Northwestern US in Yaletown & Granville Island

This bright yellow waterfront bistro has one of Vancouver's best sunset patios from which to enjoy (slightly pricey) pub-style seafood such as chowder, halibut and chips, and a popular wild salmon sandwich. Accompany your dinner with a pitcher of Granville Island iced tea (if you have enough friends to finish it). There's also an evenings-only fine-dining room upstairs.

This upstairs white-tablecloth space cranks it up, with pork belly and lamb sirloins added to the seafood (as well as higher prices). But the view is the same one enjoyed by the regulars chattering on the patio below.