Pull A Delicious All Nighter With These Late Night Restaurants in Toronto

Some people believe that nothing good happens after midnight. Others believe that only interesting things happen after midnight. For this Ten Best list, we speak to the latter group; those people who consider insomnia a blessing rather than a curse. 

Toronto becomes an entirely different city once the sun has been down for many hours. There are places to dance and drink, of course. There are also places that can handle the hunger that has been rolling in your belly all night. Even if you had dinner at 8pm, many hours may have passed and you need to replace those calories. Stat.

Whether it is 1am, or 4am, there is someone awake in Toronto ready to satisfy your gnawing hunger. Whether you are craving the best burger of your life and you need to have a seat at Rude boy in Roncesvalles, or you just need a home cooked meal like grandma used to make at 7West cafe, the Canadian city that doesn't sleep is primed for you. Amazing tacos, vegetarian burgers, kimchee fries and tempura prawns await you. Or if your craving is more on the exotic side, we can set you up with a whole octopus to consume. 

Many of these restaurants have loud music and strong liquor to keep the party going. In Toronto, the party doesn't have to end until you are good and ready.

The Lakeview Restaurant
Photo courtesy of The Lakeview Restaurant Facebook page

The Lakeview Restaurant is a piece of Toronto history. Open since the 1930s and the backdrop for some feature films, it closed in 2008, but not for long. When reopened, it dropped part of the original name but kept enough charm to woo back the...  Read More

If you ever have ever had a sleepless night, wondering who was awake in the city with you, you don't have to look any further than 7West. This Charles street Victorian cafe is cozy and charming, with three floors and an expansive menu. People...  Read More

Oddseoul is a restaurant so confident that it doesn't have a website. Nor does it have a phone number. It doesn't seem to matter much, as this exposed brick low-frills restaurant has plenty of clientele. Open after 6pm to 2am, you can have...  Read More

Queen West

Grand Electric may not be open as late as some of the other "late night" places, but it sure gives you reason to go there regardless. Tacos and bourbon are sold seven nights a week, with the menu displayed brightly in chalk. You buy per taco, so...  Read More

Little Italy
Johnny Jackson
Photo courtesy of Johnny Jackson Facebook page

Johnny Jackson puts everything in a brown recyclable takeout box for you to dig into wherever you happen to be. In the back of a cab, on the TTC, sitting on the curb rehashing the night...it doesn't matter. This is not health food, but there is...  Read More

Queen West
416 Snack Bar
Photo courtesy of 416 Snackbar Facebook page

416 Snackbar is the epitome of modern eating. It began as a blog, which is a good start. Once it became a real life bar, it attracted hoards of Torontonians looking for a small and cozy place that celebrates the night. From DJs to $5 tapas, this...  Read More

Little Italy
Bar Isabel
Photo courtesy of Vicky C

Bar Isabel has received a lot of buzz in the last year, but so far it has not gone to their head. Late night eats are impressively carnivorous, such as roast bone barrow or a whole octopus or fish ceviche. You can also have some horse tartare,...  Read More

Thompson Diner
Photo courtesy of Thompson Toronto Facebook page

There are times in the middle of the night when a diner sounds like heaven and a greasy spoon is the only kind of spoon you want to put in your mouth. The Thompson Diner is probably classier than what you imagine, with the sleek design of the...  Read More

High Park/Roncesvalles
The Rude Boy
Photo courtesy of Rude Boy Facebook page

If you find yourself up around midnight and leaving downtown for your West End digs, take a quick pitstop at the Rude Boy in Roncesvalles. This restaurant is more gourmet burger joint than rude boy collecting point, but don't let that stop you...  Read More

One of the most interesting food trends that emerged in Toronto was when street food got off the street. Mind you, this wasn't intentional: all the red tape surrounding food trucks and street food made it pretty hard to keep these comforting...  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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