Though summer is long gone, we can’t help but reminisce about those warm patio nights, when we enjoyed meals with friends and sipped on cocktails. But just because the warm weather is over, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an outdoor patio. Even on chilly nights, you’ll still catch people dining under covered patios next to heaters and fire pits. Patio season never ends in Toronto so you’ll be happy to know that there are tons of covered patios in the city to explore.
Fully enclosed patios to heated and covered, here’s a list of the 11 best-covered patios to check out in Toronto
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Your date night just got a whole lot better at Osteria Rialto. Thanks to its covered outdoor patio, you can enjoy this full-service Italian restaurant in any weather.
Where: 1006 Bloor St W
Atomic 10, located off of St Clair, offers a dining experience that can be enjoyed in any season, inside and out. Treat yourself to some delicious Latin cuisine paired with a refreshing cocktail. And luckily for you, their patio is covered!
Where: 145 Lauder Avenue.
Little Italy’s newest addition, Contrada, offers delectable cuisine in a warm and welcoming environment both inside and on its covered patio. Whether you’re there on a date, out with a friend, or having a drink, its covered patio is the perfect escape from the cold. And a cozy one at that.
Where: 537 College St
With an amazing atmosphere and even better food, this classic spot in the Distillery District never disappoints. The patio is both spacious and cozy, with colourful decor, fire pits, and heaters to keep you warm. Though it’s not fully covered, this outdoor patio does deserve some love.
Where: 18 Tank House Lane
The Three Speed
This spot on Bloor West has a wood-burning outdoor fireplace and the atmosphere is on point. Fill your belly with comfort food staples like mac n’ cheese with chicken and one of the many Ontario craft beers on tap while you sit back comfortably on the heated patio. Twinkle lights make the patio all the more inviting and the high fencing provides some nice shelter from the wind.
Where: 1163 Bloor St W
Hemingway’s has one of the largest rooftop patios in the city and it’s always a good time. It’s been a home away from home to New Zealand tourists and ex-pats for 40 years and it’s open 365 days a year. Hemingway’s loves to put on an outstanding event, whether it’s a trivia night or sports viewing party. As for the heated patio, you can always count on the same lively atmosphere, with tables spaced out to allow for plenty of distancing.
Where: 142 Cumberland St
Chula Taberna Mexicana
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Mexican fiesta at this fun patio in Leslieville. The heated and covered patio space is full of bright colours, comfy seating, and happy vibes. The menu offers a range of flavourful Mexican-fusion dishes and fun appetizers like street corn and zucchini fritters. Plus, they boast the best drinks in the city and they dare you to prove them wrong. Challenge accepted!
Where: 1058 Gerrard St E
Also in Yorkville is Bar Reyna, a gorgeous cocktail and snack bar with a back patio where you’ll want to spend the entire afternoon. The atmospheric restaurant has a year-round back patio furnished with Mediterranean-inspired decor. It’s covered, warm, and oh-so cozy.
Where: 158 Cumberland St
This Yorkville hotspot has been around since 1944 and it’s been bumpin’ ever since. The Pilot has two patios equipped with retractable awnings and heaters to keep the place warm even on the chilliest nights. The menu serves pub-style dishes and comfort food with a special late-night menu for your midnight munchies.
Where: 22 Cumberland St
Come for the tapas and cocktails, stay for the Barcelona vibes. This spot is hugely popular for a reason, part of it being the warm and inviting patio. The unique furnishings and mood lighting provide the best ambiance to enjoy Bar Raval’s mouthwatering Spanish shared plates. The Gaudi-esque wood panels are unlike anything else you’ll see in the city and you won’t be able to resist the photo op.
Where: 505 College St
Baro’s all-season rooftop patio is one of the prettiest in town. The Latin-infused menu and leafy floor-to-ceiling decor make it feel more like a tropical oasis than a historic building on King West. The patio is just as enjoyable in the summer as it is in the winter, making it the ideal spot for a meal under the stars on a cold night.
Where: 485 King St W
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