Toronto is home to a wide assortment of unique places to dine. Our city has an abundance of fabulous restaurants, each one focused on cuisine from a different part of the world.
Deciding on where to go next can be like solving a tantalizing puzzle, so we’ve put together a list of great places you can try. Each of these restaurants have amazing food, nicely appointed interiors and appealing atmospheres.
Try these 18 Toronto Restaurants for authentic flavours from around the world.
Khao San Road
If you’re looking for authentic Thai food in Toronto, Khao San Road is the place to go. Their food is creative, flavourful and delicious. The dishes are custom made using only the freshest ingredients, including some imported directly from Thailand.
On most dishes, you can choose the level of spice you prefer, ranging from no spice to Chef Top spicy (for an extra charge), but you’re advised to choose carefully. Extra spice can be added, but if you choose a dish with too much spice, you can’t return it.
Try one of their signature dishes. Pad gra prao is made with red bell pepper, onion, garlic, fresh green chili and holy basil, with fried egg and served on rice. You have a choice of chicken, pork or Tofu for this dish but can substitute beef or shrimp for a slight extra charge.
Prices range from $10.95 for a starter to $16.95 for a main. Khao San Road also offers takeout and delivery through Uber Eats. The restaurant is located at 11 Charlotte Street, a block northeast of King and Spadina. Visit their website at http://www.khaosanroad.ca/main to see the full menu, which includes weekday lunches.
Photo Courtesy: Seven Lives
Seven Lives is the place to go if you crave really good tacos and seafood. They feature Baja-style tacos and their best seller is the Baja fish taco. There are also vegetarian options on the menu. Enjoy the casual atmosphere at the restaurant or order to go. See pictures of some of their dishes on their website, http://sevenlives.restaurantsnapshot.com/.
Seven Lives is located at 69 Kensington Ave, Toronto, in a trendy Kensington Market storefront. Hit up the bank machine before you go, because this is a cash-only eatery.
Photo courtesy: @amelicote
Kost (pronounced “Coast”) is a rooftop restaurant and bar on the 44th floor of the posh BISHA Hotel in Toronto. Savor selections from a Baja Peninsula-inspired menu while enjoying unparalleled panoramic views of the city from seating inside or outside.
Kost offers breakfast, lunch and dinner using the flavours of the Californian coastline. Their brunch, available on Saturdays and Sundays, is a crowd favourite. Prices on the breakfast menu range from $14 to $19 and feature options such as avocado toast and coconut pancakes. Visit their website https://kosttoronto.com/ to see the full menu and hours of operation. The Kost restaurant is located on the 44th Floor of the BISHA Hotel, 80 Blue Jays Way, Toronto.
Photo courtesy: 416 Snack Bar
416 Snack Bar
Snack Bar, as it’s name suggests, offers late night drinks and snacks in a casual and cozy atmosphere. Here you’ll find good food, good drinks and good music. The owners take pride in offering small plates from different cultures in honour of the diverse population of Toronto.
You’ll find items such as East coast cocktail oysters, falafel, Argentinian barbecue and Korean fried chicken on the menu. As you may imagine, prices are a bit on the high end. See the full menu on the website: https://adrian-ravinsky-cs99.squarespace.com/menu/
The 416 Snack Bar is located at 181 Bathurst Street in Toronto’s Chinatown.
Hanmoto is another late-night restaurant/bar featuring Asian fusion. Japanese-style snacks and drinks are served at this bare-bones izakaya (Japanese tavern) that sports flea market décor. The atmosphere here is very casual and cozy.
Late-night offerings include their famous stuffed wings. You can also order dessert and the kitchen is open until two in the morning.
Hanmoto is located at 2 Lakeview Ave. in Toronto’s Little Portugal.
Miss Thing’s is a Hawaiian restaurant and cocktail bar offering Pan-Asian/Hawaiian dishes. Some of their menu items are gluten-free and/or vegetarian. Contemporary and classic Hawaiian and Asian dishes are served along with a playful tropical cocktail list. There’s also an extensive wine list.
See Miss Thing’s full menu on their website: http://www.missthings.com/ The most expensive menu item is Opakapaka at $28. It’s described as fried bone-in whole red snapper, coconut papaya broth, flat parsley, jicama, togarashi and katsuobushi. This is one of the restaurants gluten-free meals.
Miss Thing’s interior is beautifully designed. Subtle cues from Hawaiian and American tiki culture have been used, as well as the retro mid-century hotel lobby bars of yesteryear. The restaurant is located at 1279 Queen St. W., Toronto.
Bobbie Sue’s Mac n’ Cheese
This mac n’ cheese place specializes in the most popular cheesy dish around. There are vegan and gluten-free options as well. Bobbie Sue’s also serves BBQ pulled pork and curry. Prices range from $8.50 for a small-size regular mac and cheese to $14.95 for the largest size of carbonara.
You can eat in a cozy and casual atmosphere, there’s outdoor seating or you can order for take-out or delivery.
Visit Bobbie Sue’s Mac n’ Cheese at 162 Ossington Avenue in Toronto. View the full menu online: https://bobbiesues.com/.
If you’re in the mood for dumplings, there’s no better place to go than Mother’s Dumplings. Their specialty is Chinese comfort food, including hand-made dumplings, noodles and buns. It’s cuisine straight from Shenyang in North-East China, where the owner learned the recipes from her mother.
Mother’s Dumplings extensive menu has everything from entrees to desserts and drinks, including smoothies, wine and beer. Check it out here: http://www.mothersdumplings.com/menu.html There are also vegetarian options to choose from.
The atmosphere is casual and they can handle a crowd, although they advise calling ahead for reservations. Mother’s Dumplings also offers takeout via Door Dash. They are located at 421 Spadina Avenue, half a block south of College Street in Toronto.
The Grand Electric serves creative Mexican fare at communal tables. They improve on the classic taco trend to make it a unique and exciting dining experience. Tacos are just $4.99 each and can be made with white fish, spicy chicken, pork belly, poblano, shrimp or cauliflower.
Grand Electric’s specialty meals feature spicy squid and kale Caesar salad, among others. See their full menu here: http://grandelectrictoronto.com/parkdale/. Gluten-free and Vegan options are also available.
The space is trendy, the food is delicious and they’re open late. The restaurant also makes great cocktails and serves beer and wine. Enjoy your lunch or dinner on the patio, when the weather’s warm, or have it delivered.
Grand Electric is located at 1330 Queen St W in Toronto’s Parkdale area.
True True is a casual Italian café with a stylish, modern vibe. It’s open for lunch, dinner and dessert. They offer creative or customized pizzas and salads and serve wine and beer.
All ingredients at True True are fresh and personalized pizzas are made to order as you watch. Pizzas here are unique in that they come shaped in a rectangle, rather than a circle.
Most pizzas cost from $9 for a small to $22.50 for a large off the regular menu. Besides the menu options, you can also create your own and vegetarian options are available. There are a variety of salads to choose from or you can create you own salad from a list of ingredients.
True True is located at 169 King Street E. in Toronto. See full menu here: http://www.eattruetrue.com/menu/
If you have a craving for seafood, Grey Gardens is a fine dining experience serving up-scale cuisine. They have an onsite bar that serves great cocktails, beer and has a long list of wines to choose from.
The menu’s seafood offerings include Arctic char ($18) and oysters ($3 ea.), but they also serve noodles and a stuffed chicken dish (umeboshi & rhubarb, mustard greens, $30). If you’re with someone with less exotic tastes, they can order a Rib Eye Steak with mushrooms and onions for $65. See the full menu here: http://greygardens.ca/
Grey Gardens is located at 199 Augusta Venue in the Kensington Market area of Toronto.
Photo Courtesy: David Cooper
Lake Inez serves dinner, dessert and late-night food in a casual, refined space. Their creative and flavourful dishes are inspired by Asian cuisine. There’s an extensive beer list, as well as wine.
The menu features unique flavours and includes items like Eggplant Tonkatsu with Japanese eggplant, smoked cabbage and kumquat. Menu items that are vegetarian and/or gluten-free are labelled as such but no prices are listed, so be sure to make room on your credit card. Check out the menu here: http://www.lakeinezto.com/food.html
Lake Inez is located at 1471 Gerrard Street East, in Toronto’s Little India.
Photo Courtesy: Adamson Barbecue
Adamson Barbecue is an authentic Texas-style barbecue that’s a meat-lovers dream. They serve generous portions of slow-smoked meats and classic sides in a converted warehouse. You can eat in the dining room or order for takeout.
The meat menu, (priced per pound), includes brisket, spare ribs, turkey breast, pulled pork, and chicken. Prices range from $15 for chicken to $30 for the brisket. You can also order plates with 2 sides that include one, two or three meats, perfect for sharing. See the Adamson Barbecue menu here: https://adamsonbarbecue.com/menu/They are located at 176 Wicksteed Avenue in East York.
Photo Courtesy: Gusto 101
Gusto 101 serves up southern Italian classics with a global twist in an industrial setting. The restaurant has indoor, as well as outdoor seating, including rooftop seating.
The menu is extensive. Gusto serves a weekend brunch that includes meals like an omelet with field mushrooms, truffle, spinach, fontina, crispy potatoes and purple kale with an artichoke vinaigrette for $12.99 and ricotta and buckwheat pancakes with lemon curd and blueberries for $13.99.
Lunch and dinner menu items includes things like mussels, green garlic, cherry tomatoes and chilies local butter for $18.99. Or choose the PEI centre cut striploin with maitake mushrooms, bone marrow, brown butter and aged balsamic for $35.50.
If you love fresh pasta and homemade pizza, you’ll love Gusto 101.
Drink options include wine, beer and cocktails. Gusto also serves late-night food, organic dishes and has vegetarian options. View the menu here: https://gusto101.com/menu/lunch-dinner?
Gusto 101 is located at 101 Portland Street, King West, Toronto
Wish offers a varied menu in a casual atmosphere that employs rustic wood, fluffy pillows and pastel colours. There is also outside seating on the patio. They have a weekend brunch that includes French toast, eggs benedict and much more, as well as lunch and dinner menus.
Prices are reasonable, ranging from $4 for the soup of the day to $30 for a cider bacon glazed tomahawk pork chop, from the dinner menu. See the full menu here: http://wishintoronto.com/
Wish is located at 3 Charles St. E, at Yonge and Bloor in Toronto
Piano Piano is a restaurant that’s hard to miss because of its stunning floral exterior. They serve up lunch, dinner and dessert and there’s an onsite bar. Piano Piano makes wood-fired, homemade pizza, fresh pasta dishes, delicious salads and other traditional Italian mains served in a cozy, casual setting.
They have a lunch special that includes your choice of any appetizer, any pizza or pasta and a soft serve ice cream for $24. The dinner menu includes snacks and appetizers, the usual Italian dishes, and items like roasted seabass for $28 and Grilled Octopus (For Two) for $69. See the complete menu here: http://www.pianopianotherestaurant.com/ You’ll find Piano Piano at 88 Harbord Street, Harbord Village, Toronto.
Simit & Chai Company
Simit & Chai is a Turkish bakery offering their own Istanbul street-style bagels along with classic Turkish coffees. They source the freshest and most authentic ingredients and use old-fashioned techniques to ensure a bone fide Turkish experience.
Simit & Chai is a cozy place to meet with friends, either inside or on their patio. On the inside you’ll find comfy seating, free WiFi and plenty of outlets for charging your electronics.
Not a coffee person? No problem. Simit & Chai serve tea, as well. Visit their website here: https://simitandchai.co/
Simit & Chai Company is located at 787 King St. W. in Toronto.