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Your Favourite Toronto Patio

Spring has finally sprung and I am wondering what your favourite restaurant patio is. It could be a Little Italy cafe for people watching or an intimate retreat. I love the patio at Freshwood Grill on Roncesvalles. It's cool and quiet - a perfect place to unwind and relax.

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  1. The street facing corner table at Lion On The Beach(Queen East & Kenilworth) is great for people watching, although the whole place is pretty agreeable. Pub food with a few specials, but hey, it's a pub!

    1. We enjoy sitting in the patio beside Quigley's at Beech and Queen. It's at the eastern, quieter part of the Beaches (I refuse to say "Beach") District, but there's still lots of people-watching, the menu selection is more extensive than mere pub grub, and the Quigley's serving staff is attentive and pleasant. A laid-back spot for a warm spring or summer day.

      1. By patio, I'm guessing you mean any outdoor eating area (i.e decks,etc.). I like the second storey rear deck at Kensigton Kitchen. You sit in amongst the tree branches. Very relaxing.

        For wings and beer, the deck at the Madison Pub is great for large groups

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        1. re: Finnegan

          Another second floor outdoor patio frequented by the downtown crowd, especially Ryersonians, is the Imperial PUBlic Library, just east of Yonge at 58 Dundas East. Friendly, comfortable and informal atmosphere, classic jazz on the speakers, and an outdoor location facing towards Dundas Square that can't be beaten. In poor weather the second floor bar is cosy and inviting. Standard pub grub and drinks, but IMO the place is a winner.

        2. Still love the patio at the Brasserie, John/Richmond. Haven't been there for a while, so not sure about service/food/drinks anymore but boy is that patio a good one.

          1. Try Barraida at 1000 College Street. Portuguese BBQ'd chicken, etc.

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            1. re: Attknee

              I'll wholeheartedly agree, Attknee. This is a lovely, lovely patio.

            2. For a great dins on a warm summer's eve - Boulevard Cafe. Other contenders - Noce and the back patio at Terroni on Queen West.
              For a splurge (though I haven't been there since they reinvented themselves) - The Fifth.
              For brunch - one of the front 3 tables at Bar Italia.
              For drinks - rooftop patios at Ultra or Spoke Club.

              1. The Beaconsfield for watching Queen St. W walk-by; across the street upstairs at the Drake for a comfy lounge feel.

                1. - For elegance I second the Fifth and Ultra, plus the Roof at the Hyatt.
                  - For lounging out I'd second the Drake, plus Wish (tiny, but an oasis), and Proof (the new-ish Vodka bar at the Interconti on Bloor... feels like you've escaped to the set of Entourage).
                  - For people-watching, can't beat the Black Bull and the Rivoli.
                  - le Select or Julie's for dining al fresco.
                  - And Amuse Bouche (where they actually give you pashminas to help manage that nighttime chill) is my favourite secret place.

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                  1. re: Rabbit

                    All me too's to Rabbit's recs:
                    Wish - comfortable tiny place that nevertheless is casually elegant
                    Rivoli - always fun, good tunes, great for a group to hang out
                    Drake - Serves a fun little bar menu. Has gotten unpleasantly crowded and 'exclusive' since we used to go years ago but still a great place if you go on the off-hours
                    Kalendar: Tiny but great fun if you're able to get a seat for relaxing in Little Italy.
                    Panorama - Hate to put this place but they have an awe-inspriing view of the city on a nice summer night, especially during the sunset. Just go for drinks (and I mean no fancy cocktails).

                  2. Here's a few more. After work, either the Flight Deck at the Pilot, or under the parachute at the Rebel House. Quiet patios at Grano or the Rosedale Diner, or you can watch rush hour go by at the Miller Tavern.

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                    1. re: Snarf

                      once it gets really hot, I love the patio at Grano-

                      1. re: Snarf

                        For those new to Rebelhouse, be aware that they have a stupid policy of having to order food if you're out on the patio. That usually isn't an issue for us since we usually order food with our beer but last weekend was the first time we wanted to go sit out on the patio with just drinks (since we were in the area) and so we didn't bother going there. :-(

                      2. Oooh - forgot that I love afternoon jazz at the Mill Street patio in the Distillery on summer weekends.

                        Yeah, it feels a little tourist, but the coffee porter is fab, and the space really is so pretty (the trains rumbling by add some grit).

                        1. I hate to say this since it's tough enough to get a table there as it is, but I love the Queen Mum patio (I mean... Queen Mother). Maybe it's mostly for sentimental reasons (my husband introduced me to it) but to me, it doesn't get any better than eating the ping gai chicken and washing it down with a cold beverage out on the patio on a clear summer night.

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                          1. re: courgette

                            Terrace at the Fifth, Auberge du Pommier, Provence, The Miller Tavern.

                            1. re: The Macallan 18

                              Isn't it amazing how the Miller Tavern managed to make a little patio oasis smack dab between a giant parking lot and Yonge St.? Too bad the food is over-priced and so-so.

                          2. I've got a soft spot for the garden patio at Tango Palace, the coffee joint at Queen East and Jones. It's in the back, and has the feel of a backyard patio, cool and green under the trees, with hanging pots of flowers and a little fountain burbling in the corner.

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                            1. re: SpiceMustFlow

                              Not My Dog in Parkdale has a cool back patio, and Cadillac Lounge as well. I've never eaten at Cadillac, only drinks. But it's big and fun.

                            2. Bodega on Baldwin has a really lovely patio, and a tasty steak frites. Provence Delicies in Cabbagetown also has a lovely patio, but I've only been there for brunch.

                              Also in Cabbagetown, House on Parliament has a very small but fun patio, which is a great place to have a pint and enjoy their delicious food.

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                              1. re: mainja

                                I agree, courgette... Queen Mothers has a lovely backyard patio under the trees and the flowers and I have sentimental memories there of my first date with my now husband!

                                I also like the Foggy Dew, just in my neighbourhood at King and Niagara. It has a beautiful BIG wraparound patio on the sunny side of the street. They also let your dog sit just outside the railing and provide bowls of water. Brunch is also good in the sunny outdoors at the Foggy Dew! It's bustling Day and night here!

                                Third on my list is Big Papa's Bordello on Queen at Augusta. During the summer (last year, at least) they have the Sunday Lime where iDrum plays live to house music and other amazing tracks.

                                1. re: Kimberlita

                                  Cafe Diplomatico and The Standard - both on College.
                                  Brassaii on King Street West.
                                  Habitat on Queen/Tecumseth - wish they would be open more on sunny weekend afternoons!

                                  1. re: thebutcher

                                    To add to the list .. I really like Fresh at Queen and Crawford as it is a nice little suntrap, especially on a Sunday afternoon. Good people watching too.

                                2. re: mainja

                                  HOP has a great patio atmosphere & really good food...but I find the real treat is hanging out by the bar where the action is...the staff is hilarious.

                                  My vote for patio is Cadillac Lounge...can't vouch for the food...but really cool patio!!!