10 hidden gem patios in Victoria

May 7th, 2021

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Patio season has officially arrived—good food, refreshing cocktails, and sunny days await. Whether you want to sit by the sea, catch some rays, or enjoy the hustle and bustle of downtown, Victoria has a patio for you.

Eat, drink, and support local this spring and summer with our list of top Victoria hidden gem patios:

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

The Farmer’s Daughter (Sidney)

The colourful, hanging umbrellas floating above The Farmer’s Daughter make this spot one of the most unique and Instagram-worthy patios in town. Stop by and delight in cheese and wine flights, small bites, sharing boards, and gooey grilled cheese sandwiches. The Farmer’s Daughter also specializes in curated gift boxes and grazing boxes that are perfect for take-out or as a special gift.

101, 2360 Beacon Ave., Sidney

Surly Mermaid (Sidney)

The Surly Mermaid is a beautiful waterfront patio located on the Port of Sidney overlooking the marina and Haro Strait. The menu focuses on creative and delicious dishes that showcase local Island ingredients. Savour tasty appetizers, charcuterie boards, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh seafood. While visiting the Surly Mermaid’s patio, enjoy themed cocktails served in a fishbowl-style glass—perfect for sharing or sipping all to yourself!

1b, 9851 Seaport Pl., Sidney

10 Acres at the Pier (Sidney)

Farm-to-table cafe, 10 Acres at the Pier, specializes in sandwiches, pizza by the slice, house-made gelato, and fresh-baked pastries. Located in downtown Sidney, diners can take in the ocean breeze on their heated patio or grab sweet treats and tasty meals to go.

2538 Beacon Ave., Sidney

The Beach House Restaurant (Cordova Bay)

Enjoy West Coast-inspired food and beachfront dining at the Beach House Restaurant’s award-winning patio. Located in Cordova Bay, the Beach House Restaurant’s menu features delicious appetizers, soups, salads, artisan pizzas, local seafood, and casual fare. The patio is open from 11am to 8pm, weather permitting. Or grab your food to go with the Beach House takeaway menu.

5109 Cordova Bay Rd., Victoria

Glo Restaurant + Lounge (Victoria)

Winners of the 2021 Tasting Victoria People’s Choice Awards for Favourite Happy Hour and finalist for Favourite Winter Patio, Glo Restaurant + Lounge is a highly acclaimed local favourite. Overlooking the Selkirk Waterway, Glo’s heated patio is a must-try this season. Enjoy delicious shareables, flatbread pizzas, soups, salads, casual handhelds, pasta, bowls, and chophouse steaks. Don’t forget to stop by for Glo’s famous daily happy hour from 2pm to 5pm.

104, 2940 Jutland Rd., Victoria

Wind Cries Mary (Downtown Victoria)

In Bastion Square, you will find Wind Cries Mary’s secret patio, an intimate spot perfect for cozying up to a special someone. Wind Cries Mary’s decor and menu takes inspiration from the rustic riches of Vancouver Island. The menu features bread and charcuterie boards, vegetables, pasta, and meat and fish dishes. Wind Cries Mary also has an impressive wine list and a creative cocktail menu.

45 Bastion Square, Victoria

Fort Common (Downtown Victoria)

Next time you grab take-out, enjoy it at Fort Common, a fabulous public courtyard in the heart of downtown. It is a great spot to visit with your bubble and to snack on local goodies from restaurants and cafes nearby. The tables at Fort Common are for groups of four people. Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer are also provided.

1019 Blanshard St., Victoria

Ferris’ Grill & Garden Patio (Downtown Victoria)

Visit Ferris’ Grill & Garden’s all-weather atrium for fine seafood and casual bites. Ferris’ menu features fresh oysters, shareable appetizers, burgers and handhelds, bowls, and main plates. This heated and covered patio is perfect for Victoria’s rainy spring days and cool summer evenings.

536 Yates St., Victoria

Il Covo Trattoria (James Bay)

For authentic, rustic Italian food, try Il Covo Trattoria. Voted as one of Victoria’s best Hidden Gems and Favourite Romantic Restaurants, Il Covo Trattoria is your next spot for date night. This romantic garden patio is a fantastic place to enjoy the warm weather and indulge in Italian small plates and mains.

106 Superior St., Victoria

Enjoy Patio Season! ⛱ Let us know your favourite spots, and we encourage you to share your food photos on Instagram or Facebook by tagging @tastingvictoria or using #TastingVictoria so we can follow you along your culinary journey.

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Tatum Berg

Guest Writer