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Best Patios in Calgary: 25+ Patio Restaurants You’ll Love

  • June 6, 2019
  • By Cody Battershill

Best Patios in Calgary: Eat, Drink and Enjoy!

What are some of the best patios in Calgary? We’ve compiled a list of our absolute favourite patio destinations in downtown, the inner city and some suburban areas of the city.

Which places would be on your list of best Calgary patios? Let us know and we’ll add it to our growing list as soon as we can!

River Café


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  • Address – 25 Prince’s Island Park
  • Phone Number – 403-261-7670

Found on Prince’s Island Park, the River Café patio is perhaps the best patio in Calgary hands down!

That’s because you’re literally immersed by the sights and sounds of Prince’s Island Park - a true refuge from the concrete jungle of nearby downtown.

Enjoy sounds of tree leaves rustling in the wind, water rushing down the Bow River, birds chirping and geese quacking while eating gourmet menu items made with locally sourced / seasonal ingredients.

LuLu Bar


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  • Address – 510 17th Avenue SW
  • Phone Number – 403-930-5707

LuLu Bar is one of the newest restaurants on 17th Avenue with one of the best patios in Calgary featuring a spacious seating section in an L shape running around the restaurant’s perimeter.

We really enjoyed this patio’s atmosphere with its open, airy feel and comfortable, spacious seating arrangement. The interior was also well designed for spring and summer weather – almost like a half patio - with sliding doors that create an open and wall-less interior that walks right out onto the patio.

Indulge in Asian / Pacific style cuisine on this summer patio and enjoy browsing an extensive drink menu of beers, wines and alcohols.

It’s no wonder why it made our list of Best New Restaurants in Calgary to Visit in 2019.

Broken City


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  • Address - 613 11th Avenue SW
  • Phone Number - 403-262-9976

Broken City is home to one of the best rooftop patios in Calgary where you'll find pub-style food and drink, plus live entertainment and full on events at other times.

If people aren't eating on the rooftop, chances are there's at least people dancing and a wicked DJ party is going on - even on Thursdays!

This lively Beltline pub / restaurant / entertainment venue has all the working gears necessary to make your patio experience one of the best there is.

1410 World Bier Haus


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  • Address – 1410 17th Avenue SW
  • Phone Number – 403-229-1410

If you love rooftop patios, then 1410 is for you! We love this patio for its sunny vibes and comfortable booth seats, plus the views of 17th Avenue SW if you’re lucky enough to get a good spot.

Well known as one of the best patios in Calgary, space is limited at 1410’s rooftop so you’ll want to get a seat during non-peak times.

On weekends, this rooftop patio is one of the most hype around.

UNA Pizza + Wine


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  • Address - 618 17 Avenue SW
  • Phone Number – 403-453-1183

What more could you ask for than spectacular pizza and an encyclopedic selection of wine? An outdoor patio that feels like a quaint European cafe.

Although small – and very busy during the summer patio season – if you can get a spot on the UNA Pizza + Wine patio it’s well worth it.

Enjoy one of UNA’s top-notch pizzas and tapas while you’re at it until 1:00am nightly.

Oak Tree Tavern


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  • Address – #2, 124 10th Street NW
  • Phone Number – 403-270-3347

A recent renovation has doubled the size of patio space at Oak Tree Tavern.

Now, instead of the epic tree-height patio at the top of the pub, there’s one also streetside at the confluence of Kensington Road and 10th Street NW.

If you can, check out the patio on the top. We find it more appealing on a sunny day as there are views of downtown and it has an open, airy ambiance.

Earls Westhills


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  • Address - 140 Stewart Green SW
  • Phone Number – 403-246-7171

Earls Westhills has an excellent patio space for groups of all sorts.

Whether you’re with the family, friends or co-workers, this patio space as comfortable as it gets with spacious seating, large tables and even larger table umbrellas.

It’s also sectioned off from the outside of the restaurant, providing more of a personal and intimate setting for you and company.

Earls Tin Palace


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  • Address - 2401 4th Street SW
  • Phone Number – 403-228-4141

Another one of Calgary's best patios is found at Earls Tin Palace in the heart of Cliff Bungalow / Mission.

With a handful of renovations starting in 2013 with the floods, this spacious patio has comfortable seats and an overhanging wall with lots of plants and other neat decor that makes it one of the best in the area.

Ship & Anchor


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  • Address – 534 17th Avenue SW
  • Phone Number – 403-245-3333

It’s by far one of the most popular patios on 17th Avenue SW.

During the summer, the Ship & Anchor pub is always packed to the max with an eclectic mix of faces both young and old.

This unique mix of people of all ages makes the Ship & Anchor Pub a great place for networking while having fun with people you do and do not know.

Container Bar


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  • Address – 1131 Kensington Road NW
  • Phone Number – 403-457-4148

This little bar is an a-typical patio destination in Kensington with pub-style food served out of a – you guessed it – shipping container.

Two rows of wooden tables are usually in the shade at Container Bar because of the taller buildings it sits between, making it the perfect spot if you’re trying to avoid the sun all together.

But evident from the picture above, it's not always like that either. You might just catch a few rays!

Joey Eau Claire


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  • Address – 208 Barclay Parade SW
  • Phone Number – 403-263-6336

Joey Eau Claire without a doubt one of the best patios in downtown Calgary.

Spacious tables and comfortable seats on a spacious outdoor section makes for one of the best patio experiences in the city centre hands down.

All this just steps from RiverWalk, Bow River and Prince's Island Park.

Heating lamps and large umbrellas make sure you stay warm / cool depending on the weather, while Joey’s extensive drink and food menu will keep the patio vibes going.

Rooftop Bar @ Simmons


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  • Address – 403-452-3115
  • Phone Number – 618 Confluence Way SE

Rooftop Bar at the Simmons Building in East Village is one of the best riverside patios in the city.

With epic views of the Bow River, RiverWalk and parkside areas, you’ll have a hard time staying any shorter than a few hours.

This is another spot that sees a lot of traffic. Try to make a reso or arrive during non-peak times to ensure your spot.

Cibo on 17th


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  • Address – 1012 17th Avenue SW
  • Phone Number – 403-984-4755

This outstanding Italian restaurant on Uptown 17th Avenue not only has some of the best tapas in the city, but also one of the best patios!

Combine spacious seating with delicious finger food, a massive wine menu and gourmet pizzas / pastas with a quaint, well-decored patio space and boom… you get a remarkable outdoor dining experience.

Don’t miss Cibo’s food and drink specials either. If you want bang for your buck, you can’t miss it.



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  • Address – 220 42nd Avenue SE
  • Phone Number – 403-287-9255

You might find Alloy’s location as strange as a pink giraffe. But it’s something you get used to and appreciate after a while, especially living in the south end of the city.

What Alloy lacks in a central location it makes up for with its succulent food and extravagant ambiance, not to mention one of the best Calgary patios found along Macleod Trail South.

Make sure to check out this best romantic dinner restaurant and its seemingly limitless selection of wine.



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  • Address – 808 1st Street SW
  • Phone Number – 403-269-7707

Murrieta’s has an epic patio section lining the side of the second story restaurant which overlooks Stephen Avenue Walk, plus a rooftop patio section available for dining and private events.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Stephen Avenue below while indulging in some of the best pasta there is in the city.

This may just be the best people-watching patio in the city!

Vin Room – Mission


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  • Address – 2310 4th Street SW
  • Phone Number – 403-457-5522

This pet-friendly patio in the heart of Mission has an award-winning selection of wines and extensive list of tapas to choose from.

Heck, it even has a dog-friendly tasting menu just in case your furry friend wants some too!

Afterwards, stroll down the 4th Street SW BIA and poke your head into other nightlife and entertainment venues on the way to 17th Avenue SW.



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  • Address – 1240 8th Avenue SE
  • Phone Number – 403-531-2767

Found in Inglewood beside the river, Rouge’s patio backs out onto an expansive green space with lush vegetation. This entire outdoor seating area is engulfed by the sound of rushing water from the nearby river.

Delicious, locally inspired menu items with a French twist make the food and this patio some of the best around.

After lunch or dinner at Rouge hop onto the RiverWalk just a few meters away and head to St. Patrick’s Island or perhaps west towards East Village.

Thomsons Restaurant


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  • Address – 700 Centre Street SE
  • Phone Number – 403-717-1234

Found on Stephen Avenue Walk, there’s no better place to enjoy one of the best weekend breakfast / brunch buffets in the city than at this epic streetside patio.

Thomsons Restaurant has everything from gourmet benedict to custom omelletes ready to go. They even serve Tropicana as their juice!

It’s also a great spot to grab a drink and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown on a warm summers’ day.

Hayden Block


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  • Address – 1136 Kensington Road NW
  • Phone Number – 403-283-3021

This pop-up patio is one of the best in Calgary because of its near-river location in the heart of the walkable and shop-able Kensington District.

It also has a back end patio with a roof that opens up during the spring and summer, doubling its patio space!

Try one of the meat trays that come with your choice of sides. Also try a wide selection of craft beers from local, national and international brewers.

After an hour or two on the patio, check out the river pathways or perhaps go for an ice cream down the street.

Sunterra Market Bar


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  • Address – 200 12th Avenue SE
  • Phone Number – 403-261-6772

During the summer Sunterra Market Bar sets up a barbecue on the spacious second-story patio and cook everything from beef, chicken and lamb, then include your choice of meat in a shockingly affordable lunch special for around $10.

Found in the Keynote condo and office complex, there’s lots of patio space to go around while enjoying views of the surrounding Beltline.

We highly recommend checking out this best Calgary patio because of the wicked deals and also the health-oriented grocery shopping available on the bottom floor.



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  • Address – 338 17th Avenue SW
  • Phone Number – 403-229-1177

Cilantro is by far one of the best patios in Calgary for those looking to escape the sights and sounds of the Beltline, even if just for a little while.

Indulge in Californian-inspired Italian menu items like a wood-oven baked thin crust pizza or perhaps a gourmet pasta dish while sipping on a unique selection found on the extensive award-winning list of wines.

The rustic décor and lush plants surrounding the patio make Cilantro’s patio a go-to spot on 17th Avenue SW for food and drink any day of the week.

Bonterra Trattoria


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  • Address – 1016 8th Street SW
  • Phone Number – 403-262-8480

Bonterra Trattoria’s patio is one of the best in Calgary to go to for enjoying authentic Italian cuisine while soaking up the summer heat.

The patio itself is a little oasis in the middle of the Beltline with superb décor and lush plant life all around. It truly is a little piece of Italy right here in Calgary.

On the backside of the restaurant is customer parking which makes it convenient to visit the restaurant without looking for a spot on the street.

The Living Room


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  • Address – 514 17th Avenue SW
  • Phone Number – 403-228-9830

The Living Room is host to yet another one of the best Calgary patios on 17th Avenue SW.

Combine its classic French & Italian cuisines with a spacious patio section that’s dimly lit during the late evening and you also get one of the most romantic patios in the city.

Heating lamps and two fireplaces make sure you’ll stay warm too!

National on 8th


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  • Address – #360, 225 8th Avenue SW
  • Phone Number – 403-237-5556

Located on the rooftop of the Scotia Centre in downtown, National on 8th has one of the largest rootop patios in Calgary.

Ping pong tables and more than enough space to go around for dancing, wining and dining means this best patio in downtown Calgary should be on your bucket list.

Make sure to arrive early or get on guest list if you can for the rooftop as it’s always packed during our sweet but short patio season.

National on 10th


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  • Address – 341 10th Avenue SW
  • Phone Number – 403-474-2739

Like its sister developments, National on 10th also has one of the best patios in Calgary, located on the rooftop of the building.

Also like its sister developments, you’ll be hard pressed to get a spot during peak times so try to arrive early.

National on 17th


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  • Address – 550 17th Avenue SW
  • Phone Number – 403-229-0226

National’s curb-side patio on the corner of 5th Street and 17th Avenue SW is great for soaking up some sun while enjoying the sights and sounds of Calgary’s most vibrant streetscape.

An impressive selection of drinks has quickly carried all National locations onto our list of best beer halls in Calgary.



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  • Address – 2437 4th Street SW
  • Phone Number – 403-245-2345

Experience Bavarian style cuisine at its finest at WURST Restaurant and Bar on 4th Street and 25th Avenue SW.

Besides delicious cuisine, WURST has a massive selection of drinks. Everything from gluten-free to the darkest ale, you can have it, and guzzle it out of a boot if you like at WURST.

Try sitting in the spacious patio section on the south side of the restaurant for a lovely experience every time. Wurst is one of the Top Food & Drink Establishments in Mission. Check it out!

What is Your Favourite YYC Patio?

What are your favourite patios in Calgary? Leave us a comment below and let us know so we can add it to our list of best in Calgary - patios!

Until next time, be sure to check us out on Instagram and Facebook for more of everything to do with YYC restaurants, activities + events. We hope to see you there!

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