Discover Outdoor Dining in North Bay

by | Jun 10, 2021 | Culinary, Summer

From lakefront views to urban gardens,
these sunny patios are open for business!

 

Note: As of June 14th, restaurants in Ontario are offering on-site outdoor dining, as well as curbside pick-up and delivery.

If there’s anything better than getting outside to soak up the summer sun, it’s savouring a delicious meal and an ice-cold drink at the same time. Make the most of the warm weather by checking out these top North Bay patios, where you can safely get some much-needed vitamin D, along with some of the city’s best sips and nibbles. Whether it’s a lakeside view or a downtown vibe you’re after, North Bay’s vibrant outdoor dining scene has got you covered.

Here is a sampling of our many restaurants with patios to check out in North Bay.

 

White Owl Bistro


You’d be hard-pressed to envision a more serene setting than White Owl Bistro’s 1,500 square-foot patio, which sits on the shores of Lake Nipissing. This charming restaurant specializes in farm-to-table fare, with chef-owners Rene and Laura Dubois sourcing their ingredients from local producers like Dalew Farms and Field Good Farms. Tuck into the pan seared potato crusted Ontario pickerel or the Bison du Nord beer pot pie while watching the sunset over the sparkling lake waters.

 

Cecil’s Brewhouse & Kitchen


With its bright red umbrellas offering pleasant shade, the patio at Cecil’s Brewhouse & Kitchen is a wonderful spot for enjoying the fresh air while sipping on a house-brewed beer. House-made brews range from easy-drinking lagers to fruit-forward options like the Wyld Blueberry Wheat Ale and the Ruby Red Radler. The crowd-pleasing menu features pub classics like nachos and sandwiches, as well as entrees like beef bourguignon. Stop by on Saturdays and Sundays to take advantage of their special prime rib dinner deal.

 

Average Joe’s


The restaurant’s name may be Average Joe’s but the beautiful views of Trout Lake visible from its rustic patio are far from average. Channel lakeside vibes by ordering a plate of potato-crusted pickerel, or opt for the hearty prime rib burger or the beef and mushroom pasta. Don’t miss the restaurant’s weekend brunch, which features dishes ranging from breakfast poutine to sweet crepes.

 

Raven and Republic


This friendly local favourite is known for its high-quality comfort food and rotating line-up of Ontario craft beers on tap. Beer flights give diners the chance to sample a few different brews or those who prefer mixed drinks can go for one of the restaurant’s tasty seasonal cocktails. Raven and Republic’s covered upstairs patio and upper deck areas offer a choice between dining at wrought iron tables or lounging in cushioned patio sofas.

 

Station Tap House & Steak Co.


Set behind the handsome brick building that houses its indoor dining area, Station Tap House & Steak Co’s wood deck patio has a down-to-earth vibe. With 20 beers and two wines on tap plus a variety of other wines and cocktails available, the restaurant’s extensive line-up ensures you can while away many sunny afternoons on their patio without running out of new drinks to try. Burgers made with tender Canadian prime beef patties are the restaurant’s specialty, but the menu also features a range of sandwiches, salads, and bar bites.

 

The Boat


True to its name, the Boat is set on a retired 99-foot steel-hulled boat, which ran from 1947 to 1974. Perched on Lake Nipissing, the unique restaurant is known for its picturesque sunset views and approachable menu of bar snacks and seafood staples like chowder and fish and chips. Diners can choose between colourful benches or tables for seating, both of which are sheltered by patio umbrellas and illuminated by rows of string lights after dark.

 

Casey’s Bar Grill


This popular family-owned bar and grill has been welcoming hungry diners in North Bay for more than 35 years. After a massive patio renovation during the 2021 lockdown, Casey’s is back with loads of new outdoor seating atop a custom-made deck by Complete Carpentry. Known for their fresh, innovative salads (the Spicy Thai Chicken Salad is a must-try) and hearty entrees like back ribs and sirloins, this is a great place to enjoy an upgraded, spacious patio this summer.

 

The Crown and Beaver Pub


This cheerful neighbourhood spot specializes in British pub staples, ranging from chicken madras curry served over cinnamon-infused rice to beer-battered haddock. Their pretty patio dotted with plantlife is a lovely spot for soaking up the sun while indulging in a platter of nachos and a crisp lager.

 

gd2go


Whether you have special dietary needs or are just looking to incorporate better-for-you foods into your diet, gd2go has you covered with its menu of wraps, salads, bowls, and other wholesome eats. The restaurant’s offerings are free of GMOs, white sugar, white flour, and canola, plus they have lots of options for vegetarian, vegan, and paleo diets. Enjoy these light, healthy eats out on the restaurant’s expansive sunny patio, which is decorated with multi-hued umbrellas and chairs.

 

Moose’s Cookhouse


Moose’s Cookhouse has been a downtown North Bay mainstay for almost a quarter of a century, known for its made-to-order chicken wings. The restaurant’s popular wings are seasoned by hand and served with a choice of over 100 sauces in flavours ranging from honey garlic to inventive combos like Stompin Tom, which is a mix of maple BBQ and Hickory BBQ. Dig into a plate of wings paired with a beer while dining outdoors on their delightful patio overlooking Main Street.

Arugula


Head to Arugula to dine on handmade, Neapolitan-style pizza while admiring the views on their leafy patio. The restaurant’s pizza is made using authentic ingredients, like San Marzano tomatoes and Italian Caputo double 00 flour, and cooked in a traditional, wood-fired pizza oven. Their menu also features sandwiches, salads, and plenty of vegan-friendly dishes, plus lengthy lists of wine, beer, and cocktails. The sunny side patios offer guests a relaxing spot to enjoy some classic al fresco dining.

 

East Side Mario’s

 


East Side’s is a North Bay favourite and luckily the sunny front patio overlooking Lakeshore Drive is open for business. Order your favourite Italian dish (calamari anyone?) and soak up the sun in their signature red chairs. Kids will love their new Unicorn Chillers (smoothies topped with sprinkles and a sugar cone) while adults can enjoy innovative Italian cocktails and Canadian craft beer.

North Bay is packed with patios where diners and imbimbers can relax and enjoy the sun.

About Jessica Huras

Jessica Huras is a Toronto-based freelance writer and editor with over eight years of experience creating food, travel, and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, enRoute, Nuvo, Sharp, TVO, and Time Out, among other print and digital publications. She's a regular contributor to Post City Magazines and Foodservice and Hospitality. She is a former hotel reviewer for Oyster.com, Associate Editor at Escapism magazine, and Contributing Editor at Foodism magazine.

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