Toronto’s best waterfront patios (MAP)

Apr 27 2018, 6:50 pm

Waterfront patios in Toronto are somewhat scarce which only makes them more special.

In high demand on hot days, these patios are the place 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

Against the Grain Urban Tavern

Against the Grain Urban Tavern/Facebook

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 waterfront 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

boxcar social patio


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

Cabana Pool Bar patio

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

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

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Dogfish Pub & Eatery

dogfish pub patio


Cold beer, laidback 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. Did I mention the 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


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

the goodman pub


This waterfront patio is this beauty boasting panoramic views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. To help keep cool try two dozen beers on tap, plus a menu spanning brunch to dinner featuring 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

waterfront patio

Scott Taman/Keating Channel Pub & Grill

A one-of-a-kind public house in Toronto’s Port Lands, this 275 patio couldn’t really be any closer to the water. The menu of pub grub, beers, and coolers, is nothing to write home about but it doesn’t matter; the real reason to come here is the view.

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

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Pie Bar

pie bar patio


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


The Slip

the slip toronto


The seasonal restaurant on Toronto waterfront opens for the 2018 season on May 19. The lakeside patio boasts 250 seats where the bar stocks cold beers, ciders, cocktails, and wine and the kitchen slings pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, and ribs.

Address: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

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Sunnyside Pavilion Café

sunnyside toronto patio waterfront burger


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

Toronto Island Brewing BBQ & Beer Company Toronto Islands

Toronto Island BBQ & Beer Company/Facebook

COMING SOON! The Toronto Islands are gaining an all-new destination for beers and BBQ this summer. The new spot pouring house brands like Sinners Helles Bock and Ferryboat Blonde Ale is expected to open in May!

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


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