Toronto Restaurants

Toronto’s calling card—its ethnic diversity—offers up a potent mix of cuisines. But with that base, the city’s chefs are now pushing into new territory. Gone are the days of chefs gunning for white linen tablecloths; now pop-up vendors such as Fidel Gastro’s Lisa Marie and Seven Lives Tacos Y Mariscos draw a cult following big
Toronto’s calling card—its ethnic diversity—offers up a potent mix of cuisines. But with that base, the city’s chefs are now pushing into new territory. Gone are the days of chefs gunning for white linen tablecloths; now pop-up vendors such as Fidel Gastro’s Lisa Marie
Toronto’s calling card—its ethnic diversity—offers up a potent mix of cuisines. But with that base, the city’s chefs ar

Toronto’s calling card—its ethnic diversity—offers up a potent mix of cuisines. But with that base, the city’s chefs are now pushing into new territory. Gone are the days of chefs gunning for white linen tablecloths; now pop-up vendors such as Fidel Gastro’s Lisa Marie and Seven Lives Tacos Y Mariscos draw a cult following big enough to open up brick-and-mortar locations.

And it’s not enough to have consistently good food: kitchens are pushed to be creative and embrace food trends. Spanish tapas and Korean fusion have replaced French and Thai as the newest crazes in the city and izakayas are out while ramen is in. Farm-to-table shows no sign of slowing down, with many menus citing the source of their meats and produce. While Toronto is still young as a foodie travel destination, it’s drawing in the crowds, or at a minimum world-famous chefs such as Daniel Boulud and David Chang, who have landed in Toronto with Café Boulud and Momofuku. And as locals will tell you, first come the chefs, then come the savvy foodie travelers, always posting a tweet or photo to Instagram at the city’s newest hot spots.

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  • 1. Beast

    $$ | King West | International

    Carnivores will revel in the full-on meat menu at Beast Restaurant where chef Scott Vivian serves up dishes such as succulent pork hocks with...Read More

  • 2. Burrito Boyz

    $ | Entertainment District | Mexican

    One of the best places to stuff yourself silly, Burrito Boyz answers the call for rice-filled tortillas stuffed with succulent halibut or hearty...Read More

  • 3. Café Boulud

    $$$$ | Yorkville | French

    Nestled in tony and fabulous Yorkville, Café Boulud, spearheaded by world-renown restaurateur Daniel Boulud, occupies the coveted dining room...Read More

  • 4. Campagnolo

    $$$ | Little Italy | Italian

    Praised as Toronto's best new restaurant when it opened, Campagnolo continues to serve its award-winning Italian-grandmother-inspired cooking...Read More

  • 5. Canoe

    $$$$ | Financial District | Canadian

    Huge dining-room windows frame breathtaking views of the Toronto Islands and the lake at this restaurant, thanks to a location on the 54th floor...Read More

  • 6. Cava

    $$ | Yonge and Eglinton | Spanish

    The flavors are as loud as the chatter at Cava, a gem that truly is hidden, as it's tucked away on a plaza terrace. This restaurant and wine...Read More

  • 7. Edulis

    $$ | King West | European

    European-bistro-meets-local-forager, that's the theme at Edulis, a restaurant devoted to classic rustic dishes. Bentwood chairs, rough-hewed...Read More

  • 8. El Catrin

    $$ | Distillery District | Mexican

    With a 5,000-square-foot patio and stunning and vibrant floor-to-ceiling murals by artist Oscar Flores, El Catrin is the hottest place to be...Read More

  • 9. Foxley

    $$ | Ossington | Asian

    Like the appealingly bare-bones aesthetic of its space (exposed brick, hardwoods, candlelight), this creative bistro offers unadorned dishes...Read More

  • 10. Khao San Road

    $$ | Entertainment District | Thai

    Named for a street in Bangkok bursting with nightlife and excellent street eats, Khao San Road lives up to its moniker. Start with a refreshing...Read More

  • 11. Lee Garden

    $$ | Chinatown | Chinese

    Always packed, this Cantonese eatery has printouts of recommended dishes taped up on its green walls, but truthfully it does everything well...Read More

  • 12. Luma

    $$$ | Entertainment District | Canadian

    Duck out of a double-feature at the TIFF Bell Lightbox to grab a meal at Luma. Echoing the Lightbox's artistic nature, this restaurant plays...Read More

  • 13. Mistura

    $$$ | Yorkville | Italian

    Mistura's combination of comfort and casual luxury and its innovative menu make for an ongoing buzz. A bright dining room with wooden pillars...Read More

  • 14. Origin

    $$ | Old Town | Asian

    A sleek, industrial space of exposed brick, spun-wire lamps, and charcoal-colored upholstery gives a suitably chic backdrop to this global food...Read More

  • 15. Porchetta & Co.

    $ | Little Italy | Italian

    Porchetta is a labor of love for Italian cooks: first, pork shoulder is marinated for 24 hours, then it's wrapped in slices of prosciutto, that...Read More

  • 16. Rose and Sons

    $$ | The Annex | American

    Rose and Sons is the kind of neighborhood, family joint that strives to make both parents and kids happy. Forget run-of-the-mill, mediocre,...Read More

  • 17. Seven Lives Tacos Y Mariscos

    $ | Kensington Market | Mexican

    Pop-up-vendor-turned-sensation, this small taco joint in Kensington Market brings in the crowds. A small eatery of only ten seats, Seven Lives...Read More

  • 18. Tabülè

    $$ | Leslieville | Middle Eastern

    Bold Middle Eastern flavors and spices are showcased at Tabülè. Get hands-on as you dip warm flatbread into baganüj , hummus or tabülè . The...Read More

  • 19. Victor

    $$$ | Canadian

    Just off of King Street in the boutique Hôtel Le Germain, Victor exudes an easy cool, with plate-glass walls, wood plank floors, and just the...Read More

  • 20. Delux

    $$$ | Ossington | French

    This better-than-average neighborhood bistro is a worthwhile stop on Ossington. With its welcoming yet slightly edgy room, streamlined service...Read More

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