As summer in the city tragically winds to a close, you may ultimately end up kicking yourself for missing out on some patio action. While the days of fun in the sun are numbered, you still have a decent amount of time to create some al fresco memories for 2015. With a slew of new restaurants and renovations allowing for some much needed space, we’ve chronicled some of the best new patios of the season. Check out these hot spots before the dreaded chill sets in.
Nuit Social | 1168 Queen Street West
Nestled in the back of this charming Queen West bistro, the intimate patio, completely sealed off from the city, and adorned with twinkly strings of light, is the new perfect spot for first dates and quiet conversation. Dine on one of the city’s better cheese and charcuterie boards, while sipping an excellently crafted cocktail under the stars.
Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie | 35 Tank House Lane
For those familiar with this Distillery District gem, you know that the masters at Cluny, in addition to serving up scrumptious French food, are also masters of style. Given the ornate, gob-smacking interior décor, a proposed outdoor patio immediately calls to mind a Parisian side street, complete with ornate ironwork and cobblestone. Certifiably one of the prettiest patios in the city, you can now take it all in for yourself.
Montecito | 299 Adelaide Street West
Who knew that Ivan Reitman, the brain behind Animal House and Ghostbusters, had a restaurant in Toronto? This sophisticated bistro in the heart of the Entertainment district serves casual California-inspired fare, while the interiors are a cheeky nod to Hollywood. The new Adelaide street-facing garden patio is a charming, unpretentious gathering of seats a stone’s throw away from — where else? — TIFF Lightbox. Pay a visit before September’s film festival renders it un-bookable.
Rock Lobster | 1192 Queen Street East
With a further addition to the already copious patio space, the Leslieville locale of this successful downtown seafood chain can now boast some seriously spacious outdoor seating. Grab a bloody Caesar (voted the best in the city) and gorge on some freshly caught goodness.
— Chef MattDean Pettit (@RockLobsterFood) May 7, 2015
Northern Belle | 913 Dundas Street West
If food isn’t an absolute necessity, Northern Belle’s sturdy new outer digs is the perfect place to sling some summer suds. Though the menu graciously offers some above standard bar snack and sandwiches, it is the crafted cocktails and impressive lineup of ales, lagers, and spirits that make this Dundas West hideaway a worthy hangout.
Speakeasy 21 | 21 Adelaide Street West
Located on the main floor of Scotia Plaza, and recently declared as the city’s best new bar, Speakeasy 21 has already garnered a reputation for great food and an even greater selection of aperitifs and libations. The patio space, overlooking the Trump Hotel, is centrally located and serves as a perfect happy hour locale for the corporate crowd.
The One Eighty | 55 Bloor Street West
If fancy, sky-high dining is on the menu, you should certainly check out this re-worked Yorkville eatery. Boasting two new patios with spectacular north and south views from 51 floors up, in addition to the sleek interiors and first class fare, The One Eighty is an architectural and gastronomic marvel. Bonus: They now offer a sumptuous Sunday brunch.
(Main photo courtesy of DreamsOfVelvet.com)