What’s the #1 reason to stay in Charlottetown? Well, that’s always up for debate. The selection of unique accommodations are pretty top notch, the walkability is second to none, and the abundance of adorable shops and boutiques are always appealing, but in 2023 it may well be the incredible outdoor dining scene that takes the cake.
With nearly 50 patios within walking distance, and new ones popping up regularly, we have a ton of cool options to choose from. From breezy dockside dining to cool rooftop terraces to swanky street-side spaces, we’ve narrowed down our top 10 not to miss this summer – along with some hidden gems and local favs – to make your patio search easy-peasy.
Whether you’re drawn by the music, the stunning harbour views/feels, or straight-up cravings, the Floating Restaurants at Peakes Quay Marina know how to make you feel right at home. Check out JC’s Tiki Bar for incredible margaritas and tacos, and try to snag a swing seat right at the bar while you’re at it- Best. Vibes. EVER! Also on the docks, Nimrods’ serves up some of Charlottetown’s best wood-fired pizzas and gourmet burgers. What are you waiting for?
The closest thing to being on a boat without leaving the harbour? Look no further than Cork & Cast, PEI’s first and only full-service floating restaurant. You’ll find it located on the east end of the boardwalk, in front of Founders’ Food Hall & Market. With some of the chillest tropical vibes in the city, Cork & Cast is dedicated to providing fresh, locally-sourced seafood dishes, local craft beers, and a ton of cocktail options to help you relax in style.
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, sip some bubbly, and enjoy some of the finest steak and seafood on PEI.
Salt & Sol Restaurant & Bar embraces everything that makes our Island so special during the summer months. With a picturesque view of the Charlottetown Harbour and one of the sunniest patios in the city, they encourage their guests to soak it all in. Serving Island seafood, tons of tasty cocktails, and delightful tapas!
Arguably the cutest streetside patio on the block. Oh wait, it’s the only streetside patio on the block! Tucked away on Fitzroy Street, Slaymaker & Nichols Gastro House has become known for their incredible beverages, delicious locally-sourced food and wonderful service + ambience. Their enclosed patio has become the ideal spot for a Happy Hour cocktail, a full blown gourmet meal, a savoury weekend brunch, or a nightcap under the stars.
New to Charlottetown in the summer of 2022, this hip brewpub offers tasty craft beer & food, friendly service, stunning river views, and an incredible sun-soaked patio. Gather a group of your people, kick back by the fire, and take in some acoustic tunes- arguably the best way to enjoy a summer sunset.
Looking for the best of both worlds? Check out the street-side deck on the Water Street side of the Merchantman, or you can head around the corner and experience one of the sunniest patios in the city at Next Door Lounge! Either way, you’re guaranteed excellent food (especially the seafood!), friendly service, and tasty drinks.
For some of the best food and memorable service in the heart of the city, look no further than The Pilot House on Grafton Street. This place is tucked away and surrounded by historic buildings. Not only is it a favourite among locals, but visitors flock to it whenever they’re in the city.
Victoria Row, the only pedestrian street in Downtown Charlottetown, is a bustling hub of good energy during the summer months, and somewhere we consider a quintessential Charlottetown experience. Home to the cutest shops, non-stop live music, and delicious dining choices, it’s THE Happy Hour spot- for locals and visitors alike. The best part? No matter what restaurant you choose, you’re sure to have an amazing time. Check out the all-new Vicinato Ristorante for classic Italian dishes & wine (+ rooftop seating coming soon!), Sea Rocket Oyster House for pristine oysters and seafood dishes, and John Brown Grille for the best pub-style food around and refreshing cocktails.
With just about 20 vendors in total, you’ll have hit the jackpot at this urban market. Look forward to global and local flavours, including Mexican street food, Caribbean bokits, sushi burritos, vegan comfort food, and much more! Sunny days lend themselves to catching up with friends on this buzzing patio decked with plenty of seating, constant live music, and all the good vibes.
Listen folks, As much as we’d love to narrow it down for you, naming only 10 patios is nearly IMPOSSIBLE with all that Charlottetown has to offer. But are you complaining? Here’s even more places to sit & sip al fresco:
Travelling with your furry friend? Find a list of dog-friendly patios HERE
And there you have it! Who knew we had so many patios in our itty bitty city? Now bring on the sunshine, Happy Hours, and good vibes because things are getting heated UP here in Charlottetown.
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