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Hamilton's much anticipated patio season might look a bit different this summer with new distancing and other safety measures in place.

But there's still lots of outdoor dining to enjoy across the city with popular restaurant patios reopened to welcome visitors looking to enjoy a cold drink and meal outside.

Just check ahead to confirm hours and availability and reserve your seat.

For up to date local patio openings, check out Hamilton food bloggers Taste HamOnt and The Joyce of Cooking.

KING WILLIAM OUTDOOR DINING DISTRICT

King William Street, between James Street North and Hughson Street

Hamilton's popular "Restaurant Row", home to some of the city's favourite restaurants, has gotten a big makeover thanks to the city's new Outdoor Dining Districts.

The cobblestoned downtown street lined with historic buildings, will be closed to traffic between James Street North and Hughson Street to accommodate additional physical distanced outdoor seating.

Nearby: Around ten neighbouring restaurants will be serving patrons outside including Berkeley North, Earth to Table: Bread Bar, Uncle Ray's Food & Liquor, Perogie Bar, Relay Coffee Roasters, The French and The Mule.

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Gown and Gavel

Hess Village

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Hamilton’s largest single patio, set between two adjoining Victorian-style homes, in the heart of Hess Village is the perfect setting for a summer hangs with drinks and food. Their menu is packed with daily specials including $20 Sangria pitchers and half-price burgers (locally sourced from Jepson's Meats in the Hamilton Farmers' Markets).

Nearby: People watching is at its best in Hess Village. Check out other patios nearby like newly opened 80s inspired Electric Diner or the laid-back Lou Dawgs for more food and drink options.

Quatrefoil Restaurant

Dundas

Quatrefoil patio
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Let the peaceful patio of Quatrefoil be the backdrop to your elegant dining experience in the heart of historic downtown Dundas. This nationally acclaimed restaurant boasts a patio set in the garden of a beautifully resorted heritage home. Time your visit right and you can see the tulips or hydrangeas as you indulge in fine dining made with local ingredients. Try one of their prix fixe or tasting menus throughout the week.

Nearby: Dundas has plenty of other patios to suit your mood – Bangkok Spoon, Thirsty Cactus, Detour Coffee Roasters, and the Collins Brewhouse all offer something unique.

Mattson & Co.

Locke Street

Mattson and Co. patio
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Mattson & Co’s patio overlooking Locke Street provides umbrellas for sunny days and heaters for cooler nights. With a casual fine dining feel, guests can enjoy an exclusively VQA wine list and an extensive selection of martinis and cocktails, plus a newly launched 2020 patio menu which includes fresh plates and lots of vegan options.

Nearby: Other notable Locke Street patios include Brux House (sister restaurant to Quatrefoil, with killer cocktails and global beers). There is also a pop-up patio at The Burnt Tongue.

The French

King William Street


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Step onto the patio of The French and you’ll feel as though you’re dining in a chic, European eatery, with boutique-style table and chairs, a French-inspired awning, and decorative greenery. Enjoy their summer food and cocktail menu, facing beautifully restored King William Street.

Nearby: Patios at Berkeley North, Hambrgr, and the Diplomat, offer nearby spots for al fresco dining alongside other area restaurants participating in the new Outdoor Dining District along King William Street.

Anchor Bar

Jackson Square


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The creators of the original Buffalo chicken wings recently opened their first Canadian location here. Though all their recipes are delicious, you may not want to order their famous “abandon ship” sauce in the scorching heat (or ever). Wash them down with a beer on tap from the full outdoor bar on this rooftop patio. Visit for a post-work drink or live music on most weekends and secure your spot at one of the tables overlooking downtown.

Nearby: Anchor Bar is located on King Street, attached to Jackson Square mall. It’s a few steps to Hess Village in one direction, and the shops and restaurants of James Street North in the other.

Radius

Augusta Street

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With its comfy couches, tranquil waterfall, and outdoor bar, Radius’ multi-level patio has an upscale lounge feel. Whether you’re visiting for a weekday BBQ lunch, weekend brunch, or late night snack, this is one patio you’ll never want to leave.

Nearby: Radius is located at the corner of James Street and August Street. As you walk the pub-lined street of Augusta, you’ll find many front-facing patios with a more casual vibe.

Coach and Lantern

Ancaster

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This British pub is the spot to be in Ancaster. They have a packed entertainment schedule filled with open mics, trivia, and live music – plus the patio is easy on the eyes. The beautiful courtyard looks like an enchanted European hideaway, just the spot for easy conversation.

Nearby: Leave room for dessert! Nearby is Ancaster’s ice cream shop, The Purple Pony.

Barangas on the Beach

Van Wagners Beach, Stoney Creek


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Take your date for a romantic Mediterranean dinner with a view on one of Ontario’s largest waterfront patios, steps from Van Wagners Beach. String lights, beautiful scenery, sangria and a bustling patio? Yes, please.

Nearby: Take a stroll on the boardwalk to Hutch’s on the Beach diner (a Hamilton landmark) for an ice cream; watch a game of volleyball from the boardwalk; or visit Adventure Village for some mini-putt and batting cages.


Amanda StancatiBorn and raised in Hamilton, Amanda shares her favourite places and experiences to inspire others to explore! Follow her on Twitter @amandastancati.