Right on 17th Avenue S.W., but cleverly blocked off to create a beautifully private space, Cilantro’s brick-floored ground-level patio and the adjacent veranda off the restaurant’s upstairs lounge are a date-night dream come true. The Virginia creeper-lined walls (the vines turn from green to red over the course of patio season), abundant candles, overhead twinkle lights and seasonally inspired cocktail list create a uniquely romantic ambiance for both day and night. -E.C.B.
338 17 Ave. S.W., 403-229-1177, cilantrocalgary.com
Since the restaurant itself is in a historic house on a residential street in Inglewood, Rouge’s backyard patio feels comfortable and homey, surrounded by the restaurant’s expansive garden, beside the Bow River. The patio itself is covered by a tent to protect diners from the elements (you don’t want a single morsel of that delicious food to blow away), and guests are invited to walk around the garden between courses to extend their dining experience and make room for dessert. -E.C.B.
1240 8 Ave. S.E., 403-531-2767, rougecalgary.com
Another date-worthy spot that’s right in the heart of the city, but feels like it could be in the middle of the countryside, Teatro’s patio is well-shielded from Olympic Plaza and perfect for a happy-hour cocktail or an intimate dinner for two. With plenty of flower planters and Teatro’s full menu and impressive wine list available, it’s the perfect refuge before or after a show at Arts Commons or a downtown summer stroll. -E.C.B.
200 8 Ave. S.E., 403-290-1012, teatro.ca
Located in Bridgeland, Cannibale’s patio is intimate and dreamy. It only seats 35, features an outdoor fireplace and lights and is shielded from the outside world by six-foot walls. Cannibale also offers delicious desserts along with craft beers and cocktails to complete your date night. -T.S.
831 1 Ave N.E, 403-454-5808, cannibale.ca
With views of the downtown skyline and the Bow River, this popular patio is also an amazing date spot. Happy hour runs Monday to Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and then again after 9 p.m., giving you and your date the chance to enjoy a picturesque sunset from the roof of the Simmons building while you eat. -T.S.
618 Confluence Way S.E., 403-452-3115, rtbsimmons.ca
This article was last updated in June 2018.