With 8,000+ restaurants in Toronto you’re spoiled for choice when your day is done and you want to unwind over a good meal. Many delicious options are within walking distance of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre or a 10-minute cab ride will allow you to go a little further afield and take in a new neighbourhood while you're at it.
We’ve broken them up into categories that will help you navigate all the options, including fine dining for treating that special client.
Lively and unpretentious, the big room with kitchen-style tables offers up a little bit of everything. Social sized dishes are perfect for sharing and enjoying the classic Italian hospitality. Location: a 5-minute walk from the MTCC at the corner of Front & Simcoe
For a quick bite or beverage by the lake, Boxcar offers a hip spot with great views. Open all day and into evening, the coffee, local beer, wine and casual food like charcuterie platters, is perfect for a laid-back meal.
Down a short flight of stairs is an energetic boite serving the best noodle dishes and Northern Thai curries in the city. If you’ve snagged tickets to a show, it’s a good spot for a tasty pre-theatre nosh.
Location: a 10-minute walk to Duncan Street in the heart of the theatre district
Pai Northern Thai Kitchen, located in the heart of Toronto's theatre district
A very popular spot in the warmer months, the Amsterdam Brewhouse is good anytime of the year for it’s lakeside vistas. After your burger and in-house brew, stroll along the boardwalk and look at the sailboats bobbing in the marina and indulge in an outrageous ice cream at The Fix.
Location: A 10-minute walk to 245 Queens Quay West
The charming, high-end neighbourhood of Yorkville offers plenty of dining options at all price points, and for an exceptional Italian meal, Buca is a stylish option. Afterward, window-shop your way along Bloor Street (aka “The Mink Mile”) home to designer styles such as Prada and Vuitton.
Location: A 15-minute cab ride to 53 Scollard. NB - the entrance can be a little tricky to find, as it’s located off the courtyard of the Four Seasons Hotel on the south side of the building.
The massive year-round patio and locale in the Distillery Historic District makes this stylish taqueria an outstanding option for a little sightseeing, too. Enjoy the authentic Mexican cuisine and huge selection of tequilas and mezcals. Afterward stroll around the charming cobblestone “streets” of the Distillery District where you can pick up some artisanal chocolate at SOMA .
Location: A 10-minute cab ride to the Distillery Historic District
El Catrin, located in Toronto's Distillery District
When in Rome... Canadian to the core, Antler celebrates regional ingredients and wild foods. Think boar ragu and bison rib eye. After your meat feed, if you’re up for a nightcap and possibly a whirl around the dancefloor, head a few blocks west to Lula Lounge, the hotspot for live Latinx music.
Location: A 15 minute cab ride to 1454 Dundas St. W.
Celebrity chef David Chang’s only Canadian outpost, the multi-level restaurant in the Shangri-La hotel has a casual noodle bar at street level, as well as a higher end restaurant on the upper floor, with a lively atmosphere. You’re just a block away from the best jazz & blues bar in the city, the Rex Hotel, with live music 7 nights a week.
Location: A 15-minute walk to 190 University Avenue
The steakhouse that Drake prefers when visiting his hometown, Bluebloods has tongue-in-cheek decor to match its name. Housed in Toronto’s castle, Casa Loma, the majestic locale alone is worth the visit.
Location: a 15-minute cab ride to 1 Austin Terrace
Commanding one of the most spectacular views in the city, Canoe has been a go-to for celebrations and significant occasions for Torontonians for decades. Emphasis is on local ingredients and artful presentations.
Location: A 10-minute walk to TD Bank Tower, 66 Wellington St. W., 54th Floor
Canoe Restaurant is located in the TD Bank Tower and offers some of the best views of Toronto