When you think of summer, you imagine sunshine, a warm breeze, cold drinks, good friends and delicious food. Combine those elements together to create the perfect summer experience, and you will find yourself sitting on a restaurant patio. Here’s a list of some patios to check out in the South Eastern Ontario region.

1. Chez Piggy Restaurant and Bar

Hidden away between limestone buildings in the heart of downtown Kingston, the Chez Piggy courtyard patio is the ideal place for a romantic date or family dinner. As a family run, locally owned restaurant, “The Pig” serves up a variety of platters with an international theme, allowing your tastebuds to travel abroad without breaking the bank.

2. Dox Restaurant & Lounge 

You won’t get much closer to Lake Ontario then you will when dining at The DOX patio located at the Holiday Inn. Overlooking the historic inner harbour, The DOX gets creative with their menu with Canadian Fusion and daily specials, so if you have a craving to try something new this is the place for you.

3. Thum’s Kitchen 

Offering traditional Thai dishes including Pad Thai, Thoong Thong and Por Pia Sod, you can nestle down in an adorable hidden patio to enjoy your little taste of Thailand.

4. Schnitzels 

Inspired by European culture, Schnitzels infuses the best of Italy’s food with the nightlife of London, to give you a little taste of Europe on your next night out.

5. Blue Anchor Bar & Grill

Take a seat at this pub style restaurant and be in awe with the views of Tankers and Tall Ships passing by on the St Lawrence River. This spot is known by locals as a summertime staple.

6. Buell St. Bistro 

On your next trip through Brockville, take a stroll through the Buell St. Bistro and sit in their gorgeous courtyard patio to enjoy a truly Canadian dining experience.

7. Bud’s On The Bay 

With a patio overlooking the St. Lawrence River, and a menu that offers fan favourites including AAA beef burgers and juicy charbroiled steaks, you haven’t experienced Brockville until you’ve spent some time enjoying Bud’s on the Bay!

8. The Baldachin Inn 

Where else can you find overnight accommodations, enjoy the historic atmosphere including a majestic ballroom, grab a quick drink at the pub and then enjoy a romantic dinner at a Courtyard Garden Patio? Whether you are looking to sit for a drink or a stay overnight, you need to spend some time at The Baldachin Inn!

9. Salamanders 

Want to try something new? How about an award winning Cajun-Canadian restaurant with a patio that overlooks the water in downtown Kemptville, Ontario? Winning platinum awards in both the best lunch and dessert categories, you know that your going to enjoy your meal with a beautiful view at Salamanders.

10. The Galley  

After kayaking (or boating) on the Rideau Lakes, stop by this place conveniently located on the water to enjoy the feature of the day or their mouthwatering hickory smoked ribs.

11. Muskie Jake’s Tap & Grill 

As far as beautiful places go, you can’t beat the raw beauty of Gananoque and the 1000 Islands. If you’re looking to enjoy a meal on your trip, pull up a chair at Muskie Jake’s Tap & Grill.

12. Laverne’s Eatery

Not only can they put a healthy twist on diner food but their extensive craft beer menu is enough to draw in crowds! It’s no wonder why this is the local hot spot.

13. Donnelly’s On The River  

Take a cruise along the St Lawrence River than stop by Donnelly’s for lunch! The patio views of the 1000 Islands bridge make it worth the trip.

14. The Port Bistro Pub 

With a patio located right on the Trent River, The Port Bistro Pub partners with local breweries to provide fresh (and delicious) brews while serving up drool-worthy meals for all ages.

15. Signal Brewery

Priding itself on their ability to combine refreshing beer, top-notch entertainment, and incredible views on the Moira River, Signal Brewing is the perfect spot to build lasting memories after a hard week of work. Pair one of their classic brews with their local cheeses board.

16. Parsons Brewing Co

Their patio is a total chill vibe with plenty of land around for the kiddies to enjoy.  Imagine this, you stop in on a hot Saturday in mid-July, and order yourself an ice cold, fresh draft, and follow it up with some authentic Mexican cuisine, and you are in summertime heaven!

17. The Miller House – Lake on the Mountain Resort

It’s a lake… on a mountain. Enjoy a drink and let your eyes wander into the clear blue waters! This central County spot makes the perfect weekend getaway.

18. Wolfe Island Grill – County of Frontenac

Step 1: Park your car in Kingston. Step 2: Take the (free!) 20 min ferry by foot over to Wolfe Island. Step 3: Reward yourself with an ice cold drink on the glorious patio at Wolfe Islands Grill.

19. The Waterfront River Pub and Terrace – Lennox and Addington

Originally built as a brewery in 1857, this historic limestone building is situated directly on the river. Call your chicas and your buddies to enjoy traditional Canadian pub comfort food in a beautiful setting!

Remember: Chill Vibes Only And Drink Responsibly