Best patios in the Distillery District

The Distillery Historic District is one of those neighbourhoods in Toronto that has an instant draw. With charming storefront patios, sprawling 200 seat courtyards and even heated outdoor spaces, there are lots of options for outdoor eating in the Distillery. Here are your best bets for dining out in the open air in the Distillery District.

El Catrin Destileria

18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

This open-air patio is the prime locale to take in the atmosphere of the Distillery District as you sip a margarita. The combination of El Catrin’s signature Mexican décor, authentic cuisine and the brick exterior makes this the must-see patio. In addition to the ambience and the delicious menu, the patio is massive with a capacity of 200.

Cluny Bistro and Boulangerie

35 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

The modern take on French bistro cuisine will make you book a table at Cluny, but it’s the patio that will make you stay. The sidewalk patio seats about 100 people and is heated! The classy-looking patio is complete with ornate furniture and hanging lights.

Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill

17 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Located alongside the restaurant, this spacious patio has plenty of room. The iron chairs and tables match the venue’s motif, but it’s really the freshly shucked oysters that have people coming back for more. The patio seats about 200 people.


31 Trinity St, Toronto, ON M5A 1G3

This sprawling patio is located out front on the cobblestone walkways that have made the Distillery Historic District so famous in Toronto. You can dine on Archeo’s contemporary Italian cuisine in a seat on the open-air patio – the perfect date night!

Mill St Brew Pub - The Beer Hall

55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

You can’t dine out in the Distillery Historic District neighbourhood without checking out Mill St. Brew Pub’s standout patio. Complete with cozy chairs, a private bar and fireplaces, Mill St. Brew Pub is the perfect patio to grab a brew with your friends.

Balzac's Coffee Roastery

55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

You might as well enjoy your Saturday morning coffee outside. At Balzac’s there are two patio options for you: the bistro-seating out front and the picnic tables on the south side of the coffee shop.

Boku Sushi

42 Gristmill Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

The covered patio perfectly sums up Boku – a fusion of the industrial architecture of the space and the perfectly plated Japanese cuisine. From the minds of popular ramen spot, Touhenboku, Boku’s patio is modern with a bit of Asian flare. Try the Distillery Roll: battered and flash fried maki with shrimp, salmon, avocado and cucumber, topped with cheese, masago and unagi sauce.

Arvo Coffee

17 Gristmill Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Arvo’s patio is a four seater, its small size doesn’t mean it’s any less worthy than the other contenders on the list. In fact, it’s actually part of the charm. Grab a cup of Silverton pour-over brew (think French Press/Chemex fusion) and take a seat at Distillery’s smallest, yet trendiest patio.

Cacao 70

28 Gristmill Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Desserts are on the menu at Cacao 70, and if you haven’t already guessed it’s all about chocolate. The patio lines the storefront, and gives you a street-level view of the comings and goings in the neighbourhood. Chocolate and patio seating – we dare you to name a better combination!

Whether you like you lobster rolls cold or warm, classic style or topped with extra goodies, Toronto has plenty of mouthwatering versions of the New England favourite. Mixed with mayo, and usually celery, lobster rolls have become a favourite among seafood loving Toronto foodies. Here are the best lobster rolls in Toronto. [Photo credit: courtesy of Little Fin]
Fish and Chips are serious business to fans of golden battered fish and perfectly cooked fries, and there is no shortage of shops that take this dish seriously in Toronto. There’s nothing like fresh fish, crispy batter and golden fries to tempt any seafood lover. Here are some of the best fish and chip shops in Toronto. [Photo credit: Olde Yorke Fish and Chips by YP Contributor]
From oysters to lobster to fish and chips, Toronto has a lot to offer when it comes to seafood. Whether you’re in the mood for an upscale dinner or a quick casual lunch, you can always count on quality from the restaurants found below. Here are the best seafood restaurants in Toronto. [Photo credit: Soft shell crab from Fresh off the Boat by YP Contributor]
Close menu
Subscribe to YP Newsletter