their full bar is packed with a variety of beers, cocktails and wines. WildFin boasts awe-inspiring river views from the patio, which has umbrellas for shade, heaters for warmth and string lights for ambiance.
Photo courtesy of McMenamins On The Columbia
Part of the beloved McMenamins family, McMenamins on the Columbia offers an ideal setting for river views — complemented by hearty pub fare and beers brewed on-site. There are no walls around the brewery, which means you can watch brewers at work during your visit. But trust us, you won’t be able to keep your eyes off the Columbia! Accordion-style doors open to the outdoor deck, which has plenty of tables situated against a short shrub and umbrellas overhead for shade.
After outgrowing its location downtown, Mt. Tabor Brewing moved up to Felida Village. Here, you’ll find a couple dozen beers on tap, plus Northwest cuisine and wood-fired pizza to complement your brew of choice. As a locally owned small business, they understand the importance of community — and sourcing their ingredients locally. Mt. Tabor Brewing does their best to purchase produce, proteins and goods from local PNW businesses. Their small, airy patio is the perfect place to enjoy both their beers and food on a warm day — especially since it has plenty of shade!
Who Song & Larry’s serves incredible Mexican food in a lively setting, enhanced with an expansive outdoor patio overlooking the river and bridge. Some of their specialties include carne asada and cheese enchiladas, slow-roasted carnitas, pollo fresco en adobo, and more. Plus, the margaritas at Who Song & Larry’s are hard to beat! Sit at the bar seats looking directly out at the water or gather around a table with your group — either way, you’re in one of the best settings for Columbia River views.
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This relatively new addition to the Vancouver dining scene has been welcomed with open arms. Overlooking the Columbia at the new Vancouver Waterfront, Twigs Bistro serves new American food alongside an expansive list of signature cocktails, local draft beer and wine. Plus, they have a variety of gluten-free and vegan options, and a Fresh Sheet, which features selections of local seasonal products that support every region they serve. Sip on a glass of wine and a delicious meal on their outdoor patio, which runs along the waterfront walkway. There’s even some lounge seating perfect for sipping and snacking!
While it’s not technically a restaurant, we had to include Maryhill Winery on this list! In 2019, Goldendale’s Maryhill Winery launched this new tasting room along the Vancouver Waterfront to serve fans and wine club members in the Portland/Vancouver area. Sample Maryhill’s robust wines and snack on a few small plates from their menu, which includes charcuterie boards, seafood offerings like Dungeness crab rolls, salads and other small, shareable plates.
Bon Appétit — Al Fresco Style!
What outdoor patio in Vancouver is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below — whether or not it’s on this list!