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The 10 highest patios in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / July 31, 2014

highest patios torontoThe highest patios in Toronto offer drinks and dining offset with a swift breeze and a bird's eye view of the city's skyline. This city has no shortage of high places - unsurprising, since we're a city of serious skyscrapers. Heck, the CN Tower even nabbed us a world record for 34 years. (Now we've got the tallest free-standing the Western Hemisphere! Still number one! Right, guys?)

Disclaimer: If you were the kid who had to climb back down from the high diving board as a kid, these patios and decks may not be your idea of a relaxing time. Acrophobes to the left. Everyone else: Take the elevator or stairs to the top, and hang onto your hats.

Here are the highest patios in Toronto.

Panorama Lounge
At the top (literally) of the list is the Panorama Lounge, perched on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre on Bloor St. Said to be the highest patio in all of Canada, the Panorama serves up a 180-degree view of the city, along with not-terribly-cheap meals (mains start at $18). Still, I can think of nothing that would make a plate of $20 prosciutto-wrapped scallops taste better than eating them 166 metres up in the air.

Stock TrumpStock
Halfway up the massive Trump Hotel, which towers 60-plus storeys above Bay St., you'll find Stock, an (unsurprisingly) upscale steakhouse set into the 31st floor. They've earned just as many raves for their locally-based menu as they have for their terrace, which winds around the restaurant and provides a gorgeous view of downtown. Caviar and blinis, anyone?

Roof Lounge at Park Hyatt TorontoRoof Lounge
The Park Hyatt's 18th-floor Roof Lounge is a favourite Yorkville hangout; in addition to a fabulous view of downtown off the terrace, the plush, Rat Pack-worthy lounge also features a roster of classic cocktails and a fireplace. Enjoy a classic martini or Manhattan while spotting A-through-Q-list Canadian celebrities.

toronto patios best viewsThompson Hotel
Up on the 16th floor of this King West hotel, geared primarily toward movers, shakers, and their assorted hangers-on, is a swanky rooftop deck. In addition to the infinity pool, visitors can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city skyline (a nice bonus to the comparatively-lower buildings in the neighbourhood). Technically, you need to be a guest (or a guest of a guest) to hang out up there. Get ready to talk your way in.

fifth grill torontoFifth Grill
Good things come in fives at the Fifth entertainment complex, where the Fifth Grill (one of five built-in restaurants and lounges) resides on the fifth floor. The views aren't as sweeping, but the covered wooden deck provides a cozy, tucked-above-the-fray atmosphere, which makes for a romantic date spot (complete with a menu of grilled delicacies).

beverley hotelBeverley Hotel
The Queen West hotel's fifth-floor patio is chic, yet approachable - kind of like the boutique hotel itself. You'll find sleek seating, tons of palm fronds, a light menu of casual munchies, and a wide-open view.

Jack Astors Dundas SquareJack Astor's (Yonge and Dundas)
The Yonge and Dundas Astor's boasts a killer view on its heated patio, four escalator-rides up in the 10 Dundas East complex. The sound system is loud, but the beer list is respectable, and the crab dip is dangerous. (NB: This is the ultimate refuge during Y&D outdoor shows.) For more rooftop dining fun atop the Dundas Square Death Star, head to the Spring Sushi or Milestones patios on the same floor.

The Chase TorontoThe Chase
Located on the fifth floor of the Dineen Building on Temperance St., this upscale spot for "modern American" dining offers a 75-seat rooftop terrace with expansive views of the Financial District to the south. (This is not to be confused with the Chase Fish & Oyster on the ground floor, which has a popular sidewalk patio of its own.)

Momofuku DaishoMomofuku Daisho
Technically, the biggest sister in the Toronto family of Momofuku restaurants is only three floors up in the Shangri-La Hotel. But a.) they're some pretty tall floors, and b.), with a patio that looms grandly over the Financial District to the east, you'll feel about 10 feet (er, floors) tall dining at Daisho. Split an assortment of shared plates with your closest friends while you feel totally superior to the people eating downstairs at Noodle Bar.

rock n horse torontoRock 'N' Horse Saloon
Perched atop the massive Rock 'N' Horse/Adelaide Hall complex, the patio affectionately known as the Porch offers great panoramic views of downtown. (Downstairs, though, you can watch someone get thrown off a mechanical bull; it really all depends on what you're in the mood for. Afternoon visitors can enjoy a snack menu; at night, it's all about lounge seating. Giddy up.

Honourable mentions to Drake SkyYard, Brazen Head, Maison Mercer, Luma, and other pretty-darn-high patios; proof that even if you shoot for the moon and miss, you still land among the stars.

See also:

The Best Rooftop Patios in Toronto
The top 10 patios with the best views in Toronto
The 15 biggest patios in Toronto

Did I miss any? Leave your favourite sky-high patio in the comments.



Indianguy / July 31, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Yes? Hi! Many of the patios in the Kensington have the highest patios.
thismustend / July 31, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Ok, in all seriousness now.

Sure, we all make fun of BlogTO for their god forsaken Top 10 Lists.

But come on...highest patios? Honestly?

Does this city have nothing else to offer, anything, at all?

You've run the gamut on how many ways you can break down the patio in this city.

We can only look at the exact same photos, of the exact same patios so many times.

For the love of everything holy, please please please shot for something original for your next Top 10 List.

Every BlogTo Reader you've ever had.
emily / July 31, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Sue replying to a comment from thismustend / July 31, 2014 at 01:11 pm
You know these lists are appear to mainly be generated because BlogTo has a Patio App and a FoodTruck App. Have to keep pushing the content.
TJ / July 31, 2014 at 03:18 pm
Does my large 15th floor balcony count as a patio?
It does not because I can't buy a $20 drink (with tax and tip) nor can I buy an appetizer with 3 bites of food for $25 and I don't have hipster friends who go into debt buying drinks and food at my patio.
salad days / July 31, 2014 at 03:23 pm
can you do a list for the top 10 or top 100 lowest patios?
DL / July 31, 2014 at 03:52 pm
Highest patio: whichever patio I be smokin on that good cush at na mean ya heard
Moaz Ahmad / July 31, 2014 at 03:53 pm
Don't like the list of "highest patios?" Don't worry because there will soon be a lists of the lowest, widest, wettest, driest and narrowest patios to join this one. Room for all directions.
BM / July 31, 2014 at 05:31 pm
Bitching, bitching, bitching. Just stop.

Great post!
?? replying to a comment from BM / July 31, 2014 at 05:45 pm
When does it hit a point that warrants some bitching?

The past 10 Top 10 Lists have been the exact same thing.
The bars/patios simply change in ranking per List.

Dont you want to see something original?

??!?? replying to a comment from ?? / July 31, 2014 at 06:08 pm
I want you to actually go outside and/or find something actually important to whine about
??!?? replying to a comment from ?? / July 31, 2014 at 06:08 pm
Box-o-matic / July 31, 2014 at 07:03 pm
I have yet to be thrown out of (or from) any of these patios. But there's still time.
CW / July 31, 2014 at 09:15 pm
Didn't know a couple of these patios existed and will have to check out. How many of them can you just grab a beer at?
Aw shucks / August 1, 2014 at 09:42 am
As I rush to the comment section to insert my clever joke about getting high and sitting on a patio in Toronto, I am sad to find my joke already made. More than once. : ( Shucks.
thanks replying to a comment from ??!?? / August 1, 2014 at 10:08 am
That makes a ton of sense.

Common Sense / August 1, 2014 at 10:56 am
I liked the list... Good to know. Thank you.
Dan / August 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm
make a list of bars rob ford goes to
Best clichéed and overdone topics here / August 2, 2014 at 10:36 am
Most overdone topics in BlogTo:

1)All Food Trucks, All the Time (CNN style)

2)Patios patios patios. High patios. Low patios. Big patios.

3)Food trucks food trucks food trucks and more foodtrucks.

4)Best comment sections to complain nonstop about poutine in TO.

5)Best Cocktails/Mixologists, ad nauseum.

6)Barbecue, pulled pork and bacon from food trucks. Not enough
food trucks. Boo hoo.

7)Craft Ale that tastes like mouthwash, and costs twice what it should because it is served in little cognac snifters instead of Pint glasses. Really. Are you thinking we don't notice we are getting half the beer that way?

8)Best restaurants in Toronto (must be walking distance from the Drake Hotel to qualify).

9)Best places to show off your new and unique 'look': beard, short hair, black rimmed glasses, moustache with little twirls, and plaid short sleeved shirt.
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