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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The top 20 patios for brunch in Toronto

brunch torontoThe top 20 patios for brunch in Toronto will serve you eggs benedict with a touch of sky blue sky. (No, we're not talking about the sandwich restaurant - though I'm sure there will be some Wilco playing in there somewhere.) There's nothing like enjoying a delicious brunch in the fresh air and sunshine. Who cares if the hollandaise sauce splits in the sun when you can get a Caesar and tan!

Here are my picks for the the top patios for brunch in Toronto.


Head past the kitchen to the chill back patio at Union, complete with a sweet line-up of whirly-gigs, and partake in one of Teo Paul's delicious brunch dishes. My favourite guilty pleasure is BBQ Rib Benny and one of their Poseidon Caesars, which has a fresh-shucked oyster on top.

Barque Smokehouse

Roncesvalles's brunch offerings were amplified double time when Barque opened it's doors. The patio on the side, gives the whole experience a picnic-y feel, which suits the BBQ type food. Barque's brunch has bite.


Smith at Church and Wellesley has a perfect patio, just to the side, narrow and cozy for when you want to be heard but not seen. The brunch is also a hidden gem, with great in-house doughnuts, and a banana bread French toast.

Harvest KitchenHarvest Kitchen

Harvest Kitchen took over from the old Tati restaurant, and inherited the amazing patio in the back, up amongst the tops of the trees. The brunch menu is as spectacular as the view, making Harvest Kitchen a bona fide winner.

Beast Restaurant

Hitting the Beast Restaurant's front patio for brunch is kind of like going to the front yard of your friend's house for an al fresco meal, and 'your friend' just happens to be the best cook around. Extra bonus if you snag one of the doughnuts by Rochelle.

Drake Café

Who hasn't tried people watching from the Drake cafe patio? Shaded by some awnings, you can keep calm, cool and collected over your eggs when some B-lister saddles up beside you.

school bakery torontoSchool Bakery

Better get in line now for a spot on the patio at School Bakery and Café. Libertarians love their brunch and come in droves to sit in the sun to eat it. It's good to note that it's less busy on the weekdays than weekends, but the Caesars are available any time.

Café Belong

Make it an Old Toronto adventure and have a Brickworks brunch on the beautiful Café Belong patio. The cocktail list alone is worth the trip, but chef owner Brad Long has been a crowd drawer since his My Place days, and the patio vibe is open-air sophistication.

Globe Bistro

The Danforth has plenty of street level patios serving Greek food, but few can boast Globe Bistro's rooftop patio vibe and brunch menu to boot. With the lighter fare and sandwich options alongside more classic breakfast items, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

le neuf cafe torontoLe Neuf Café

Hidden on a stretch near King and Spadina called Clarence Square, this Parisian-style café has a charming front patio where you can enjoy those francophone brunch favourites, like omelettes, galettes, and crepes.

Gusto 101

Tucked in and up off King Street on Portland, Gusto 101 oozes design details and charm, and there may be no cooler place to have brunch in the neighbourhood than their rooftop patio. The former mechanic's garage is totally transformed into an Italian eatery, but get there early and the wait times for outdoor eating can be long.

Hudson Kitchen

Hudson Kitchen made good use of the former Palmerston patio, not since it's Jaime Kennedy days has it seen any real action, that is until now. Best part is, it still hasn't fully caught on, so this place is perfect for those looking for sun and brunch without a wait.


The Origin patio is a luxe affair, sundrenched and spacious, with black detailing and designer greenery, and the brunch menu matches the décor. Several types of french toast and eggs benedict are given global touches like hoisin sauce and sesame seed brittle.

farmers daughter torontoFarmer's Daughter / Farmhouse Tavern

Sister restaurants Farmhouse Tavern and Farmer's Daughter share ownership and a love of brunch, and sit just a stone's throw away from each other. The brunch menus and the patios are different but delicious - why not keep it in the family, and hop from one to the other?

Playa Cabana

Run, don't walk, to Playa Cabana's patio for brunch. If you're lucky to secure one of the coveted spots, you may spot a nearby celebrity diner, but you are sure to enjoy their Mexican brunch options like huevos rancheros.

Queen and Beaver

Pub, sports screening room, patios and brunch - The Queen and Beaver Public House has it all. They offer not one, but two patios- one upstairs, one downstairs, and the brunch menu has classic English items like Kedgeree, Black Pudding and kidneys on toast.

The Huntsman Tavern

What was Mitzi's loss is The Huntsman's gain. The large side patio on College is a perfect place for brunch all week long and on the weekends, and well-suited to the delicious menu items on offer, like chicken and waffles, Eggs Benny, and the classic two eggs, any style.

starving artist torontoStarving Artist

I Hope you are friends with waffles, because that is what you get at either one of the Starving Artist locations at Lansdowne and Patton, or on St. Clair. Not to worry, they also come gluten-free, sweet or savoury, with eggs, meat or avocado or done with potatoes, and under the sun on their great patios.

Kennedy Public House

With one of the most popular patios in the Bloor West Village, the Kennedy Public House is a causal way to have a nice Saturday or Sunday brunch. Enjoy a fine selection of sandwiches, like the calamari po'boy, or go in for the hilariously named Wake & Bake, a three-egg omelette filled with pulled pork.

Beverley Hotel

After a clandestine affair or sleepy night at the hotel, why not head up to the secretive rooftop patio at the Beverly Hotel, and have your breakfast out of bed? You can keep it sexy by ordering the Breakfast Bone, a roasted marrow topped with two quail eggs. The visuals alone make it worth the $14 bucks.

Did I miss any? Leave your favourite patio for brunch in the comments.

by Erinn Beth Langille via blogTO

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