Where to Eat Caribbean Food in Toronto

Rhum Corner, Toronto | 
© Stuart Sakai
Rhum Corner, Toronto | © Stuart Sakai
Photo of Emily Paskevics
29 August 2017

Toronto’s best Caribbean restaurants offer delicious home-style island fare with friendly service. Often family-run mainstays of their local neighborhoods, there’s no shortage of options across the city. Here are just some of the best places to enjoy Caribbean food in Toronto.

Mona’s Roti

Restaurant, Caribbean, Indian, Vegetarian
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Mona’s Roti, Toronto
Mona’s Roti, Toronto | Courtesy of Mona's Roti
Mona’s Roti is a cozy spot that has offered some of the best family Caribbean cooking in the city for more than 25 years. At this Trinidadian family-operated restaurant, you can order roti with a variety of tasty curries (including chick peas and potato, chicken, goat, and shrimp), stews (such as beef and king fish) or vegetables (spinach, eggplant, squash, and tomatoes). You can also substitute roti for rice and peas, plain rice with jerk chicken or oxtail stew.

One Love Vegetarian

Restaurant, Caribbean, Vegetarian, Vegan, Healthy
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Located on Bathurst just north of Bloor, One Love takes traditional Caribbean favorites and gives them a delicious vegetarian twist. The menu features roti filled with seasoned Jamaican pumpkin, chickpeas, and potatoes, and their signature dish is the corn soup—a thick, lightly spiced chowder.

Mitzie’s Jerk

Restaurant, Caribbean, Jamaican, $$$
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Mitzie’s Jerk has long held the reputation of being one of the best Caribbean restaurants in Toronto. Located in Etobicoke, the restaurant features rotis that incorporate chicken, goat, beef, and pork served with coleslaw plus a choice of white rice or rice and peas. You can also try their stewed oxtail, jerk pork, and seafood options.

Rasta Pasta

Restaurant, Caribbean, Jamaican, Fast Food
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This Kensington Market hot spot offers both traditional Caribbean and Italian dishes in a side-by-side takeout space. The Italian side offers mainly paninis and lasagne, while the Jamaican-style offerings include jerk pork, oxtail, goat, and the signature Jamaican Me Crazy Chicken. You’ll find long line-ups at Rasta Pasta during weekday lunch hours.

Bacchus Roti Shop

Restaurant, Caribbean, Vegetarian, $$$
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Caribbean chicken
Caribbean chicken | © Kelsey Roth / Flickr

Located in Parkdale, Bacchus is known for serving up some of the best roti in the city—with a Guyanese and Barbadian twist. While the usual chicken, mutton, beef or shrimp rotis are on the menu, they specialize in veggie rotis—which can include squash, mushrooms, green beans, potato, and chickpeas. They also serve soups, samosas, sweet potato fries, rice ‘n’ peas, and a variety of desserts too.

The Real Jerk Restaurant

Restaurant, Caribbean, Jamaican, $$$
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Créole cuisine
Créole cuisine | © SnippyHolloW / Flickr

One of the The Real Jerk’s locations sits in the Upper Beaches, and it has been offering island specialties for more than 30 years. You can choose from lunch, dinner, take-out, and catering, which include the usual jerk chicken and pork options as well as shrimp and veggie roti, curry goat, chicken, and beef, and cod and plantain fritters. The Gerrard location of The Real Jerk garnered extra attention in 2016 when Drake and Rhianna filmed footage for their music video “Work” there.

Ritz Caribbean Foods

Greengrocer, Restaurant, Caribbean, Jamaican
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Ritz Caribbean Foods first opened in 1999, and it now includes five locations across Toronto—including the new Danforth spot. The menu offers a variety of patties, roti, seafood, and more, which you can try stewed, curried, or barbecued. Takeout and lunch specials mean that you can get your roti fix anywhere in the city, at any time.

Rhum Corner

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Bar, Caribbean, Pub Grub, $$$
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Rhum Corner
Rhum Corner stocks rums from all around the world | © Stuart Sakai
Rhum Corner is a trendy Haitian restaurant with a small but satisfying menu of traditional favorites with a bit of a twist—from accra to banana frites, rice n’ beans to legumes and goat—along with a range of delicious and well-crafted rum cocktails.

Island Foods

Restaurant, Caribbean, Jamaican
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Island Foods has been around since 1973, encompassing a West Indian hot counter in Liberty Village. Best-selling dishes here include the jerk chicken, of course, and roti that comes with potatoes, ground seasoned split peas, and a choice of beef, goat, chicken, eggplant, or spinach.

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