The best food and wine under the sun.
Gone are the summer days of beer and pub food on plastic chairs. These newly opened restaurants have some of the best food in the city in any season. The fact that they serve it up in a beautiful outdoor space is icing on the cake.
The best of Italy and California come together in this newly reopened restaurant in Old Town Toronto. Cresta is the namesake of the Californian Winery that furnishes the choice wine list here. The food at Cresta is Italian inspired with simple wood-fired pizzas served alongside more complex dishes like beet risotto, rabbit pasta and grilled octopus.
The patio at Cresta is a hidden gem. Anchoring the cobblestoned Market Street, this patio is shaded and adorned with flowers and an outdoor bar. Wrapping around The Esplanade it's perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon or eat under the stars. The interior is just as striking with a centrepiece wine tower spanning the double height ceilings. Cresta hosts private events and has seen it's share of weddings, birthdays and anniversaries since opening.
118 The Esplanade crestato.ca
Maple Leaf Tavern
This newly revitalized east end space is a labour of love and sure to become and neighbourhood favourite. The space, originally built in 1910,has gone through an extensive renovation and is now warm space with exposed brick, cozy booths and stained glass. The cigarette machine (remember those?), now empty, is a reminder of the from the building's 106 year old history past an greets you at the front door. Everything is made in house and there is a good selection of well made comfort food on offer. The highlight of the open kitchen is the wood burning grill where you can watch your meat and veggies sizzle.
Maple Leaf Tavern's 48 seat patio is opening in June, just in time for summer.
955 Gerard Street East mapleleaftavern.ca
The sister restaurant to Cava, another Chew Street favourite, opened this winter. Their small, intimate patio has yet to see the summer sun. Cava has been putting out delicious Spanish fare for 10 years now so their French sister arrived on the restaurant scene with a great expectations and the food did not disappoint. The French bistro menu features sustainably caught seafood, rich cheeses, hand made desserts and small but satisfying wine list.
The space, tucked far back from the street on Yorkville Avenue is narrow and flanked by white brick walls, making it an oasis in the otherwise busy shopping district. The word Charbrol is the french term for adding wine to an almost finished dish to get a few more bites out of it. You'll want to linger on this charming patio and enjoy just one more glass.
90 Yorkville Avenue charbrolrestaurant.com
Where will you be enjoying some outdoor dining this summer?