Ten road trip-worthy patios to visit before summer ends

The best restaurants with outdoor dining near Toronto reopening on Friday

Toronto’s patio scene is certainly lively, but with summer coming to a close, you might want to squeeze in a road trip or two. We’ve got 1- of the best fine restaurants within a two-hour drive of Toronto with patios that are worth the trip.

Braai House, Stratford


This innovative Stratford restaurant specializing in South African-influenced cuisine does lunch and dinner service on three patio spaces. Braai House takes reservations, so snag a spot in advance and you won’t need to worry about wait times.

Fabbrica, Thornbury


The Thornbury outpost of chef Mark McEwan’s Italian restaurant has a super popular and inviting patio. Head to Fabbrica to get your fix of wood-fired pizzas, hearty pastas and other approachable classics.

Miijidaa, Guelph

Miijidaa‘s leafy patio space is a favourite among locals. This spot offers a large vegetarian and vegan selection alongside classics such as pork and elk tourtiére and seared trout.

555 Brewing, Picton


Picton’s 555 Brewing has a large and casual patio, perfect for larger groups and cozy catch-ups (and drag shows!). Drive here to dine on wood-fired pizza and small-batch beers with a view of Picton’s cheerful downtown strip.

The Common, Stratford


This relaxed restaurant specializes in eclectic comfort food. Mussels à la Normande with double smoked bacon, shallots, roast apple, calvados, crostini and organic green salad are among the dishes on the Common’s menu for this weekend.

The Bauer Kitchen, Waterloo


The Bauer Kitchen in Waterloo is serving bistro-style eats paired with a lengthy list of wines by the glass. Reservations can be made through the restaurant’s site.

Revival House, Stratford


Stratford’s beautiful restaurant set in a restored church has a pretty patio for lunch and dinner. The Revival House is known for its seasonal, French-influenced cuisine and craft brews.

Judy’s, Bloomfield


A sister concept to the acclaimed Bloomfield Public House, Judy’s has been serving up fried chicken and smokehouse-style dishes since mid-May of 2020. They have a casual, stand-up patio space perfect for biting into a crispy chicken sandwich.

Mercer Kitchen, Stratford


Mercer Kitchen’s street-facing patio is beautiful day or night. Head here for easy-going bistro fare and a solid selection of beers.

Borealis Grille & Bar, Kitchener


Borealis Grille serves up locally-sourced fare and cool cocktails, all available to enjoy on their sprawling patio with great shade coverage.

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