Top 5 Under the Radar Patios in Mississauga


It’s here.

After months and months and months of waiting, your patience is about to be rewarded in spades—patio weather is finally here.

While Mississauga has a ton of gorgeous patios that are ideal for breezy get togethers and romantic dates, it also boasts a ton of smaller gems that you might not think about when choosing that perfect late-night drinks destination.

Here’s a look at five under the radar patios that you might not think about, but should (in no particular order).

 5) Alioli Ristorante

Although City Centre is known for a few patios (Scaddabush, &Co, etc.) there’s a slightly hidden one that’s more than worth checking out. Alioli Italian Restaurant, one of the few restaurants in the City Centre area that is independently owned, is a great place for a satisfying business lunch, a sophisticated dinner or a nice glass of vino on the patio. Alioli’s has been around since 1996, taking shape right after Biritz Night Club closed down. It’s one of the area’s higher-end restaurants in City Centre and its glass-encased patio is perfect for a breezy get together or romantic date.

4) El Mariachi Tacos and Churros

The new kid in town has a great patio that you might not be aware of! The newest addition to Mississauga’s growing Mexican scene, one that’s populated by very few restaurants at the moment, recently opened its doors to fairly great fanfare. El Mariachi Tacos and Churros set up shop in Streetsville and serves authentic tacos filled with all manner of delicious ingredients, including chorizo, carnitas, tinga, pozole and more. As the name implies, the resto also specializes in Churros. The restaurant took shape in the Graydon Pub building on Queen Street South and boasts a quaint, picturesque patio that’s great for lunch, dinner or evening drinks.

3) Roc’n Doc’s

Look up. Way up. If you do, you’ll see a great rooftop patio you might not have known about if you’re just a casual visitor to the neighbourhood. Located in the heart of Port Credit, Roc’n Docs features musical performances every night of the week and is a staple in the live music scene in Mississauga. The venue has made it onto a number of Top 5 lists, including best patio, top Port Credit bars and more. The resto’s main level is equipped with a stage and the second level boasts one of the best rooftop patios the city has to offer. This casual restaurant offers a menu of pub-style eats, a variety of cocktails and beer.

2) Capra’s Kitchen

Want to look out on Clarkson while you dine on some of the finest pasta dishes in the city? Chef Massimo Capra recently opened a restaurant called Capra’s Kitchen in his hometown of Mississauga in the former Villa La Bella space along Lakeshore Rd. in the Clarkson neighbourhood. As you might know, Capra is an accomplished celebrity chef, TV personality, author and Saugaboy who has an extensive resume. Starting from the ground up, his career began when he first started toiling in kitchens in Italy. He made his way to Toronto in the early 80s and worked in a few notable fine dining establishments in the city. His brand new restaurant offers lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and his menu is full of delicious, classic Italian fare that’s sure to leave every diner satisfied. And since it’s summer, you’re welcome to dine on his spacious patio and watch the world go by as you down vino.

1) Papa Giuseppe’s

Looking for a fun, Italian flag-inspired patio? You can get it at Papa Giuseppe’s, Italian restaurant located in Port Credit at Lakeshore and Stavebank. With the scenic outdoor patio, the old Italian-inspired decor makes you feel like you’re sitting in Italy, eating at one of the local restaurants. It is a very cozy, family-oriented restaurant that serves as a casual dining spot that’s great for a casual after-work dinner. Giuseppe’s serves authentic Italian dishes from fresh pizza and veal parmigiana to 13 different types of pastas. If you want to hip up the patio, make your reservations because this restaurant fills up quickly.

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