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The Best Restaurant Patios in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / August 7, 2012

Restaurant Patios TorontoThe best restaurant patios in Toronto have that killer combination of great food and an awesome vibe. While high fences and strung Christmas lights are lovely on their own, they'll quickly falter when it comes to overall charm if the menu can't hold its own. The patios on this list have found that perfect balance. These are not your quick spots for a pint or a place to run up a tab, but rather, patios on which you can settle in for the long haul (read: multiple courses) and enjoy some good eats and drinks.

For more restaurant (and other) patio ideas, check out our Toronto Patio Guide section or download our Patio Guide iPhone or Android app.

Here is the list of the best restaurant patios in Toronto.

See also:

The best rooftop patios in Toronto
The best backyard patios in Toronto
The best cafe patios in Toronto

Bellwoods Brewery
New to the restaurant patio scene this year but already a winner in our (beer-loving) hearts. Bellwoods Brewery's patio combines all the charm and nostalgia of picnic tables and picket fences, with old faithfuls in the forms of delicious brews and perfectly paired gluttonous eats. Oysters and a grill right on the patio push this spot over the edge.

Drake SkyYardDrake Café and SkyYard
Whether street-side or up top, the vibe always seems upbeat at the Drake. The café's side patio is ideal for a weekend Caesar, Benny, burger or fish tacos, while the rooftop SkyYard (which has the same menu) offers that general feel of elevated, secluded superiority.

UnionUnion
Local food, seasonal produce, and poetry painted on an exterior wall. If Union's backyard patio doesn't epitomize "Ossington," I don't know what does. In all seriousness, this patio is perfect for food-focused wine savants, with a communal table that's perfect for discussing the merits of steak hache compared to Szechuan quail.

Grand ElectricGrand Electric
Grand Electric's backyard patio does away with outdoor dining superfluities such as chairs with backs and bona fide menus. Pft. It's picnic tables and an overhead menu all the way over here, offering the perfect setting to indulge in a plate of tacos and a margarita or two. The vibe is unassuming and laid-back, therefore ideal for a good unwind.

Terroni QueenTerroni (Queen St.)
The back patio at Terroni on Queen gives merit to the idea that even the best tortelloni is made better when enjoyed outdoors. While Terroni Adelaide and Terroni Bar Centrale each offer comfortable patio spaces to indulge in a little Italian, the West Queen West patio is a long time favourite and distinguishes itself with high fences, mature trees, and an overwhelming sense of intimacy.

Globe DanforthGlobe Bistro
Where better to enjoy the (exquisitely prepared) fruits of the (local) earth than on a rooftop spot staring up at the sky? Globe's patio manages to feel both elegant and low-key, with décor kept to a minimum as to allow its Ontario rib eye burger and Lake Erie pickerel garner most of the patio attention. Earth Rosedale and Earth Bloor West manage to pull off a similar balance on their outdoor patios.

Tati BistroTati Bistro
Tati Bistro's rooftop patio is perhaps "the" patio to woo a potential lover (or Sunday brunch companion, whatever). French bistro cuisine meets treetops and flower boxes, with a sophisticated list of wines and an assorted cheese plate to make you swoon. Ah, if only there was a Paris city view, you'd be all set. Have to settle for the Annex.

Marben TorontoMarben
Can you say "monthly pig roast!?" But alas, there's more to Marben's patio than this favourite barbecue pastime, not the least of which include its vertical herb garden and its rustic-chic décor. This patio offers a bit of seclusion on Wellington, not to mention pretty fantastic rib eye. John's Burger is also a much-touted pick.

Foxley TorontoFoxley
Asian fusion meets...Secret Garden? Perhaps not quite (needs a little more green), but Foxley's back patio does have the enchanting power to instantly double the restaurant's capacity. That means arctic char ceviche, shrimp and squid mango salad, and glazed short ribs for greater numbers, and with all the pleasure of the Ossington outdoors.

Guu TorontoGuu Izakaya
For super Japanese and an even better vibe. Guu's small side patio takes you away from the ruckus you'll normally find inside the restaurant and offers a space swathed with wood and a mellow side-street view. First-timers should note; the ideal afternoon on Guu's patio includes at least a couple sake mojitos.

Lil BaciLil Baci
You can't get much more charming than draped canopies, strung lights, and a chalk menu boasting all of the day's specials. Lil Baci's back patio is a quaint and intimate spot to enjoy a little fusili primavera or a classic margherita pizza, equally conducive to an affordable lunch or a cozy dinner for two.

Origin TorontoOrigin
Origin's sidewalk patio seems to host a little bit of everything, both in its menu and the diversity of its clientele. You'll find suits, foodies, tourists, and tag-alongs all assembled on this patio to experience Origin's eats, all set to the backdrop of the bustle of King East. And for a more homogenous, 20- or 30- something crowd, there's Origin's new patio in Liberty Village.

Discussion

21 Comments

jameson / August 7, 2012 at 02:57 pm
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Is Grand Electric paying to get on every blogTO list?
Aydin / August 7, 2012 at 03:03 pm
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That Globe Bistro patio really IS very nice. Especially if you go for the weekend brunch, it's often not too busy, and it's an excellent spot to enjoy your meal!
Not to mention the food is VERY reasonably priced for the quality you get.
Sophia / August 7, 2012 at 03:08 pm
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Amber Restaurant & Bar in Yorkville has a lovely outdoor setup as well!
Jane / August 7, 2012 at 03:27 pm
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Someone needs to be fired for your site redesign, what is up with these links when I click on the restaurants? It took me a while to figure out it wasn't linking to a "yelp" type page or something. 1) Completely incohesive design with the rest of your site 2) Does not easily link back to your main site 3) No map immediate map 4) Mind boggling link to another blogTO page on the same bar/restaurant.

#usabilityfail
Rohit / August 7, 2012 at 03:34 pm
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Oasis Rooftop Patio
wtfskies / August 7, 2012 at 03:42 pm
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relax jane.

i am quite peeved at the number of repeats though. surely there's a 2 list maximum?
Zak / August 7, 2012 at 04:12 pm
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I like The Only Cafe's patio too. Terroni and Bellwoods Brewery are legit.
Pk replying to a comment from Jane / August 7, 2012 at 05:00 pm
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Agree with wtfskies. The attack on this site's contents reaches hyperbole status so quickly. I doubt people would call for the severed heads of BlogTo's staffers if commenter's actual names had to be used.

Sheesh.
jon / August 7, 2012 at 05:49 pm
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forget it, severe all your heads for commenting!! i hate patios, nice weather, and tips on where to find them!!!
Bird Deterrent / August 7, 2012 at 09:05 pm
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The Drake Cafe is awesome! Love going there on the weekend for some good patio chilling
CREWMEN & Co. / August 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm
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We can definitely agree with Guu and Terroni. Both require patience as they fill up fast but its totally worth it. We highly recommend them.
Josh / August 8, 2012 at 12:29 am
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Where's Cadilliac Lounge?
Tanya / August 8, 2012 at 12:44 am
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What classifies as a Restaurant Patio?
Jazz replying to a comment from Tanya / August 8, 2012 at 12:49 am
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Four walls and a kitchen.
Jim / August 8, 2012 at 02:11 am
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And where is The Caledonian on this list? This list needs to be reviewed, same place mentioned again and again.
Dare / August 8, 2012 at 10:56 am
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Really poor service at Lil Baci
Moi / August 8, 2012 at 02:12 pm
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Um maybe you need new writers. this is the 2nd time you have done the 'best patios' zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Best Restaurant in Montreal / August 14, 2012 at 06:22 am
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Toronto is famous for It's stylish and unique type of restaurants...It is a main source of attraction for tauronto..The beauty and the Environment of restaurants is superbb...!!!!The different style and the appearance adopted by restaurant owners is a great thought of improving their business profit...This is the major key part for the financial growth of Toronto..
KD / August 20, 2012 at 02:33 pm
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Fat Cat Wine Bar!! Globe and Mail called it one of Canada's top three patios, so where is it on this list?
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:39 pm
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Amber Restaurant & Bar in Yorkville has a lovely outdoor setup as well!
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