Although relatively unassuming from the outside, L’Ouvrier is in fact a French-inspired restaurant with a rustic, minimalist aesthetic. With a good range of both sweet and savory options available, their brunch menu is much more than omelets and pancakes, with classics like French toast served with house smoked bacon and maple syrup, sitting alongside more unusual dishes such as tuna tartare with nori chips and spicy aioli. Their simple and wholesome philosophy ensures the food remains recognisable, but you can always expect your order to be accompanied by an artisanal twist.
L’Ouvrier, 791 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 901 9581
Come And Get It
Primarily a lunch spot, Come and Get It also serves a good range of brunch options on weekends. Decorated in a vibrant style, their menu is similarly exciting, with intriguing Canadian-style offerings such as a breakfast poutine with hollandaise and pouched egg, plus Southern favorite chicken and waffles. The restaurant’s popularity combined with its compact seating space might slow down service slightly, but the friendly staff always do their best to minimize your wait time.
Come And Get It, 676 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 344 3416
Niche Coffee & Tea Co.
If you’re in need of a strong cup of coffee to go with your weekend brunch, Niche Coffee & Tea Co. is the place to go. Serving freshly-ground espresso made from gourmet beans, this is a cozy hangout with a patio at the back, perfect for soaking up the morning rays. Their food options are centered around the typical brunch classics, such as poached eggs or gronola with yoghurt, and are generously portioned and served with a smile by their welcoming waiting staff.
A true Toronto institution, Saving Grace easily earns its spot as one of the best brunch spots in the city. With just 20 seats, this trendy hangout can easily be identified from the large line snaking down the street, as well as its hipster, chalkboard covered interior. If you’re lucky enough to bag a table (they don’t take bookings), you’re in for a treat, as each dish from their short menu is beautifully presented and has a great home-spun feel.
Saving Grace, 907 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 703 7368
The perfect place to recover from the night before, The Federal is a trendy restaurant with a laid back, neighborhood feel. With warm, friendly and efficient staff, the relaxed vibe creates a great atmosphere for a weekend brunch with friends. The menu features a good range of egg-based plates, as well as well-laden sourdough sandwiches and classic salads.
The Federal Reserve, 1438 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 352 9120
Situated in an old renovated butcher’s shop from the 1950s, Czehoski has a warm, atmospheric feel, with a design-orientated flair. Features of the building’s historic past have been retained and result in an interesting reflection on Toronto’s culturally diverse past. Like their dinner menu, the restaurant’s brunch dishes are both contemporary and eclectic, inspired by the flavors of Polish cuisine.
Czehoski, 678 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 366 6111
The Drake Hotel
One of the city’s most lively, cultural hotels, The Drake also has a great dining room that serves brunch to both guests and walk-ins every day. In keeping with the rest of the hotel, the décor is cool and creative and there is also a popular roof deck with outside tables. Their warm scones are famous in the neighborhood but other great choices are the smoked salmon benny and the ‘Nonny’s frittata’ with optional Nova Scotia lobster.
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 531 5042
Specializing in hand crafted burgers, Frankie’s Diner also includes a breakfast portion to its menu with nine delicious choices. Primarily centered around egg dishes, there are classics like eggs Benedict and Florentine as well as the playfully named ‘what came first breakfast’ that combines three any-style eggs with a flame grilled chicken breast and homefries. The interior is a cool, modern version of the classic diner feel with a big counter space that’s perfect for a casual brunch.
Frankie’s Diner, 994 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 588 1936
The Saint Tavern
A bustling upscale pub, the Saint attracts a cool, young crowd through its doors thanks to its plush leather booths, trendy interior styling and excellent brunch menu. The dishes are predominantly meat-centric, narrowing the choice for vegetarians, but the upscale egg plates and unusual duck egg St. Benedict will delight brunch-lovers looking for something a little different. If you’re hoping for a lighter start to the day, there’s also a range of smaller plates including a breakfast corn dog.
The Saint Tavern, 227 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 350 2104
With a wood paneled interior and sleek glass frontage, H Bar is modern interpretation of a homely, old-school restaurant. The brunch menu is more extensive than most and, alongside the three signature Benedicts, features breakfast sliders and build-your-own parfaits. Sports fans will love the comfy upstairs area where you can enjoy your meal in view of their big screen TV.
H Bar, 859 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 352 4227