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Patios You Won't Want to Miss This Season

Posted on August 8, 2020

Victoria, British Columbia is known as a food mecca. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria boasts more restaurants per capita than almost any other city in Canada. With seemingly endless outdoor dining opportunities, alfresco is basically a way of life here. We've put together a list of some patios where you can soak up the sun this season.

Insider tip: Be sure to check out the restaurants around downtown Victoria that have transformed sidewalks and parking stalls into patios for additional outdoor seating. 

Please note that businesses are operating with enhanced safety measures in place; including limiting group sizes, increased cleaning regimens and more. Please check directly with the business for their COVID-19 safety protocols. 


Canoe Brewpub

Located in a designated heritage site in Victoria's inner harbour, Canoe Brewpub offers delicious eats paired with their own beer, brewed in-house. It’s a fun place to enjoy a pint with friends and bask in Victoria’s beautiful weather.  

Canoe Brewpub
Image by @canoebrewpub


The Veranda at the Fairmont Empress

Keep it classy with a champagne cocktail on the Veranda at the Fairmont Empress. Overlooking the sparkling Inner Harbour, the Veranda is situated for maximum sunlight hours and features a selection of handcrafted, seasonally-inspired cocktails (Pimms Cup, two kinds of Sangria) and a menu made for sharing. Gin lovers, try their handcrafted Empress 1908 Gin by Victoria Distillers. This smooth-drinking gin is purple in colour and turns pink when you add citrus or tonic.

Image via Fairmont Empress


The Drake Eatery

With one of the largest selections of craft beer options in the city, The Drake Eatery is a must-stop on Victoria’s famous self-guided Victoria Ale Trail. Draught taps feature hard to find west coast craft beers and ciders,. They offer a concise menu with small plates and individual meals, produced from quality local suppliers. They have a spacious patio overlooking Victoria’s historic Market Square.
Images: The Drake Eatery

Il Covo Trattoria

Just a ten-minute walk from the Inner Harbour, you’ll feel miles away from it all at Il Covo Trattoria, a traditional, rustic Italian restaurant nestled into Victoria’s historic James Bay neighbourhood. The restaurant features a super secluded, split-level patio with soft music and lush foliage abound, plus a tiny antique shop hidden within the building itself. Choose from several delicious a la carte options (like cannelloni stuffed with ricotta, spinach, crab and lobster), or opt to go family-style with a four-course chef’s choice menu.
Images: Il Covo Trattoria

Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

Located in the heart of the Saanich Peninsula, only a 25-minute drive north of Victoria, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse is a lovely place to stop and enjoy some snacks and cider on a warm afternoon. With an indoor/outdoor seating space and picturesque views over the orchard and the Straight of Georgia beyond, you’ll enjoy the best of the island all in one place. Order in advance for a picnic pack to enjoy on their property or to take away with your cider. 
Pro tip: Opt for a long flight, which consists of nine cider samples shared between two people. Decide which ones you like best, then purchase a few bottles to enjoy at home!
Images: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Victoria’s reputation for oceanfront brewpubs began with Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, the city’s first brewpub when it opened in 1984. A pilgrimage of sorts for beer lovers, Spinnakers offers over 26 taps including some original recipes that date back 30 years. Working closely with local food producers and farmers, their chef has crafted a menu that also highlights local cuisine and flavours, which can all be enjoyed waterfront on their covered, heated patio.
Image: Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Whistle Buoy

Whistle Buoy is one of Victoria's newest patios. Located in the heart of Market Square, give this locally owned, micro-brewery a try. Their patio is spacious and offers the perfect setting to try their small-batch, experimental beers with your bubble. 

Image by @bright_photo


Westin Patio at Bear Mountain

Located at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort, dine on delectable bites with an epic view of their golf course and scenic landscape. 

Westin Bear Mountain Resort
Image by @westinbearmountainresort


Fireside Grill 

Take a drive along West Saanich Road and visit the gorgeous patio at Fireside Grill. This local favourite calls a restored estate home and offers farm-to-table cuisine paired with a unique ambiance. 

Image by @fireside_grill_victoria


Irish Times Pub

A favourite among locals and visitors alike, the Irish Times Pub is a lively spot located on Victoria's famous Government Street. Enjoy a pint on their patio and indulge in their Irish comfort food or West Coast classics.
Irish Times Pub
Image by @irishtimespub


Other Great Patios in Victoria:

Here are some other fantastic patios in Victoria! Please check with them directly for their operating status.
Darcy’s Pub | downtown | waterfront
Garrick’s Head Pub | historic building | craft beer
Old Spaghetti Factory | downtown | family-friendly
Irish Times Pub | traditional Irish pub
The Bard & Banker Pub | historic building
Breakwater Bistro | Ogden Point | waterfront
LURE Restaurant & Bar | downtown, waterfront
Cactus Club Cafe | downtown | family-friendly
Moxies Grill & Bar | downtown 
Earls Kitchen & Bar | downtown | family-friendly
Milestones Restaurant | downtown | waterfront | family-friendly
The Beagle Pub | Cook Street Village | sports bar
The Beach House | Cordova Bay
The Veranda | Downtown
Blue Crab Seafood Restaurant | downtown | waterfront
The Pacific Restaurant and Terrace | downtown | waterfront
17 Mile House Pub | Sooke | waterfront
Blue's Bayou Cafe | Brentwood Bay
Clarke & Co. | downtown | cocktails
Victoria Distillers | Sidney | waterfront
Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa | Brentwood Bay | waterfront
Browns Socialhouse | downtown
Flying Otter Grill | Inner Harbour | waterfront
West Coast Grill | Sooke 
Haro's Restaurant + Bar | Sidney | waterfront
Breakwater Bistro | Ogden Point | waterfront
Red Fish Blue Fish | Inner Harbour | food cart | seafood
Smuggler's Cove Pub | Gordon Head 
Steamship Grill & Bar | Inner Harbour
Cafe Brio | Fort Street 
O Cafe & Bistro | James Bay
Zambri's | downtown 
Lido Bistro | downtown
Heron Rock Bistro | James Bay
Fire & Water | downtown
Fort Common | downtown