18 Best Restaurants in Queen's Park, The Annex, and Little Italy, Toronto

Bar Raval

$$$ | Little Italy Fodor's choice

Inside a breathtaking room swathed in undulating waves of wood, you'll find Bar Raval, a tapas restaurant known for some marvelous food and drink. Stop by during the day and order a couple pintxos (a single-serving snack served on a skewer), feast on tins of smoked seafood and heartier tapas for a full meal, or stop in late for a nightcap.

505 College St., Toronto, Ontario, M6G 1A4, Canada
Known For
  • popular covered patio
  • standing-only tables (plus a couple stools)
  • varied drinks list with sherry, vermouth, cocktails, and "weird wine"
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No reservations.

Piano Piano

$$$ | The Annex Fodor's choice

On a quiet stretch of Harbord lies this low-lit modern trattoria, popular with couples and families alike. The menu spans from antipasti and fresh pastas (the mushroom cavatelli and giant ravioli are crowd-pleasers) to excellent blistered-crust pizzas and picturesque desserts—but whatever you order is bound to be great.

Café Diplomatico

$$ | Little Italy

Holding court over a central Little Italy corner since 1968, Diplomatico is popular for its big sidewalk patio with umbrella-shaded tables, one of the best places in the city for people-watching. "The Dip," as it's locally known, serves reliable red-sauce Italian fare until late into the night.

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$$$$ | Little Italy

It's all about elegance at this long-standing Portuguese spot, where waiters bustle past white tablecloths and polished wood armchairs. The exquisite fish, which form the menu's base, are flown in from the Azores and Madeira. But there's much for meat eaters, too—like a signature roasted rack of lamb with Douro wine sauce.

864 College St. W, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 1A3, Canada
Known For
  • excellent grilled seafood
  • classic Portuguese dishes
  • top-notch service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Duff's Famous Wings

$$ | Little Italy

At this classic Toronto wing joint, crispy flats and drumettes are served with pristine celery sticks and creamy dill or blue-cheese dressing. The "medium" sauce is still fairly hot—but for those truly willing to tempt fate, the options go all the way up to "armageddon."

Fat Pasha

$$$$ | The Annex

A hit with locals, this cozy, low-lit spot is Middle Eastern food at its finest. The menu is a love letter to classics like hummus, shawarma, and falafel, with a few novel creations thrown in for good measure.

414 Dupont St., Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1V9, Canada
Known For
  • showstopping halloumi-stuffed cauliflower
  • salatim platters of dips and apps
  • hidden back patio
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.


$$ | Queen's Park

This local mini-chain does a brisk business in fresh, slow-cooked rotisserie chicken, either sold as combo meals or atop customizable salads.

661 University Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Known For
  • hearty, well-rounded salads
  • tasty side soups
  • grab-and-go service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends


$$ | Queen's Park

For generations, hungry Torontonians have ended up at this reliable round-the-clock diner for classic breakfasts and greasy-spoon dishes. Burgers and Benedicts are staples, but the menu makes room for a variety of comfort food crowd-pleasers like lasagnas, meat loaf, and steak. Save room for rice pudding.

Future Bistro

$$ | The Annex

Aside from European-style baked goods and all-day breakfasts, this spot also serves Old World recipes like cabbage rolls, schnitzel, and potato-cheese pierogi slathered with sour cream. It's beloved by the pastry-and-coffee crowd and by students wanting generous portions from early morning until late at night.


$$$$ | Little Italy

Traditional Italian food gets a modern twist at this intimate eatery offering a wide, delicious variety of updated Italian dishes. Pastas and pizzas are both excellent, but there's standout seafoods and meats—like a showstopping strip loin for two—mixed in among the numerous veg-forward options.

972 College St., Toronto, Ontario, M6H 1A5, Canada
Known For
  • ultramodern interior design
  • signature grilled octopus
  • sizeable list of Italian wines and aperitivi
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Le Paradis

$$$ | The Annex

This low-lit, warrenlike bistro has hardly changed at all since the '90s—and the regulars like it that way. The open kitchen turns out reliable French fare like steak tartare, seared scallops, and duck confit; desserts include flourless chocolate cake and house-made ice cream. Get a quieter table in one of the inner dining rooms, or belly up to the bar and watch the action.

166 Bedford Rd., Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2K9, Canada
Known For
  • bustling atmosphere
  • inexpensive wine and cocktails
  • helpful, unpretentious service


$$$ | Queen's Park

Crowd-pleasing, reliable Italian fare—pizzas, pastas, and a few meaty mains—is the name of the game at this spacious Italian trattoria, part of a small local family of restaurants.

NEO Coffee Bar

$ | Queen's Park

Whether you're in need of an espresso, a pour-over, a hojicha tea latte, a sandwich, or a gorgeous slice of cake, this modern Japanese café has you covered.

PG Cluck's

$$ | Little Italy

Folks flock from all over town for this takeout counter's fried chicken sandwiches—one of the first spots to capitalize on what has become a citywide trend.

Rustle and Still

$$ | The Annex

Located where the Annex's western edge blends into Koreatown, this quirky café offers spins on Vietnamese sandwiches and mains, plus coffee and baked treats.

Schmaltz Appetizing

$$ | The Annex

Tucked just behind its big-brother restaurant Fat Pasha, Schmaltz is a love letter to the Jewish appetizing shops of yore, turning out fresh bagel sandwiches with traditional toppings like smoked lox and whitefish salad.

The Big Chill

$ | Little Italy

If you're craving a specific ice cream flavor or topping, chances are this long-standing ice cream parlor will have it ready to go.

The Night Baker

$ | Little Italy

Known for hefty, soft-centered cookies, from Oreo and s'more to Filipino-inspired delicacies, this bakery also ships its wares across Canada and the United States (in case you get a craving once you're back at home).

825 College St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Known For
  • rotating cookie flavors like ube and pandan
  • coffee and glasses of milk to drink
  • gelato options in summertime
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.