The Best Patios in Penticton: Recommendations By a Local

Penticton has the perfect climate for eating al fresco, with the patio season usually running from April to October. By our count, there are at least 40 cafes and restaurants across Penticton with outdoor dining space.

Also by our count, we’ve managed to enjoy a fairly high percentage of them! We personally love to eat outside as much as possible and living in Penticton makes that easy.

The following list includes our favourite al fresco dining spots as well as those we love to share with visiting friends and family.

Whether you’ve just finished a wine tour or a hike along the Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail, these Penticton patios are the place to sit back, relax and enjoy some local eats.

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Top Penticton Patios

I’ll start with my absolute favourite Penticton patios. These range from special occasion destinations and winery restaurants to casual brunch destinations and breweries.

It’s a good idea to call first to see if you can reserve a spot on the patio.

If the patio is already full, order some takeout instead and then head to one of Penticton’s amazing beaches! Many allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages from 12pm to 9pm.

My top pick is Marina Way Beach as it’s close to downtown and quieter than Okanagan Lake Park but Skaha Lake Park is another awesome option and has plenty of space, even on busy days.

Last updated June 2024.

Two glasses sit on wooden picnic table in Cannery Brewing Backyard with other picnic tables and umbrellas in background
Cannery Brewing Backyard Patio

Cannery Brewing

Known for: Large selection of house beers, shareable and tasty snacks
Outdoor dining: Two street level patios
Location: Downtown Penticton
Website: Cannery Brewing

As well as having two of my favourite patios in Penticton, Cannery Brewing is also my go-to local brewery. I love the wide range of beers they offer, with a little something for everyone.

There are two patios here – a smaller one accessed via the main taproom and a larger one on the other side of the building. The latter is called the Backyard and has a separate entrance, with an exclusive menu and rotating food trucks in summer.

The draw of these patios is the casual, relaxed vibe that permeates throughout the Cannery. I have never felt rushed here. That combined with the bar service (UK pub style!) and shareable menu is why it’s my local favourite.

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Side view of the entrance to Poplar Grove Winery, with large glass doors leading into an airy, two story building with floor to ceiling windows. Next to the door is three wine barrels and a sign. There are views of Okanagan Lake and mountains to the left.
Poplar Grove Winery

Known for: Winery history, beautiful location
Outdoor dining: Large sunny patio
Location: Naramata Bench, 5 minutes drive from downtown Penticton
Website: Poplar Grove Winery

Sitting just below Munson Mountain (home of the iconic Penticton sign), Poplar Grove Winery’s tasting room and restaurant offer absolutely stunning views of Penticton and Okanagan Lake.

Founded in 1993, Poplar Grove is one of the oldest wineries on the Naramata Bench and is still family-owned. The elegant restaurant has huge floor-to-ceiling windows, highlighting the spectacular setting.

The menu is short and succinct, with a clear vision of showcasing ingredients from local farmers, with foraged elements. As with vegetables, the choice of fish is also seasonal with sustainability in mind.

Loki's Garage sign painted on the upper part of one story building. The gray building has a wooden plank fence surrounding the patio with flower pots hanging from each fence post. The patio has five umbrellas shading the tables from the sun.
The patio at Loki’s Garage

Loki’s Garage

Known for: Elevated yet affordable made-from-scratch dishes (and the best Eggs Benny in town)
Outdoor dining: Street-level patio with seven tables
Location: Downtown Penticton
Website: Loki’s Garage

One of my favourite restaurants in downtown Penticton is Loki’s Garage. The reason is simple – the food is consistently great! The patio is small but perfectly formed, with half a dozen sunny tables in front of the restaurant.

Burgers, sandwiches and salad form the core menu, with paella, fish and pasta added for dinner. All are made with local ingredients (where possible) yet surprisingly affordable.

The standout, however, is brunch, with the best Eggs Benedict you’ll find in Penticton. Perfect eggs, freshly baked bread and the crispiest potatoes on the side. If you eat meat, sub in house-cured pastrami or opt for the chicken and waffles (my new obsession).

A heads up about the location – while the address is on Front Street, you’ll need to go behind it to find Loki’s. The restaurant is opposite Tacos del Norte and next to 30 Minute Hit.

Back view of woman in red dress standing at edge of elevated Bench 1775 patio in front of Okanagan Lake and hills
Stunning views at Bench 1775 winery

Bench 1775 Winery

Known for: Amazing views, 9 lot Sauvignon Blanc
Outdoor dining: Two level patio
Location: Naramata Bench, 10 minutes drive from downtown Penticton
Website: Bench 1775

Bench 1775 is a winery with a true showstopper of a patio. There are two levels of seating, each with gorgeous panoramas of Okanagan Lake.

Elevated above neighbouring vineyards, the views seem to stretch for miles. Some have called this patio one of the best in the entire world.

As of 2024, Bench 1775 serves seasonal food and wine pairings on the patio (with Asian tapas-style dishes) as well as meals from the on-site outdoor bistro.

View of six person table at Play Winery Restaurant with umbrella and gorgeous lake views in the background
The incredible views from Play Winery

Sonetto at Play Estate Winery

Known for: Upscale food served with incredible views
Outdoor dining: Elevated patio
Location: Skaha Hills, close to the airport
Website: Play Estate Winery

Without a doubt, Play Winery has one of the most spectacular patio views anywhere in the Okanagan. If you are looking for a wow factor, this is the place to go!

Located in the Skaha Hills development at the south end of town, Play features an elevated patio with gorgeous, unobstructed views of Skaha Lake.

The food is elevated too, with the Italian menu firmly on the refined side. Reservations recommended.

Match Eatery & Public House

Known for: Happy hour!
Outdoor dining: Large rooftop patio
Location: In the Cascades Casino on Eckhardt Ave
Website: Match Eatery

Located within the Cascades Casino complex near the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC), Match may seem like an odd choice for this list of best Penticton patios. At least, that is until you spot the rooftop patio!

This casual yet stylish space features lawn games like bocce and Jenga. The vibe is best described as a sports bar meets a pub garden.

Match’s menu is global, with Canadian classics (wings, ribs, nachos, poutine, burgers) alongside Asian fusion dishes (wontons and tuna bowls) and pizza. Don’t miss out on Happy Hour, when bottles of wine (BC varieties included) are half price!

Reflection of Lakeside Resort building and Hooded Merganser Restaurant on calm water surface of Okanagan Lake
The Hooded Merganser Restaurant (the smaller building on the right)

Hooded Merganser

Known for: Destination restaurant located on Okanagan Lake – literally
Outdoor dining: Large patio on top of lake
Location: Downtown Penticton
Website: Hooded Merganser

When I talk about the best Penticton patios, it would be a crime not to mention the Hooded Merganser. This upscale restaurant is situated right on Okanagan Lake, with seating on the wraparound patio only a few metres above the water!

As you may expect, the unimpeded views are fantastic, especially at sunset. Facing north, this patio always faces away from the sun and hence never gets too warm, even in the hot summer months.

As for the menu, the Hooded Menganser specialises in farm-to-table cuisine (indeed, they have their own farm nearby). Think steaks, halibut, salmon, burgers, salads and more.

Looking along Okanagan lake paved walkway with Barking Parrot patio on left, Lakeside Resort hotel above and marina on right
The Barking Parrot patio is so close to Okanagan Lake (left of photo)

Barking Parrot Bar

Known for: Lakefront bar with stunning views and casual vibe
Outdoor dining: Large patio next to walking path
Location: Downtown Penticton
Website: Barking Parrot

The Barking Parrot Bar may not be located right on the lake itself (like its neighbour, the Hooded Merganser), it’s pretty darn close! There are incredible views of Okanagan Lake from the large patio, which is bordered only by a narrow walkway and the Lakeside Resort.

Open until 10pm (later in summer), the Barking Parrot has long been a mainstay for late night dining and drinking in Penticton.

It’s a relaxed and informal place, with a fun and approachable menu to match – tacos, nachos, burgers and pizza. Prices are super affordable too!

Back view of colourful Prague Café patio chairs on grassy area in front of sandy Marina Way Beach in Penticton
The view from the Prague Café patio at Marina Way Beach

Prague Café

Known for: Peaceful location with spectacular views of Okanagan Lake
Outdoor dining: Grassy lakefront area plus park space
Location: Marina Way Beach, two minutes walk from downtown Penticton
Website: Prague Café

This understated spot has one of the most desirable locations in all of Penticton! Prague Café sits directly opposite gorgeous Marina Way Beach on Okanagan Lake.

While it could be argued that the whole of the beach and surrounding park is just one big patio, Prague Café does set up a collection of Adirondack chairs on the grassy strip just above the sandy beach. It’s the perfect spot to look out to the lake and enjoy a coffee and a sweet treat.

Prague Cafe’s speciality is fresh, homemade European pastries, with apple strudel being something of a favourite (well, at least for me!) The menu also includes European-style breakfast and lunch options featuring sandwiches, soup and cake.

Even more Penticton patios

It was really difficult to narrow down my favourite Penticton patio restaurants to those mentioned above.

For that reason, I also wanted to list every single patio restaurant in Penticton. Let’s help support these local businesses* as much as possible!

*I have chosen to include a couple of chain restaurants as well, as these also employ local people.

Side view of white Slackwater Brewing building, with streetside patio (blue umbrellas and picnic tables) plus upstairs patio
Slackwater Brewing has two patio levels

The patio restaurants below are ordered by location to make them easier to find. I’ve also included a quick summary to help you decide which will satisfy your cravings best. I have starred (*) my top picks for the patio experience.

If you know any Penticton patio restaurants that should be on this list, please let me know in the comments below!


Side view of brick Neighbourhood Brewing building, with large wraparound patio (with heaters) and large windows on second floor
Neighbourhood Brewing has a heated wraparound patio


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