Summertime on Prince Edward Island is synonymous with beach time, fresh seafood, and refreshing drinks. Thanks to the locals’ love for the ocean, those three things can usually be enjoyed in close proximity to one another. If you find yourself on “island time,” treat your palate, and your eyes, to a delectable experience on one of the following patios.
Point Prim Chowder House
Point Prim Chowder House and Oyster Bar is everything you’d expect from a cute seafood restaurant on the water. The patio overlooking the Point Prim Lighthouse is as amazing as the seasonal menu. To dine or have lunch here, be sure to make a reservation, as this patio is highly coveted!
Fishies on the Roof
If “eat, drink, lounge” sounds good to you, plan on having a bite at Fishies on the Roof, in the heart of Charlottetown. With its cosy hanging chairs and the bell towers of St. Dunstan's Basilica Cathedral as backdrop, this patio is 100% Instagram-worthy. For live music under the stars, plan a Sunday evening meal here. If you’re visiting on a summer weeknight, head downstairs after 10:30pm for performances by some of the best local musicians.
Blue Mussel Cafe
In a town where locals pride themselves on their closeness to both land and sea, it’s no surprise to find the Blue Mussel Café, a restaurant committed to a seasonal, fresh, and totally exquisite local seafood fare. Chef Jamie Power strives to serve meals prepared with “products harvested, caught, or raised hours from your table,” and he delivers on that commitment. To top it all off, this gem, located in the North Rustico Harbour on the Gulf of St Lawrence, offers vistas you won’t forget (especially since you’ll be snapping photos the whole time). This off-the-beaten path restaurant is open from May to October.
For one of the most idyllic views on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island, take a seat at Sou’ West Bar & Grill. It’s a beautiful place to catch the sunset while savouring oysters freshly harvested from the inlet you’re looking at. This unpretentious restaurant takes “eating local” to a whole new level.
Moth Lane Brewery
Fantastic beer and take-my-breath away vistas is what you can expect from western Prince Edward Island’s first brewery, Moth Lane Brewing Co. This microbrewery was born from local fisherman Eric Wagner’s love for beer and the business’ location along the Conway Narrows. The beer is so deeply connected to its seaside location that you’ll find hints of the sea in the Moth Lane Oyster Thief, a stout made with oyster shells. For a truly down-to-earth PEI experience, call ahead to book the brewery’s barbecue and bring your own food to grill while you enjoy the views, pint in hand.