Patio season is just beginning, and many of us are itching to get back to our favourite patios to take in a good meal and drink. Thanks to the addition of outdoor heaters, restaurants all over the city are offering outdoor dining for as long as they can. Here are a few of our top heated patios in Toronto to visit this outdoor season.
Auberge du Pommier
Oliver & Bonacini’s Auberge du Pommier has been at the top of the city’s French fine dining scene since 1987. Amidst the enchanting flowers and stone, the restaurant has a combination of individual heat lamps and overhead heat lamps stationed between tables to keep guests warm and cozy while enjoying a glass of wine and a meal. There’s also an overhead shelter for added protection from those sporadic Toronto rain showers.
The well-known back patio at Bar Reyna is a four-season affair, thanks to the addition of a retractable glass roof and heaters. Dig into their Meze Mix or share a plate of crispy calamari while keeping cozy amongst the bar’s palm trees Bar Reyna’s patio is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reyna on King’s patio is open Tuesday to Sunday from 4 to 11 p.m.
BlueBlood Steakhouse, located inside Toronto’s lone castle on a hill, is serving up only the noblest fare in a restaurant fit for a king. The exterior of Castle Loma is enough to get you excited for a night of wining and dining at the city’s most exclusive steak house. The heated patio also has structures made of glass in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. BlueBlood Steakhouse is currently open for outdoor patio dining starting at 5 p.m.
Turning up the heat in more ways than one, El Catrin’s heated outdoor patio also features a hot lineup of guest DJs for its weekend Fiesta Brunch, which is an exclusive bottled brunch service by reservation only. For $90, you can take your pick between a bottle of Herradura Reposado or Herradura Silver and sit down to feast on a special brunch and cocktail menu that’s not available to the regular public. El Catrin’s Fiesta Brunch takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The heaters have been turned on at Gusto 101, which means that patio season hasn’t ended, yet! This five-story Italian restaurant has a beautiful rooftop patio with sweeping views of the CN Tower. Diners can enjoy Italian comforts (like that three-blend funghi and truffle pasta or a wood-fired pizza), along with handcrafted drinks. Gusto 101 is open Tuesday to Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m.
Over in Yorkville, pop by for some New Zealand-inspired pub fare and brews at Hemingway’s. Operating for more than 40 years, Hemingway’s Restaurant and Bar is home to one of Toronto’s most popular rooftop patios. The heated and covered area lets diners enjoy the fresh air all year round. Their newly-expanded rooftop patio has lots of space for walk-ins, and it’s one of the only bars still open until 2 a.m.
Mamakas Greek Taverna
At the southern end of the Ossington strip, Mamakas is the spot for elevated, rustic Greek fare. Easily spotted from their green awnings, the spot is always jammed on any day of the week. Mamakas’ patio is ope for walk-ins and by reservation starting at 5 p.m.
One of the city’s top purveyors of Canadian comfort, Marben, is currently doing a weekend brunch social on its heated patio on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m. Of course, all of Marben’s other delicious farm-to-table eats and cocktails are also available to enjoy outside, too.
Not only does Nice Nice wine bar have the perfect menu of gourmet burgers and an impressive wine list, but their gorgeous patio also has a heated covered space. The spot recently added two new Californian red wines to its lineup, and also offers a full range of bar snacks, like marinated olives and pecorino cheese that’s perfect for nibbling.
Fashion icon Joe Mimran, the founder of Joe Fresh, recently opened Quadro Ristorante in Little Italy. The sleek and sophisticated pizzeria is one of the area’s newest Italian spots, located at 577 College St. With indoor seating, a private dining space upstairs, and a hidden heated back patio that serves as a quiet escape from the bustling sidewalk, it’s the perfect place to share a pizza and enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail. Quadro is open Tuesday to Saturday from 5 to 10:30 p.m.