Ottawa’s Patios to Check out Before Summer Ends

As the warm summer breeze gently rustles the leaves and the sun casts its golden glow over the picturesque city of Ottawa, there’s no better way to savour the season than by indulging in the city’s finest outdoor dining experiences. Ottawa boasts a delightful array of patios that offer not only delectable culinary delights but also a charming ambiance that captures the essence of the city’s rich history and vibrant culture. We bring you a selection of Ottawa patios that might not be on your radar but promise an unforgettable experience.

Courtyard Restaurant
21 George Street

Tucked away in the heart of the ByWard Market, the Courtyard Restaurant offers an enchanting escape from the bustling city streets. This hidden gem is an intimate courtyard adorned with blooming flowers and twinkling fairy lights. The menu showcases a fusion of modern Canadian cuisine, focusing on locally sourced ingredients. Indulge in dishes like seared Ontario duck breast or pan-roasted Atlantic salmon, paired perfectly with an extensive selection of wines. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a celebration with friends, Courtyard Restaurant’s ambiance and culinary expertise make it a must-visit patio destination.

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Andaz Ottawa
325 Dalhousie Street

For those seeking a contemporary and stylish outdoor dining experience, the rooftop patio at Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market is a prime choice. Perched atop the hotel, this trendy space offers a 360-degree view of the city skyline. The patio’s modern design, complete with a sleek bar and cozy seating, sets the stage for enjoying inventive cocktails and small plates. Delight in dishes like lobster rolls and charcuterie boards while mingling with fellow patrons against the backdrop of Ottawa’s urban charm.

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350 Elgin Street

Giulia’s enchanting patio in Bouchey Square invites guests to experience a harmonious blend of authentic Italian flavours and al fresco elegance. Nestled amidst rustic-chic furnishings and greenery of neighbouring Jack Purcell Park, the patio offers a charming backdrop for indulging in exquisite handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas, each dish a testament to Giulia’s culinary passion. With a thoughtfully curated wine selection and a warm, welcoming ambiance, Giulia’s patio is more than a dining destination—it’s a sensory escape that transports patrons to the heart of Italy, where every bite tells a story and every moment is a celebration of the art of dining.

Photo: Giulia via Facebook

Umbrella Bar
1001 Queen Elizabeth Driveway

Located at Dow’s Lake, the Umbrella Bar offers a captivating lakeside escape in the heart of Ottawa. As vibrant umbrellas dance in the breeze, patrons are treated to a refreshing oasis where nature’s beauty converges with modern relaxation. Overlooking the waters, the Umbrella Bar provides a delightful array of culinary delights, from light and crisp salads to hearty sandwiches and artisanal charcuterie. Whether sipping on a handcrafted cocktail or enjoying a leisurely meal, the Umbrella Bar’s serene ambiance and picturesque backdrop create an idyllic setting for unforgettable lakeside dining experiences, where each moment becomes a sip of tranquillity and a taste of nature.

Photo: Umbrella Bar, Facebook

Sir John A
284 Elgin Street

Sir John A’s patio, nestled in the heart of Ottawa’s historic downtown, pays homage to Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, offering a captivating blend of history and excellent pub fare. With its vintage-inspired decor, classic wrought-iron accents, and lush greenery, the patio captures the Victorian-era ambiance while the contemporary menu celebrates Canada’s diverse flavours. As guests savour dishes like maple-glazed Atlantic salmon and indulge in Canadian wines and craft beers, they’re enveloped in an atmosphere that commemorates the visionary leadership and enduring legacy of Sir John A., making each visit a gastronomic journey through history.

Tavern on the Falls
1 John Street, Ottawa

This hidden gem adjacent to the Embassy of France in Canada offers a close-up look at the impressive Rideau Falls paired with wines, sangrias and beers. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for outdoor lovers. Tavern on the Falls boasts stunning views of the Gatineau Hills and the Ottawa River. The menu features snacks like a charcuterie board, tacos and hot dogs alongside a variety of drinks.

Photo: Tavern on the Falls via Facebook

Working Title Kitchen + Café
330 Laurier Avenue East

A wonderful urban space in a former Sandy Hill Anglican Church, Working Title Kitchen + Cafe is a great spot at any time of day. Start your morning with a coffee and one of their fresh baked goods from their on-site pastry chef. Enjoy their chef’s creations for lunch and dinner, or head there for an evening drink on the patio—you can’t beat the leafy ambiance.

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