It's more important than ever to support local businesses right now. Local restaurants have struggled with the tighter pandemic restrictions, but it is finally patio season in Victoria! Many of the fabulous downtown restaurants that we know and love are offering outdoor service, as well as takeout and delivery. Whether you're heading down to an old favourite or looking to find a new favourite, it's a great time to support local and enjoy their culinary delights!

Welcome to Downtown Patio Season!

 

With COVID restrictions continuing, many downtown businesses, especially restaurants, are struggling. Many of these restaurants have outdoor patios where you can still sit and enjoy a meal with the members of your bubble!

It’s even more important to support local businesses now in what is hopefully the last stretch of COVID restrictions. They need our help to stay in business!

 

10 Acres Restaurants and Farm

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10 Acres has three restaurants and an online market where you can buy fresh produce, delicious bread, and tasty treats. Their two downtown locations are the Bistro and the Commons. The Bistro offers farm-fresh options for Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner, as well as a Happy Hour menu. At the Commons, you’ll find meals made for sharing, including seafood, tacos, sushi, and more! What they don’t grow and ethically raise themselves, they proudly source from other like-minded farmers and food purveyors.

 

Canoe Brewpub

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Canoe Brewpub offers beautiful harbourfront views, great food, and good times. With their fabulous handcrafted beer, delicious food, and awesome Happy Hour including daily specials, this is the perfect place to enjoy a bite and a drink with the members of your bubble! They also support other fantastic local businesses by serving Topsoil produce, Level Ground Direct Fair Trade Brewed Coffee2% Jazz Espresso, and Silk Road Tea.

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Earls Restaurant

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Earls Restaurant was founded in 1982 by a father-son duo and has kept a sense of family at its heart since day one. They offer a bar with great drinks and a kitchen with great food, including salads, seafood, burgers, and more. Whether you are looking for a spot for lunch, dinner, or date night, Earls is here for you and wants you to have a wonderful time!

 

Finn’s Seafood Chops Cocktails

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With a beautiful heritage building, a stunning view of the Inner Harbour, and an outdoor patio, Finn’s Seafood Restaurant is a great spot to stop for dinner or a drink. They have a menu for all tastes, from fish and chips to steak to burgers, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. They also have not one but two Happy Hours with fresh oysters and other great specials.

 

Friends of Dorothy

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Friends of Dorothy is Victoria’s premier LGBT2Q+ lounge located on Johnson Street near Market Square. They are Victoria’s premier LGBT2Q+ lounge, where everyone is welcome, whether you are part of the queer community or an ally. The lounge is beautifully decorated in the style of “Louis the XIV meets punk chic” and is cozy, upscale, and retro!

 

Jam Cafe

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Jam Cafe serves fantastic all-day breakfast and lunch, inspired by recipes from the south, like their housemade cornbread, buttermilk biscuits, and fried chicken. Since they opened on Herald Street in 2012, they have been delighting Victoria’s foodies with their menu of comfort fare and family homestyle recipes that have been passed down over generations. The Cafe is full of the warmth and welcoming atmosphere of a family-owned eatery.

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Milestones Inner Harbour

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Milestones began in Vancouver in 1989 and has grown to include over 40 locations across Canada. They serve familiar food with a twist and are the perfect spot for celebrating a milestone. They also offer Happy Hour and gift cards. With fabulous views of the Fairmont Empress Hotel, the Legislature Buildings, and the Inner Harbour, this patio is not to be missed!

 

Santiago’s Cafe

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Santiago’s Cafe is a fantastic Mexican restaurant on Oswego Street. They offer a casual dining experience and offer a wide variety of Tex Mexican dishes, including quesadillas, burritos, chili, and so much more! They also have an awesome Happy Hour all day. With a beautiful patio space full of colourful umbrellas and flowers, this is the perfect spot to enjoy good food, delicious drinks, and fun times!

 

The Drake Eatery

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The Drake Eatery opened in 2014 and was named for The Drake Hotel and Beer Parlour, which was Victoria’s first dedicated beer bar also located in Market Square from 1954-1974. The Drake Eatery is committed to offering patrons a casual, safe, and comfortable space to enjoy a drink. Without TVs or loud music, they hope to encourage a social environment full of conversation and connection.

 

Yates Street Taphouse

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Yates Street Taphouse boasts 40 different beers on tap and a delicious and affordable menu of snacks, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and house favourites. They have roots dating back to 1862, serving miners, tourists, and Victorians alike who looked for a place to provide comfort, companionship, and cold beers. With seasonal specialty cocktails and daily specials, you won’t want to miss anything they have to offer!

 

Looking for more open patios? Check out Victoria Buzz’s article about Patio Season in Victoria!

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