Toronto’s streets are lined with restaurants serving up all different types of cuisine. There’s no denying that there are lots of options to choose from. But every now and then you happen upon a trendy eatery that’s everything you could hope for in a restaurant. You know, those places where the decor, vibe and menu come together to make it one of your new go-to spots. Take a look at our picks for the trendiest restaurants in Toronto.
There’s nothing not to love about Piano Piano. Playful yet sophisticated decor, welcoming vibes and a mouth-watering, elevated Italian menu. The space is brought to life with a whimsical interior and an exterior graffiti rose garden facade that makes it a true standout on Harbord Street. Choose from dishes like “The Pretty Woman” pizza, pumpkin agnolotti, and veal medallions. And if you want to share a meal with someone special, opt for the fried chicken or grilled opposite, both prepared for two!
2. Grey Gardens
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Thanks to its highly curated wine bar and aesthetically pleasing design, this bright and inviting spot in Kensington Market (run by the previous owner of Momofuku Ko & Shoto!) is the perfect place to wind down after a long week… Featuring a lively pastel mural, luxe gold elements, and an exotic menu of internationally-inspired cuisine, you can't go wrong with dinner for two in this cozy resto. ?
Part wine bar, part restaurant, Grey Gardens is the perfect spot to enjoy a bite and glass of vino (oh, and don’t forget to ask about their secret sake menu!). Situated in Kensington Market, this trendy spot is perfect whether you’re going on a date or hanging out with friends. Offering plates like foie gras and duck terrine, pork chop with red cabbage and turnip, and white bolognese cavatelli, you’re sure to leave satisfied. The aesthetics don’t disappoint, either. Featuring a lively pastel mural, mint bar stools and gorgeous gold accents, it’s a place you’ll be more than happy to waste some time at.
3. La Palma
An airy Italian eatery with the most gorgeous design, La Palma is a Toronto must! Located on Dundas Street West near Trinity Bellwoods, you can sit and eat or grab-and-go from the bakery. If you want to experience all it has to offer, we recommend you stay. Their breakfast fare includes offerings like breakfast pizza, avocado crostini and greens, and chilled salmon. And on their lunch and dinner menu, you can find plates like Miami-style ribs, grilled halibut and 100 layer lasagna.
Full of vibrant, tropical personality, Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen is one of the best restaurants to hit Toronto’s streets. With two floors of seating and a front and back patio open in warmer months, there’s room for us all to inhale Chubby’s delicious eats. Enjoy dishes including likkle Jamaican patties, kale and pomegranate salad, jerk chicken and Port Royal mac n’ cheese. Everything on the menu is shareable, so order a bunch and taste them all!
An intimate restaurant specializing in French-Cantonese cuisine, make your way over to College and Palmerston for a meal you won’t forget! DaiLo’s menu consists of favourites like Sichuan braised beef, fried watermelon and the truffle fried rice, or opt for a $65 chef’s choice menu that showcases DaiLo’s full variety. If you’re more in the mood for a snack, head upstairs to LoPan, their dim sum snack and cocktail bar!
One of Toronto’s most prestigious restaurants, Alo made the list of the world’s top 100 restaurants this year and snagged the first spot for Canada’s best restaurant in 2017 and 2018. Their menu is contemporary French, offering blind, multi-course tasting menus, which change with the season. Reservations open for two months at a time, so get ready to plan ahead if you want a spot at this trendy spot.
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