What are the best patios in Toronto? We asked seven Toronto tastemakers to share their favourite outdoor dining spots


The start of summer is almost upon us, and our long-awaited patio season is here: As of last week, outdoor dining in Ontario is officially back (for now, for up to four people per table). We asked the city’s culinary professionals which spots they’re most excited to visit as soon as they can.

Julie Marteleira, executive chef of Leña

“I love Maison Selby’s patio (592 Sherbourne St.) because it’s discreet and quiet. It’s like a private home garden — with the amazing staff coming in and out of the restaurant — and not the middle of downtown Toronto. I always start with a Ketel One dirty martini and a lot of oysters. There’s nothing quite like sitting in the sun and having someone else shuck them for you. Then it’s the duck liver parfait and beef tartare with frites, and a Lillet Blanc on ice with a nice, thick orange peel.”

Suzanne Barr, chef, author, social advocate and CEO of Suzanne Barr Food

Minami (225 King St. W.) has been my go-to for takeout salmon oshi and their Aburi chicken bowl. But I’ve been counting down the days to just chilling on the patio with one of their sexy cocktails and people-watching in the Entertainment District — one of my favourite things to do pre-pandemic. I have a deep respect for chefs Jason Do and Aiko Uchigoshi and can’t wait to try the Wagyu on hot stone and matcha baked Alaska — flames and all!”

Victor Barry, chef/owner of Piano Piano, Victory Burger and Victory Pizza

Bar Raval (505 College St.) has always been one of my favourites and is the perfect place to have snacks on a patio. The food is unassuming, yet way more delicious than what you’d expect. I’d start with the stracciatella [cheese] and boquerones on baguette, jamon croquetas, hot octopus, and tomato bread with sparkling water. Then it’s an espresso with a slice of Basque cheesecake to finish.”

Mary Berg, TV personality and author of “Kitchen Party: Effortless Recipes for Every Occasion

“I cannot wait to return to Union’s back patio (72 Ossington Ave.) and dive headfirst into at least two orders of their perfectly salted frites with garlicky aioli and a bottle of something bubbly, hopefully Lambrusco. I’m also anxiously awaiting my first visit to the CaféTO-approved patio of our new local fave, Cellar Door (3003 Lake Shore Blvd. W.). Their little gem salad with creamy lemon anchovy vinaigrette and crunchy bread crumbs is the perfect accompaniment to the best, and only, balsamic-braised radicchio pizza I’ve ever had!”

Diala Canelo, food and travel blogger, and author of “Diala’s Kitchen: Plant-Forward and Pescatarian Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel