The top 100 patios as selected by OpenTable and 27 are in Toronto
by Streets of Toronto Staff for Streets Of TorontoPosted: May 18, 2023 Photo: @broadviewhotel/Instagram
Sipping on a cocktail is that much more enjoyable with the sun or your shoulders and the breeze in your hair and with the temperatures on the rise, outdoor dining beckons. OpenTable is inviting Torontonians to step out and dine al fresco with the help of their list of Canada’s 100 Most Popular Dining Restaurants.
Here are the 27 Toronto restaurants that made the list.
Since 1987, this East Toronto bar and restaurant, steps from Broadview station, has served up whiskey, beer, wine and food to both locals and those in the neighbourhood for a show at the adjacent Danforth Music Hall. The menu focuses on naturally-raised organic meats and Ontario produce, and is more ambitious than your regular pub fare, with calf liver, lamb shank and a selection of curries alongside the pub standards like burgers and fish and chips. The bar features a wide selection of whiskies, and over 100 wines and 140 kinds of beer. In better weather, the tree-filled backyard patio features a dedicated chef cooking your meal over charcoal, and a local-specialty based menu that changes daily.
Amsterdam Brewhouse & Restaurant
Home of the largest waterfront craft brewery, restaurant and retail store, the 14,00 square foot space is situated on the Toronto Harbourfront with four large patios and landscape views of the Toronto Islands.
On Toronto’s east end, Auberge du Pommier offers an escape to a French cottage. It was built around the vestiges of two cottages from the 1860s to create a sophisticated take on country charm. It is subtle yet romantic, making guests feel like they’re dining in an upscale restaurant in Paris after a day spent being pampered at the spa, a mood only enhanced by the summer’s lush, floral terrace.
Modern-day Paris meets classic French comfort food at Biff’s Bistro located in the downtown core. On the menu you’ll find traditional bistro favourites like steak frites and duck confit while dining al fresco in their buzzing street-side terrace, inspired by Parisian bistros,
Upscale dining in Yorkville, yes please! On the west side of avenue road, one block north of Yorkville, set back behind a brick facade, Blu Ristorante is an Italian restaurant based on authentic classic cuisine, yet, contemporary created by Chef; Eric Bucher, Chef Pradhan Jan, and Team. In the summer months diners can enjoy a beautiful lush patio that will make you feel as if you were far away from home.
How does a 103-year-old castle regain its relevance? Liberty Entertainment Group’s answer is Blue Blood, a steakhouse which includes a stunning bar and lounge (in Casa Loma’s Oak Room & Smoking Lounge) and lavish dining room (in the Billiard Room). As well as the spaces indoors, the restaurant is home to a world-class patio with one of the most spectacular gardens in Canada. It takes 30 – 40 staff gardeners to maintain the greenery and includes 80 seats for al fresco dining.
If Marie Antoinette was alive today, she may proclaim: “Let them eat Cluny.” Located in the Distillery District, Cluny Bistro and Boulangerie is a modern Parisian bistro that relaxes the rules of French cooking. Cluny’s expansive heated patio in the heart of the Distillery District sets the mood with floating lights and baroque iron furniture.
Both inside and out, this modern cantina — which used to be The Boiler House — is decked out with eye-tantalizing details, many of which have been imported straight from Mexico. The 5,000-square-foot patio is decked out with vibrant colours (yellows, fucsias, aquas) and is anchored with an open fire pit that roars both day and night. Custom metal screens inspired by Mexican paper art depict dancing skeletons, while mammoth laser-cut lampshades hang overhead. There’s also a fully equipped outdoor bar that ensures your tequila-based cocktail arrives faster than you can say “¡viva México!” (There are a total of 120 tequilas and mescals on offer.)
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 open until 2 a.m. every night.
Located in the historic St. Lawrence neighborhood, HOTHOUSE is situated amongst many of the city’s iconic landmarks and entertainment hotspots with a stunning courtyard that seats more than 150 guest.
On the 44th floor of the Bisha Hotel, you’ll find panoramic views of Toronto, along with some of the best Californian/Mexican cuisine outside of Baja state. With palms and plants scattered around the room and a 360-degree view of the city below, Kost feels almost out of place here. But with the coastal-inspired menu and the island beats playing in the background, you might just feel like you’re on vacation.
La Vecchia combines the authentic flavours of Old World Italy with New World sensibilities and has won numerous awards and accolades over its 25 years in Toronto. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, La Vecchia’s menu features Italian staples, like pizza and pasta, as well as seafood dishes and a variety of sides.
This authentic Parisian bistro is like a trip to Paris without leaving the city. With an extensive wine list and a jazz soundtrack in the background, Le Select Bistro is like a slice of The City of Light in the Big Smoke.
Catalan flavours are flamenco dancing onto peoples palates at the Distillery District’s Madrina Bar Y Taperia. The menu pays homage to the great Ferro Adria of the now closed El Bulli. In the warmer temps, patrons can dine al fresco with patio dining on the promenade.
In a location that opened as the York Mills Hotel in 1857, the Miller Tavern was originally designed as a roadhouse for travellers looking for a beer and a place to rest their horses. Now, it offers casual fine dining, featuring an oyster lounge and one of the city’s largest outdoor patios, as well as a glass-enclosed heated veranda open year-round. It also features numerous TVs to catch the Leafs or Raptors game.
The interior is a fun, bright affair reminiscent of an old-timey diner or soda fountain but with a bit more style. There are high ceilings with swirling ceiling fangs, and light wood finishes including a half-dozen gleaming stools lining a countertop that will are always filled with hungry Beachers. The Beach outlet is at the corner of Queen Street East and Kenilworth Avenue at the former location of a series of now-defunct eateries. It includes a large patio space on the west side along Kenilworth.
Tucked away in little Italy, Old School is a beautiful mix of nostalgia and modern eatery. Home of the Blueberry Hill, Toronto’s Best Pancake stack, the eatery features a a stunning patio laying across Palmerston, nestled just off Dundas. Whether you’re dining in or taking out, there is always something new to try and love.
The Oliver & Bonacini empire’s Café Grill is wrapped around the corner of Yonge and Front Streets. The giant outdoor space is fit for a soiree of sorts, with an outdoor bar and seating for about 150 people. The menu here is similar to its other establishments in that it features globally inspired dishes with a Canadian twist and stylish presentation. The Yonge Street outpost serves a traditional brunch, along with a lunch and dinner menu, and also features a small gluten-free menu. If you’re in the mood for a private summer affair, you’ll be happy to learn that a 1,300-square-foot semi-private deck has been added, which will accommodate up to 80 standing or 30 seated.
Serving up classic Italian fare and modern day classics in the bustling Yonge and Eglinton area. Oretta Midtown offers a menu of pretty, IG-worthy cocktails and some of the dishes you know and love from Oretta’s King West location, with a few additional menu items inspired by rustic, southern Italian cuisine.
Parallel is a Middle Eastern eatery located on the industrial Geary Avenue, which has emerged as somewhat of a destination restaurant row in what is otherwise an industrial strip. The restaurant comes from the same family behind Ozery Bakery, famed for their Morning Rounds and Lavash products that can be found at your local grocers.
Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality’s aptly-named Parcheggio (Italian for parking lot), is a bustling spot where the homemade pasta is fresh, the negronis are flowing, and the magic unfolds in Bayview Village Shopping Centre’s south parking lot. Design firm Solid Design Creative has brought the parking lot theme indoors, with playful parking line-inspired painted details and antique-style street lamps. But the decor is also fashionable, with luxe leather booths, a modern colour palette, and succulent-adorned tables. The restaurant seats 208, with a combination of booths, tables and private and semi-private dining rooms and a patio
Taking an elevator to the 7th floor to get to a restaurant somehow feels glamorous. The big red Romanesque Revival brick pile at the corner of Queen and Broadview is the super cool Broadview Hotel, and its rooftop resto/bar might have the best view in town. The rooftop is a glass cube with a glorious view of downtown to the west. The tables are dark marble, the banquettes lush dark fabric divided by marble ledges, the bar long and curvy.
Find the finest cuts of meat, luxurious burgers, lobster rolls and Terroni’s iconic pizza and pasta all under the umbrellas at Stock Bar. At the corner of Yonge and Montgomery, Cosimo Mamolitti (Terroni) and Stephen Alexander (Cumbrae’s) have created a European-style street-level patio and an outdoor rooftop dining area that pair their personalities, backgrounds and the desires of Toronto diners into one bustling community space.
Offering a fresh take on the Italian tavern, Mercatto is a chic, upmarket Italian place featuring elevated cuisine and and expansive wine list. Calling the space a nod to Nonna’s living room, the eatery’s expensive patio is the perfect space for a little bit of business and a little bit of pleasure
Terroni is a Toronto institution, and we put up with the “Terroni way” in order to get some of the best pizza and pasta outside of Calabria. Cosimo Mammoliti, with help from his family and late partner Paolo Scoppio, started their business with a small bottega on Queen Street West and now own a number of restaurants throughout Toronto and are continuously growing in Canada and the U.S.A.
The Good Son’s location at the Shops at Don Mills is just as inviting as the original spot on Queen Street West. The space has many of the same features that make the downtown location special. The decor includes a wall of antique clocks, handpicked by the Murray Duncan design team, and one of the room features walls covered in mismatched antique plates. This new space also has three cozy semi-private dining nooks for small groups.
Toronto Beach Club is an alluring restaurant from Scale Hospitality, the group behind venues like Shook, Lapinou and Byblos. Set on Woodbine Beach with views of Lake Ontario, the restaurant aims to evoke the vibe of a European coastal getaway with its airy decor and Mediterranean-influenced menu.