10 Toronto Brunch Patios to Cure the Hangover

10 Toronto Brunch Patios to Cure the Hangover

There’s no hangover remedy in Toronto like a greasy-ass brunch, a little fresh air and a Caesar or two.

So it's no wonder why patios in Toronto fill up early during sunny summer afternoons, when partygoers peel themselves off the couch desperately seeking sustenance and trying to remember what the hell happened the night before.

Brunch has become increasingly popular in Toronto over the past few years, and now bars and restaurants throughout the city fight to attract guests with competing brunch menus.

Here’s a list of ten amazing Toronto brunch patios in ten different neighbourhoods throughout the downtown area.

Toronto Brunch Patios
  • Brassaii

    461 King Street , in King West, Toronto

    There’s no doubting the popularity of Brassaii’s Saturday and Sunday brunches on King West or their monthly World Famous Le Brunch parties hosted by Kleen Media. Brunch is served regularly from 10am – 3pm each weekend both inside and on the cobblestone courtyard patio, which seats over 100 guests with two bars. Brassaii’s brunch menu offers enough options to please pretty much anyone. Just note that this won’t be your cheapest option for brunch in Toronto.

  • Lion On the Beach

    1958 Queen Street , Toronto

    Pub , Bar

    Located in The Beaches is Lion on the Beach, offering no-BS bar food and a brunch menu on weekends and holidays served until 3pm. The corner pub features two large patios, one along Queen and another on the opposite side of the building tucked in a spacious alleyway.

  • The Drake Hotel

    1150 Queen Street West , Toronto

    The patio at The Drake is perfect for people-watching over brunch in West Queen West, with lively (often strung out) characters always out and about. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am – 4pm with a selection of eye-openers including the Drake Caesar, Drake Mojito, Lavender Lemonade and more. They’ve got a cool brunch menus including vegetarian options, but their chicken and waffles is the shit.

  • Universal Grill

    1071 Shaw Street , Toronto

    Universal Grill’s quaint patio on the corner of Dupont and Shaw is open during the summer months, serving brunch in Bloor West since 1996. They offer a brunch menu served from 10:30am – 2:30pm with a lot of Tex-Mex inspired items like grilled tortillas, spicy chili cheese spuds supreme and black angus steak n’ eggs.

  • Starving Artist

    582 Lansdowne Avenue , Toronto

    Everything is served with waffles in this Bloordale Village café, bar and restaurant which specializes in breakfast and brunch. They’ve got a daily brunch menu and you’d be surprised with not only how many things go with waffles, but how many different types of waffles there are including vegan, gluten-free and potato waffles to accommodate all allergies and lifestyles. For the meat lovers, their signature waffle bacon dish should fix you right up after a night of boozing.

  • Located in the Annex, Live specializes in offering gourmet gluten and sugar free, vegan food with brunch served every Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 3pm. Salads, tofu omelets, zucchini crepes, veggie wraps, burritos and more are all on the brunch menu and served every weekend on the outdoor patio out back.

  • Aunties & Uncles

    74 Lippincott Street , Toronto

    Kensington Market’s Aunties & Uncles specializes in breakfast and their “comfort brunch” served from 9am – 3pm for those weekend recovery mornings and afternoons. Just be warned that their brunch is famous citywide and they don’t take reservations. Be prepared to wait, especially if you really want a spot on the patio.

  • One Restaurant

    116 Yorkville Avenue , Toronto

    If you’re looking for brunch in the Yorkville area, One is celebrity Chef Mark McEwan’s upscale restaurant with outdoor seating on the tree-lined patio for a relaxing spot to nurse the hangover. Again, this isn’t the spot if you’re on a budget and just spent way too much at the bar the night before.

  • School

    70 Fraser Avenue , Toronto

    School is Liberty Village’s breakfast and brunch destination with weekday brunch served from 8am – 4pm and weekend brunch from 9:30am – 4pm. Mimosas are the most popular eye openers on Saturdays and Sundays, made from freshly squeezed juices and priced at $9/glass or $35/flask that can be sipped on their spacious patio.

  • Barque Smokehouse

    299 Roncesvalles Avenue , Toronto

    Barque opens at 11:30pm on weekdays but an hour early at 10:30am on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch until 2pm in the heart of Roncesvalles Village. Their brunch menu includes a nice variety of hot and cold sandwiches, eggs, pancakes and French toast, and signature cocktails. Their patio isn’t huge though so be prepared to wait a bit or eat inside.

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Pete Richards
Pete Richards

If Star Wars and Van Damme had a baby, it would be me.