Our motto has always been patio season vs. everything. Which is just as well, given new guidelines that have sent Toronto restaurants back to Phase 2 (lite), banishing indoor dining for 28 days. Luckily for us, the industry has been incredible at (don't say pivoting, don't say pivoting) rolling with the punches and many have transformed their patios into a heated, cozy oasis from the falling temps.
If you're not quite ready to hunker down and order takeout and also not quite prepared to wear seventeen layers so you can experience your favourite Toronto patios this October, we've got some options that will keep you (and your extremities) from feeling blue.
As always, these patios are weather-permitting so check their status (or better still make a reservation) before you head out. #BringYourOwnBlanket
18 heated patios to cosy up in this fall
10 Bay St # 105
Enjoy al fresco dining on Miku Toronto's heated patio. Sushi + scarf is a 2020 vibe we can seriously get on board with.
188 University Ave.
Following the modified Phase 2 announcement, the Shangri-La opened their patio back up. Warm-up with a fall tipple Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Or to kick off the weekend the right way, enjoy brunch served until 2.30 p.m.
594 College St.
This Little Italy classic has a covered patio on the Clinton Street side of the restaurant, meaning that you can enjoy arancini balls and pasta while basking in the glow of their fully heated space. Bellissimo!
488 Wellington St W.
This Wellington spot was quick out of the gates with a fantastic patio when outdoor dining opened up in June. Now, in true Canadian style, Marben has levelled up with a tented patio and heat lamps to keep you cozy.
905 King St W.
Find soul food to warm the soul at King Street's go-to place for comforting classics. Chow down on beef and pork sausage ragu layered between sheets of pasta underneath their heated and covered patio.
99 Yorkville Ave.
An espresso martini on Sofia's covered and heated patio is sounding like a pretty good idea to us right now. For the next four weeks, the Yorkville restaurant will be open daily for dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. with brunch served on Saturday and Sunday from 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
55 BLOOR ST. W.
Aperol might be the drink of the summer, but you can keep drinking it long into the fall at ll Patio di Eataly. The Italian marketplace's popup patio is heated and will be seating guests from 12-9 p.m (weather permitting).
Founder Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
1282 Dundas St W
Dundas West's go-to spot for globally-inspired dishes and award-winning cocktails is keeping the party going with a heated patio. Order a martini and a chocolate mousse gateau and watch the world go by.
433 King St W.
What goes together better than paella and patios? Chef Rob Bragagnolo is serving up tapas and tipples under the umbrella on this heated King Street space.
Shameful Tiki Room
1378 Queen St W
Waves crashing, coconuts knocking together in the distance. Are you on a tropical vacation? No, silly. It's 2020! You're in Parkdale paradise, a.k.a. Shameful Tiki Room. Order a Polynesian pick-me-up on their heated patio and dream of warmer climes...
66 Wellington St W.
One of our favourite Financial District patios has upgraded with a tented and heated situation that'll keep you eating and sipping long after the sun goes down.
Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
If you can't class things up inside this opulent steakhouse, at least you can dine in the castle grounds on their heated patio.
106 Broadview Ave.
This east end staple has long been one of our favourite spots for exquisite small plates and excellent views of the city – a little cold isn't gonna change that. Their heated rooftop patio is open for business 7 days a week, 5 p.m. until late.
158 Cumberland St.
The Yorkville restaurant's popular, all-season back patio isn’t open right now due to Phase 2 restrictions. But until restrictions lift, you can enjoy Mediterranean bites and sips on the heated front street patio, which will be open until weather permits.
Madrina Bar y Tapas
2 Trinity St
If we can't go to Barcelona, chef Ramon Simarro will bring Barcelona to us at Madrina. As if the Distillery District wasn't charming enough, you can now enjoy world-class tapas from its cobbles long after summer has set.
592 Sherbourne St.
Indoor dining might be on hold for 28 days, but that French onion soup doesn't have to wait. Maison Selby is open for lunch and dinner Wed-Fri and for brunch and dinner Sat-Sun. C'est magnifique.
Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie
35 Tank House Lane
Le petit déjeuner sur le patio? Mais, oui! It's not all doom and gloom – this French spot in the Distillery is now offering a four-day brunch week. Eggcellent times await from Thursday-Sunday on Cluny's heated patio.
1595 Dupont St.
This cute Junction joint has a covered patio that's been newly equipped with a 20-foot heater. Run don't walk to Lucia now for fresh pasta and warm apple pie al fresco.
111 Richmond St W.
Though this upscale Japanese joint is all about the stand-up sushi, their heated patio is calling our name. Head to Assembly Chef Hall's patio for handrolls and sake.
80 Ossington Ave.
If we can't get to Greece this year, spending an Aegean fall and winter under the warmth of Mamakas's heated and covered patio is a great consolation. Order grilled calamari, close your eyes and pretend your scarf is a beach towel.