Al fresco drinking and dining is back! After what feels like a lifetime, summer has arrived in Canada. This means that patio season is finally upon us, and it’s time to update our patio bucket list. Whether it’s ten minutes away, or several hours away, these incredible Canadian patios are worth travelling for.
If you enjoy having an extraordinary view with your brunch, look no further than this.
These patios from all across the country showcase some of Canada’s most beautiful and breathtaking scenes, all while you’re enjoying a cocktail or dinner.
From rooftop bars that offer the best city-centric views, to lakefront patios and restaurants beside the ocean, there’s just so much to taste, see and experience.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic rooftop date, or a unique adventure to share with your BFFs, these patio experiences should be at the top of every Canadian's summer bucket list.
Let’s be honest, does anything sound better than exploring Canada’s most unique patios on a warm summer's day, drink in hand, sun on your face, in a drop-dead-gorgeous setting?
What are you waiting for?!
Terrasse Sur L'Auberge
Cuisine: French Bistro
Address: 97 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal, QC
Why You Need To Go: With one of the best locations in Montreal, this French bistro is a Quebec hotspot. It’s got life-affirming views of the Old Port and the St. Lawrence River, and you’ll want to spend a lifetime people-watching and cocktail-sipping here.
Cabana Waterfront Patio
Cuisine: "Upscale Eats"
Address: 11 Polson St., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: This place has been recently revamped from a pool bar and lounge to a huge waterfront patio. The $300,000 renovation project now focuses on delicious food and cocktails, with an unbelievable backdrop of downtown Toronto.
To give you an idea how popular it is, it recently received 4,100 reservation requests in just 5 hours. Now that’s got to be worth checking out!
Tavern on the Falls
Cuisine: Bar & Grill
Address: 1 John St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This iconic spot should be on every Canadian's patio bucket list. Located in Canada's capital, you can enjoy cocktails and snacks while listening to the Rideau Falls. With views of the falls, the city and the river, it's not hard to see why this place is super-popular with locals and tourists alike.
Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
Address: 777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: This local favourite has both an oyster bar and a rooftop patio, and it's a great spot to celebrate a special occasion. With stunning views of downtown Vancouver, combined with world-class seafood, you'll love this city-centric restaurant experience.
Cuisine: Brewery & Mixed Eatery
Address: 1253 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: This place has been voted Vancouver's best patio for several years in a row, and it's not hard to see why. Located right beside the water, this local-favourite has panoramic views not only of the docks, but also the city and the mountains.
River Cafe Restaurant
Cuisine: Mixed Eatery
Address: 25 Prince’s Island, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: This wonderful little spot is the perfect place to go if you want to get lost in nature. Surrounded by trees and located beside the Bow River, this spot has inspiring scenery in all directions.
Pier 7 Restaurant
Address: 25 Wallace Mews Rd., North Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: This dreamy Westend spot has panoramic views of the city and the ocean, so you can get the best of both worlds here. With Happy Hour drinks and bites starting at just $5, you don’t have to break the bank to drink and dine, either!
Stella's au CCFM
Address: 340 Provencher Blvd., Winnipeg, MB
Why You Need To Go: This sweet little spot will transport you straight to Europe, as it's brimming with all the French-vibes. It's got a patio with summery views, an affordable menu, and a delicious range of snacks and treats. What more could you possibly wish for?
Cuisine: Rooftop Bar & Grill
Address: 106 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Montreal is a pretty city, and nowhere quite makes the most of it like Terrasse Nelligan. Here, you can soak up the dreamy European vibes of the Old City, as well as the St. Lawrence River. The best part is, this place has retractable awnings so you can sit out and enjoy the atmosphere rain or shine.
Cuisine: Mixed Cuisine
Address: 1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This Ottawa-favourite is located beside Dow’s Lake, and the waterside views are second-to-none. In addition to the stunning surroundings, the patio itself is also super cute. This place is an Insta-lovers dream come true.
The Lower Deck
Cuisine: Bar & Grill
Address: 1887 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS
Why You Need To Go: This waterfront pub is as quirky as they come. With servers wearing kilts and an oceanside, sun-drenched patio, this is the place to go if you’re searching for a spot of Maritime hospitality.
Spencers at the Waterfront
Address: 1340 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON
Why You Need To Go: With breathtaking views of Lake Ontario, you’ll truly feel like you’ve escaped the city here. This spot has great food, a relaxed atmosphere, and it’s super romantic for date-night. Seafood with a sea view, anyone?
Address: 1016 8 St. SW, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: While this gorgeous little spot doesn't have a scenic view per-se, the setting is so stunning that it cannot be excluded from your patio bucket list. It's so beautiful that people actually get married here. You'll be transported to Italy within moments of walking through the door. Dreamy!
All research done in this article is by the author. Restaurants never pay to be featured on Narcity's "Best Of" lists; furthermore, this list represents a showcase of great spots, and is not a numbered ranking.