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2024’s Ultimate Patio Guide to Ottawa’s Original Downtown: Part 1 of 2

May 9, 2024

Question: what is the most essential sign that spring has arrived in the nation’s capital? Some believe that it’s the beautiful tulips coming into bloom at Major’s Hill Park. Others might argue that it’s the opening of the NCC Bistro in Confederation Park or all the talented buskers performing in William Street Mall and the ByWard Market. If you ask us, however, nothing signals the arrival of springtime as loudly and clearly as the beginning of patio season! When the weather is warm enough that you can enjoy a cocktail outdoors as the sun sets on Ottawa’s Original Downtown, there’s truly no denying that spring has arrived.

This year, Ottawans will flock to Ottawa’s Original Downtown to celebrate patio season’s arrival here in at all of the fabulous patio restaurants in the area! If you’re looking for a fantastic night out with friends, the perfect place for a first date or a way to treat yourself during your lunch hour, there’s no better place to do so than at any of the incredible patios along Rideau Street!

JOEY Rideau

Right in the heart of Ottawa’s Original Downtown, next to the CF Rideau Centre, JOEY Rideau stands tall as one of the crowning jewels of contemporary cuisine on Rideau Street. Their heated patio is one of two ideal spots be if you want to grab a bite to eat after a shopping spree at the mall or check out some live programming in Ogilvy Square!

📍 50 Rideau Street, #106

Sunday – Thursday: 2 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Friday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.

📞 (613) 680-5639

🐾 Pet Friendly? Yes; dogs must be leashed and sit on the outside of the fence


JOEY Rideau’s upscale high-end menu is best enjoyed on their patio overlooking Ogilvy Square.

Clocktower Brew Pub

On the other side of Ogilvy Square, this longstanding staple of Ottawa’s food and craft beer scene sports a patio that is just as capable of hosting you and your friends for a fantastic night out on the town! Clocktower Brew Pub lets you enjoy umbrella-shaded tables and beautiful potted plants while you dine – not to mention, the O-Train’s Rideau Station is conveniently located directly across the street so you can make your way home quickly and safely.

📍 140 Rideau Street

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – midnight

Friday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

📞 (613) 562-4878

🐾 Pet Friendly? Yes


Clocktower’s pub grub and craft beers are the ideal complement to a night out on the town, especially while surrounded by their beautiful potted plants.

Pure Kitchen

For a purely vegan and vegetarian outdoor dining experience, try Pure Kitchen and their menu of delicious and healthy plant-based cuisine! You’ll find that their love of plants doesn’t only extend to their menu, as they have flowers hung all around the patio. Buskers will often perform throughout the evenings in William Street Mall, and you’re only a short walk away from the heart of the ByWard Market!

📍 115 Rideau Street

Wednesday – Monday: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Tuesday: CLOSED

📞 (613) 845-1818

🐾 Pet Friendly? Yes


Pure Kitchen’s patio overlooks William Street Mall, where buskers often perform throughout the evening.

Métropolitain Brasserie

Did you know that Ottawa’s Original Downtown offers visitors a genuine Parisian dining experience – and that it’s available outdoors? It’s true! Guests at Métropolitain Brasserie are free to choose from any of their exquisite menu items all while sitting under a beautifully lit patio flanked by the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Rideau Canal and Senate of Canada Building!

📍 700 Sussex Drive

Monday – Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Thursday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 10 p.m.

📞 (613) 562-1160

🐾 Pet Friendly? Yes


The only thing better than enjoying Métropolitain Brasserie’s buck-a-shuck oysters is doing so will a full view of the historic intersection of Rideau and Sussex. (Image: Métropolitain Brasserie)

Lone Star Texas Grill

If you’re looking to dine while in the midst of the ByWard Market’s ambiance, Lone Star’s patio on George Street is the place to be! Enjoy any of their Southern-inspired entrées and witness the hustle and bustle of one of Ottawa’s most historic neighbourhoods. Once you’ve finished up, why not embark on a shopping spree at some of the stores and vendors located in Byward Market Square?

📍 128 George Street

Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

📞 (613) 562-9865

🐾 Pet Friendly? Yes; dogs must be leashed and sit on the outside of the fence


Indulge in one of Lone Star’s world-famous fajita platters while reveling in the ambiance of the ByWard Market. (Image: Lone Star Texas Grill)

The Albion Rooms

The Albion Rooms have put together an exceptional menu of European and Canadian dishes that are best enjoyed outside on a sunny day! Their patio sits at the corner of Daly and Nicholas and is flanked by two historical buildings that were once the Albion Hotel (now Novotel) and the Carleton County Courthouse (now Arts Court.) Surround yourself in Ottawa’s history while enjoying fine cuisine!

📍 33 Nicholas Street

Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

📞 (613) 760-4771

🐾 Pet Friendly? No


The upscale menu at The Albion Rooms is always a culinary delight, particularly while surrounded by the ambiance of potted plants and string lights. (Image: The Albion Rooms)


Milestones is only one floor above Métropolitain Brasserie and offers customers the opportunity to enjoy a shaded view of all the famous historical buildings at Rideau and Sussex while dining on high-end dishes. Take advantage of their elevated location to get an ideal view of the National War Memorial or National Arts Centre – why not even pay them a visit once you’ve finished your meal?

📍 700 Sussex Drive

Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – midnight

📞 (613) 789-5432

🐾 Pet Friendly? Yes; dogs must be leashed and sit on the outside of the fence


The highly varied menu at Milestones never fails to impress, with delicious entrees that delight the senses and satisfy any craving. (Image: Milestones)

Are you worried about where you are going to park? Check out our Parking Guide to help you find all the parking options and rates downtown. Please be responsible and have a designated driver!

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