When the sun comes out, so do we…for Patio Time!
Here are DINE’s picks for where to dine and unwind on some of Toronto’s more interesting patios—after work, mid-afternoon, or whenever your table is ready.
The largest collection of VQA wines in Toronto, over 279 whiskeys, almost 200 beers, and what some arborists have said is the largest willow tree in Toronto. Within this “peaceful backyard oasis” of flowers and greenery, we enjoy unlimited, freshly prepared salads, and tender grass-fed steaks from an outdoor bbq.
Ciao Wine Bar
Yorkville is still a great people-watching neighbourhood, and the best perch on the strip is under the canopy of Ciao. In addition to some of the most affordable and delectable lunch menus around, a late afternoon Tuesday means a generous bowl of linguini in light tomato sauce with a fresh whole lobster. Thursdays brings special signature cocktails, domestic beer, and an exclusive selection of wines by glass or bottle from Ciao’s enomatic system.
Dimmi Bar & Trattoria
On the Cumberland side of Yorkville, sitting on the patio at Dimmi is like scoring a beachfront property. Here we pair pizzas and charbroiled calamari with 3oz martinis, Cuban style mojitos and large sangrias. An afternoon on this social patio can easily roll into the evening as we relax and indulge.
After work, before a show, between engagements—Kit Kat is the inviting respite from the hustle and bustle of the Entertainment District. The patio–in front or in back, is where the celebs mingle. Antipasti like warm scallops or mussels in saffron broth are sumptuous sharing plates when paired with good conversation and classic Italian wines, and we feel transported to Southern Italy.
La Société Bistro
French vanilla waffles, croque monsieur, or fresh oysters from the seafood bar—the selection on the menu is as tempting as a seat at one of the largest patios in the city. Bloor Street has needed this boost of energy, along with a slender glass of champagne.
Tucked away on Wellington, this wooden patio with specially selected plants—almost all of which are edible—serves to inspire the chef towards a “farmhouse revival” style of cooking. Lavender and mint waft beautiful scents throughout the summer. Two new rosé wines, a fruit forward one from 13th Street Winery (Niagara), and a more crisp one from Chateau Du Trignon (France), encourage a bright patio vibe. The last Sunday of every month we cannot miss the Patio Pig Roast.
…And in Wine Country
All hands on deck, as “The Deck” reopens for the season. Niagara Chef Mark Hand returns to The Deck May 19th with a new summer menu. Creekside will once again be offering fantastic lunch options of local, seasonal ingredients like artisanal meats and cheeses, heirloom pizza, and a select menu of pairings every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 – 4:00pm through to October.
Check out the new Burger Bar of house-made grilled burgers with wine country condiments paired with Jackson-Triggs wines. Also a “must” experience is the new Flights and Bites that includes 3 wines of red, white, or sparkling with inspired food pairings. (Weekends from May 19th to June 30th and then daily from July 1st to September 30th)
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