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Best Patios/Terraces in Ottawa

Last updated: June 14, 2010

Best Patios/Terraces in Ottawa


Ottawa patio guide features our top 10 picks for best patios in the city. If you score a table at any of these places, keep it. Forever.

Le Saint-Gabriel
Fine French cuisine and a well-hidden terrace!
Big Daddy’s Crabshack & Oyster Bar
Fun and friendly, get ready to dive into some authentic Cajun cuisine on the patio of either Big Daddy’s location.
D’Arcy McGee’s Irish Pub
Soak up some early sun and enjoy views of the War Memorial from D’Arcy McGee’s patio at its downtown location. Other addresses include restaurants in Kanata and Nepean.
Blackthorn Cafe
An oasis in the middle of the Market, the Blackthorn’s patio is tucked away in a courtyard at the back of the restaurant, offering a quiet and picturesque setting.
Le Cafe
Views of Rideau Canal from outside the National Arts Centre and a menu of Canadian fare tinged with international flavours sets the standard for high-class patio dining in Ottawa.
Mezzanotte Bistro Italiano
Located across from the Picolo Grande, Mezzanotte serves fine Italian cuisine and has an atmospheric patio where music from next-door-neighbour The Rainbow wafts through the windows.
Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant
This fiesty little restaurant’s patio is often packed with people-watchers during the sunny summer months. Order yourself a margarita and watch the looks of envy cast from passers-by.
Dominion Tavern
Practically legendary in Ottawa, the Dominion epitomises everything that’s great about the classic tavern – homestyle eats, friendly service, reasonable prices and a casual patio in the rear that feels like your best friend’s backyard.
Great Canadian Cabin
Serving a youngish crowd of students, the Great Canadian Cabin’s patio is huge, and usually busy with sun-seekers with nowhere to go in a hurry.
The Galla's Heritage Ristorante
Located in a 17th century Heritage Building, The Galla has a beautiful second-floor terrace overlooking the Ottawa River.

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