Flowing rivers, stunning shorelines, and city skylines are just some of the sites to see from Southwest Ontario’s best patios.
Whether you’re a resident of Ontario’s Southwest looking for a little fun in your own backyard, or someone eager to explore our region in the future, these restaurant patios have some of the most beautiful views in all of Ontario. Before you head out to enjoy these stunning views be sure to call ahead as many are by reservation only, have limited capacity or may be still in the process of opening.
Located on the North Shore of Lake Erie just five minutes from downtown Port Dover is David’s Restaurant or what they are now calling David's Lakeside Patio. Here you can munch on locally grown or raised food while taking in the unforgettable sunsets and the beautiful expanse of the Long Point Biosphere in the distance. Currently they are taking reservations 24 hours in advance, no same day reservations and have a 1.5 hour seating limit to allow more guests to enjoy David’s manicured gardens, Lake Erie, and Long Point Bay.
GT’s On the Beach
Voted number one on CNN’s 2014 “Best Beach Bars” Facebook poll, GT’s on the Beach is “…arguably the best beach bar north of the Caribbean” (Toronto Star, Aug 18, 2009). Check out their patio right on the main beach in Port Stanley where you can soak up the sun and enjoy some local Lake Erie Perch with an icy margarita in hand. Now open daily 11am-10pm.
The Beach House
After a long day of soaking up the sun, walk over to The Beach House in Port Dover where you can sit on their patio overlooking the beach’s towering palm trees and widespread shoreline. They will not be taking reservations but will welcome patrons on a "first come, first serve" format. They ask you to limit your dining time (2 hours) so that more people will be able to enjoy their unique Lake Erie experience with their new limited seating requirements. Please note Port Dover Beach is currently closed.
Bayside Brewing Company
If you’re a craft beer lover, check out Bayside Brewing Company in Erieau where you can enjoy a refreshing pint on their patio that overlooks the beautiful Rondeau Bay. They love to recommend beer pairings for your fare. Their pizzas, which use local ingredients, are all hand-made and baked in their wood-fired pizza oven, but if that’s not your cup of tea, test out the spicy sriracha cheddar balls or the fiesta burger. Call 519-676-8888 to book a reservation. They’ve also extended their hours to 11am - 9pm, seven days a week.
Alternate Grounds Dockside
At the Sarnia Bay Marina, Alternate Grounds Dockside has the best view in the entire city. As the only over water patio on this side of the St. Clair River, Alternate Grounds is a go-to stop for locals. With original breakfast options like the potato latke sandwich with poached eggs and brie cheese, or the lobster eggs benedict, your taste buds are in for quite the trip! They are asking for a maximum of 6 people per party with a 90-minute time limit at this time.
Viewpointe Estate Winery
As its name suggests, the Viewpointe Estate Winery in Harrow, Ontario offers a breathtaking view of Lake Erie’s North Shore. Viewpointe offers seasonal fare that is thoughtfully prepared by resident chef, Jodie Brown, who uses local and sustainable products to make elaborate meals for guests to enjoy. Their 26 acre estate provides optimum conditions for producing world-class VQA wines, so grab a glass, a tasty treat, and a seat on their patio where you can take in the beautiful skies and shoreline. Seating is first come first serve. They encourage you to pack a blanket or lawn chairs, they have plenty of space to distance yourself.
Bistro at the River
The Bistro at the River is just steps away from Windsor’s beautiful riverfront trail and the impressive Detroit skyline. Their patio, located at the water’s edge, is the perfect place to unwind and have a flavoursome meal with dishes like their Sweet & Spicy Citrus Calamari, which is tossed in a sweet orange chili sauce; the Eggplant Tower, cooked with basil and bocconcini; or the Roasted Garlic Avocado Burger, served with baby spinach, tomato, and red onion.
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