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.
Here are all the patios between 1st Street S.W. and 14 Street S.W., listed from east to west.
At this French restaurant, the patio overlooks a park and Immanuel Church. The drink menu features an impressive selection of wine, so enjoy the peaceful space while sipping on a glass (or a whole bottle).
139 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-5690, lachaumiere.ca
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 for when you’re craving a late-night snack (or something a little more refined that a hot dog or poutine, like roasted bone marrow) 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.
306 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-4694, modelmilk.ca
Enjoy sweet or savoury crepes during the day or evening at this French creperie, which has a small patio that faces the street.
311 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-0665, breizhbistrot.business.site
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
Come for an extra long lunch — complete with crispy tofu and 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
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
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
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’s an outdoor fireplace here.
514 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-9830, livingroomrestaurant.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 their plank on the house. Roll evens, and the plank filled with meats, duck fat fries and a side won’t cost you a thing.
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.
101, 524 17 Ave. S.W., 403-474-1411, gringost.com
Ox and Angela re-opened as Ox Bar de Tapas last year. The restaurant still offers Spanish food like patatas bravas and braised octopus, but has a new look inside. The patio still works like it used to though — 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 dozens of people on the Ship’s patio.
534 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-333, shipandanchor.com
This popular patio wraps around National’s 17th Avenue location. There’s no bad day to visit, but on Mondays, you can take advantage of the all day happy hour. 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.
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 duck confit, tuna poke and barbecue pulled pork 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
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. There’s a big door between the patio and the restaurant 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
The last time that you visited this large, street-facing patio, it may have been Corbeaux Bakehouse. Now, it’s a restaurant from Teatro Group and you can order authentic French dishes here, like steak tartare and steamed mussels with frites.
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, mybigcheese.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, buongiornocalgary.com
Spend a warm day dining on tasty vegetarian fare on this sunny, street-facing patio.
The Coup, 924 17 Ave. S.W., 403-541-1041, thecoup.ca
Nellie’s Cosmic Cafe
Try the all day breakfast or a homestyle burger on the patio at this local restaurant, which is surrounded by a green fence.
1001 17 Ave. S.W., 403-806-2377
Located in Roosevelt’s former space, Hostel’s north-facing patio is the perfect spot to enjoy $10 food and $5 drinks. Try waffle nachos, tacos or The Nenshi burger.
933 17 Ave. S.W., 403-719-9930, facebook.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
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
Try Nando’s signature peri-peri chicken on its street-facing patio that’s surrounded by planters.
1029 17 Ave. S.W., 403-355-7474, nandos.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
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.
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, loschilitos.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
When it’s patio season, sitting outside on the patio with a 12-piece bucket of fried chicken or a burger is an easy decision (especially on Monday, when a piece of fried chicken is $3). 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, head to its street-facing patio with your beer and pub fare.
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 south-facing patio to try one of its 14 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
[Ed. note: This article was last updated on May 22, 2018]