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These are the best heated patios in Toronto

Where to enjoy open-air food and drinks as the weather cools

With indoor dining temporarily closed, many of us are trying to squeeze some extra mileage out of patio season. While you’ll still need to bundle up for your meal, these heated outdoor patios will help take the chill out of your cool-weather dining experience.  Here are our top picks for heated patios in Toronto.

 

Eataly

 

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Eataly has transformed the space outside its Bay and Bloor location into an Italian garden bar complete with manicured hedges, high-top tables and patio heaters. Channel Italian summer vibes while tucking into coastal-inspired pasta dishes paired with refreshing Venetian Aperol Spritzes.

 

Fet Zun

 

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Chef Anthony Rose’s Fet Zun Camp invites diners to cosy up with the help of fire pits, warm blankets and a weather-protected patio. Fet Zun’s new patio features a series of private tents, each with their own table. Enjoy a spiked hot chocolate or dig into hearty shawarma without having to worry about the chill.

 

7 Numbers 

 

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Wrapped around the sides of the restaurant and shielded by canopies, the heated patio at 7 Numbers is a perfect go-to when you’re craving a plate of pasta and a glass of wine. Their midtown location also offers a private candlelight oasis with heated patios. 

 

Kōst 

 

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Located on the 44th floor of Toronto’s Bisha Hotel, Kōst‘s heated patio offers dinner and brunch paired with prime city views. Feast on coconut pancakes, avocado toast or a delectable pear and walnut salad while admiring the dramatic cityscape.

 

Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie

 

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Cluny’s expansive heated patio in the heart of the Distillery District sets the mood with floating lights and baroque iron furniture. Head here for French bistro-inspired brunches that include dishes like Nicoise bennies with albacore tuna, marinated tomatoes, black olive and citrus hollandaise.

 

Playa Cabana St. Clair

 

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This modern taqueria serves delicious Mexican eats alongside a roaring fire. Warm up with crispy churros or savoury Al Pastor tacos. If you close your eyes, you might even be able to pretend you’re in Mexico.

 

Capocaccia Trattoria

 

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Capocaccia Trattoria has extended its patio season with additional outdoor heaters. The rustic cuisine at this neighbourhood trattoria will have you dreaming of Southern Italy.

 

Drake Sky Yard

 

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The Drake is one is a long-time Queen West favourite. With funky rotating art on display and a 360-degree bar, it’s the perfect place to enjoy an alfresco cocktail as the weather cools.

 

Gusto 501

 

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The recently-opened Gusto 501 patio is a welcome addition to the Corktown neighbourhood. This 5-storey Italian restaurant has a beautiful rooftop patio with sweeping views of the CN tower. Diners can enjoy homemade focaccia and wood-fired pizza, along with handcrafted drinks.

 

Hemingway’s Bar and Restaurant

 

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This Yorkville rooftop patio is one of Toronto’s most famous outdoor dining spots for good reason. The prime location is perfect for people-watching while sipping cocktails and nibbling on bites from New Zealand-inspired menu. Can’t snag a spot on the rooftop? Fortunately, Hemingway’s has three other patios to choose from.

 

Cactus Club Café

 

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Located in the heart of the Financial District, the Cactus Club rooftop patio, lovingly dubbed “the Deck,” has a fully-retractable roof with snow-melting tech. The stylish space is packed with interesting art to admire while dining on chef Rob Feenie’s comforting butternut squash ravioli.

 

El Catrin Destileria

 

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At El Catrin, you can soak up the fall sun on their expansive, year-round patio while enjoying delicious Mexican fare. In addition to faves like freshly-smashed guacamole, they also have Canada’s largest tequila and mezcal collection. If that wasn’t enough of a draw, you can cozy up in front of their open fire pits.

 

Amal Toronto

 

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Lebanese restaurant Amal is a new addition to the Toronto patio scene. The menu features fresh dips like hummus, house-baked pitas, and juicy kafta skewers. Their heated second-floor patio is designed with Mediterranean-inspired whites and blues that help you reminisce the last of the late-summer vibes.

 

The Pilot

 

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Open since 1944, the Pilot has been a go-to spot for generations of Torontonians. Their covered rooftop patio, the Flight Deck, is a great option when you’re craving classic pub fare paired with craft brews.

With files from Amanda Nunes

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