Hamilton Dish Blogs


Summer creates a new demand for cool outdoor dining and drinking spots to beat the heat. We take our patio season seriously in Hamilton and here are a few local favourites that range from the tried-and-true to the off the beaten path:


Jack & Lois




James Street North’s treasured Jack and Lois is known for its eclectic dining experience, innovative menu offerings and craft beers and cocktails.  Their patio (accessible from Barton Street) is nothing short of an urban oasis.  To best experience the patio at Jack and Lois, come when you have time to stay because that is EXACTLY what you will want to do.



Recognized as one Canada’s best restaurants, Quatrefoil in Dundas bring its fine dining mastery to their elegant outdoor terrace for those looking for truly unparalleled French cuisine, exceptional wines and summery cocktails in a stunning open-air environment.


Black Forest Inn

Enjoy Hamilton’s most authentic Austrian, German and Continental cuisine on the Black Forest Inn’s cozy and convival “Biergarten” patio in Hamilton’s International Village.  Enjoy some of Chef Wolfgang’s famous schnitzel and one of their many “wunderbar” ice cold European beers.




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Treat yourself to delectable hand-crafted cocktails and a menu of innovative, balanced dishes that celebrates all thing local on the multi-level patio at Radius restaurant.  Mingle with the Hamilton’s up and comers or simply enjoy the tranquility of the outdoor waterfall.  Arrive early to snag a plum spot!


Romano’s Ristorante

Romanos Ristorante is known for serving beautifully-prepared traditional Italian dishes in a modern, inviting atmosphere but each summer; their many fans are treated to a memorable Al Fresco experience on one of the Mountain’s favourite summer patios and a perfect selection of wines and beer.


Baranga’s on the Beach




If breathtaking, panoramic lake views are high on your list of patio must-have’s, Baranga’s On The Beach has that in spades along with generously portioned, flavourful Mediterranean dishes; frozen cocktails, sangria and ice cold martinis.




In the heart of Hamilton’s vibrant Hess Village, the gorgeous Miami-inspired patio at KOI offers a breezy, casual dining & drinking experience with a subtle sense of fun, great service and a selection of inspired culinary favourites, specialty drinks, beers and wine.


For full listings of Hamilton restaurants including great local patios, check out Tourism Hamilton’s restaurant and patio guide.




David Hanley Dave Hanley was a cherished champion of the city’s evolving culinary scene and wrote passionately about the people that made it happen.


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