Toronto has no shortage of mouthwatering restaurants. The problem is figuring out which ones to try. We’ve compiled a list of some (certainly not all!) of the best restaurants in Toronto to help you out. From Cantonese-French eateries to a social spot with build-your-own charcuterie boards, the list has plenty of variation. Read on for our picks for 5 of the best restaurants in Toronto.
If you’re looking for the best Jamaican food in the city, you’ve come to the right place. Along with their bright, tropical interior–a nod to their Caribbean roots–Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen is known for just about every item on their menu. The slow-baked jerk chicken wings with wild honey, scotch bonnet dust, and lime zest festival are a major crowd-pleaser. If you’re more of a vegetable-eater, go for the kale and pomegranate salad topped with pepitas, goat cheese, roasted squash, almonds all tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. The Chubby’s Burger is massive and doesn’t disappoint and the jerk pork is a Jamaican staple done right. Your tastebuds will be taking a trip to the Caribbean when you dine here.
A French-Cantonese fusion restaurant in the heart of Little Italy? You probably wouldn’t believe it unless you saw it for yourself. Enter DaiLo. With a menu filled with dishes like Ontario Pea Dumplings–filled with bone marrow, hon shimeji, summer truffle, and marrow crumble bacon dashi nage–and King Cole Smoked Duck Bokkeum, it’s really hard to go wrong ordering here. The menu is always rotating, so you might get the option of duck bao one day and fried fish the next. Order a few dishes to share so you can try a bit of everything.
This upscale, fine dining, restaurant isn’t just for foodies. It also happens to feature a great selection of wine, thanks to sommelier Jake Skakun, a secret sake collection, and ciders on tap. Bar manager David Greig has a keen eye for a good cocktail, too, so you’re pretty much covered in the spirits department at Grey Gardens. Add to that an impressive menu of snacks and starters–like the smoked fish chips n’ dip–and the Cavatelli pasta with matsutake, white bolognese, and coriander. The next time you’re celebrating a special occasion, keep this Kensington Market spot on your radar, as it can be a bit pricey for just a normal night out on the town.
On a warm spring or summer day, there’s no other place you should be than on either of Gusto 101’s outdoor patios. The rooftop patio features a bar and an airy, glass ceiling (for those unexpected downpours), while the patio in the front is open-aired with table umbrellas to shade you on those hot days. The Italian menu is packed with homemade pasta and pizzas, plus a kale salad customers can’t stop raving about. Try the Bucatini Amatriciana with house made guanciale, in a simple yet refined tomato sauce, topped with black pepper and pecorino cheese. Places like Gusto 101, arguably one of the best restaurants in Toronto, are what make the food scene one of the many pros of living in Toronto.
Like its name suggests, this place is where you go to be social. Whether it’s over a glass of wine and a build-your-own cheese board or a fancy cocktail and duck confit, there’s plenty to keep you socializing at this Queen West hotspot. Favorites include maple soy glazed pork ribs on a bed of smoked mac and cheese, and the Arancini made with carnaroli risotto, porcini mushroom, and fontina. Not only does this place serve up some great eats, its atmosphere lives up to its name.
These are just a few of the restaurants that make the ever-evolving list of incredible spots in Toronto. Moving to Toronto? Check out all of our apartments for rent before you do so you’ll be ready to try some of these tasty restaurants as soon as you unpack.