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10 Best Outdoor Dining Spots in The Niagara Region



Outdoor patios are a beautiful thing because they offer you a sense of peace and tranquility all the while taking in the beauty of the sights and sounds of the location where the outdoor patio is. What is so wonderful about The Niagara Region is that there are a variety of restaurants that, during those warm summer months, open up their patios and let their restaurant span to the curb side. With the cold months behind, tourists and locals seem to fall in love when they know the patio is opened at Boston Pizza or Fresco's as it can only mean one thing, summer is around the corner. Sitting outside while enjoying a meal with the ones you love enlightens all your senses. The sweet smells of your dish, mix with the sweet smells of summer, the sounds of the birds chirp high above, and you get to enjoy a little extra time outside, just the way you like it. From Italian to traditional American dishes, each of these outdoor patios will have you visiting The Niagara Region every spring. Think of these outdoor patios as one of the best places to kick start your adventures all summer long, or better yet, think of these restaurants as the one place where you can kick back and enjoy the beauty of the hot sun. 


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Lina Linguini's Pasta & Grille is one of the best quick-Italian meals in town. With homemade dishes overflowing on the menu, their tomato sauce is perfect, the service is impeccable and the decor takes you back to the Old Country. The restaurant is massive and the food is certainly enjoyable anytime of the day you come. To beat the lunch rush, come early to ensure you're not cutting into your lunch hour. Enjoy a business lunch here, and soon enough this will be your new favorite lunch spot. The owners and staff at Lina Linguini's Pasta & Grille certainly can't wait to welcome you back.

Local Expert tip: Every Wednesday is when the cooks masterfully create a pasta bar right in front of your eyes. Check it out, you'll be overjoyed at your newest pasta creation.

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For over twenty years Gus & Amiel have been bringing dishes from around the world that really pop. At Frescos it's all about serving up uniquely inspired dishes that wow guests and doing so in an overly friendly way. The restaurant is known for its international dishes that are exploding with flavors from around Europe. From everything to warm goat cheese salad, to salmon wraps, you'll love coming back here to taste test each and everything that is on the menu. Enjoy your business lunch here and you'll leave with a smile on your face. If you're looking to have a few extra people at your business lunch, call ahead to book the side room.

Local Expert tip: Grab some friends, and head off to Fresco's outdoor patio for the evening.

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William's Fresh Cafe is a perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and some of the very best decadent desserts. When you're in Niagara Falls and just want to get away from the 'tourist' area, Williams is the perfect spot. This place has it all, and by serving breakfast all day certainly has landed them a place on this Top 10 list. By using the freshest ingredients, a friendly staff, and seating that's so comfortable you'll want to take a nap after you finish you're breakfast, this truly is a great fresh breakfast spot. And the best thing about William's is that you can enjoy all of this and more on the outdoor patio.

Local Expert tip: Freshness is served up daily at Williams - with a cup of coffee and hand, and breakfast served throughout the day, this is the spot for locals to come to, to kick back and relax for the morning.

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Casa Mia Restaurant


Casa Mia's is hands down one of the best Italian restaurants in town. As a family-owned establishment, the owners and staff at Casa Mia's will make you feel like family the second you walk into the sophisticated restaurant. With dishes that are ever so mouth-watering, such as veal scappopini with lemon sauce, fresh home-made gnocchi with pomodoro sauce and daily catch's of the day, you will want to devour everything in sight. With an ever so extensive wine list, pair your dinner with the perfect wine and feel as though you are back in the old-country with a modern delectable twist.

Local Expert tip: The new sophisticated outdoor patio is a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike any day of the week.

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The Vintage Hotels always amazes anyone who walks through their doors. Not only do they have various hotels with ever so wonderful restaurants, but The Cannery Dining Room is certainly one to fall in love with. With fluffy eggs, french toast or waffles made to order and slathered in maple syrup, you will truly want to go up for seconds and thirds at this prestigious restaurant. Take your pick at the menu or buffet for breakfast, either or, you will dabble into traditional breakfast plates with a twist. And the best thing about eating at The Pillar and Post is that after you have finished your breakfast, you can take to the streets of Niagara on the Lake, or get a glorious massage at their Top Rated, 100 Fountains Spa. You're day starts off just perfectly when you have breakfast or brunch at The Cannery Restaurant.

Local Expert tip: Reserve a spot for Sunday brunch by calling ahead today, as this is certainly a delicious restaurant you will want to dine at while in Niagara.

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When walking down the streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake it's as though you're walking through this most elegant little town. And what better way to enjoy the beauty of this town than head into a landmark of a place and dive into all things sweet-like. At The Shaw Cafe & Wine Bar you will be immersed in all things wonderful about this town and this restaurant. Order up one of the many desserts and coffee selections or if you're hungrier than you thought choose from the overflowing menu of goodness. Whichever item you choose to order you'll be happy you stopped at this spot.

Local Expert tip: Take a seat on this outdoor patio, and people watch while you indulge in the finer things Niagara-on-the-Lake has to offer.

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Johnny Rocco's Italian Grill


Step into the 'old country' when you walk into Johnny Rocco's Italian Grill & Restaurant. Not only will you feel like family here, but you will also be able to enjoy a whole lot of home-made Italian cooking at this spot. With an extensive menu, you may sway your order between one of the many delicious plates Johnny Rocco's serves up daily. The beauty of Johnny Rocco's is that there are two locations, so if the Niagara Falls location is filled to the brim, venture off to the St. Catharines location, where you can enjoy patio dinning like no other.

Local Expert tip: A wood-oven pizza, a bottle of wine, and a table for two, sitting outdoors at Johnny Rocco's couldn't be more perfect.

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This pizza joint is the perfect spot to play a video game or two, watch the NFL or just enjoy some quality time with a bunch of friends. Located right on Clifton Hill you can indulge in the most uniquely crafted pizzas, a plethora of unique drinks or for those looking for a dose of something besides pizza try the thai chicken or plethora of salads and sandwiches awaiting you. Ask for a table out on the patio, you'll love seeing what's going on along The Hill. At Boston Pizza you truly are mixing food with fun, and after that delicious meal venture out to see the beauty of Niagara Falls at night.

Local Expert tip: Boston Pizza's patio is the best people watching spot on Clifton Hill.

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The Pie Plate Bakery & Cafe


The Pie Plate is one of the cutest spots in Niagara-on-the-Lake. With its quaint decor, wrap-around porch, and eclectic seats, if you have a love for pie, and tea, this is the place for you. Enjoy a piece of pie, and a cup of tea as you chill out on the wrap-around porch for the afternoon and drown away all your worries as you take in the beauty of Niagara-on-the-Lake. With a pastry menu that is ever changing depending on the season, you'll certainly want to head on over here throughout the year, as you never know just what pastry the bakers will creatively craft today.

Local Expert tip: This cute little cafe has lovely lunches, order one with your cup of tea, take a seat on their outdoor patio and you'll be in bakery heaven.

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Kelsey's Restaurant
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Deemed as 'Your Neighborhood Favorite' this restaurant certainly caters to each and every person that walks through its doors. Continually catering to locals and tourists alike this joint serves up a whole lot of delicious dishes that anybody will love. From everything to juicy ribs to fully loaded nachos you will truly be able to sit back and relax while hanging out at this restaurant. The franchise has just added 16 new dishes to their menu which include anything from crispy flat breads to mouthwatering pastas that cater to a healthier crowd. So whether you're looking to meet some locals or enjoy a meal on the patio, this restaurant is one for the taking.

Local Expert tip: If you're here in the summer months then ask to sit on the patio. It's the perfect spot for you to enjoy a delicious lunch all the while people-watching.

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Melaina is a native to The Niagara Region. Though she's traveled the world, she loves coming home and experiencing the true beauty that The Niagara Region has to offer. From hikes through The...  More About Melaina

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