Are you planning a visit to Toronto? You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining! With over 15,000 restaurants to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start! You’ll be wishing there were more than three meals in a day. Luckily, we have all the local knowledge to share. If you’re looking for the top 5 restaurants in Toronto, you’ve come to the right place. Grab your knife and fork, we’re going in!
1 Benvenuto Place, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2L1
Opening times: 5:30pm to 9:30pm (Monday to Thursday), 5:30pm to 10pm (Friday and Saturday), closed on Sunday
If you’re looking for exquisite food with a French focus in a sumptuous setting, there’s no finer restaurant in Toronto than Scaramouche.
What we love about the menu at this restaurant is that it’s not pages and pages long. It’s concise enough not to be overwhelming, while providing plenty of choice to suit every preference. We particularly love the fresh oysters to start, and the seafood platter as a main course. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert; the coconut cream pie at Scaramouche is legendary!
The restaurant is located just 15 minutes from Downtown Toronto by car. If you’re travelling by public transport, take the subway to the fully-accessible St Clair Ave West station. From there, it’s just a ten minute walk to Scaramouche.
Michael’s on Simcoe
100 Simcoe St, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3G2
Opening times: 4.30pm to 11pm every day
Nestled between Downtown Toronto and the Entertainment District, you’ll find Michael’s on Simcoe. It’s one of the best places to enjoy steaks in the city, and as it’s a family-run business, you’ll enjoy the personal touch that makes a great restaurant unforgettable.
If you’re planning on enjoying a large and juicy steak, we’d recommend skipping starters. But if you’re opting for a smaller main plate, the charcuterie and cheese board is perfect for sharing.
On to the main event! We can’t overstate the quality of the steak at Michael’s; it’s absolutely divine. We’ll warn you, there are some very expensive cuts on the menu. The 24oz A5 Kobe Black Tajima wagyu steak comes in at $1320; as eye-watering as it is mouth-watering! For more conservative budgets, Canadian Angus steaks start from $38.
A note about dessert; if you have room, try the poached pear with pumpkin cake. It’s moist and delicate with a robust, comforting flavour.
Michael’s is right in the centre of town, less than a five minute walk from St Andrew subway station.
New Orleans Seafood & Steakhouse
267 Scarlett Rd, York, ON M6N 4K9
Opening times: 5pm to 9pm (Tuesday to Thursday), 5pm to 10pm (Friday and Saturday), closed Sunday and Monday
As you might expect from the name, this restaurant serves delicious steak and seafood with a Cajun twist. If you’re in the mood for a starter, choose the seafood gumbo. Enjoy a classic New Orleans dish without the bulk, saving you precious space for mains!
Speaking of which, we’re torn between the perfectly-chargrilled Black Angus steak and the Shrimp Creole. You can also check the specials board for the fresh catch of the day. Whatever you decide, you’ll be treated to soul food in a relaxed, welcoming setting.
New Orleans Seafood & Steakhouse is about 30 minutes from Downtown Toronto, but it’s certainly worth the cab fare!
196 Robert St, Toronto, ON M5S 2K8
Opening times: 5.30pm to 10.45pm (Monday to Saturday), 11am to 3.30pm on Sundays
Looking for a lighter bite? Rasa is the place to be. This restaurant serves sophisticated bar food with the presentation of a high-end bistro.
What we really love about Rasa is its brunch menu. Arrive on Sunday morning to enjoy a relaxed meal of full-on breakfasts, chicken and waffles, fish toast, or ricotta scramble, and wash it down with a classic Mimosa. Perfection!
Rasa is right in Downtown Toronto, just a short stroll from Spadina Ave at Sussex Ave train stop.
153 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C4
Opening times: 11.30am to 11pm (Monday to Wednesday), 11.30am to 12am (Thursday and Friday), 3.30pm to 12am (Saturday), a 5pm to 11pm on Sunday
Did we mention that you’ll have no trouble finding a great steak in Toronto? Our final choice is the vibrant and energetic STK, where you’ll be able to enjoy a fabulous meal followed by drinks and great music.
We can thoroughly recommend the beef tartare, followed by the dry-aged Delmonico steak. If you’re feeling decadent, top your steak with Canadian lobster. If you have room, the orange dream cheesecake is sublime!
STK is just north of Downtown Toronto, and Bay subway station is just a five-minute walk away.
Which restaurants do you love in Toronto? Let us know in the comments below!