Provincial bans on dining in at restaurants until April 19th came with a slight silver lining for local restaurants, pubs, and cafes: dine-in service is still permitted on patios.
While this is welcome news for our neighbours to the south where spring has truly arrived, it still feels a bit like winter in Prince George. But true to our community spirit, the owners and managers of our many amazing food service establishments are rolling up their sleeves, putting their heads together, and figuring out how to open their patios earlier than normal.
To help you support our local restaurants, pubs, and cafes, we’ve done the research for you and put together a list of patios that are open and patios to watch for opening once the weather improves. Watch the social media pages of your favourite restaurants for updates as there will likely be changes over the coming days and weeks.
Patios that are open for business
Tucked away at the back of the top floor of Betulla Burning, this patio is small and intimate, making it a cozy or romantic option for a lunch or dinner outing. Heaters will keep you toasty on cool spring days as you savour Neapolitan pizza made in a wood-fired oven or dive into some freshly prepared pasta.
Birch & Boar Charcuterie & Provisions
Stop by this small grocery store in downtown Prince George and pick-up one of their delicious freshly made sandwiches or other takeaway items. Want to sit and enjoy your lunch or late afternoon snack? They’ve set-up seating outside of their storefront so you can stay a while.
Bon Voyage Restaurant
A temporary patio has been set up outside the Bon Voyage Restaurant so you can continue enjoying your favourite steak and Greek cuisine meals from this restaurant on site. If you’d rather get take-out, they offer that too!
Browns Socialhouse offers one of the larger patios in town with partially covered and uncovered sections. The heaters are hot, the taps are cold, and they’re serving up all of your favourite dishes, so stop by to say hi and stay a while on the patio.
Cimo Mediterranean Grill
Cimos, as it’s affectionately called by locals, has a beautiful little patio located at the front of the restaurant. They worked hard to ensure the patio was well heated so they could open it to customers after the long weekend. Head to Cimos to enjoy homemade pasta and other savoury Mediterranean dishes patio-style.
CrossRoads Brewing & Distillery
If you want to enjoy craft beer with your patio experience, head to CrossRoads Brewing & Distillery. They have already fully set-up their large outdoor patio overlooking George Street in the heart of the downtown. Heaters and propane fuelled fire pit tables will keep you warm and large canopies will keep you dry during spring showers. Grab your favourite pizza, sandwich, or salad to pair with your craft beer of choice.
Earls is a popular spot in Prince George year-round and its patio is always hopping in the summer. It’s not quite summer weather yet, but the uncovered section of the patio is open and staff are ready to serve you all of your favourite brunch, lunch, and dinner items. Management are still working on finding out if the covered section can be opened to customers.
As the days get warmer, you might find yourself having more ice cream cravings. And if you like to support locally made products, then Frozen Paddle is for you. They serve up small-batch uniquely flavoured ice cream options they produce in Prince George, including limited release flavours like toasted coconut and apple pie, along with a couple of dairy-free options.
Ice Cream Express
Another local favourite for ice cream is the Ice Cream Express, which is located by the Strike Zone. They serve up a range of delicious ice cream flavours and offer colourful outdoor seating.
The patio at Original Joe’s is ready for customers, giving residents in the College Heights area an option close to home. They are currently only seating tables of four on a first-come, first-served basis. They have heaters on the patio but encourage you to bring your own blanket if you’d like. It’ll be like curling up on your deck, but better!
Red Robin Parkwood
If you’re craving a delicious burger and bottomless fries from Red Robin, you can enjoy them on their patio, weather dependent. So if the weather is mild, dry, and warm, chances are their patio will be open for service. Call ahead if you’re not sure and keep in mind that seating is first-come-first served.
If you want to sit and enjoy a deeply flavourful third wave coffee from Ritual CoffeeWorks, you can grab your coffee and a regular, vegan, or gluten-free treat to go with it and then head outside to sit at one of their colourful teal tables. They don’t have a patio per say, but sidewalk seating is a great option for enjoying a coffee!
Second Cup Coffee Co.
Another place where you can sip on a coffee and stay instead of getting it to go is Second Cup at Parkwood Place. The outside of the coffee shop is lined with small tables and chairs so you don’t have to go home to enjoy your coffee and baked treat.
The BX Pub
The BX Pub has a little patio tucked to one side of the building that you might miss if you don’t look closely as it’s shaded by trees. But it’s there, and management and staff have worked hard to thaw out the frozen together patio chairs to get it ready for customers. Radiant heat has being added to the patio, so it’ll feel like you’re on a sun destination vacation! They’re also considering a temporary patio extension into their parking lot and introducing Slider Alley – they’ll be serving sliders and BX burgers and fries in the alley between the pub and liquor store. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.
The Canadian Brewhouse & Grill
The patio on the roof of The Canadian Brewhouse is one you’ll want to check out. There’s plenty of room to space out on this large patio and you can order drinks from the bar. According to their social media, the patio is now open for business.
The Keg offers a patio that’s bordered on the sides facing the street by glazed decorated glass, making the experience semi-private. They’re offering seating on a first-come, first-served basis. There are only 10 tables available, but if you don’t get a spot, you can head to one of the other patios on this list.
The Makerie has moved its smaller tables outside to offer you the option to grab a coffee and a regular, vegan, or gluten-free treat to enjoy in front of their storefront. They’re also offering their Makerie to Takerie, so you can grab a craft to go, but you might want to make these at home instead of outside.
Moxie’s Grill & Bar
Moxie’s offers a private patio to the side of the restaurant that they opened up after the Easter long weekend. Stop by so you can enjoy all of your favourite meals in a more social setting.
The Black Clover
Word on the street is that The Black Clover has built a patio on their roof, making them only the second food service establishment in Prince George to offer a rooftop patio. They’re aiming for a later spring opening, so make sure to watch their Facebook page or Instagram feed for an opening date.
The Westwood Pub
Okay, so this one isn’t quite a patio, but it’s the next best thing. Carhop service! Pull into a spot in the Westwood parking lot and order take-out to eat from the comfort of your vehicle. They’ll bring you a tray that sits on the ledge of your window so you don’t have to hold the food on your lap. It’s like a patio, but throwing it back to the drive-ins of the 1950s.
White Spot has set up a temporary patio next to its restaurant location on Victoria Street so you can continue to enjoy all of your favourite brunch, lunch, and dinner items if you’d rather dine at the restaurant than get take-out.
Zoe’s Java House
A small seating area has been set-up on the sidewalk outside of Zoe’s Java House on Specialty Avenue in downtown Prince George. Order your favourite warm beverage, sandwich, soup, and/or baked good and enjoy it before heading to one of the local boutiques on 4th Ave for a little retail therapy!
Patios that will be opening later in the season
As the Alpine Pub is located in the Hart where winter typically sticks around a little longer, it’s a bit too cold and snowy yet for them to open their patio. But they do have one! So watch for it to open up and then head there to enjoy some bevvies and traditional pub food at one of Prince George’s longest standing neighbourhood pubs.
Nelly’s Pub is also located in the Hart, so again, it’s a bit too cold for them to open their patio quite yet. But if you want to support them in the meantime, order takeout and make sure to download their new app for placing orders. And when their patio opens, head on over for pub food and drinks!
Northern Lights Estate Winery
The Bistro at the Northern Lights Estate Winery has been temporarily closed, but management is aiming to reopen it on April 21st, along with their gorgeous patio that overlooks the Nechako River. So there’s plenty of time to get excited for their chef’s yummy creations paired with their delicious fruit wines. As with the other restaurants, keep an eye on their Facebook and Instagram pages for updates and stop by to pick-up some wine while you wait.
Outdoor seating isn’t set up quite yet, but keep an eye on all three Starbucks locations in Prince George as they do typically offer space outside of their storefront or on their patios for people to sit and enjoy a warm drink.
If you’re not comfortable sitting on a patio, head to the Support PG Open Now Directory or the websites or social pages of your favourite places to eat to see if they’re offering take-out or delivery options! You can also show love for our local businesses by buying gift certificates and merch, getting your alcohol directly from local liquor stores, breweries, and the winery, and liking and sharing their updates on social media.
Let’s all band together to #SupportPG!