By TIM PAWSEY
Vancouver boasts no shortage of superlative patios. But these ones take outdoor dining to the next level, literally.
• Black + Blue (pictured) A glass-sided elevator whisks you to this smart space with a dedicated open kitchen and state-of-the-art charcoal-fired oven. Top pick? Steaks cooked to perfection.
• The Salmon House on the Hill This long-running destination high above West Van boasts jaw-dropping vistas of downtown, Stanley Park and across to Vancouver Island. Alder-grilled salmon is a specialty. Go early for cocktails and appetizers on the discreet deck.
• Seasons in the Park This partially covered and heated deck in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Park serves West Coast fare against a picturesque backdrop of downtown and the mountains.
• Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House Just a few steps above Robson’s hustle and bustle, this pampering roof garden obliges with a full menu, one of the city’s best selections of freshly shucked oysters, and crisp dry whites to match.