Although Toronto, Peel Region, Ottawa and York Region recently reverted to modified Stage 2 restrictions, there are a growing number of Toronto restaurants that have created heated patios in order to accommodate diners. Restaurants are becoming very innovative by adding portable heaters, tents, bubbles, and portable walls with open ceilings to outdoor spaces to meet the province’s guidelines. If you didn’t get a chance to enjoy a Toronto patio this summer, take this opportunity to enjoy dining al fresco.
With 5,400 square feet of covered and heated outdoor patio space, The Marquee is a great place to enjoy food and drinks in Toronto. The outdoor patio is family-friendly and features a new menu by Oliver & Bonacini. Tables are at least six feet apart and guests will receive a temperature check upon arrival. Some of the menu highlights include Piri Piri Shrimp Empanadas, Wellington County French Onion Beef Burger, Charred Eggplant & Ricotta and Buttermilk Fried Half Chicken. Open Thursday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Maximum 6 people per table. Reserve online. The Marquee at Cabana Waterfront Patio is located at 11 Polson Street.
Hemmingway’s has been way ahead of the curve since it was one of the first Toronto restaurants with a heated patio! It was once a novelty to dine on this Yorkville patio in the winter, but of course, with the pandemic, so many other Toronto restaurants have come on board. Hemingway’s owners have taken extra precautions at their spacious rooftop patio by allowing lots of space between tables, installing plastic partitions, and designating entrances and exits. Menu favourites you can enjoy on their rooftop patio include Eggs Hemingway, Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Pad Thai and Hemingway’s Poutine. Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Take cover under the tent on E11even’s heated patio during the fall and winter. Patio guests will keep extra warm since they not only have patio heaters, but tabletop heaters as well. Skip an icy drink in favour of a warm cocktail to begin the evening. Open Tuesday to Friday 3 p.m to 10 p.m. E11even is located at 15 York Street.
If brunch is what you’re missing, you’ll want to stop by Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie in Toronto’s Distillery District for their French-inspired menu. Available from Thursday to Sunday, you’ll be able to enjoy the heritage buildings from your coveted spot on Cluny’s heated patio. Some of the brunch specialties include Baked Vanilla & Chocolate French Toast, Florentine Omelette or Duck and Waffles. Open Thursday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie is also open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. Cluny Bistro is located at 35 Tank House Lane.
If you are craving fine Italian cuisine, reserve a table at Sofia Yorkville, which is offering a heated patio for brunch and dinner from Monday to Sunday. Brunch specialties include Butter Poached Lobster with Rosemary Focaccia and Pancakes with Preserved Fruit and Toasted Almonds while dinner menu highlights include Wild Boar Ragu and Breaded Veal. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. while brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sofia Yorkville is located at 99 Yorkville Avenue.
I hope you enjoy these Toronto restaurants with a heated patio. I’m sure these Toronto restaurants will appreciate the support of their businesses.
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