8 Patios on the Danforth to Check Out This Spring
The Only Café
The one and only bar you want to visit this season, The Only Cafe! This spot has been loved by the Danforth for over 30 years, and visitors absolutely love it for its funky bohemian, low-key vibe. Best known for their taps, The Only Cafe houses only the finest selections of craft beers on rotating taps. Come by the patio this spring and crack a cold one with your friends!
Named after the Rolling Stones song, Factory Girl is the perfect spot to stop and indulge in quality food and drink. With a large selection of beer on tap and in bottle, a 40-item long wine list, freshly made pasta and wood-oven-cooked pizza, Factory Girl is the place to be this spring and summer for mouth-watering food, refreshing drinks, and patio bliss. The service, fare and atmosphere come at a great price. We bet you’d be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t love Factory Girl!
This super affordable restaurant has been open in the community since the 1960s and if you’ve been around the Danforth, you’ve probably spotted their famous bright orange sign out front. Enjoy burgers and fries or the fan-favourite souvlaki. Square Boy’s patio features bright flowers and an awning for sunny days. Also, they have a classic Pac Man machine so… enough said.
Allen’s bar and patio on the Danforth is the perfect combination of classy restaurant and traditional bar. As a go-to for any occasion, Allen’s caters to all moods, occasions, taste buds, and meal preferences—and their culinary presentation is beautifully done. The patio is charmingly set up, featuring a mix of houseplants and trees within the sitting space, giving it a pleasant backyard patio touch. Allen’s also has a tremendous range of alcoholic beverages – customers can choose from 340 whiskies, over 100 wines, and 140 beers! Allen’s patio is the perfect place to enjoy the spring and summer with a delightful outdoor space, splendid food, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Known for its Southern Italian comfort food, 7 Numbers features an intimate street-level patio perfect for risotto and rosé on warm spring and summer evenings. Diners can pick from a very affordable menu of hearty pastas, fresh vegetarian side dishes, and an impressive wine list. Toronto Life Magazine named 7 Numbers one of Toronto’s 25 best bowls of pasta and in 2017, they were crowned as the best lasagna in Toronto by BlogTO.
The Globe Bistro
The rooftop patio at The Globe Bistro is a must-visit this spring and summer. As spacious as it is, it’s the perfect spot for brunch, dinner, or just for drinks. The service is exceptional and the atmosphere is very modern and open. The presentation of the dishes is beautiful and the quality of the food never disappoints as The Globe Bistro uses only the best quality local, fresh ingredients. Boasting the OpenTable 2017 Diner’s Choice for Best Canadian Restaurant in Toronto, The Globe Bistro has it all: taste, presentation, atmosphere, and service. What more could you ask for?
This Greek and Mediterranean restaurant will have anyone feeling like they’re living on the isles of Greece! West on the Danforth from Pape station, you’ll come across this cozy Greek patio overflowing with flower pots and pretty lights. Pan has everything from light Meze Tasting Platters to a variety of delicious Greek souvlaki dishes that’s best accompanied by a glass (or bottle!) of wine. Be sure to spend a nice afternoon enjoying the tastes of the Danforth on this beautiful patio.
Arguably one of the best places for barbecue on the Danforth, Greenwood Smokehouse seasons their locally-grown beef, pork, and chicken and slow-cooks it in a white oak log fire. Their sauces and rubs are homemade and their menu features options like mac and cheese and poutine with mushroom gravy for the herbivores in your party! Greenwood’s patio, with its wooden fencing, string-up lights, and surrounding trees, will make you feel like you’re at a real backyard barbecue. Pro-tip: get there early or be willing to wait because they don’t do reservations!