These are the best patios to hit in Toronto's east end

Jul 22 2019, 11:32 pm

Are you ready to tackle the beast that’s the east?

Prepare yourself, because the east side of town is serving up excellent patio spaces that range from picturesque waterfront paradises to tucked away, shaded courtyards.

Whatever vibe you’re looking for, somewhere in the east end is offering it.

Hope you’re thirsty.

Dogfish Pub & Eatery

DogFish Pub / Instagram

Cold beer, laid back vibes, and convivial service make this pub (housed inside the marina), the perfect place to wind down after a day on the water or at the beach. Take note: This patio is literally on the water.

Address: 7 Brimley Road South, Toronto
Phone: 416-264-2337

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The Keating Channel

waterfront patio

Scott Taman/Keating Channel Pub & Grill

The patio of this one-of-a-kind public house in Toronto’s Port Lands is the real deal. If you were any closer to the water, you’d be swimming. Enjoy a classic menu of pub grub, beers, and coolers while savouring the view.

Address: 2 Villiers Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-572-0030

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Broadview Hotel

The Broadview

The east side hotel offers sweeping views of the city from its rooftop deck. The strip club turned boutique hotel is easily one of the hottest spots in the city this summer… don’t be surprised if there’s a queue just to get up the elevator.

Address: 106 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-362-8439


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Murphy’s Law

Murphy's Law Pub and Kitchen patio rooftop

The Broadview

This pub and kitchen in The Beach(es) offers an excellent view of Toronto’s east end alongside two dozen craft beers on tap and an all-pleasing selection like wings, nachos, and yes, even avocado toast.

Address: 1702 Queen Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-690-5516


Granite Brewery

Granite Brewery patio

Granite Brewery

This midtown tied house is home to crisp summer ales and a shady patio that are perfect during a heatwave.

Address: 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto
Phone: 416-322-0723

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If you’re looking for a spot to enjoy a brew and chicken katsu in the sun, you’ve found it. This east end watering hole is big, bustling, and swirling with fresh air. And Glory Hole is just around the corner.

Address: 242 Coxwell Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-551-2282

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Mill Street Beer Hall

Mill Street Beer Hall patio

Mill Street Beer Hall

In Toronto’s historic Distillery District this brewery, brewpub, and beer hall boasts sprawling patio seating at its two adjacent venues. Here, the kitchen menu is as expansive as the beer list offering selections like wings, poutines, and flatbreads.

Address: 21 Tank House Lane, Toronto
Phone: 416-681 0338

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Rorschach Brewing Co.

Rorschach Brewing Co. / Instagram

Not far from Woodbine Beach, this spot offers 18 beers on tap and a menu of fries, tacos, and skewers, not to mention a perfect escape from the bustling city centre. These brewpub patios do not mess around.

Address: 1001 Eastern Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-901-3233

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Sauce on the Danforth

Sauce on the Danforth / Google Maps

With drink specials on offer every day of the week, the courtyard at this east side bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink without breaking the bank. Weekdays from 4 pm to 7 pm a pint of beer costs just $5.75. Meanwhile, cocktails go for $6.42 before 6 pm daily.

Address: 376 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-748-1376


Maple Leaf Tavern

Maple Leaf Tavern

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Corned beef hash, hash brown BLTs, buttermilk waffle, and roasted mushrooms with fried eggs on toast are among the standouts on the brunch menu at this polished restaurant on Gerrard.

Address: 955 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-415-0955

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mahas brunch


Egyptian brunch served all day every day is a major draw in Toronto’s east end brunch spot and Maha’s corner patio is not nearly big enough to accommodate the crowds. Should you have to wait for a table, occupy yourself with a cardamom latte then practice some patience as you wait for your chance to indulge on sunny eggs with foole or falafel wrapped around soft eggs.

Address: 226 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-462-2703

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Cafe Belong

cafe belong brunch patio


Brunch on this patio in the middle of the Brickworks offers the chance to fill up on buttermilk biscuits smothered with poached eggs and hollandaise before hitting the hiking trails or stocking up at the farmers’ market.

Address: 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-901-8234

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DIY hot waffles, carved meats, a poutine station, fruit, and dessert! Between the weekend brunch buffet and the glorious patio, there’s no reason not to check out this King East bar on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 am and 4 pm.

Address: 240 King Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-368-1300

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Dundas & Carlaw

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Everyone is welcome at this east side cafe and bar. From the brainstorming, laptop-clad creative set, to stroller-pushing nannies from the ’hood, here, no one will judge you if you swap the mid-afternoon coffee for a craft beer or Caesar.

Address: 1173 Dundas Street East, Toronto
Phone: 647-639-7281

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Te Aro

tearo coffee


Aside from the delicious brews and crafted bites, one of the best features at this east side coffee roaster and café is its large (dog-friendly) front patio.

Address: 983 Queen Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-465-2006

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Rooster Coffee House (Broadview)

Rooster Coffee House


Across from Riverdale Park East, this west-facing front patio at this location of Rooster Coffee House is popular for top-notch brews and park-side views.

Address: 479 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-995-1530

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Against the Grain

Against the Grain Urban Tavern

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At Corus Quay (aka Sugar Beach), this pubby patio offers a serene escape on the waterfront where dogs can enjoy the lake breeze in their manes while tied beside your table.

Address: 25 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Phone: 647-344-1562

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The positioning of this peaceful terrace, tucked away from the street, means you can tie Boomer to the fence away foot traffic. Plus, the restaurant offers H2O for four-legged friends, so you can both stay hydrated on hot days.

Address: 140 The Esplanade, Unit A, Toronto
Phone: 416-901-8676

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Left Field

Left Field Brewery


And here’s another dog-friendly brewery that doesn’t really have a patio but might still fulfill your cravings for cold beer, sunshine, and quality time with your pup. Just roll-up those garage doors, claim a Muskoka, and let your pup soak up some rays from the bottle shop.

Address: 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto
Phone: 647-346-5001

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