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The top 5 lakeside patios in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 4, 2014

best patios torontoLakeside patios in Toronto are somewhat scarce, making by the water seating a hot commodity in the summer months. While there's only a handful to choose from, once there, you'll find that these sprawling patios are often able to accommodate hundreds, meaning chances of scoring a seat with a view of the water are extremely favourable.

Here are my picks for the top 5 lakeside patios in Toronto.

Amsterdam Brewhouse
This Harbourfront brewery can accommodate 300 people spread out over three patios. The choice seats if you can snag them, are the Muskoka chairs perched over the water looking out onto the lakes. Of course, the bar menu here makes beers its focus, serving namesake draughts, casks and bottles from the cellar.

Cabana Pool Bar
With a vibe that's more South Beach than Toronto, this massive waterfront venue promises exactly what it's name suggests; shady private cabanas with bottle service, a pool to show off this season's bikini and a bar stocked with premium spirits.

Against the GrainAgainst the Grain
Situated in proximity of Sugar Beach, this vast lake-facing terrace attached to the Corus Building is the perfect spot to kick back over beers or Caesars (in your choice of tableside or lounge seating). It's most inviting in the sun-drenched afternoon.

The Keating Channel
Positioned directly next to the water, with room for hundreds of people, this casual patio is an idyllic destination for dinner or afternoon drinks with friends under an open umbrella. Picnic tables may not be chic, but they perfectly compliment the by-the-water vibe.

Bluffers RestaurantBluffers Restaurant
Bluffer's Restaurant has a patio that comes with a spectacular view. Wrapping around the restaurant and adorned with plastic chairs and covered tables, the patio is set waterside and overlooks the aquatic activity in the Bluffs. The vibe is certainly "country club," with a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.


The Watermark Irish Pub
Boasting a spectacular view of the water, this courtyard patio is easily this pubs best feature. Dotted with umbrellas for shade and outfitted with a mix of seating, this place attracts a lively crowd looking for pints, pub grub and a breeze off the waterfront.

Did I miss any? Leave your favourite lakeside patios in the comments.



BH / August 4, 2014 at 12:31 am
Amsterdam wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't a victim of its own size.

Beer is good but major issues with the food and even bigger issues with the servers who seem to have a hard time keeping up with tables (when they don't forget them altogether). Better separation between the smoking and non-smoking section is also needed.
odyssey / August 4, 2014 at 01:20 pm
I like the Amsterdam, but just went once last summer. Not sure if I would order food again; last year I got a refrigerated Scotch Egg - ice cold. Stunned, I asked the waiter if they always served them this way. He asked the Chef, and the answer was "Yes". Clearly somebody was confusing a Scotch Egg with a pickled egg. There is nothing pleasant about eating cold fried sausage meat - congealed fat. Scotch eggs are served hot, and ideally with a soft yolk in the centre. You can eat them cold, of course, but why would anyone want to? That is like being served ice cold lamb chops.
NickR / August 4, 2014 at 11:34 pm
Paralia in Ashbridges. Bluffers Park is somewhat unappealing. Needs new ownership that knows how to run a proper Toronto restaurant.
Vince / August 5, 2014 at 12:12 am
Who cares any patio that's lakeside is awesome! I wanted to have a celebrity talk show called "Porch Chat".
Don / August 5, 2014 at 08:50 am
You left off the very best lunch experience in Toronto,and right next to the Lake, south shore! Magic. Great food and so relaxing. A large back yard terrace and historic restaurant/gallery. Located a few minutes west walk from Ward's Island ferry dock.
GRBY / August 5, 2014 at 11:17 am
I went to The Amsterdam Brew house recently again. The fish and chips was fresh and just as good as Chippy's.

It's definitely the best lakeside patio in the City.

The Shopsy's patio on the island could be truly incredible if they did a proper reno.
lizzy / August 6, 2014 at 09:32 pm
Amsterdam is a great patio.. especially those Muskoka chairs in the back.
Service sucks.. but if you just get beer, it's not that bad.
sw / August 7, 2014 at 10:48 am
Are there many more than 5 lakeside patios in Toronto?
Gotta love it / May 23, 2015 at 06:42 pm
Gotta love working at the Corus buildain't. To another posters point; no there can't be many more than 5 lakeside patios in Toronto. They had to reach all the ways to Bluffers. And to another posters point; you can't help but love any lakeside patio! Doesn't matter what they're serving.
holmes / May 23, 2015 at 08:00 pm
Try sarcoa on the waterfront Hamilton, the prettiest
Michael H / May 24, 2015 at 12:01 am
The fact that a city on a lake can only come up with 5 lakeside pubs is frickin' sad.
joanna / May 24, 2015 at 02:19 am
Watermark is consistently disappointing. Won't go there again, and I know lots of waterfront residents who feel the same. It's a shame, as the view is so great, but food and service were always terrible. May be better now, but don't want to give it any more chances.
Johnny / May 25, 2015 at 04:50 pm
Disappointed Quarter Lime Lounge isn't on this list, just beside Bar Milano. I just tried some tacos of there new menu and it definitely rivals that of any Mexican restaurant in the city. Saturday nights feel like a scene from Miami
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