Chilly weather won’t stop the outdoor dining fun! The city’s best spots are beating the chill with heaters, making cozy nooks to enjoy yummy food and drinks. So, bundle up and savour the winter vibes as you dine al fresco in style!
Here are just some of the incredible spots you can visit for outdoor dining in the city.
The 20-person back patio at this Filipino restaurant is gas heated, making it the perfect spot to take in some chicken adobo, vegetable rolls and lumpia. They also offer happy hour drinks for $6 and eats priced at $10. 745 Queen Street West
Fonda Lola Mexican Bistro
The mezcal, tequila and wine-based cocktails at Fonda Lola transport diners back to warmer weather, and the patio is open to draw those craving warm weather dishes from Mexico. On Taco Tuesdays, $14 taco sets are available to enjoy on the winterized patio, complete with fireside patio tables and heaters. 942 Queen Street West
The heated patio at this Greek eatery is considered one of the best in the Bloordale area, and each dish served is made from scratch with simple yet tasty ingredients. There are happy hour specials daily from 3pm to 6pm, and contemporary Greek cuisine like wood-fired pizza paired with wine, craft beers and cocktails is available on the heated and covered patio. 1226 Bloor Street West
This large, upscale restaurant has a massive, year-round patio, which is both heated and covered. It hardly feels like a patio at all, complete with artwork, greenery, and intricate chandeliers. The patio is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. 60 Harbour Street
The Distillery District’s El Catrin, designed by Munge Leung, is a visual feast. 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.)
The Drake Hotel has become a Toronto institution since its relaunch as a restaurant, bar, boutique hotel and self-proclaimed “hotbed for culture” in 2004. It offers a myriad of entertainment options each night spread across several rooms and several floors. Eat it in the lounge or in the Sky Yard, the Drake’s all-season rooftop patio.