It’s almost summer time! Patios are the trendiest outings for Ottawans to enjoy the summer sweetness.
When the weather is warm, it is natural for you to desire a patio seating at your favorite restaurants rather than being cooped indoors as in the cold months.
Due to the summer climate, Ottawans are attracted to places with sunshine exposure to enjoy amazing views, stellar drinks, delicious foods, and inner-city ambiance.
So, we’ve scoped out the best patios in Ottawa that should last you from the beginning of summer until the end.
The Black Tomato
11 George St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5
Opened way back in 1995, this restaurant’s authentic stone heritage architecture from the 17th century makes it stand out. The front exterior will not prepare you for the cozy experience as their courtyard patio is hidden out of sight in the backyard. On a warm day, this is the best seating at the restaurant but usually gets filled up quickly due to the limited number of tables. You should have a wonderful time choosing from their wide Canadian cuisines and don’t miss out trying the Black Tomato Soup for which they are named.
Heart & Crown
67 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5P5
With over 10 Irish pubs run by Heart & Crown in five different locations across Ottawa, they are a popular go-to place for that unique dining-out experience. They offer quite a wide selection of thrills to immerse you into the bar and grill restaurant flow. Their restaurant located on Clarence Street has several patios giving more room to enjoy your food and drinks on a warm night. The live music entertainment is one of the central attractions in combination with the tasteful food and chilled drinks.
Cornerstone Bar & Grill
92 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B5
The trending appeal for this restaurant is not so much on the gastronomy. Rather, many people rave about the amazing view of the patio which overlooks the Byward Market. Unlike other restaurants which only have a small patio area, at Cornerstone Bar & Grill, the backyard patio can comfortably accommodate up to 18 people. There is also a spraying mist to keep you cool on a warm day on the patio. It is no wonder it has been described as the favorite summer patio in the Byward Market.
21 George St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5
This exquisite stone building housing the restaurant is reminiscent of a cobbled patio in Ottawa. This renowned patio is known to be one of the amazing spots in the city during summer. Even though you are outside while on the patio, it has a secluded feeling which still allows you to have a private experience. There are trees to protect you from rays of the sun or from drizzling rain. This is also a perfect location for weddings and other romantic events.
Mill St. Brew Pub
555 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1R 1C5
This is a classic setting to have bar bites and that breezy pub experience. There are two quaint patios demarcated by a short stone wall, one overlooking the river and the other facing the parking area. They have a wide selection of craft beers and great options for weekend brunch.
LOCAL Public Eatery
825 Exhibition Way #107, Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3
At Local Public Eatery, you can enjoy nice burgers and rotating craft beers on the tap. The interior commonly gets loud and busy. Therefore, the patio area is a favorite seating option for many persons. There are long tables which allow for group seating and it is that place you can stop for a game night and also enjoy great music from the DJ.
434 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1S 4N4
This Italian pub gives the thrill of multiple experiences. Their menu has a wide selection of thin crust pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and pastas. Their beer bible features a large selection of draught beers native to Canada and imports from other countries. They offer two dynamic patio options – if you don’t mind the buzz, you can choose the on-sidewalk patio which overlooks the street or you may prefer the quieter and picturesque Abbey patio.
1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Ottawa, ON K1S 5K7
This is a classic Mexican bar and restaurant mainly offering dinner menus alongside great appetizers and different kinds of nachos dishes. Their patio is only open during the warm summer months and has a beautiful view overlooking the Dow’s Lake. It gives you the near exciting feel of eating while on a water cruise. The patio is built deck-style with wooden floors and tables taking up to four plastic chairs.
825 Exhibition Way #103, Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3
JOEY Lansdowne offers a mix of American and Canadian food including gluten free options. Their patio comes with a unique atmosphere created by the appealing lounge music. This gives it a good ambiance for romantic dates and other events. During the summer months, the patio is usually busy as the site is a common favorite.
156 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5C1
With a fusion of European and Canadian bar options, you will find a cozy pub atmosphere especially with the presence of the live bands. They also have quite a wide selection of beers. There is a patio overlooking the Sparks Street, covered with small umbrellas. This is a great spot to sit during warm days for your brunch or at night for the ultimate pub experience.
Metropolitain Brasserie & Restaurant
700 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 1K4
Located near the Parliament Buildings, this French and Canadian bar offers a full restaurant menu including brunch, lunch, and dinner. Though close to the street, the outside seating area is a little bit below the street level which helps to reduce the noise level. There is also the romantic patio seating under the shaded trees which makes it the most desired seating spot during summer. With an uplifting contemporary cocktail and a calm summer breeze, you’ll feel the summer excitement immediately.