Off the Menu: 5 Year-Round Patios to Love

What’s new in Victoria’s restaurant scene.

Off the menu - YAM Mar/Apr 2024
Enjoy views of the Inner Harbour from the LURE patio.

By Cinda Chavich

It’s a happy hangover from the worst days of the pandemic — we now have more places to sit and eat in cozy comfort outside, no matter the weather. Snuggle up!


The view from the patio at LURE restaurant at the Delta Hotel is arguably one of the best in the city, with the legislature outlined in twinkling lights across the harbour. And in cooler weather you can enjoy the chef’s seven-course tasting menu ensconced in your own cozy “dining dome.”

10 Acres Commons

Bowls, burgers, sushi rolls, tacos, ribs, pasta — everything goes at Mike Murphy’s farm-to-table 10 Acres. Whether you choose The Commons or The Bistro side of this popular downtown restaurant, there are toasty heaters on the covered patios where you can gather with friends right in the city centre. 

Fireside Grill

A vintage Tudor-style manor house set in a grove of wild Garry oaks, the Fireside Grill is known for its garden patio and outdoor fireplace, always a cozy spot to gather. Its menu ranges from pizza to Sunday prime rib dinners, but the big weekend brunch is a family tradition here. 


One of the newest — and nicest — spots for sharing an al fresco nosh with friends is Fathom in the Hotel Grand Pacific. Gathered around the dancing flames of your own fire table, wrapped in a cozy blanket, with views across the Inner Harbour — it’s the place to enjoy custom cocktails and executive chef Peter Kim’s creative share plates, from cheesy pull-apart rolls to Humboldt squid calamari with Brussels sprouts.

FARO/The Snug Pub

Whether you’re seated next to the outdoor fireplace at FARO or overlooking the Salish Sea in The Snug Pub, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a great place for patio dining. We especially like to stop in at FARO on a sunny afternoon for cocktails and appies during their aperitivo hour.

Off the menu - YAM Mar/Apr 2024
FARO Patio.