Kingston Patio Guide

By Kate Farrell

While not technically a season, we all know it’s everyone favourite time of year — it’s patio season. We’ve survived the frigid winds surging in from the lake, had our time to enjoy the cozy cafes and hot cocoa, but we’re ready for the sun. And the best part about Kingston summers? The amazing selection of patios around the city.

Whether they are overlooking Lake Ontario, nestled in the heart of downtown, or tucked in a secret hideaway, these patios are the only place you’ll want to spend your summer months! Here are some of our must-visits.

Musiikki Cafe

73 Brock Street

Coffee, music, and whiskey; the combo we never knew we were missing until Musikki. It only gets better in the warm months when you add in their hidden back patio. Walk through the hip, cozy interior and you’ll get to your new summer oasis filled with live music!

What to get: Haley’s Smoked Lemonade with cherry whiskey, lapsang tea and lemonade.

 

Battery Bistro (Fort Henry)

1 Fort Henry Drive

The last place you would expect Kingston’s largest waterfront patio to be? On the site of a 19th century World UNESCO Heritage site, Fort Henry. The original fort was built in 1812, and today it’s a living history museum and a hub of culture in Kingston. Battery Bistro is the perfect spot to experience that history, and take in amazing views of Lake Ontario from your table right on top of the Advanced Battery. Head here for a meal before the Sunset Ceremony for a truly memorable experience!

What to get: Maple Baked Salmon

 

Spearhead Brewing Company

675 Development Drive

Spearhead’s unconventional “Beer without Boundaries” methodology has been gaining a huge following ever since they opened in 2011. Skip to 2017, Spearhead decided to make a home base so they could start making their beers in house. The result? A 2,000 sq. ft. space to craft their core and seasonal beers. Come here for a tour of the Tap Room (100% of the proceeds go to Hospice Kingston), get expert recommendations from their friendly staff, and enjoy this micro-brewery in action.

What to get: Artisanal Flatbread

 

Dox Restaurant & Lounge

2 Princess Street

Arguably one of the best waterfront patios in the city, Dox is a must visit! Attached to the Holiday Inn, enjoy your contemporary, locally inspired meal overlooking Kingston’s historic inner harbour. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so you can soak in those views morning to night!

What to get: The Mushroom Bruschetta and Roasted Prime Rib Sandwich.

 

Kingston Brewing Company

34 Clarence Street

Located steps away from Market Square, Kingston Brewing Company is the oldest brewpub in Ontario and they aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Not only do they have 26 beers on tap, and 16 additional rotating guest taps to spotlight Ontario craft breweries; they also have two patios. One in the front overlooking the water, and a cozy one in the back! Head here for classic pub food with “unique twists.”

What to Get: One of the beers, wines, ciders, or soda pops that they make right in the restaurant! And you can’t go wrong with the Chopped Brisket Sandwich (smoked on a wood pit that uses locally sourced wood.)

 

Santur Brewery

177 Princess Street

Less than a year old and already popular among locals, Santur Brewery is getting ready to make its patio a summertime staple! They make amazing craft beers, offering something for everyone — from the classic German Lager to the Smoked Porter and Weissen wheat beer. To complement the brew? A large menu of contemporary pub food with a Portuguese flair that will satisfy even the pickiest eater.

What to get: Picanha, their Brazillian style top sirloin steak.

 

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Chez Piggy

68 Princess Street

Would this list really be complete without this Kingston classic? Everyone knows Chez Piggy as one of the top foodie destinations in Kingston, with a menu inspired by world travels and cooked with only fresh, locally sourced produce. Behind the beautiful limestone building lies their intimate patio covered in flowers, trees, and string lights. Head here for date night, to catch up with friends, or for a solo treat yo’self feast (we would).

What to get: Charcuterie with local and house charcuterie, Bistecca Tagliata, or for one of their vegetarian options, the grilled cauliflower steak.

 

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The Mansion

506 Princess Street

When you think of the Mansion you probably think of amazing live music and huge schooners, but come the warm months there is so much more. This upbeat patio offers up the classic Mansion food and drink menu and live entertainment, but also adds in a pick-up volleyball court, and tiki bar to celebrate the summer.

What to get: BBQ Whiskey Burger, or the Rec Room Nachos.

 

Wolfe Island Grill

122 Main Street (Hwy 96)

Hop on the ferry for your mini getaway to this amazing patio. The Wolfe Island Grill is known for their friendly service and delicious food, but what really makes it stand out is the epic views you get from their waterfront patio. From soaking up the afternoon sun to taking in the sunset views, this time it’s not about the journey, but the destination.

What to get: Coffee Crusted Lamb Chops, Wilton Aged Cheddar Cheese Bread, or the Wolfe Island Caesar Salad with prosciutto.

Looking for some post-patio entertainment?

Check out our Kingston Summer Festivals Guide