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Winnipeg’s Top 40 Patios For Sunshine Dining This Summer

Looking to catch some rays while dining at one of the city's great restaurants? Here are some of our favourite spots for patio dining in Winnipeg.

All patios listed in alphabetical order.

529 Wellington’s lucky location sets its tables on a manicured lawn adjacent to the Assiniboine River. As if smart, beautiful food wasn’t enough!

A shimmering lake and vibrant greenery provides the backdrop at FortWhyte Alive’s Buffalo Stone Cafe.

Café 22’s chic Corydon patio provides contemporary Italian eats and perfect sideline viewing for all the action in Little Italy.

Capital Grill & Bar’s Broadway patio provides a comfy space to enjoy great plates with a touch of high-cuisine craftsmanship.

Order up your nachos, request a bucket of beer or sip a margarita at longstanding Winnipeg Tex-Mex favourite Carlos & Murphy’s.

Across from well-treed Provencher Park, Chaise Cafe & Lounge welcomes with its home-style deck spilling over with flowers.

Cibo Waterfront Cafe virtually hangs over the Red River at the end of a short stroll down Waterfront Drive through Stephen Juba Park.

Colosseo Ristorante, a longstanding Corydon landmark for Italian food lovers, serves a view of street life with its spaghetti.

Grab a gourmet ‘za, a cold pint from a sleek outdoor bar and get a slice of riverfront dining on the banks of the Red and Assiniboine at The Common at The Forks.

A retractable roof provides protection and new parking-lot patio offers more outdoor seating at Confusion Corner Drinks + Food.

Weekend diners are treated to live music with their meal at Cork and Flame’s incredibly spacious patio.

East Exchange District’s Corrientes offers South American flavour and a street-side seat amidst historical architecture and nightlife.

Dug & Betty’s curbside window screams ice cream parlour, but French-inspired fast casual fare serves as a precursor to a sweet treat.

Sip Forth’s signature javas and craft cocktails on its Exchange District rooftop and savour an NYC like view.

Dig into Fusion Grill’s locally sourced Manitoban cuisine outdoors at this quaint sidewalk setup alongside Academy.

Step through the gate to a brick-lined patio oasis at St. Boniface standout InFerno’s Bistro. Nosh on moules et frites and sumptuous salads.

❚ Be it cobblestones, umbrellas or lush flower baskets, The Keg is a restful place to sip a cold bevvy.

❚ Chow down on eats from King + Bannatyne, Chosabi or Bronuts on a sunny King Street patio in the heart of the Exchange.

❚ Enjoy a crisp pint and British-style Indian eats in front of the King’s Head Pub’s beautiful stone facade.

❚ Mexican eatery La Roca’s two-tiered setup welcomes backyard diners and rooftop-loving city slickers.

Langside Grocery’s backdoor patio provides a perfect laidback atmosphere for handcrafted cocktails.

Mona Lisa’s sidewalk café delivers Italian family recipes with so much love homesick travellers will think they have been adopted.

❚ Expanded picnic table seating ads to a lush floral sidewalk patio at South Winnipeg’s Nicolino’s.

The Original Pancake House had us at “pancakes,” but it’s generous to offer all day sunny side seating.

❚ What’s better than a thick meat sandwich while surrounded by lilac bushes? Oscar’s Deli provides the answer: nothing.

❚ The Park Café’s hidden secret garden nestled in Assiniboine Park offers a lush escape to match fresh, decadent brunch offerings.

❚ On the tranquil rooftop patio at Pasquale’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, dine on red-sauce pastas and pizzas among the aroma of fresh herbs.

❚ People-watching is as fun as enjoying perfectly prepared food and drinks at Peasant Cookery across from Old Market Square.

Pier 7 Pony Corral’s palapas cover those seeking a Mexican resort state of mind.

❚ Sitting beside Birds Hill Park, Pineridge Hollow is surrounded by lush forest and all the critters that live in it.

❚ Near big box shopping buffered by greenery, Preservation Hall flaunts its French influence with skill.

Promenade Café & Wine, adjacent to the Esplanade Riel walking bridge, has arguably the most stunning view of Winnipeg’s skyline.

❚ Enjoy Resto Gare’s artsy décor, gorgeous flowers and live jazz music outside this 100-year-old train station.

❚ Come home to nest at The Roost’s rooftop patio on Corydon Avenue. Clever cocktails and small plates add to the charm.

❚ Steps into the heart of the Exchange, chomp on Saddlery on Market’s comfort-food cuisine on its shaded, curbside patio.

Smith’s contemporary and comfy seating creates a relaxing, greenery-imbued oasis amidst the ever-present buzz of The Forks.

❚ Several of Stella’s six locations boast pretty patios; take to the rooftop at the Pembina location or nestle amongst a garden at CCFM.

❚ Nothing pairs as well with Mediterranean-influenced cuisine as a sun-soaked evening alongside Portage Avenue at Steve’s Bistro.

Tavern United’s rooftop sofas offer a soft spot to relax after a day pounding the pavement downtown.

❚ Retreat from the hubbub of Corydon Avenue and grab a world-class slice at Tommy’s Pizzeria’s private courtyard.