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Hungry In The Big City? Here's The 10 Best Places To Eat In Toronto

Matthew
Updated Mar 20, 2019

Toronto is the largest and arguably the most popular city in Canada. Canada is well-known for its diversity and Toronto is a prime example of that. With cultures from all over the world, it is full of restaurants that provide mouth watering meals that you won’t find anywhere else but here. Whether you can’t resist a good burger, can’t get enough pasta, or just love yourself some good ol’ fashioned pizza, Toronto is the hotbed for foodies everywhere.

1. Experience dining like never before at Joso's


A truly unique dining experience that brings in the warmth and beauty of the Dalmatian coast. You’ll be lead through a journey with your eyes, ears and mouth. You’ll be surrounded by voluptuous female forms, the Adriatic Sea and jewels on every wall. Each dish is prepared with great care and traditional flavors. Aside from the surroundings, Joso’s are best known for their fresh seafood, from traditional shrimp marinara and mussels to the rare grilled octopus. This is a must for any seafood lover that thinks they’ve had it all.

Joso's

Address: 202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 1J2

Website: Joso’s

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2. Enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail at the Raca Cafe & Bar


Located in Toronto’s Parkdale neighborhood, Raca Cafe & Bar serves exquisitely crafted food for lunch, dinner and even brunch. This premier eatery also features a beautiful indoor space and back patio with a spectacular view of the city. In addition to the exceptional meals, you may choose from an extensive wine list or a signature hand-crafted cocktail. Meals vary from pasta to steaks and seafood, as well as decadent desserts, so everybody is sure to find something to their liking.

Raca Cafe & Bar

Address: 1704 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R 1B3

Website: Raca Cafe & Bar

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3. Get a taste of the Caribbean at Patois


As mentioned before, Toronto is full of diversity, and nothing exemplifies that more than Patois. With Jamaican inspired cuisine made from the freshest ingredients, you’re sure to find meals that are one-of-a-kind concoctions that you’ll never see anywhere else; such as O.G. Fried Chicken & Watermelon Pickle or Chinese “Pineapple” Bun Burger. You might not even know what most of the things on the menu mean, but that’s part of the fun of dining at a truly traditional Jamaican eatery (plus, they’ll explain what it is on the menu, so don’t worry).

Patois

Address: 794 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V1

Website: Patois

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4. Try the Iberian and Latin American flavors at Cava

It's Half-Price Wine Monday! We have so many bottles to choose from! 📷@yummytangoshoes

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Cava is a small-plates restaurant with eclectic cuisine, that showcases the chef’s culinary depth with an emphasis on Iberian and Latin American flavors. The menu is frequently changing in order to reinvent interpretations of familiar culinary themes, with over 40 wines by the glass and 200 different bottles. Cava was designed to underscore the relationship between food and wine, so you’ll often see recommendations on which wine to try with which meal. But don’t worry if you’re not a wine drinker, Cava also has a full bar and beer list.

Cava

Address: 1560 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 2S9

Website: Cava

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5. Let's be honest, try the seafood at Honest Weight


One of Toronto’s go-to seafood destinations, Honest Weight’s menu contains seafood staples such as chowder, steamed shellfish, shrimp, and any fresh fish from their fish case that you can hand-pick, ensuring the freshness of the meal. They also have a separate fish shop where you can purchase fresh fish and shellfish, from North America and beyond, for you to take home with you to showcase your master chef abilities. But I feel I must warn you that Honest Weight is strictly seafood, so leave those weird non-fish lovers at home.

Honest Weight

Address: 2766 Dundas St W A, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y3

Website: Honest Weight

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6. Enjoy a taste of Italy at Enoteca Sociale


Enoteca Sociale has classic Italian dishes made with pride by chefs who ensure that the culture of Rome is present in every dish. Their passion for food and family guides them to work with only the best ingredients and a carefully curated wine list that best fits the dishes. With homemade spaghetti, tortellini and gnocchi, every pasta lover will leave happy and full. However the restaurant also serves alternatives, including seafood, chicken, steak and lamb, so everyone is sure to be happy!

Enoteca Sociale

Address: 1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X7

Website: Enoteca Sociale

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7. Get a little bit of everything at Scaramouche

Butterpoached lobster, ginger, chili, nappa, beets and crispy Meyer lemon. #lobsterlicious

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This Toronto staple has a long history of making every dining experience a memorable one with sophisticated cuisine and great service. At Scaramouche, you can take the whole family to the restaurant, or have a quiet romantic evening at the more casual Pasta Bar & Grill. One thing is for sure, no matter which side you choose, you’ll be coming back day after day until you’ve tried everything on the menu (which includes a new dessert every time). With everything from homemade pastas to seafood and filet mignon, it’s no wonder why Scaramouche has been one of the top stops in Toronto for 35 years.

Scaramouche

Address: 1 Benvenuto Pl, Toronto, ON M4V 2L1

Website: Scaramouche

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8. Get a taste of the seasons at Cafe Boulud

Rise and shine! ☕️✨ #CafeBoulud

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Serving a seasonally changing menu rooted in French tradition, Cafe Boulud highlights both bistro classics and contemporary dishes. Many of the dishes are slow roasted on the rotisserie, such as chicken, loin of lamb and even pineapple. Cafe Boulud also features a vast wine selection (available by the glass and bottle), signature cocktails, martinis and beers. The relaxing and casual atmosphere will calm you after a stressful day of wandering the big city and is a great place to enjoy a quiet dining experience.

Cafe Boulud

Address: 60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 0A4

Website: Cafe Boulud

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9. Discover the unique combination of Mexican and seafood at Bar Isabel

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Bar Isabel is a unique fusion of Mexican and seafood and has dishes that you won’t find anywhere else in Canada, such as the rarely heard of Roast Bone Marrow or Whole Octopus. Or you can choose from crab legs or other traditional Mexican dishes (or why not both?). And pair all of that with a wine or cocktail from their large drink menu. If you’re a Mexican food lover then you must try Bar Isabel, because you haven’t had true Mexican cuisine until you have.

Bar Isabel

Address: 797 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C7

Website: Bar Isabel

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10. Experience true fresh ingredients at Nota Bene


Everything on the menu at Nota Bene tastes fresh and crisp, like the Poached Dutch White Asparagus and Heirloom Beet Salad (and those are just the starters). The entrees are destined to be unlike anything you’ve ever tasted, such as the Plant Based “Lasagne”, which is infused with flavours and freshness unlike any lasagne you’ve had before. Now, this doesn’t mean that the carnivore in you can’t find something they like, as many different proteins are offered for dinner. Lastly, there is a special menu designated for theatre crowds after the Four Seasons has a performance. Chef David Lee has been cooking since he was 17 and his many years of experience show in every dish.

Nota Bene

Address: 180 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X3

Website: Nota Bene

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Taste the diversity of Toronto

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Toronto is full many different cultures, which is what makes it the perfect place for foodies (or anybody that’s hungry, for that matter) to visit. Whether you love seafood, Italian, Mexican, or even Caribbean cuisine, you’re belly will be full in Toronto.

This article was originally published on Apr 26, 2017

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Matthew Klatzke is a 30 year old American from Michigan residing in Canada where him and his wife are expecting a baby. Following his passion of writing, Matthew has begun a rewarding career in the...Read more

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