All the Patios of 17th Avenue S.W.
That’s right, all of them. We’ve listed the patios starting at 1st Street S.W. and ending at 14th Street S.W. There’s a lot of them — and we’re not even counting those patios around the corner from the main road.
Photograph courtesy of Cilantro
If you always end up on the same patio when you’re on 17th Avenue S.W., it’s time to mix it up. To say there is variety for your alfresco dining along this stretch of road is an understatement.
Keep in mind that there is a lot of construction going on around 17th Avenue S.W. right now. Going into June, the construction zone on the east end of 17th Avenue S.W. will be closed to traffic for up to four blocks. The area is still accessible for people walking and biking through the area, but keep that construction in mind when you’re making plans.
Here are all the patios between 1st Street S.W. and 14 Street S.W., listed from east to west.
This patio is the first you’ll come across on 17 Avenue S.W. if you’re walking away from Stampede Park. You can make reservations to have lunch or dinner on this sunny patio, which you’ll enjoy while overlooking a park and Immanuel Church.
139 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-5690, lachaumiere.ca
Sip on one of the many craft beers on the menu here while on the patio at the front of this restaurant.
219 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-6871, millstreetbrewery.com
This is the patio to come for when you’re craving a late-night snack (of something a little more refined that a hot dog or poutine, like Pacific octopus) and a cocktail. Bonus that you’re at one of the most celebrated restaurants in the city — and the country.
306 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-4694, pigeonholeyyc.ca
Take your date to this intimate patio — it only seats 12, so you won’t have trouble hearing each other converse. Be sure to order something you haven’t tried before off its creative menu.
306 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-4694, modelmilk.ca
Visit this patio if you want to feel like you’re in a faraway place. The enclosed courtyard patio, surrounded by foliage and pretty nights at nighttime, feels as though it could be in a country village in Europe.
338 17 Ave. S.W., 403-229-1177, cilantrocalgary.com
Anju re-launched its lunch service on May 1, so plan to take an extra long lunch — complete with crispy tofu and chicken wings — on this sunny, street-side patio. If you can’t swing that, we recommend visiting for weekend brunch.
344 17 Ave. S.W., 403-460-3341, anju.ca
If you come to this patio, plan to stay late. The patio seats 65 and things rarely wind down early.
510 17 Ave. S.W., 403-229-4036, localtavern.ca
photograph courtesy of the living room
If you need some shade after spending too much time in the sun — but still want to be outside — visit The Living Room’s shady patio. Treat yourself to the chef’s tasting menu. Don’t worry about getting chilly as it gets dark, because there’s an outdoor fireplace here.
514 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-9830, livingroomrestaurant.ca
Make plans to visit this shady patio on a Monday. It’s the only day of the week when diners can roll the dice to try and get their plank on the house. Roll evens, and the plank filled with meats, duck fat fries and salad won’t cost you a thing.
524 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-1211, cleavercalgary.com
Ox and Angela has re-opened as Ox Bar de Tapas. It is still offering Spanish food, like patatas bravas and pan-fried octopus, but the restaurant is a little more casual than it was before. Its patio has undergone a facelift too, but it still works like it used to — one side is covered and a little more private, while the other is open with a roll-down canopy.
528 17 Ave. S.W., 403-457-1432, oxtapas.com
Prepare to make some new friends if you’re planning on having a beer (or two) here because things get lively at the Ship and Anchor on weekends. Try to arrive somewhat early if you want to be one of the 140 people on the Ship’s patio.
534 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-333, shipandanchor.com
photograph by julya hajnoczky
National has teamed up with Victoria’s Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. Now there’s a refreshing, perfect-for-the-patio beer here and it’s available all summer. It’s called the Patio Bear Blackberry Saison and you can get it at all National locations.
550 17 Ave. S.W., 403-229-0226, ntnl.ca
You can’t ever go wrong with this patio. There’s pizza, lots of sun and people watching to keep you entertained.
618 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-1183, unapizzeria.com
Settle into this sunny patio for an Italian lunch or dinner, or for its weekend brunch.
638 17 Ave. S.W., 403-244-6603, fiore.ca
Market’s patio might be the best way to experience a Taco Tuesday. You’ll get a lot of sun, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful planter boxes and you’ll get a deal on your tacos. (The signature tacos are $3 each on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
718 17 Ave. S.W., 403-474-4417, marketcalgary.ca
If you’ve had too much to drink on a patio like Ship and Anchor or National on 17, the next morning head to Blanco Cantina’s patio for its weekend hangover brunch. Order a Caesar to go with that Blanco Benny.
723 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-1854, blancocantina.ca
If you want to mingle with others enjoying Trolley 5 beer, nachos or burgers, head to the ground-level patio. If you want to be away from the crowds but still have an alfresco dining experience, head upstairs. (It’s not technically a patio but the windows open wide and it feels like you’re sitting outside.)
728 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-3731, trolley5.com
Maybe the last time that you visited this patio it was Corbeaux Bakehouse. Now, it’s a restaurant from Teatro Group and you can order authentic French dishes here, like beef tartare and baked mussels. The large, street-facing patio seats 60.
730 17 Ave. S.W., 403-475-9457, royaleyyc.ca
Instead of staying inside Clive with your burger, fries and shake, take your meal outside, sit facing the road and soak up the bustling 17th Avenue energy.
736 17 Ave. S.W., 403-229-9224, cliveburger.com
After having an Italian dinner at this shaded, north-facing patio, spend some time at Tomkins Park enjoying the warm evening.
823 17 Ave. S.W., 403-244-5522
The Coup has recently launched its spring and summer menu, so make the most of it on a warm day at the sunny, street-facing patio.
The Coup, 924 17 Ave. S.W., 403-541-1041, thecoup.ca
You can get some kind of deal every day of the week at this bar and enjoy it on its slick, north-facing patio. If 25-cent wings appeal to you, come on a Thursday. If you prefer $2 tacos and $5 Corona, come on a Wednesday.
933 17 Ave. S.W., 403-719-9330, rooseveltcalgary.com
Nellie’s Cosmic Cafe
The patio at this breakfast spot sits about 20 and is ideal for diners who want some shade. There are umbrellas out here and there’s also a canopy that can be rolled open.
1001 17 Ave. S.W., 403-806-2377
It’s probably a good thing that this patio is somewhat secluded. That way only a few people are aware of just how long you’re spending here to make the most of its late night happy hour. (The flowers and herb garden are also perks — it’s not just about the pizza, after all.)
1012 17 Ave. S.W., 403-984-4755, cibocalgary.com
If you love sushi and you love eating it alfresco, head to this patio where there is picnic-style bench seating and plenty of fresh sushi. If you can get away for lunch during the workweek, plan to make the most of the $12 lunch special here.
1054 17 Ave. S.W., 403-244-3787, midorijapan.ca
This restaurant is open late every day of the week and the kitchen is open until 1:30 a.m. every day. But if you’re more of an early bird than a night owl, know that Watchman’s also offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays that you can enjoy out on the street-facing patio.
1109 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-8888, watchmanspub.ca
You can combine two loves here: eating outside on a warm, sunny day and eating all the sushi that your heart desires.
1137 17 Ave. S.W., 587-351-3818, fusionsushicalgary.com
This patio is a perfect-no-matter-what-time-of-day patio. Come in the morning and you can have brunch in the patio. Come in the afternoon and you’ll soak up lots of sun. In the evening, you won’t get chilly because there are heaters.
1230 17 Ave. S.W., 403-984-9445, jamesonspubs.com
There is double-level patio seating at this Mexican restaurant. On the ground level, there are numerous picnic benches, while up the stairs at the door of the restaurant you’ll find table seating. Stop by this patio during the week, as its happy hour runs Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., then 9 p.m. to close.
1309 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-5528, loschilitos.ca
This patio has a relaxed atmosphere. It only seats 10, it gets lots of direct sunlight and it’s bordered by flowers and greenery.
1314 17 Ave. S.W., 587-353-2668, khaosanthaikitchen.ca
When it’s patio season, sitting outside on the partially shaded patio with your bucket of fried chicken or burger is an easy decision. (Especially on Monday, when a piece of fried chicken is $3 and a jug of beer is only $15.) You can always head inside for a patio break to play skeeball or pop-a-shot.
1331 17 Ave. S.W., 403-455-9789, homeandawayyyc.com
When you need a break from the live music at this pub — it’s here seven nights a week — head to its street-facing patio with your beer and pub grub.
1324 17 Ave. S.W., 403-244-6670, morganspubcalgary.com
You have a few options for alfresco dining at this pub. Sit on the south-facing streetside patio to be part of the 17th Avenue energy, or head upstairs to the rooftop patio. Both are great options if you’re here for its weekend brunch.
1410 17 Ave. S.W., 403-229-1410, 1410bierhaus.ca
Stop by this restaurant patio on the weekend. The south-facing patio, which seats 18, is open for brunch only on weekends and is open late on weekends, too.
1424 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-1214, tropicalon17.com