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The Best Restaurant Patios in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 1, 2014

restaurant patios 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.

Bellwoods Brewery
On Ossington, this brewpub's front sidewalk beer garden is penned in by picket fences and furnished simply with picnic tables. The patio is a magnet for sun-seeking folk looking for a relaxed setting to enjoy a pint along with a daily assortment of salumis, cheese boards and other tasty bar snacks.

restaurant patios torontoElectric Mud BBQ
Outfitted with picnic tables, branded umbrellas, and adorned with bare bulbs, this southern-style BBQ joint and bourbon bar in Parkdale boasts a street-facing patio that attracts hordes of hungry diners looking to kick back with smoky side ribs, po'boys and fried chicken dinners.

restaurant patios torontoBlack Hoof
The fully enclosed backyard patio at this meat lovers' haven is decked out in woods while planter boxes accent the space with greenery. Dine al fresco on charcutes, tartares, bone marrow and liver parfaits over a couple rounds of the house negroni.

restaurant patios torontoGuu Izakaya
On Church, removed from the loud sizzles and salutations inside, this sidewalk patio offers a quieter, more relaxed way to enjoy spicy fried calamari and takoyaki. Relax with a sake mojito or pint of Sapporo, and converse with your company sans shouting.

restaurant patios 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.

restaurant patios torontoRock Lobster (Queen West)
Decked out in an ultra-Canadiana aesthetic, this backyard patio is fashioned entirely from sun-bleached woods that divide the space with comfortable, high-back booths. The patio plays host to summery activities like seafood feasts, lobster boils and lazy Caesar-fueled brunches.

restaurant patios torontoBig Crow
An outdoor canteen fully enclosed for all-weather eating. Slide in at long mess-hall tables, order cocktails by the pitcher and let the thick smoke wafting between tables help inform your selections from the menu featuring baby back ribs and whole grilled fish.

Gusto 101
The Italian eatery offers two patios, one street-side and the other on the roof protected by a retractable glass ceiling. Popular for its pizzas and Tuscan wood fire grilled selections, the experience is enhanced by vino on tap sold for just $1/oz.

restaurant patios torontoTerroni
Seats are highly sought after on this cozy enclosed back patio on West Queen West, where natural shade from mature trees enhances the joy of dining outdoors. The serene space is only part of the attraction; the rustic menu featuring Southern Italian favourites like pizzas and pastas are the main draw.

restaurant patios torontoEl 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 patios torontoDrake Sky Yard
Crowning the West Queen West hotel, this all-weather rooftop patio is a year-round destination for weekend brunches, apres-work drinks, seasonal lobster dinners, and even the occasional rooftop film screening. Equipped with a variety of dining and lounging options, this patio is serviced by its own cocktail bar and an all-accommodating hotel menu.

restaurant patios 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.

For more patio ideas, check out our Toronto Patio Guide or download our Patio Guide app for iPhone or Android.



Bisc / August 1, 2014 at 03:38 pm
Gosh, there's actually one on the East side.
stapler / August 1, 2014 at 04:36 pm
These places all look...very similar.
Patio Party / August 1, 2014 at 08:46 pm
Hey is there going to be Top Ten Patios to Pick Up Norwegian Transvestites Wearing Only Leather Buttless Chaps in Toronto article? I think that's something the people would like, if not need, to know.
Susan replying to a comment from Out of ideas / August 1, 2014 at 08:59 pm
Same patios, same pics, and same writer.
df / August 1, 2014 at 09:47 pm
These patios all suck. Nobody in toronto knows how to do patios properly.

1. dont give a fck
2. get the furniture from a dump
3. plant a bunch of trees and bushes
4. add christmas lights
5. an ashtry on every.single.table.
David / August 1, 2014 at 11:28 pm
The best restaurant patios are those I can walk to. In my case, The Irv, Hey Lucy, F'Amelia, House on Parliament, The Local Gest and others.
David replying to a comment from David / August 1, 2014 at 11:29 pm
I forgot Stout Irish Pub.
Liberty Village Personal Trainer / August 2, 2014 at 03:07 pm
All of these places look sweet. Have only been to El Catrin but if any of these places are anywhere close to as good then it should make more a fun rest of the summer.
Neil replying to a comment from richard / August 2, 2014 at 03:49 pm
Not just any top tens, but patio top tens. I think a robot could write these articles
Rayray / August 5, 2014 at 11:42 am
What is up with this city and its obsession with patios???
BlolgTO / August 5, 2014 at 05:41 pm
I like how most BlogTO "articles" don't even have actual names in the "byline" anymore.
GuuOnQueen? / August 19, 2014 at 03:53 pm
Since when is Guu on Queen East? The little map thingy at the bottom of the article has its pin in the right location, but the address is 100% wrong.
Somatodrol reviews / August 22, 2014 at 10:59 am
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haberler / September 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm
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charles / May 2, 2015 at 01:04 pm
I'm not saying I'm a major fan, but I don't know how you could leave out Allen's on Danforth near Broadview. (This blog is far too downtown oriented.) Allen's has an amazing very quiet backyard patio with giant shade trees. My only gripe is that they usually insist that you order a meal to be seated out there. No mid-afternoon drinks alone.
Chis / May 3, 2015 at 08:12 am
Typical yet again BlogTO barely crosses the Don Valley....missing Allen's on the Danforth along with the Globe Bistro rooftop. Basically most of the Danforth is a patio from Broadview to Pape with more coming in the new "hot spot" further east Greenwood to Monarch

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