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The top 10 romantic patios in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / July 5, 2014

romantic patios torontoRomantic patios are a thing that exists in Toronto. I promise. It may not seem like it, and don't be deluded that you'll have the whole thing to yourself. But with a little candlelight, Toronto's teeny back patios can make for lovely date spots. And if you're an exhibitionist, by chance, they'll be even better. Just exactly what's constitutes "romantic" is rather subjective, but the general criteria at work here is that these patios satisfy two or more of the following: they're 1) secluded, 2) picturesque, 3) dark, 4) quiet.

Here are my picks for the most romantic patios in Toronto.

Press Club
Dundas West's Press Club has a surprisingly large back patio with dark hidden corners to snuggle up to the one you're trying to romance. A quiet backyard, you won't have to compete with a lot noise when whispering sweet nothings in your partner's ear. There's a good beer selection, and don't worry, it's not (usually) dominated by the press.

Le Neuf CafeLe Neuf Cafe
Le Neuf Cafe boasts an intimate sidewalk patio directly across from Clarence Park. While the rush of traffic on Spadina is less than a 100 metres away, here on the patio overlooking the park, it's possible to imagine that you've escape from it all for a quick dinner in Paris. Ok, not quite. But the French fare and park setting will get you pretty close. This is also a good spot for cautious, early evening first dates (order coffee if you think you might bail).

WallflowerWallflower
Wallflower's back patio might be quiet on a weekday, and would make an ideal date spot with its candlelight and the fact that it's fully enclosed. The Dundas West bar serves up strong and reasonably well-priced cocktails, and the laid back atmosphere makes it a good spot to chill for hours on end. And they have snacks, too.

PatriaPatria
Patria's patio is a cozy spot on King West, ideal if you want to go out clubbing afterward. They've got perfect mood lighting, a fabulous cheese list, tapas, and cocktails to go with it. While it isn't Spain, it's tucked enough away that'll it'll feel like an escape from humdrum Toronto.

Harvest KitchenHarvest Kitchen
Dining on the patio at Harvest Kitchen feels a bit like being transported to some magical treehouse. The rooftop patio is nestled quite literally among the trees, and thus feels all the more enclosed and intimate. Indulge in the wine on tap to dial up your sweet talk game.

Auberge du PommierAuberge du Pommier
The cottage-like Auberge du Pommier might have one of the most romantic patios in the city, complete with a fountain at which more than a few couple have been married. The patio is large patio but enclosed with trellis and foliage, and the cosy corner seats allow for lots of privacy. The staff know when not to interrupt, and you'll never have to shout over the music. As for the food, it's drool-worthy if you're into fancy French cuisine.

Papillon on the ParkLe Papillon on the Park
Between Leslieville and the Beaches, the patio at Le Papillon on the Park is shady, and surrounded by lush greenery. An ideal spot for a romantic lunch, the patio can feel like a private getaway. Feed your date escargots or small bites of crepes, or any of the treats on their menu, and I defy you to not have an at least somewhat sexy time.

Harbord RoomHarbord Room
The Harbord Room has a large back patio with benches perfect for snuggling. Dimly lit with pretty lanterns and foliage overhead, there's a bit of a secret garden thing going on here. The cocktail list is also worthy of note, as Dave Mitton has put together one of the best lists in the city.

UnionUnion
Union's back patio has dim lighting, poetry written on the walls, and long benches for seating so you can snuggle up to your intended (don't worry, there are also some single seats if you're not into the benches). Combine that with the local food, seasonable produce and an ever-evolving wine list, this is an ideal spot for hot summer nights.

CzehoskiCzehoski
The Czehoski patio is nestled in the eves of a classic Victorian home on Queen. It's protected from street view, and the candle-adorned tables are spaced just enough so that you don't feel like your neighbours are on top of you. On the menu you'll find a decent beer list and an admittedly slightly less decent wine list, alongside pretty typical, though artful, pub-esque restaurant food.

3 Speed3 Speed
Bloordale's 3 Speed might seem like an odd place to romance someone, but if the object of your affection is a grungy, shall we say casual sort, the back patio complete with fireplace and fairy lights can make a beautiful place to make out. You can get relatively cheap beers and snacks and sharing boards, too.

What did I miss? Add your favourite romantic patios to the comments below.

Discussion

27 Comments

treez / July 5, 2014 at 12:05 am
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El Rincon on St. Clair has a nice back patio shaded by a big tree.
Henri / July 5, 2014 at 12:27 am
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'Cause you belong to the city
You belong to the night!
East end doesn't count / July 5, 2014 at 01:15 am
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Actually Allan's has the most romantic patio. Ceilis cottage yurt is a close second
EMQ replying to a comment from East end doesn't count / July 5, 2014 at 11:46 am
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I concur with East End, Allen's on the Danforth is the loveliest of them all.
TT / July 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm
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I would also suggest Aft. But the service is shit and the owners are really rude.
DBJ / July 5, 2014 at 05:13 pm
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The Caledonian has one of the most amazing back patios in the city....trees, partly covered....they even have a bar out back
JM / July 5, 2014 at 06:19 pm
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The Stout Irish Pub in Cabbagetown has a great patio.
RK / July 5, 2014 at 06:43 pm
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Don't forget about SMITH in the village! It has an amazing patio!
Jeanette / July 5, 2014 at 06:49 pm
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WISH on Charles off of Yonge is small but super romantic.
Chester / July 5, 2014 at 07:41 pm
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My house patio, a little you a little me and some bubbly makes any night romantic ;)
eitan / July 6, 2014 at 01:52 am
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Terroni on queen west!! Amazing patio
d / July 6, 2014 at 08:13 am
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Too man Cold Tea didn't make this list... sheesh
Christina / July 6, 2014 at 09:18 am
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The Workshop by Latitude on Roncy is hands down. It used to be Fat Cat Wine Bar...it's a shake the restos haven't been anything special because the patio really is stunning. It's surrounded by trees and has little white lights-I've been on a few great dates there.
Reg / July 6, 2014 at 10:04 am
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I'd like to see a conversion rate between those that visited these places and those that got laid.
MH / July 6, 2014 at 11:06 am
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Anyone else pick up on the sad irony of a web site that is supposed to about promoting cool things about Toronto referring to the city as "humdrum"? - as in:"While it isn't Spain, it's tucked enough away that'll it'll feel like an escape from humdrum Toronto"(let's ignore the weird grammatical error for now).
What kind of deeply ingrained sense of inferiority does that speak to?
MV / July 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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Smoking ruins patios, had to leave the 3speed patio because nasty cigarette smoke was so thick...
Kenna / July 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm
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If you're looking for a "dive" version of a romantic patio, hit up sweaty Betty's. It's my first choice when I'm with a crush
Randal / July 6, 2014 at 04:48 pm
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Blanket, some wine, some beers, cheese, crackers, grapes, BELLWOODS PARK!

Great Date Spot. See and be seen.
Steph replying to a comment from Lily / July 6, 2014 at 08:11 pm
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Hey Lily, I'm the son at Le Papillon on the Park (we're a small family business). Those allegations were completely false, we're fighting the case in court. We're happy to introduce anyone to our kitchen and staff or discuss the case if you're interested - give us a call anytime at 416-649-1001. Cheers
Jake / July 7, 2014 at 09:37 am
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Boxcar Social's patio is Toronto's best kept secret. They got their license a month ago - amazing date spot.
Victoria / July 7, 2014 at 10:42 am
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The Windsor arms has a beautiful Patio!!! 22 seats for dining on one side, and couches setup like a lounge on the other. The hedges are tall and lush for privacy from the street.. candles, access to one the largest wine cellars in Toronto...need I say more.... I may have just lost a spot on one of my fav patios... but it needed to be on this list. Thank me later :)
Cheryl / July 7, 2014 at 03:51 pm
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I wish I could enjoy patios but since thats where the smokers go, I can't. It ruins my experience to enjoying a drink ora meal only to have a cloud of cigarette smoke waft through my face. I know, I know, why is that different than bus or car exhaust coming in from the street? Well, it just is.
justin replying to a comment from EMQ / August 11, 2014 at 03:06 pm
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yeah, patio is nice but the service is brutal.
Hef / August 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm
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You missed our in the best. And the losers remain losers
Simon / August 27, 2014 at 09:44 am
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There's a really nice and quite patio on Ossington somewhere between Dundas and Queen. It's a small tequila bar
Shanta / August 29, 2014 at 06:57 am
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If you're just going for coffee or a really nice dessert, Tango Palace in Leslieville is ideal. Secluded and next to a park on one side, you could spend hours there. Actually, I have!

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