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The Best Restaurant Patios in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / June 19, 2015

restaurant patio torontoThe best restaurant patios in Toronto are places where the outdoor ambience is as much as draw as the stellar offerings from the kitchen. These are places where the food-minded flock to dine in full sun and sip beer, wine or cocktails under starlight.

Here are the best restaurant patios in Toronto.

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El Catrin
This upmarket Mexican restaurant in the Distillery District boasts fire pits, giant outdoor chandeliers, and bright yellow furniture. While there's room for 200, the terrace fills up fast with those looking to bask in the sun while drinking and dining on tacos, ceviches and 100-plus brands of tequila.

restaurant patio torontoBuca (King West)
Nestle into a table at this brick and concrete courtyard where an industrial-chic plays host to serious gourmands. Whether out for a glass of wine with a side salumi, or to dine on rustic pastas and pizzas, the patio at Buca can accommodate.

best restaurant patio torontoTHR & Co.
Occupying a pretty corner lot, the patio at THR & Co. is perfect for an al fresco date night. The boulevard is outfitted with bistro tables and surrounded by neatly manicured hedges, offering both unobstructed views of the street as well as a semblance of reclusiveness making it an intimate destination for an al fresco date night.

restaurant patio torontoThe Chase
Situated in the heart of the Financial District, this refined restaurant offers a streetside terrace as well as a highly-coveted rooftop patio with sweeping views to the south and west. Premium cocktails and raw bar selections attract a cinq-a-sept crowd, while in the evenings, the lavish spot makes for an impressive date destination.

best restaurant patio torontoBar Raval
It's standing room only inside Grant Van Gameren's tapas bar at College and Palmerston, which is just one of the reasons that seats on the patio are so highly coveted. Expect to find this outdoor space perpetually packed with saavy diners enjoying cocktails and pintxo in full sun.

restaurant patio torontoTabule (Riverside)
The Middle Eastern eatery offers a comfortable, enclosed oasis outfitted with cushioned benches and illuminated at night by punched tin lanterns. Spread out here with mezze dips while sipping mint tea, or opt for something stronger like a kumquat mojito.

restaurant patio torontoKasa Moto
Dine on sushi and robata selections on this sprawling rooftop terrace in Yorkville. The patio is serviced by its own bar, and offers private cabanas, and sky high cocktails geared to the upwardly mobile.

restaurant patio torontoGusto 101
Street level and rooftop patios at this chic Italian eatery on Portland are sun soaked spots to sip the $1/oz house wine, while nibbling on antipasti. A retractable roof means the top tier is available for family dinners and date nights rain or shine.

restaurant patio torontoGlobe Bistro
Enjoy dinner on the elegant rooftop patio crowning this Danforth restaurant to indulge in dishes like duck tartare and pork cheek gnocchi. The wine list offers a dozen labels by the glass, while BYOB is encouraged ($20 corkage).

restaurant patio torontoRasa
The sidewalk patio at Rasa is a destination for truffle gnudi and wagyu beef ribs under the stars. Find the east-facing patio mercifully shaded in evenings, offering a chance to cool down with a cocktail or a glass of wine.

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

Discussion

8 Comments

jameson / June 19, 2015 at 06:16 pm
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luckily I don't like any of these places so everyone who reads blogTO should just go here and leave the good places patios empty
BM replying to a comment from jameson / June 19, 2015 at 07:14 pm
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Waaaaaaah, waaaaaaah.
Potrzebie replying to a comment from jameson / June 19, 2015 at 07:56 pm
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"Luckily I don't like any of these places so everyone who reads blogTO should just go here and leave the good places patios empty"

Say it like Comic Book Store Guy from The Simpsons. Hilarious.
Mr Toronto / June 19, 2015 at 08:39 pm
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@rivolito the Riv!!
Kevin / June 20, 2015 at 12:44 am
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How does Scallywags and Hemmingways not get a vote in this?
ashley / June 20, 2015 at 02:59 am
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Scallys? Who would ever suggest scallys after the reno? It's a frat party. Seriously scraping the bottom of the gene pool on the third floor.
Really? / June 20, 2015 at 03:08 am
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@kevin, scallywags....really? That place is so dirty. Have you ever gone there any waited less than an hour for your food on the patio? Worst place ever.
Martin / June 20, 2015 at 05:51 pm
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Good list ... also of note is the recently opened "House Maison" on Church - a really nice, large patio. Just ate brunch there today - terrific.

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