Go Out for Home Cooking with Toronto's Best Homestyle Restaurants

When you make something from scratch, you know exactly what goes into it. You minimize the salt, you cut the corners that can be cut and you maximize the results. You develop a relationship with the ingredients and it permeates your experience with your meal.

Not to put down restaurants: going out ensures that your food is being treated with the utmost respect. Going to a homestyle restaurant ensures that you are getting a dose of comfort food on those nights when you want to indulge your tastebuds without turning on your oven.

Toronto, in its expansiveness has a little bit of everything when it comes to restaurants. Our picks for homestyle restaurants will make you feel as welcome as when you come back for the holidays and pull up a chair at the family dinner table (assuming that your family likes you). Smell the long simmering sauces as you walk in, order a drink and if you close your eyes. It is almost like you are home. 

The Ace in Roncesvalles changes its menu every night in order to keep you satisfied and on your toes. Beast works with local farmers and producers and offers one heck of a brunch. No one will force you to clean your plate and it's even better if you don't. Less cooking for tomorrow!



There is usually nothing neat and put-together about a burger. Admit it: the minute you bite into it the toppings squish out onto the wrappings. And you love it. The Great Burger still has burgers that are embarrassingly high but with a twist:...  Read More

Little Italy


Simple, honest and handmade is not a bad thing to aim for in any diet. Woodlot adheres to that philosophy. Situated in the heart of Little Italy, Woodlot cooks spectacularly filling dishes without overloading them with unnecessary ingredients....  Read More



It is rare (and definitely appreciated) when a restaurant can master both the art of brunch and late-night cocktails. Make a wish and go to Wish to make it come true. It feels a little like you are in a Caribbean resort, with whitewashed walls...  Read More

West Toronto


The upward growing nature of Toronto's condominiums puts us further and further away from farm-to-table dining. Luckily, there are people that save us from ourselves, such as the manager of Farmhouse Tavern, Darcy MacDonell. Darcy grew up in...  Read More

White Brick Kitchen
Photo courtesy of The White Brick Kitchen Facebook page


Macaroni and cheese with four types of cheese. Chicken and waffles. Meatloaf with buttermilk mashed potatoes. You had us at hello, White Brick Kitchen. This restaurant knows how to tug at the heartstrings of its patrons with the right...  Read More



Harvest Kitchen is like a farmer's market brought to life through vibrant recipes and knowledgeable staff. From consciously sourced meats to a variety of fresh vegetarian dishes, there is something for every type of eater, with a wide range of...  Read More

High Park/Roncesvalles


Like a fine wine, the area of Roncesvalles in Toronto just keeps getting better with age. Enter The Ace, which used to be a Chinese restaurant and has become a chic and cozy gastrobar which is just the ticket on a cold weather day. Dinner and...  Read More



Rose & Sons doesn't follow the rules. It is hard to pin down what kind of food they specialize in, as their menu has as diverse ingredients as bagel and pastrami lox and fried rice with pork belly. It is no matter, as Torontonians love their...  Read More

High Park/Roncesvalles
Barque Smokehouse
Photo courtesy of Jill Chen


If you are a person who hears the words "baby back ribs" and salivates, you must make a trip over to Roncesvalles for a spectacular lunch. Lucky for us, owners and childhood friends Jonathan Persofsky and David Neinstein left the corporate world...  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. So it was of little surprise that his own restaurant, Beast, celebrated local farmers and...  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