In about two or three weeks, patio season in Toronto will be in full swing. Getting together with friends on a patio is popular for after-work cocktails, having refreshments before a Jays game or whiling away a Saturday afternoon. We’ve got the scoop on the best downtown Toronto patios. Read on.
If you’re in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood of Toronto, you may want to stop by cresta toronto’s two patios for some people-watching and summer vibes. Enjoy Italian cuisine and premium Californian wines on the patios, which are heated for cool evenings. from May-November. Patio favourites include Scallop Crudo, Calamari Fritti and Margerita Pizza. cresta toronto is located at 118 The Esplanade, 416-901-9113.
DEQ Terrace & Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton
This relaxing downtown Toronto patio beside Simcoe Park heats up on Thursday nights in the summer with live bands performing. Enjoy appetizers and summer eats such as pulled pork sliders, Cubano sandwiches, and truffle oil fries and be sure to order the Expense Account Mojito that comes with a huge stalk of fresh mint. The patio features an open-air firepit for cooler evenings. Open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Sunday. DEQ Terrace & Lounge is located at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 181 Wellington Street West, 416-585-2500.
If you’re at the heart of King and Bay Streets, don’t fret. There is a fantastic patio with a California vibe at the Cactus Club Cafe at First Canadian Place. Offering a casual contrast to the more formal patios in the area, Cactus Club Cafe features a rooftop patio with a retractable roof for rainy days. Celebrity chef Rob Feenie serves up delectable dishes including Ravioli & Prawn with Butternut Squash and Rob’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
The above are some of our favourite downtown Toronto patios. Hope you manage to visit a few of them during summer 2016!