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The 5 Best Downtown Restaurants in Toronto

Best Downtown Restaurants in Toronto
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Downtown Toronto is home to a lot of great spots to eat – whether alone or with company. But the question is, from all of the great options dotting the area, which ones are worth visiting?

Whether you’re in downtown Toronto for a quick break from work or meeting friends and family, it’s worth trying some great restaurants while you’re there. Here are some of our favourite places to eat in and around downtown Toronto!

What is the average price of a meal in downtown Toronto?

Based on our list, the average price of a meal in downtown Toronto typically ranges from $30 to $50. For example, mains in Amano go around $28 while Lena has a $48 lunch set with a choice of starter, main, and dessert.

How We Chose the Best Restaurants in Downtown Toronto

Quality of Food: We checked each place to make sure that the ingredients used were authentic, fresh, and of high quality.
Food Variety: We made sure that each restaurant has a variety of food options.
Price: We selected venues catering to various budgets, emphasizing quality and value for price.
Ambiance: We evaluated the venues by taking into account their comfort, ambiance, and cleanliness.
Additional Services: We reviewed establishments offering appetisers, sides, and desserts to enhance their main meal offerings.

1. Amano

Amano
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WEBSITEhttps://www.eatamano.com/
ADDRESSUnion Station, 65 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E6, Canada
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CONTACT DETAILS647-350-0092

OPERATING HOURSMonday to Saturday: 11:30 AM - 9 PM

Sunday: 3 PM - 9 PM

Amano, situated in Union Station at 65 Front St. W., is a standout Italian restaurant offering a diverse six-course menu. Executive chef Michael Angeloni’s culinary passion is evident in dishes inspired by his grandmother’s recipes.

Look for iconic flags featuring Italian figures above the glamorous entrance to Amano. The restaurant’s elegant interior features exposed brick walls, artistic murals, and a wrap-around bar. 

Using local ingredients, Amano’s menu is organized into six sections, showcasing Italian tapas, fresh salads, main courses, and desserts. Noteworthy items include the unique pinsa and standout dishes like Tagliolini pasta, Meaty Greens pinsa, and Hanger Steak. 

Try the classics like rigatoni with bolognese to inventive creations such as campanelle with Dungeness crab and mustard seeds. Another crowd favourite is the mezzaluna stuffed with short rib in a jalapeño-spiked jus. 

Plus, guests can indulge in the Jungle Bird cocktail and cap off their meal with the Pavlova dessert. The experience concludes with an Amaro cart offering a selection of Italian herbal liquors.

Pros

  • Fresh and quality ingredients
  • Has vegetarian options
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Cozy ambiance

Cons

  • Service can be slow at times, especially during peak hours
  • Can be pricey
  • Parking can be difficult

Multiple food options, flavourful selections, good portion sizes

“What a surprise for to find  an amazing Italian restaurant in Union station.

A great place for a quick bite or a full meal.

We did not have a reservation and actually walked in for a cup of good coffee and some appetizers but did end up eating.

service was great and so was the ambiance of this place.

We throughly enjoyed the warm olives which was a side and the pizza the most.  The quality was def amazing and very fresh.  Portion size was also great.

Would def return to try out the other food on the menu.

I have a question for the chef what was that most delicious toast with the olives?  I could taste some kind of cheese”

YYZ REVIEWER, Google Review

No frills, great food, accessible for all

“Located inside Union Station, this unassuming Italian restaurant serves much better food than one would think of for a subway/train station.

I tasted multiple dishes here and my favourites were the calamari, fries and the grilled chicken sandwich. Stellar, flavourful sandwich that I will be happy to re-order again in the future.

Service was decent. Friendly upbeat staff. However being seated on the outside, my group and I did feel like we were forgotten about at times.

Overall, I think this is a great spot especially if you are meeting with friends coming in from different parts of the GTA.”

Calvin C, Google Review

2. Miku Toronto

Miku Toronto
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WEBSITEhttps://mikutoronto.com/
ADDRESS10 Bay St. #105, Toronto, ON M5J 2R8, Canada
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CONTACT DETAILS647-347-7347

OPERATING HOURSSunday to Monday: 12 PM - 9 PM

Tuesday to Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM

Friday to Saturday: 12 PM - 10 PM

Miku, a celebrated Japanese restaurant from Vancouver, brings its renowned Aburi-style sushi to Toronto’s waterfront. The 200-seat outpost, located at the base of RBC Water Park Place, mirrors the aesthetics of its West Coast predecessors.

Known for its flame-seared sushi, Miku offers the Aburi Prime, a 10-piece omakase selection of nigiri sushi with unique garnishes and complementary sauces. The oshi sushi is the star, with pressed sockeye salmon, prawn, lime zest, and ume sauce.

The restaurant’s ambiance is airy and minimally adorned, with hand-painted murals by Japanese street artist Hideki Kimura. Cocktails like the Bitter Intentions or curated sake selections by Sake Sommelier Miki Ellis complement the dining experience.

A crowd favourite is the Coal Harbour Platter from the raw bar. It’s particularly known for showcasing fine, Ocean Wise-approved seafood, including oysters, prawns, mussels, and scallop ceviche with kale goma-ae.

Guests can finish the meal with the green tea opera cake, a Japanese-style dessert layering genoise, chocolate ganache, hazelnut wafers, matcha buttercream, and adzuki bean cream. 

Pros

  • Offers private dining room
  • Serves happy hour food
  • Serves cocktails

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Service speed can be erratic
  • Food quality can be inconsistent

Excellent food, which is mostly gluten-free

“We very much enjoyed ourselves trying Miku. As a fan of torched sushi, the Aburi was excellent. Sinfully avoiding the tasting menu we ordered a la carte.

Starting with Miso Soup…. Nothing to write home about. It was very flavourful but didn’t stand out and truly equal to any other place.

Next up were the Prawn Fritters… They were excellent. Rich soya reduction with a nice refreshing aioli. The dressing on the greens made it more enjoyable to eat simple spring mix.

The arburi….very hard not to order this. Having ordered the recommended dishes by our server, it did not disappoint. It was full of flavor and very well presented. It was simple, yet the small details made the dish

We also had both the rolls. The Miku roll was by far my most enjoyable dish here. It was full of flavor and the mix of texture was perfect in my eyes.

My other half is pescetarian and didn’t call ahead for tasting menu change. We watched the table beside us and boy was I envious. The presenting of the food along with the explanation was very well done and I plan to return for more!!

Dietary restrictions: Great for pescetarians and fish lovers. Most items are Gluten free”

Alex Woodley, Google Review

Great ambiance, amazing food, no free parking

“Greeted by a warm welcome and lead me to a comfortable booth next to the windows with plenty of natural light.

We tried the Brussels sprouts and the fatty meat compliments the dish beautifully.

The beef carpaccio was a surprise, as I am expecting just raw beef but this one is cooked and presented with zucchini at the bottom. Complex flavours.

Abrui sushi is one of their signature dish and it taste fine. The rice looks very white, meaning they didn’t add red vinegar but it does have vinegar taste and the texture is not bad.

The wagyu aburi sushi is huge! Can’t put in my mouth in one bite. Although it does look nice in a big piece, I prefer smaller size for easier enjoyment.

Service is good, our water glass is always full.

No complimentary parking.”

Cindy Fung, Google Review

3. Richmond Station

Richmond Station
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WEBSITEhttps://richmondstation.ca/
ADDRESS1 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 3W4, Canada
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CONTACT DETAILS647-748-1444

OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 4:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Saturday to Sunday: 3:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Established in 2012 by “Top Chef Canada” winner Carl Heinrich, Richmond Station is known for its smart, seasonally driven cooking. Despite its casual setting, the food shines with dishes like the renowned stuffed braised short ribs in a light milk bun.

Chef Carl Heinrich’s $100,000 winnings played a key role in establishing the two-level space downtown. The venue’s friendly atmosphere features a long bar in the front room and a comfortable dining room to the rear with an open kitchen. 

Over seven years, Richmond Station has evolved into a downtown brasserie offering both vegetarian-friendly and meatier dishes. Long-time favorites include house-cured charcuterie, with the desserts being one of the standouts here.

The Station Burger, featuring a patty of brisket, chuck, and sirloin enveloping shredded braised short ribs is a crowd favourite. Daily specials cover a diverse culinary range, from hamburgers to Peking duck pancakes, all consistently showcasing quality cooking. 

Pros

  • Clean and casual environment
  • Quality ingredients
  • Offers vegetarian dishes
  • Has Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Doesn’t take reservations for small parties
  • Portions may be smaller than expected
  • No table service

Casual ambiance, great food, fair price

“Excellent place and an amazing experience to sit at the chef’s table and watch the kitchen bustling about (watching the pastry chef was particularly entertaining). Got the Station Burger and it was cooked perfectly, only thing was it was just a touch too sweet – delicious and very different from any other burger I’ve had. High quality ingredients too. The fries were delicious but overly salted although the saltiness played wonderfully with the dill pickle mayo sauce they came with. Service was excellent and we got some small freebies since I was celebrating an anniversary. No tip pricing is AWESOME. For $60+tax for 2 people, you just cant beat the experience. Maybe Ill come back for the tasting menu one day or come back to try the rabbit dish.”

Johnny Blaze, Google Review

Packed restaurant, great burger, reservations recommended

“I booked a 7:45PM reservation for 4 on a Thuraday evening and it was a full house. One of my favorite restaura ts in the city. I’ve had their Station Burger about 5 times and it is consistently solid. I think they have the best burger in the city. Their burger is cooked to medium rare and is perfectly garnished. The fries that come with the burger are perfectly crispy and come with in generous portion.

Highly recommend to try their burger and would always be down to come back.

Note the prices include a service charge which is great and I also recommend making a reservation.”

Simon W, Google Review

4. Leña Restaurante

Leña Restaurante
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WEBSITEhttps://www.lenarestaurante.com/
ADDRESS176 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5C 2L7, Canada
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CONTACT DETAILS416-507-3378

OPERATING HOURSClosed on Sunday

Monday to Tuesday: 11:45 AM - 10 PM

Wednesday to Thursday: 11:45 AM - 11 PM

Friday: 11:45 AM - 12 AM

Saturday: 11 AM - 12 AM

Leña Restaurante, right in the Saks-Bay complex, offers an Argentine culinary escape without the need for a long flight. Led by top chef Anthony Walsh, the art deco venue shows off dishes inspired by his Argentinian mother-in-law.

Highlights include a flavourful salt cod salad and empanadas filled with peppery ground beef. Housed in the former Hudson Bay, Leña preserves original art deco elements, enhanced by new features from DesignAgency.

The menu, curated by Chef Julie Marteleira, features Latin-style breakfast options and enticing cocktails during lunch. Signature dishes include quail eggs, charred beef tartare, and a classic Pan de Miga sandwich.

Leña’s diverse offerings extend to salt cod fritters, Caldoso, and Pollo Dona Aurora, showcasing the rich flavors of Argentine cuisine. Dessert options include churros dipped in Soma hot chocolate.

Beyond the main dining area, Leña surprises with a lower-level bar and two upper floors for private dining. Guests can explore the venue to discover hidden gems, including an old rotary phone to eavesdrop on maybe Elena herself.

Pros

  • Has a private dining room
  • Offers vegetarian dishes
  • Mocktails and cocktails are available

Cons

  • Smaller portions for some food selections
  • Washrooms may not be well-maintained
  • Service can be erratic during peak hours

Good service, great dessert, portions smaller than expected

“I took my parents here for a dinner as I was visiting Toronto and was in the area for work. I have been here twice in the past.

We were extremely satisfied with our service.  The cauliflower steak as well as a flat iron were very tasty.  However, we were disappointed with the paella. It was the special and was approximately $120, but the portion was just way too small for that price point, and not a lot of actual seafood in a dish.

Desert was great.

I would come back, but might stay away from the specials.”

Eric Wong, Google Review

Flavourful food, great service, prices are a bit on the high end

“Food is really tasty, expensive, portions are reasonable for the main course as for appetizers although it was delicious but really small portion.

Server was helpful, she and another gentleman kept on asking us if we need help with the menu, it seems was the general question most guests asked as the menu full of the Spanish names of the food.

Food came out in a timely manner, but I think because we went on a weekend evening.

Overall it was a lovely experience we enjoyed it.

We would go there again when budget allows.

Parking: Lots of parking options within short walking distance, weekdays are not expensive after 6pm, we paid $8 flat rate.”

Eihab Saeed, Google Review

5. ARDO Restaurant

ARDO Restaurant
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WEBSITEhttp://www.ardorestaurant.com/
ADDRESS243 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1J9, Canada
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CONTACT DETAILS647-347-8930

OPERATING HOURSClosed from Sunday to Monday

Tuesday to Friday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM

Saturday: 5 PM - 10 PM

Ardo, led by chef Roberto Marotta, offers Southern Italian cuisine in Toronto. Inspired by his Sicilian roots, the restaurant serves fresh seafood and a menu featuring dishes like grilled octopus with vegetable caponata and burrata with preserved peaches.

Ardo has a stylish design by Travis Farncombe, an open kitchen, and engaging chefs. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sicilian-style brunch on weekends, Ardo offers a taste of Southern Italy in every bite.

The pizza offerings include familiar favorites like the Mylae with shaved speck and cantaloupe, and a new discovery, the Ciliegino. It features semi-dried cherry tomatoes, arugula, artichokes, and shaved ragusano cheese.

Guests can pair their meal with the refreshing Cacciavite cocktail – a refreshing blend of vodka, Campari, and fresh blood orange juice. Finally, to end the night, mouthfuls of the Marotta’s family cannoli recipe will do the trick.

Pros

  • Modern space with a romantic ambiance
  • Offers vegetarian dishes

Cons

  • Reservations required
  • Service can be erratic during peak hours
  • Can be pricey

Great food, lovely ambiance, a bit pricey

“Pleasant, lively, chattery atmosphere. Kind and accommodating staff. The food was great! I tried a selection of their dishes and a few stood out to me.

Their chick pea fritters appetizer is one of the best things on their menu. So light, satisfyingly crispy, and the unique chick pea taste makes these little crisps more addicting than your favorite french fries.

Their gnocchi is spectacular. Each bite was so smooth and satisfying.

Their cannoli is simply perfect. Everything you expect and more.

Their absolute best item is the cream with candied lemon and fennel (not sure of its proper name). It is irresistible, such a smooth and elegant taste. I could eat tubs of it.

The prices are slightly above my style of eatery, and their other dishes can be average. However they have many dishes which make the entire experience worth it. Overall, a pleasant experience!”

Joshua D, Google Review

Cozy interiors, great food, good service 

“Ardo catches your attention from the street. With a beautifully inviting garage door that opens and lets the fresh breeze in on a summer day, it’s a perfect compliment to the interior.

From the moment you walk in, you are greeted by not just the host/hostess, but a well-designed kitchen and a quaint, cozy interior. The music comforts the environment and reminds us of the beauty in simplicity.

We sat at a two-person table at the back of the restaurant. No matter where you are sitting, the temperature and noise level were comfortable.

The server was timely and conscious of what level our drinks were at and if our table needed to be cleaned. Her pleasantness soothed our experience.

For our food, we had the bread (Pane) to start, which came with olive oil. When the bread came, we realized we wanted butter instead, and she happily grabbed us some.

It’s the simple things that matter to us.

For our main dish, we had shrimp pasta (Gamberi), and it was amazing. The noodles were bite size, and the shrimp was cooked perfectly. The tomato sauce they had on it was super light but tasty. We loved our food so much we ordered the margarita pizza and it came out perfectly.  The cheese was light and fresh, the sourdough crust was soft, sweet, and crispy on the outside.

It was all-in-all an amazing experience, and we want to thank all of those involved at Ardo – including the guests – we had a happy and amazing time.

This was our experience. What’s yours?🦋”

Discovered Souls, Google Review