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Aug 3, 2009 09:09 PM

Best patios this summer

Hi Everyone ---
I'm celebrating my birthday soon and I'm looking for a restaurant with a great patio in the city...anywhere downtown up to yorkville...and preferably a place with a great beer selection...


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  1. Given your post on the Zucca thread, it sounds like you're looking for a spot for $30 or under? If so, then I would recommend Sidecar. It has a great patio out back, and Sun - Wed, they have a great $24 prix fixe menu. Even if you don't order the prix fixe, you can still do an app and entree or an entree and dessert for under $30.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      thanks TorontoJo! I'll check it out...I'm actually having two celebrations: one is a family dinner and the other a fun time with friends

    2. Beer Bistro at Yonge/King may work for you. It certainly does have among the best beer selections in Toronto.

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        1. re: GRobin

          I was curious when you said this, but I looked up their menu and their beer list is fantastic! I guess when I went here I didn't even look at it. They have a great selection of trappist ales/tripels and their Canadian list is heavily Unibroue.

          The patio there is also very nice.

          1. re: GRobin

            wow. their beer selection is fantastic!

            1. re: GRobin

              i like the patio there; but, if u like to people watch on a patio, wrong place. you'll be staring at the back of the Globe and Mail building.

              1. re: dickiegreenleaf

                I heard Le Select has a second new patio out back.

              1. re: LemonLauren

                Please please don't go to Cafe Volo. Bad food and even worse service!

                1. re: JennaBean

                  but, a nice patio and beer selection, which i believe the OP requested?

                  1. re: JennaBean

                    I haven't ate there, but I've gone many times for beer. I've always had excellent service at Volo. The patio is also one of the few on Yonge Street. They have a rotating selection of 10-15 craft beers on tap, plus they always seem to have a couple casks. Their bottle list is probably the best in the city too. I didn't recommend this because I haven't tried the food, but they certainly do have a great beer selection and a nice patio.

                    1. re: kwjd

                      I concur. I've always had good service at Volo and the beer selection is superb. Have never experienced the patio personally but it's set back from Yonge Street on a side street so can't be that bad.

                      1. re: JamieK

                        I also really like the beer and patio at Volo. But also know nothing of the food, aside from cheese boards (which I can recommend).

                        La Palette is another bistro with a good beer list, and while I haven't eaten on the patio, people-watching in Kensington is definitely an atmosphere all its own.

                2. Sidecar has a great patio. My husband, who loves draft beer, was unimpressed by the draft selection but there were lots of different bottled kinds. It's a really lovely patio -- among the best I've been to in Toronto.