You don't need your passport to whisk yourself away somewhere tropical this year. Baranga's on the Beach in Hamilton will let you pretend you're on a Mediterranean getaway while on the shores of Lake Ontario. This award-winning Greek restaurant is up and running with a magical beachside patio that will transport you on a mini holiday.
Located on the beach, this local shoreline establishment serves up colourful cuisine in a bright and airy outdoor space.
There is a waterfront view, with string lights hanging from above your seat to add a warm glow to your evening.
The outdoor dining area has patio umbrellas at the tables, so you can enjoy your food and drinks on the breezy terrace without getting a sunburn.
Pretend you've been whisked away to a quiet eatery in Mykonos at this charming and quaint Hamilton restaurant.
The food offers a selection of shareable plates that are packed with a variety of Mediterranean ingredients and flavours.
You can hit this patio up every day of the week, and they run on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations!
The venue is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m., so you can grab lunch or stop by for a cocktail and dinner plates in the evening.
They ask that you keep your group under six people.
So, you can show up with a small group of friends for lunch before spending the rest of the day in the city.
There is a two-hour limit on tables, so after your food, grab your towel and sunscreen for a beach day.
If you're looking for other patios that will whisk you away, The Social Pub is full of tiki huts that will make you feel like you're in Hawaii.
Pretend you're on an exotic getaway while keeping it local this summer.
Baranga's On The Beach
Address: 380 Van Wagner Beach Rd., Hamilton, ON
Why You Need To Go: Pretend you've escaped to the Mediterranean at this beachfront restaurant in Ontario.