With indoor dining currently closed, many restaurants are once again forced to get creative with their offerings.
While many are back to takeout and delivery options, some are deciding to brave the cold and offer outdoor dining to their clients. Winterized and heated patios offer the chance to get out of the house and continue to support Toronto restaurants, while still respecting COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.
Here are just some of the incredible spots you can visit for outdoor dining in the city.
Her Father’s Cider Bar + Kitchen
Her Father’s, Cider Bar + Kitchen is debuting its heated patio opens on January 7. Owner Josh Mott says that if demand continues, a winterized patio may be a more permanent option at the cider bar and kitchen. Mott and the staff at Her Father’s will be open seven days a week, serving up a variety of ciders and food options like baby back ribs, a dip trio, veggie fritters, and smoked chicken nachos. The patio normally seats forty, but the winterized, COVID-friendly version seats 24, and allows Mott to offer his staff 50 per cent of their hours, which also allows them to apply for benefit programs. (119 Harbord Street)
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 full, multi-course dinners for two for $40 and dollar-per-ounce glasses of wine on Thursdays. Bar’kada also operates a bottle shop with to-go cocktails, wines not found at the LCBO and local craft brews. 745 Queen Street West
The covered and heated courtyard patio at this Spanish tapas restaurant is open daily from 4 to 10 p.m., and offers the full seafood-heavy menu daily, including crispy jamon croquettes and traditional paellas. The evolving selection of fresh fish, octopus, and shrimp is sourced daily and pairs well with the extensive wine list. (478 King Street West)
Brass Taps Pizza Pub
This 28-year old pizza pub in the heart of Little Italy offers a cottage-feeling space, and the menu is full of diverse plates, including butter chicken, quesadillas and, of course, pizza. The pub also shows every Toronto Maple Leafs game on the heated patio, and pizza specials are available on Thursdays. 934 College Street
This Japanese-Peruvian restaurant (the cuisine is called Nikkei) with outposts in both Miami and London is known for its vibrant and contemporary ambiance, alongside the fresh fish and seasonal ingredients appreciated by both cultures. While the Jungle Bunch is postponed until further notice, the leafy, modern patio is still open from Monday to Saturday from 4 until 9 p.m. 161 Bay Street
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, $4 tacos are available to enjoy on the winterized patio, complete with fireside patio tables and heaters. 942 Queen Street West
Unique cocktails are crafted on this cozy restaurant’s heated patio, which has been winterized and year-round well before the newest set of restrictions set in. Aura promises a unique night out, complete with one-of-a-kind cocktails and small sharing plates for munching. 686 Queen Street East
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
Clarence Square’s quiet, historic neighbourhood is home to a very storied restaurant, where the menu pulls from variety of different cuisines to offer shrimp tempura, arancini, and mini mac sliders, as well as the famous 1830 style pizza. The large, heated patio at this locally-owned space serves food until 10 p.m., and is open until 11 p.m. Reservations are available on OpenTable, and brunch is served on the weekends. 9 Clarence Square
One the former home of the Toronto Harbour Commission, the building is now a large, upscale restaurant with 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
This small French restaurant located right around the corner from Trinity Bellwoods offers a fully covered and heated patio, with a string-lit, romantic French ambiance. Vegetarian French onion soup, escargot, and crepes are just some of the Southern France-inspired dishes available on the menu. 924 Queen Street West