Patios in Toronto Cabbagetown

Perhaps you’ve been out with the family to Riverdale Farm, or you’re on your way to a party at a friend’s place nearby. Either way, it’s warm out and you’d like to celebrate with a drink or meal on a patio. So where should you go? Enjoy some quality time outdoors at these Cabbagetown eateries with great patios.

F'Amelia Restaurant

1
12 Amelia St, Toronto, ON M4X 1E1

This Italian restaurant is sure to charm with its lovely covered patio on Amelia Street. Located inside a converted Victorian, the intimate patio is far enough away from the busy Parliament Street strip. The secluded setting and authentic Northern Italian food – from oven-baked lasagna to house-made pork sausage dishes – make F’Amelia a not-to-miss patio experience in Cabbagetown.

Hey Lucy

2
229 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5A 2L2

Toronto’s third Hey Lucy pizzeria location in Cabbagetown is possibly its best, in terms of patios. The spacious spot offers shady coverage with umbrellas during the day and twinkly lights surrounding the patio at night. Visit on Wednesdays for $4.49 martinis all day, or come on the weekend for indulgent brunch dishes, such as strawberry cheesecake French toast.

The Tilted Dog Pub & Kitchen

3
424 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A 3A2

This farm-to-table restaurant attracts neighbourhood locals with its idyllic patio and lively events, such as trivia and jazz nights scheduled throughout the year. Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy Ontario craft beers paired with seasonal fare. The artisanal salads, burgers and meaty entrees are all made with fresh produce and locally-grown ingredients.

House On Parliament

4
454 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A 3A2

The front patio at this Cabbagetown local is the perfect place to dine on classic pub fare. The menu features finger foods and snack plates – samosas, Scotch eggs, Ploughman’s platters – alongside hearty comfort foods, such as Tourtière, steak and mushroom pie, and bangers and mash. The century home and slightly raised patio look out over Parliament Street, making it the perfect spot to people-watch without feeling like you’re in the thick of things.

Stout Irish Pub

5
221 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5A 2L2

With its picnic table seating and faux grass turf, Stout Irish Pub’s patio at once feels like a park destination. Walls and fences surround the area, lending some serious backyard vibes. It’s a sweet casual spot to visit on a hot summer day when you’re craving a cold brew and finger-licking food like poutine, cheeseburgers, and fish and chips. Novelties abound at this Cabbagetown restaurant – they also host fun trivia nights, a series of board games and an artful collection of collectable coasters.

The Irv Gastro Pub

6
195 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5A 2K7

Another upscale-meets-pub-grub locale, The Irv Gastro Pub has a patio facing the sidewalk at the corner of Carlton and Ontario Streets. Watch passersby with a good ol’ pint of beer. Their patio makes for a sure summer brunch hotspot – especially with creative dishes like the breakfast poutine (standard poutine with sausage, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce) and the Nutella banana stack (a vegetarian option of egg-dipped challah bread with Nutella, banana and maple syrup).

Extended F'Amelia

7
8 Amelia St, Toronto, ON M4X 1E1

Extended F’Amelia has its own separate, roomy patio. They’re open Thursday through Saturday evenings until 10 pm, so you can get here just before sunset for a glass of wine – from sparking rose to white to red – and a quick bite like oysters, sliders and salumi boards, or hangout and mingle with friends over cocktails after dining at F’Amelia, the sister trattoria and wine bar next door.

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