Picture this: succulent kebabs sizzling on the grill, aromatic biryanis, and delectable desserts. From cozy corner joints to chic eateries, Toronto’s halal offerings are as diverse as the city itself.
Halal is not just a dietary choice; it’s a celebration of taste, tradition, and the joy that comes with a well-spiced meal. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a halal newbie, join us as we uncover the best halal restaurants in Toronto.
What’s the price range for dining in a halal restaurant in Toronto?
The Toronto-based halal restaurants we’re highlighting come with different price points; diners should expect to shell out $20 to $40 per person.
The cost varies based on the kind of eatery it is, be it a casual spot like Chamsine or a fancy one like Amal.
How We Chose the Best Halal Restaurants in Toronto
1. Shah’s Halal Food
|65 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5V 2C5
|Mon-Wed, Sun: 11 AM–12 AM
Thursday: 11 AM–12:30 AM
Friday: 11 AM–3 AM
Saturday: 11 AM–3 AM
Shah’s Halal Food specializes in Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine. It started in 2005 as a simple a food truck and has since grown to over 40 locations across the United States before landing in Toronto in 2016.
The restaurant’s dishes are 100% certified halal and prepared in a USDA-approved facility. Renowned for their garlicky white sauce, their competitively priced menu boasts must-try items like their tender and well-seasoned chicken and lamb gyros.
Not just for meat lovers, they cater to vegetarians with options such as falafel, hummus, and pitas. To get more bang for your buck, try their all-day combos featuring your choice of a rice platter or gyro with french fries and a drink.
One of my go to places for affordable food
“One of my go to places for affordable food in downtown. Good portion size. Tasty food. They have chicken, lamb n falafel options. Chicken/lamb over rice is my favorite. It gets crowded during lunch hours. But the service is pretty fast.”
Nina, Google Review
Legitimately great food and very affordable
“Legitimately great food and very affordable in the middle of the city. Like $10 for a chicken or lamb platter with great portions. Check it out!”
Zi, Google Review
2. The Halal Guys
|563 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z2
|Mon-Sun: 11 AM–12 AM
The Halal Guys’ culinary journey began in 1990 with a lone hot dog cart in NYC (yes, you read that right!). Founded by Egyptians Abouelenein, Elsaka, and Elsayed, their mission is to provide authentic halal food, initially catering to Muslim taxi drivers.
After a while, Abouelenein thought that a hot dog wasn’t enough to satisfy one’s hunger. So they made a major switch, from offering hot dogs to dishing up mouthwatering platters of chicken and gyro over rice, falafel sandwiches, and signature sauces.
We recommend their beef and chicken gyro platters covered with their famous white sauce. Their falafel is also a popular and flavorful choice for vegetarians.
Beyond the delectable menu, The Halal Guys maintains a very clean restaurant.
Best halal food in the city!
“The best halal food in the city!!”
Panda W, Google Review
Food is always delicious and top tier
“The Yonge street is great, the combo platter is the best of both worlds, great rice and sauces are loaded on with tons of veggies, its a great meal for less than 15$. There are wraps and sides as well, new baklava cheesecake. Food is always delicious and top tier. Thanks guys!”
Mitchell T., Google Review
3. Chamsine Authentic Halal Cuisine
|287 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1J5
|Mon-Sat: 10:30 AM–1:30 AM
Sunday: 11 AM–11 PM
Opened in 2019, Chamsine Authentic Halal Cuisine is a casual Syrian eatery. OSSO Grill and Empire Street Grill used to occupy their current location.
They feature certified halal options like falafel, shawarma, kofta, and shish tawook. Whether you prefer them in a sandwich, on a bed of salads, or as a combo plate with starches, the choices cater to various cravings.
They’re quite known for their huge portions often deemed suitable for two people. With plates starting from $7.99, which is comparatively very affordable.
We recommend their chicken rice plate—moist and juicy chicken paired with a refreshing side salad.
For shawarma enthusiasts, both chicken and beef options are available, but we’re partial to their slow-cooked marinated beef. It’s typically served with rice, hummus, salad, pita bread, and a side of tahini sauce.
Vegetarians are also offered options, with falafel being a popular choice.
Chamsine consistently exceeds expectations
“Chamsine Restaurants consistently delivers an exceptional dining experience. The ambiance is inviting, combining a modern aesthetic with a touch of cultural charm. The menu showcases a delightful array of dishes, each a masterpiece of flavor and presentation. The culinary expertise shines through in every bite, offering a delectable journey through a rich tapestry of tastes. The staff at Chamsine is both attentive and knowledgeable, providing impeccable service that complements the overall dining experience. The attention to detail is evident in the presentation of each dish, elevating the meal to a true feast for the senses. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast of Lebanese cuisine or a newcomer, Chamsine’s menu caters to diverse palates with a harmonious blend of traditional and innovative dishes. The commitment to quality ingredients is evident, resulting in dishes that are not only delicious but also reflect a dedication to authenticity. The restaurant’s commitment to customer satisfaction is evident in every aspect, from the warm welcome at the entrance to the final moments of the dining experience. Chamsine Restaurants undoubtedly stands out as a culinary gem, offering a gastronomic journey that marries tradition with innovation. Whether for a special occasion or a casual dining experience, Chamsine consistently exceeds expectations, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a memorable and delightful culinary adventure.”
Mahedi Hasan, Google Review
All of it was really good!
“The smell lured me in! I ordered the falafel and mixed salad. It was delicious; with very generous portions of rice. He gave me a bit of everything on the salad bar and all of it was really good! Owner is super nice and makes nice conversation. He even gave me a sample of his delicious soup. Recommend! Vegetarian options: Lots of menu options for vegetarians.”
Christina O’Donnell, Google Review
4. Lebanese Garden
|366 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S6
|Mon-Sun: 10 AM–10 PM
Lebanese Garden has been around for over 25 years. They specialize in Lebanese cuisine – whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood – rooted in traditions from Lebanon.
They mainly offer wraps and platters, with a thoughtful selection of vegan options. Every dish is prepared in-house, from their pickles, dips, and sauces to their falafel balls.
Speaking of falafel balls, we highly recommend them. They’re crispy on the outside, but fluffy on the inside – a very satisfying healthy snack.
As a trusted caterer, they’re the “go-to” choice for the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and the downtown core. Their catering services include event planning with pre-set packages.
For those observing Ramadan, they offer special packages. Hot soup, bourek, veggie samosa, dates, and a bottle of water are included in their Iftar packages.
“Really cute little hidden gem with incredible food!”
Sravani Mamillapalli, Google Review
Fantastic place to get great Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine
“A fantastic place to get great Mediterranean / Middle Eastern cuisine at a fair price with a lovely atmosphere. The staff are friendly, portions very generous and amenities clean and convenient. Recommended!”
Remy Audel, Google Review
|131 Bloor St W 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5S 1R1
|Monday: 5 PM–10 PM
Tue-Wed, Sun: 11:30 AM–3 PM, 5 PM–10 PM
Thurs-Sat: 11:30 AM–3 PM, 5 PM–11 PM
Amal, a MICHELIN Plate 2022 winner, serves modern Lebanese cuisine under Beirut-born Executive Chef Rony Ghaleb. They chose ‘Amal’ –meaning hope– because they hope that the food they offer nourishes not just people’s bodies but also their souls.
The restaurant offers easily shareable Lebanese halal dishes that blend tradition with coastal flavors. Such recipes include bright pickles, wild herbs, dried fruits, nuts, tahini, chickpeas, and a dose of lemon juice and olive oil.
We highly recommend their beef tenderloin, cooked medium rare, and their amazing kebabs.
Amal’s Master Mixologist, Nishan Nepulongoda, also offers Lebanon-inspired drinks. Flavors include citrus, cardamom, jab syrup, saffron, mint, rosewater, and orange blossom water.
Plus, they have a gorgeous upscale dining space. It’s made up of clean and fresh pastel blues, dusty rose, and muted terracotta, reminiscent of Mediterranean terrains.
Weekends are typically busy, thanks to their weekend brunch and tunes spun by a DJ.
What an amazing restaurant!
“What an amazing restaurant! New flavours and tantalizing aromas! Fresh made bread made before your eyes. Exotic and exciting combinations. I cannot recommend the pita dips or the truffle rakakat enough. We were disappointed in the octupus, so I can’t recommend that and although the tenderloin skewer was very good, nothing touches Alberta beef. For dessert we had kanafeh, a sweet, cheesey surprise that was a wonderful epilogue to an incredibly delicious meal. The food was awesome, but our service was equal to it. With the owner and the manager taking time to greet us and make sure we were enjoying our evening, the hostess and our waiter supreme, Sam, answered all of our questions and did their very best to make our first, but hopefully not last, trip to Amal memorable and delicious. Thank you Amal! My taste buds won’t be the same.”
TJ McKinnon, Google Review
The food and drinks were so delicious; the best I’ve ever had
“The food was so delicious and the drinks are up there with the best I’ve ever had.
It was quite loud though. I tried the Amal Hummus, Kibbeh and the skewers platter. The pistachio kebab was insanely good!”
Sharmeen Rehan, Google Review