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.
Here are all the patios between 1st Street S.W. and 14 Street S.W., listed from east to west.
Sip on one of the many craft beers on the menu here while sitting on one of its two patios. There’s one at the front along 17 Ave. S.W. and a backyard patio.
219 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-6871, millstreetbrewery.com
This is the patio to come to when you’re craving a late-night snack (or something a little more refined than a hot dog or poutine, like shrimp and pork popcorn) 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 — there are only a handful of seats on it, so you won’t have trouble hearing each other converse. Be sure to order something you haven’t tried before off its creative menu.
308 17 Ave. S.W., 403-265-7343, 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. Cilantro is closing at the end of summer 2019 so make a point to enjoy the patio before then.
338 17 Ave. S.W., 403-229-1177, cilantrocalgary.com
This Indian restaurant has a lovely front patio set against its bright green facade. But you can also try to snag a seat on the back patio, which is separated from the street by large cast iron boiler doors and features floral table cloths and a gorgeous plant wall.
340 17 Ave. S.W., 403-719-1555, calcuttacricketclub.com
Come for an extra long lunch — complete with crispy tofu and maple hill chicken wings — or dinner 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
Spend some time inside Pinbar playing the pinball and arcade games, then head outside to the east-facing patio for a sandwich. This patio seats nearly 20 people.
501 17 Ave. S.W., 403-930-8175, pinbaryyc.com
When the weather is nice, Lulu opens up the glass overhead doors so that the restaurant spills out onto its streetside patio which is dotted with colourful chairs. Lulu has everything from poke to curry coconut linguini, so take some time to sample items from its menu as you enjoy the warm weather.
510 17 Ave. S.W., 403-930-5707, lulubar.ca
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. Don’t worry about getting chilly as it gets dark, because there are two outdoor fireplaces here.
514 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-9830, livingroomrestaurant.ca
One Night Stan’s has lots of options for patio hopping — it has a streetside patio with bar chairs and two patios on the second floor. One of its upper floor patios is enclosed by a big, leafy tree making it feel like you’re in a treehouse. Make sure to try the street tacos and cocktails.
520 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-4407, onenightstans.ca
Make plans to visit this patio on a Monday. It’s the only day of the week when diners can roll the dice to try and get its plank on the house. Roll evens, and the plank filled with meats, duck fat fries and a side won’t cost you a thing.
101, 524 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-1211, cleavercalgary.com
Cleaver’s sister restaurant has a small patio with tables and heaters along the front of the restaurant, plus some outdoor bar seating along the east side of the building’s bright yellow exterior. Grab a seat on either to sip one of the inventive cocktails like the spiced horchata.
102, 524 17 Ave. S.W., 403-474-1411, gringost.com
The restaurant offers Spanish food like patatas bravas and crispy chorizo rice and has two options for patio dining. 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
CaféMed’s patio overlooks a busy stretch of 17th Ave. while providing patrons with privacy from onlookers with a wooden fence and a smaller stone wall along its perimeter — which is great if you’re trying shisha on the patio. There are also heaters so that you can stay out later without getting a chill.
529 17 Ave. S.W., 587-353-5568, cafemediterraneancalgary.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 dozens of people on the Ship’s patio.
534 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-3333, shipandanchor.com
This popular patio wraps around National’s 17th Avenue location. There’s no bad day to visit since there’s happy hour everyday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Just sayin’.
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. It’s also a dog-friendly patio, so you can bring your pooch in tow.
618 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-1183, unapizzeria.com
Philosafy’s sidewalk patio is a great place to stop during your stroll along 17th Ave. for an iced americano or matcha. The patio spans the length of its storefront, so there’s plenty of spots to plop down to observe the street life or have coffee with a friend.
632 17 Ave. S.W., philosafy.com
This patio is raised off of the ground and is completely fenced off from the street. There’s picnic bench-style seating, so grab a friend and enjoy some spicy snap peas for starters and pork belly and kimchi ramen for your main as you soak up some sun.
634 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-0817, 5s17.com
This corner patio has lots of seating options, as well as heaters for when it gets cold out. Half of it is in shade while the other is more sunny, therefore it can suit anyone’s preference. You can easily lock up your bike to its wrought iron fence and grab a latte to enjoy on the patio.
715 17 Ave. S.W., 403-209-2888, starbucks.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 the whole nine yards with your brome lake duck confit tacos (they include serrano coleslaw and smoked onion salsa verde).
718 17 Ave. S.W., 403-474-4414, marketcalgary.ca
Blanco Cantina is one of the few spots on 17 Ave. S.W. with a daily happy hour — it runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m and 9 p.m. to close. There’s a big door between the patio and the restaurant which is opened when it’s nice out, so you can feed off the vibe coming from inside and from passersby on 17 Ave. S.W.
723 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-1854, blancocantina.ca
If you want to mingle with others while 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 up there, but the windows open wide and it feels like you’re sitting outside.
728 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-3731, trolley5.com
This large, street-facing patio is one of the best on the avenue. The brunch menu includes Benny bowls and buttermilk pancakes. For lunch, go for the $25 three course Royale Treatment with a menu that changes weekly. The dinner menu includes wagyu brisket, chickpea panisse and calamarta pasta. It’s all delicious comfort food with as many local ingredients as Royale can get. If you are on the patio, you might as well take advantage of one of the largest rose selections in the city.
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
Enjoy your poutine away from the hustle and bustle of 17th Avenue by heading to the enclosed patio space behind this fast casual eatery. It’s a small patio space with trees and umbrellas.
738 17 Ave. S.W., 403-457-2873, facebook.com
Analog Coffee has a streetside and side patio that wraps around the facade of the building so patrons have a choice between overlooking more active street life or a quieter inner city stretch. Patio goers have loads of coffee options, including espresso, and even have options for a hot lunch or some baked goods from Analog’s on-site kitchen.
740 17 Ave. S.W., 403-910-5959, analogcoffee.ca
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, buongiornocalgary.com
Spend a warm day dining on tasty vegetarian fare on this sunny, street-facing patio.
924 17 Ave. S.W., 403-541-1041, thecoup.ca
While Elate Lounge has a streetside patio that is an extension of its restaurant, they also offer a beauty bar in the back of house. If you’ve got an hour to spare, you can stop in for a quick refresh mani and end with one of its “in and out” menu items. Dogs are also welcome on the patio and they leave a fresh bowl of water out for any pooch patrons.
927 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-5283, elatelounge.com
Patrons to this large corner patio will have a streetside view that privies them to the comings and goings of this busy intersection along 17th Avenue. There’s space heaters across the patio, so that you can observe street life with a pint of beer well into the evening.
933 17 Ave. S.W., 403-265-1200, ceilisdt.ca
Try the all-day breakfast or a homestyle burger on the patio at this local restaurant, which is surrounded by a green fence and features a farm-inspired mural.
1001 17 Ave. S.W., 403-806-2377, nelliescosmic.ca
Lounge Eighteen has two streetside patios on either side of its front entrance that are comprised of bar chairs with bar tops that face the street. From this vantage point, you can watch the comings and goings of pedestrians as you nibble on bruschetta, kettle chip nachos or maple chili brussels sprouts.
1005 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-7143, loungeeighteen.com
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
Cafe fans can rejoice — Waves Coffee House has a stellar cold drink menu, featuring a piña colada fruit smoothie and an iced beetroot latte, along with two patios. There’s a streetside patio at the entrance of the shop and a side patio that’s below street level and tucked underneath a balcony to give off some cozy coffee shop vibes. Its comfortable red cushioned patio chairs give a pop of colour to each space.
102, 1019 17 Ave. S.W., 403-455-7700, wavescoffee.com
Try Nando’s signature peri-peri chicken on its street-facing patio that’s surrounded by planters.
1033 17 Ave. S.W., 403-355-7474, nandos.ca
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 work week, visit for 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. But if you’re more of an early bird than a night owl, know that Watchman’s also offers breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays that you can enjoy out on the street-facing patio.
1109 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-8888, watchmanspub.ca
This Spanish paella and tapas bar has a north-facing patio with heaters and umbrellas — perfect for all kinds of summer weather.
1129 17 Ave. S.W., 403-475-4165, lascanarias.ca
Order Soby’s special pita (choice of corned beef, pastrami or Montreal smoked meat with all the usual fixings) and take it onto its large patio for an enjoyable midday meal.
1131 17 Ave. S.W., 403-234-7629, sobyseatery.com
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 breakfast on the patio. Come in the afternoon and you’ll soak up lots of sun. In the evening, you can take advantage of the late night happy hour that starts at 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday.
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.
1309 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-5528, chilitos.ca
Order some chicken satay, green curry or sweet and sour basa, then settle in to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere on this patio.
1314 17 Ave. S.W., 587-353-2668, khaosanthaikitchen.ca
If you need a break from playing esports inside or just want to enjoy a beer on the patio, you can find a seat at one of the numerous picnic tables that are spread across this patio. There are also two big trees that offer shade on the sunnier days.
1324 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-2076, ramcross.ca
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
Order some of its Montreal style pizza to take onto this small but cozy patio. You’re right on the street, so get ready to be in the throngs of 17th Avenue while you hunker down and munch on some ‘za.
1415 17 Ave. S.W., 587-354-3339, universerestaurant.ca
Stop by this south-facing patio to try one of its 9 kinds of soft or fried tacos, a platter of nachos and some churros for dessert.
1424 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-1214, tropicalon17.com