Toronto’s restaurant scene offers an eclectic mix of everything from inventive Asian fusion, to brunch essentials that will knock your socks off. Whether you’re looking for a place to share a few laughs with friends, close an important business deal, or woo your one and only with a romantic evening out (or in), our list has something to suit everyone’s taste.
Passionate and driven award-winning chef and pioneer of Asian fusion, Susur Lee successfully runs three restaurants in Toronto, one of which is located in the heart of the Entertainment District. It’s no secret that a truly satisfying gastronomic experience is about more than just good food, and Lee Restaurant has it all: artfully displayed shareables, tasty cocktails, a contemporary design inspired by zen gardens, moody lighting, and easy listening lounge music.
The Singapore slaw is a divine must-try that comes as a standalone dish or with your choice of sashimi. From group dinners with friends or potential clients, to a simple evening for two, this place never disappoints.
Located on Ossington Ave., an area praised for its trendy restaurants and bars, Mamakas Taverna has the reputation of serving the best Greek food in the city. Walking into the establishment you are immediately met with the warm, hospitable charm the culture is so famously known for. The fresh coastal decor, traditional musical tones, and light clinking sounds of an open kitchen give patrons the impression of being a guest at someone’s house in beautiful Santorini.
You can expect to enjoy the most flavourful classics: lamb chops, Greek salad, tzatziki, and grilled octopus. The plates are made to share, perfect for a group of friends or a family get-together. The owner is committed to serving authentic cuisine using only fresh, high-quality ingredients, a true nod to the way his grandmother used to entertain.
Date night or wedding anniversary on the horizon? Why not celebrate with mouthwatering French cuisine and a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline. Located in Midtown, Scaramouche Restaurant is a true staple of Toronto’s culinary history. For 36 years, the tenured staff members have been devoted to making each dining experience a memorable one.
Choose from a simple menu of timeless favourites—steak, lobster, duck, oysters, scallops, beef tartare—and an exquisite wine list of over 200 selections. Finish off the meal with a bang by treating yourself to a slice of their signature coconut cream pie. It’s a special occasion after all!
Lisa Marie is best-known for its brunch menu and laid-back atmosphere in the trendy Queen West area. A mural of Elvis Presley remains the focal point of the space, and a large garage door—open during the warmer months—complements the minimalist industrial-style decor. A lively place with friendly staff, and playlists from every era and musical style.
Try their reinvented take on chicken and waffles, or eggs Benedict. And, if you’re really hungry, take a chance on the double pancake pork burger, a meal designed with Sundays in mind—afternoon nap included.
The week has chewed you up and spit you out. You’re in the mood for some delicious food but the only thing on your mind is getting home; ordering takeout is the best solution. Crack open a nice bottle of wine, put on your preferred playlist or Netflix series, and have yourself a grand ol’ time.
Add a little spice to your life with Pai’s colourful selection of meals from Northern Thailand. My personal go-to: Pad Gra Prow. Beef or chicken seasoned with Thai basil, served with rice and chili peppers, topped with a fried egg. Pure heaven on a plate delivered right to your door (make sure to order a side of spring rolls!).
Pizzeria Libretto is a great option when you need to take the edge off and unwind. Pasta, and antipasto are available, but, if you’re going to splurge and reach for comfort food, I recommend the authentic Neapolitan-style personal pies. A crust that is delicately charred to perfection, topped with the freshest ingredients. For a delectable duo that stands the test of time, choose a pizza from their beautiful selection, and pair it with a light-bodied Pinot Noir, for the perfect blend of flavours.
Bon appetit! What’s your favourite spot in Toronto?