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The Top 12 Toronto Restaurants for Outdoor Dining

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by Jessica Huras
Updated November 03, 2023

Toronto comes to life during patio season, and a long dreary winter of lockdowns makes its arrival this year feel particularly celebratory. From glamorous rooftops with bar bites to tranquil backyard settings with Asian-influenced fare, there’s an al fresco restaurant for every mood and craving.

Read on to discover some of the top spots for outdoor dining in Toronto.

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4.5
4.5 (1161)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mediterranean
Yorkville
About the restaurant

Set in a Victorian townhouse in Yorkville, Bar Reyna’s patio oozes charm.Foliage and string lights line the ceiling, while brick and wood walls add warmth. The Mediterranean menu includes creative modern fare such as lamb baklava, Lebanese “tacos” served on flatbread, and halloumi souvlaki.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
It was a wonderful experience and really great service. We had indicated that we were celebrating our anniversary and the bartender gave us complementary champagne. Loved the ambience of the secret garden. The baklava is a must-try!
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4.7
4.7 (4009)
CAN$51 and over
Steakhouse
Midtown / Uptown
About the restaurant

Majestic castle-style Casa Loma, a landmarked home and gardens, form the backdrop at BlueBlood Steakhouse, where dining outside means being surrounded by stunning landscaping and historic architecture. The Terrace, surrounded by vistas of the estate’s verdant gardens, is now open for reservations, where diners can enjoy Blueblood’s swanky steakhouse fare, from seafood towers and fish entrees to dry-aged beef and plenty of sides.


Top review
Sasha
Dined 3 days ago
Will definitely be back, had such a great experience
A photo of El Catrin restaurant
4.5
4.5 (5361)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
Distillery District
About the restaurant

The sprawling, industrial, colorful patio at El Catrin in the Distillery District makes this Mexican restaurant one of the city’s most fun for outdoor dining. Beyond Mexican favourites such as tacos, table guacamole, and a huge tequila and mezcal selection, find fire pits, tons of plants, and funky mixed furniture for a patio experience that’s one of a kind.


Top review
Alex
Dined 4 days ago
Food was delicious, servers were nice. Excellent!!
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4.7
4.7 (2209)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Lebanese
Yorkville
About the restaurant

The spacious second floor terrace — complete with greenery and white wrought-iron chairs — makes a charming outdoor backdrop to Amal’s stunningly composed Lebanese plates. Start with standbys such as hummus, tabbouleh, and baba ghanoush before digging in to entrees like the Ontario lamb chops and skewer platters with pita, grilled vegetables, shug, and home fries.


Top review
KathleenM
Dined 4 days ago
I was taken to Amal to celebrate my birthday, and we couldn’t have picked a better place. The food was just amazing! The cocktails were delicious and imaginative. We ordered the dip sampler plate to start and a meat skewer platter for our main. The dips were flavourful and pita perfect. The beef tenderloin was fork tender and perfectly cooked. The chicken was juicy, the lamb/beef kabob was too. The sauces with the meat were great, one cooling and the other adding a bit of heat. The accompanying rice was fluffy and flavourful, the grilled vegetables soft and sweet. The portions were very big and too much for only two people, so we ended up with almost much food to bring home, beautifully packed by the restaurant staff. It wasn’t just great food and drink. The restaurant decor is spectacular. But it was the service that blew us away. Friendly, accommodating (we were late due to car trouble), funny, knowledgeable, attentive to our every need. On arrival we mentioned that we were attending a concert at the front service desk and even though the restaurant was full, one gentleman said we should enjoy the concert when we left. I’ll be going back to Amal in the future. Our first experience couldn’t have been better.
A photo of Lapinou restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1098)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary French
King West
About the restaurant

No alleyway has exuded more charm than the one at Lapinou, with its string lights, lanterns, and padded wrought-iron seats. The French néo-bistro — a term for trendy Parisian wine bars — has reached Toronto here; the menu pulls in global influences in dishes such as beef tartare with Dijon, shallot, celery, egg yolk, and grilled sourdough, or lamb garganelli with preserved lemon, nicoise olive, and jalapeno.


Top review
DianeK
Dined 3 days ago
We always love Lapinou. It’s consistently great. And we just discovered the happy hour cocktails and snacks. Great value for such a nice environment. Olives, cheese, and meats were delicious with a couple of cocktails before going to a show.
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4.7
4.7 (4246)
CAN$51 and over
Global, International
King West
About the restaurant

Celebrity chef Susur Lee leads the kitchen at Lee, a renowned Chinese-French restaurant on King Street West. This is Lee’s flagship, with a menu that showcases Chinese flavors with French technique in dishes such as wild Alaskan caramelized black cod with miso mustard, Asian slow-braised beef with horseradish sour cream, and crispy tofu with a mushroom and pepper compote. Lush foliage, an awning, and wrought iron fence lend the sidewalk seating a serene botanical vibe.


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CorieB
Dined 2 days ago
Singapore slaw was absolute fabulous! 5 stars plus plus!
A photo of Steam Whistle Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (454)
CAN$30 and under
Beer Garden
Entertainment District
About the restaurant

If it weren’t for the up-close sight of a Toronto landmark, you’d think you were in Munich at Steam Whistle Biergärten. The German-style beer hall at the base of the CN Tower serves up traditional German fare — think pretzels and schnitzel — alongside its own beer. Outdoor seating has an expansive view of the skyline beyond the string lights and umbrellas for shade.


Top review
Cindy
Dined 7 days ago
Nate was an awesome server and gave us great recommendations.
A photo of Té restaurant
4.3
4.3 (386)
CAN$30 and under
Korean
Ossington
About the restaurant

Té blends traditional Korean fare with Canadian comfort foods in modern dishes hardly seen anywhere else. Pizza tteokbokki (Korean rice dough balls with sweet chile tomato sauce and oven-baked mozzarella), toasted kimchi ravioli with honey wasabi pesto, and soy-braised braised brisket poutine are just some of the creative offerings. The petite backyard patio is surrounded by trees and lit by string lights for a homey feel.


Top review
TaylorWvip
Dined on Mar 23, 2024
This food is AMAZING, and so is the service! Super cute for a date night or a girls night.
A photo of Terroni Price restaurant
4.5
4.5 (4148)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Rosedale / Summerhill
About the restaurant

See and be seen at Terroni’s Miami-like Summerhill patio. All-white furniture with blue accents, string lights, and skyline views make for a chic place to dine on Italian classics such as ravioli with spinach and ricotta, folded pizza, and grilled calamari.


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MelR
Dined 3 days ago
As usual very good experience at Terroni ! The food was great, the service was very good : can’t wait to go back !
A photo of JaBistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (524)
CAN$51 and over
Sushi
Entertainment District
About the restaurant

JaBistro specializes in pristine fish, from pressed and torched blocks of sushi, or oshizushi, to omakase with nigiri and sashimi. On the rooftop, a wood-paneled patio with string lights offers a tranquil setting. Don’t skip the famed lobster platter, replete with sweet lobster sashimi.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 1, 2024
Food was high quality and server was very attentive.
A photo of Rooftop Bar at the Broadview Hotel restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1576)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
Leslieville / Riverdale
About the restaurant

This hotel standout offers a seldomly seen perspective of the Toronto skyline and the Don River from its south-facing patio. Perched on the highest floor of a beautifully-restored 19th-century building, the Rooftop’s glass-enclosed indoor dining area, backing the L-shaped patio, makes an eye-catching contrast to the building’s original brick exterior. The urban tableau, pretty cocktails, and shareable menu, featuring plates such as cheesesteak and barbacoa baos, attract a buzzy crowd.


Top review
An87
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Good spot for a date night, with great views of the city and lots of natural light. We ordered 3 shareable plates: bang bang shrimp, brussel sprouts, and bao. All tasty and a pretty generous size. Would recommend.
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