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The room is sophisticated, all dark leather chairs and rich reddish woods, a nice contemporary update for this century-old teahouse. But the decor isn’t the point: The view is, and the best place to enjoy that is from the heated patio outside. The Beach House gazes out across the Burrard Inlet toward Stanley Park and the Lion’s Gate Bridge; it’s surrounded by gardens and is just steps from the beach. The food is good, mostly seafood, much of it Ocean Wise, with some exotic touches, like the crispy Thai prawns and pressed sushi. But mostly you’ll find pretty traditional fare: fish and chips, lobster and prawn roll, lobster mac and cheese, fisherman’s pie. The Beach House is also a favorite spot for Saturday and Sunday brunch (try the Dungeness crab and shrimp omelet), and has a good wine list with an exceptional selection of BC bottles.