Toronto Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Toronto

It should go without saying that one of the world's most multicultural cities holds the same distinction for its dining scene. There are so many foodie enclaves worth exploring here that you may have to plan another trip or two to sample the city's robust palate. Not only does Toronto have a Little Italy but there's also  Chinatown, a Koreatown, a Greektown, as well as a Little Iran in North York and Little Portugal about 2 miles west of downtown. What's more, the Bazaar neighborhood serves up some top-notch Indian and Middle Eastern fare. Roncesvalles Village (formerly referred to as Little Poland), is known for its Eastern European eateries and independent coffee shops, not to mention its popular annual Little Poland festival in September. Luckily, no matter which area of town you choose to visit, locals assure that good food isn't hard to come by in this city.

Those looking for a one-stop-shop should focus their appetites on two locales: the St. Lawrence Market in Old Town and the Kensington Market. The St. Lawrence Market is a big foodie hot spot, not to mention a Torontonian institution that sells a delectable mix of Canadian classics and international dishes. You can't leave without sampling a traditional peameal bacon sandwich at Carousel Bakery, or stopping by the locally beloved Churrascos, a Portuguese stall famous for its chicken. There's also St. Urbain Bagel Bakery, which serves bagels baked in a wood-burning oven, Buster's Sea Cove (get the fish and chips) and Uno Mustachio (try the veal and eggplant parmigiana sandwich).

Kensington Market is a microcosm of Toronto's vast dining scene, to say the least. Take a trip down some of the neighborhood's central thoroughfares and you're sure to find the most unlikely of neighbors. Rasta Pasta, a Jamaican-Italian fusion eatery sits next to Seven Lives, which sells California-style tacos, on Kensington Avenue. One block over, try vegan Urban Herbivore, Wanda's Pie in the Sky shop and Otto's Berlin Döner, which sells Berlin-style doner kebabs and currywurst. There's also a variety of Asian fare, including Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants all within a two-block radius of each other near the main Spadina Avenue.

Fine dining isn't a big force in Toronto's dining scene, but that doesn't it's absent from the city's culinary landscape. For fine dining with a side of vistas, head over to Canoe, often regarded as one of Canada's best restaurants. Located on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower, Canoe serves a multicourse seafood menu for lunch and dinner. There's also James Beard award-winning chef David Chang's famous Momofuku Noodle Bar restaurant, which serves fine dining-quality fare for a fraction of the price.

Find the Best Restaurants in Toronto

  • #1
    Ed's Real Scoop
    #1 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 905 reviewsTripAdvisor (905)
    $ - $$ | Canadian
    2224 Queen St E Leslieville, east end, Toronto, Ontario M4E 1E9 Canada
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  • #2
    Madrina Bar Y Tapas
    #2 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 162 reviewsTripAdvisor (162)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Spanish
    2 Trinity St, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4 Canada
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  • #3
    Scaramouche Restaurant Pasta Bar & Grill
    #3 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1572 reviewsTripAdvisor (1572)
    $$ | French, International
    1 Benvenuto Pl, Toronto, Ontario M4V 2L1 Canada
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  • #4
    Michael's on Simcoe
    #4 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 456 reviewsTripAdvisor (456)
    $$ | Steakhouse
    100 Simcoe St, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3G2 Canada
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  • #5
    The Tilted Dog Pub & Kitchen
    #5 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 137 reviewsTripAdvisor (137)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pub, Canadian, International, Gastropub
    424 Parliament St, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3A2 Canada
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  • #6
    New Orleans Seafood & Steakhouse
    #6 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 255 reviewsTripAdvisor (255)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
    267 Scarlett Rd York, Toronto, Ontario M6N 4L1 Canada
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  • #7
    ALO RESTAURANT
    #7 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 516 reviewsTripAdvisor (516)
    $$ | French
    163 Spadina Ave 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2L6 Canada
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  • #8
    Richmond Station
    #8 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1983 reviewsTripAdvisor (1983)
    $ - $$ | American, International, Canadian
    1 Richmond St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3W4 Canada
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  • #9
    LaVinia Restaurant
    #9 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 381 reviewsTripAdvisor (381)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Spanish
    2350 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, Ontario M8V 1B6 Canada
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  • #10
    Jacques Bistro Du Parc
    #10 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 308 reviewsTripAdvisor (308)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    126 Cumberland St, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1A6 Canada
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  • #11
    Kit Kat
    #11 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1101 reviewsTripAdvisor (1101)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    297 King St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J5 Canada
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  • #12
    Chiado Restaurant
    #12 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 303 reviewsTripAdvisor (303)
    $$ | Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
    864 College St, Toronto, Ontario M6H 1A3 Canada
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  • #13
    Rasa
    #13 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 169 reviewsTripAdvisor (169)
    $ - $$ | Canadian, Fusion
    196 Robert St, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2K7 Canada
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  • #14
    Sportsnet Grill
    #14 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 413 reviewsTripAdvisor (413)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Grill, Canadian
    1-1 Blue Jays Way Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J4 Canada
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  • #15
    Miku
    #15 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 368 reviewsTripAdvisor (368)
    $$ | Sushi, Japanese, Seafood, Asian, Contemporary
    105-10 Bay St at Queen’s Quay, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2R8 Canada
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  • #16
    Pai Northern Thai Kitchen
    #16 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1402 reviewsTripAdvisor (1402)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    18 Duncan St, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3G8 Canada
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  • #17
    Cafe Polonez
    #17 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 249 reviewsTripAdvisor (249)
    $ - $$ | Polish, Eastern European, Central European, European
    195 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6R 2L5 Canada
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  • #18
    Soma Chocolate
    #18 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 662 reviewsTripAdvisor (662)
    $ - $$ | Canadian
    32 Tank House Lane, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4 Canada
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  • #19
    Seven Lives
    #19 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 222 reviewsTripAdvisor (222)
    $ | Contemporary, Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Fast Food
    69 Kensington Ave, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2K2 Canada
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  • #20
    Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse
    #20 of 10,199 Places to Eat in Toronto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 739 reviewsTripAdvisor (739)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse, Canadian
    12 Brant St, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2M1 Canada
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