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Victoria Patio Dining Guide

Posted on July 20, 2021

Victoria, British Columbia is known as foodie heaven. 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. 

Take-out and Delivery Guide

 

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: @canoebrewpub

 

The Veranda at 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 the 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: Matt Shannon Photography

 

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
 

Tug Eatery

Celebrate island life every day at Tug Eatery, where a magnificent waterfront patio is their defining attraction. The 3,000-square-foot patio is adorned with lush gardens and provides an exciting view of the working inner harbour. Located at the Mermaid Wharf on Swift Street, Tug Eatery features tasty cocktails, cold craft beer, an expertly curated wine list, and a food menu with addictive flavour profiles. They feature live acoustic music throughout the week!
 
Image: Tug Eatery

 

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 Strait 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.
 
Spinnakers
Image: Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

 

Boom + Batten

With its perfect view of the inner harbour, Boom + Batten’s elevated casual dining offers guests an inventive culinary experience. Savour coastal cuisine inspired by local surroundings and the chef's global adventures.

Boom + Batten
Image: @boombatten

 

Little Jumbo

Located at the harbour end of Fort Street, Little Jumbo offers a tantalizing selection of finely-honed classic dishes and cocktails. Chef Gabe Fayerman-Hansen's farm to table and fish boat to table philosophy is legendary. 

Little Jumbo
Images: @littlejumbobc

 

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: @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: @irishtimespub

 

Other Great Patios in Victoria:

Please check with the businesses directly for the most up to date information.  We will continue to update the list with patios and outdoor dining options across Greater Victoria.
 

10 Acres Commons

10 Acres at the Pier

328 Taphouse & Grill

Bar 500 

Barb's Fish & Chips 

Bard & Banker 

Bartholomew's English-Style Pub 

Beacon Drive-In Restaurant

Bin 4 Burger Lounge (Yates Street)

Blighty's Bistro

Blue Crab Seafood House 

Blue's Bayou Cafe

Breakwater Café & Bistro

Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa 

Browns Socialhouse

Cactus Club Cafe 

Canoe Brewpub Marina & Restaurant  

Category 12 Brewing

Church & State Wines

Clarke & Co. 

Clive's Classic Lounge

Darcy’s Pub 

Earls Kitchen & Bar 

FARO 

Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill 

Finest at Sea Seafood Boutique

Finn's Harbour-Front Restaurant & Oyster Bay

Fire & Water 

Fort Common

Frankie's Modern Diner

Glo Restaurant & Lounge 

Heron Rock Bistro 

Inn at Laurel Point 

Ithaka Greek Restaurant 

J.R. Slims

Lido Bistro 

LURE Restaurant & Bar 

Marina Dockside Eatery

Marina Restaurant

Milestones Restaurant 

Moon Under Water Brewery & Pub 

Moxies Grill & Bar

Nautical Nellies Steak & Seafood House 

Nourish Kitchen & Cafe

Old Spaghetti Factory 

Pagliacci's

Penny Farthing Pub 

Red Fish Blue Fish 

Six Mile Pub & Eatery

Smuggler's Cove Pub 

Soupa Cafe 

Steamship Grill & Bar

Strathcona Rooftop Patio 

Tapa Bar Restaurant 

The Beagle Pub

The Pacific Restaurant and Terrace

The Snug

The Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden 

The Village 

Vancouver Island Brewing 

Virtuous Pie

Vis-à-Vis

West Coast Grill 

Wind Cries Mary

Yates Taphouse Bar & Grill