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
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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This is the area around the hotel, right on the waterfront. All restaurants are within walking distance from the conference hotel.
Il Fornello (Italian) $$$
207 Queen's Quay W, (416) 861-1028
Pearl Harbourfront (Dim Sum) $$$
Inside the Queen's Quay Terminal building on the second floor.
207 Queen's Quay W, (416) 203-1233
Watermark Irish Pub (Pub Food) $$
Decent Pub fare. Large outside dining area. This is the location of the student dinner on Tuesday.
207 Queen's Quay W, (416) 214-2772
Against the Grain $$ (Gastropub)
Recently opened stylish restaurant with a large patio on the waterfront. Good food, reasonably priced. Local
brews. The location is about 1km East of the Westin, past the Redpath Sugar Refinery.
25 Dockside Dr, (647) 977-6421
Harbour 60 $$$$ (Steakhouse).
One of the better and more expensive steak/seafood restaurants in Toronto.
60 Harbour St, (416) 777-2111
St. Lawrence Market / Esplanade
Restaurants are scattered on Church St, King St, Colborne St, Wellington St, Front St, The Esplanade.
In walking distance (1 km) from the Westin.
55 Colbourne at Church, (416) 504-4800
36 Wellington E at Church, (416) 504-9990
Hiro Sushi (Sushi) $$$
Consistently rated one of the best Sushi places in Toronto. Small restaurant.
171 King St E, (416) 304-0550
Tapas-sized eclectic dishes.
169 King Street E, (416) 363-9000
Esplanade Bier Markt
Belgian-style food. Many kinds of beer.
58 The Esplanade, (416) 862-7575
Part of the steakhouse chain.
26 The Esplanade, (416) 367-0685
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.
287 King St W, (416) 971-7242
Southern Italian Homestyle cooking.
297 King St W, (416) 977-4461
Casual, contemporary diner.
303 King Street W, (416) 598-5656
Le Saint Tropez
315 King St W, (416) 591-3600
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.
Crush Wine Bar
455 King Street W, (416) 977-1234
461 King St. W, (647) 955-4872
(Asian Fusion) $$$
Tapas style cuisine by celebrity chef Susur Lee.
603 King Street W, (416) 504-7867
Stylish restaurant with Japanese Fusion cuisine.
668 King St W, (416) 860-0606
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).
This one is not inexpensive. In 2009, voted one of the best new
180 Queen Street W, (416) 977-6400
Queen Mother Cafe
208 Queen Street W, (416) 598-4719
Korean Grill House
Popular Korean barbecue restaurant.
214 Queen Street W, (416) 263-9850
240 Queen Street W, (416) 351-3278
Little India Restaurant
One of three good Indian restaurants right next to one another.
255 Queen Street W, (416) 205-9836
Has a large and popular crowded patio. Good for pub food, beer, and relaxing.
298 Queen Street W, (416) 593-2766
West of Spadina
Take streetcar 510 to Spadina Station until Queen St.
Excellent vegetarian food.
478 Queen Street W, (416) 504-5127
492 Queen St W, (416) 929-4900
506 Queen St W, (416) 504-3213
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.
Decent Pub food and self-brewed beer.
275 Yonge St, (647) 347-6286
Very popular Thai.
340 Yonge St, (416) 971-7041
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.
(Dim Sum) $
Restaurant on the top floor of the shopping mall. Dim sum dishes are served from carts.
280 Spadina Ave, (416) 408-4999
(Dim Sum) $
Another popular destination for Dim Sum.
323 Spadina Ave, (416) 977-1128
331 Spadina Avenue, (416) 593-9524
350 Spadina Ave, (416) 593-4274
Northern Chinese food and dim sum. The soupy dumplings are sublime.
418 Dundas St, (416) 977-3909
(Chinese) $ Good dumplings.
421 Spadina Ave, (416) 217-2008
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.
Torito Restaurant (Chilean) $$$
Tapas style servings.
276 Augusta Ave, (647) 436-5874
64 Oxford Street, (416) 927-1231
Outdoor patio. Excellent grilled sardines.
184 Augusta Avenue, (416) 591-1245
On College St (between Euclid and Shaw). Take 510 Spadina Station
streetcar until College; then, take 506 Carlton
streetcar until Bathurst, or walk).
503 College St, 416-944-8884
546 College St, (416) 923-4138
594 College St, (416) 534-4637
Good brick oven Pizza. Outdoor seating.
667 College St, 416-588-8170
Classic Italian food.
797 College St, (416) 535-3337
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.
Probably the most expensive place on this street.
88 Harbord St, (416) 929-7788
Small restaurant with excellent food. There is extra space in the back patio.
89 Harbord St, (416) 962-8989
(North African) $$$
Very good couscous dishes, with good vegetarian options.
93 Harbord, 416-922-5914
97 Harbord St, 416-920-2186
119 Harbord St, (416) 850-8330
A neighborhood favorite. Good grilled fish and meats.
161 Harbord St, (416) 961-7676
The Korean Business District on Bloor St (between Bathurst and Christie)
has many low-priced Korean restaurants. Take University-Spadina
until "Spadina" station; and then take Bloor subway line
until "Christie" station.
Outstanding Korean barbecue.
584 Bloor St W, (416) 533-8104
Delicious pork bone soup, and other Korean dishes.
612 Bloor Street W, (416) 533-9306
Tacos El Asador
Very small place, serving excellent Tacos.
690 Bloor St W, (416) 538-9747
Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu
Very good soft tofu soup.
691 Bloor St W, (416) 537-0972
The stretch on Bloor, between Spadina Ave and Bathurst St, has a broad
selection of mostly inexpensive restaurants. Large number of budget
Sushi restaurants. Take University-Spadina subway
until "Spadina", or the 510 Spadina Station
streetcar until "Spadina Station".
Fresh on Bloor
326 Bloor St W, (416) 599-4442
467 Bloor St W, (416) 840-9988
(Coffee House) $
Cake, Sandwiches, and a selection of Russian dishes.
Patio is very popular with students.
483 Bloor St W, (416) 922-5875
New Generation Grill Fusion
486 Bloor St W, 416-516-8883
New Generation Sushi
493 Bloor St W, (416) 963-8861
Sushi on Bloor
515 Bloor St W, (416) 516-3456
Izakaya restaurant serving Japanese tapas.
559 Bloor St W, (647) 343-1101
This is a posh part of Toronto, but there are reasonably priced restaurants
on Yorkville Ave and Cumberland St between Avenue Rd and Bay St.
Take University-Spadina subway until "Museum".
Large upstairs patio.
142 Cumberland Street, (416) 968-2828
Jacques' Bistro du Parc
126 Cumberland Street (2nd Floor), (416) 961-1893
Celebrity hangout during Toronto Film Festival.
100 Cumberland Street, (416) 964-2222
24 Bellair Street, (416) 927-0077
Le Trou Normand
90 Yorkville Ave, (416) 967-5956
(Fine Dining) $$$$
116 Yorkville Avenue, (416) 961-9600
Courtyard (Hungarian) $$$
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.