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Toronto’s Top Ten Patios

Now that the summer weather's here, it's time to start dining al fresco. Here's a list of Toronto's ten best patios, in a range of price ranges and cuisine types.


Il Posto's secluded, canopy-covered patio.

Il Posto's secluded, canopy-covered patio.

The Fifth Grill – Upscale steakhouse boasts the city’s most beautiful terrace, with tables swathed in white canopies and offering a breathtaking nighttime view of downtown.

One – During the film festival, the well-appointed patio that wraps around luxe Hazelton Hotel is Yorkville’s It Place to see and ‘be scene.’ The sumptuous black cod may be the menu’s finest moment.

Provences Delices – Quietly going about its business on Cabbagetown’s serene Amelia Street, this picture-perfect patio, framed by open French doors, is one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

Tati Bistro – The 35-seat ‘treehouse’ patio sets the scene for genial warm-weather dining, the perfect setting for Laurent Brion’s deftly executed homestyle French food.

Wayne Gretzky’s – Deep in the heart of the Entertainment District, Oasis rooftop patio hosts a boisterous summer crowd eager to chow down on a broad-ranging, family-friendly menu.

Allen’s – The perfect urban backdrop for a fun ‘n’ casual Irish American menu. A 100-plus beer menu lists a dizzying selection of domestic and foreign brews, including 20-plus Belgian labels.

Astoria – In the heart of Greektown, Astoria’s covered patio attracts a diverse crowd, from families to groups out for a good time. The food – unremarkable Greek grill – is almost beside the point.

Il Posto – For quiet, upscale seclusion, it’s hard to beat Il Posto’s elegant patio, topped by an orange, tent-like canopy and packed with the city’s Beautiful People.

Caffe Doria – Good pizza and grilled Italian panini; a large covered terrace; friendly service; the occasional celeb sighting (Eugene Levy). What’s not to love about this Rosedale favourite?

Rebel House – Covered by a large parachute, to protect against rain and scorching UV rays, the Rebel House’s back patio is a peaceful spot to enjoy Canadian-inflected comfort food.



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