Toronto restaurants can be found on every corner. A friendly and delicious dining experience is what you can expect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When picking a place to eat in Toronto, you can sort your options by type, location, cuisine and price.
Toronto restaurant locations go hand in hand with cuisine types. Toronto is divided into cultural restaurant sections:
- Portuguese restaurants are found in Little Portugal
- Classic Italian bistros are found in Little Italy
- Authentic Indian cuisine spots are located in Little India
- Greektown has plenty of traditional Greek bakeries and restaurants
- True Chinese restaurants are situated in Chinatown
- There is also Little Poland where independent Polish restaurant establishments can be found
Price range on Toronto restaurants vary with cuisine but also with Toronto restaurant neighbourhoods:
- The Theatre /Entertainment District is a combination of mid-ranged to expensive restaurants.
- The Financial District and Underground city are also more expensive, but you can find mid-ranged independent restaurants as well.
- Queen Street West has great prices and a nice variety.
- The Fashion District is pricey with top of the line restaurants, where as Church and Wellesley have a mid-range to budget selection.
- The older neighbourhoods of Toronto like The Annex, Cabbagetown, Distillery District and High Park are expensive when it comes to cuisine.
Breakfast in Toronto
Breakfast restaurants in Toronto are usually lower in price. Great Toronto neighbourhoods for breakfast are The Beach and central Downtown Toronto, although they can be found scattered throughout all of Toronto.
Lunch in Toronto
There are some great Toronto lunch restaurants near the Harbourfront in central downtown. North of central Toronto, especially around Yonge St and Eglinton Avenue, are filled with delicious lunch restaurants that range in price from reasonable to expensive.
Dinner in Toronto
Dinner in Toronto is always an experience. Price ranges for Central Downtown are usually more expensive. If you head along Danforth, you are looking at more mid-ranged cuisine.
West of downtown, along King Street, is a strip of restaurants sitting in the Toronto Entertainment District. It is located near The Prince of Wales Theatre, The Second City Theatre, Roy Thomson Hall, and other Toronto theatres.
Dinner and Shows
Most of the restaurants in the Toronto Entertainment Districts offer specials, discounts, and coupons to those going to see a concert or watch a performance. Toronto restaurants located near a theatre will often stay open longer on nights that have a showing of some sort.
Most specials, discounts, and coupons being offered by Toronto restaurants will include the show price and dinner for two or a family dinner package. You can purchase these specials, discounts, and coupons from the restaurant, the theatre, or even the hotel you are staying in.
Toronto Restaurant Pick Up or Delivery
Most restaurants and menus for Toronto cuisine can be found online now. West and East of Downtown Toronto have several restaurants that will deliver to you if you are in their designated area. It is harder to find restaurant delivery in Downtown Toronto. For the Toronto restaurants that do deliver, you can often order online. Online ordering has expanded in all of Toronto, whether for pick up or delivery.
Toronto recently joined in the 'Sushi boom'. Some of the best quality sushi places are located in central Downtown Toronto. Coffee shops have also expanded in Toronto. The best Toronto bistros can be found along the Danforth. The European atmosphere of this area only adds to your overall experience.
Toronto Patio Dining
While Toronto does experience a real winter, as soon as it begins to warm outside you can find plenty of patios. The patio scene in Toronto has increased and spread out all over the city, especially in the pubs, bars and sports bars.
Toronto Non Smoking Laws
At the beginning of June in 2004, Ontario went full force with a Smoking Ban. This had a large effect especially on the pubs, bars, and sports bars. You are not allowed by law to smoke inside any building or establishment. The Toronto owners of those pubs, bars, and sports bars compromised with the law and their customers by opening up patios. As long as there was no covering over the patio and seating area, patrons are allowed to smoke.
Just like any city, Toronto has its far share of chain restaurants and fast food. These are budget places for the most part and can be found scattered throughout all of Toronto. There are also a lot of Toronto local favourites that are open 24/7. One of the more popular restaurants that is open all night is Fran's. Many of the Chinese and sushi restaurants in downtown Toronto are also open late or 24 hours. So if you are hungry for a snack at 4 am, Some Toronto restaurants are open for business.
Whatever it is you are craving, Toronto Restaurants and Dining has it. Bon appétit!