The restaurant scene in Toronto is known for its diversity, and its late-night options are no exception. Whether you’re famished after a night on the town or looking to satisfy some insomniac cravings, here’s a sample of the eight best late-night eats that the city has to offer.
Owl of Minerva
Restaurant, Korean, $$$
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With multiple locations in the city, including the popular Koreatown spot on Bloor, Owl of Minerva serves all of your favorite Korean comfort food at affordable prices. As it’s open 24 hours, you can enjoy their signature pork bone soup any time your heart desires it.
Founded in 1957, Commisso Bakery boasts two North Toronto locations that are open 24/7, 365 days a year. Famous for their hot table, you can also choose from a variety of traditional Italian bread and pastries – baked daily – deli meats and cheeses, and a convenient mini-market to stock up on your late-night grub.
Messini on the Danforth is a mainstay of Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood. Since 2002, this spot has been serving up the city’s most famed gyro sandwich, and lines can get quite long for both the take-out counter and the sit-in restaurant. In addition to gyros, try their souvlaki, salads, seafood, pitas, or kebabs. Messini is open until midnight during the week and until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
A beloved local chain, the retro-style Fran’s has been in operation for over 70 years. Open 24 hours and offering traditional diner fare, Fran’s has become known for its Banquet Burger, chili, rice pudding, and homemade apple pie. Their thick and creamy milkshakes will satisfy anyone’s late-night sweet cravings.
Taste of China is a favorite of the late-night options in Chinatown, open until 4 a.m. during the week and until 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. In operation since 1997, the menu has seemingly endless options – try the crab meat with broccoli and yeung-chow fried rice, or the king oyster mushrooms with snow pea leaves.
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, Italian, North American, $$$
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7 West Cafe | Courtesy of 7 West
Nestled between Yorkville and the University of Toronto, 7 West is always open – 24/7, 365 days a year. Moving fluidly through different identities as a brunch spot, an afternoon café, a restaurant, bar, and late-night hangout, a variety of food and drink options are available at any time of the day or night.
Ghazale Middle Eastern and Vegetarian Foods is Toronto’s best option for the nocturnal vegetarian. The first location opened in the Annex neighborhood in 1995. The popularity of Ghazale’s health-conscious Middle Eastern cuisine quickly extended beyond the Annex, and now there are five more locations in the city – all open late.
Operated by a pair of former Montrealers who were trained in the celebrated St-Viateur and Fairmount bakeries, Bagel House offers the best Montreal-style bagels in Toronto. Now with four locations across North York and now in Mississauga, you can get your bagel fix 24/7, along with other delicious deli food.