The best waterfront patios to visit in Toronto this summer (MAP)

May 24 2019, 11:17 pm

Waterfront patios in Toronto are somewhat scarce, which makes them all the more special.

In high demand on hot days, these patios are the places to be to soak up the sun while the lake breeze keeps you cool.

Here’s where to live large, lakeside, this summer in Toronto.

Against the Grain

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At Corus Quay (aka Sugar Beach), this pubby patio offers a serene escape on the waterfront. Rotating taps pouring craft brews and a menu featuring salads, brick oven pizzas, and burgers are all easy to like.

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

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Amsterdam Brewhouse

Amsterdam BrewHouse patio

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Beers, Muskoka chairs, and a pristine view of the harbour… this lakeside brewhouse has it all. Settle in for a little R&R with a 3 Speed in hand.

Address: 245 Queens Quay, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-1020

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Boxcar Social

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One of Toronto’s best cafe patios, the third outpost from Boxcar Social is an ideal destination for sipping quality coffee, wine, craft beer, or whiskey at any time of day or night.

Address: 235 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto
Phone: 416-203-2999

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Cabana Pool Bar

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Bottle service and bikinis are the big draws at this poolside patio. This place is in perpetual party mode, fuelled by top-shelf spirits and spiked slushies.

Address: 11 Polson Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-479-7645

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Dogfish Pub & Eatery

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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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Firkin on the Bay

Firkin on the Bay beer patio

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This Firkin outpost is a gem from the chain of local public houses. Being positioned right on the water makes it a popular destination for Etobicoke patio-goers looking to soak in some sun, with a tiny Toronto skyline on the horizon.

Address: 68 Marine Parade Drive, Unit 13-17, Toronto
Phone: 647-748-8877

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The Goodman Pub

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This waterfront patio boasts panoramic views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. To help keep cool, try any of the two dozen beers on tap, and tuck into a menu spanning brunch to dinner. We’re talkin’ lakeside standouts like smashed avo toast and lobster rolls.

Address: 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Phone: 647-341-2337

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The Keating Channel

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The patio of this one-of-a-kind public house in Toronto‚Äôs 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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Pie Bar

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Pizza on a patio! This pie shop offers plenty people-watching opportunities at Harbourfront, not to mention a menu of snacks, salads, pasta, pizza, gelato, and cocktails!

Address: 207 Queens Quay West, Suite 155, Toronto
Phone: 647-341-7221

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The Slip

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The seasonal restaurant on Toronto waterfront is now open for the 2019 season. The lakeside patio boasts 250 seats where the bar stocks cold beers, ciders, cocktails, and wine. And the kitchen? It’s slingin’ pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, and ribs.

Address: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

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Sunnyside Pavilion Café

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A little oasis along the boardwalk, this beachside cafe offers a welcome respite for the hungry and dehydrated. Here, you can sip on pints of beer and snack on lobster tacos while waiting for your beach towel to dry.

Address: 1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Phone: 416-531-2233

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Toronto Island Brewing

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Last year, the Toronto Islands gained an all-new destination for beers and BBQ. The spot pours house brands like Sinners Helles Bock and Ferryboat Blonde Ale while offering a perfect view of the city’s skyline.

Address: 120 Centre Island Dock, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-4841


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