Fifty Best Toronto Restaurants
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  Cuisine: Asian  
  Location: Downtown  

Momofuku Daishō

Momofuku Daishō, Shōtō
& Noodle Bar


New York star chef David Chang arrived in Toronto with a bang, opening three eateries plus a cocktail lounge in one 6,600 square foot extravaganza. Each an instant success, the jewel of the collection is Daishō, wowing flannel shirts and bespoke suits alike with Momofuku favourites deftly touched with Canadian flavours. The wildly inventive specialties include large-format feasts for groups as well as exquisite a la carte dishes, which are also available at the equally popular Shōtō. You’ll simply have to try their ice cream flavoured with cedar leaves for the perfect Canadian finish. And for a nice change of pace, drop into the well-priced Noodle Bar on the ground floor.

109 University Avenue, (attached to the Shangri-la Hotel)       647-253-8000


  Cuisine: N. American  
  Location: Downtown  

Seasonal Canadian

A new breed of Toronto restaurant, Nota Bene continues to expose this city to unstuffy fine dining, one dish at a time. Set daily specials and a pre-theatre prix fixe menu allows for the option of a casual dining experience; but if you have the time, bookend a meal with housemade charcuterie and a cheese plate. Request a corner table to oversee the entire room with its modern art and dark wood furniture, and behold expertly executed service. Chef David Lee of Splendido fame has created a menu that highlights local Canadian products and dishes, such as Nova Scotia Lobster Salad and BC Black Cod. If a superior midweek drink in the downtown core is what you seek, then Nota Bene’s bar area and classic cocktail list will satisfy.

180 Queen Street W.      (416) 977-6400

Nota Bene


  Cuisine: Contemporary  
  Location: Downtown  


After bursting onto Toronto's elite restaurant scene years ago, Oro continues to soar beyond the boundaries of the culinary imagination with its neo-Italian array of cuisine, accented by flavourful hints from around the world. Well-heeled literati, glitterati and heads of state flock here for sumptuous dining experiences. Crackling fireplaces set the warm and inviting ambience. Extensive wine list.

45-47 Elm Street      (416) 597-0155


  Cuisine: Spanish  
  Location: Downtown  


Charles Khabouth scores once again with this popular energetic venue, gastronomically on track and attracting the fashionable set. New age lighting cris-cross the ceiling of this two story open space with its three 7-foot stylized portraits and cast iron candle holders. Best described as modern-rustic; it's as if you dropped into an upscale tapas bar in Barcelona. Sherry is the perfect sip with the salted almonds or spicy olives. Tapas includes imported fresh-sliced Spanish hams and cheeses with quince jam and fresh sourdough bread, Polpo a la Gallega dusted with smoked paprika served in traditional earthenware cazeulas, crunchy Ham Croquettes, and non-traditional Clams & Chorizo Pasta. Move onto the Cuttlefish Pasta, wood fire roasted Rib-eye, tasty Lamb Chops in Romanesco sauce, and of course Paella– which is big enough for sharing. Don't forget to sample the sugar-dusted Churros (crispy fried dough), perfect with coffee. An attractive well trained staff can assist you with your wine choices from the amazing wine list.

480 King St. W. (West of Spadina Ave.)
(416) 276-8875



  Cuisine: Seafood, N. American  
  Location: Downtown  


Shucking oysters for over 20 years, “The Oysterman” Rodney Clark still packs them into his casual oyster house – a Mecca for seafood lovers. The knowledgeable oyster-barman, a walking encyclopedia on bi-valves, happily leads you through the bounty of over 26 seasonal varieties of oysters – with some drawn from their own oyster beds in Prince Edward Island, and others flown in just hours after harvesting. But there’s much more than oysters, such as the freshly caught Scallops and Shrimp. Or live Lobsters and Crabs from the in-house tanks. The White Plate Specials are a nice choice and can include Dungeness Crab or Alaskan Chinook Spring Salmon. A good way to begin your feast is with the rich Manhattan Clam Chowder, a special recipe loaded with clams. An interesting wine and beer list offers affordable choices. It’s no wonder Rodney sold over a million and a half oysters last year. Tried and true still seems to be the best.

469 King Street West (Lower Level)
(416) 363-8105

Rodney's Oyster House


  Cuisine: Contemporary  
  Location: Downtown  


Minutes from Toronto's Financial and Theatre districts, Rosewater is the perfect venue to enjoy cocktails, an exquisite dinner, or a special event. The menu harmonizes with the beauty and elegance of the heritage building structure-- an eclectic palette of styles and tastes. Each member of the staff adheres to the highest standards of quality and meticulous attention to details.

19 Toronto Street      (416) 214-5888



  Cuisine: Spanish  
  Location: Downtown  


Chef Dave Kemp uses mainly seasonal local products in his eclectic menu featuring a concise selection of Canadian/Iberian tapas. Located at the top of the trendy Ossington strip, this cozy sixty-seat restaurant boasts snack-sized dishes that satisfies – without taking a bite out of your wallet. Start with the Iberian charcuterie such as exquisite Jamon Iberico and Venison Sausage. Move on to the sublime Pork Belly Tacos, Octopus, the crisp-skinned Duck Confit Gnochi or dry aged Ribeye. A well balanced wine list offers extensive choices of reasonably priced Spanish and Portuguese wines. The inventive cocktail list is worth sampling. Salt's crowd pleasing cuisine and warm, knowledgeable service will leave you saying "El gusto es mio" or "The pleasure is mine".

225 Ossington Avenue      (416) 533-7258

Salt Wine Bar


  Cuisine: Asian  
  Location: Downtown  


It's no secret that Sushi Kaji has the best sushi in the G.T.A. This is traditional Japanese cuisine, so leave thoughts of syrupy teriyaki sauce and California Rolls behind. Instead, there's Lobster Tail Sashimi, and flavourful cooked items like Eel poached in vinegar accompanied by Pork Belly. Diners choose between three Omakase menus priced at $80, $100 and $120, depending on the number and type of dishes desired, and the kitchen designs the menu. Expect a number of small plates, with Sashimi and Sushi platters nestled in, followed by desserts such as Green Tea Crème Brûlée. Japanese beer or sake pairings are recommended, but cost extra. The menu changes frequently according to chef Mitsushiro Kaji’s mood, and whatever fish and produce has been flown in from Tokyo that morning. While dishes are plentiful, they are small and light, leaving diners sated and feeling that they have experienced the most inspired Japanese dishes in the country.

860 The Queensway      (416) 252-2166

Sushi Kaji


  Cuisine: Asian  
  Location: Downtown  


Heavenly food has returned at last to Spadina Avenue. This Hong Kong-style seafood restaurant looks ordinary from the outside, but inside are some of the freshest, most perfectly cooked seafood this side of Vancouver. Knowledgeable servers might suggest live, sweet B.C, spot prawns, giant crab or razor clams which are expertly prepared by the skillful kitchen. While fresh seafood is the star, other dishes get high marks including the always popular General Tso’s Chicken, and cognoscenti rave about the silky-crunchy tofu. Added benefit: they're open until 4:30am.

338 Spadina Ave.      (416) 348-8828

     Taste of China


  Cuisine: Contemporary  
  Location: Downtown  


There's informal seafood dining on the ground floor. But on the fifth floor, prepare to be seduced by the casual elegance and spectacular food – with prices to match. This is a big spenders paradise, and it delivers. With an emphasis on fine dining, highlights of the dashing menu include a whole roasted Chicken with fois gras, prunes and Armagnac, the melt in your mouth Arctic Char and Sea Bream. An abundant "Pearl Platter" dares you to eat all the oysters, crab salad, scallop ceviche, poached shrimp and big eye tuna placed before you. Veal tenderloin or Rack of Lamb are prepared to perfection. Be sure to leave room for their artisanal cheeses or mouthwatering desserts. Some of the most knowledgeable staff in the city are there to serve. Sommelier Anton Potvin focuses on Old World wines, and there are some amazing bargains to be had.

10 Temperance Street       (647) 348-7000

The Chase


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Sun. August 6, 2017 3:12 AM - by:
I fully agree that in Canada know how to eat with taste and elegance, was in some of these restaurants, really good places places to eat near me
Sun. May 24, 2015 11:52 AM - by: Connoisseur
I can't believe Jim's Best Westerns didn't make this list. The things they do with fried eggs are just world class and the service is artistry in motion. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Toronto, if not the world.
Wed. August 27, 2014 11:38 AM - by: Josh
BLU Ristorante is definitely one of the Best Restaurants in Toronto / Yorkville!! Food is outstanding and the Live Music is fantastic
Wed. July 30, 2014 12:23 PM - by: Rick
Now why would anybody even suggest Harbour 60 qualifies remotely as a quality steak house ? Tells me more about the guy recommending it than the steakhouse. I'd say if Jacob's scores 9/10, Harbour Sixty is a 3/10.
Tue. March 26, 2013 9:17 AM - by: Robert Olver
Simon's Wok does wonders with tofu and veggies. This is a Buddhist eatery featuring South China cuisine, strictly vegetarian, featuring such wonders as mock duck, deep fried King mushrooms and the best hot and sour soup anywhere.The menue goes on an on and each one is a culinary wonder. Our fAvourite whenever my wife and I can get to Toronto.
Thu. March 21, 2013 5:26 PM - by: Mike
I can't believe you do not have Blu Ristorante under Yorkville. This is one of the bet restaurants in Toronto and you don't have it listed. Blu Ristorante
Thu. March 21, 2013 4:55 PM - by: Madison
I can not believe that Ruth's Chris Steak House is not at the top of the list for Best Steak House. There is no better quality steakhouse in Toronto or worldwide for that matter for food and service.
Fri. February 15, 2013 8:00 PM - by: Sandra
Church Aperitivo Bar located at 1090 Queen St W. Fresh italian food in an old converted church.
Mon. November 26, 2012 7:53 AM - by: Jamie Sarner Real Estate
I'd add La Carnita. Other than that, this selection is pretty good.
Thu. November 8, 2012 7:25 PM - by: Phillip
Lee ( Lee Lounge) A disappointing culinary experience to say the least. the claim "asian ïnfusion" is more like "asian confusion".3 dishes , first there singapore salad signiture dish was overdressed in a very sweet japanese dressing with tasteless tuna.A beef dish that was overstewed something on yummy but runny mashed potato and dumplings that tasted awful but was saved by an italian influenced sauce. The glass of wine was a couple of tablespoons in an oversized funky glass. all this for $112 earlier in the day I had a more satisfying lunch at the theatre for $6. recommend avoiding
Sun. May 6, 2012 8:38 PM - by: Frank Kultura Restaurant at 169 King St. East. Toronto
Sat. February 25, 2012 9:25 PM - by: Joe
You forgot to add ONE restaurant in Yorkville amazing better than anything I've ever had
Thu. November 17, 2011 10:01 AM - by: Kirpa
I would also say, Kultura is one of the best dining experinces in toronto. Beautiful decor, and the food is absolutely delicious.
Wed. August 3, 2011 6:43 PM - by: cathy
I cant believe you forgot Wish, not only is the place a hot spot, staff and customers, the food is so shabby chic and the it looks like it should be in LA or Miami, star quality......
Thu. July 28, 2011 12:55 PM - by: Sue Mahadeo
You forgot to add: Tom Jones Steakhouse Ouzeri Greek Restaurant
Tue. May 24, 2011 8:04 AM - by: KikiB
Please do not forget.. the fab SELECT BISTRO on WELLINGTON..... always good... always friendly..... great selections of food and wines.... what can I say its a great place....reasonable prices.... only complaint.... I persona Kiki would like the Fromage portions to be a bit larger at Le Select... kikiB KikiB
Tue. May 24, 2011 8:01 AM - by: kikiB
Please list The Globe.... On the Danforth... very good food,, exquisite decor and is abfab..... Please list The Old Nick for very good reasonable priced menu.. and the best natchos in the city.. unlike all else....... Great organic Brunch.... KikiB
Sun. May 1, 2011 2:25 PM - by: Louis
You are missing marben as one of thé best restaurant in Toronto. Its awesome and unique. Go there
Fri. February 4, 2011 9:47 PM - by: kara
Lucien on Wellington East needs to be added to this list!
Sat. November 13, 2010 2:14 PM - by: Marlene
Please add Celestin Restaurant to your list. Grreat decor, 4.5* for their food and service, good wine selection a easy parking. Fantastic Experience!!
Tue. October 12, 2010 11:41 AM - by: Quinoa dish
a Quinoa dish is served @ Frankie's in Uxbridge...All the fare is gluten free but you'd never know it...a bit far to travel but worth the trip
Thu. June 17, 2010 8:17 PM - by: amir zarghami
heloWe are in yonge and finch.please give us address of nearest ferench
Fri. April 30, 2010 9:40 AM - by: gerald
the place i need for Scarborough or Pickering
Thu. April 8, 2010 8:50 PM - by: Michele Frederick
Add Barbarians Steak House to your list of best steak restaurants.
Fri. March 26, 2010 10:41 PM - by: Peter Provencher
Sushi Inn in Yorkville. Amazing service, great quality seafood, outstanding prices and the sake is always hot. Not the fanciest but I've had a lot worse sushi for a lot bigger price tag.
Fri. February 26, 2010 11:01 PM - by: marolicanada
Maroli has been serving Toronto since 2004 ,Naveen Polapady being the chef .Please feel free to visit us at ,
Fri. February 12, 2010 1:03 PM - by: Jenn
Looking for a new Italian restaurant in Cabbagetown? Formerly the old Piccolo, Plum 226 has undergone renovations and now provides Cabbagetown with a fantastic casual fine dining expereince. Food and wine priced reasonably, entrees between $13-$30, wines by the glass between $7-$11 and bottles starting at $28. They also have a lounge hosting live music and entertainment, most free events - no cover. A great place to enjoy a relaxing or romantic dinner.
Tue. November 17, 2009 12:00 PM - by: F. Folks
Ruth's Chris is without a doubt one of the world's best steakhouses. I recommend it without reservation.
Thu. November 5, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Mary McGugan
The Wine Bar at 9 church street in Toronto fits your criteria. Food is amazing and the wine list is huge and eclectic, which I love.
Sun. September 20, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Anne
I have dined at Oro a few times. It is one of my favorite in the city. From the time you enter to the time you say "fare well", this establishment makes you feel "special." The food, the ambiance and the service is impeccable. Definitely a place that makes a lasting impression!
Thu. September 17, 2009 12:00 PM - by: anne
I have dined at Allen's only once, and will never go back - even though I live around the corner. The food was decent, however, the concierge quite was rude. Even after ordering a few rounds of drinks, appetizers and dinners, our table was asked to leave because we were there "too long" and the table was needed. We were there "just over an hour." We are middled aged people, not a rowdy bunch of kids! My table was not impressed.
Mon. September 14, 2009 12:00 PM - by: aaron chan
Zin Restaurant @ Yorkville is a newly opened chinese cuisine. I have been there once and they have a very good wine selection plus very good food. I found them because I saw the review from Joanne Kates of the Global & Mail.
Wed. August 19, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Deborah Hughes
I was disappointed to see that Vanipha Lanna is not included in your list They have amazing food. I have mixed feelings about posting this comment because I like being able to go there without a reservation and I wouldn't want it to become too popular....
Mon. July 20, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Kate
I am a food fanatic and I'm always searching the internet for food ideas. I love my hamburgers the most of course . Can anybody suggest some variations of burgers?
Wed. June 17, 2009 12:00 PM - by: H Jones
Stayed one night in Toronto, had a meal at the 360 it was one of the best experiences we had during our holiday.
Mon. June 15, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Joe
You have not had steak until you've eaten at Black Angus Steak house on Bloor Street east of islington in toronto.
Mon. February 2, 2009 6:28 PM - by: crunkvist
Does anyone know any Toronto restaurants that serve a quinoa dish?
Mon. August 18, 2008 6:28 PM - by: happyviper
Toronto is amazing. Canadians know how to eat with style.

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