The Romantic Patios of Victoria

Empress Veranda

Summer is the season to fall in love. It’s the time of year to capture hearts and celebrate being together. What better way is there to get the hearts strings singing, than a quiet dinner for two al fresco . And to make your date a memorable one, we’ve compiled a list of some of the city’s most romantic outdoor patios.

Of course, what constitutes as “romantic” is entirely subjective, although the following patios captured at least one (or two) of the elements that make for an amorous atmosphere. They qualified by being either: 1) picturesque, 2) warmly lit, 3) quiet or, 4) private.

Here are the top five favorite patios for the perfect date night in Victoria.


Café Brio

Cafe Brio

944 Fort Street

Surrounded by lush foliage, trellised vines and candlelight, Café Brio’s patio is enclosed and intimate. Designed to resemble a Mediterranean courtyard, the terracotta walls and floors give the space a warm, rustic feel. With only 16 seats you can easily tuck away here for a quiet, ultra private and romantic dinner for two. The menu serves fresh pastas and risotto, local seafood and charcuterie. A large selection of fine wines from around the world is available by the half bottle, bottle or by the glass.

(250) 393-0009

Open 7 nights a week for dinner from 5:30pm.

Reservations recommended.


The Veranda (The Fairmont Empress)

Overlooking the Inner Harbour, the iconic Veranda is a dreamy location to watch the sunset with your sweetheart. Framed by vine covered arches, elaborate stone walls and an ocean view, this is one of Victoria’s oldest and most picturesque settings. The Veranda provides sunglasses, sunshades, heaters and blankets for total comfort. Make it an extra special night and reserve your table to watch the 2014 Victoria Symphony Splash on August 3rd. More information can be found here. Take a look at the menu for a selection of house specialties like the Charcuterie and Local Cheese Slate, an assortment of cured meats, local cheeses, house made preserves and apricot bread – $20. Or, sample the must try Empress 1908; a delicious creamy blend of 1908 tea infused vodka, fresh lemon and sweet frothy egg whites – $13.

721 Government Street

(250) 384-8111

Open daily from 11:30am until dusk.

Bistro style first come, first serve seating.


Glo Restaurant and Lounge

Glo patio 2

Located just a few minutes drive from downtown, or a ten minute bike ride from town along the Galloping Goose trail, the patio at Glo is roomy and comfortable. Overlooking the Selkirk Waterway, guests can relax with the breeze off the water while enjoying a refreshing summer cocktail, or one of several local beers. If you’re keen to show off to your date, this is the place to go. If you prefer more privacy, there are several cozy tables tucked away as well. Glo’s laid back and friendly atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for a long and leisurely evening. The menu has lots of tasty bites and share plates to enjoy.

104 – 2940 Jutland Road (Selkirk Waterfront)

(250) 386-5643

Open 7 days a week, 11:00am until late.


Lure Restaurant and Bar

Lure 1

Lure Patio is one of the newer hot spots in Victoria recently renovated and re-opened as of May 2014. Located in the Delta Hotel just over the Johnson Street Bridge, this patio is an ideal spot for a romantic date any time of day. Small plates, unique cocktails, and daily specials are available along with a full menu. With a large central patio space, couples can choose bench seating for some extra snuggles, or the couch area (located in the middle of the patio) complete with its own tabletop gas fireplace. If you’d prefer more privacy try one of the tables for two on the outer patio with a dramatic view of the inner harbour and downtown cityscape.

45 Songhees Road

(250) 360-5873

Open Sunday to Thursday 6:30am – 11:00pm and Friday & Saturday 6:30am – 1:00am


Canoe Brewpub

Canoe Patio

Located at the foot of historic Chinatown, Canoe’s patio is waterfront and west facing exposure at its best. A large open space provides plenty of room for private conversation and relaxed dining. Soft fleecy blankets are available if it gets chilly.  The Canoe menu features classic share plates, ocean wise seafood and handcrafted beers. Make your night last a little longer by adding a harbour tour with the Victoria Harbour Ferries. Or, if your hotel or house is located near the water, why not take a water taxi to and from dinner? View the ferry map to find your nearest stop.

450 Swift Street

(250) 361-1940

Open Sunday – Wednesday 11:30am – 11:00pm and Thursday – Saturday 11:30am –1:00am

Canoe Patio and lights

Written By:

Holly Brooke is a true B.C. gal. Having lived on the west coast most of her life, except for several years in the Kootenay's where she canoed and fished and lived in a tipi, she's very much at home outdoors and in the kitchen. ...

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