The Best Waterfront Dining in Toronto

Toronto skyline from Lake Ontario
Toronto skyline from Lake Ontario | © OTMPC
Photo of Sahar Aman
Staff Writer16 April 2018

Toronto’s delicious and eclectic cuisine is strong all over the city. By the waterfront, you can find some of the city’s best restaurants that also offer beautiful views of Toronto’s skyline and Lake Ontario. From a hole-in-the-wall establishment to fine dining, bistro pubs to decadent sushi platters, the views from these restaurants will take your taste buds and breath away!

Eden Trattoria

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Toronto's best waterfront dining
View from Eden Trattoria | © Eden Trattoria
Situated along Humber Bay Shores, Eden Trattoria is a popular Italian restaurant in Etobicoke. At Eden Trattoria, you are invited to relax, have a drink on their waterfront patio and create your own custom pizzas and pasta. The restaurant’s menu is designed in such a way that patrons can pick and choose their favorite ingredients; a chef will then make the pasta or pizza dish of your dreams—all with a beautiful view of the city’s skyline.

Bluffer’s Park Restaurant

Restaurant, Seafood, Steakhouse, $$$
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Tucked away in Scarborough’s Bluffer’s Park Marina, this space is another option for waterfront dining away from Toronto’s downtown core. The menu at Bluffer’s Park Restaurant focuses on seafood, pasta, and steak. The casual upscale vibe and patio overlooking the city’s shimmering waters make it a great little spot for sipping drinks and munching on seafood.

Boxcar Social

Cafe, Wine Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Two of life’s greatest pleasures—coffee beans and fermented grapes—come together at this hipster café-cum-wine bar. Out of the three Boxcar Social establishments in Toronto, as part of the reinvigoration of Toronto’s waterfront, the third installment has been the most ambitious. With a gorgeous patio overlooking Lake Ontario, Boxcar Social has become a popular establishment. Their evening menu runs late and features mouthwatering ingredients such as local burrata, grilled peaches, and Ontario heirloom tomatoes.

Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Cuisine

Restaurant, Dim Sum, Chinese, $$$
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This little gem right down by the lake has been serving authentic dim sum and Chinese dishes for almost 30 years. Located inside the Queen’s Quay Terminal, the restaurant offers upscale dining with spectacular views. Make sure you reserve a table by the window, and then tuck into some of their fresh dim sum off the carts while sipping on tea.

Sunnyside Pavilion Cafe

Cafe, American, Seafood, $$$
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Sunnyside Beath, Toronto's best waterfront views
Sunnyside Bathing Pavillion | © Canned Muffins / Flickr
Sunnyside Pavilion Cafe is a historical treasure, having been around for almost a century. The pavilion is a rare gem along the banks of Humber Bay and adds old-world character and charm to the city’s waterfront. People have gathered at this lakeside landmark since the 1920s for fun under the sun! Along with breathtaking views, this stunning spot is known for its amazing cocktails and seasonal fare.

Alexandros Take Out

Restaurant, Greek
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This hole-in-the-wall has delicious Greek cuisine, and limited indoor and outdoor seating. It might not be the fanciest spot on the waterfront, but the gyros are some of the city’s best. Alexandro’s Takeout maybe better suited to warmer months, if you don’t mind perching on the tables outside, you’ll get bang for your buck food, and a modest patio by the lake. Word on the street is that the Greek fries are not to be missed!


Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Miku Signature Selection, Toronto's best waterfront dining
Aburu Sushi | © Miku
Miku in Toronto’s Harbourfront is Aburi Restaurant’s first East Coast location. This upscale restaurant features a raw bar, sushi bar, and large patio. After starting out in Vancouver, Chef Kazuya Matsuoka, along with Chef Michael Acero and head sushi chef Kazuki Uchigoshi, brought Aburi cuisine to the city’s waterfront. Aburi means flame-seared, but at Miku, Aburi is also a philosophy. When a flame is applied to sushi, the heat alters the flavor of it and creates a new culinary story. Miku fuses traditional Japanese ingredients and techniques with local produce for a new and exciting experience.

Amsterdam BrewHouse

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, American, $$$
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This lakeside restaurant-brewhouse is huge—14,000 square feet (1,301 square meters) to be exact. The high ceilings, wooden beams, and roped lighting give the contemporary space some rustic touches. Beer is what they do best, and the most creative way to sample a bunch of in-house craft brews is with a tasting flight. However, Amsterdam Brewhouse also has an innovative menu. Some edibles come from their wood-fired oven or cherrywood smoker, while other dishes on the menu feature their signature brews. In warmer months, grab a sought-after spot on one of three patios and enjoy ice-cold drinks and dishes laced with beer against the backdrop of Lake Ontario.