These Toronto Entertainment District Restaurants Are Anything but Tourist Traps



Trying to define exactly what constitutes Toronto's Entertainment District is difficult. But if we look at it as the area from Yonge Street in the east to Spadina Avenue in the west, and from the Lakeshore south to Queen Street on the north side, we're left with an area that encompasses great shopping, live Broadway-quality theatre productions, professional sports and some of Toronto's most exciting nightlife and attractions (like the famous CN Tower). Of course, this area is also chock full of many of the city's most talked about restaurants. 

Momofuku Noodle Bar, the sister restaurant to David Chang's New York restaurant, is as unique and comforting as you have heard. Located in a giant glass cube in the middle of downtown Toronto, it is the place to slurp a bowl of ramen and indulge in some steamed pork buns.

If we're talking celebrity chefs, Susur Lee has a bunch of restaurants in this circumference, but we would like to draw your attention to Luckee where you can get an unforgettable dim sum brunch or indulgent dinner.

Our top 10 Entertainment District restaurants are subject to change often, as is the trend for anything downtown. Get busy exploring and replace your missing calories in the most rewarding fashion.




If you are someone who sees a plate of tacos and thinks "challenge accepted," then you must go to El Caballito. A dark restaurant with loud music and a festive vibe, this is where you go to shake off your day with a shot or two of tequila. Tacos...  Read More


9
Queen West


Right smack in the heart of the Entertainment District, it is indeed possible to have uncomplicated, unfussy food that is all about freshness. Nota Bene has a modern vibe, with a luminescent mural spanning the entire back wall of the restaurant....  Read More


Jabistro Modern Japanese
Photo courtesy of Jabistro Facebook page


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


7
Downtown


When news broke that David Chang, the NYC chef with the cult following, was bringing his Momofuku restaurant brand to Toronto in 2012, the city was abuzz with excitement. Momofuku in Japanese translates to "lucky peach." Now that we have the...  Read More




A meal at Byblos will transport you to a Mediterranean island, where the food is fresh and the time is ample. Small shareable plates are delightful. Lamb ribs are so succulent that the meat falls off of the bone. Thick yogurt dishes come savoury...  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. Small tables, a hip vibe and the freshest of ingredients lead to an eating experience that will...  Read More


4
Downtown
Luckee
Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Hotels


Luckee Restaurant is worth every nickel to quell the dim sum craving you didn't realize you had. Located at the base of the Metropolitan Soho, Luckee supplies the kind of meal that you dream about for days afterwards. The ambitious and inventive...  Read More




This is the real deal kind of pizza. You may find yourself enthusiastically affirming the taste of real Neopolitan Pizza at Pizzeria Libretto in Italian. Or, if words fail you, "Mmmm" works well in most languages. This pizza has a soft chewy...  Read More




For many years, Greek restaurants were clustered in Toronto's Danforth neighbourhood. Volos is the exception: a modern Greek restaurant in a spacious, airy room dedicated to good-quality Hellenic cooking in Toronto's Entertainment District. The...  Read More




You would never confuse downtown Toronto with California. Besides having a formidable winter, it also likes a New York pace and prides itself on efficiency rather than a relaxed attitude. However, after avocados reached celebrity status, the...  Read More


Map

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

×