Top Toronto restaurants in green spaces and outdoor dining

When the weather gets warmer and the patios start to open, why not surround yourself with the beauty of Toronto’s parks and green spaces? From High Park to the gardens of Casa Loma, there are plenty of pretty outdoor spaces in the city to dine near this year! Here are the best restaurants and cafes in green spaces in Toronto.

Grenadier Cafe & Tea House

200 Parkside Dr, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3

The Grenadier Café can be considered one of the main attractions at High Park. The 300-seat restaurant, which includes a sprawling patio, is in the centre of the park, giving you an optimal view during cherry blossom season. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Bluffer's Park Marina

7 Brimley Rd S, Scarborough, ON M1M 1C1

The 400-acre greenery of Bluffer’s Park surrounds this Scarborough eatery. The Bluffer's Park Restaurant has wall-to-wall windows, offering a stunning panoramic view. It’s open for lunch and dinner, and hosts parties in the banquet hall.

Cafe Belong

550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8

Headed by Chef Brad Long, Café Belong is located on the sprawling grounds of the Evergreen Brick Works. With a farm-to-table menu, Café Belong offers table service as well as grab and go service.

Tango Palace Coffee Co

1156 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1L2

Located in Leslieville, Tango Palace Coffee Co. sits right on the edge of Leslie Grove Park. The café has copious amounts of baked goods to choose from, as well as an exceptional coffee selection. The local favourite has been a staple in the neighbourhood for almost three decades.

The Rectory Cafe

102 Lakeshore Ave, Toronto, ON M5J 1X9

Chic, and surrounded by the beauty on the Toronto Islands, Rectory Café is situated in a two-storey home that was built in 1948. Open for lunch and dinner, the patio offers a picturesque view of Lake Ontario. The café is open all year round.

Carousel Café

Centre Island, Toronto, ON M5J 2E9

Another café on the Islands, Carousel Café is a family-friendly restaurant surrounded by nature in the Centreville Theme Park. The casual eatery serves up family favourites like chicken fingers, fish and chips and salads. The venue is fully licensed and has a patio.

Banjara Indian Cuisine - Bloor St

796 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1L7

This popular Indian restaurant is in the South West corner of Christie Pitts Park. Banjara Indian Cuisine’s offerings are astonishing, featuring 70 items on the a la carte menu! While the patio faces the parking lot, Christie Pitts Park is literally steps away from the restaurant, so there’s no excuse not to venture out into the park after such a wonderful meal.

Boardwalk Pub (Woodbine Beach Park)

1681 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto, ON M4L 3W6

Boardwalk Place, adjacent to the Beaches Park, offers up many options to dine surrounded by nature. Delicious eats from spots like Carters Landing, Beaches n’ Cream and Athens Pastries can all be enjoyed with a stunning view of both the park and Woodbine Beach.

Toronto Island BBQ & Beer Co.

120 Centre Island Dock, Toronto, ON M5J 2E9

The Toronto Island BBQ is the place to be when visiting the islands. You'll want to visit for the delicious barbecue and selection of craft beer, but you'll want to stay for the gorgeous views from the massive 500 seat patio.

Garden Café

777 Lawrence Ave E, North York, ON M3C 1P2

A historic barn provides the perfect setting for dining al fresco – you can get a perfect view of the Toronto Botanical Gardens’ flowers and vegetation from the patio! The café serves fresh sandwiches, salads, snacks and freshly baked desserts. Admission to the Toronto Botanical Gardens is free!

Terrace Grill

1 Austin Terr, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8

Dine like royalty on the expansive castle grounds at Casa Loma’s Terrace Grill! The restaurant serves fresh pastries, fresh sandwiches and pastas. While you enjoy your meal, you can admire the Casa Loma gardens, as well as the incredible Toronto skyline!

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