Vancouver has no shortage of restaurants or beautiful landscapes to appreciate. From dreamy sunsets and picturesque harbour fronts, to bustling cityscapes and rugged mountains; there is much to see and appreciate.
So next time you’re in the city, consider checking out some of these accessible restaurants with the dreamiest (and most Instagrammable!) views. The best part is there’s no hiking required and refreshing cocktails are always guaranteed.
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The views: Enjoy French Mediterranean cuisine and a waterfront view at Provence Marinaside located in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood. This restaurant offers a full menu of seafood dishes and is home to an award-winning wine list. Patio seating and a large window wall allow restaurant-goers to observe False Creek and the seawall walk. With a light and breezy, yet sophisticated feel, Provence Marinaside aims to cultivate a dining experience reminiscent of that in the South of France.
The space: Provence Marinaside is brimming with natural light due to the building’s sizable windows and soft colour palette. There are ample seating options, as well as lowered tables. The entrance leading into the patio is level with the sidewalk, allowing easy access for wheelchair- users. The washroom facility is spacious and equipped with grab-bars and a barrier-free seat, making Provence Marinaside fairly accessible overall.
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The views: Stop by Dockside Restaurant for dinner, brunch, lunch or Happy Hour to take in the vastly impressive skyline which puts the city and the North Shore Mountains on full-display. Chef Simon McNeil serves a variety of farm fresh and sea-to-table options and the views inside this restaurant are just as animated as the ones out. In the dining-room, a 50-foot aquarium sits in front of an open-concept kitchen and the Gold Plates award-winning patio provides a serene atmosphere that harbours sunlight until the late afternoon.
The space: Dockside Restaurant is situated in the dog-friendly Granville Island Hotel; one of Vancouver’s top boutique hotels. The space has step-free access to the patio and indoor seating where the tables are low. Accessible parking is also available as well as an accessible washroom.
The views: This spot showcases another amazing view of the city from every seat in the house. The restaurant serves a relaxed and cozy ambiance and, like the name indicates, seafood. Dig into the fresh oysters bar or one of Sandbar’s vegetarian options while taking in the grand skyline through the ceiling to floor windows.
The space: The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant entrance is accessible via a small elevator, and the restaurant itself is quite large once you’re in. While the top deck is only reachable by steps, the main dining floor, which seats 120 people, has many seating options at differing heights. A roomy dance floor also in this rustic, casual dining space.
The views: Positioned at the very highest point of Vancouver, and nestled in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park, Seasons In The Park boasts a panoramic view of the mountain range and city skyline. The restaurant is only a 10-minute drive from the city’s centre. Seasons In The Park provides an elegant dining experience nestled in greenery.
The space: There is a ramp at the entrance of Seasons In The Park; however, no automatic door buttons. Inside, there are a few washroom options. The first washroom available is a single-person, private space which is furnished with a change table. In addition, the women’s and men’s washrooms include two accessible stalls.
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The views: Miku Waterfront is a Japanese restaurant known for its sustainable, Aguri-Style cuisine, and lively atmosphere. Miku Waterfront sits alongside the Burrard Inlet. Admire the stunning waterfront through the glass wall or spend time on the outdoor patio tasting a specially curated menu developed by Chef Kazuhiro.
The space: To arrive at the entrance of Miku Waterfront, one must go through the underground parking lot. In the lot, there is a set of elevators which lead to the lobby of the restaurant. The dining room itself is quite spacious, and there is an accessible washroom equipped with automatic functions and grab-bars.
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The views: Cactus Club Cafe Coal Harbour is located in the Jack Poole Plaza across from the Olympic Cauldron and the Vancouver Convention Centre. Although this is a chain restaurant with numerous locations across the country, this particular location cannot be missed as it’s panoramic views of the North Shore Mountains and Stanley Park are truly spectacular. Their menu was designed by Executive Chef Rob Feenie and focuses on the freshest sustainable and local ingredients, including Ocean Wise sustainable seafood. It is the perfect option if you’re looking for something vibrant and trendy, yet still casual.
The space: This restaurant is very large and spacious inside, with wheelchair accessible dining room and patio seating. The best part is that it features a “sea-to-sky” terrace with retractable glass wall for open-air dining as well as a 40-seat private dining room.
About the Author
Tori Hunter is a writer and travel enthusiast, passionate about redefining the way we view accessibility and the disabled experience. She has worked alongside numerous organizations to help dismantle access barriers, and in her free time, she likes to share her adventures as a wheelchair user on her Instagram @torihunter.blog
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