You’re hungry. You need a drink. You’re going out for a meal. But after enduring our annual six months of snow, we northerners want to be outside as much as possible when it’s warm out. No worries – Prince George has a great offering of fantastic patios to choose from for lunch and dinner. It was tough work, but I took the liberty of indulging myself at the best of them to let you know which are the best of the best.
Cimo Mediterranean Grill
Hands down, Cimo Mediterranean Grill is my favourite restaurant in Prince George. And the fact that they have a stellar patio in the summer is icing on the cake. They make their pasta fresh in house every day and it is absolutely to die for! They also have great sandwiches, delicious coffee and a fantastic wine selection. I usually go intending to try something new, but at the last minute cannot resist my favorite: the angel hair pasta. It seems simple with baby shrimp, roma tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil but it’s seriously the best, and you’ll love it… again and again and again. Grab a spot in the sun on the cozy patio, start with the tapas platter and a flight of wine and you’ll be beyond satisfied when you leave! The service is true class all the way, yet still warm and friendly.
The Keg is the Keg in any BC city from what I’ve seen – you know you’re always in for a good steak, or my favorite, king crab legs – but their patio in downtown Prince George is a gorgeous escape from the hustle of George Street, and the fact that it’s a short trip from where I work makes it a great spot for an after-work glass of sangria on a sunny day. The patio here is quite unique, with comfy cushioned seating and a pleasant water wall at one end. When I went recently, I had the lobster gratinee and the lobster cobb salad (their summer specials) with my red wine sangria and couldn’t have asked for more.
College Heights Pub
Prince George is definitely a pub town, so this list would be fully inadequate if it didn’t include at least one pub. The College Heights Pub went through some renovations lately, and I must admit, at first I was skeptical when I heard of the transition from the old comfortable and relaxed classic pub to the more flashy, modern pub/club with a dance floor in the middle. When we visited the pub for my “research” recently though, we were rewarded with a fantastic patio and a new and improved menu. The patio is at the back along a greenway, so you’re surrounded by peaceful forest – great! My husband ordered the CHP burger – a true staple of the pub. Two patties, crispy onions, bacon, jalapeno jack cheese, veggies… fully loaded and delicious! I had the pizza special and stole most of his poutine. Make sure to save some fries for the resident squirrel that likes to sneak across the patio looking for handouts.
Similar to the Keg, you’re in for a consistent meal at our PG Earls, but many locals will tell you that this patio is the best in our city. Their biggest disadvantage is the location right next to the highway, but it doesn’t seem that loud with the glass walls and it lets you people/car watch. Their patio is definitely one of the biggest in town and has canopies for the summer sun and heaters for the evening breezes. I ordered the table side guacamole and fish tacos with an amazing pomegranate vanilla mojito, which along with the palm tree décor, made me feel as if I were almost in the tropics. This patio is great for lounging with friends during the afternoon, meeting for lunch or fueling up for a night on the town. The servers are beyond friendly here too.
I wanted to highlight the best places for a full meal, complemented with adult bevvies, but if lighter fare, coffee or dessert is your pleasure, there are a few great places worth mentioning:
Dining in Prince George, BC