Pie Bar Toronto Patio (Waterfront)
Beautiful lakeside patio resturaunt serving Neapolitan-style pies & fresh pasta, plus gelato & drinks.
Tel: (647) 341-7221
Address: 207 Queens Quay W #155, Toronto, ON M5J 1A7
Pie Bar is a casual Italian restaurant which specializes in Neapolitan style pizza pies, located Lakeside on Queen’s Quay. This location features a large open patio with plenty of seating right in view of the lake which makes for a very relaxing atmosphere. Pie Bar also has indoor seating with skylight windows which make for a well lit experience inside during the day time and a modern and warm ambiance at night with its orange walls and lighting. The patio isn’t covered, but does have parasols to shield you from the sun on a hot day, and presumably could shield from light showers too. The patio is located at the waterfront as previously mentioned which makes for a pretty unique setting that not many other restaurants can offer.
Pie Bar overall caters to a wide range of patrons but for the most part we saw a mix of young professionals, mature professionals, and families enjoying their tasty Italian dishes by the lake.
Pie Bar is a modern and casual Italian dining experience that is really well suited for anyone looking to enjoy a nice summer day by the lake. Whether you’re looking to get lunch or dinner with friends, family, or go on a date, this is a great spot for it. The venue has a very relaxed feel which makes it great for pretty much any occasion. The area in general is really nice because you get a nice breeze from the lake and of course a pretty breathtaking view which is really the selling point of this venue for us, and that’s not even taking the food into account yet.
The venue focuses primarily on Italian dishes with a mix of some French and Modern American cuisine mixed in to allow for more variety and to offer something for everyone no matter what their taste. For us the stand-out dishes were the charcuterie board, chicken parmesan, and of course, what Pie Bar is best known for, their wood fired pizzas. The charcuterie board featured a nice mix of high quality Italian deli meats, cheese, fig jam, fruit served with lightly toasted baguette and a side of olives. The chicken parmesan speaks for itself with a tasty and acidic tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, and fresh spaghetti.
Cocktails were tasty, refreshing and paired quite well with the dishes we sampled. Service was exceptional and attentive not only to us, but other patrons around us. Food overall was very well plated, especially for a casual restaurant, which for us took it to casual upscale levels but at a great value. Overall flavours in the dishes we tried were well balanced and had a good variety.
Top 40 / Pop
Young & Mature Professionals, 21-35+
Relaxed Waterfront Patio
Our In-Depth Review:
To start we enjoyed the classic Aperol Spritz which is made with Aperol, prosecco, and soda.
Next we tried the Prosecco Mojito, made with white rum, prosecco, fresh lime juice and mint.
We then tried the delicious sour Frozen peach Bellini which features Prosecco, Chambord, peach juice and grenadine.
Finally we tried the Purple Negroni which features Empress Gin, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur and Martini Dry Vermouth (2 oz.).
For appetizers we first tried the Charcuterie Board which came with San Danielle prosciutto, calabrese salami, parmesan, Gorgonzola, olives, fig jam. This starter was fantastically executed and had extremely fresh ingredients and a great mix of salty, meaty, and sweet flavours.
We next tried the Fritto Misto which is a seafood platter that came with crispy and perfectly breaded calamari, shrimp, a marinara sauce, charred lemon, and a really tasty Calabrian aioli.
Moving onto greens we enjoyed the beautiful Buratta Caprese which came with Marinated heirloom tomatoes, burrata, grape tomatoes, basil, EVOO, balsamic reduction, fresh cracked black pepper, and rustic bianca toast. The burrata itself was soft, creamy and very tasty when paired with the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar reduction.
For mains we then enjoyed Mamma’s Favourite Chicken Parmesan, which came with a nicey breaded chicken breast, mozzarella, parmesan, spaghetti, and an authentic tasting house-made tomato sauce.
Last but not least we enjoyed the Godfather pizza pie which was topped with fior di latte, dry cured pepperoni, double smoked wild boar bacon, rosemary ham, fresh basil, and house-infused rosemary oil.
Finally for dessert we tried the Tiramasu which is made with ladyfingers, sabayon, mascarpone, cocoa, and espresso.
Overall, the dishes we sampled at Pie Bar were above the cut, and with the exceptional service they gave us we highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a nice lunch or dinner spot by the lake.
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