Toronto is serious about its patio season, which runs from May to November each year. Typically, the season kicks off with festivals, live music, and of course, some first-rate food and drink. Visitors will find every type of patio scene imaginable, from luxurious rooftops and terraces with bar bites to wellness-inspired outdoor settings with Asian-influenced fare here. In fact, it is safe to say that there is something for everyone, every mood, occasion, or craving. That said, here are the top ten best patio spots in Toronto for incredible outdoor dining that you should absolutely check out next time you're in town.
10 Bar Reyna
Located in beautiful Yorkville, Bar Reyna offers patrons a chance to dine and drink in style. This charming patio is attached to a stunning Victorian townhouse and is truly Instagram-worthy with its bright foliage, ceiling lined with twinkling string lights, plus chic brick and wood walls. In addition to this inviting ambiance, Bar Reyna is known for its tasty Mediterranean snacks and cocktail menu. With its modern take on classic dishes such as the lamb baklava, one-of-a-kind Lebanese "tacos" served on flatbread, and the crave-worthy halloumi souvlaki, it is wise to reserve a table well in advance before they're all booked up.
9 BlueBlood Steakhouse
Not too far away, BlueBlood Steakhouse in Midtown/Uptown makes good use of its iconic backdrop, also known as Casa Loma. Not only do patrons of BlueBlood get a chance to marvel at this stately castle-like mansion and its majestic gardens while seated on the simply gorgeous terrace, but they also get to enjoy some 5-star cuisine. A few fan favorites include the seafood tower, the truffle potato gratin, lobster mac, and cheese, or any dry-aged beef. If you happen to be a vegetarian or not a fan of red meat, there are also many other delicious menu items to try.
8 Cabana Waterfront Patio
Situated in the Distillery District, Cabana Waterfront Patio overlooks Lake Ontario and gives patio-goers a front-row seat to Toronto's skyline. In terms of mouthwatering eats, this is definitely a patio spot that has something for everyone. Touted as having a Canadian cuisine menu, Cabana patrons can kick back and enjoy tasty bites and cocktails (lakeside or poolside) during the week. Diners can also partake in a lively Saturday lunch, a Sunday Funday brunch, or pop in for the Cabana's legendary Friday night pool and lounge parties.
Not only is Vela a stylish patio spot whose tagline "it's just a space" doesn't do it nearly enough justice, but it is also an excellent patio dining destination. Plus, Vela's patio is heated, so visitors can enjoy this space almost all year round. Here patrons can expect creative cuisine, simply stunning cocktails, and dramatically beautiful décor inside and out. While you're busy taking in this place's lovely ambiance, don't forget to try the artichoke cakes, indulge in some truffle pasta, sample the raw bar, and sip on a Casablanca cocktail or two.
6 Amal Restaurant
Yet another fantastic patio spot to check out in TDot is Yorkville's Amal Restaurant. Here, patio-seekers will delight at this lavish restaurant's spacious second-floor terrace that feels airy, inviting, and boho-chic with its lush greenery and white wrought-iron seating. Known for their stunningly composed Lebanese plates, spirits, and drinks "infused with tradition," this patio/terrace spot is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palette. A few must-try faves include the hummus, baba ghanoush, Ontario lamb chops, skewer platters, and the one-of-a-kind home fries.
Named after Celebrity chef Susur Lee, this Chinese-French fusion restaurant is, simply put, foodie heaven. Located just off King Street West, the carefully designed patio is lively yet serene, with lush foliage and sophisticated seating. Lee is the perfect spot to catch up with friends while sampling divine dishes infused with bold Chinese flavors and subtle French techniques. There are plenty of entrées and starters that are ideal for sharing, like the oyster shooters or the signature slaw—both are musts. Plus, the cocktails here are your classic bar favorites, of course, with a modern fusion twist.
4 Steam Whistle Biergarten
Located at the base of the CN Tower, in the Downtown area/Entertainment District, Steam Whistle Biergarten is the place to be if you want a front-row view of this towering Toronto landmark. This beloved German-style beer hall has a beautiful outdoor dining setup that is expansive with a subtle, intimate vibe and serves up some incredibly tasty traditional German fare. So if you are looking for an unreal view, warm pretzels, scrumptious schnitzel, an abundance of handcrafted beers, and then some, Steam Whistle is for you.
Another fun beer meets patio spot in The Six that travelers should check out is RendezViews. Touted as "Toronto's most epic outdoor patio ever," just one visit to this place, and you'll immediately see why. Adorned with vibrant colors, street art, crafted cocktails, shareable pub grub, and a vast selection of beers, this patio definitely falls under a dining experience. Plus, with RendezViews' Jumbotron, stunning street art, a live DJ, and more, this is the perfect spot for anyone looking to have an amazing time with a side of lunch or dinner.
2 The Opera House Grill & Patio
For visitors who prefer something a little more low-key, The Opera House Grill & Patio is an excellent outdoor dining option. With ample traditional outdoor seating, the real draw here is the flavorful eats, hearty pub fare, and authentic Greek dishes. A few notable menu items include Greek fries, the Souvlaki Stick, the veggie burger, and the Shaggy Burger (voted one of the best burgers in Toronto). Plus, patrons can also indulge in some well-crafted spirits, custom cocktails, a variety of beers, ciders, and more.
1 Terroni Price
Last but not least, Terroni Price is a wonderful Italian spot that has a patio with some serious summer vacation vibes that attract a buzzy crowd day or night. With its all-white furniture, pops of blue color, shimmering string lights, and killer skyline views, Terroni Price is definitely worth a visit. Here patrons can enjoy the classics like ravioli with spinach and ricotta, fresh salads, folded pizza, and some fantastic grilled calamari—all at affordable prices. There are also a plethora of pretty cocktails and incredible shareable plates that awaits you.