On a chilly West Coast evening, nothing compares to a cozy Vancouver restaurant and a fireside meal. Here are 10 of our favourite places to dine near a warm, cheerful fireplace.
Aptly named, this inviting and cozy restaurant atop North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain provides unforgettable views of the Lower Mainland from 1,125 metres (3,700 feet) up. Settle in by the magnificent fireplace and enjoy hearty cuisine with West Coast flavours. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, fish, seafood and pastas.
Altitudes Bistro, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, 604-998-4398, website
The Boathouse Restaurant
This Kitsilano restaurant, located west of downtown Vancouver, lets you get cozy by the large stone fireplace and sample surf ‘n’ turf fare made with local and fresh ingredients. Grab a seat near the window for gorgeous views of the water.
The Boathouse Restaurant on Kits Beach, 1305 Arbutus St., 604-738-5487, boathouserestaurants.com
The Keg Steakhouse and Bar
Get cozy by the multi-level fireplace at this Vancouver restaurant institution and peruse the extensive menu, which includes fine cuts of steak along with seafood and chicken—although our favourite is The Keg’s ever-popular prime rib.
The Keg Steakhouse and Bar in Yaletown, 1011 Mainland St., 604-633-2534, website
Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge
Dark wood, upholstery and romantic candlelight create a luxurious yet cozy atmosphere at this Vancouver restaurant-lounge. Bask in the warm fireside glow and tuck into classic items from the protein-heavy menu, such as strip loin, lamb, scallops or salmon.
Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge, 845 Hornby St., 604-608-5319, website
The Fish House in Stanley Park
Overlooking English Bay, this charming, historic eatery specializes in fresh seafood from the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy Ocean Wise favourites such as sablefish, ahi tuna and arctic char while getting cozy by the fireplace or enjoying views of Vancouver’s English Bay.
The Fish House in Stanley Park, 8901 Stanley Park Dr., 604-681-7275, fishhousestanleypark.com
Immerse yourself in the warmth of this Vancouver restaurant’s fireplace and traditional Italian decor. Try classic yet elegant items such as calamari, ravioli or the braised lamb shank with polenta. The award-winning wine cellar is worth exploring, too.
La Terrazza, 1088 Cambie St., 604-899-4449, laterrazza.ca
The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant
Savour modern West Coast cuisine at this cozy Granville Island restaurant, just west of downtown Vancouver. Make yourself at home next to the fireplace and the grand piano to enjoy live music. Seafood favourites include crab, sushi, scallops and live lobster.
The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant, 1535 Johnston St., 604-669-9030, website
You’ll want to curl up and linger by the fireplace in this romantic and cozy restaurant in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Choose from a wide selection of regional dishes, including BC’s legendary salmon, while absorbing the magnificent view of English Bay and the mountains.
The Teahouse, 7501 Stanley Park Dr., 604-669-3281, website
Yew Restaurant + Bar
Enjoy modern coastal cuisine, including freshly shucked oysters and foie gras. Relaxing by the fireside, you may find yourself dreaming about warm summer nights.
Yew Restaurant + Bar, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W. Georgia St., 604-692-4939, yewrestaurant.com
Cardero’s Restaurant Marine Pub
Tapas, salmon and juicy items from the grill are always a hit, along with an enviable location in Coal Harbour. The large fireplace makes this Vancouver restaurant’s cozy setting even more warm and welcoming.
Cardero’s Restaurant Marine Pub, 1583 Coal Harbour Quay, 604-669-7666, website