Here in Toronto, we truly get the best of all worlds — the excitement of the big city, the tranquility of nature, and the beauty of the waterfront. Though summer is a bit away, spring offers us an early taste of what’s to come – warm weather and the start of patio season in the city.

Luckily, there are tons of waterfront patios in Toronto where you can soak up lakeside views and get a break from the busy city without even leaving the downtown core.

Here are 7 of the best spots for a delicious al fresco meal overlooking the lake.

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Toronto Beach Club

This Mediterranean dining destination sits right on the sandy shorelines of Toronto’s beaches. The leafy outdoor terrace overlooks the water, making it the perfect environment for enjoying fresh seafood and refreshing cocktails in the sunshine.

Where: 1681 Lake Shore Blvd E

Boxcar Social Harbourfront


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 This cafe and restaurant has multiple locations around the city, but the Harbourfront location is described as the most amibitious. It has seating for over 200 people and unparalleled views of Lake Ontario. In addition to the full coffee program, it also serves a full lunch and dinner menu and world-class wines, craft beer, and whiskies.

Where: 235 Queens Quay W

The Goodman Pub


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Enjoy all your favourite bar food eats in a more elevated manner. Whether it’s after work for some cocktails, out for weekend brunch, or a date night, The Goodman Pub offers a delightful menu and stunning waterfront views – especially if you’re out on the patio.

Where: 207 Queens Quay West

The Slip


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 This has to be one of the best lakeside patios in the city. The Slip serves up drinks and snacks right on the water, and stays open late into the evening so you can catch those unbeatable Toronto sunsets. No reservations are needed, just grab yourself a picnic table and have a good time.

Where: 235 Queens Quay West

Pie Bar


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Neopolitan-style pizzas and fresh gelato with waterfront views? Say no more. Pie Bar serves up delicious Italian eats in a gorgeous airy atmosphere in the heart of Harbourfront, with a patio facing the glittering blue shoreline and Toronto Islands.

Where: 207 Queens Quay West

The Keating Channel Pub & Grill


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The laid-back atmosphere at this waterfront pub is ideal for a casual night out with friends in the summertime. The large waterfront patio looks out onto the Port Lands, and with the Distillery District just down the road, you can make a whole outing out of it.

Where: 2 Villiers St

Amsterdam Brewhouse


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This 14,000-square-foot lakeside brewery also features a restaurant and patio overlooking the lake. It’s known as Toronto’s original brewpub and is an ever-popular spot among locals and visitors alike. Choose from the extensive craft beer menu and pair your sips with some delicious bites.

Where: 245 Queens Quay West