7 Must-Try Steakhouses in Toronto

Steak lovers are well catered for in Toronto
Steak lovers are well catered for in Toronto | © Jeffrey Isaac Greenberg 8 / Alamy Stock Photo
From an after-work dinner in the Financial District to a romantic anniversary in Midtown, there is a steakhouse to fit all occasions (and budgets) in Toronto.

While steak is often reserved for fancy or celebratory meals, we stand by the belief that any night can be steak night in Toronto. Whether you’re looking for a spot to celebrate or a romantic booth to nestle into for the night, we’ve got you covered with the seven best steakhouses found throughout the city.

BlueBlood Steakhouse

Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$

If you’re looking for a romantic steakhouse, this is the ultimate date night spot. BlueBlood Steakhouse is housed inside a real-life castle, Toronto’s Castle Loma. This upscale experience sees guests settling into leather banquettes, while crystal chandeliers hang overhead, giving off the vibe of an old-fashioned members club. On the menu, find prime cuts of meat from all around the world, as well as a delicious raw bar for seafood-lovers. If your date likes art, note that original Dalí and Warhol artworks hang on the walls.

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STK Toronto

Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$

For one of the hippest steakhouses in Toronto, hit up STK Toronto. With a fresh modern design and equally contemporary food, it makes for the perfect spot to celebrate the big milestones in life. Start with their signature house bread, drizzled in blue cheese butter, paired with dry-aged steak or – for a twist on a Canadian classic – sample the tater tot short rib poutine.

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Barberian's Steak House

Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$

Barberian’s Steak House is open late 364 days of the year and serves up some of the best steaks in Canada. Operating as a family business since 1959 has put this spot on the map. It’s famous for its juicy rib steak and in-house wine cellar, where guests can take a seat next to the 1,800 wines on hand (be sure to book ahead, as this experience is very popular). For a visual feast, the Barberian family keeps treasured antiques on the wall, giving a historical flare to the space.

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CopaCabana Brazilian Steakhouse

Bar, Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$
This chain is perfect for a lively, musical night out on the town, with live entertainment from aerialists and carnival performers, meaning you literally get dinner and a show. Copacabana has an all-you-can-eat menu set at a fixed price, where waiters serve 18 different skewered meats directly at the table. Sides from cheeses to salad plates can be picked up at the buffet bar, while there are also options for vegetarians ranging from wild rice to fried yucca.
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Vos Restaurante Argentino

Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$

This is the place to go when the craving for steak just won’t quit, but you’re not quite willing to dish out $100 dollars a plate. Vos Restaurante Argentino is unpretentious, with simple ingredients and a flavorful filet mignon for under $70. All the beef is sourced from Aberdeen Angus – a corn-reared breed. Why not snack on the flavors of Argentina with sweet side dishes like pumpkin empanadas or burrata en ensalada de rucula – an arugula salad sprinkled with burrata cheese, olives and sun-dried tomatoes.

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Jacobs and Co. Steakhouse

Bar, Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$

This restaurant gives off an air of exclusivity with its sleek, modern decor and well-dressed clientele. Settle into a dimly lit booth, while being serenaded by the live piano bar. Chances are high you’ll also spot a celebrity or two. The steak is sourced directly from local vendors and marinated in aging lockers until hitting peak marbling, while the caesar salad is often ranked one of the best in the city. For wine, there are over 850 options, so best to go with one selected by your sommelier.

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Michael's On Simcoe

Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$

For an Italian feast, head to Michael’s On Simcoe. Located in the heart of the Financial District, this spot is ideal for an upscale after-work dinner. The restaurant is always bustling, but the long waits are worth it. While best known for its A5 Kobe, the American Wagyu just might be even better. The wine list here is extensive, but the carefully curated list of scotch and bourbon makes for a unique steakhouse experience.

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These recommendations were updated on January 31, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.