There's something about patios that have the ability to compliment your food. On a nice day, there's nothing better than refreshing yourself with a cold drink and having a delicious meal on a patio.

Take advantage of the beautiful weather by escaping the Toronto streets and taking a road trip to enjoy a patio outside of the city. There are several gorgeous patios driving distance away, that have breathtaking waterfront views, great service and fabulous food.

Whether you're looking to have lunch, dinner or grab a small bite, you should switch up the scene and check out these 9 spectacular Ontario patios that are totally worth the drive:

Read also: 12 Spectacular Rooftop Patios In Toronto 

Photo cred - On The Docks Pub 

1. On The Docks // 90 Main Street East, Huntsville.

The pub style restaurant is located right on a dock, making it a popular spot for locals and visitors in the Huntsville area. On The Docks allows you to enjoy the typical cottage life, by eating delicious food in a beautiful and relaxing environment. If you're looking for more entertainment, On The Docks has live music performances every weekend.

2. Water's Edge @ Lake Joe Club // 1072 Elgin House Rd, Port Carling.

Water's Edge offers a spectacular view of Lake Joseph, delectable food and the ultimate dining experience. This restaurant is part of the Lake Joe Club, a popular golf club for professional athletes, entertainers and actors. Take a seat on their patio for lunch, dinner or a quick bite along with a nice cold beverage.

3. The Dam Grill // 3279 Port Severn Rd N, Severn. 

The Dam Grill is located at the Bush Marina approximately 2 hours away from Toronto. It's always a great experience dining at The Dam Grill because they serve delicious food and offer great service. The road trip is totally worth it during the summer because you get to enjoy their beautiful patio deck which overlooks the waterway at Port Severn.

4. Harbor House Grill // 727 Harbour St, Lefroy.

Harbor House Grill is a hidden gem located in the Lefroy Harbour resort, near Innisfil. Many locals and visitors enjoy dining at this cozy neighborhood restaurant for the friendly service, flavorful and fresh food, as well as spacey patio that overlooks Lake Simcoe. Pay a trip for their all you can eat breakfast buffet on the weekends or the roast beef dinner every Friday that is carved on the spot.

5. TheSmoke // 498 First Street, Collingwood.

TheSmoke has become a hot spot because it specializes in BBQ goodies. Everything is smoked from their award wining BBQ ribs, to smoked meat sandwiches and traditional beef Brisket and pulled pork. Meat lovers, I highly suggest you jump in your car ASAP and experience BBQ on their spacious patio to a whole different level.

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6. Spencer's at the Waterfront // 1340 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington.

Spencers in Burlington is the ultimate dining spot, that has such breathtaking views of Lake Ontario, that it compliments the fabulous food. The trip to Spencers is totally worth it and isn't very time consuming because it's only a 45 minute drive from the downtown core. Indulge in a fine dining experience like no other by trying either their market fresh seafood or mouth-watering craft cut steak.

7. Snug Harbor // 14 Stavebank Rd S, Mississauga.

Snug Harbor specializes in seafood, but there are several other options to choose from on their menu. The restaurant is located in the heart of cute Port Credit, that is a short ride from the downtown core (30 min.) The water front patio at Snug is a very popular spot during the summer, for both visitors and locals. Even though the patio is quite spacious, arrive early or make a reservation to avoid waiting. P.S their patio is heated on breezy nights!

8. Emma's Back Porch  // 2084 Old Lakeshore Rd, Burlington.

Emma's Back Porch is a cottage-like eatery, located half an hour from downtown Toronto. They have a patio that overlooks the water and a casual atmosphere that is very welcoming and comfy. At Emma's you're guaranteed to have a delicious meal, along with a spectacular view.

9. Sarcoa // 57 Discovery Dr, Hamilton. 

Sarcoa is able to accommodate 350 people on their waterfront patio. There's a separate self- serve lounge area that is very laid back and has the perfect ambiance to enjoy a couple of beverages. If you're looking to have lunch or dinner you need to make a reservation in advance.

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