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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Foxley

    $$ | Ossington | Asian

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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Asuka

    $$ | Yorkville | Japanese

    Among hip and often pretentious establishments, this sunken space stands out for its simplicity and coziness, and proves that celebrity spotting...Read More

  • 12. Beer Bistro

    $$ | Financial District | European

    A culinary tribute to beer, the creative menu here incorporates its star ingredient in every dish, but in subtle and clever ways without causing...Read More

  • 13. BENT

    $$ | Little Italy | Seafood

    BENT feels like a school cafeteria abuzz with Generation Y teens and twentysomethings looking to catch up on the latest gossip or trends. Vintage...Read More

  • 14. Christina's

    $$ | Danforth | Greek

    Who doesn't have a foodie love affair with Greek dips? Here they're served individually or as a large platter combination, pikilia mezedakia...Read More

  • 15. FOUR

    $$ | Financial District | Canadian

    While other eateries are busy curing and preserving in their kitchens, FOUR zones in on another trend, healthful eating, with a menu of dishes...Read More

  • 16. Guu Izakaya

    $$ | Dundas Square Area | Japanese

    Torontonians went crazy when Guu opened in 2009, and for good reason. There simply isn't another place like it here. The passionate staff shouts...Read More

  • 17. Irish Embassy Pub & Grill

    $$ | Old Town | Irish

    Popular both with the après-work crowd and late-night carousers, this handsome pub is the place for hearty homemade food and a proper pint....Read More

  • 18. Le Paradis

    $$ | The Annex | French

    This is the kind of comfortable neighborhood place you hope to find in Paris—checkerboard floors, sunny walls with murals and black-and-white...Read More

  • 19. Live Organic Food Bar

    $$ | The Annex | Vegetarian

    The sunny decor will charm you, but the real draw here is the imaginative (and enthusiastic) owners and the amazing raw foods they create. A...Read More

  • 20. Matahari Grill

    $$ | Chinatown | Malaysian

    It's hard to pass up any of the Southeast Asian dishes here, so you might use size as a decision-making tool. If you have a taste for adventure...Read More

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