Restaurants in Toronto
Given that locals speak over 140 languages in Toronto, the city's restaurant scene is understandably diverse. Diners can expect the best of culinary adventures when visiting.
As a starting point, travellers should remember that certain cuisines cluster in distinct areas. College Street, better known as Little Italy, is home to the city's best Italian restaurants and trattoria. The Danforth area serves up Greek food, while authentic Chinese establishments are abundant in Chinatown. Visitors should check out King Street West for excellent Indian, Japanese and sushi restaurants.
Otherwise, Lai Wah Heen, Bangkok Garden, 360 and Canoe are among the titans of Toronto's restaurant scene, and are definitely worth visiting. Tips of 15 to 20 percent are expected for good service. City law requires all restaurants, bars and pubs to be smoke-free.
Lai Wah Heen
Located within the sophisticated setting of the Metropolitan Hotel, Lai Wah Heen is renowned for turning the finest local produce into authentic dishes from different regions of China. The large menu offers some of the best dim sum in the city, as well as other intriguing options. Service is attentive and the food is elegantly served. The restaurant opens daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: Metropolitan Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street (Downtown)
Telephone: +1 416 977 9899
Senses Cafe is the perfect place to launch a bright day in Toronto. Fresh-brewed artisanal coffee, decadent treats, seasonal fruit and guilt-free comfort food are all on offer to feed the body and nourish the soul. Patrons enjoy themselves before emerging into a city full of possibilities.
For those wishing to sleep in, the cafe does made-to-order brunch favourites on weekends, and a selection of chef-curated lunches on weekdays.
Address: 318 Wellington Street West
Telephone: +1 416 935 0400
Named after Toronto’s latitude, North 44 has been one of the city’s most genteel eating places for many years and is an experience in pampering. The artistic interior bathes diners in a warm glow, the food is superb and the service flawless. The seasonal menu is influenced by Mediterranean, American and Asian flavours and might include pepper and sesame crusted tuna, lamb shank or stuffed quail, as well as a few exciting pastas and pizzas. Desserts such as the lemon meringue mille-feuille are the best in town. Reservations essential. Closed Sunday. Dinner only.
Address: 2537 Yonge Street (Uptown)
Telephone: (416) 487 4897
360 Revolving Restaurant
For foodies visiting Toronto, 360 Restaurant is a definite bucket-list item. Located in one of the world's tallest free-standing structures, the CN Tower, it offers patrons breath-taking, revolving views of the city, and dishes created with the finest Canadian produce. Daily lunch service runs from 11am-3.15pm. Dinner is from 3.30pm-10.15pm. Visitors should also note that the summer menu starts in May, while the winter menu begins in November.
Address: CN Tower, 301 Front Street West (Downtown)
Telephone: +1 416 362 5411
Established over 30 years ago, Bangkok Garden is noted for introducing Thai cuisine and culture to Toronto. The Thai Consulate has since awarded the restaurant the Thai Select Premium designation, recognising the authenticity of its food and the tremendous quality of its service. Bangkok Garden is open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner, while Saturdays and Sundays are dinner only.
Address: 18 Elm Street, Toronto
Telephone: +1 416 977 6748
Widely considered one of the country's best restaurants, Canoe is renowned for crafting dishes that reflect Canada's diverse landscape and heritage. House chefs use only the finest produce from around the country, sourced through their close relationships with domestic farmers and suppliers. Canoe is open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday, while Saturdays and Sundays are for private events.
Address: 54th Floor, Toronto Dominion Bank Tower, 66 Wellington St.
Telephone: +1 416 364 0054