There are so many great benefits to living in Toronto, from the many different activities to partake in, to the beautiful scenery and architecture of downtown Toronto, to the beautiful scenic views of Lake Ontario, to the plethora of sports teams to watch and support to the many different types of cultures you can be exposed to.
There’s so much to see and do in Ontario’s capital, and one of the greatest parts of having so many diverse cultures in the same city is the multitude of cuisines and restaurants you can experience.
Below is a list of some of the best restaurants in Toronto.
A Mediterranean restaurant on Duncan street, Byblos puts a contemporary spin on the classic Mediterranean flavors.
The vibe changes depending on where you choose to eat. The downstairs lounge is more laidback with beautifully designed furniture and layout—perfect for casual dinners with friends or coworkers.
However, the upstairs is a much more intimate setting with a darkly lit dining room and a romantic, ambient setting perfect for couples looking to experience a special night out.
Located on Dundas St West, this restaurant gets its name from the national language of Jamaica, and pairs two types of cuisines that are worlds apart in Caribbean and Asian in a fusion that your taste buds will be grateful for.
The food, as described by owner Craig Wong, is “Caribbean meets Asian soul food.” The venue itself is an intimate setting that can work for date night, or just after-work drinks.
The atmosphere, while often vivacious, doesn’t detract from the food, and if you’re searching for one of the best jerk chicken dishes in the city, you definitely need to make a reservation at Patois.
A great, authentic Spanish restaurant located on Queen St West; this restaurant is the place to go if you’re craving paella—you’ll be hard pressed to find a better paella dish in the whole city.
While you wait for your entrees, you can enjoy some Spanish manzanillas, a nice glass of wine, and some of the best tapas in the city.
Carmen serves authentic Spanish cuisine, and chef and co-owner Luis Valenzuela frequently travels to Spain for “research” tips with the intention of bringing back the best authentic Spanish dishes to serve to his Toronto customers.
Whenever a place has a lineup all the way out the door, it’s usually a good sign, and that’s the case with Seven Lives, located on Kensington Ave, in the heart of Kensington Market, this taqueria serves some of the best tacos in the entire city.
You can also order tostadas with fresh ceviche or seafood, and it’s a great place to stop for a bite while exploring the rest of the market.
Located on Benvenuto Pl, not far from Casa Loma, this French-inspired restaurant is really two in one—serving haute cuisine on one side, while the other side features a pasta bar and grill.
It also offers one of the most breathtaking views of the city you can experience while enjoying a delicious meal.
This award-winning restaurant even offers complimentary valet service, so you don’t have to worry about parking when you get there.