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When it comes to patios, I’m your gal. I love checking out new patios almost anytime someone suggests it. If it has a view, I’m there. Now it doesn’t have to be a waterfront patio, but what could be better than a waterfront patio (I’ll take a sip of my drink while I wait)? Some of the best waterfront patios are hidden right in the heart of and just outside Ottawa, so naturally I had to share with you the five waterfront patios you need to visit in Ottawa.
Below we’ll take a look at five views I deemed worthy of visiting (and I’ll also touch on the food and bev situation while we hit each place). These are definitely some of the best waterfront patios worth checking out in Ottawa.
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Five Waterfront Patios You Need to Visit in Ottawa
1. Umbrella Bar
Umbrella Bar opened up summer 2019 and has been such a hit. From the cute aesthetic inside to the twinkly-light decorated patio the place is an Instagram heaven. The patio itself is located at Dow’s Lake Pavilion and overlooks Dow’s Lake. Perfectly picturesque & the vibe is to die for.
The perfect spot for patio bevs lives here (and of course they make an awesome caesar).
2. The Waterfront Gastropub
Located right in the heart of Carleton Place, The Waterfront Gastropub is one patio you need to check out. The view is perfect & The Gastropub is known for hosting a wide array of live music several nights a week.
The Gastropub offers typical pub food and bar options, but I have yet to have a meal that didn’t satisfy me! Classic done right.
3. Tavern on the Falls
The VIEW is the major attraction to Tavern on the Falls. This is THE summer spot for cool patio bevs while catching up and catching a great sunset. With great food, signature cocktails and comfy outdoor seating, what is there not to love about this place?
Side note: the Kimchi Caesar is one of their signature cocktails and is a caesar like no other. Absolutely delicious & the perfect twist on a classic Canadian cocktail!
4. The Boulton House
My personal favourite food place on this list is The Boulton House. Directly across the bridge from The Waterfront Gastropub sits The Boulton House. I cannot rave MORE about this place! The food is absolutely incredible and reasonably priced. The view is spectacular, sleek dining chairs and lounge seats give the patio an ultra-relaxed vibe, and of course, twinkly lights steal the show again.
BONUS: I judge my caesars by the number of ‘snacks’ (garnishes) that come with the caesar, and The Boulton House has my heart for this very reason that they load up their caesars with tons of SNACKS (peep below)
5. The Barley Mow (Almonte)
The Barley Mow is never a bad option. Connor and I often hit up The Barley Mow for great food, refreshing beverages & an amazing view. Delicious food, amazing bevs & a view you could stare out at forever. Definitely worth the drive into Almonte for this awesome patio.
There are a lot of great patios in and around the Ottawa area, some of the best gems once you step outside the city! If a patio with a great view and food is your happy place, you’ll find it cozied up on one of these!