The summer weather’s here and with it comes patio season!
There are plenty of great patios across Hamilton’s bustling food scene, but we’ve narrowed them down to what we believe are the absolute best in the city for spaciousness, scenic views, great atmosphere, and terrific local food.
Here’s our 2021 list for Hamilton’s 10 best seasonal patios.
Operating between two converted Victorian homes, this Hess Village patio boasts a duo life as it transforms from a relaxing, peaceful lunch setting to a spicy summer late night party. Sip a caesar or suck back a sangria as you take in the lively Hess atmosphere and beauty of the cobblestone and Victorian buildings.
Outside of the pandemic, Gown & Gavel has been known to host frequent patio parties with live music; something that will hopefully return soon. Don’t let this patio pass you by.
With 5,000 square feet of patio, Limani at Fifty is the city’s largest patio. Located in Stoney Creek’s east end within Fifty Point, those who drive out this far will be rewarded with a beautiful view overlooking the yacht club’s marina.
Limani is known for their Greek dishes such as the souvlaki, calamari, and spanakopita dinners but also feature entrees like fish n’ chips, lamb chops, and pizzas.
If you’re going to venture out this far, why not make a day out of it? Limani and the surrounding marina are part of the larger Fifty Point conservation area which has a rock and sand beach as well as a view overlooking Lake Ontario. It’s an excellent way to spend a summer day.
A few years back, HAMBRGR’s original King William location doubled in size for both the inside and out. After merging with the former FSH & CHP space next door, their wrought-iron enclosed patio has widened and for the summer months a secondary wooden pop-up patio is located on the street to allow even more seating. When combined with the seats inside, HAMBRGR can hold 100 people at a time.
Their mantra of well-crafted, locally sourced burgers paired with craft beer has been a winning combination since they opened in 2015 that’s won the hearts of Hamiltonians at a rapid pace. Enjoy patio season here while cooling down with one of their jaw-dropping monster milkshakes.
The Ship knows their patrons love a good patio — that’s why they offer two. Having both a front and back patio gives their guests variety in both seating and atmosphere.
The front patio offers comfortable chairs, umbrellas, and a great view of Augusta Street (home to several other wonderful patios). The area feels like a small-town, friendly neighbourhood since guests will chat up people in the patios next door or say hi to friends they see passing by on the popular street.
The back patio offers covered booths, high tables, and stools. The hanging string lights and vine-covered wall add to the tranquil ambience of the patio, especially after the sun goes down.
The Ship’s patios are ideal for those looking for a casual atmosphere to grab a burger and beer with friends late into the night.
Love architecture and Canadian history? Coach & Lantern’s patio offers that and plenty of character.
The patio sits between two buildings, one of which is the pub itself that was built around 1823 and is the 3rd oldest building in Ancaster. Old stone walls and ivy make for a beautiful backdrop to any meal. The buildings typically provide plenty of shade for the patio, but for those allergic to the sun there are umbrellas for when the light shines through. During the summer months, they have outdoor live acoustic sets every Sunday evening!
This cozy patio is absolutely beautiful and should not be missed. If you’re in the Ancaster area, Coach & Lantern is worth the visit.
Black Forest Inn’s Biergarten brings the classic German restaurant to a stunning, spacious outdoor setting. The seating area spans the entire width of the building, offering mature trees, string lights, and a mural to keep you feeling cozy.
The best feature of this patio is the outdoor beer taps and barbecue which is the only licenced outdoor grill that can be used year-round in the City of Hamilton.
What’s also great about this spot is that the food is all German-inspired, which is a nice break from standard pub fare. Schnitzel, sausage, goulash, cabbage rolls — all staple menu items for this iconic Hamilton establishment that’s now on its 52nd year in business.
Making full use of their outdoor space, Moodys offers great selection when it comes to their patio. There are three sections to their patio, all suiting different customer’s needs.
Like people watching? Take a table closest to the road to see what’s happening on the street. Like a little more shade and less road noise? A table closer to the front of their building is a great spot for you. Need more shade or dining with a large group? There’s a spot for you under their covered patio. Moodys has plenty of patio space for everyone — not to mention some incredible pizza and fantastic dishes.
Aberdeen Tavern’s patio makes for a posh outdoor oasis. The exterior walls are covered in thick vines with birds nests, making for a pleasant bird watching experience as you eat your meal.
The furniture is made out of sturdy wrought iron, and the chairs are covered in comfortable black and white cushions. Wedged between two multi-storey buildings, the patio is naturally shaded in the mornings and evenings with umbrellas providing shade when the sun is directly overhead.
This patio is made for those who want an airy, comfortable, and quieter outdoor space. Aberdeen Tavern’s patio is ideal for a relaxing dining experience, making for the perfect place to sit in the lap of luxury.
Radius’ patio is one of a kind in the city of Hamilton. The restaurant operates a multi-level patio, spanning from the ground floor all the way to their rooftop.
There’s plenty of seating on their private ground floor patio. Whether you prefer a booth, tables and chairs, or sitting right at the bar, they’ve got you covered. The atmosphere is relaxed and summer ready — the umbrellas, wooden beams, mood lighting, and waterfall really capture the essence of outdoor living.
The rooftop patio is filled with comfortable backyard furniture and resembles a lounge. Plenty of greenery brightens up the space, while string lights are hung to create a whimsical feeling during nightfall.
Radius’ multi-level patio is perfect for many occasions. Eat outside for lunch or lounge with a cocktail in the evening while enjoying the summer sun and maybe even some music. Radius is undoubtedly one of Hamilton’s finest outdoor experiences.
Opening its doors in 1992, Baranga’s on the Beach has been a long-time staple in Hamilton’s outdoor dining scene. Only steps away from the beachfront, Baranga’s is known to be a lively place packed full of patrons during the summer months.
Offering one of the largest waterfront patios in Ontario allows for plenty of different seating options. You can go for the traditional tables and chairs accompanied by an umbrella, or take a seat on some extremely comfortable furniture under the covered patio section. With plenty of string lights, greenery, and privacy while still overlooking the lake, this patio can do no wrong.
The above reasons would have been enough to rank Baranga’s number one, but this restaurant offers guests even more to cement it as our top spot. One big attraction is the adjacent party area known as the Sands Lounge complete with a stage for live music, a bar, and lounge seating. And if that wasn’t enough, the restaurant has a private volleyball court with soft sand to enjoy right beside the waterfront trail.
This is all to say that if you’re heading down to Confederation Park region this summer, Baranga’s on the Beach is a must-visit, especially if you’re looking for the perfect place to take someone special who enjoys long walks on the beach — which is everyone, of course!
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