Al Fresco: A Mount Pleasant Village Summer Dining Guide

Toronto Summer Dining Guide

Toronto Summer Dining Guide 2023

Nothing signals summer like the sound of clinking glasses from a patio on a warm evening.

Chatter coming from the table nearby, a setting sun, savoring a meal as you watch the world go by. There’s something so special about dining outside, especially for Canadians.

Here in Mount Pleasant Village, we’re fortunate to have some awesome restaurants with patios (and without) and we’re so happy you’ll get to experience them all this summer. So, work up that appetite, start making some reservations and we’ll see you out there!

The Summer Staples

Prosecco and pizza? Ribs and a beer? How about oysters on a charming hidden back patio? You can have them all here – at restaurants that have permanent patios, often full on summer nights. For your Italian fix, head to the very popular Piano Piano. For the best BBQ, Smokeshow BBQ and Brew has you covered. For a double patio, don’t miss Granite Brewery (tip – they also have the best brunch on Sundays)! And for the best people-watching and food from a bustling corner, The Belsize Public House is the place to go. Cheers to that.

Toronto Summer Dining Guide
Smokeshow BBQ - 744 Mt Pleasant
PIANO PIANO - 623 Mt Pleasant
GRANITE BREWERY - 245 Eglinton Ave E

Something Special

You might think you have to travel right downtown for upscale dining that’s truly memorable. Think again! Right here in Mount Pleasant Village we have some exquisite fine dining options, including Domaine MaMo, french cuisine with an Italian twist, Kappo Sato an exclusive and delicious sushi restaurant, and of course, Yukashi Japanese Cuisine which has 1 Michelin star and food that you won’t soon forget.

Domaine MaMo - 581 Mt Pleasant
Yukashi - 643a Mt Pleasant

Summer Cool Down

It’s not summer until we’ve had something cold and refreshing. Don’t miss the gelato at XO Gelato, or the yummy bubble teas at ITS Tea. Well & Better Coffee has one of the best iced coffees around.

A Trip Around the World

From the delicious and fresh food at Bolan Thai Cuisine, to the aromatic food from Marigold Indian Bistro, to the unforgettable Italian dishes at Florentia, to the very famous schnitzel from Bread and Butter, you can eat your way around the globe right here in Mount Pleasant Village.

XO Gelato - 647 Mt Pleasant

Satisfy your Sweet Tooth

If you’re going to treat yourself, summer is the time to do it. We are SPOILED here with sweet delicacies. Thobors has some of the finest baking in the city. Just a few doors down, Jules Cafe Patisserie has incredible croissants and chocolate twists. At Origin Coffee is always serving yummy sweets and Foxies Bakeshop has epic stuffed cookies! Sweetcultura has… you guessed it… a huge selection of sweets and treats! Drooling yet?!

At Origin Coffee - 687 Mt Pleasant
Jules Cafe - 617 Mt Pleasant
Sweetcultura - 245 Eglinton Ave E

Grab a spot while you can! 

We have a few restaurants in Mount Pleasant Village that get temporary patios, with the city’s summer street extensions! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to dine al fresco at these local favourites: Starving Artist (get the waffles!) Shibui Eatery, Positano Restaurant, Hazel’s Diner – a beloved one, and Wild Chicory which serves locally sourced, creative cuisine. Which one is YOUR favourite?

We would love to hear where you plan to dine this summer. Tell us what you recommend so we can share it with our followers and show love to the business owners. And as always, thanks for dining and supporting local restaurants. They make our community whole.

Bon Appetit!

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