From chic hotel bars to sprawling restaurant patios, these are the coolest rooftop restaurants and bars in Toronto for a sizzling summer escape.
Toast the summer with views for miles. These incredible Toronto rooftop bars and restaurants provide the perfect spots to celebrate a romantic weekend or birthday getaway—or no occasion at all!
The Drake Sky Yard
One of the most popular rooftops on Queen Street West, The Drake Hotel’s top floor Sky Yard fills up all day with brunch goers soaking up the sun and partiers grabbing a cocktail in the evening. This venue is open year-round, so you can order a pitcher of sangria or craft beer and curl up by a heater.
SKYLIGHT Rooftop Bar
Set inside the W Hotel Toronto in luxe Yorkville, the SKYLIGHT Rooftop Bar serves Mediterranean-inspired food in a colourful bohemian-inspired space. The unparalleled views of Bloor Street East are best enjoyed with Quicksand cocktails served in a glass terrarium paired with a dish from their raw bar.
Set 16 stories above the 6ix, Lavelle is a chic rooftop bar where the A-lister and King Street West crowd go to see one of the best views of the city (and be seen). While there, you’ll want to try one of their signature cocktails, like the fresh Paloma Aperol Spritz made with fresh grapefruit or the Yum Punch courvoisier, passoã passionfruit liqueur, ting! And finished with hibiscus dust.
Kasa Moto is a sophisticated Japanese restaurant in Yorkville that serves contemporary izakaya-style dishes with a second-floor patio. Order your sushi with one of their signature cocktails, like the Working Capital made with grilled orange bulleit bourbon, rye, apricot brandy, salted vanilla syrup and bitters.
The Broadview Hotel
The Broadview Hotel’s year-round patio overlooks the ever-expanding Leslieville strip and Don River. Located in Toronto’s east end, The Rooftop has a great view of the downtown skyline to enjoy while sipping their zero-proof Mango Ginger Mule and munching on a bao.
You’ll want to make a reservation to snag a seat on Terroni Price’s coveted rooftop patio. The top floor of this multi-level restaurant not only has a great view of Toronto’s swanky Rosedale neighbourhood but is the perfect spot to have an Aperol Spritz with one of their many pasta and pizza dishes.
The Porch has been a staple in the Entertainment District for those looking for a spot to grab a casual drink or for the lively weekend atmosphere. Set high above the Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon, The Porch is best known for the buckets of margaritas topped with Mexican beer and watermelon, which provide a refreshing summer sip.
The renowned 51st floor of the Manulife Centre is now home to AP Restaurant, offering sky-high dining in the heart of Yorkville. Under the direction of chef and partner Antonio Park, the menu is full of Japanese and Pan Asian-inspired dishes, including sushi and hearty chirashi bowls.
Hotel X Toronto’s prime location near the Lake Ontario waterfront gives its restaurant, Valerie, one of the most serene and panoramic rooftop views in Toronto. But what makes this spot truly unique in Toronto is that this rooftop has three floors with a lounge, restaurant and bar spaces for guests and locals to explore.
Serving cool drinks to the Annex since 1986, Pauper’s Pub’s seasonal rooftop patio is one of the best-kept secrets along Bloor Street West just east of Koreatown. The no-fuss atmosphere is ideal for sampling local beer and classic pub food.
Even though Gusto 101 has two sprawling patios, their Portland Street location’s rooftop terrace is worth the wait to enjoy modern Italian fare in downtown’s Fashion District. Order the refreshing Sambuca Spritz with your favourite pizza or indulge in their house wine on tap for only $1 an ounce.
1 Hotel Toronto has taken one of the most coveted patios and views of the CN Tower and transformed it into Harriet’s Rooftop. This verdant open-air bar is just as busy for Sunday brunch as it is for a weekday evening with the after-work crowd looking for a cocktail.
Taste Baro’s Latin-infused menu on their lush all-season fourth-floor rooftop patio, where you can choose between one of their cocktails, like a Bogotá Sour made with pink guava or an Aztec Old Fashioned finished with mole bitters, to pair with a dish made on their custom grill.
Casa La Palma
On the second floor of La Palma on Dundas West near popular Trinity Bellwoods Park, Casa La Palma’s sunny patio lets you enjoy the neighbourhood from overhead. Be sure to order their 100-layer lasagna with a glass of Sangiovese from Tuscany.
The Pilot is a kitschy aviation-themed bar best known for their year-round rooftop terrace with retractable awnings. Their no-frills menu draws a crowd in Yorkville looking for a pint and pub grub without the price tag.
Cool off this summer with the Limone Di Troy cocktail made with pink and dry vermouth, cicchetto limone and grapefruit, or nibble on a light crudo dish or a premium steak from their butcher.
The Chase’s enclosed rooftop restaurant in the Financial District offers an elegant atmosphere catering to upscale office lunches during the day and swanky celebrations in the evening. The restaurant prides itself on its seafood dishes you’ll want to pair with a glass of bubbly or white wine.
High above the city, Cali-cool Kōst attracts diners to their rooftop retreat on the 44th floor of the Bisha Hotel. Boasting nonstop city and lakeshore views—and an infinity pool—this Entertainment District rooftop patio is open all day.
Pro tip: one of the best times to visit is during sunset for the perfect view of the CN Tower as the sky changes colour.
Bar Hop Brew Co
If you’re looking for top-rated craft beer in a casual atmosphere, the rooftop above Bar Hop’s microbrewery just off Queen Street West is the spot for you. On tap, there’s a range of beers made in-house and sourced from all over Ontario. Don’t miss buck-a-shuck oysters every Sunday.
While there are no panoramic views from the rooftop patio at Hemingway’s, this hideaway has become a local favourite as a casual, easy-going and affordable option tucked away amongst Yorkville’s opulent restaurant scene.
While there, pair your favourite beer with one of the best bowls of pad Thai in the city or snack on bar food while watching the big game.