Rave: Patio Season

All of us here on the fourth floor live for patio season – and thankfully it’s just around the corner. (May is going to bring nicer weather, we know it). In celebration of the return of our favourite warm weather activity, we want to share some of our top patio picks from across the city, neighbourhood by neighbourhood. Enjoy!


The Ceili Cottage, located at 1301 Queen St. E., is a cute Irish pub/restaurant in Leslieville. The patio seats up to 60 people, and with its street-side location, it’s just the right spot for conversation, people watching, and enjoying the weather!

Archeo is a lovely little restaurant in Toronto’s Historic Distillery District at 55 Mill St. Its classic patio is a sheltered oasis with foliage, flowers and cobblestone underfoot. We love this spot best for a Sunday brunch with friends and family. Afterward, take a stroll around to explore art galleries, shops and stunning historic buildings.


The Rushton is a cozy, neighborhood-oriented, French-inspired bistro at 740 St. Clair Ave. W., with a sweet little side patio. Such a lovely, intimate spot for a romantic date night. Enjoy wine and fresh cuisine on a warmer summer night here.

Safari Bar Grill located at 1749 Avenue Road this restaurant boats one of North Toronto’s largest patios – and it’s fully heated with retractable awnings and surrounded by beautiful flowers. Known for delicious food, specialty beers and an outstanding wine list with over 150 premium wines, this patio is a perfect place to go for a weekend lunch or dinner with family or friends.


The Drake Hotel, of course. As you may know, we are lucky enough to have The Drake Hotel as our client, and they have THE coolest rooftop and ground patios in the city. These patios are fun for brunch, after-work drinks or a late night out on the town. Try out one of their seasonal menu items – they are constantly changing, but always delicious!

Vivoli is a classic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Little Italy at 665 College Street. Vivoli has three patios (one rooftop and two street side), making it an amazing spot to head for a pitcher of sangria and tasty authentic Italian pizza, straight from their wood-burning oven. Planning a birthday dinner? Definitely call to book a reservation here!


The Bedford Academy is a classic pub, tucked away in the heart of the Annex at 36 Prince Arthur Ave. The patio is divine since it’s located in such a beautiful neighbourhood, with lots of trees and lush green around you. They also offer five types of Caesars! Yum.

Victory Cafe is an Annex classic, at 581 Markham St. VC is always happening and filled with people enjoying the finest in Canadian flavours from local microbreweries. The service is friendly and the atmosphere is laid-back, making it a perfect destination for an after-work dinner and drink date with friends.

Tell us what your ideal spot to take in some sunshine and delicious drinks with friends in Toronto. Tweet us @rockitpromo or comment below. 

Don’t forget to wear your sun block – or a stylish hat – to protect yourself from the rays while lounging around in the sun. It’s coming soon, we promise.

Yum, yum: Best French Fries in Toronto

When it comes to fries, all diets are off. Dip them in ketchup or eat ‘em plain, but we aren’t talking Happy Meals. For sweet, gourmet or simple frenchies, check out these eateries, and let the fry frenzy begin.

The Rushton
This French-inspired bistro nestled in the St. Clair West ‘hood has something for everyone. After 13 years of ownership at Ferro restaurant, Francesco Pronesti decided to open something a little different, with a quaint vibe.

While no meal at The Rushton can start off wrong with their French onion soup, no dinner is complete without the restaurant’s famous sweet potato fries with garlic aioli. A mix of sweet and salty with a garlic kick, these fries will have you coming back again and again.

ONE Restaurant
Located in the heart of Yorkville, ONE Restaurant is the place for top celeb spotting during TIFF, and just steps away from Hazelton Lanes (read: good shopping). After achieving culinary success with North 44 and Bymark, Toronto chef Mark McEwan brought his culinary talents to ONE Restaurant at The Hazelton Hotel.

Serving French- and Italian-inspired fare, the restaurant offers diners some truly fine fries in a glam setting. Order crisp frites with citrus garlic aioli or truffle and reggiano. No ketchup needed here!

Burger Shack
At Eglinton and Avenue, this casual burger joint has all the classics diners could want. Burger Shack is the place for wholesome burgers and creamy milkshakes in chocolate or vanilla. The thick cut and crispy fries are so good, they’re well worth the extra carbs and added treadmill time. Open late, these fries make the perfect after bar snack. Can you say supersize me?

Harbord Fish and Chips
This U of T fixture keeps it simple and does it right. Even the strictest of dieters can’t say no to the tempting smell of freshly cut fries, crispy fried fish, malt vinegar and a squeeze of lemon from this little shop, all wrapped in newsprint. Their handcut fries are simple, hot and just the right amount of salty. On a warm summer day, a lunchtime stop here will take you right to the ocean.  

Did we get it right? Which Toronto spot serves your favourite french fried potato? Tweet us @rockitpromo.