The Common Mag team was asked to submit their favourite Toronto restaurants for this article, and they sure did deliver! There’s truly something for everyone; from delicious Asian fusion to the best vegan eats, we’ve got it all.
Check out this list of 21 restaurants you have to try in Toronto, recommended by the people who live here.
Located in a tiny renovated home in Little Italy, Pinky's is extremely unique in its style and feel. They serve delicious Vietnamese food and cocktails (definitely try the Pink Lady). The dimly lit, cozy atmosphere makes this restaurant a perfect choice for date nights.
Emily B's recommendation:
Iruka Sushi is kind of secret little hole in the wall in the Harbourfront. It’s a sushi restaurant that everyone needs to be aware of because it’s the home of the best spicy salmon roll you will ever have.
Pai is a really great Thai place right off of King West! The eclectic decor and dining layout is surely the highlight of the restaurant—the great food a bonus. Be sure to get there early though, otherwise there will be a wait!
Part restaurant, part nightclub, Spice Route offers a unique dining experience for anyone looking for a fun night out! The menu offers Indo-Chinese cuisine, accompanied by a laid back, upscale dining atmosphere.
Jessie H's recommendation:
If you’re a sucker for good design and branding, and SoSo Food Club definitely ticks all these boxes. Plus, they have a great mix of street food and creative cocktails that will have you coming back again and again.
This spot offers 100% vegan breakfast and brunch food, including the most delicious—and creative—milkshakes around. The intimate dining room only adds to its charm and definitely makes the journey to the West End worth it!
It's the best vegan pizza you'll ever try! The cheesy is gooey, the "meat" tastes real, and the staff is super informed! They also have fantastic vegan donuts. Take all your vegan (and non-vegan) pals there!
Emily S's recommendation:
Although not strictly vegan, Libretto Pizza is another great option for those whose stomachs might be a little more ~sensitive~. They make a killer gluten-free and dairy-free pizza, with several locations around the city.
Hey Lucy has two locations in Toronto, but if you’re looking for a cute summer patio, definitely head on over to the one in Cabbagetown. It offers the best Italian food (especially their wood oven pizzas), not to mention their $4.99 martinis on Wednesday.
Located at Yonge and Eglinton, Grazie not only has great Italian cuisine, but amazing service as well. Their menu feels endless and the decor will make you feel like you’re eating in a small Italian town.
If you’re looking for something a little more upscale, but still reasonably priced, Terroni is the perfect choice! A great place for a treat dinner that will for sure always fulfill your pasta cravings, this restaurant surely won’t disappoint. The Rosedale location has an amazing rooftop patio too!
If you’ve ever lived in Toronto, then you have definitely been to Fran’s. With several locations around the city, this classic diner will have food for any time of day—especially at 2 am after a night of drinking.
Wafels & More is located in Kensington Market, which is worth exploring while you’re in Toronto as well. They serve the best Belgian waffles, with toppings ranging from ice cream to fresh cherry tomatoes. Highly recommend the Nordic if you ever visit.
Flo’s Diner is located in Yorkville, but offers a perfect old fashioned diner experience with a reasonably priced menu. Bonus: it’s one of the last ungentrified places there!
Old School will win you over with their amazing brunch and cool, chill vibes. Also, on Sundays you can bring in a record for them to play while you dine!
Another restaurant fav located in Kensington Market. Otto’s basically only sells döner (in a pita or in a box), but it’ll be one of the most delicious things you’ll ever eat!
Uncle Betty’s is located just north of Eglinton Station and has so much to offer! Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we definitely recommend you stop on by this lovely diner as an escape from the downtown core.
A cozy place to study with brick walls, warm lighting, and comfy chairs, Tango Palace is easily a space you can spend hours reading in. So, grab one of their (amazing) cookies and a table by the window, the best spot in the house, and get comfy!
Another Toronto tourist classic, Momofuku offer great ramen and… cereal ice cream?
Not much of a restaurant, more of a hop in, but Seven Lives offer THE best tacos in town. Another Kensington treat, the staff are also super friendly, and again—the tacos are to die for!
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