The view from The Grille at Country Meadows Golf Course. (PHOTOS: TARA LEE)
With the BC Day long weekend promising to be absolutely gorgeous, you’ll have plenty of opportunity (and rays) to relax on one of Richmond’s stand-out patios. If you’re looking for a stunning view and great food and drink, here are five patios that are perfect for making the most of your summer.
1. Pier 73
Enjoy views of the Fraser River from this hidden gem, found just behind the Pacific Gateway Hotel. Executive chef Morgan Lechner is deeply committed to local and sustainable ingredients, sourcing from producers like Barnston Island Herbs, Pacific Provider and Double R Ranch. Lunch features delicious “hand helds,” like a crispy breaded halibut burger on a brioche bun, while dinner includes mains like ling cod with black barley risotto, or a grilled flat iron steak with seasonal veggies. The brioche French toast, served with blueberry compote and Gelderman Farms’ bacon, is reason alone to come here for weekend brunch.
Location: Pacific Gateway Hotel, 3500 Cessna Dr.
Sockeye City Grill boasts picturesque sightlines of Fisherman’s Wharf in Steveston. Sockeye’s patio is perfect for people-watching those who stroll lazily along the boardwalk, ice cream in hand. The beer battered fish ‘n’ chips (halibut, cod or wild B.C. salmon) is excellent, as are the many other dishes on the menu that showcase fresh, West Coast seafood, like Dungeness crab simmered in white wine, lemon and garlic, and served with Caesar salad. A glass of Quail’s Gate rosé makes for a lovely summer accompaniment.
Location: 108-3800 Bayview St.
This under-the-radar patio is a secluded oasis, located pool-side, and shaded by trees and other greenery. The menu features casual favourites, like the Cajun chicken quesadilla; wings (hot, mega hot, honey garlic, BBQ or salt and pepper); the grilled cheese sandwich with white cheddar, Gouda, and maple-cured bacon on dark rye bread; and a meat lover’s flatbread with pepperoni, salami, bacon and andouille sausage. If you stop by at lunch, look out for Harold Cross, who has been coming to the restaurant (named after him) every day for more than 35 years.
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway
4. The Grille
After a leisurely round of golf, unwind at The Grille (the Country Meadows Golf course restaurant that’s open to the public), whose outdoor space offers views of the greens, ponds, as well as vibrant flower planters. The menu includes many crowd-pleasers, which incorporate free-range poultry, sustainable seafood and vegetables from their own local farm. Popular lunch items are the crab and shrimp melt on French loaf, and the prime rib sliders topped with horseradish mayo. Dinner offers more substantial entreés, like panko-crusted chicken breast with wild mushroom gravy and seasonal veggies.
Location: Country Meadows Golf Course, 8400 Number 6 Rd.
This popular local spot, run by the successful Mark James Group, is basically one big patio, with huge windows for taking in the Strait of Georgia, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. A coveted seat on the actual patio allows you to watch (and hear) the Harbour Air seaplanes arriving and taking off. Expect plenty of elevated pub classics, like their ‘big ol’ plate of nachos, as well as West Coast plates like ginger soy salmon, halibut and prawn skewers with jasmine rice and seasonal veggies. Choose from their many cocktails, like a raspberry mojito, or craft beer selections, like Red Truck Ale’s Shock Top Belgian White. Local Tip: If you don’t want to drive to the pub, take advantage of their free shuttle that operates Wed-Sun, from 6 p.m. to closing, for those living in Marpole and in Richmond, west of Number 7 Road.
Location: 4760 Inglis Dr.