10 Best Restaurants Near The Distillery District, Toronto
Whether it is during the Christmas season with the sparkling lights draped over the holiday market or lounging on the patios in the summer with a cocktail, the Distillery District is a Toronto gem. We’ve rounded up 10 must-try restaurants in the area.
Mill Street Brew Pub
Gastropub, Pub, Restaurant, Pub Grub, $$$
Mill St. Brew Pub, Toronto | Courtesy of Mill Street Brew Pub
What better way to cool off during the summer than with an ice-cold pint? Mill Street Brew Pub is a must-visit for any beer-lover or frankly, any pub-food lover. Whether you love your poutines, personal pizzas or burgers, Mill will take good care of you. And of course, the joint is well known for one of the largest selection of craft beers in Toronto. Be sure to ask the server for the best recommendations on tap.
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, French, Cocktails, Wine, $$$
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Oh, Cluny. This sleek French bistro in the heart of the Distillery District is the place to try if you’re looking to be immersed in a classic Parisian-feel during your meal. From the funky decor on the walls to the interesting range of food choices, there are a ton of new experiences awaiting you here – and yes, that means frogs legs. Some popular favorites include the salt cod donuts, French onion soup, and the diverse selection of seafood entrees.
Strolling through the Distillery District with a craving for sushi? Tucked away in a cozy spot is the area’s popular Boku Sushi, a sushi bar specializing in unusual combinations and presentations. The sample platters of sashimi are a must try, as are their “torched style” beef, which is a customer favorite. Leave room for dessert: their cheesecake and black sesame ice cream are guaranteed to blow you away.
Hola, Mexican food. The Distillery District has brought us some delicious dishes. El Catrin specializes in tapas — smaller, sharable portions of food. Beef and fish tacos seem to be the forefront of everyone’s attention. El Catrin is home to one of the coziest patios in the area — be sure to grab a seat near the fire pit during the evenings if you can. Don’t forget to grab some cold drinks to cool off this summer as well – you can’t go wrong with a mojito or the red wine sangria.
Since we all love us some Italiano cuisine, another Distillery gem is Archeo Trattoria. While all of the pastas need to be tried, the seared ricotta gnocchi is a must-order, as is their smoked chicken. And for dessert, go for the tiramisu crème brûlée – a chart-topping hybrid of two already perfect desserts. The simple, yet rustic ambiance sets the perfect mood for a romantic evening. For a head’s up: Archeo is available to rent if you’re looking to host events and weddings. As such, it is only open as a restaurant for the public on days with no events – so be sure to call ahead to inquire about the best day for a visit.
Tappo Wine and Bar is as well-known for their savory meats and entrees as they are their wine selection. Lombo D’Agnello, or the oven-roasted lamb, is not to be ignored. Other great dishes are the cooked octopus, veal, and steak. The antipasto are dishes to be considered as well. Don’t forget to order a glass of one of their speciality wines during your visit. With the elegant atmosphere and rustic decor, you will find it very fitting.
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The Hot House Restaurant, Toronto | Courtesy of The Hot House
As the summer gets hotter, come into the Hot House to dive in to some delicious brunch on the weekends with the Sunday Brunch Buffet. This spot is perfect for a larger group outing, preferably with fellow diners who embrace the fine art of ‘eating all of the things’ at a brunch buffet. The brunch includes omelets, cakes, fresh waffles, you name it – The Hot House has it. Lunch and dinners include some delicious bites like inventive pizzas, steaks, and a killer shrimp stir fry. Commended on excellent service and staff, you need to hustle on over.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Le Petit Dejeuner fully understands that. This cafe is a quick walk out of the Distillery area, but cannot be forgotten. Le Petit Dejeuner serves up some classic European dishes, and different takes on the North American favorites; like the decadent Belgian waffle, the smoked salmon eggs Benedict, and pickle and apple slaw on the side. They offer fresh juice as well – what better way to start your morning (or afternoon)?
On the prowl for some Thai cuisine? Pop in to Mengrai Thai. The food here blows both minds and tastebuds away. Known for the great dishes and prices, some favorites include the lobster soup, the curries (especially the lychee and chicken curry), fried morning glory, pad thai, and pad sew. The Thailand-themed decor and the friendly servers will make you feel right at home.
In the mood for some French food? Look no further: not too far away from the Distillery District, Le Papillon is the place to go on Front Street. The cassolette, soups, lamb loin, and escargots are some of the speciality entrees. With a cute little outside eating area overlooking some of the skyscrapers of the Financial District and the beloved CN tower, this is a great spot to grab a quick drink or bite after work, or to settle in for a date experience.