It’s finally spring! The temperature is warming up, the sun is coming out, and the tulips are beginning to bloom. While patio season isn’t quite the same right now, it’s never too early to start dreaming about cocktails, mocktails and watching the sun go down with your besties. If you’re ready to start planning, all of Ottawa’s best patios should be on your summer bucket list.
We’ve been staying home a little more than usual recently, and many of us are already missing margaritas on a pretty patio, with a beautiful city view, and all of our BFFs.
However, while we can’t go and enjoy Ottawa’s best alfresco experiences just yet, there’s no time like the present to start making plans for the future.
Let’s be honest, does anything sound better than reuniting with your loved ones on a warm evening, drink in hand, sun on your skin, on a gorgeous rooftop patio?
Whether you’ve sat and sipped on every Ottawa patio there is, or whether you’re a total newbie to the wonders of outdoor eating, we’ve got you!
From authentic Italian cuisine and perfect poutine, to handcrafted cocktails and mega-local beers, there’s a little something in O-Town for everyone.
Prepare to be inspired by some of the city’s most iconic locations, and make sure your summer bucket list has at least one of these outside adventures.
Address: 434 Preston St, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: It would be totally unholy to miss out on this church-themed experience. With incredible Italian snacks, local brews, religious decor and a spacious patio, it's got everything!
Tavern on the Falls
Cuisine: Bar & Grill
Address: 1 John St, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Views, views, views! When it comes to securing the best patio photo-op in Ottawa, look no further than this.
Address: 75 Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: With authentic Italian dishes and an incredible view of the canal, this is the perfect spot for a relaxing summer lunch with your besties.
Cuisine: Cocktails and Canadian cuisine
Address: 537 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Bring your bougie friends, because SOCIAL is one of Ottawa's most divine! This spot is just the right amount of fancy, and the cocktails are to-die-for.
Cuisine: British Pub
Address: 356 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Shout it from the rooftops! This laid-back bar has a rooftop patio, reasonably priced local beers, and an all-round British vibe. Lovely.
Mill Street Brew Pub
Address: 555 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Beer drinkers, this one's for you. This boozy brewpub is perfect for post-isolation catch-ups, and you'll be happy to sit here for hours.
Address: 297 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Relax on this elevated patio and watch the world go by. After weeks of staying at home, there will be no better sight than a busy city centre!
Les Brasseurs du Temps
Address: 170 Rue Montcalm, Gatineau, QC
Why You Need To Go: With gorgeous fairy lights and a super romantic atmosphere, this Insta-friendly spot is perfect for that post-isolation meal with your lover.
Cuisine: Local cuisine
Address: 1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Located within the historic Fairmont Château Laurier hotel, this is definitely one of the most scenic spots in the city. There's top-class service and outstanding views of the Ottawa River. However, it's not a cheap night out!
Address: 118 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Glass of wine and a pizza, anyone? This dreamy spot has traditional Italian fare and a covered cocktail bar, what more could you possibly need?!
Copper Spirits and Sights
Cuisine: Cocktail Lounge
Address: 325 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: There's stellar city views, a chic outdoor lounge, and live music every weekend. This should be your go-to for a super special night out.
Cuisine: Southern California Inspired Street Food
Address: 683 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This place is inspired by the laid-back vibes of California. There's a warm atmosphere and a custom cocktail program, bonus!
Cuisine: Mixed Cuisine
Address: 1001 Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This gorgeous spot could be the most Insta-worthy patio in the whole of Ottawa. It's got awe-inspiring views of Dow's Lake, an incredible drinks menu, and there's no better place to take those post-lockdown selfies.
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.