10 Best Toronto Patio Spaces Open Now

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After long quarantine restrictions, the bars and restaurants are officially allowed to reopen with a few new social distancing measures. So, now that the summer is here, what would be better than dining out and grabbing a cold drink in a beautiful patio space. This is a list of 10 best patio spaces that are back in business after the long lockdown in Toronto.

Broadview Hotel

10. Broadview Hotel

The rooftop deck of the Broadview Hotel at the east side of the city has wonderful views of Toronto. This is number 10 in the list of the best Toronto patios. This red brick stunning building in the lively Riverdale neighborhood dates back to 1891. It was once a strip club, but now it has turned to a boutique hotel located at one of the hottest spots in the city. Within a quick walk from the Don River, you can easily step into an elevator and at the seventh floor of Broadview Hotel treat yourself to a cool and refreshing cocktail with a snack while enjoying a stunning view.

The Hotel’s lounge has floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a striking pyramidal skylight, and a separated terrace space with a large outdoor seating area. Their menu includes $6 snacks, rice/noodles and many different hot and cold beverages and cocktails. Three of the most popular dishes are Korean Spiced Fries, Empanadas with Aji Verde and Yellowfin Tuna Poke.

The lovely staff of the Broadview Hotel rooftop deck follow all the COVID precautions, including a limited number of seats, sanitizing all the surfaces and menus, wearing masks and daily deep cleaning. So, you don’t need to be worried. Try this beautiful patio and make it your unforgettable memory with friends and family.

Address: 106 Broadview Ave., Phone: 416-362-8439, Website: thebroadviewhotel.ca

Maison Selby

9. Maison Selby

This French style sunny patio with caned chairs and lovely flowers serving craft cocktails is located at Sherbourne Street, Upper Jarvis neighborhood. This stunning historic mansion is over a century old which has aesthetic rooms with tropical wallpaper and a special speakeasy room in the basement named Sous Sol. The fancy vibe of Maison Selby’s garden patio can totally change all your expectations.

If you have postponed your trip to France, this sophisticated French bistro fare in this fine historical setting could be a perfect choice for you. You can taste fresh daily bakeries with hand-crafted cocktails, French cooking with a modern accent, hors d’oeuvres and brunch. Take your friend, enjoy your Crème Brûlée on this beautiful French patio. Don’t miss their weekend brunch!

Here, in Maison Selby, all the COVID safety precautions are taken by distancing tables and sanitizing all the surfaces. So, everything is ready for you to relax and enjoy!

Address: 592 Sherbourne Street, Phone: 647-943-1676, Website: maisonselby.com

Il Patio Di Eataly by Aperol

8. Il Patio Di Eataly by Aperol

Il Patio di Eataly was opened in November 2002, by the simple concept of: to gather under one roof serving high-quality food at reasonable prices for all. Its name EATALY has derived from the combination of two words: EAT and ITALY. Yes, this marvelous patio space right at the Yorkville neighborhood serves you one of the best Italian cuisines and drinks. Yorkville is one of the hottest pockets in Toronto’s real estate market!

This bright sidewalk patio at the corner of Bay and Bloor streets has a perfect menu of homemade pizza, pasta and savory desserts serving under the tall colorful hedges in a cheerful space. The food and vibe at Il Patio Di Eataly really gives you the feeling of sitting in the streets of Italy. They also have a main grocery store which gives you more amazing food choices with alfresco dining options.

This upscale Italian patio can easily transport you to Italy with their new craft-beer menu, the best drink of the summer, and summer-inspired aperitivo bites, like grilled zucchini and spicy chicken thighs. You can also enjoy the traditional Italian taste of Torino-style pizza paired with fresh Italian spritzes.

They came back to service completely with comfortable safety measures like limited capacity and cleaned and sanitized tables. Enjoy your new Italian patio experience easily!

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Address: 55 Bloor Street West, Phone: 437-374-0250, Website: www.eataly.ca

Cabana Pool Bar

7. Cabana Pool Bar

Imagine yourself in a bikini with a bottle of cold beverage at one of Toronto’s largest outdoor restaurants and patios this summer located in the Distillery District neighborhood. Cabana pool bar reopens July 2021 with its marvelous poolside patio with menu offerings from Oliver & Bonacini. However, it would be a little different from before. The Toronto’s primo pool bar party hangout place will be a little less crowded, due to COVID restrictions.

Their guests are going to enjoy one of the city’s most exciting menus, including both vegetarian and gluten free options. You can try the wonderful taste of vegetarian cabana nachos, mango green dragon maki or barbecue cauliflower. They have special Vegandale nights, serving vegan food and liquor menus on Mondays. Thursday dinner comes with lobster special and on Wednesdays you can enjoy the live BBQ on the patio.

This summer, try the Cabana waterfront patio with your date on Tuesdays, the movie nights, and enjoy your Belvedere cocktail, sunset and movie in this gorgeous patio space. You can check the movie schedule on social media or on their website.

Address: 11 Polson Street, Phone: 416-479-7645, Website: cabanapoolbar.com

El Catrin

6. El Catrin

This summer you can treat yourself to the largest tequila and best mezcal collection in Toronto in El Catrin, another authentic patio space in Toronto’s Distillery District neighborhood. This ornate outdoor spot serves some of the best Mexican cuisines in the city. The perfect traditional taste of tacos, botanas, margaritas, guacamole and nachos in El Catrin create a transportive dining experience for you.

The wonderful feature about El Catrin’s outdoor space is its weatherproof patio. It is a wonderful spot to hang out with friends on sunny days and also on cold nights of winter on a heated patio. However, in case of rain or snow, they have to close the patio. But it has huge fire pits and they also give you blankets to make you feel more comfortable in cold weather.

Don’t forget to try this year-round Mexican patio space with breathtaking décor designed by Oscar Flores.

Address: 18 Tank House Lane, Phone: (416) 203-2121, Website: elcatrin.ca


5. Hemingway’s

Hemingway’s rooftop bar and restaurant in the Yorkville neighborhood could be one of the first ones to reopen. Before quarantine, this lively New Zealand-style pub was always open until 2 am, 365 days a year. So, you can again enjoy having fun with your family and friends at this all-season rooftop patio and bar late at night, but with plenty of physical distancing space.

Since the patio is completely equipped for rain, shine or snow, they don’t have to close because of rain or snow. It is misted in summer and heated in winter. So, whatever the weather, you can enjoy your time without the stress of the weather at Hemingways.

During quarantine, Hemingway’s offered barbecue and drinks plus super refreshing raspberry-mint lemonade for take-out. Now you can enjoy their classic breakfast or the Chef’s Creations of the Day from the menu at the upper patio space. Don’t forget, kids get their own menu! Or enjoy your drink while watching a game on a large HD screen with your friends at Hemingways.

Address: 142 Cumberland Street, Phone: 416-968-2828, Website: hemingways.to

Amsterdam Brewhouse

4. Amsterdam Brewhouse

Maybe the best spot to relax on Muskoka chairs and enjoy the Lake Ontario view at one of Toronto’s largest waterfront patios, restaurant and retail store. This lakeside brewhouse, which has been active since 1986, has everything you need to enjoy your day, right at the Harbourfront neighborhood. Amsterdam BrewHouse is a wonderful summer spot for open-air dining and drinking. Don’t forget that they have heated patios for cold days too.

So, after you finish your tour at the Rogers Centre, Downtown Toronto, take yourself to this lakefront patio and order a cold beverage and relax! Amsterdam Brewhouse has four large outdoor patios on 14,000 square foot space, so you don’t need to worry about reservation. You can always find your own spot over there, sitting on the dock of the bay!

You can order beer bites, burgers/sandwiches, salads, wood oven pizzas, or dessert to have with your beer, cocktail, frozen drinks or wines. This patio space is a perfect combination of good people, unique beer and stunning view.

Address: 245 Queens Quay, Phone: 416-504-1020, Website: amsterdambeer.com


3. Betty’s 

Betty’s is more like a backyard patio referred to as an “American honky tonk” bar, and is number 3 in the top 10 best Toronto patios. The décor may seem a little outdated, but the important fact is that this cozy patio spot serves you with the best foods and drinks. The list of beers and whisky will impress the enthusiast liquor lovers. The best reason to visit Betty’s is its soundproofed patio right in the middle of bustling King Street East.

What could be better than drinking a cool, quality drink in a cozy backyard away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Once you try it, Betty’s will be your hideaway spot that’s great any time of day. It’s a laid-back pub with an extensive selection of draft beer serving a full menu of pub grub. They have a long menu of appetizers, snacks, salads, sandwiches and entrees to perfectly match with your drink.

Give yourself a break, go to Betty’s shaded by a honey locust, lay back and relax with your weekend brunch or wait to see the lively late night ambiance. You have large alcohol and beer selections on hand, don’t worry about waiting!

Address: 240 King Street East, Phone: 416-368-1300

Chotto Matte

2. Chotto Matte

The welcoming, vibrant and colorful environment of Chotto Matte will entice you at the first second. This nikkei restaurant has a perfect combination of pisco cocktails and graffiti-interior decoration. The best reason for checking this Peruvian-meets-Japanese restaurant is its stunning foliage-filled patio space, surrounded by incredible bright greenery. The mixture of tempura rolls and yuzu martinis can perfectly give you the sense of Peruvian culture.

This massive resto-bar in the Financial District has an amazing ambiance. In this lovely streetside patio under the shadow of the CN Tower, you can experience the best Japanese—Peruvian cuisine in Toronto. The foods at Chotto Matte have bold natural colors and mouth-watering taste. Because both Peruvian and Japanese cultures deeply appreciate the fresh fish and seasonal ingredients, you can find both Japanese sushi and sashimi, and Peruvian ceviche in the menu. They also have vegan/vegetarian options on the menu.

The menu also includes Tokyo to Lima cocktails, wine and Draught beer, the best options for relaxing after a long hot summer working day. Now they reopen this traditional restaurant (at a distance, of course) with the patio space accommodating about 135 people.

Address: 161 Bay St., Phone: 416-988-8097​, Website:chotto-matte.com/toronto

The Pilot

1. The Pilot

The first and most popular patio space which opened in 1993 is the Pilot. You should climb up the stairs to this all-season Yorkville patio, which has a retractable roof and heaters. The best choice for all seasons!

The Pilot tavern is a combination of classic pub fare with modern and democratic ambience on top of the three floors. Once you get up there in this airplane-themed spot, you find tons of space with coverage so that you don’t stop your drinking gathering just for a rain. Meet your friends and colleagues there, enjoy spending time together in cool breezes drinking cold beverages.

There is a special item in their menu that dates back to 1944. For this item you have various types of sauce to pick, including BBQ, Hot, Kamikaze, honey garlic, honey-hot, sweet chili, dry cajun, lemon pepper and Frank’s hot dry rub. Yummy!

The menu also has some other sophisticated casual foods, including smoked salmon flatbread, Tandoori Chicken Satays, Asian dumplings and Quesadilla. You also have a long list of wines and liquors. The Pilot has stood the test of time and now becomes one of the most sought after rooftop patio bars in the city. So don’t miss this lovely patio spot this summer!

Address: 22 Cumberland, Phone: 416-923-5716, Website: thepilot.ca

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