Patio season is here and restaurants across the region are ready to serve up some great grub! As our patios start to open up for outdoor dining, patio life is the hot spot to be this summer. The City of Orillia’s See You on the Patio Program was so popular last year that it is back, bigger and better than ever! Running every Friday evening between 5pm and 11pm from July 5 to September 3, parts of downtown Orillia will be closed to traffic in order for restaurants to expand their patios onto the street.
Our local food purveyors have been planning and creating some excellent patio experiences for you to enjoy this summer. They deserve all the recognition and support in the world while navigating towards a season full of local flavours. But where to start? Whether you are a local or on a road trip this summer, we’ve put together a list of ten patios throughout the Orillia and Lake Country region that you don’t want to miss this summer.
Rustica Pizza Vino – Orillia
Located in the heart of Orillia’s historic downtown, the European-style patio’s atmosphere is an inviting oasis of colourful plants and hanging lights. Take it all in while enjoying one of the restaurant’s many wood-fired neopolitan pizza options and wide selection of wines.
The Common Stove – Orillia
Hiding in a little nook off of Orillia’s Mississaga Street, The Common Stove’s “Swinton’s Speakeasy” patio is sure to charm. With its relaxed vibe and a focus on locally sourced meats and vegetables, this patio will have you in good spirits. Speaking of which, there is a long list to choose from. This wood-fired dining experience is one you sure won’t forget.
Horseshoe Resort – Oro-Medonte
With a 50,000 square foot patio on the grounds, it is hard to beat the view at Horseshoe Resort. Surrounded by the greenery of rolling hills, take in the fresh air while enjoying a tasty lunch cooked over a BBQ and a cold drink from the Crazy Horse Sports Bar & Grill. Pair this patio meal with some of Horseshoe’s great outdoor adventures, from tree-top trekking to a round on the golf course.
Tailwinds Bar & Grill – Ramara
A great meal with a side of aviation wonders. Located at Rama Regional Airport, the patio at Tailwinds Bar and Grill provides guests with great views of Lake St. John and front row seats to planes taking off from both land and water. Aeronaut enthusiasts will love this unique experience, and with a wide variety of appetizers and mains, there is something for everyone.
Studabakers Beachside – Orillia
With its signature lighthouse structure near the Port of Orillia, Studabakers Beachside patio is one of the largest in the region with beautiful lake views. Conveniently located near Couchiching Beach in Orillia, enjoy a meal any time of day, from early bird breakfasts to a late night drink.
Riverside Hideaway – Severn
A hearty home cooked meal of ribs, pasta, fish and chips and burgers is made even better by a waterfront view of the tranquil Coldwater River. The riverside patio is a real draw when the weather is fine. Guests can enjoy a coffee or meal outdoors and relax beside the river.
St. Louis Bar & Grill – Orillia
It’s a parking lot party at St. Louis Bar & Grill in Orillia! With 104 seats on the patio and a newly introduced Tikibar (19+), let the good times roll this summer.
The Ktchn – Oro-Medonte
Situated within the clubhouse at Braestone Club, The Ktchn features menus as lively as the views of the valley that extend beyond its bar and dining room. Inspired by the remarkable location, but open to creative interpretations and flavours, The Ktchn’s well-crafted cuisine is characterized by an eclectic perspective expressed through diverse dishes and fare.
Quayle’s Brewery – Oro-Medonte
Get a taste of farm life on the patio at Quayle’s Brewery. Nestled in the rolling hills of Oro-Medonte, this farm brewery is full of rich history, fresh air and peaceful surroundings. Enjoy their large, spacious patio and licensed grounds with a flight of specialty brews and a menu of delicious treats.
Patio opens June 17th.
No Reservations, First come, first seated
R Cottage – Washago
This hideaway has all the cottage vibes you need. R Cottage is the homespun, rustic eatery where you feel like you are reconnecting with old friends. Highlighting rotisserie done the Northern Way and locally sourced ingredients, their mouth-watering menu features prime rib, sandwiches, soups, salads, and craft beer.
These are just a few of the many amazing patios available throughout our region this summer. Check our listings for restaurants with takeout and patios available. Share your patio experience for a chance to win a Shop Local prize pack valued at $500 in the #OrilliaFoodiesUnite contest! Running until September 27, see details on how you can enter.
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