Ottawa

Your choice for Ottawa's top patio

Whether it's the food, the atmosphere or the quality of the chairs, people in Ottawa hold strong opinions when it comes to where to hoist a pint on a sunny afternoon.

We reveal your top picks for drinks with a view

Tavern on the Hill is tucked away in a cosy corner of Major's Hill Park. (Andrew Foote/CBC)

Whether it's the food, the atmosphere or the quality of the chairs, people in Ottawa hold strong opinions when it comes to where to hoist a pint on a sunny afternoon.

Last week, we asked for your top choices for Ottawa's best patios. 

Some suggested spots with a nice breeze off the water. Others prioritized flowers, trees and tranquillity. 

Some of you didn't want to share your secret spot, for fear of the hordes that would follow.

 

 

Other had very specific standards.

Once we collected your entries and counted the votes, we discovered your favourite patios do have one thing in common: a spectacular view.

The top 3

But first, a look at the runners-up.

In third place was La Terrasse at the Château Laurier. This spacious patio overlooking the Ottawa Locks and Parliament Hill is reopening with a revamped look this weekend.
Liz Serinken submitted this photo of herself relaxing on her favourite patio, Olive & Chili in the ByWard Market. (Submitted by Liz Serinken)

Coming in second was Kelly's Landing in Manotick, where patio patrons can watch the boats drift down the Rideau River while they enjoy a bite.

The clear winner, however, was Tavern on the Hill. It's tucked away in a hidden corner of Major's Hill Park, and offers stunning views the Ottawa River, the National Gallery and Parliament Hill's gothic spires.

It's popular with tourists and locals alike, who enjoy the comfort food — beer and hot dogs, mostly — and comfy couches under big red umbrellas.

Our Adrian Harewood and Lucy van Oldenbarneveld were handed the tough assignment of giving Tavern on the Hill a try.

Here's Ottawa's best patio!

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You voted and off we went! The CBC's Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld and Adrian Harewood stopped by your pick for Ottawa's best patio: Tavern on the Hill. 1:24

From patios to picnics

Up next, we're turning from patios to picnics. Where's the best spot in the city to spread your blanket and enjoy a delicious meal in the the open air? 

Send us your stories about your favourite picnic spots in Ottawa. Email us with a photo and we'll reveal the winner next week.

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