While the food scene in Charlottetown is on point any time of the year, the summer and autumn months really kick things up a notch with tons of amazing outdoor dining options available to suit every taste and mood. From breezy dockside dining to heated intimate courtyards, the list is pretty well endless for options to get your patio fix. Without further ado, here are 10 of our local favourites (in no particular order):
Located inside Confederation Centre’s cultural complex, the only thing better than taking in a world-class theatre production is combining it with a pre-show nosh in the Mavor’s Restaurant’s ‘Secret Garden’.
With a huge deck overlooking the Charlottetown harbour and a large selection of food for both the sea and land lovers, Peake’s Quay Restaurant & Bar has long been a popular summer spot for locals and visitors alike.
ON THE DOCK WITH CORK & CAST
The closest thing to being on a boat without leaving the harbour, Cork & Cast is PEI’s only full-service floating restaurant. You’ll find it located on the east end of the boardwalk, in front of Founders’ Hall. Cork & Cast is dedicated to providing fresh, locally-sourced seafood dishes, local craft beers, and relaxed Island vibes.
GET OUT OF TOWN, GO TO POINT PRIM CHOWDER HOUSE
Located about 45 minutes from Charlottetown along the Points East Coastal Drive, the Point Prim Chowder House and Oyster Bar is well worth the drive. Not only do they serve some of PEI’s freshest seafood, but their spectacular oceanfront deck is just a stone’s throw from the Island’s first and oldest lighthouse.
COFFEE & SUNSHINE AT RECEIVER COFFEE CO.
Turn right at the Anne of the Green Gables store and you can’t miss Receiver Coffee Co. on Victoria Row. Popular for its craft roasted coffee and delicious breakfast and lunch options, it’s become a go-to spot for coffee enthusiasts. They also have an awesome newly-opened sister location, Receiver Brass Shop, at 178 Water Street.
FUN FOR ALL AGES AT BRAKISH
Looking for a little fun and games with your lunch or dinner? With a huge patio and adjacent lawn full of games like washer toss, Brakish! makes it easy for guests of all ages to enjoy the great outdoors.
BRIGHT LIGHTS, LITTLE CITY – FISHIES ON THE ROOF
To really get away from it all, head upstairs to Fishies on the Roof (above Fishbones Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill) where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto a swanky rooftop in a big city. It’s the perfect patio to enjoy a cocktail on a hot summer day.
BE ON THE SEA FOR THE BEST OF SEA AT LOBSTER ON THE WHARF
While there are plenty of places to go for lobster, Lobster on the Wharf is the quintessential spot for gorging on lobster while taking in the breathtaking views of the Charlottetown Harbour. A match made in seaside heaven!
STREETSIDE & STYLISH ON SIMS PATIO
For a little taste of sophistication meets Island flare, look no further than Sims Corner Steakhouse and Oyster Bar on the corner of Sydney and Queen Streets. It’s a great spot to watch the world go by while you slurp oysters and sip some bubbly.
GERMAN-INSPIRED PATIOING AT THE CHARLOTTETOWN BEER GARDEN
Located on the corner of Kent and Prince Streets, the heated and canopied patio at the Charlottetown Beer Garden provides the ideal setting for dining alfresco and taking in live music during those late summer evenings.