The CN Tower is a must-see attraction when visiting Toronto for the first time. However, when you get back down to earth, do your due diligence to avoid overly touristy dining spots. We list the top 10 restaurants nearby that will have you eating like a local.
Marben speaks to one’s inner Brit with its sophisticated ambiance. Menus change according to season as the focus of Marben is both fresh and local ingredients, though there is one thing that doesn’t change: the warmth of the service. Family sharing plates are also available for dinner service.
Marben, 488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada + 1 416 979 1990
A solid staple of both locals and visitors, Hunter’s Landing is an open-concept venue with an exceptional wrap-around patio. The warm and cozy decor beautifully contrasts the industrial setting. In the heart of the Concord CityPlace community, Hunter’s Landing sets itself a part in a sea of stuffy corporate restaurants.
Hunter’s Landing, 82 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, ON, Canada + 1 647 352 6082
Aria is a neighborhood fave with its beautiful airy interior and a dynamic view of Maple Leaf Square. Another, more refined Italian option, Aria’s menu, crafted by Executive Chef Eron Novalski, includes local and sustainable ingredients, not to mention a 700-label wine list.
Aria Ristorante, 25 York Street, Toronto, ON, Canada + 1 416 363 2742
The ethos of iQ is simple: they aim to provide sustainable, good-for-you food with an attention to detail. Unlike most restaurants on the list, iQ is convenient for those looking for a quick bite. The menu is seasonal, with options like the purple haze or sparta boxes, which feature fresh veggies and grains with seasonal toppings.
iQ Food Co., PwC Tower, 18 York Street, Toronto, ON, Canada + 1 647 340 6892
maple green dreams. maple roasted squash (boots farm), organic kale (pfennings farm), organic quinoa, brussels sprouts, red apple, dried cranberries, goat cheese, oven roasted chicken, lemon juice, balsamic vinaigrette (olive oil, grapeseed oil, balsamic vinegar, rosewood estates honey, kozlicks dijon) 🍂🍃🍁
If ever visiting the city, chances are you’ve walked past Corrado sign, it is hard to miss. However, Corrado’s truly does serve up quality and wallet-savvy Italian and Greek cuisine. Its exceptional take-out menu includes options like pizza, souvlaki and gyros, panzerottos, and their classic sandwiches like veal or chicken cutlet, served on an Italian bun with tomato sauce. A must-try is their rice balls, or, Arancini, which come generously sized with a crispy exterior.
PAI is a lively spot worthy of any visitor’s night in city. PAI is named after its Chef’s hometown; a nod to its authenticity, and is a more casual option to its sister restaurants Sabai Sabai and Sukhothai. PAI also delivers and takes reservations.
PAI, 18 Duncan Street, Toronto, ON, Canada + 1 416 901 4724
Parlor Foods provides a sweet taste of Canadian living, with a dynamic seasonal ingredient-based menu with sharing plates, fresh and cured meats and drink list- showcasing craft cocktails and Toronto craft micro brews. Described as ‘down-to-earth fine dining’, Parlor Foods is perfect for enjoying a game or entertaining on the newly opened patio. Walk-ins and reservations are both welcome.
Parlor Foods, 333 King Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada + 1 416 596 0004