Every summer, as temperatures rise to their steamy seasonal highs, essentially all Oakville residents begin to come to the same conclusion — it’s way too nice out to stay inside. And, seeing as all restaurants, bars, and cafes across Ontario have been given the green light to start serving customers again, Oakville’s patios have become popular spots for that very reason.
With so many highly-rated restaurants across the city, there’s almost an endless amount of amazing places to eat, drink, or even just grab a coffee at. However, not all of them host patio season to quite the same level.
As local Oakville real estate experts, we’ve got insider insight into the city’s hottest patios to chill out in. If you’re looking to take your Oakville patio experience up a notch this summer, follow our advice and grab a spot on any of these great patios.
1. Bronte Boathouse & Duckies Dairy Bar
First up on the list is probably the nicest patio in Oakville’s Bronte neighbourhood. The Bronte Boathouse and adjoining Duckies Dairy Bar at 2340 Ontario Street are a must-go if you’re in Bronte, as the sister businesses offer unbeatable views of the Oakville waterfront.
While the outlook onto the Bronte Harbour from Bronte Boathouse patio is very upscale, don’t feel you need to be dressed to the nines in order to get a table here. This casual dining spot offers classic, laid-back waterfront fare, which focuses heavily on seafood and comfort food favourites.
Think Shrimp Po’ Boys, Fish ‘n Chips, Kashmiri Seared Atlantic Salmon, and a Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich — all of which are impressively presented to match the views of the marina. Then, after your main course, head right next door to Duckies Dairy Bar for Bronte’s best ice cream. Choose between a cone, cup, or Paletta (read: popsicle stick) and then explore their creative selection of flavours.
With Duckies’ ice cream acting as the perfect ‘digestivo’ to round out a summer lunch or evening, you couldn’t ask for a more enjoyable and picturesque harbourfront experience in Bronte than from these two Oakville institutions.
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2. Community Resto
Another fabulous place to grab a healthy, upscale brunch, lunch, or even dinner is Oakville’s Community Resto. Not only do we love Community Resto for their stylish decor and eye-catching plating, but we love their health-first kitchen concept, too.
Their 100% vegan-friendly menu features plant-based dishes that are just as deeply satisfying as their non-vegan counterparts, like Community Resto’s Pulled BBQ Shiitake Mushroom Burger, Grilled Sausage with Slaw, and Penne Mac & Cheese.
Pull up a seat on their quaint little street-front patio this summer — just make sure to keep an eye out for their trademark pink patio chairs and you’ll be sure to find them.
3. 7 Enoteca
One of Oakville’s most highly-rated restaurants, it’s not hard to see why 7 Enoteca has so many fans — both locally and across the GTA. Offering a concise list of traditional Italian food and wine, 7 Enoteca offers a modern dining experience that feels anything but limited.
While 7 Enoteca’s menu more closely resembles that of a humble southern Italian trattoria — think pizza, pasta, and meat and cheese boards — their strong flair for theatrics makes even their most simplistic of dishes more closely resemble works of modern art. Come to think of it, the same can be said for the restaurant’s tasteful design and decor, as well.
And, by using fresh, local ingredients from local vendors exclusively when they’re in season, you can feel good about supporting local Oakville farmers and food producers when dining at 7 Enoteca too.
Open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Wednesday to Sunday, 7 Enoteca’s posh patio is ready to welcome walk-in customers who are hungry for authenticity and ingenuity on their plates this summer.
Stopping by Mississauga at some point this summer? Make sure you read our sister blog post highlighting our favourite patios in Mississauga before your trip!
4. Hexagon Restaurant
Find a similarly vivid dining experience in another member of Oakville’s most lust-worthy restaurants list, Hexagon Restaurant — except this time, with a French-inspired menu.
Take one step inside this modern masterpiece of a space and you’ll soon realize that while its dazzling interior design offers a thoroughly engaging first course, your eyes truly begin to feast once they see Hexagon’s ravishing dishes.
Offering Oakville residents and visitors alike a truly unique multi-course dinner experience, every dish that leaves Hexagon’s contemporary kitchen is presented with artistic direction.
No matter if they’re traditional, well-known French classics like Beef Tartare or Fish en Papillote, everything Hexagon’s Executive Chef Rafa Covarrubias puts on a plate would be equally at home presented in a gallery.
Get the full Hexagon experience on their stunning patio space along Lakeshore Road this summer by booking your reservation here.
5. Piano Piano
Piano Piano, loosely translating from Italian to English as “very carefully or slowly” is an apt name for this new Oakville restaurant, as its owners have certainly taken their time expanding into the Oakville market.
After enjoying years of consistent success from their original Toronto location, Piano Piano has finally opened their Oakville location at 120 Thomas Street, one of downtown Oakville’s most beautiful streets.
Although Piano Piano isn’t as heavily focused on art-directed plating as Hexagon is, this highly-regarded restaurant franchise is celebrated for its quality and creativity while providing classic Italian dishes like pizza, pasta, fresh seafood, vibrant salads, and satisfying grilled meats in an inspiring and engaging atmosphere.
And, with a stunning streetside wraparound front patio, Piano Piano’s newest location on Thomas Street is essentially guaranteed to be one of Oakville’s must-go destinations for great food and amazing parties this summer.
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6. Harper’s Landing
Another shining example of a restaurant franchise expanding the right way is The Landing Restuarant Group, which has opened various locations of their Landing restaurants across Ontario and Alberta.
You’ll find Oakville’s very own franchise, Harper’s Landing, at 481 Cornwall Road. It’s fitting then that Harper’s Landing is named after Oakville-born businesswoman and entrepreneur, Martha Matilda Harper, who is accredited with launching modern retail franchising.
While the food at Harper’s Landing isn’t quite as upscale as the previous three entrants on this list, you can expect to find a wide selection of refined pub-food favourites. Classics like a burger and fries, fish tacos, grilled salmon, and nachos will accompany you very well on their expansive outdoor patio.
If you’re looking for an easy night out, Harper’s Landing is a great casual spot that caters to diners and patio enthusiasts of all ages.