AUGUST 15-19, 2011


Restaurant Guide

The larger downtown area of Toronto has enough restaurants to meet any preference and budget. You may want to explore on your own, or consult one of the many online guides (e.g., dine.TO, Toronto Life, NOW magazine, etc.).
Below is a list of neighborhoods with a high concentration of restaurants in walking distance to each other, with some suggestions. Public transit directions are from "Union Station" (for subway) or from streetcar stop on Queen's Quay.

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A PDF version of the restaurant list with a map is available here.


This is the area around the hotel, right on the waterfront. All restaurants are within walking distance from the conference hotel.

St. Lawrence Market / Esplanade

Restaurants are scattered on Church St, King St, Colborne St, Wellington St, Front St, The Esplanade. In walking distance (1 km) from the Westin.

Entertainment District

About one mile from conference hotel. There are several places with gastropub food on John Street between Adelaide St and Queen St. There is a string of restaurants on King St, between John St and Spadina Ave.

King Street West

On King St W (west of Spadina Ave) are a few very good restaurants, which are a bit spread out. Take 510 Spadina Station streetcar until Queen St.

Queen Street West

Queen St West (between Bathurst Ave and Avenue Rd) has many mostly inexpensive restaurants, with different styles of food. Take 510 Spadina Station streetcar until Queen St.

East of Spadina

Reachable by subway (Take University-Spadina line until "Osgoode station"), streetcar (take 510 to Spadina Station until Queen St).

West of Spadina

Take streetcar 510 to Spadina Station until Queen St.

Dundas Square

Dundas Square is Toronto's version of New York's Times Square. Restaurants in this area are often chain restaurants, e.g., Hard Rock Cafe. Take Yonge subway line until "Dundas" station.


There are many inexpensive Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants, on Spadina Ave (between Queen St and College St) and on Dundas St (East of Spadina). Take 510 Spadina Station streetcar until Dundas St.

Kensington Market

This funky area on Baldwin St and Augusta Ave (east of Spadina) has an eclectic mix of restaurants and cheap eats. The best time to go is afternoon and early evening. Follow directions to Chinatown.

Little Italy

On College St (between Euclid and Shaw). Take 510 Spadina Station streetcar until College; then, take 506 Carlton streetcar until Bathurst, or walk).


On Harbord Street (east of Spadina Ave) is a collection of good restaurants, many with patios for outside dining. Take 510 Spadina Station streetcar until Harbord.


The Korean Business District on Bloor St (between Bathurst and Christie) has many low-priced Korean restaurants. Take University-Spadina subway until "Spadina" station; and then take Bloor subway line until "Christie" station.
  • Arisu (Korean) $$ Outstanding Korean barbecue.
    584 Bloor St W, (416) 533-8104
  • Ka Chi (Korean) $ Delicious pork bone soup, and other Korean dishes.
    612 Bloor Street W, (416) 533-9306
  • Tacos El Asador (Mexican) $ Very small place, serving excellent Tacos.
    690 Bloor St W, (416) 538-9747
  • Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu (Korean) $ Very good soft tofu soup.
    691 Bloor St W, (416) 537-0972

The Annex

The stretch on Bloor, between Spadina Ave and Bathurst St, has a broad selection of mostly inexpensive restaurants. Large number of budget Sushi restaurants. Take University-Spadina subway until "Spadina", or the 510 Spadina Station streetcar until "Spadina Station".
  • Fresh on Bloor (Vegetarian) $
    326 Bloor St W, (416) 599-4442
  • Thai Basil (Thai) $$
    467 Bloor St W, (416) 840-9988
  • Future Bakery (Coffee House) $ Cake, Sandwiches, and a selection of Russian dishes. Patio is very popular with students.
    483 Bloor St W, (416) 922-5875
  • New Generation Grill Fusion (Korean) $$
    486 Bloor St W, 416-516-8883
  • New Generation Sushi (Sushi) $$
    493 Bloor St W, (416) 963-8861
  • Sushi on Bloor (Sushi) $$
    515 Bloor St W, (416) 516-3456
  • Guu SakaBar (Japanese) $$$ Izakaya restaurant serving Japanese tapas.
    559 Bloor St W, (647) 343-1101


This is a posh part of Toronto, but there are reasonably priced restaurants on Yorkville Ave and Cumberland St between Avenue Rd and Bay St. Take University-Spadina subway until "Museum".
  • Hemingway's (Gastropub) $$ Large upstairs patio.
    142 Cumberland Street, (416) 968-2828
  • Jacques' Bistro du Parc (Bistro) $$$
    126 Cumberland Street (2nd Floor), (416) 961-1893
  • Sassafraz (Continental) $$$$ Celebrity hangout during Toronto Film Festival.
    100 Cumberland Street, (416) 964-2222
  • Yamato (Japanese) $$$ Tepanyaki restaurant
    24 Bellair Street, (416) 927-0077
  • Le Trou Normand (Bistro) $$$
    90 Yorkville Ave, (416) 967-5956
  • One (Fine Dining) $$$$
    116 Yorkville Avenue, (416) 961-9600
  • Courtyard (Hungarian) $$$
    121 Yorkville Avenue, (416) 513-9688


On "The Danforth", between Chester and Pape, are several restaurants, serving good Greek food at low prices and in large portions. Take Yonge subway line until "Bloor-Yonge", then take Bloor subway line until Chester.