The Top 10 Restaurants in Toronto 2019


This Canadian city loves discovering the culinary new: new flavors, new cooking styles, new chefs, new ingredients and, of course, new entries on our best restaurants in Toronto list.

Source: TimeOut

1. Alo Restaurant

Alo Restaurant

What is it: When the elevator doors open to reveal a sleek bronze bar in a stunningly restored heritage building on Queen and Spadina, you’ll swear you’re in London or New York. Michelin-pedigreed chef Patrick Kriss’s technically brilliant and creative tasting menus are expertly crafted. Also recommended: the on-site sommelier’s perfect wine pairings from Canada and beyond.

Why go: Go if you’re looking for a high-end dining experience that’s ideal for a special occasion or a romantic night out. The dishes are as beautiful and as meticulous as the service and space. If you can’t get a table (book in advance) or can’t justify the splurge, try sister spot Aloette, conveniently located downstairs.

Price: Blowout

More: Foodporn | Alo Restaurant

2. Byblos

Byblos

What is it: An Eastern Mediterranean restaurant that embraces coastal influences with contemporary technique, on display within each family-style dish that comes out of the kitchen. Case in point: the whole grilled branzino with chermoula, saffron toum and watercress with an accompaniment of sweet jeweled barberry-flecked rice.

Why go: Downstairs is a more laid-back affair in a beautifully designed lounge space. Upstairs, a moodily lit, dark forest green dining room with quiet nooks here and there is ideal for couples looking for a romantic meal together.

Price: Pricey

More: Foodporn | Byblos (Book online)

3. Edulis

Edulis

What is it: The husband-and-wife team behind Edulis makes eating at the King West locale feel like home. That is, if your family dinner table consisted of a seasonal, five or seven course tasting menu that could be customized to suit your tastes or dietary needs. Edulis strongly focuses on seafood, locally sourced ingredients and warm service – and succeeds at it all.

Why go: There’s a reason why this restaurant keeps making it onto national best restaurant lists, and it’s in part because Edulis promotes the tradition of cooking and feasting together. The menus may change with season, but the knack for hospitality is ever-present. As for libations, the wine and champagne menu is gloriously extensive. Here

Price: Pricey

More: Foodporn | Edulis

4.

Kiin

What is it: Chef Nuit Regular’s menu at Kiin focuses on dishes from across Thailand, including a few Royal Court treasures that feature ingredient-driven shareable plates packed with flavor, color and texture.

Why go: Head here when your standard pad Thai take-out just isn’t cutting it. Kiin is a dining experience where you’ll be served delicate, complex dishes inspired by the art of Royal Thai cuisine.

Price: Pricey

More: Foodporn | Kiin

5. Patois

Patois

What is it: Named after Jamaica’s national lingo, Patois is best described by chef/owner Craig Wong as “Caribbean meets Asian soul food.” It’s like a beach party in the west end of the city, where the music’s loud, the cocktails creative, the room colorful and the clientele ready for a good time.

Why go: Go for one of the juiciest jerk chickens around, stay for the I-can’t-believe-that’s-not-meat crispy fried cauliflower and Chinese “pineapple bun” burgers. Next-level delicious with a side of party atmosphere? We’re in.

Price: Average

More: Foodporn | Patois

6. Carmen

Carmen

What is it: A Spanish tapas bar and restaurant with some of the best paella in the city, which you should order as soon as you walk in as they take about a half-hour to cook. While you wait, enjoy Spanish manzanillas, wines and a few terrific tapas.

Why go: Chef/co-owner Luis Valenzuela travels to Spain regularly on “research” missions to study the country’s food culture. He uses local ingredients as well as Spanish ones to produce food that’s both comforting and sophisticated in a beautifully welcoming, chic room.

Price: Average to pricey

More: Foodporn | Carmen

7. Batifole

Batifole

What is it: A tried-and-true East side favorite French restaurant in the middle of Toronto’s second Chinatown. For over a decade now, the friendly staff at Batifole has been serving on-point steak frites, perfect patés and other classic bistro fare in an intimate, cozy atmosphere.

Why go: Three words: soufflé grand marnier. But you might also want to check out this “best kept secret” for a relaxed dinner with friends, with your special someone or for a fabulous cocktail during their cinq-a-sept “happy hour.”

Price: Average

More: Foodporn | Batifole

8. Chiado

Chiado

What is it: A polished, elegant restaurant serving what owner and visionary Albino Silva calls “progressive Portuguese” cuisine. If you have an important meeting, a special occasion or simply long for beautifully prepared Portuguese food using top notch ingredients, this is the place for you.

Why go: Silva’s team flies fresh fish in from the Azores daily, presenting them to diners on a platter for selection. And, while seafood is the forte, there are land-based dishes that are just as meticulously prepared. Make sure not to skip on dessert.

Price: Pricey

More: Foodporn | Chiado (Book Online)

9. Bar Raval

Bar Raval

What is it: A Spanish tapas bar serving a tantalizing array of conservas, jamón and pintxos alongside craft-made cocktails and fine spirits in a beautifully designed space that transports you to Barcelona’s Raval neighborhood.

Why go: This is the perfect place to start or end a night discovering the College Street strip. You come for snacks with good drinks and stand up at the bar or around beer barrels to sip and savor before moving the fiesta along. If you’re jonesing for a sit-down Spanish meal, try sister restaurant Bar Isabel down the road – just make sure to make a reservation.

Price: Average

More: Foodporn | Bar Raval

10. Scaramouche Restaurant Pasta Bar & Grill

Scaramouche Restaurant Pasta Bar & Grill

What is it: Located on the first floor of a posh condo building in midtown near Casa Loma, this entry really consists of two restaurants in one. One side features haute cuisine while the other side is a more casual pasta bar and grill. Both offer unbeatable views of the city with fabulous food – an often hard-to-find combination.

Why go: Under executive chef Keith Froggett’s direction, Scaramouche consistently wins awards and accolades for its sophisticated yet accessible fare. Complimentary valet parking, expert service and a view of the city that’s a knock-out are just some of the reasons why locals and visitors have been coming back for over three decades.

Price: Pricey

More: Foodporn | Scaramouche Restaurant Pasta Bar & Grill(Book Online)


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