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The top 10 restaurants on Toronto's waterfront

Restaurants on Toronto's waterfront are a one-way ticket to fun in the sun. Buckets of beer, pub food, patio furniture and some of the most awesome views the city has to offer are waiting for you at these summertime spots.

Here are my picks for the top restaurants on Toronto's waterfront.

Amsterdam Brewhouse

Though this brand is known for brewing some of Toronto's most widely-enjoyed beer, they have this restaurant by the water where you can recline on a Muskoka chair and enjoy a 3 Speed, Big Wheel, or other specialty brews in the sun.

Goodman Pub

This massive bar and restaurant on Queens Quay boasts picturesque views of Toronto's waterfront. Grab a spot on their patio and sip on some sangria. 

The Slip

Open all summer long, this place in the heart of the Harbourfront action is the ideal go-to for drinks and summer BBQ vibes.

Pie Bar

Pizzas and pasta are the order of the day at this Habourfront hangout that's as appropriate for families as it is after-work cocktails.

Cherry Street Bar-B-Que

Pig out on brisket and ribs while you enjoy the view at this spot with a patio in the Port Lands, just across from the lake.

Against the Grain

Tacos, ribs, burgers, wings, pizza, mimosas... what more could you ask for from a waterside restaurant? That's what is found at this spot just steps from Sugar Beach

Pearl Harbourfront

There are lots of places to get dim sum, but here you can scarf down dumplings and buns while gazing out at a brilliant Habourfront view.

The Keating Channel

This lakeside patio in the Port Lands is an old school option for those who aren't as sure about the slick new waterfront spots in town.

Bluffer's Restaurant

Memories are made at this Scarborough Bluffs restaurant with a wraparound patio and a seafood menu that perfectly complements the surroundings.

Joe Bird

Fried chicken with a twist can be found at this place with a patio directly facing the water. This Habourfront spot also has an ice cream bar inside it, slinging wacky Insta-worthy desserts.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at Joe Bird. With files from Amy Carlberg and Jaclyn Skrobacky.


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