Off Track Travel may primarily be an outdoor travel blog, but with recent BC dining restrictions in mind, I thought it was an excellent time to put a spotlight on the local restaurants that fuel our adventures.
Our home town of Penticton has the perfect climate for eating al fresco. The patio season usually runs from April to October and there are more than 40 cafes and restaurants with outdoor dining space.
Published 7th April 2021. Please note that not all of the following patios are open yet for spring. The details below are correct at the time of writing but be sure to check before visiting to avoid disappointment.
Top 10 Penticton Patios
I’ll start with my absolute favourite Penticton patios. These range from special occasion and winery restaurants to casual brunch destinations and breweries.
It’s a good idea to call first to see if you can reserve a spot on the patio. This is especially true while the current (April 2021) dining restrictions are in place.
If the patio is already full, order some takeout instead and then head to one of Penticton’s amazing beaches!
My top pick is Marina Way Beach as it’s close to downtown and quieter than Okanagan Lake Park but Skaha Lake Park is another awesome option and has plenty of space, even on busy days.
Known for: Large selection of house beers, shareable and tasty snacks
Outdoor dining: Two street level patios
Location: Downtown Penticton
Website: Cannery Brewing
As well as having two of my favourite patios in Penticton, Cannery Brewing is also my go-to local brewery. I love the wide range of beers they have, with a little something for everyone.
There are two patios here – a smaller one accessed via the main taproom and a larger one on the other side of the building. The latter is called the Backyard and has a separate entrance, with exclusive menu and rotating food trucks in summer.
The draw of these patios is the casual, relaxed vibe that permeants throughout the Cannery. I have never felt rushed here. That combined with the bar service (UK pub style!) and shareable menu is why it’s my local favourite.
Popular Grove Winery
Known for: Winery history, beautiful location
Outdoor dining: Large sunny patio
Location: Naramata Bench, 5 minutes drive from downtown Penticton
Website: Poplar Grove Winery
Sitting just below Munson Mountain (home of the iconic Penticton sign), Poplar Grove Winery’s tasting room and restaurant offer absolutely stunning views of Penticton and Okanagan Lake.
Founded in 1993, Poplar Grove is one of the oldest wineries on the Naramata Bench and is still family owned. The elegant restaurant has huge floor to ceiling windows, highlighting the spectacular setting.
At this time, Poplar Grove’s restaurant is open for lunch only, with elegant dishes featuring crab, beef tartare and local BC oysters. It’s an excellent choice for a special occasion or lunch stop while wine tasting!
Known for: Elevated yet affordable made-from-scratch dishes (and the best Eggs Benny in town)
Outdoor dining: Street level patio with seven tables
Location: Downtown Penticton
Website: Loki’s Garage
A number of new businesses have popped up in downtown Penticton over the last few years, with my top pick being Loki’s Garage. The reason is simple – the food is AMAZING!
Burgers, sandwiches and salad form the core menu, with paella, fish and pasta added for dinner. All made with local ingredients (where possible) yet surprisingly affordable.
The standout, however, is brunch, with the best Eggs Benedict you’ll find in Penticton. Perfect eggs, freshly baked bread and the crispiest potatoes on the side. If you eat meat, sub in house-cured pastrami or opt for the chicken and waffles (JR’s new obsession).
A heads up about the location – while the address is on Front Street, you’ll need to go behind it to find Loki’s. The restaurant is opposite Tacos del Norte and next to 30 Minute Hit.
Bench 1775 Winery
Known for: Amazing views, 9 lot Sauvignon Blanc
Outdoor dining: Two level patio
Location: Naramata Bench, 10 minutes drive from downtown Penticton
Website: Bench 1775
Bench 1775 is a winery with a true show stopper of a patio. There are two levels of seating, each with gorgeous panoramas of Okanagan Lake.
Elevated above neighbouring vineyards, the views seem to stretch for miles. Some have called this patio one of the best in the entire world.
Usually, Bench 1775 operates a bistro on this breathtaking patio. Unfortunately, the bistro did not operate during 2020. At the current time, it is, however, possible to enjoy a glass of wine and charcuterie on weekends.
Play Estate Winery Restaurant
Known for: Upscale food served with incredible views
Outdoor dining: Elevated patio
Location: Skaha Hills, close to the airport
Website: Play Estate Winery
Without a doubt, Play Winery has one of the most spectacular patio views anywhere in the Okanagan. If you are looking for wow factor, this is the place to go!
Located in the Skaha Hills development at the south end of town, Play features an elevated patio with a gorgeous, unobstructed views of Skaha Lake.
The food is elevated too, with the menu firmly on the refined side. Think tartare, risotto, fish, paired wines and more. Reservations recommended.
Please note that the Play Winery Restaurant is currently closed for renovation, with an anticipated opening date of June 2021.
Match Eatery & Public House
Known for: Happy hour!
Outdoor dining: Large rooftop patio
Location: In the Cascades Casino on Eckhardt Ave
Website: Match Eatery
Located within the Cascades Casino complex near the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC), Match may seem like an odd choice for this list of best Penticton patios. At least, that is until you spot the rooftop patio!
This casual yet stylish space opened in 2019 and usually would feature lawn games like bocce and Jenga. The vibe is best described as sports bar meets pub garden.
Match’s menu is global, with Canadian classics (wings, ribs, nachos, poutine, burgers) alongside Asian fusion dishes (wontons and tuna bowls) and pizza. Don’t miss out on Happy Hour, when bottles of wine (BC varieties included) are half price!
Please note that the Cascades Casino itself remains closed at the time of writing.
Known for: Destination restaurant located on Okanagan Lake – literally
Outdoor dining: Large patio on top of lake
Location: Downtown Penticton
Website: Hooded Merganser
When I talk about the best Penticton patios, it would be a crime not to mention the one at Hooded Merganser. This upscale restaurant is situated right on Okanagan Lake, with seating on the wraparound patio only a few metres above the water!
The unimpeded views, as you may expect, are fantastic, especially at sunset. Facing north, this patio always faces away from the sun and hence never gets too warm, even in the hot summer months.
As for the menu, the Hooded Menganser specialises in farm to table cuisine (indeed, they have their own farm nearby). Think steaks, halibut, salmon, burgers, salads and more.
Please note that the Hooded Merganser is currently closed. According to signage outside the restaurant, it should reopen when restrictions lift.
Barking Parrot Bar
Known for: Lakefront bar with stunning views and casual vibe
Outdoor dining: Large patio next to walking path
Location: Downtown Penticton
Website: Barking Parrot
The Barking Parrot Bar may not be located right on the lake itself (like its neighbour, the Hooded Merganser), it’s pretty darn close! There are incredible views of Okanagan Lake from the large patio, which is bordered only by a narrow walkway and the Lakeside Resort.
Open until 10pm (later in summer), the Barking Parrot has long been a mainstay for late night dining and drinking in Penticton.
It’s a relaxed and informal place, with a fun and approachable menu to match – tacos, nachos, burgers and pizza. Prices are super affordable too!
Known for: Peaceful location with spectacular views of Okanagan Lake
Outdoor dining: Grassy lakefront area plus park space
Location: Marina Way Beach, two minutes walk from downtown Penticton
Website: Prague Café
This understated spot has one of the most enviable locations in all of Penticton! Prague Café sits directly opposite gorgeous Marina Way Beach on Okanagan Lake.
While it could be argued that the whole of the beach and surrounding park is just one big patio, Prague Café does set up a collection of Adirondack chairs on the grassy strip just above the sandy beach. It’s the perfect spot to look out to the lake and enjoy a coffee and a sweet treat.
Prague Cafe’s specialty is fresh, homemade European pastries, with apple strudel being something of a favourite (well, at least for me!) The menu also includes European style breakfast and lunch options featuring sandwiches, soup and cake.
Nautical Dog Cafe
Known for: Lakeside location
Outdoor dining: Spacious patio
Location: Skaha Marina
Website: Nautical Dog Facebook page
The Nautical Dog Café is the perfect destination for breakfast, lunch or a sweet treat after a walk on beautiful Skaha Beach. Located at the marina, the Nautical Dog Café has a lovely patio looking right out onto Skaha Lake itself.
The menu at the Nautical Dog is as tasty as it is extensive. As well as freshly made Eggs Benedicts, soups and sandwiches, there’s a HUGE choice of baked goods like scones, brownies, bars, squares, cheesecakes and more (and I’m talking multiple varieties of each!)
Better still, absolutely everything on the menu is made from scratch. Not only does this say a lot about the quality of the dishes, but it also means that the Nautical Dog is a great place to go if you have any dietary restrictions.
Kitchen hours are 9am-2pm, with the café closing at 4pm. Don’t be late!
Even more Penticton patios
It was really difficult to narrow down my favourite Penticton patio restaurants to the ten mentioned above.
For that reason, I also wanted to list every single patio restaurant in Penticton. Let’s help support these local businesses* as much as possible!
*I have chosen to include a couple of chain restaurants too, as these also employ local people.
The patio restaurants below are ordered by location to make them easier to find. I’ve also included a quick summary to help you decide which will satisfy your cravings best.
The operating status of each restaurant as noted below is based on my personal research at the time of writing.
If you know any Penticton patio restaurants that should be on this list, please let me know in the comments below!
- The Black Antler – OPEN, sheltered streetside patio, modern Canadian
- The Cellar – OPEN, heated streetside patio, Mediterranean
- TIME Winery & Kitchen – OPEN, streetside patio, modern Canadian
- Pizzeria Tratto Napoletana – OPEN, small streetside patio, pizza
- Theo’s – OPEN, very small private patio (call first) and streetside seating, Greek
- Ashoka Indian Cuisine – OPEN, small streetside patio, Indian
- Wild Scallion – OPEN, streetside patio, healthy curry and bean bowls
- Isshin Sushi Bar – OPEN, small patio, Japanese
- Ginza Sushi and Poke – OPEN, streetside patio, Japanese and Asian fusion
- Taquila Vallarta Restaurant – OPEN, sheltered streetside patio, Mexican
- Bad Tattoo Brewing – OPEN, sheltered and heated patio, pizza
- Neighbourhood Brewing – OPEN, large heated streetside patio, Mexican fusion
- Slackwater Brewing – OPEN, two patios, burgers and more
- Pasta Factory – OPEN, streetside seating, pizza, pasta and steak
- The Bellevue Café – OPEN, streetside patio, Canadian breakfast and lunch
- Hideaway Beach Café – OPEN, small streetside patio, coffee and lunch
- Wayne and Freda – OPEN, patio with cover, coffee and breakfast/lunch
- Petraksek Artisan Bakery – OPEN, street seating, coffee and pastries
- Tickleberry’s – OPEN, street and grass seating, coffee and ice-cream
- Patio Burger – OPEN, large park patio with lake view, burgers
- Salty’s Beach House – OPEN, waterfront patio (two levels), modern Canadian
- Elma – OPEN (weekends only), lake view patio, Turkish tapas
- Cambo Beach Restaurant – OPEN, lake view patio, Asian fusion and Canadian
- Villa Rosa Ristorante – OPEN, covered patio, Italian
- Cleopatra Café – OPEN, small patio, Middle East/Mediterranean
- Tootsie’s Diner – OPEN, small patio, Canadian breakfast and lunch
- Bogner’s – OPEN (weekends only), modern Canadian/European
- La Casa Ouzeria – OPEN, streetside patio, Greek
- Barley Mill Brewpub – OPEN, streetside patio, Canadian pub food
- The Station Public House – OPEN, partially covered patio, Canadian pub style
- Shades on Main – OPEN, patio, Canadian breakfast, lunch + dinner
- Boston Pizza – OPEN, sheltered patio, pizza , pasta and more
- Earls Kitchen + Bar – OPEN, sheltered patio, Canadian
- Denny’s – OPEN, outside seating, Canadian diner
- The Bench Market – OPEN, small streetside patio, coffee and breakfast/lunch
- The Nest – OPEN, heated patio, locally sourced modern Canadian brunch/dinner
- Hillside Winery – OPEN (reservation required), partially sheltered patio, Modern Canadian
- The Kitchen at Da Silva Winery – OPENING 14th May, covered patio with a view, Mexican/Portugese tapas
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