The Best Patios for Food in Toronto
If you’re looking to enjoy good eats in Toronto this summer post-covid we have got you covered. Currently, in Step 1 and Step 2 of Ontario and Toronto’s reopening plan, the only way you will be able to have sit-down dining options will be on the patios.
However, judging from the looks of things, 2021 will be a hot summer, and we expect all patios to be booked up and busy, so be sure to check out our best picks below for the best patios for food in Toronto. We’ve got you covered from brunch, to snacks, to dinner options.
The Best Brunch Patios in Toronto
1. SCHOOL Restaurant
SCHOOL Restaurant is a certified Toronto classic for brunch. This is a certified hit that has been time tested and true. Stand out dishes include their chicken and waffles, as well as their bacon french toast, the quality of their food is above par. Expect a chill and laid back vibe, with a casual atmosphere. Designed to look like a classroom (ala ‘School’), you’ll find mostly young professionals and the university crowd at this spot located in the Queen West District.
Toronto’s foremost boujee brunch spot, Kost is known for its brunch with a view. Located on the rooftop of Bisha Hotel, Kost serves up a mix of flavors but leans towards mexican flair on brunch classics. Although the food doesn’t necessarily stand out, this patio is always packed simply due to the views and the vibe. Kost positions itself as an upscale, exclusive brunch spot with reservations generally always fully booked. However, we think it’s more than worth the wait because it offers lots of sunshine from the open concept design, the pools on the outer area of the patio and the spectacular view of Toronto, Kost is a brunch spot to visit atleast once.
3. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Mildred Temple kitchen is maybe Toronto’s best pancake spot. If you’re looking for pancakes and patios, look no further. Located in Liberty village, you can get a a wide variety of pancakes ranging from their famous blueberry pancakes to buttermilk or chocolate chip pancakes. Having sampled pancakes from almost all venues in Toronto, Mildreds may not only be the best bang for buck, but also the best tasting pancakes in Toronto.
4. Sofia Restaurant & Bar
Located in Yorkville, Sofia was most well known for its cozy but upscale interior dining. The patio at Sofia is no joke though, you can still expect to get delicious italian brunches here including their poached eggs with focaccia and hollandaise, and your other favourite brunch classics with an italian twist. If your feeling a bit italian, or just looking for a change from the typical brunch menu, and trying to hit the upscale scene in Yorkville, Sofia is the spot for you.
5. Maple Leaf Tavern
Maple Leaf Tavern is a quaint outdoor patio that serves bistro steakhouse style dishes. Known best for its burgers, Maple Leaf Tavern has a wide variety of brunch options with a bistro flare. The quality of food here has always been top tier, so if your looking for one of the best tasting all around bunch spots – this is the one to choose.
The Best Patios For Snacks / Lunch in Toronto
1. The Porch
The Porch is best known as one of Toronto’s best day drinking spots for university students and young professionals. Serving American classics like burgers, wings, fried chicken sandwiches, and fries, expect to get typical American food classics and snacks that pair perfectly with your favourite wine, sangria or beer.
Located right in the heart of the Fashion District on King Street, the Oretta Patio is a beautiful outdoor patio to really make you feel the heartbeat of Toronto, as foot traffic and rustle and bustle of young professionals in the area as well as the surrounding King Street upscale restaurants and clubs brings an ambiance as though you are in the scene of things. A modern restaurant with great Italian dishes including pizzas and pasta.
3. Petty Cash
Another King Street classic Patio, Petty Cash has stamped itself as one of Toronto’s best patio bars, serving up great drinks with the accompaniment of snacks or fan favourite foods, except this patio to be packed. This is a perfect patio for snacks and drinking during the day or to transition into the night when predrinking.
4. Drake Sky Yard (The Drake Hotel)
The Sky Yard is Drake Hotel’s beautiful patio located in the midst of Queen Street West. Overlooking Queen St., this patio is the perfect vibe for a beautiful patio lunch. The Drake Sky Yard serves artisan pizzas, and burgers as well as buttermilk fried chicken and lobster rolls, expect top quality dishes that mesh perfectly with the Queen Street vibe.
Stakt is an outdoor market that sells good as well as food from multiple vendors. Think of it somewhat like a permanent outdoor food truck meet, except this outdoor venue has a great casual outdoor patio to bring your pick ups to have a sit down meal with your group. Stakt is a spot to definitely check out when your looking for something a bit different in Toronto.
The Best Patios For Dinner
1. Gusto 101
Gusto 101 has two patios, one on the street level and one above the building. Both are great but we at Top Toronto Clubs would rather opt for the rooftop one on a summer day, as the rooftop patio has a bit of a livelier vibe.Known for its Italian food, Gusto 101 has all the Italian dishes you might crave from focaccia, lasagna, bolognese, pizza, and cannoli.
Lapinou is considered a neo bistro which means it is a French inspired restaurant with its own take on traditional french cuisine Lapinou’s patio is located in between two buildings bringing that classic Parisian vibe that compliments their food. A great spot to get a beautiful french dinner with entrees including duck, salmon, wagyu steaks, malfatti.
Looking for a perfect spot for a summer rooftop dinner? Well look no further – we are sure by now you have heard of Lavelle and if not – then you’ll be delighted to visit Lavelle, located on King Street street is one thiof Toronto’s most gorgeous rooftop locations. Lavelle will bring lounge club vibes, perfect for a dinner outing. Classy and aimed towards young professionals, Lavelle is all around one of the best rooftop options in Toronto.
4. El Catrin
El Catrin is our favourite Mexican Patio. Located in the Distillery District, expect the rustic old Toronto vibes of the distillery district. El Catrin is considered to be one of the best Mexican spots in Toronto, so if you are looking for tacos, quesadillas, or burrito options with an upscale twist, El Catrin is the spot for you. El Catrin also serves great drinks that pair well with their Mexican offerings including capitalizing on the current tequila trend.
5. King Taps
King Taps offers a modern outdoor dining experience with modern decor and lounge music. King Taps is best known for its burgers and craft beer, a great spot if you’re looking for a chic-casual dinner, and a chill vibe. Usually patroned by young professionals, the vibe here is vibrant, lively, and fun. King Taps is Toronto’s top tier resto-bar patio and is definitely a spot to check out at least once.
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