The best patios in The Six excel in their own unique, lovely, sun-soaked ways. This is a list of patios that top the lot in one way or another; be it for brunch, for burgers, or for an awesome view of the lake. It’s our own curated list meant to offer additional ideas of where to go in Toronto when only a patio will do.
Allen’s on the Danforth
143 Danforth Ave.
The glow of comfortable tradition warms Allen’s. Opened in 1987, the restaurant has achieved near-institutional status, as its bar, featuring 340 whiskies, over 100 VQA wines and 140 beers, and dining room are considered the very best of type. In its backyard, under the leaves of three century-old willows, Allen’s offers a daily barbeque menu cooked over Canadian hardwood charcoal. This Irish saloon on the Danforth cooks up some of Toronto’s best patio grub for the masses that frequent Allen’s.
Epicure Cafe & Grill
502 Queen St. W.
Epicure on Queen West near Bathurst has an amazing patio which is so well hidden that nobody thinks to go up! Epicure Café has been serving the neighbourhood for over 40 years. The menu, influenced by Northern Italian and Provençal cuisine is extensive and includes a wide range of items, from Steak Frites, Duck Confit and Bouillabaisse to our well-known homemade burgers and pizzas. In addition to the consistently good. Located conveniently in the heart of the Queen West Theatre District. The view of the CN tower is beautiful and the drinks/eats are really well priced!
Cafe La Gaffe
24 Baldwin St.
Located a short walk north from the Art Gallery of Ontario, Cafe la Gaffe welcomes you to sample a wonderful French & Mediterranean fare with an extensive wine list. Parisian inspired décor with a grand wooden bar, Cafe La Gaffe is accented by a revolving display of local art. Enjoy a casual and relaxing meal on one of the two patios.
The Black Bull
298 Queen St. West.
Escape to the restroom in peace! Or else, with a least a little more peace of mind. The Black Bull’s patio comes complete with a gated bike storage area, deterring would-be thieves from the snatch-and-ride while you remain blissfully preoccupied with your pint. As long as you don’t mind sharing your Queen West spot with 100 fellow patio patrons, cycle on over.
101 Portland St.
Street level and rooftop patios at this chic Italian eatery on Portland are sun soaked spots to sip the $1/oz house wine, while nibbling on antipasti. A retractable roof means the top tier is available for family dinners and date nights rain or shine. Gusto 101 offers two patios; one at street level and one with a retractable glass ceiling on the rooftop. Count on catching lots of sun on either of these patios.
Houston Avenue Bar & Grill
33 Yonge St.
As a 100% Canadian-owned business, Houston Avenue Bar & Grill has a brand new attitude towards their food, decor and the whole guest experience. Stressing a “Farm Fresh to Urban Fork” ethic, they source the best locally grown and produced ingredients to offer an innovative and creative cuisine that will please even the most sophisticated palate.