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Best Bar & Restaurant Rooftop Patios in Toronto
I dare say Toronto locals love rooftop patio dining just as much as they indulge in weekend brunch. The evidence can be found at happy hour as long lines form outside the prettiest rooftop patios in Toronto.
While many of the top Toronto patios in our list are located on a rooftop, we’ve taken a creative look at the definition and include any outdoor restaurant or bar that slings drinks and tasty treats well above the hustle and bustle of the street below.
Since the pandemic hit, many Toronto bars and restaurants have invested in expanding and redesigning their rooftop patios. If you’re looking to dip your toe into restaurant dining and bar hopping enjoy a safe al fresco experience on a romantic open air rooftop patio.
So how did we determine what makes the best Toronto rooftop patios? We assessed the overall vibe of the space, eye-popping design aesthetic, craft cocktail, wine and beer list, culinary creative food menus and of course the jaw-dropping views.
Our list of the top rooftop patios in Toronto feature gems that are tucked away and perched over skyscrapers. Award-winning chefs create Instagram-able pretty plates that will have you feeling romanced at sunset while surroudned by twinkling lights and lush greenery.
106 Broadview Ave, 416-362-8439
When The Broadview Hotel opened in 2017 it was quickly ranked as the best rooftop patio in Toronto’s east end.
The L-shaped patio faces east, south and west, offering unobstructed views of the Toronto skyline on the west side. Skip over to the patio’s east end and you’ll find a partially covered dining area outfitted with heaters and a retractable awning.
The Broadview Hotel’s Chef Richard Singh shared, “Our food philosophy for the Rooftop is focused on small to medium shared plates with an Asian and Latin flavour profile. We have designed the menu to cater for all dietary needs and offer a large selection of vegan and vegetarian options. When going through seasonal menu design we aim to focus on sweet, salty, spicy flavours and crunchy textures.”
Creative cocktails are The Broadview Hotel’s rooftop speciality. You’ll find whisky tipples served alongside frothy pisco libations.
If you’re visiting the popular rooftop patio in Toronto for the first time we suggest ordering the seasonal cauliflower, pork belly baos and crinkle cut fries.
1095 Yonge St, 416-925-4020
Cosimo Mammoliti is the founder of the celebrated Toronto Italian restaurant group Terroni.
The first location Terroni Queen Street West opened in 1992, followed by a downtown location on Adelaide Street East and an Uptown location on Price Street.
Mammoliti explained the restaurants name, “Terroni means ‘from the earth.’ Over time it became a derogatory term used by northern Italians to southern Italians. I am Canadian born with roots in southern Italy, with my parents from the region of Calabria and my Italian born wife and her family from Puglia. I am proud to be from the south and proud of the hard work of my ancestors who worked the land. So it is my way of owning it and making it a positive.”
The Price Street location, located above Terroni Bar Centrale, is our favourite Terroni restaurant thanks to it’s jaw-dropping rooftop patio. The terrace offers seating for a whopping 150 people, offering pretty views of Summerhill.
There is a bar area that is covered and at night is lit with designs that reflect the constellations. “Although we are not a fully covered patio there are a number of umbrellas. The vibe is great at night too, a DJ on weekends to set the mood makes for a great atmosphere,” added Mammoliti.
The Terroni Price Street rooftop differentiates itself with its Italian wine list that changes monthly and features exclusive bottles only found at Terroni. “I have relationships with every wine maker and producer. I know where it comes from and have visited the land. Our bar also offers up all the signature Italian cocktails that have become popular seasonally: Terroni Spritz, Bellini and Negroni,” said Mammoliti.
If it’s your first visit to the popular Toronto rooftop patio we suggest ordering the Funghi Assoluti, Margherita Pizza, Rigatoni Arcobaleno and Branzino.
101 Portland St, 416-504-9669
Janet Zuccarini, Toronto restaurateur and CEO of Gusto 54 Restaurant Group, launched Gusto 101 on King Street West in February, 2012.
Visually the place is stunning, an old abandoned auto shop has been turned into an urban restaurant space designed by Munge Leung. It is industrial but also warm and romantic.
The modern Italian restaurant in downtown Toronto features a rooftop patio that seats 80-100 guests. It also offers street side al fresco dining across from other notable King West eateries like Sara and Campechano. On bad weather days the rooftop patio at Gusto 101 is a safe bet thanks to its retractable glass roof.
The year-round patio menu features everyone’s favourite classic Italian dishes such as arancini, pizza and pasta.
Most important to note is the restaurants affordable house wine served on tap from a wine cask behind the bar). Winemaker Alejandra de Miguel from Vintage One has created a tasty wine served at $1 an ounce.
501 King St E, 416-477-5647
In February, 2020 Janet Zuccarini launched a sister location to her trendy King West Italian eatery Gusto 101.
Located in the heart of Corktown just south of Regent Park, Gusto 501 was designed by award winning architecture firm PARTISANS.
A key architectural feature of Gusto 501 is its illuminated terracotta walls. This focal point design feature was designed to capture the essence of old Italian architecture through the use of terracotta while the energy efficient LED illumination was inspired by the glow of the pizza oven, further accentuating the “cooking on fire” theme seen throughout the trendy restaurant.
Gusto 52 Restaurant Group’s Claudia Isserow shared, “Another key design innovation is the floor-to-ceiling glass façade designed to create the feeling of dining al-fresco, regardless of where in the restaurant you are dining. In warmer months, the glass façade, made of moving panels, can collapse together to create an open-air dining space. This in turn creates an illusion of floating floors within the restaurant – a true architectural marvel!”
Skip up the stairs to Gusto 501’s rooftop patio and you’ll enjoy an al fresco dining experience with a breathing view of Toronto’s skyline. The outdoor dining area is partially covered with umbrellas and can seat 40 guests.
If it’s your first time visiting the popular Corktown rooftop patio we suggest ordering one of the bartender’s aperitivo craft cocktails. Gusto 501’s impressive bar program is lead by bar manager Jorge Yarce. The wine and Italian Amari list is extensive and impressive.
The two most popular signature dishes at Gusto 501 are the Cavolo Nero Inslata and Mafalde ai Funghi pasta.
485 King St W, 416-363-8388
Matty Tsoumaris and Brandon Farmer first launched Baro on King Street West in the Fall of 2016.
The name Baro derives from the Spanish term “Barrio,” meaning neighbourhood. Baro serves as just that, a hub of the King West community where people gather to celebrate.
The Baro patio spans the entire fourth floor rooftop of the building, overlooking lively King West Village. The rooftop has the ability to be full enclosed in the colder months or on rainy days so you can enjoy drinks up here year round!
The Baro Rooftop Patio in downtown Toronto is inspired by the lush environment of Central and South America, filled with bright colours, optimal sunlight, and tons of greenery.
Baro’s cuisine is “Neuvo Latino,” offering traditional flavours with a bold modern twist. The dishes are designed to be shared. The Baro Rooftop has its own unique menu, with many dishes that come straight off the chef’s custom charcoal grill, inspired by traditional South American BBQ.
If you’re looking for a fun night out on a Toronto rooftop patio Baro has DJs spinning 3-5 nights a week. There’s also a popular rooftop brunch served on Saturday and Sunday during the summer.
550 Wellington St W, 416-601-3595
1 Hotel Toronto is located in the city’s trendy King West Village neighbourhood in what was formerly the Thompson Hotel.
1 Hotels is a luxury lifestyle hotel brand inspired by nature featuring sustainable design and architecture paired with top drawer service.
Visit the Toronto property and zoom up an elevator to the 16th-floor to enjoy a sip and nibble at Harriet’s Rooftop. It’s the city’s newest all-season rooftop destianton.
Inspired by the refined decadence of a 1920’s supperclub, Harriet’s pairs panoramic views of the Toronto skyline with a craft cocktail program, swanky bottle service, and refined Japanese small plates.
Executive Chef Derek Powers Jr’s Harriet’s Toronto menu can be enjoyed at Sunday brunch or as a late night bite.
Highlights from the Harriet’s Rooftop Patio menu include a Lobster Salad, Miso Eggplant with Ricotta, Octopus Hush Puppies, Chicken Katsu Sando, Miso Pork Chop and Instagram-worthy sushi rolls.
249 Queen’s Quay West, 437-886-9667
Looking for the best rooftop patios in Toronto near Queens Quay and Harbourfront Centre?
Radisson Blu Downtown Toronto is a hotel located in the heart of the city’s scenic harbourfront neighbourhood, sitting perched over Lake Ontario.
The hotel’s Lakeview Pool & Lounge has a capacity of 150, offering guests plenty of space to enjoy poolside seating and dining sections on its pool deck and indoor bar.
The Radisson Blu pool deck is located on the 5th floor of the hotel and faces south overlooking Lake Ontario and a portion faces north to capture the perfectly framed photo of Toronto’s iconic landmark, the CN Tower.
Wag your finger down the rooftop patio menu and you’ll find hand crafted cocktails featuring fresh ingredients from the hotel’s rooftop garden.
On a hot summer day be sure to order The Pretty in Pink Bellini, served froze-style with a shot of prosecco. If you’re feeling peckish highlights from the snack menu include The Lakeview Burger and Baha Avocado Poutine.
If you’re visiting in the summer try and plan your visit around the Lakeview Pool Lounge entertainment schedule. Starting in July Monday is Industry Night, Tuesday offers Patio Games, Wednesday is Rose Day, and Thursday offers great happy hour specials.
Guests not staying at the hotel are able to book a weekday pass time slot through Opentable to enjoy the rooftop pool and patio. Cost is $45 per person Monday-Thursday 11:30am-6pm, Friday 11:30am-3pm. Weekends are reserved for hotel guests.
80 Blue Jays Way, 437-800-5938
Located on the 44th floor of the swanky Bisha Hotel in the heart of TIFF-town, Kōst is an award winning restaurant and rooftop patio in downtown Toronto.
Kōst translates to “coast,” a vibe which is expressed in the restaurant’s decor and Baja-inspired menu. Designed by Studio Munge, Kōst is a reimagined coastal paradise. “Every detail was carefully curated to offer a modern oasis among the cityscape, from the bar made of interlocked marbles in shades of tropical peach, ivory and green, to the custom Canadian oak trellises across the ceiling and woven ivory banquettes in the main dining space,” said a spokesperson for Kōst.
The concept by INK Entertainment (who also run the neighbourhoods popular Patria) can seat 160 people. The spacious south-facing rooftop patio offers panoramic views of Lake Ontario, Rogers Centre and CN Tower. The terrace also offers a covered section with large umbrellas for those who need a respite from the sun.
Another unique design element is the NanaWall surrounding the restaurant, which allows for a seamless extension of the indoor dining space to the Toronto rooftop patio in the warmer months, and, of course, Kōst’s signature rooftop pool which is available for guests to enjoy in the summer.
Chef Frank Martin’s rooftop menu showcases the fresh flavours of Baja cuisine. Locals love Chef Martin’s Coconut Pancakes, Tuna Tartare, Gambas & Olives, Lamb Barbacoa, Smoked Short Rib and Burrata Salad.
The Kōst rooftop patio is known for its lively atmosphere, with a DJ spinning on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as during their epic brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
111 Princes’ Blvd, 647-475-9286
Hotel X Toronto can be found perched over Lakeshore Boulevard. The towering art & design hotel is located within Exhibition Place. It’s a short walk from Coronation Park and Ontario Place in Toronto’s west end.
Skip through the hotel’s lobby and slide into an elevator and hit the button for the 27th floor.
Hotel X Toronto uniquely has a 3-level rooftop, with each floor offering astonishing, unobstructed views of downtown Toronto, the islands and Lake Ontario.
Formerly known as Falcon Skybar, the Hotel X Toronto rooftop patio has been renamed as Valerie.
On the 27th and 28th floors you’ll find hotel guests splashing in a rooftop pool. Peckish swimmers can be found tanning in the sun on the pool patio. Servers skip out from the Valerie dining room, which features bench seating and a cocktail bar for those keen to dine indoors.
From Thursday to Sunday all the action takes place on the 29th floor. On weekends the place gets packed thanks to the DJ who sets a lougey vibe.
Handheld bites like flatbread, burgers and truffle fries can be enjoyed alongside a short but sweet craft cocktail list. It’s the perfect place to gather a few friends to take in the summer sunset.
75 Lower Simcoe St, 416-637-5465
The Roof at SOCO is located inside the Delta Toronto Hotel. The hotel’s downtown Toronto rooftop patio first launched in May, 2018.
SOCO Kitchen + Bar is the hotel’s full-service restaurant, an upscale casual dining eatery located on the ground level of the Delta Toronto Hotel. SOCO is the abbreviation of South Core, which is the lively and buzzing neighborhood in downtown Toronto that hotel is located. The neighbourhood is home to some of the city’s top attractions including Steam Whistle Brewing, Rogers Centre and Scotiabank Arena.
The Roof at SOCO is the restaurants sister bar, offering great cocktails, tasty snacks and incredible skyline views overlooking the CN Tower and Harbourfront. The Delta Toronto Hotel’s rooftop patio has a capacity for 200 guests.
Visit the popular rooftop patio and you’ll find pretty umbrellas, comfortable lounge seating, cabanas for larger groups, and fire pits for cooler summer evenings.
Olivia Fernandes, Marking Lead at Delta Toronto shared, “The Roof at SOCO was designed to be an open-air rooftop terrace that combines the best of relaxation and fun. With inclusions of greenery throughout, we bring the best of summer and outdoors to you. We love to bring the good vibes, vibrant colours, and buzzing atmosphere, so our colour schemes draw on bright pinks, blues, reds, and oranges. We’ve partnered with Absolut Vodka to bring this feel to life throughout our space. One of my favourite design elements is the rows of beads that hang from our main canopy above the bar area – they add a fun pop of colour and bit of shine to the space that really brings it to life.”
Chef Vidish Pednekar’s summer rooftop menu brings fresh ingredients, local produce, and quality meat and seafood to create the ultimate al fresco dining experience. Highlights from the summer rooftop menu include fresh tuna poke, impressive seafood tower, grilled halloumi and watermelon salad.
We suggest popping by just before sunset to enjoy some after work sips and nibbles. There’s a DJ spinning here every night so wear comfortable dancing shoes if the mood strikes you!
22 Cumberland St, 416-923-5716
The Pilot first opened in 1944 as The Pilot Grill at its original location 800 Yonge Street, just north of Bloor. In 1972 The Pilot moved to its current location at 22 Cumberland Street.
The name of the bar was a tip of the cap to the heroic RCAF flyers of World War II. With its rich history and being one of the local hangouts during the early bustling Yorkville days the current owners (who purchased it in ‘87) vowed to retain the essence of what made The Pilot a truly great Toronto bar while also introducing some new traditions. In 1993 The Flight Deck opened, a Toronto rooftop patio with The Pilot’s trademark laid-back vibe and a new ingredient: sunshine.
Take a trip up to The Flight Deck and you’ll find a spacious rooftop patio with a capacity of 180. The bar top sits on the east side of the patio with views out to the south and west into Yorkville. There are retractable awnings on the rooftop that keep out the rain and opens up fully for the sunshine. The space, awnings and heaters – for those chilly nights – makes it one of the most sought after rooftop patios in Toronto. A new ‘winter wall’ was recently installed for the colder months that allows The Flight Deck to operate all year.
The Flight Deck stays in tune with The Pilot’s aviation theme. A modern sleek look with a stainless steel bar and panelling, aluminum cast patio furniture and exposed steel structure, with colour highlights of grey tones and royal blue.
The Pilot has always had a laid back style that contrast Yorkville’s upscale tendency. The beverage program reflects that; a once self described gin bar, The Pilot has 17 draft lines varying in craft, local and imports as well as an array of seasonal and classic cocktails.
Chef Scott Evans’ menu offers pub-style food items with local favourites including the Patty Melt (which has been on the menu since 1949), nachos, wings, and burgers.
15 Charles St E, 647-475-4436
The Anndore House is a luxury boutique hotel located just south of Yonge and Bloor near Yorkville. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Constantine, features a beautiful rooftop patio in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Constantine’s name pays homage to the chef’s Mediterranean menu, named after the Roman Empire’s rule over Constantinople.
Constantine’s rooftop restaurant and bar first opened in 2018 and seats 40 guests. The al fresco dining space faces east overlooking George Hislop Park.
It’s a popular perch in Yorkville to enjoy happy hour, which is served 4-6pm. Constantine’s rooftop patio is open Thursday-Saturday and is a popular space to host private events.
Once a month the restaurant’s food and beverage team partner with an spirit or wine agency to host curated dinner and drink pairing ticketed events.
Wag your finger down the Constantine Rooftop Patio menu and you’ll find a celebration of Mediterranean cuisine by celebrated Chef Craig Harding (La Palma). Locals love Chef Harding’s Canestri Arrabbiata, Beef Kofta Flatbread and Beverly Creek Lamb Burger.
77 Adelaide St W, 647-748-2025
The first Toronto location opened at First Canadian Place in the Financial District in 2015.
The Deck at Cactus Club Cafe in downtown Toronto seats up to 200 guests and faces north along the fourth floor of First Canadian Place at Adelaide Street. The all-season patio destination, features a retractable roof to allow for any weather. In the winter, portable heaters keep the space cozy.
All of the trendy Cactus Club Cafe interiors are designed in-house. A few standout features include trademark yellow umbrellas, green living walls, and a neon sign that reads “All you need is love and champagne.”
The chic meets casual restaurant concept is known for serving modern Canadian cuisine that is both approachable and delicious. Cactus Club Cafe’s Tory Nash explained, “Our culinary vision is led by the Test Kitchen, a team of world-class chefs including Vancouver’s Rob Feenie and Toronto’s Cory Vitiello and Rob Rossi.”
Grab a seat at the popular Toronto rooftop patio and you’ll find a drinks list featuring seasonally rotating beverage. The summer standouts are thirst quenching Frosé and Bellinis.
If you’re feeling peckish we recommend sharing a few dishes with friends such as fresh sushi rolls, Szechuan chicken, tofu lettuce wraps, and butternut squash ravioli with prawns.
10 Dundas St E, 416-263-9800
Jack Astor’s opened it’s now iconic Yonge and Dundas Square location in 2008.
The family-friendly restaurant concept has one of the most fun rooftop patios in Toronto. The capacity of the patio is over 140 guests, stretching across the building and offering views over “Canada’s Time Square.”
In the summer the Jack Astor’s Yonge and Dundas Square rooftop patio feels like you’re eating in a jungle as the outdoor space is filled with lush plants and has a cooling spray that mists overhead.
In the event of a rainy day, the entire rooftop patio can be covered with a retractable roof. Don’t rain on my parade!
This summer Jack Astor’s launched a summer menu perfect for patio sharing that includes 4 new types of nachos ranging from Asian nachos with tuna and a Jacked up nacho version that doubles all nacho ingredients!
The drinks menu features 30 different beers on tap, signature fishbowl cocktails and 27 wines available by the glass.
Looking for rooftop patios in Toronto to rest and relax after a busy day of shopping at the Eaton Centre? Jack Astor’s oasis overlooking Yonge and Dundas Square offers the perfect perch.
1058 Gerrard St E, 416-901-9859
Bryan Burke and Adam Dolley opened Chula Taberna Mexicana on Gerrard Street East in 2017.
Both Bryan and Adam had always been enamored with Mexican cuisine and culture and saw an opportunity to bring their passion to Leslieville. As experienced restaurateurs, the duo decided to turn their vision into a reality by building Chula Taberna Mexicana.
The Spanish word “chula” translates to hot, which both Bryan and Adam found fitting for the type of branding they wanted to have associated with the restaurant.
Chula Taberna Mexican has two patios, one on the main level with a custom-built tiki bar and a rooftop patio with a firepit and a tiki bar as well. The main patio has a capacity of 75 and the rooftop patio holds 60. Both patios get full sun all day and are set up with beachy umbrellas to keep our guests cool while they enjoy sipping margaritas.
The owners designed the space themselves, introducing hacienda-style elements like corrugated steel, Mexican murals and distinct bright colour schemes to create a unique hidden paradise atmosphere.
Chef Irina Tirtirau manages the food program at Chula Taberna Mexicana. “My culinary background is distinctly seen through my absolute love of fusion, especially Asian fusion. Many of my creations have focused on the balance between traditional Mexican dishes and Japanese Haute cuisine techniques,” said Tirtirau.
The Toronto rooftop patio in Leslieville is famous for its churro sundae, crispy battered fish tacos and chicken enchiladas. They also serve a Mexican-inspired brunch every weekend from 11am-3pm.
1062 Gerrard St E, 416-469-0969
Lavender Menace is one of Toronto’s few lesbian-owned LGBTQ+ restaurants and bars. The queer retro concept features a popular rooftop bar in Toronto’s east end, which originally opened in June, 2021.
Lavender Menace is owned by Agnes Lee and managed by Vivian Lynch. “As lesbians ourselves, it feels pretty lonely out there, especially in the east end so figured the area could use a spot like ours. And since we gravitate towards LGBT spaces, we wanted to open a place we ideally would visit if we didn’t own it. There was a lot a feedback about how important safe spaces for women are, and LGBTQ folks,” said Lynch.
So where did that fabulous name come from? Lavender Menace pays homage to a group of lesbian feminists in the late 60s/early 70s who fought for recognition of lesbian rights in the wider scope of the new feminist movement of the time.
Skip up the stairs to the Lavender Menace rooftop patio and you’ll find seating for 30 guests. The terrace features umbrellas, a small covered section, and a rooftop garden vibe thanks to potted lavender and mint plants.
Lavender Menace’s owner and chef Agnes Lee offers a tasty menu inspired by American Southern cooking. “The Nashville Hot Chicken & Waffles, Vegan Cornbread, and The Triple P are all big sellers on the patio,” said Chef Lee.
Lavender Menace also boasts some of the most innovative cocktails we could find at a gay bar in Toronto. We suggest visiting for one of their summer sunset patio sessions. Sunday brunch is always popular but we suggest timing your first visit with a fun Toronto drag show.
794 Dundas St W 2nd Floor, 647-340-4999
One of our favourite Toronto rooftop hidden gems is a whimsical concept by Chef Craig Wong.
Chef Wong shared, “A lot of people know me for my Caribbean and Chinese cooking, but I lived in France and had formal training. My time living in France made me fall in love with market to table dining. Bar Mignonette was my chance to show that other side of me. It’s named after the classic oyster accoutrement.”
Bar Mignonette is located above Patois and features a romantic Toronto rooftop patio. Skip upstairs and you’ll find an intimate al fresco space that seats up to 20 people. It’s decorated with umbrellas overhead to avoid nasty sunburns on hot summer days and faces south, offering a gorgeous view of the CN Tower.
“Bar Mignonette, for me, is all about taking outstanding seafood and showing it off the best way that I can, which often involves very minimal manipulation. It’s about letting the top notch ingredients I’m psyched to work with, speak for themselves, “said Chef Wong.
Wag your finger down the Bar Mignonette drinks list and you’ll find plenty of fine wine and craft cocktails. The Dundas West rooftop patio is best known for its unique wien collection, which features Skin Contact, Whites, some curated Reds, as well as Pink & Bubbly bottles.
We suggest visiting Bar Mignonette on a sunny day in the summer just before sunset. So what should first time visitors order? The Toronto rooftop patio offers a weekly menu but Chef Wong said, “We are known for our seafood towers, with fresh and ever changing components. People rave about our Tuna Crudo.”
4 Avenue Rd, 416-925-1234
Park Hyatt Toronto has been in its iconic location since 1999, a hotel since 1927 (previously Queen’s Park Plaza) and the best address in the city since the early 1930s. The re-imaged rooftop bar Writers Room opened in September 2021 when the hotel re-opened after a multi-year renovation.
Skip through the hotel’s lobby in Yorkville and head straight to an elevator for the 17th floor.
Familiar Canadian such as Margaret Atwood and Farely Mowat, have all shared moments in the Writers Room space, in fact, the Writers’ Union of Canada was formed at the Park Hyatt Toronto’s rooftop patio. The reimaged Writers Room Bar pays homage to this history where Canadian literature remains a core theme.
As guests stroll from the elevator to the Writer’s Room Bar the wall is outfitted with framed caricature drawings of some of Canada’s most notable authors.
Skip through the Writer’s Room Bar indoor dining area and find a comfy couch on the outdoor patio to sip cocktails and nibble on fancy snacks. The south-facing Writers Room rooftop patio has an unparalleled view of the entire city and iconic skyline of Toronto.
Writers Room pulls its inspiration from the changing fall colors, which can be seen in the glass installation above the bar and red velvet walls.
Nassim Mehdi, Writers Room Manager shared, “The hotel partnered with Studio Munge, who’s team found inspiration in the Group of Seven who also drew from nature. We admired how they captured their surroundings within art, which is a pillar for Park Hyatt, and we evolved this concept into its design details such as carpet designs informed by autumn leaves, and Canadian-stone performing as expressive accents.”
Writers Room Bar cocktails are novel and composed of classic, approachable, and spirit-forward flavour profiles. Distinctive shareable plates feature familiar flavours for crave-worthy fare that pairs harmoniously with any libation. We suggest noshing on the Mini Park Burger, Croque Monsieur and Foie Gras Cream Puffs.
75 Yorkville Ave, 416-961-4642
Celebrated Toronto restaurateur Janet Zuccarini first opened Trattoria Nervosa in Yorkville in June, 1996.
The little yellow house (which dates back to the 1800s) sits perched on Yorkville and Bellair and is known for serving some of the city’s best Southern Italian food.
The restaurant’s longevity, and the fact that people still wait in line for lunch, is a testament to Trattoria Nervosa’s quality cuisine and stellar service. It also helps that celebs like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Drake, the Jonas Brothers and Jamie Foxx have been spotted here.
Trattoria Nervosa has a street-level and rooftop patio, both offering prime views of the adjacent Yorkville action. The street-level patio is lined by flower boxes and protected by a striped awning, while upstairs, has romantic seating with southern-Italian charm in the heart of Yorkville.
Zuccarini’s father immigrated from Italy in the 50s, bringing with him the first espresso machine to Canada. He started his own importing business and from an early age, Janet would help him sell espresso machines to restaurants and cafes across the city. Janet spent a handful of years studying business in Rome, and further falling in love with food and travel.
If you’re visiting for a Toronto rooftop power lunch in Yorkville we suggest winking at the bartender and ordering an Italian wine, G & T or Spritz cocktails.
Two of the most popular dishes at Trattoria Nervosa are the famous Cavolo Nero Insalata and Mafalde ai Funghi pasta.
251 Victoria St, 416-363-5299
Joan shared, “Colin, a renowned entrepreneur in the travel business, and part time crooner, wanted a place to showcase jazz in Toronto. Inspired by the House of Jazz in Montreal, and Montreal Bistro in Toronto, Jazz Bistro was born!”
The building itself has an exciting past, as it was once the home of the famous jazz club Top O’ the Senator. Since 2013, the newly renovated building featured a famous Red Pops Steinway piano and elegant Italian chandeliers.
Skip up to the Jazz Bistro rooftop patio and you’ll find seating for 35 people, with an additional 57 who can enjoy the indoor portion of the terrace. The Jazz Bistro patio is equipped with sails to provide shade on sunny days, ceiling fans, and has heaters installed for cooler evenings.
The patio is furnished with spacious, comfortable lounge chairs and sofas, where guests can luxuriate as they listen to live music from The Cellar, Jazz Bistro’s third floor venue. The inspiration for The Cellar came when the duo took a trip to Monterey, California.
“When visiting a winery, and enjoying wine tasting in a wonderful vineyard cellar, I came up with the idea of turning the third floor and patio into a replica of a wine cellar. When designing the space old barn boards were sourced, and the wallpaper featuring photos from the Distillery District was acquired,” said Joan.
Wag your finger down the Jazz Bistro Rooftop Patio menu and you’ll find plenty of beer, wine and cocktails. Pair a thirst quenching tipple with Chef Chris Straker’s signature Étouffée, inspired by the classic Louisiana dish.
Every Friday and Saturday night, after the main show, The Cellar is the setting for Jazz Bistro’s late night Jazz Jam. Every week there is a different host band, and guest musicians are welcome to join the band on stage. Also featured are listening parties where different DJ’s bring vinyl jazz records in and play them on a hi-fi system for guests.
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55 Bloor St W 51st Floor, 416-967-0000
While standing on the spacious sun-soaked patio at The One Eighty I couldn’t help but blurt out, “Spring has Sprung!” It was 5pm on a Friday, that moment when TGIF reaches its peak, when I found myself shooting a few snaps of Toronto’s jaw dropping skyline.
Located in Toronto’s ritzy Yorkville neighbourhood, The One Eighty sits on the 51st Floor of the Manulife Centre and may just be the highest Toronto rooftop patio. For years the space was known as Panorama, a popular spot for tourists and local lovers to take in one of the dreamiest views of the city. The space rebranded and relaunched itself, now offering a more chic interior and robust food and beverage menu.
The black and white decked out dining room features a sweeping bar, posh golden chandeliers and ceiling to floor windows offering brilliant views of the city. This central space is flanked by an intimate private dining room, found tucked behind the bar and lovely lounge, outfitted with cream-noir couch duo and funky side-tables topped with stacks of fashion and design mags.
I celebrate the start of Toronto’s first warm weekend by tucking into the bar. Serious sippers will be pleased by the drink menu, a colourful collection of local craft beers and international imports, lively wine program and a unique pre-bottled cocktail offering.
A quick glance through the Yorkville restaurants main menu and one can spot a host of trendy dishes: fish tacos, sour cherry adorned chicken and waffles, pea flecked risotto and decadent peanut butter chocolate tart.
709 Queen St E, 647-341-4500
Brickworks Ciderhouse boasts a sun-soaked rooftop patio on the corner of Queen Street East and Broadview.
When Brickworks Ciderhouse opened in 2019 it was Canada’s first urban ciderhouse. The concept is owned by the craft beer experts at Mill Street Brewery and features a white marble-topped bar, spacious dining room, pretty rooftop patio, open concept kitchen, and a choir of stainless steel cider tanks.
I skipped downstairs for a tour of the production facility with cidermaster Martha Lowry, who showed off the creative batches she’s busy brewing. All of the apples used at Brickworks are sourced within 300 km of the city. Brickworks’ commitment to utilizing local ingredients becomes apparent as she toured me around her tanks. Lowry grabbed a massive bag of mint, encouraging me to take a whiff, and chirped, “I just picked this mint at a local farm over the weekend and am going to use it in a new batch of our Mint Basil brew this week.”
While Lowry’s cider’s are certainly the star of the show, Brickworks Ciderhouse is at its heart a restaurant. Many of the chef’s recipes feature Brickworks’ cider while others act as a perfect compliment for quaffing.
Highlights include an apple cider poppy seed dressing tossed kale salad, oozing baked brie topped with figs, apples and jalapeno honey, finger-lickin-good Pork Belly Ribs covered in sticky sambal maple cider glaze and topped with chimichurri, and an out-of-this-world Fried Chicken Sandy stuffed with honey, spicy mayo, and poppy apple slaw.
647 King St W, 416-477-5460
EFS Social Club (which stands for Everything For Sale) is an impressive 5000 square foot indoor and outdoor club and restaurant in the heart of trendy King Street West.
The popular Toronto rooftop patio is over 3,000 sq ft, featuring a cabana-style bar and lounge with a focus on craft cocktails and pricy bottle service.
A massive vertical green garden shoots up into the sky from behind the bar and features hundreds of lightbulbs which appear as though they are sprouting out of the wall. Surely a stunning scene for the late night crowd as the space glows and cocktails clash for the after work “cheers” party.
115 Yorkville Ave, 647-348-7000
Located a stones throw from Yorkville’s star-studded Hazelton Hotel, Kasa Moto is a sprawling two-story contemporary Japanese restaurant and lounge which opened in Toronto’s poshest neighbourhood in Spring, 2015.
The Yorkville restaurant is brought to you by Chase Hospitality Group, known for their parade of successes including French inspired Colette Grand Cafe in the former Thompson Hotel, seafood lovers at The Chase, and vegetarians delight Planta.
The restaurant groups pedigree for producing pretty spaces to sip and nibble rings true for Kasa Moto, a 410-seat restaurant housed in the former Remy’s space featuring artistic works that pay homage to Japan such as a bright bloom of cherry blossoms and gorgeous geisha portrait duo.
When the weather is warm Toronto’s fashion-forward foodies and visiting celebs can be seen on the restaurant’s coveted rooftop patio sipping sake spiked cocktails. The swish spot offers club beats and a dress-to-impress atmosphere.
The Toronto rooftop patio is decked out in lush green planters as well as the neighbourhood’s breezy trees, making the sprawling terrace feel like a tropical escape.
Kasa Moto’s lengthy menu from Montreal’s Chef Antonio Park is organized into hot plates, rice and noodles, robata, sushi and larger entree selections such as wagyu steaks and whole grilled fish.
With a menu bursting with options, and servers that encourage sharing at the table, Kasa Moto a perfect spot to battle your chopstick skills with a group of hungry friends. Highlights include petite Lobster Gyoza Tacos, Spicy Salmon Tartare with Crispy Rice, Shrimp Tempura Maki, Wagyu Beef Steamed Buns, Maple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes topped with sour cream and jalapeno, and a crunchy ginger and nut muddled Asian slaw.
142 Cumberland St, 416-968-2828
Boasting 3 bars, 4 patios, 24 draught beers on tap and countless screens for sports enthusiasts, Hemingway’s in Yorkville is high up on the list of top rooftop patios in Toronto.
The 4-floor Kiwi-inspired bar and restaurant concept opened in 1980 and is now a Toronto institution, thanks to New Zealand owners Martin McSkimming and Daimin Bodnar.
Skip inside Hemingway’s and you’ll see the space is decorated with road signs from New Zealand, kiwi-bird trinkets and framed jerseys from an Australian football club. The space can hold a whooping 500+ on its busiest day, including 3 private dining rooms with seating for 140, 60 or 56 guests.
Wag your finger down Chef Gus Antoine’s Hemingway’s menu and you’ll discover classic brunch staples, late night nibbles, kid-friendly portions and epic platters for sharing with friends.
The food and drinks menu is more affordable here and the vibe is casual so those who want to wear jeans and sneakers will find happiness here. This is one of the few rooftop patios in Toronto that has wraparound windows that open and close so you can dine here 365 days a year!
1150 Queen St W, 416-531-5042
Hands down one of the best west end rooftop patios in Toronto can be found at the city’s OG boutique hotel on West Queen West.
The Drake Hotel’s Sky Yard is open year round, a hipster haunt serving refreshing sangria cocktails in the summer and spiked hot chocolate in the winter.
The Sky Yard regularly enjoys an aesthetic makeover as management hire local artists to paint eye-popping murals. For locals who live in the neighbourhood it feels like an ever evolving space, which is why we always find ourselves coming back for more. Most recently, the Sky Yard has been transformed into a Marfa-inspired terrace featuring a mural by Toronto artist Louise Reimer.
Locally sourced food is made from scratch by Drake Commissary and attractive mixologists shake, muddle and stir well balanced craft cocktails. Visit until the wee hours of the morning while listening to live music on a breezy night or if early mornings are your thing skip up the stairs to tuck into the Drake Hotel’s iconic brunch menu.
Private events can be hosted on this Toronto rooftop patio for up to 175 guests and a section of the space is covered in the event of rain.
457 Church St, 416-413-1219
The historic gay leather fetish bar on Church Street also features dark, industrial decor, dance floor, two bars and cruising-friendly dark rooms.
Toronto’s favourite gay fetish bar offers a regular rotation of leather and denim loving events. Whether it’s Gaystation (a chance to play video games with other gay gamers), SIN (a party where anything goes) or Reagle Beagle Bingo (no cover!), The Black Eagle Toronto caters to the kinkier side of the LGBT community.
The drinks menu at The Black Eagle Toronto offers standard mixed cocktails, local craft beer and cider. On Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesdays the bar offers day prices all night. Wednesdays you’ll find $3 shooters.
849 Dundas St W, 416-368-4567
La Palma is a popular Italian restaurant on Dundas Street West near Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Chef Craig Harding first delighted Toronto with his signature roasted grapes paired with creamy burrata at Campagnolo. He clearly loves Dundas Street West as he recently opened a new eatery right across the street.
After Chef Harding’s spouse and Creative Director Alexandra Hutchison paid a trip to California she noticed that Venice Beach and Trinity-Bellwoods shared a similar artistic spirit and home for artists, designers and creators.
From this simple connection La Palma was born. The restaurant’s design aesthetic reflects Venice Beach’s art-centric vibe while Chef Harding’s menu has an Italian heart with dishes that whimsically reflect California’s playful culinary sensibility.
In 2019 the restaurant birthed a second child called Casa La Palma, hidden above La Palma and accessed via a plain white door.
A slender section of the restaurant offers outdoor seating and it’s one of our favourite rooftop patios in Toronto to enjoy views of the Dundas streetcar, which shimmies and jolts below.
After a day spent loitering in the sun at Trinity Bellwoods enjoy a sunset cocktail then slide into dinner with Chef Harding’s mouth-watering 100-layer lasagna and cacio e pepe pizza.
627 King St W, 647-347-9353
Located 16 stories above the hustle and bustle of downtown, Lavelle offers a unique day to night Toronto rooftop patio experience.
Dress to impress on a visit to Lavelle as this is the ultimate King West fashion crowd haunt. We first visited the trendy rooftop at TIFF a few years ago while attending a Hugo Boss Party for La La Land. We spotted the beauty that is Ryan Gosling plopping pretty canapes into his gorgeous mouth.
The Lavelle rooftop offers a Muskoka meets Miami vibe, outfitted with bright white adirondack chairs and solid wood lounge chairs. Visit Lavelle to enjoy amazing and unobstructed 360-degree views of the Toronto skyline.
During the day, the sprawling rooftop terrace offers a stylish beach club vibe, featuring 3 rooftop pools and plenty of comfy loungers and cabanas. After sunset, the rooftop transform into a trendy lounge and restaurant, where you can enjoy modern takes on Brazilian and Japanese dishes paired with over the top cocktails.
The sophisticated pub was ranked by Toronto Life in 2009 as one of the city’s best new restaurants. It’s a local watering hole for British expats, who come here to sip craft beer and nosh on English fare.
It’s sister restaurant, The Oxley, is located in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood and serves a similar British pub menu.
The restaurant’s bar is one of the most popular places in the city for sports fans to watch European football matches. During the World Cup, The Queen and Beaver’s bar is the place to be!
The restaurant is located in a two-story building that also features two patios. Step inside and you’ll find an interior adorned with English antiques and art, showcasing the owners pure love for Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family.
The pub’s kitchen makes everything from scratch – from homemade breads and ice creams to sausages, pies, and smoked bacon.
335 Queen St W, 438-795-6650
The Beverley Hotel is one of the most popular boutique hotels on Queen Street West.
The team at The Beverley Hotel are looking to showcase the original creative spirit of Queen West. Their revitalization project is offered up in the form of a boutique five story hotel offering hip and contemporary petite guest rooms as well as a top notch food and beverage program via their main dining room and rooftop patio. Toronto food fans will recognize Chef Eric Wood’s culinary inspirations via his past work at Hawthorne and Fabarnak.
The Beverley Rooftop Patio, also known as “The Nest,” is open in the Spring and Summer. Ranked as one of the most intimate rooftop patios in Toronto, The Beverly offers pretty views overlooking Queen West.
The al fresco terrace features comfy benches and plush pillows that surround an open concept cocktail bar.