Grab the gang and feast together on these vegetarian-, vegan- and omnivore-friendly menus.
Navigating Toronto's restaurant scene is deliciously simple, whether you're a dedicated vegan or a consummate omnivore. In addition to a thriving vegan cuisine scene, many of Toronto's non-veg restaurants have embraced plant-heavy menus, too.
Here are nine great places to feast on plant-forward eats.
Come for the South American cuisine at Marked, but stay for the all-inclusive bubbles brunch. With bottomless prosecco flowing and unlimited small plates to choose from, this Entertainment District hotspot turns brunch into a social affair with its resort-style approach to dining and upbeat atmosphere.
Nearly half of the shareable dishes are vegetarian, including mushroom arepa, avocado and guava salad, and apple pie stuffed churros—but with a two-hour seating limit, you'll need to plan carefully. You'll want to try the entire menu.
Located within The Andorre House, Constantine's modern Mediterranean menu has several dishes with vegetables at the centre, including the Maitake Mushroom and a dedicated section of vegetable-only sides, like the delicata squash or brussels sprouts, to share.
The large 145-seat dining room, located right by the bustling Downtown Yonge neighbourhood, is ideal for hosting a celebration or dining with a larger group.
The quaint 22-seat dining area offers an intimate high-end experience with smaller amuse-bouche plates and savoury flatbread-style pizzas, but you'll want to make a reservation in advance.
Producing their sesame seed tahini in-house, Parallel has an extensive menu of hummus that are all vegan, and adorned with vegetables, oils and herbs.
Set on the revitalized industrial Geary Avenue just southwest of Midtown, dine in on their hearty salads or share meze dips that are all vegan or vegetarian.
If you're hungry for an entree, the Mushroom Mix on Crispy Za'atar Pita with housemade sesame butter is so delicious that you'll want to bring one home from their pantry at the front of the restaurant.
The innovative menu also transforms Italian cheese into vegan-friendly delicacies crafting mozzarella and cheddar from cashews, ricotta from almonds and queso fresco from soy.
Under the direction of Nuit and Jeff Regular, Pai serves cuisine from northern Thailand that highlights the complex flavour profiles.
The 80-seat restaurant in downtown's Entertainment District features market-style dining in a cozy, cavernous environment.
The menu has a range of tofu-based dishes, like the crispy golden tofu nuggets, and the option to request vegetarian or vegan versions of dishes like their seasonal mango slaw, khao soi, pad see ew, or curries.
Instead of trying to imitate meat, the dishes highlight the nuanced flavours in vegetables like charcoal-grilled beetroots, roasted cauliflower and charred red cabbage.
The Egyptian brunch spot, Maha's, invites you into their homey restaurant a few paces north of eclectic Gerrard Street to enjoy savoury plates made fresh to order.
For vegans, there are several sandwiches, including the Betengan made with roasted eggplant and bell peppers, the Foole & Taameia served on a pita, or the vegetarian Arnabeet made with deep-fried cauliflower dusted with cumin and coriander.
If you're planning on swinging by Maha's for brunch, arrive early, as the line can often extend down the block.
With locations across Toronto, Fresh has been one of the go-to vegetarian and vegan dining options for over two decades. Share a basket of onion rings coated with puffed quinoa before diving into one of their signature bowls, house-made veggie burgers or superfood salads.