Best Restaurants for Backyard Patios in Toronto

Backyard patios in the city allow you to get away from the noise and the dust of the city and relax in a secluded spot that not everyone knows about.So sit back, relax, have a bite and a drink (or three) and settle in to the outdoors.

Tabülè Middle Eastern on Queen

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810 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H7

Tucked away in Riverside, this Middle Eastern restaurant features an expansive patio that is lined in wood. Padded banquettes in a bright blue and white graphic print and studded with colourful pillows, it is modern and airy without being stuffy in the least. With ingredients like kumquats, jallab (date molasses and rose), pomegranate molasses and rhubarb bitters, you’ll feel like you’ve gone away on holiday.

Mambo Lounge

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120 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N1

How does a summer filled with mojitos on the patio sound? Travel to Cuba in the little oasis in the back (pictured above) complete with high wood walls painted blue, coral and yellow. Large plants give it an island feel, as do the Cuban performers on Friday and Saturday nights. You’ll be up and dancing in no time. Between that, the drinks, and the food (you can’t beat the the Bistec Con Yuca - grilled AAA NY striploin served with yuca fries, fresh vegetables & jus), your summer is complete.

Queen Mother Cafe

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208 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z2

The Garden Patio out back is an oasis that’s hard to beat. Lush flowers and plants give the 36-year-old restaurant an otherworldly feel. That, paired with their knockout Lao-Thai and pan-global dishes, and the long windy walk you have to take through the restaurant to get to the patio, make it an essential stop this summer.

Factory Girl

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193, Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

This back patio just east of the Danforth despite not being near water, has the feel of being on the lake. Drenched in sunshine, you can catch some rays while digging into their fantastic Roma style pizza. Go with the Margherita if you want classic. Of course, there is much more to the menu. Fresh pastas and salads are fantastic too. And a hearty wine and drinks list means you’ll want to extend your stay just a little longer.

DEQ

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181, Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G7

You’d never know it’s there, but once you discover it, you’ll be tempted to keep it to yourself. Deep cushioned couches and chairs surrounded by boxwood hedges give you a feeling of immediate privacy and exclusivity. With finely crafted cocktails and a menu of Canadian comfort foods, your night is made.

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