After waiting out the winter, most Torontonians’ favourite time of year is – understandably – patio season. Combine this local pastime with our magnificent city and you have a handful of impressive rooftop locations to dine outside and enjoy the warm weather.
55 Bloor Street W
Sit down at The One Eighty in the heart of the city for a breathtaking view from the patio. The unique experience has you dining on the 51 st floor of the Manulife Centre at the corner of Bay and Bloor. Classic modern décor includes oversized dark furniture and sparkling light fixtures to accompany the extensive and chic food and drink menu, including optional bottle service, extravagant desserts, and seasonal cocktails. The After Dark choices are specific to Friday and Saturday nights, or enjoy Sunset Sundays – arguably the perfect date night with bonus points for creativity.
10 Temperance St
Voted one of the best new restaurants in Canada in 2013 and 2014 for good reason, The Chase describes itself as “casual elegance.” The menu is relatively small yet diverse, offering vegan and vegetarian options despite its overall identity as a specialty fish and oyster restaurant. Presentation is incredible; like colourful works of art on your plate before you eagerly dive in to the assortment of flavours. A light and airy chic and slightly rustic atmosphere perfectly complements a beautiful patio with roomy seating in the bustling Toronto area.
115 Yorkville Ave
The Japanese cuisine served at this boutique Yorkville restaurant is equally as charming as the warm décor. Wooden ceilings and topiaries make up the interior, while the large rooftop patio reserves all bragging rights. Immaculate indoor seating and tables translate seamlessly to the outdoor furniture and cushions made to match the warmth of Toronto summers. In terms of food offerings, some mainstream standards like sushi and tempura are coupled with a variety of traditional influences amidst the vegetable, rice, noodle and meat dishes. Guests can take advantage of Kasa Moto 's particularly late Saturday and Sunday hours.
550 Wellington St W
Guests at the Thompson Toronto Hotel at Bathurst and Wellington can enjoy the beautiful rooftop's close-up views of the CN tower, Rogers Centre, Lake Ontario, and downtown skyscrapers. The chic spot features inventive cocktails, an infinity pool, cabanas and designer outdoor furniture that make you feel like you arrived in the Riviera, albeit with urban surroundings. It fits up to 120 people and demands equally chic attire from its visitors, which means this will probably be the most unconventional pool party to which you have ever been invited.
4 Avenue Rd
The 18 th floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Toronto’s lavish Yorkville area features beautiful views of the city's skyline. Guests can enjoy “artisan cocktails” amidst the gorgeous scenery, or delicious appetizers, colourful salads and main courses bursting with organic and locally grown ingredients, followed by a few choice desserts. Past five pm, you can ensure the grown-up ambience will extend to the clientele, as no one under the legal drinking age is permitted. The heated patio also provides some extra cozy comfort on a cool summer night.