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With the much anticipated lifting of some of Ontario’s COVID-19 restrictions, one of Canadians’ favourite summer pastimes is finally able to open up on June 11th: patios. While there are still protocols in place to ensure everyone’s safety as we move forward (please refer to the Ontario Reopening framework: here), you will now be able to sit outside at a local establishment, enjoy a crisp cool beverage, indulge in some delicious food and soak up some of that glorious sunshine. The 1000 Islands has its fair share of fabulous patios to enjoy this summer, so be sure to check out the amazing places below to make the most of patio season while it’s here! Please be sure to check with the individual establishments to confirm hours, availability and safety procedures – and remember that those restaurants that don’t have a patio are open and available to order takeout! *Note: some images depicted below were taken prior to COVID-19*
Location: 185 King Street East, Gananoque ON | (613) 382-8779 | Website: here
The 1000 Islands region’s destination for the finest, authentic Indian cuisine. Bursting with complex flavours, the menu consists of a variety of classic dishes with both vegetarian and meat-eater options to appease all palettes. Their patio is limited in size, so be sure to call ahead to ensure that they are able to seat you.
Location: 37 King Street East, Gananoque ON | (613) 382-3575 | Website: here
With a menu jam packed with Italian and Canadian classic dishes, Anthony’s Restaurant is a great spot to score some delicious comfort food. Located right downtown Gananoque, it’s the perfect spot to stop and enjoy a little break and enjoy the hustle and bustle of small town Gananoque.
Boat Shop Café
Location: 125 Water Street East, Gananoque ON | (613) 382-8484 | Website: here
Located right next to the water, the Boat Shop Café, owned and operated by the Thousand Islands Boat Museum, offers a small patio with fabulous views of the St. Lawrence. The shop offers coffees, teas and lattes to enjoy in the morning on the patio, or after a day of exploring you can sit back and enjoy something stronger. While you can’t score a full meal, they do offer a variety of goodies and snacks to indulge in with your choice beverage.
Location: 75 Quabbin Road, Mallorytown ON | (613) 769-1248 | Website: here
Cider lovers rejoice! BUSL Cider in Mallorytown offers flights or pints of their delicious, handcrafted ciders that you can enjoy out on their deck or while lounging on Adirondack chairs overlooking their orchard. Their variety of unique flavours will leave you refreshed and with convenient bottles available for take-out, you can bring your favourites home with you!
Location: 9 Front Street, Rockport ON | (613) 659-2338 | Website: here
With sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River, Cornwall’s Pub in Rockport offers one of the best spots to enjoy scenic sights while enjoying your meal. Their classic pub menu features a variety of dishes that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Only interested in getting drinks? Check out their Tiki Bar located on the point – offering stunning views of the water it’s the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day.
Cousin’s on King Bar & Grill
Location: 715 King Street East, Gananoque ON | (613) 382-3511 ext. 2 | Website: here
Cousin’s on King is your patio destination on the east end of Gananoque! With an outdoor deck to kick back and enjoy, Cousin’s has a menu full of casual favourites and a constantly changing line up of specials to indulge in.
Donnelly’s on the River
Location: 95 Ivy Lea Road, Lansdowne ON | (613) 659-4334 | Website: here
With a wrap around deck located right along the shores of the St. Lawrence, Donnelly’s on the River lives up to its name! Their menu features a variety of hearty appetizers and entrees, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available, and the views from their deck are absolutely breathtaking. It makes for the perfect spot to enjoy a meal, some drinks, and the perfect summer weather!
Gan Brewing Company
Location: 9 King Street East, Gananoque ON | (613) 463-9131 | Website: here
Grab yourself a taste of local with some pints on the patio at Gan Brewing Company. Located right downtown Gananoque, their rustic patio tucked along King Street is the perfect place to indulge in some locally brewed craft beer. With a selection of Gan Brewing staples and some seasonal specials, treat yourself to a flight to taste them all or select your favourite brew and enjoy a pint. No matter which way you choose to enjoy it, you’ll be happy you did.
Location: 250 King Street West, Gananoque ON | (613) 382-1110 | Website: here
In the backyard garden of the Woodview Inn you’ll find that little patio sanctuary that is Graydon’s Restaurant. With a lovely shaded and private patio and a menu full of unique, mouthwatering creations, this is the perfect place to indulge and relax. Whether you’re stopping in for brunch, lunch or dinner, you’ll find that this is the perfect place to catch up and enjoy the best that summer has to offer!
The Ivy Restaurant
Location: 61 Shipman’s Point Lane, Lansdowne ON | (613) 659-2380 | Website: here
Found along the Thousand Islands Parkway, the Ivy Restaurant boasts a gorgeous waterfront patio and the option to boat right up to the restaurant. Indulge in their fine dining menu of steak and seafood on the veranda, or more casual dining of pizzas and burgers below on their stone patio. After your meal and drinks, stroll along their beautifully maintained grounds and enjoy an ice cream at the Coach House.
Location: 21 King Street East, Gananoque ON | (613) 463-8800 | Website: here
A flavourful menu that features locally sourced foods wherever possible, Laverne’s Eatery is a must visit for any time of the day. From fresh brewed coffees, teas and breakfast pastries to spicy tacos and smoked ribs, their menu is to die for and features amazing vegetarian options. Their newly renovated patio is the perfect oasis in downtown Gananoque – offering privacy and a plethora of gorgeous summer blooms right off King Street.
The Maple Leaf Restaurant
Location: 65 King Street East, Gananoque ON | (613) 382-7666 | Website: here
While the patio at the Maple Leaf Restaurant is not the biggest (be sure to call ahead to ensure they can seat you), their menu is chock full of authentic Czech dishes that are sure to knock your sandals off! With options like schnitzel, spaetzle, goulash and some Canadian classics, their selection is bound to leave you with a full belly and plans to visit again soon.
Moroni’s Restaurant and Sports Bar
Location: 155 King Street East, Gananoque ON | (613) 382-3083 | Website: here
On King Street in Gananoque you’ll find Moroni’s Restaurant with their quaint, fenced in patio tucked in beside their restaurant. Their menu features a mix of Canadian, Greek and Italian cuisine and boasts a hearty breakfast menu. It’s a perfect spot to kick up your heels after perusing some of the local retailers.
Muskie Jake’s Tap & Grill
Location: 550 Stone Street South, Gananoque ON | (888) 565-3101 | Website: here
Located right on the waterfront in Gananoque, Muskie Jake’s Tap & Grill offers views of the mighty St. Lawrence River from their deck patio. Featuring a selection of Ontario beers of draft and tasty cocktails, their patio is the perfect place to enjoy a beverage on a hot day. Their menu also boasts a selection of casual dining favourites such as burgers, flat breads, wings and pastas that makes it the perfect spot for the whole family to find something they’ll love.
The Old English Pub
Location: 124 King Street East, Gananoque ON | (613) 382-8008 | Website: here
Featuring a brand new sidewalk patio, the Old English Pub has a menu of classic pub fare, ranging from fish and chips, pies and curries to burgers, salads and mussels – there is sure to be something to please everyone. It is also the go-to place for a extensive selection of Ontario craft beers on tap and refreshing wines and cocktails, the perfect way to cool down after a day spent exploring the area.
Location: 140 King Street East, Gananoque ON | (613) 382-8238 | Website: here
For a taste of Vietnamese cuisine in Gananoque, you’ll have to make sure you check out Pho Hut on King Street and their new sidewalk patio. Featuring an extensive menu of pho, vermicelli, and stir fried dishes (plus much more), their fresh foods and complex flavours will be sure to satisfy.
The Purple House Café
Location: 165 Main Street, Gananoque ON | (613) 463-9296 | Website: here
The garden patio of the Purple House Café is one of the most iconic 1000 Islands dining experiences – nothing says summer quite like it! Sit amongst the flowers in their lovingly maintained garden and indulge in delicious woodfired pizzas, fabulous salads and enjoy Ontario produced beer, wine and cider. Located just a hop, skip and a jump away from the shoreline and Joel Stone Park, the Purple House is a must try while in the area.
Location: 45 King Street West, Gananoque ON | (613) 887-2487 | Website: here
The beautiful shaded garden patio at Riva is the perfect place to chill and unwind after a long day in the sun. For those looking to dine they have a tented dining area and a menu full of delicious Italian dishes, including pastas, woodfired pizzas, and antipasti boards. For those who are just looking to have a beverage on their patio, there is also the option of sitting around one of their many firepits and relaxing in Adirondack chairs to enjoy your vino, cocktail or beer.
The Stonewater Pub
Location: 490 Stone Street South, Gananoque ON | (613) 382-2116 | Website: here
Nestled near the water, on the corner of Water Street and Stone Street in Gananoque, is the Stonewater Pub. With their fabulous wraparound porch and street level seating options, there is plenty of seating to sit back and relax. Their menu is a mix of unique pub fare and interesting flavours, including Irish nachos, spectacular sandwiches, Korean fried cauliflower and chicken & waffles. Enjoy a refreshing beer, wine, or cocktail with your meal or top it off with one of their new frozen liquor popsicles!