10 of the Best Waterfront Patios in Toronto to Enjoy Gorgeous Views

Here in Toronto, we truly get the best of all worlds – the excitement of the big city, the tranquility of nature and the beauty of the waterfront. Summer is definitely the season to enjoy it all at once, and luckily, there are tons of waterfront patios in Toronto where you can soak up the lake views and take a break from the bustling city without even leaving downtown.

Here are 10 of the best spots for a delicious al fresco meal overlooking the lake.

Toronto Beach Club

This Mediterranean dining destination is located on the sandy shores of Toronto’s beaches. The leafy outdoor terrace overlooks the water, making it the perfect environment to enjoy fresh seafood and refreshing cocktails in the sun.

Where: 1681 Lake Shore Blvd East

Against the current Corus Quay

Dining by the lake doesn’t get much better than this. Against the Grain serves brunch, lunch and dinner and you can choose from a variety of small plates to share, or a large plate for yourself if you get really hungry. Sit on the patio and watch the sun set over the Toronto Islands this summer.

Where: 25 Dockside Drive

Boxcar Social Harbourfront

This cafe and restaurant has several locations around the city, but the Harbourfront location is described as the most ambitious. It can accommodate over 200 people and offers stunning views of Lake Ontario. In addition to the full coffee program, it also serves an extensive lunch and dinner menu as well as world-class wines, craft beer and whiskeys.

Where: 235 Queens Quay West

Grand Bizarre Beach Club Restaurant

Described as Toronto’s largest beach club patio, Grand Bizarre is open for the summer with multiple infinity pools, cabanas, delicious bites, cocktails and live music for your enjoyment. You can also order bottle service if you feel comfortable, or just enjoy al fresco dining with a beach vibe and water views.

Where: 15 Saskatchewan Road

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Isabella

Isabelle Restaurant & Lounge is a lakeside oasis inside Burlington’s new Pearle Hotel & Spa. It has both an intimate dining room and a vast all-weather terrace where you can enjoy the sun and feel like on vacation in any season. The California Coast-inspired menu features plant-based cuisine and sharing plates that highlight the freshness and seasonality of Ontario produce.

Where: 3 Elizabeth Street, Burlington

Sliding

This has got to be one of the best lakeside patios in town. Le Slip serves drinks and snacks right on the water and stays open late into the evening so you can watch Toronto’s unbeatable sunsets. No reservations are needed, just grab a picnic table and have a great time.

Where: 235 Queens Quay West

Pie bar

Neapolitan-style pizzas and fresh ice cream overlooking the waterfront? Say no more. The Pie Bar serves delicious Italian dishes in a beautiful, airy atmosphere in the heart of Harbourfront, with a patio facing the shimmering blue shoreline and Toronto Islands.

Where: 207 Queens Quay West

Restaurant Bluffers

Dine on seafood and sip local Ontario wines at this beautiful spot with an expansive patio in the middle of Bluuffer’s Park Marina. “Enjoy the sight of the boats coming and going along the shores of Lake Ontario, while your taste buds savor our delicious, freshly prepared dishes,” the website states.

Where: 7 Brimley Road South

The Keating Canal Pub and Grill

The relaxed atmosphere of this waterside pub is ideal for a relaxed evening with friends in the summer. The large waterfront patio overlooks the Port Lands, and with the Distillery District just down the road, you can make quite an outing of it.

Where: 2 rue Villiers

Amsterdam Brewery

This 14,000 square foot lakeside brasserie also features a restaurant and patio overlooking the lake. It is known as Toronto’s original brewpub and is an ever popular spot among locals and visitors alike. Choose from the extensive craft beer menu and pair your sips with delicious bites.

Where: 245 Queens Quay West

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