The Best Restaurant Patios in Toronto
The 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.
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.
Electric 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.
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.
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.
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.
Rock 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drake 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.
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.
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