Taste Around the World With Toronto's Top Restaurants

We fully admit that creating a best restaurants list is subjective. Any foodie has their own list of memorable must-eat meals. It is pretty well guaranteed that no two people in Toronto would choose the same favourite restaurants. Our list tries to include many different cuisines, even though we understand that some people have no interest in trying horse tartare, let alone declaring it to be one of the best dishes in the city. We run the gamut from offal at the Black Hoof to incredible Thai food at Khao San Road.

Whether you prefer to splurge with an amazing view at Scaramouche or save with an acclaimed sandwich at Bahn Mi Boys is your perogative. Toronto will support any size of wallet or stomach. Some restaurants stand out with inventive menus that embrace food trends. Others stick to the classics but execute them perfectly every time. 

The main problem we have, whether we are a resident or a visitor of Toronto, is a limited amount of stomach space. There are only so many meals in one lifetime, yet there seem to be an infinite number of restaurants in this city alone. This list, if anything, is meant to give you a break from endlessly deciding what to eat. Just go, already.

Photo courtesy of Victoria, Barberian's Restaurant

You can excuse Barberian's for having a slightly dated atmosphere. The restaurant opened in 1959 and some of the patrons have a long standing history, equating Barberian's with celebration for more than 50 years, which certainly bodes...  Read More

Davisville/Forest Hill

Scaramouche has one of the best dining views of Toronto. The sublime food has been receiving raves for over 30 years, as this is one of the rare restaurants who keeps impressing. The tables by the floor to ceiling windows are a hot commodity, so...  Read More

Jabistro has food philosophy. It believes that each ingredient must be "brought out to shine at its best." They find the perfect amount of each ingredient to make each menu item original in a sea of Japanese restaurants. Indulge in a fish bowl...  Read More

Queen West
Banh Mi Boys
Photo courtesy of Banh Mi Boys Facebook page

If you are looking for a unique twist on a filling Vietnamese sandwich, you certainly can't go wrong with Banh Mi Boys. Right on Queen and Spadina, the sandwich shop takes the Vietnamese construct and gives it multicultural twists, from Korean...  Read More


Buca is right in the heart of downtown Toronto, and it earns every loonie it receives. Dimly lit with brick walls, the ambience is charmingly rustic. The menu changes daily and utilizes ingredients that capitalize on flavour profile more so than...  Read More

West Toronto

Chef Scott Vivian spent time early in his career cooking under Jamie Kennedy, the chef most often associated with farm-to-table cuisine in Toronto. When he opened his own restaurant, Beast, in 2010, it was no surprise that it celebrated local...  Read More

Khao San road is the backpacker's ghetto in Bangkok. Judging by the line-ups out the door, Torontonians were desperately seeking authentic Thai food. Communal tables, a hip vibe and the freshest of ingredients lead to an eating experience that...  Read More

West Toronto

The Black Hoof initially sounds like the place you would go on a dare. From horse tartare to tongue on brioche, the menu can read like an episode of Fear Factor. Don't let your preconceptions fool you, as it is truly carnivore heaven. Open since...  Read More

When it comes to historical foods of a country, Canada doesn't have the strongest food identity. While Italians flaunt their pasta and Americans their burgers, Canadians hide behind their not quite so popular poutine. Chefs Evelyn Wu and Wayne...  Read More

East Toronto

When chef Lynn Crawford opened this restaurant on Toronto's east side in 2010, she brought a different dining style and some celebrity to the Riverside neighbourhood. The star power comes from Crawford herself - known for stints as a Food...  Read More


Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney

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