Written By Gary Hynes Folks Apr 19, 2011 The Best Places to Eat Al Fresco in Victoria SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestWith patio season at its peak, don’t miss your chance to enjoy some of the Victoria area’s prettiest porches and greenest gardens for noshing out of doors. Here are a few favourites among the many.The upper deck at Spinnaker’s is a mint spot to sip a beer with your burger overlooking the harbour. A stroll along the waterfront is the perfect dessert to their hearty fare. Canoe Brewpub is also a first-rate beer swigging spot with its sprawling waterfront patio. Around dinnertime the sun hits their patio full on so you can soak up some sunshine after a day’s work.The Superior Café has a lovely, leafy garden for intimate summer dinners. Set in quiet James Bay, it almost feels like you’ve left the city. If you are downtown, one of the most enchanting hidden gems is the backyard garden of Sally Bun’s on Fort Street. Order your pastry then walk straight through to the back where wild roses grow and a canopy of leaves creates a verdant oasis. In Oak Bay, Ottavio’s porch is perched up high enough for prime people watching and close enough to the beach for a whiff of salty air. Lucy’s in the Square at Fernwood has a few bistro tables set up in the square for a dining-in-the-piazza experience. Olive Olio’s in Cadboro Bay has a sun-basked patio in the hub of Cadboro Village that seems to be always a-buzz on bright summer afternoons.If picnics are more your idea of eating al fresco, fill your basket with local produce at Pomodori’s in Oak Bay before heading to Willow’s Beach, or Ambrosio’s in Cook Street Village for a spread in Beacon Hill Park. Willow’s Galley, at 2559 Estavan Avenue, is an ace place to grab a finger-licking good cone of fish and chips on the way down to Cadboro Bay beach.Just out of town, Merridale Cidery’s outdoor pizza oven, apple orchard, and sprawling porch are one of the best ways to soak up a lovely summer evening. Sea Cider’s porch has a spectacular view of the ocean as well as their sea of apple trees, and one of the most charming porches by far in the area is at Vigneti Zanatta’s old farmhouse. You can’t beat their view of rolling hills, vineyards, wildflowers, and farmers’ fields. Paired with a sublime meal, you may never want to leave the porch. Photo by K.Zdybel. View from the Vigneti Zanatta porch.FolksRestaurant NewsVancouver Island Food Scene SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Gary Hynes Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Food People / Interesting Locals January 17, 2018 EAT TALKS: “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” THE STORIES WE TELL ABOUT OURSELVES AND ABOUT THE FOOD WE LOVE gives meaning to our history and to the things we value most. There is always one ... Read More Comments are closed.