Are We There Yet? – Patio dining

Outdoor dining for summertime fun

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

One of the best parts of summer is dining al fresco – I know whenever I travel in the summer months, a lot of times I base where I eat on whether they have an outdoor patio or not. So you can imagine how pleased I was when PR agency Siren Communications compiled a list of some of the best outdoor dining options. Here's their list:

Auberge Saint-Antoine

The acclaimed Panache restaurant at Auberge Saint-Antoine has not one but two gourmet food trucks for guests of Quebec City to choose from. The first of the Panache Mobile locations is stationed at the stunning Ste-Petronille Vineyard on Quebec’s Orleans Island. The second Panache Mobile, introduced this year, offers guests a more traditional style, self-service food truck with picnic tables and is located at La promenade Samuel-De Champlain. Both menus feature the most popular items from last season with some new inspirations from Panache chef, Julien Dumas.

Panache Mobile is open daily at the Ste-Petronille Vineyard, 1A chemin du Boût de l’Ile, from June 1 to September 5th, and on Saturdays and Sundays from September 6th to October 8th, 11am – 5pm.

Panache Mobile at 615 Boulevard de Champlain is open daily from June 22nd to October 8th, 11am – 5pm.

Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC

Located twenty stories above Manhattan with unobstructed views of the Empire State Building and other iconic New York silhouettes is the Gansevoort Park Rooftop and Lounge. The perfect scene for a New York evening cocktail, the Rooftop and Lounge offers six distinct venues and intricate details such as indoor and outdoor fireplaces and wrap-around terraces with glass inserts that allow views of the busy city life below.

Ritz-Carlton Montreal

The Ritz-Carlton Montreal’s Maison Boulud restaurant overlooks the hotel’s charming gardens and is known by Montrealers as one of the best places to dine al fresco in the city. Be on the look-out for the hotel’s fluffiest guests, a gaggle of baby ducks who inhabit the pond. As Chef Daniel Boulud’s latest outpost, the menu is inspired by traditional French culinary roots, with a particular focus on local produce and artisanal Quebecois products.

Casa de Campo

The Maccioni Family of the world-famous Le Cirque Restaurant in New York City joined forces with Casa de Campo to create an unforgettable dining experience at the recently renovated restaurant on the stunning, white-sand private Minitas Beach. Diners will enjoy tropical breezes and breathtaking views as they sample delicious seafood, grilled meats, pasta, fresh salads and side dishes and amazing desserts. From menu creation through food preparation, presentation and service, Le Cirque trained chefs oversee the Beach Club´s cuisine – and add a unique Caribbean flair.


For the ultimate outdoor-dining experience, TradeWinds stands apart when it comes to the gourmet cuisine served on all of its vessels. The menus have been heavily influenced by the exotic and airy surroundings of the seascapes during a voyage, and are prepared accordingly to be light and nutritious. Instead of the standard buffet fare, chefs cook up an exciting variety of meals, designed to tempt the palate – and can be customized to each guest’s tastes.

Bon Voyage,



Jenn Cox is a Montreal-based freelance journalist. Visit her website or email her at