It’s a T-shirt-warm summer evening and you’re hanging with friends on the chatty patio of your favourite Richmond restaurant. A golden sunset is painting itself across the sky, the table is filled with delicious dishes and chilled libations and a deep reverie of relaxation is reminding you that you really need to do this more often.
Not sure where to go next? Read on for 10 alfresco drink and dine patio hotspots to discover in Richmond––complete with our tasty menu suggestions. Then gather your group and head on over while the sun is still shining.
Flying Beaver Bar & Grill
4760 Inglis Drive, Richmond
A sunset-hugging hotspot overlooking the Middle Arm of the Fraser River, this shoreline charmer where seaplanes arrive and depart is one of Richmond’s best pub-style restaurants. Tables on the deck are always popular but many of the indoor seats also offer expansive river views. Menu-wise, you’ll find a huge array of hearty pub grub classics, from tacos to pizzas and from burgers to breakfasts. Consider the daily specials and add a B.C. craft beer to you order.
Must try: Go for the ginger-glazed wild B.C. salmon burger with a Red Truck Paloma Wheat Ale.
Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant
140-3866 Bayview Street, Richmond
This Steveston favourite fuses top-notch seafood with a classy but casual ambiance––plus tables offering great views of the colourful boats bobbling in Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll find plenty of perfectly prepared ocean treats to dive into, from fresh local oysters to quinoa-crusted sockeye salmon and from shrimp pesto flatbreads to shareable seafood platters. B.C. wines are also well represented here; ask your server for pairing recommendations.
Must try: The ‘canoe size’ chilled seafood platter is a shareable feast of crab, mussels, salmon, oysters and more. Pair it with a Road 13 Blind Creek Viognier.
Harold’s Kitchen & Bar
7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond
It’s easy to miss the hidden gem courtyard patio at Harold’s, the restaurant tucked inside the city centre Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. But we love starting a sunny day here with a hearty alfresco brunch––then coming back in the late afternoon to refuel with shareable Happy Hour appetizers and some well-priced drinks specials (served 3pm to 6pm every day).
Must try: The shareable Nosh & Bites platter of prawn skewers, chicken strips, dry ribs and more––plus a Destiny IPA from Richmond’s Fuggles & Warlock craft brewery.
12351 Third Avenue, Richmond
Walk down their dedicated Fisherman’s Wharf ramp and place your order at legendary fish and chips purveyor Pajo’s––a floating eatery serving arguably B.C.’s best golden-fried treats. Snag a table near the serving hatch or head back up to the Wharf where additional tables––and more expansive views––await. Pajo’s has mastered fish and chips (in cod, halibut or salmon versions), but they also offer everything from tacos to cod burgers to amazing house-made chowder.
Must try: Battered wild salmon and fries––complete with secret-recipe tartar sauce––plus a chilled Fentimans ginger beer.
Britannia Brewing Taphouse
250-12240 Second Avenue, Richmond
Looking to pair your patio meal with a lip-smacking local libation? Snag a parasol-shaded table outside Britannia Brewing in the heart of Steveston Village. You’ll find buttermilk fried chicken, mussel and clam bowls and their highly popular gourmet beef burger on the menu––plus a weekend brunch that’s one of the most popular in town. Beer-wise, peruse a full array of tempting Britannia brews––then go for the four-glass sampler to find your favourite.
Must try: We love the beer-battered wild rockfish and shoestring fries. Add a citrusy Riptide IPA for the full effect.
The Story Café Eatery & Bar
2800 Sexsmith Road, Richmond
Booking ahead is recommended at this highly popular restaurant-bar near Canada Line’s Bridgeport Station––especially if you’re craving one of their sought-after patio tables. Loved by local brunch fans (its served daily until 2:45pm), we particularly enjoy the laid-back evening vibe here, which often comes with a side order of live music (consider Jazz Trio Wednesdays). Food-wise, share some baked oysters, steak bites or truffle fries and add a summer-friendly cocktail or a B.C. craft beer from the well-curated selection.
Must try: Go for the scallops and pork belly, preferably after a sip-tastic summer Cosmo, which fuses mango, vodka, limoncello and more.
Catch Kitchen + Bar
200-3866 Bayview Street, Richmond
Perhaps the best views in Richmond are to be had from the upper-floor patio of this Steveston shoreline favourite. Drink in the vista of colourful boats, gabled wooden buildings and sunset-streaked mountain peaks while you peruse a menu of elevated comfort food such as seafood pasta, rack of lamb and some highly tempting gourmet burgers. B.C. wines jostle for attention with international offerings here, while the beer options include several well-chosen local producers.
Must try: The juicy barbecue bacon burger, plus a bomber bottle of Strawberry Wit from Fuggles & Warlock.
Curve Lounge (at River Rock Casino Resort)
8811 River Road, Richmond
The lobby-level lounge tucked between the curving escalators inside River Rock’s main entrance also comes with a large outdoor seating area that faces the sparkling Fraser River shoreline. An idyllic spot for a sunset-hugging dinner, the menu fuses top-notch West Coast ingredients with international influences from Asia and beyond. Toast the views with a perfectly made cocktail or a large glass of wine––you’ll find several top B.C. wineries represented here.
Must try: The lemon soy salmon is a perfect summertime dish––complete with a nicely chilled glass of Quails’ Gate rosé.
Chop Steakhouse & Bar
10251 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
Located at the Sandman Signature Vancouver Airport Hotel, Chop is one of those rare hotel restaurants that’s also popular with local diners. Its lounge-like indoor dining area is year-round busy, but summer sees the foliage-studded patio bursting into life. The banquette tables are cozy (we especially love the circular ones), while the menu delivers tempting dishes from baby back ribs to seared scallops––plus a full array of steak options. Drinks-wise, you’ll find a huge selection of wines and cocktails plus some well-curated beer offerings
Must try: Steaks are a Chop specialty and we’re big fans of their smoked rib eye––perhaps with a bold cabernet from B.C.’s Tinhorn Creek.
The Lakeside Grill (at Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club)
5460 No. 7 Road, Richmond
Rolling views of the verdant Mayfair Lakes golf course framed by the majestic North Shore mountains are the side dish for any visit to the site’s Lakeside Grill restaurant. Aim for a parasol-shaded table on the flower-fringed patio, and then dive into a menu with a delicious West Coast approach––plus more than a few choice international options such as pad Thai and pork schnitzel. Happy Hour fan? You’ll also find tempting drink and dine deals here from 2pm to 5pm daily.
Must try: In the mood for a gourmet burger? Go for the pan-blackened Cajun sockeye version, and add a tasty B.C. craft beer.
Last Updated on November 4, 2022 by Tourism Richmond