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Apr 17, 2008 11:52 AM

A perfect day to start the GREAT PATIOS thread

Inspired by this beautiful, sunny day and after an insanely long winter, I thought we could all start chatting about favourite spots to eat some great chow and drink some great coffee/beer on a patio. Here are a few of my favourites to get the ball rolling: Boulevard Cafe, Rebel House, Trattoria Giancarlo, Rosedale Diner, Bar Italia, Aroma Espresso Bar, Amuse Bouche, Spoke Club, Ultra and Terroni.

Has Tati kept the pretty patio that Kensington Kitchen had?


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  1. My lunch time favourite spot is Caffe Doria!!!

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    1. re: millygirl

      Thanks for the reminder - I believe we've both professed our love for Doria before. I will also add Brick Street Bakery, George, Noce and Lahore Tikka House.

    2. Caren's Wine Bar (back patio), the Roof at the Hyatt (great view), Wish, The Fifth (have had bad luck at the resto, but still insist on going back once a year for the fabulousness of the terrace), Proof Vodka Bar at the Intercontinental (very California interior courtyard), Sidecar is apparently opening a big space in the back too!

      Oh, and second Amuse-Bouche and Ultra

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      1. re: Rabbit

        I was under the impression the Roof patio at the Hyatt had closed down a few years ago - no?

        Oh, and I'll add in Allen's on the Danforth. I know, the food is nothing special but you gotta admit they have an excellent patio! Bonus for me, it's very close to home.

        1. re: millygirl

          Rooftop patio is still very much open. Attending a work function there later this month actually.

      2. How about the Waterside is pretty expensive for the quality (in my opinion), but it's great for a few beers and a burger! I used to love the rooftop patio at Epicure Cafe, but haven't been for some time (is it still there?), The Rectory Cafe on Ward's (?) Island has kind of a special patio, if you feel like heading to the Islands...after work, the patio at the Keg and Beer Bistro downtown are always hopping..The back patio at Utopia is nice when it's not too hot outside (and the food is always good)..I'm salivating just thinking about hitting a patio (though I currently have a hankering for nachos and margaritas and I am ALWAYS disappointed with this combination, especially on a patio)

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        1. re: redhead

          The Rectory Cafe is one scary place. Went once and that was enough for me. Honestly it was horrible. The food was total crap, the glasses were dirty, the service was poor. The place was disgusting. I was afraid to eat, drink or touch anything for fear of catching some horrible affliction.

          1. re: millygirl

            ...and that name just isn't appetizing!

            1. re: millygirl

              Wow, that's too bad...I didn't go last summer, but really enjoyed my meal the summer before. The location is really nice - a great place to be on a hot summer day..unfortunate that they fell apart (like so many Toronto restaurants seem to do..)

            2. re: redhead

              Once a year a group of us make our annual pilgramage to the Upper Deck on Centre Island. If you get off the Centre Ferry and take a left and follow around to the Toronto Island Marina Yacht Club you will find it in about 8 minutes. They is also a ferry from York Street.

              Fabulous views of the city, great staff, reasonable priced drinks, not alot of tourists and great fun. Oh, pretty bad food but the views, the patio and the drinks more than make up for it.

              Yeah for summer and patios !

            3. For a fancy dinner, the courtyard at George is incredible.

              1. Oh how I miss the patio at the Bamboo.........

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                1. re: Baelsette

                  Allen's. Except this one time, those godawful raccoons kept running around the place. Damn, I hate those things.

                  1. re: grandgourmand

                    I think I was there that night. They were literally hangin' off the trees directly above our head. John Maxwell (the owner) told us that people on the patio have been known to feed them which of course, only encourages them.

                    1. re: millygirl

                      I have also had a racoon experience at Allen's. My GF (who is terrified of them) and I were sitting on the back end of the patio. I said don't make a move. There was one sitting directly under her feet. I didn't tell her about it until we left the restaurant and we haven't been back on the patio since. Inside only for us now.

                  2. re: Baelsette

                    Me too. Yes, Ultra patio is gorgeous, but in a fake way. Bamboo was a great place just to hang with a margharita or two.

                    1. re: Baelsette

                      I still haven't found a more fun night out during the week than those Tuesday's on the upper patio at the 'Boo...I hear ya Baelsette...

                      1. re: Baelsette

                        You know the ULTRA patio ain't bad. I love it.

                        1. re: Suresh

                          Never been, I have been curious about what they did with the place...

                          1. re: Suresh

                            You mean the Ultra Supper club patio on Queen ? I was there last year, food is disgusting especially the seafood platter in which the calamari is like a piece of slushy jello. However, the atmosphere is quite nice.