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Dining Al Fresco: Top 10 Must-Visit Patios in Charlottetown This Summer

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 2021 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 a few hidden gems, local favs, and newbies for good measure – to make your patio search easy-peasy.

1) 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. They also have an incredible selection of wood-fired pizzas and some of the most beautiful views in Charlottetown.

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2) IT’S ALWAYS PIZZA (+ BURGER) PARTY TIME AT NIMRODS’

Now when you visit Peaks Quay Marina, you can enjoy Nimrods’ famous pizza AND gourmet burgers on a floating dock. The new Nimrods’ Burger Hut is a new tiki-inspired takeout spot that floats on the same dock as their pizza bar, and serves up the same incredible views. You will enjoy frozen cocktails, gourmet burgers and rotating specials that are guaranteed to hit the spot! Whether you’re drawn by the live music, the stunning harbour views/feels, or straight-up pizza cravings, you’ll leave feeling like a part of the Nimrods’ family.

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3) DOCKSIDE DINING WITH CORK & CAST

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 and Modo Yoga & Pure Spa. 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.

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4) STREET-SIDE & 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, sip some bubbly, and enjoy some of the finest steak and seafood on PEI.

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5) HARBOUR VIEWS + SUNNY VIBES AT SALT & SOL

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!

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6) FANCY STREETSIDE EATS AT SLAYMAKER & NICHOLS GASTRO HOUSE

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 is brought to you by the same owners of the beloved Blue Mussel Cafe in North Rustico and has become known for their incredible cocktails, delicious locally-sourced food and wonderful service + ambience. Their enclosed patio was built in 2020 and 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.

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7) BRUNCH DONE RIGHT AT CASA MIA DOWNTOWN

Open seven days a week, Casa Mia Cafe is the perfect spot to catch all-day breakfast on their streetside patio or head inside in the evening for some of the finest Italian pasta in the city.

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8) BEST OF SEA AT MERCHANTMAN SEAFOOD BAR & NEXT DOOR LOUNGE PATIO

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.

Pro tip: Don’t miss the 10 oysters for $20 special every evening after 8pm!

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9) CUTEST COURTYARD AWARD: THE PILOT HOUSE

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. Don’t miss the chicken crepes, the seafood salad, sticky date pudding, or any of their yummy apps!

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10) LAWN GAMES, HARBOUR VIEWS AND MORE AT BRAKISH! 

The outdoor space at Brakish! (next to the Delta Marriott along the Charlottetown Harbour) got a complete makeover in 2021 and now has an abundance of adorable seating, complete with fire pits, a huge menu and views you can’t beat. Afternoon or evening, it’s one of the coolest places to be.

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NEW (& NEARLY NEW) DECKS ON THE BLOCK

  • Farmacy + Fermentary & Timothy’s World Coffee – Grab a vegan meal, catch up with friends over coffee, or listen to midday tunes on their sunny deck on Great George St.
  • Craft Beer Corner – The place to get your craft beer fix now has a brand new patio on the corner of Great George and Kent St.
  • HopYard – Kent Street just keeps getting cooler and cooler with the addition of HopYard’s brand new streetside deck.
  • Hunter’s Ale House (New Upper Deck) – The patio experience at Hunter’s Ale House just got taken to a whole ‘notha level!
  • Churchill Arms – Enjoy the best British curries and other tasty offerings on their new streetside deck on Queen St.
  • JEMS Boutique – Perfect for morning coffee, relaxing while your partner shops, or getting some work done on Queen St!
  • Hunter’s at the Fox – The place to have your post golf round of drinks or pop in for brunch on the weekends in nearby Stratford.
  • Founders’ Food Hall & Market – With all-new extended seating, the options for food & drinks at Founders’ just keep getting better and better.
  • The Gallery Coffee House & Bistro – The perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee, midday lunch or evening snack on Great George Street right across from St. Dunstan’s Basilica – coming soon!
  • Upstreet Craft Brewing – The deck at Upstreet got a beautiful upgrade and extension this year. Don’t miss spending Happy Hour enjoying a hand-crafted ale and wood-fired Piattto’s pizza in the heart of mid-town!
  • Kettle Black – One of the newest patios on Queen Street belongs to the Kettle Black. Now you can enjoy the same great tastes they’re known for in the great outdoors.
  • Maid Marian’s – Home cooking done right! Head to Maid Marion’s for their classic comfort food flavours and stay to enjoy their brand new deck.
  • Himalayan Downtown – Head to Himalayan on Great George St for some of the finest Indian cuisine in the heart of the city.
  • Haru K-BBQ – This authentic Korean restaurant just opened in June 2021 on Kent Street and is making all of our BBQ dreams come true. They have a cute little patio out front that is perfect for enjoying a feast in the afternoon or evening light.
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CHARLOTTETOWN CLASSICS & LOCAL FAVS

  • Peake’s Quay Restaurant & Bar -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.
  • Receiver Coffee Co. – Popular for its craft roasted coffee, welcoming vibe, and delicious breakfast & lunch options, Receiver Coffee Co. on Victoria Row has become a go-to spot for coffee enthusiasts. They also have an awesome sister location, Receiver Brass Shop, at 178 Water Street, which boasts its own little patio overlooking a large green space and Water St. Over at the North River Causeway, their Milky Way location has tons of pastries + breakfast and lunch options, plus outdoor seating.
  • Fishbones Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill – From ship to shore, Fishbones on the happenin’ pedestrian street of Victoria Row serves all the best local seafood & beyond ready and waiting. They’re in it to win it – your appetite that is. Relax, catch some rays, listen to live music & enjoy a tasty drink.
  • 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!
  • Shaddy’s Lebanese Cuisine – Shaddy’s on Great George Street has a tasty variety of Lebanese dishes and sandwiches, fresh seafood with an authentic Lebanese touch, steaks, and delicious Canadian food. And their dreamy hidden garden oasis of a patio is especially delightful in the summertime!
  • Redwater Rustic Grille – Located adjacent to the Holman Grand Hotel, Redwater is THE place to enjoy lunch in the sun or a fine dining meal directly across from the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
  • Brit’s Fish & Chips – Enjoy the tastes of Britain on their streetside patio just off of Great George Street. Complete with tons of flowers and friendly staff, Brit’s Fish & Chips may be just what the doctored ordered.
  • Splendid Essence – Known for its delicious vegan and vegetarian Chinese dishes, Splendid Essence has quaint patio off of Prince Street and is the perfect spot to get away from it all while enjoying a beautiful meal.
  • John Brown Richmond Street Grille – Located on one of the coolest streets in the city, John Brown Grille offers the quintessential Victoria Row experience. With a rotating selection of daily drink specials, app deals, and an amazing vibe, you won’t want to miss this special place!
  • Sugar Skull Cantina – In search of Mexican cuisine in the heart of Charlottetown? Look no further than Sugar Skull Cantina where their taco flavours + amazing cocktails will blow your mind.
  • Water Prince Corner Shop – A hidden gem on the – you guessed it – corner of Water and Prince Street. This quirky space is beloved by visitors all over the world and features the decor to prove it. Their seafood is fresh, carefully prepared and served to you in generous portions with a “nothin’ fancy, just plain good food” attitude.
  • Water Street Fish & Chips – Hit up this streetside patio for tasty fish & chips and other classic English dishes.
  • BOOMburger – This local burger concept restaurant that is dedicated to freshness, local quality ingredients, friendly service, and even has a cute patio that’s great for enjoying your gourmet burgers en plein air.
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CHARLOTTETOWN CLASSICS & LOCAL FAVS CON’T

  • The Old Triangle – Perhaps best known for its pub food and live music, The Old Triangle also has one of the sunniest patios in town. Tucked just off of Great George Street, it’s many locals’ go-to spot for after work apps or a bucket of beers in the sunshine.
  • The Gahan House Pub & Eatery – Home to Charlottetown’s first brewery, The Gahan House features two choices for dining al fresco – out back on their covered patio or out front on their streetside deck. Either way, you’ll enjoy friendly service, delicious food, and a specialty selection of handcrafted ale made right in their basement!
    Pro tip: Enjoy 10 oysters on the half shell and 2 half pints for $30 every day from 4 – 6pm and after 9pm.
  • The Olde Dublin Pub – Don’t miss the upper or lower deck vibes at the Olde Dublin Pub on Sydney Street. Known for their late night party vibes, Irish food, and buck-a-shuck oysters every day.
  • Row House Steak & Lobster Co. – Sitting in a prime location on Victoria Row, the Row House offers fresh, local and sustainable menu featuring the bounties of Prince Edward Island’s land and sea.
  • bar1911 Beer + Coffee – Morning coffee = sorted! bar1911 is the perfect pit stop along your adventures in Charlottetown’s East End and their outdoor seating is just as welcoming as their interior decor.
  • Red Island Cider – Speaking of hot spots in the East End – head to Red Island Cider for hand crafted cider and cozy Adirondack chairs that will be calling your name!
  • Piatto’s Pizzeria + Enoteca – Wood-fired Italian pizza on a streetside patio? Yes, please! Just add authentic Italian wine and tasty apps and you’ve got yourself a match made in pizza heaven.
  • The Brickhouse Kitchen & Bar – If you’re looking for a hip experience in the heart of the entertainment district, look no further than the Brickhouse. They have a handful of stylish tables tucked along Sydney Street, which make the perfect place to enjoy brunch (on weekends!), lunch or dinner in the open air.
  • Dundee Arms – Looking for a beautiful outdoor space for a get together with friends or family? Dundee Arms can seat up to 42 people outdoors in a safe atmosphere. You can bring food from any licensed restaurant and enjoy it on their patio. All you need to do is order a beverage from them and dispose of the food packaging. Win-win!
  • Hunter’s Corner: The Factory, Charlottetown Beer Garden and Hunter’s Ale House – 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. The Factory Downtown is your go-to spot for wood-fired pizza, and the vibes, live music, and portion sizes can’t be beat at Hunter’s Ale House.
  • Crafter’s BBQ & Grill – Craving some mouth-watering BBQ or a gourmet burger on a hot summer day? Crafter’s on Great George street has got you covered!
  • Leonhard’s Cafe & Restaurant – Famous for their freshly made sandwiches, lunch specials, pastries, and soups, the outdoor tables at Leonhard’s on Great George St. make an adorable accompaniment to your catch up with friends.
  • Dave’s Lobster – The place to go when those lobster roll cravings hit. Dave’s Lobster at Peake’s Wharf offers a respite in the midst of the live music and shopping buzz along the waterfront.
  • PEI Brewing Company – Out on Kensington Road, you’ll find the PEI Brewing Company HQ. Their updated patio is a great place to enjoy a snack and a crisp brew after a long day of adventuring or a brewery tour.
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FOOD TRUCKS

  • Truckin’ Roll – Food Truck rollin’ a South East Asian style Ice Cream, served with the freshest of PEI ingredients. Located on the corner of Church and Grafton Street in Charlottetown.
  • Thirsty Chef – Local food trailer serving some of the best fresh burgers, fries and poutines on PEI. Find them this summer at 600 North River Road.
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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.

Looking for a place to stay? Check out our amazing selection of accommodations. Curious what to do? Don’t miss a beat over on our events page. And for everything else you need to know about Charlottetown, go to our “Need to Know” page!

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