10 patios you need to visit in Greater Victoria before summer ends

10 patios you need to visit in Greater Victoria before summer ends

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Patio season is soon to be over, but it’s not too late to spend some time on one of these 10 unique patios. Enjoy the last few days of the season at these restaurant patios in Greater Victoria.

Fort Common (Downtown Victoria)

Next time you grab takeout, enjoy it at Fort Common, an outdoor revitalized brick carriage courtyard in the heart of downtown Victoria. This hidden gem is a seasonal, publicly accessible urban oasis open during the summer months for all to enjoy. It has extensive seating for customers to enjoy their purchases from the variety of local eateries. The Fort Common District is home to Discovery Coffee, La Taquisa, Be Love, Fish Hook, Chorizo & Co, and Farm + Field Butchers.

1019 Blanshard St., Victoria

Charlotte and the Quail

Picture this, you’re sitting in a garden patio with your friends you haven’t seen in forever, and you’re sipping on something cold and refreshing. Sounds like a nice Friday afternoon, right? Charlotte & the Quail serves dishes that are exceptionally plated with colours to catch anyone’s eye, and flavours and ingredients that are fresh and unique. The restaurant is also the little sister to Nourish Victoria, so if you’ve had the chance to visit Nourish you can expect similar themes on Charlotte & the Quail’s menu. If you’re looking for vegan options or you can’t have any wheat products, Charlotte & the Quail also serves some of their dishes vegan and/or gluten-free.

505 Quayle Rd., Victoria
Charlotte & the Quail

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

Tucked away in James Bay, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio, located at the Inn at Laurel Point, is a hidden gem that overlooks the expanse of the Inner Harbour from an elegant, yet lively setting. Visitors can expect to enjoy spectacular views while sipping on a Zen Martini on the patio. Stepping outside to their spacious patio, you can expect comfortable seating, modern glass decor, a sophisticated yet inviting atmosphere, and a view you’ll be happy to feast your eyes upon.

680 Montreal St., Victoria
Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

10 Acres Commons

Voted #1 patio in this year’s Tasting Victoria People’s Choice Awards, the sun-drenched patio at 10 Acres Commons is well-known for its beautiful views of the Inner Harbour, its handcrafted cooking using fresh and seasonal ingredients, and daily drink features.

Choose from a varied menu including seafood, tacos, sushi, or charcuterie boards!

620 Humboldt St., Victoria

Virtuous Pie

Virtuous Pie Victoria is an elevated fast-casual restaurant, focused on handcrafted pizza and ice cream, made 100% from plants. Round out your meal with one of their signature cocktails, on-tap beers, or lemonades and sodas! Virtuous Pie’s patio is open on a weather-dependent, first-come, first-served basis.⁣

530 Pandora Ave., Victoria

Finn’s Restaurant

A locally owned and operated seafood restaurant with one of the best views of the city. Finn’s Restaurant is located on Wharf Street, in a red-brick heritage building with an awesome patio. Their waterfront patio has been recently renovated and just opened their beautiful lower deck patio. Enjoy fresh local seafood, fresh shucked local oysters, AAA house cut steak, and more! They have options for everyone and have a great happy hour and brunch, but you will definitely love visiting during the day or in the evening to catch the beautiful sunset.

1208 Wharf St., Victoria

Boom + Batten

The stunning architecture and detailed décor are just as impressive as their sweeping waterfront views. This is the only place you will be able to feast while gawking at some of the largest yachts moored at the Victoria International Marina. Boom + Batten was recently voted Best View on the 2021 Tasting Victoria People’s Choice Awards as well as Best Happy Hour. Regardless of the time of day you visit, if you are looking for a refreshing snack or light meal, we recommend the Ahi Tuna Tataki with crispy garlic flakes.

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2 Paul Kane Pl., Victoria

Sea Cider Farm & Cider House (Saanich Peninsula)

Visit Sea Cider Farm’s patio to enjoy beautiful views and crisp organic ciders. Sea Cider’s dog-friendly patio is open daily from 11am to 6pm. The Tasting Room menu features cider flights, meat and cheese plates, savoury Saltchuck Pies, and Queen City cakes. Take it to go with picnic options provided by Toque Catering and Truffles Catering. All picnics must be ordered by 3pm the day before.

2487 Mt St Michael Rd., Saanichton

Table Nineteen (Colwood)

Catch a round of golf, grab a bite, or both at Table Nineteen at Olympic View Golf Club in Colwood. Opened in 2020, this is Table Nineteen’s first location outside of their flagship restaurant in Whistler. Focused on good food, great drinks, and an eye-pleasing interior and exterior design—Table Nineteen is the go-to spot this patio season. Table Nineteen’s menu features casual plates, appetizers to share, a kids’ menu, and family takeout specials.

643 Latoria Rd., Victoria

The Snug Pub

Situated in the decadent and refined Oak Bay Beach Hotel, you will find The Snug Pub. This cozy and inviting space is the perfect spot for some food and brews out on the patio. With sprawling views of the ocean, The Snug Pub promises quality drinks and food to match the spectacular views. This restaurant and pub also offer a happy hour menu from Monday to Friday from 2 to 4pm, so you and your bubble can enjoy delicious food and drinks at a reduced price. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Snug Pub is a great location to enjoy a meal out in the neighbourhood, any time of the day. We recommend you try out the Wild Chanterelle Risotto: winter squash, parmesan, black truffle, and pine nuts. For drinks, this pub offers an expansive drink selection, with beers, wines, and cocktails. Try out their Noble Ridge Chardonnay to pair with your meal.

1175 Beach Dr., Victoria

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Written by

Amelia Acedo

Editor at Tasting Victoria