Dining in Red Deer’s Backyard

Hitting the patio for some food and drinks is a much-anticipated activity Albertans embrace throughout the warmer months. After a long winter of staring longingly at our snow-covered barbeques and patio furniture, you will be happy to know that patio season has come sooner than originally planned.

With the Government of Alberta announcing the return to Phase 1 of COVID-19 restrictions, dining indoors is once again put on hold. Your favourite restaurants and pubs need support now more than ever, and you are surely in need of a reason to get out of the house.

We are Canadian after all, so grab a warm sweater or maybe a light blanket and plan to enjoy a warm (or cold) beverage and delicious meal in the crisp spring air on one of these great patios. Here are some Tourism Red Deer member locations we encourage you to visit and start dining alfresco (in the open-air) this April.

Have you ever been to the patio at Bo’s Bar and Stage? The vibe on the patio is as lively outdoors as it is inside, so be sure to pay them a visit. They are all set up and ready to serve you, sounds like a good time for a mimosa flight and Bo’s famous wings to me!

One of Red Deer’s newest restaurants Cilantro and Chive has opened its patio and they can’t wait for you to unwind in their outdoor space and enjoy some incredible food and drinks. Grab a table, relax and indulge in their Dill Pickle Poutine, so delicious.

Red Hart Brewing is hard at work getting their outdoor patio up and running, for the next couple of weeks you can still enjoy their delicious beers outside the taproom. So don’t forget those growlers for a refill and maybe an umbrella, beer is on the menu and picnic tables are provided.


Little Red Barn is a quaint place with soul-warming food, great coffee and a wonderful gift shop full of locally made home goods, products, and unique giftware. Their patio is open and ready to welcome you.


Out on the trails? Take a detour off the path for a break and refreshment at Troubled Monk. Their patio is open and is the perfect place to kick back and watch the world go by with a beer in hand, Daycation anyone?

The Market Kitchen at the Gasoline Alley’s Farmers’ Market is open for takeout, but their outdoor patio is under construction. This is going to be an incredible outdoor space, so make sure you keep an eye on their social media for their patio opening date!


Be sure to check out the Downtown Red Deer Business Association for information on various local restaurants downtown, with patios open and ready to take orders.

Our neighbours in Red Deer County and surrounding communities also offer an array of restaurants with outdoor food and beverage service. The Town of Stettler announced that patio season is open and that they are committed to working with local restaurants to facilitate temporary outdoor seating. The City of Lacombe announced that they are allowing on-street patios to begin opening April 1, 2021, a month earlier than planned.

If your business does not have a patio yet and you would like to offer your customers an outdoor food and beverage experience, check out the City of Red Deer’s Seasonal Patio Program.

Not sure which patio to visit first? Tourism Red Deer’s Food and Beverage Directory is a great resource for a variety of dining and beverage establishments in and around the City. We recommend calling ahead of time to ensure outdoor dining space is available and open.

We are all in this together, so let’s find ways to support one another and embrace experiences that bring joy into our days. Enjoy the simplicity of dining in Red Deer’s backyard, the fresh air does wonders and good food speaks to the soul, see you on the patio!

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