A little bit of sunshine and warm weather is enough to send any Canadian in search of a patio. Eleven-degree weather? We throw on a sweater and we’re there. Whether it’s biting into a juicy burger or sharing nachos over a beer with some friends, everything seems to taste a bit better on the patio. With patio season here, let’s make the most of it from spring through fall. Here’s our collection of Burlington outdoor hot-spots to visit this season.
Stop by for weekend brunch or sit back with a refreshing Radler. What was once a bank is now home to the school of thought where “beer is beautiful”. There are over 50 brews on the menu as well as Chef-inspired “from scratch” foods.
527 Brant Street, Burlington | culaccino.ca
b&b Taps and Grill
Located in the Waterfront Hotel, b&b Taps and Grill, previously known as Beaver and Bulldog, has one of the best views in the city. With a patio overlooking Burlington’s waterfront, it’s a perfect spot to catch a breeze off the lake on a hot summer day. Enjoy colourful cocktails, great wings, and even try your hand at some karaoke.
2020 Lakeshore Road, Burlington | waterfronthotelburlington.com
The Pump on Brant
The Pump on Brant – comprised of a small family of restaurants – is one of Burlington’s newest restaurants. Located just steps away from the waterfront, their patio is a popular spot for those visiting Burlington’s beautiful downtown. Their fresh locally farmed chicken wings were voted #1 in Burlington in 2018 – you can also bite into authentic stone oven pizzas, gourmet house-made burgers, as well as a daily chef-inspired feature menu.
455 Brant Street, Burlington | brantpump.com
Di Mario’s Trattoria
Between Chef Nicky’s Italian creations and wine director Marco’s recommendations from the expansive Italian-focused wine list, it’s a dash of Little Italy with a great view of downtown.
1455 Lakeshore Road, Burlington | dimarios.com
Chef Mike’s Downtown Bistro & Grill offers a fine selection of dishes, such as delicious pasta, fresh seafood, and tender Filet mignon. Enjoy their sunny patio from spring to fall and watch a beautiful sunset.
441 Elizabeth Street, Burlington | downtownbistro.ca
Of the many defining aspects of Jacksons Landing, one is that they are beyond definition. They offer a spectacular rooftop bar and patio and provide fresh cuisine, all made in-house from scratch, in a very lively happy, no-rules environment.
5000 New Street Unit #1, Burlington | thelandinggroup.ca/jacksons-landing
Jake’s Grill & Oyster House
Model ships and images of fish decorate the stone and wood-paneled walls of this seafood and steak eatery. Their two-level patio will transport you to the East Coast – and rumor on the street is the patio is even dog friendly.
950 Walkers Line, Burlington | jakesgrill.ca
Good healthy food is what’s on the menu every day. Everything served is completely 100% gluten-free plant-based created from organic, local, farm-to-table, sustainable, fair-trade ingredients. After enjoying pancakes, a classic breakfast, or one of the signature Bowls, your tummy will feel super clean (and full).
399 John Street, Burlington | lettucelovecafe.com
A casual fine dining experience in Appleby Village. Even with a menu inspired by creative French and Italian variations, this establishment uses mostly local seasonal Canadian ingredients. They also offer an extensive wine list and a very creative and seasonal cocktail selection. Loondocks features a bar/lounge area, a warm and cozy main dining room, with fireplace, and two patios including their breathtaking roof-top lounge with great views of the sunset.
5111 New Street, Burlington | loondocks.ca
With a seasonal patio in north Burlington’s beautiful countryside, Lowville Bistro is one-of-a-kind. Their extensive menu offers everything from sandwiches and burgers to mussels and braised beef ravioli. Dine outdoors or sip wine and cocktails in their Muskoka-like setting under the stars.
6179 Guelph Line, Burlington | lowvillebistro.ca
The Martini House in Burlington incorporates the elegance of fine dining with the coziness of down-home familiarity. Slip in after a long day at the office and kick-back on their patio with one of their signature martinis.
437 Elizabeth Street, Burlington | martinihouse.ca
As Burlington’s oldest British Pub, The Poacher has all the charm and character of a traditional ‘back-home’ pub: good food and well-kept beer. Housed in a quaint, ivy-decked building, the view from the patio embeds you in the hustle and bustle of the downtown streets. Grab some fish and chips, a chilly drink, and take in all this English-style alehouse has to offer.
436 Pearl Street, Burlington | thepoacer.ca
Is this a European hotspot? No, it’s a cozy wrap-around patio on the edge of Village Square, nestled in a picturesque brickwork alley. The perfect place for a date night dinner.
2041 Pine Street, Burlington | paradisorestaurant.com
Pepperwood Bistro is a local hot spot in Burlington serving contemporary bistro fare and a huge variety of beers on tap including several craft breweries. Located right across from Spencer Smith Park, relax on their outdoor shaded patio with a cool drink or enjoy something from their Italian inspired menu.
1455 Lakeshore Road, Burlington | pepperwood.on.ca
Rayhoon Persian Eatery
Follow any of the winding cobblestone pathways of Burlington’s Village Square and you will find your way to Rayhoon Persian Eatery nestled at the centre. Their mellow, bi-level Persian eatery is decorated with muted colours and offers monthly belly-dancing shows. Enjoy your stay in their exotic interior or al fresco on the courtyard patio.
420 Pearl Street, Burlington | rayhooneatry.com
It’s cocktail hour at SB Prime! From delicious surf’ n turf burger to mushroom asparagus risotto, this lounge and patio is a wonderful place to catch up with friends while listening to live music.
390 Brant Street, Burlington | sbprime.com
Spencer’s on the Waterfront
Sweeping views of Lake Ontario are complimentary, and even on chilly summer nights, the heated patio keeps things lively.
1340 Lakeshore Road, Burlington | spencers.ca
The Queen’s Head
Can you believe the building is ten years older than Canada itself? Situated on the corner of Brant and Elgin streets, this spot is perfect for people watching, a pint and a meal.
400 Brant Street, Burlington | thequeenshead.ca
West Plains Bistro
West Plains Bistro is a classic European style bistro that offers a taste of Paris in Burlington style. Using local, seasoned ingredients, the restaurant serves everything from steak to quiche for lunch. Their candle-lit patio nook is charming and intimate.
133 Plains Road East, Burlington | westplainsbistro.com
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