No city does patio season quite like Toronto does. Even on frosty nights, you’ll still catch people dining and sipping their cocktails on patios next to heaters and fire pits. If the last couple of years have given you a new appreciation for outdoor dining, you’ll be happy to know that there are tons of gorgeous heated patios in Toronto equipped with everything you need to stay toasty all season long. Whether it be an extra shot in your drink or a sheepskin blanket to wrap around your shoulders, these spots have your needs covered.
Here are 11 of the best heated patios to check out in the city this season and beyond.
With an amazing atmosphere and even better food, this classic spot in the Distillery District never disappoints. The patio is both spacious and cozy, with colourful decor, fire pits, and heaters to keep you warm. You’ll be munching on Mexican tapas and sipping cocktails without a care on this toasty patio.
Where: 18 Tank House Lane
This spot on Bloor West has a wood-burning outdoor fireplace and the atmosphere is on point. Fill your belly with comfort food staples like mac n’ cheese with chicken and one of the many Ontario craft beers on tap while you sit back comfortably on the heated patio. Twinkle lights make the patio all the more inviting and the high fencing provides some nice shelter from the wind.
Where: 1163 Bloor St W
Hemingway’s has one of the largest rooftop patios in the city and it’s always a good time. It’s been a home away from home to New Zealand tourists and ex-pats for 40 years and it’s open 365 days a year until 2 a.m., no exceptions! Hemingway’s loves to put on a good event, whether it’s a trivia night or a sports viewing party. As for the heated patio, you can always count on the same lively atmosphere, with tables spaced out to allow for plenty of distancing.
Where: 142 Cumberland St
Also in Yorkville is Bar Reyna, a gorgeous cocktail and snack bar with a patio where you’ll want to spend the entire afternoon. The atmospheric restaurant has a year-round back patio furnished with Mediterranean-inspired decor. From tasty beverages to mouthwatering food and an Insta-worthy setting, this spot really does have it all.
Where: 158 Cumberland St
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Mexican fiesta at this fun patio in Leslieville. The heated and covered patio space is full of bright colours, comfy seating and happy vibes. The menu offers a range of flavourful Mexican-fusion dishes and fun appetizers like street corn and zucchini fritters. Plus, they boast the best drinks in the city and they dare you to prove them wrong. Challenge accepted!
Where: 1058 Gerrard St E
Overlooking a stretch of West Queen West is the Sky Yard rooftop restaurant at the Drake Hotel, serving locally sourced food and finely crafted cocktails. The Sky Yard terrace is tastefully decorated and bright, with a mural covering the entire back wall. It offers covered seating for up to 140 people and is heated to keep you comfortable on chilly nights.
Where: 1150 Queen St W
This is farm-to-table dining at its finest. Not only are all of the dishes made from locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, but they’re incredibly delicious too. There are also about 15 VQA artisanal wines available at any given time, sourced from vineyards in Prince Edward County and the Niagara Peninsula. The patio offers a farmhouse-chic vibe, with open flame fires and sheepskin blankets for you to wrap up in. What a dream!
Where: 1627 Dupont St
This Yorkville hotspot has been around since 1944 and it’s been bumpin’ ever since. The Pilot has two patios equipped with retractable awnings and heaters to keep the place warm even on the chilliest nights. The menu serves pub-style dishes and comfort food with a special late-night menu for your midnight munchies.
Where: 22 Cumberland St
Baro’s all-season rooftop patio is one of the prettiest in town. The Latin-infused menu and leafy floor-to-ceiling decor make it feel more like a tropical oasis than a historic building on King West. The patio is just as enjoyable in the summer as it is in the winter, making it the ideal spot for a meal under the stars on a cold night.
Where: 485 King St W
Come for the tapas and cocktails, stay for the Barcelona vibes. This spot is hugely popular for a reason, part of it being the warm and inviting patio. The unique furnishings and mood lighting provide the best ambiance to enjoy Bar Raval’s mouthwatering Spanish shared plates. The Gaudi-esque wood panels are unlike anything else you’ll see in the city and you won’t be able to resist the photo op.
Where: 505 College St
This upbeat coffee and wine bar in the city’s east end is lovely both inside and out. The heated and covered patio is a popular spot even on chillier days. This spot serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you can count on a tasty meal at practically every time of day. Whether you’re stopping by for a good cup of coffee or gathering with friends over a pitcher of sangria, this place is a solid go-to.
Where: 1173 Dundas St E
So, what’re you waiting for, Toronto? Get out there and give these places a try!