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eating by the water in T.O.?

This following a lively debate at the break-dancing competition at the harbourfront on Sunday: where can you eat on the water in T.O. and get great food? Is there a place?

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  1. Good question! The only place "on the water" that I've been to is Waterside Bistro (attached to Waterside Sports). It has a sort of upscale pub menu - great for brunches on sunny weekends! Food is good but not spectacular but parking is free and the view is wonderful on the deck. http://www.watersidesports.com/bistro...

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    1. re: n10sity

      il fornello in Queen's Quay Terminal has a large patio and servicable food.

      1. re: n10sity

        For those out east, Frenchman's Bay in Pickering has The Waterfront Bistro:

      2. I've had some very enjoyable summer evenings at the restaurant on the beach at the Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion. Food and drink a bit pricey for what it is, but it is location and atmosphere you are paying for. People watching on the boardwalk is great. It has a European feel to it.

        1. IMO, the only way to get a good meal by the water is to pack a picnic and head to the Toronto Islands or the Leslie Street Spit.
          Most of the waterfront places in TO have mediocre food for inflated prices, and get away with it because people are still willing to go for the view and most tourists just don't know any better.

          1. Sunnyside Cafe is on the Lakeshore..they have ok salads and pizza and some pretty decent waffles..good place for Sunday lunch..view is great.

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            1. re: JesseJensen

              Can one drive all the way along the Leslie Spit? Or is it cycling only?

              1. re: Guzzler

                When the Spit is open to the public (weekends and holidays), it's strictly pedestrians and cyclists... though the sailing club does run a shuttle van from the main gates in the summertime if you're not feeling up to the hike.
                I just like to think of all that walking as a way to justify seconds on dessert. :) Pack lots of water, bring a camera, and enjoy the scenery. It's worth it.

            2. In the east end, you might try the Boardwalk Pub. It's open all year, and quite busy in the summer, especially on weekends. It's right on the boardwalk among the trees a few metres from the lake on Lakeshore Boulevard E. in the Beaches, adjoining a big free municipal parking lot. Customary pub grub, and a big choice of beer. There's an indoor restaurant for bad weather and a big patio under the trees for a nice place to chill out on a warm summer afternoon.


              1. I haven't eaten there yet but I really want to... Bluffer's right on the water out Scarborough way

                1. Well, it's gone now, so this is just waxing nostalgic, but there used to be a wonderful place on the water at the very foot of Bathurst St., many a long moon ago now, called the Sgana Marine Landing Harbour Cafe (or something like that). You could sit right smack over the water, practically, before all the highrises were up, and have scrumptious gazpacho in the summer and the best chocolate pecan pie ever.

                  Oh, Sgana, Come back. We miss you. This city has really messed up its waterfront.

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                  1. re: nelliehart

                    Sgana Landing Cafe was, indeed, the place. But they eventually moved into a storefront on QQ (I can't remember why, but they may have been evicted for development) and lost their soul before fading away. 'Twas a lovely place.

                  2. Casa Mendoza is a little further west but has a great city and waterfront view from their balcony.

                    1. The Globe and Mail has a story on just this topic this weekend: http://tinyurl.com/28ctd6

                      The writer raves about Casa Mendoza, but the menu on its website - www.casamendoza.com - isn't super-inspiring. So... is it any good? Any reviews out in CH-land?

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                      1. re: estragon

                        I'm a little perturbed by the rave review of Bluffer's Park marina, only because I had always considered it a "hidden gem". And now I'm worried that masses will descend on the place. Well, probaby not, it's kind of distant from the fray of downtown TO.

                        I don't recall the food being outstanding memorable but it wasn't bad either, it was good. But you are definitely right on the water. And it's been a few years but I remember having a good time there. I'm going to check it out again soon.

                        7 Brimley Rd, Toronto, ON M1M, CA

                        1. re: estragon

                          I think Casa Mendoza was on Restraurnt makeover.........

                        2. How is the Boathouse Bar and Grill at Queen's Quay Terminal? I'm looking for places on the water too.

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                          1. re: foodman

                            I would avoid Boathouse at any cost. I was there a few years ago with a lady friend, and ordered some appetizers and a bottle of wine before a performance at the Harbourfront centre. I don't know how you can screw up dips and garlic bread, but they managed. Maybe apps are not their forte... fine. That I can deal with. What I can't stand is someone questioning my nose and taste when it comes to spoiled wine. The waitress was incredibly rude when I sent back the first obviously bad bottle off the tiny list of LCBO plonk, and positively fuming when I sent back the second. She flat-out said that I was wrong as my companion was spitting her second opinion back into the glass. So they got a few bad bottles... these things happen... but don't take it out on the customer! Finally on the third attempt the wine was good.

                            1. re: spades

                              I second spades' comment. Boathouse messed up my order last night real bad. Flat beer, incorrect side-order, frozen tasting fish, dirt in my bok choi (seriously!) and burnt crust pizza. I think the only reason they are still around is because of their great location and people not wanting to wait in line at il Fornello ... but I digress.