Top Places to Eat and Drink in Toronto
Collected by Karolyne Ellacott, AFAR Local Expert
Barbecue so tasty that it elicits perpetual lines of wannabe diners, classic French, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Latino: World cuisine has definitely found a home in cool Toronto.
66 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5K 1H6, Canada
Anyone looking to check "fine dining," "skyscraper," and "Canadiana" off their to-do list in one fell swoop need only seek out Canoe. Perched among the clouds on the 54th floor of a Financial District building, this restaurant is a major...
199 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4, Canada
Restaurateur Jen Agg first made her mark on the Toronto food scene with a little joint called the Black Hoof, visited by Anthony Bourdain and an endless parade of chefs. The latest addition to her empire is Grey Gardens, located in...
318 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2E7, Canada
Just past the street vendors on Chinatown’s main drag, you'll find Jackpot Chicken Rice. The restaurant’s facade is pale blue and punctuated with cartoony depictions of grains of rice. The colorful whimsy continues inside,...
1 Benvenuto Pl, Toronto, ON M4V 2L1, Canada
White tablecloths may have been cast aside at many Toronto establishments, but Scaramouche doesn’t play by trends. No barn-board tables or Edison bulbs can be found here. This swank uptown restaurant is a classic, having wined...
Toronto, ON, Canada
Lamesa has been serving Filipino food since before it became a trend. While the Toronto palate has long been familiar with the cuisines of other Asian countries, somehow the Philippines got overlooked. That all changed when Lamesa began...
227 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z8, Canada
Chef-owner Brandon Olsen’s attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the cuisine, service, and atmosphere of La Banane, one of Toronto’s most exciting new restaurants. A long raw bar, tables in booths, and modern...
485 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4, Canada
King Street is home to many restaurants, but chef Steve Gonzales’s ode to Latin American fare stands out: You can't ignore a place that spans 15,000 square feet and four floors. But the excellent food merits the space. Offerings here...
69 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2, Canada
Kensington Market has long been a destination for cheap and cheerful meals which the popular Seven Liveshas in spades. You can't enter the tiny space without encountering a queue of people waiting to eat loaded Baja-style...
1237 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L5, Canada
Looking at PrettyUgly from the sidewalk, you might think you’ve stumbled across a teeny-tiny rug store. And in fact, the rugs hung in the front window are for sale, but the main item for sale here is alcohol. With some of the...
1378 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L7, Canada
The West End neighborhood of Parkdale, once considered an unsavory part of town, has undergone a transformation. One of the new arrivals is the Shameful Tiki Room, a Vancouver transplant with a kitschy Polynesian atmosphere....
1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada
When the Drake Hotel opened in 2004, it not only enhanced the Toronto hotel scene, it helped revitalize the West Queen West neighborhood. This was long before the rapper Drake (no relation) became known as a Toronto ambassador. The design-oriented...
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