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With the warm weather upon us, patio season has officially begun! There’s no shortage of opportunities to get out and enjoy the sunshine in Burlington, with many top local restaurants offering outdoor lounge seating and picturesque views of the lake. Now that spring is in full swing with summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to take in all that Burlington has to offer when it comes to unique dining experiences.

Check out the list of our top 5 favourite patios below:


1. Downtown Bistro & Grill

Located on Elizabeth St. in the heart of downtown, Burlington’s Downtown Bistro & Grill serves lunch and dinner and boasts a casual outdoor patio that’s open from spring to fall. At night, you can’t miss it from the street, as the patio is beautifully lit up with string lights, providing an outdoor dining experience in a quiet, intimate setting.

Must-Try menu item for spring: Smoked Salmon Crepe

2. Jackson’s Landing

Since opening in 2015, Jackson’s Landing has quickly established itself as one of Burlington’s fine dining hot spots. With a spectacular rooftop patio and extensive wine list, Jackson’s landing is a hidden gem in Southeast Burlington at Appleby and New St.

Must-Try menu item for spring: Peruvian Chicken Salad

3. Spencer’s at the Waterfront

Located on the Burlington lakefront, Spencer’s at the Waterfront offers breathtaking views and fabulous food. In the warmer months, the expansive patio space at Spencer’s offers a unique dining experience looking right out onto the water.

Must-Try menu item for spring: Grilled Vegetable Cacciatore

4. Barque Smokehouse

The Barque Smokehouse is still relatively new to Burlington, having opened their Fairview St. location in early 2017. The up and coming Southern barbecue joint is known for their smoked meats and fresh sides featuring local ingredients. With a newly renovated patio and live music events throughout the spring and summer, Barque is a great addition to Burlington’s culinary scene.

Must-Try menu item for spring: Sweet Southern Sriracha Baby Back Ribs

5. Emma’s Backporch

A local favourite! This landmark restaurant first opened it’s doors back in 1919 as the Estaminet Standard Hotel. Today, they are well known for their tasty pub food, cozy cottage-inspired interior, and of course, the sunny patio overlooking Lake Ontario.

Must-Try menu item for spring: Back to the Beach Burger


No matter your palette, Burlington offers a wide variety of patio options to enjoy the beautiful spring weather with friends and family. If you’re thinking about making the move to Burlington, CLV Group has one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom apartments available across the city – including close to the downtown restaurant hub – which you can check out here.




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