The 9 Best Patios in Toronto
Toronto’s best patios are a staple of the summer season. While immediate proximity to your home or office is a bonus, the cream of the crop are destination-worthy and most definitely worth the trip.
Explore a neighbourhood you might not venture to and you might just discover a hidden gem. The trifecta of food, friends, and fancy drinks all but guarantee a good time.
The queen of Yorkville has now been crowned with Bar Reyna reimagining the space that was once Caren’s Wine and Cheese Bar. The back patio is a jaw-dropper; a chic space with banquette style seating, and charming wooden feature walls which all but beckon you to lose track of time (and how many copper pineapples you’ve tipped). The retractable roof keeps this patio party going year-round, and who can resist a menu devoted to French fries?
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Celebrating their 20th anniversary this month, Trattoria Nervosa has been a cornerstone in Yorkville’s restaurant scene. What it lacks in size it more than makes up for in people watching, including famously hosting Blue Ivy and her parents when they were in town in 2013. Owned by the Gusto 54 Group, the kitchen pours out upscale Italian eats and pairs them perfectly with their old world wine list or pitchers of sangria.
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With more seats outside than in, Summer may be your best time to visit Chabrol, the hidden jewel of Yorkville. Only open since last fall, the sister restaurant to Cava specializes in French food, with Doug Penfold executing classic cuisine in a kitchen that is no bigger than most walk in closets. Slightly shaded and set back from the busy avenue, this patio is a perfect perch for those who wish to see without being seen.
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The concrete jungle may surround Bar Buca, but with wafts of freshly planted rosemary and even more drool-worthy aromas permeating from the kitchen, Bar Buca’s patio is truly a downtown oasis. Part grab and go, part sit and swoon, this eatery has gourmet finds like the stunning Caprese Salad ($11), Insalata d’Arancia ($10) or the porky Porchetta ($14) all paired flawlessly with their deluxe cocktail program. Smart money stops by between 4pm and 7pm for their aperitivo ‘happy hour’, with a picture-perfect platter of gourmet bites that will whet any appetite.
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