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Toronto’s diversity manifests itself most dramatically through the city’s cuisine. Nouveau, international fare and diner staples are just as easy to come by as dim sum, sushi, or Italian plates – and specialty grocery stores can be found catering to all cultures, from Korean to Indian.

Top Restaurants in Toronto

Bright Pearl Seafood Restaurant

Crowds squeeze into the Bright Pearl’s festive Chinatown dining room for dim sum favorites like shrimp dumplings, BBQ pork buns, and crispy taro spring rolls. As in most authentic dim sum restaurants, 80+ offerings are wheeled around on carts so guests can order at whim. At $1.88 a plate, dim sum makes it possible to have a filling meal for under $12 (dinner, on the other hand, is more expensive, and runs around $40 for two).

346-348 Spadina Avenue, ON, 416-979-3988,
Tags: family | budget | chinese

Eight Wine Bar

The fashionable Cosmopolitan Hotel has opened its richly hued, well-endowed wine bar to the public. Savor the city’s most flavorful vintages alongside hearty, well-crafted Tuscan-inspired dishes. The dining room’s gentle, sunset-like amber glow sets a romantic tone.

8 Colborne St., ON, 416-350-8188,
Tags: romance | expensive | editor pick | smart splurge | wine bar

Il Gatto Nero

This friendly, all-purpose Italian bistro in the heart of Little Italy woos kids and parents alike with pizzas, paninis, and pasta – the selections range from straight-forward (thin crust, cheese pizza) to sophisticated (white pizza with rosemary and prosciutto).

720 College St., ON, 416-536-3132,
Tags: family | moderate | italian

Little Tibet

Get your Tibetan fix at this cozy hole-in-the-wall eatery serving a number of lip-smacking dishes like tender pork ribs and garlic beef strips. But nothing is as memorable as their signature dish: delicately crispy, pan-fried momos (dumplings) stuffed with anything from spinach to beef.

712 Queen Street West, ON, 416-306-1896
Tags: budget | tibetan

P.A.T. Market

Looking for snacks on the go? Stop at this Korean grocery store for offbeat fillers like red bean ice cream, sushi wraps, and buckwheat noodles. For those who are new to Korean cuisine, browsing items like frozen oxtails, dried squid, and persimmons is half the fun.

675 Bloor St., ON, 416-532-2961
Tags: budget | market

Shanghai Cowgirl

Shanghai Cowgirl’s fare may be simple (think philly cheesesteak, burgers, and Chinese noodles), but it’s solid. They also make a mean omelette. Best of all, breakfast is the menu all day long, so whether you’re waking up at 10am or 2pm, you’re guaranteed your fill of bacon, eggs, homefries, and coffee.

538 Queen Street West, ON, 416-203-6623,
Tags: family | budget | brunch | diner


Internationally acclaimed chef Susur Lee’s eponymous restaurant lives up to the high standards he sets for himself. Experience his innovative Asian-inspired menu – think foie gras paired with sautéed grapes and braised fennel – à la carte or as part of a five- to seven-course tasting menu.

601 King Street West, ON, 416-603-2205,
Tags: international | expensive | notable chef | editor pick | trendy | global fusion

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