Once known as The Flower Town of Canada thanks to its greenhouse industry, Brampton has escaped the fate of many once-thriving towns and continues to flourish. And even as an incorporated city of Toronto, Canada
, it still maintains its own vibrant identity. We list 10 great restaurants to try while you’re here.
Located a short drive out of the city, Antica Osteria is well worth the journey. Authentic Italian food is the name of the game here, with a focus on simple, delicious ingredients, letting the flavours speak for themselves. This old world vibe however, doesn’t mean a dingy or drab interior. The décor is modern, with clear inspiration from the country of Italy.
Antica Osteria, 3088 Mayfield Road, Brampton, ON, Canada, +1 905 495 555
The owner of Aria, Michael Cherry, brings over 20 years of experience in the industry to bear on this delightful, modern American cuisine. Despite the modernity of its food, all the classics are here: from steak, to crab cakes, to pasta galore. Moreover, the surroundings are quintessentially Bramptonian. In 2013, Aria moved into a Victorian mansion once home to Walter E. Cavert, one of the businessmen who popularized the commercial greenhouses which brought wealth to the town. In 2014, Aria opened a patio garden outside of the restaurant, increasing the space available from the two bookable rooms inside and allowing their customers to take full advantage of the glorious weather.
Aria, 485 Main Street North, Brampton, ON, Canada +1 905 451 2600
Heritage Fish and Chips
Fish and Chip Shop, Pub, Restaurant, British
As the name suggests, Jake’s Boathouse is an ocean themed restaurant through and through. Resident in Brampton since the late 1970s, this is not just a theme restaurant that sells nothing but squid and fish, though Jake’s are proud of their specialty fish and chips. Jake’s have a full menu, full of pub-grub and there’s even a live band on Friday nights.
Jake’s Boathouse, 59 First Gulf Boulevard, Brampton, ON, Canada, +1 905 451 9695
Bar, Steakhouse, $$$
While there are Kegs dotted around North America, each Keg steak house has an individual personality. The cozy Keg at Brampton is no exception, and is rightly famous for its exceptional steaks, ribs, and burgers. If you’re looking for a reliably well-prepared steak dinner, the Keg knows what they’re doing.
The Keg, 70 Gillingham Drive, Brampton, ON, Canada, +1 905 456 3733
Restaurant, Italian, European
Since opening in 1982, La Capannina has brought a taste of Europe to the heart of Brampton. Though it has changed hands several times over the years, its stayed true to its original mission. Northern and Southern Italian food is the order of the day here, with international flavours along for the ride. ‘Decidedly old school in the best possible way’ according to a very favourable review, this doesn’t mean that the flavours and décor are staid – far from it. Instead, you’re welcomed into a homely environment with tried and tested classics on the menu.
La Capannina, 21 George Street North, Brampton, ON, Canada, +1 905 457 6661
With a motto of ‘we smoke slow and cook it low’, RD’s came to Brampton as the first purveyor of good old fashioned southern-American BBQ in Ontario. RD’s have proven themselves committed to smoking the most succulent meat to put in their sandwiches and their shrimp po boys are arguably the best outside of Louisiana.
RD’s, 47 Kennedy Road North, Brampton, ON, Canada +1 289 752 9052
Sul Irmaos offers something a little different from the standard BBQ. As the name implies, this is a Portuguese inspired restaurant. Much of Sul Irmaos’ fame comes from its inclusion on the immensely popular Canadian food show ‘You Gotta Eat Here’, which has done much to increase Sul Irmaos’ reputation in the public eye.
Sul Irmaos, 73 George Street South, Brampton, Ontario, ON, Canada, +1 905-216-8939
Vesuvio is an Italian restaurant with oodles of charm to accompany oodles of pasta and pizza. Having served Brampton for over 50 years, it’s become a firm favorite amongst locals and has long ago established its place in the neighborhood. Yet that doesn’t mean that they rest on their laurels. Their warm, fine yet casual dining still impresses, as do their knowledgeable waiters and waitresses who give impeccable customer service.
Vesuvio, 91 George St S, Brampton, ON, Canada +1 905 459 0511