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11 Best Indigenous Restaurants in Toronto

Best Indigenous Restaurants in Toronto
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Discover the diverse and delicious foods of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultures by trying dishes from Indigenous-owned restaurants and makers. Indigenous cuisine varies across Turtle Island (North America), offering exciting regional differences. 

Whether on the West Coast or in Southern Ontario, each place has its unique flavors. Let’s start – or continue – your Indigenous food journey!

360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower

Website: https://www.cntower.ca/plan-an-event/our-spaces/360-restaurant 

Address: 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada

Contact details: (416) 362-5411

Operating hours: 

  • Opens daily from 11:30 AM – 10 PM

360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower is not just the world’s highest wine cellar or an acclaimed dining spot for its sustainable food practices. It’s a unique space where the best Canadian flavors meet in extraordinary surroundings. 

Indigenous chef David Wolfman, from Xaxli’p First Nation in BC, works on seasonal three-course Indigenous cuisine menus. The menus are exquisitely traditional yet modern, a welcome addition to their staple desserts like the Niagara Stone Fruit Tart.

Pro Tip:
A must-try is the blackcurrant panna cotta dessert using foraged berry preserves topped with puffed wild rice clusters, a staple in Anishinaabe communities. 

Mādahòkì Farm

Website: https://madahoki.ca/ 

Address: 4420 W Hunt Club Rd, Nepean, ON K2R 1E7, Canada

Contact details: (613) 838-5558

Operating hours: 

  • Closed on Monday to Wednesday
  • Thursday – Sunday: 11 AM – 4 PM

The Mādahòkì Farm is open all year and offers various Indigenous events and activities. These include an Indigenous Marketplace, the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, and a group of endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses. 

In the fall, there’s the Tagwàgi festival with Indigenous programs, a Makers and Farmers Market, workshops, and seasonal events. Chefs Trudy Metcalfe-Coe and Paul Owl, one Inuit and one Anishinaabe from Serpent River First Nation, prepare the food.

Pro Tip:
If you’re into trying a bit of everything, try the Indigenous Grazing Tables to enjoy a selection of bison and elk salami, terrines, and pemmican along with smoked fish, assorted local cheese, various bannocks, and a variety of berries, jams, and honey.

Chummy’s Grill

Website: https://noelsplace.com/ 

Address: 262 Frontenac St, Sault Sainte Marie, ON, Canada, Ontario

Contact details: (705) 575-3449

Operating hours: 

  • Opens daily from 9 AM – 8 PM

Visit this Sault Ste. Marie diner in the Batchewana Bay First Nations community for Indigenous fusion food or the famous Thursday and Friday night fish fry. They offer seasonal patio seating, indoor seating, and pick-up options. 

Enjoy the fish fry every Thursday and Friday from 2 pm to 7 pm. Or better yet, grab their Peameal Breakfast and 4 Directions Omelettes – all with homemade bread that’s delectable enough to satisfy the pickiest palate.

Pro Tip:
Their take on original poutine is great though you can always try the pulled pork version or the bacon cheeseburger poutine.

Tea-N-Bannock

Website: https://www.teanbannock.ca/ 

Address: 1294 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1Y7, Canada

Contact details: (416) 220-2915

Operating hours: 

  • Closed from Sunday to Wednesday
  • Thursday to Saturday: 12 PM – 8 PM

If you’re wondering what bannock is, it’s a traditional Indigenous fried bread made with flour, salt, and sugar. Nowadays, people often use all-purpose flour, but there are also different versions with various flours and recipes handed down through generations.

This restaurant offers genuine frybread, elk, salmon, bison, cedar tea, and their traditional bannock. Now this place serves one of the fluffiest bannocks there are, and you might need to make more than one visit to find your favorite dish!

Pro Tip:
For a satisfying lunch, try their bison burger on a bannock bun – it comes with coleslaw, blending the rich bison taste with tangy pickles and their special sauce.

Manitou Bistro

Website: https://www.manitoubistro.com/ 

Address: 297 Raglan Street South, Renfrew, ON, Canada

Contact details: (613) 433-8888

Operating hours: 

  • Closed from Sunday to Monday
  • Tuesday to  Saturday: 11 AM – 8 PM 

Suzette Foucault, the owner, has a mission to heal intergenerational trauma and celebrate Indigenous strength through food. The menu, reflecting her Indigenous and French heritage, offers delights that thrill taste buds.

Try the delectable dishes like Powwow Tacos, Bannock Pizza, Bison Hamburger Steak, Succotash Bites, and Bison Wild Rice Nachos. The number of items might be a bit overwhelming, so we suggest going with a lot of friends to share.

Pro Tip:
The nachos are a must-try, featuring white corn tortillas, bison, wild rice, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, green onions, lettuce, tequila lime sauce, sour cream, and Chipotle aioli for an extra kick. 

Yawékon by Chef Tawnya Brant

Website: https://www.cheftawnyabrant.com/ 

Address: 1721 Chiefswood Rd, Caledonia, ON, Canada, Ontario

Contact details: (519) 445-4704 

Operating hours: 

  • Closed from Saturday to Sunday
  • Monday to Friday: 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM

This warm Six Nations restaurant offers a daily menu blending Indigenous and Haudenosaunee flavors, featuring one vegetarian and two meat options. They also serve soups, salads, and homemade juices. 

Many ingredients come from the family garden or local sources. One of the crowd favorites is the Bison Sloppy Joe with potato salad and a pickle spear for that perfect mix of heft and tang.

Pro Tip:
Try the blueberry sweetgrass BBQ pulled pork with potato salad and pickle spear if you want a refreshing option from the Bison Sloppy Joe.

Beandigen Café

Website: https://www.beandigen.ca/ 

Address: 106-900 Exhibition Way Lansdowne TD Place Ottawa ON

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday: 10 AM – 5PM 
  • Friday to Saturday: 10 AM – 7 PM 
  • Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM 

Biindigen means welcome in Anishinaabemowin, as the owners, Paula and Jayde, are from Atikameksheng Anishnabek. Plus, they host Indigenous workshops, like the recent one on beading.

Enjoy your coffee while discovering more about Indigenous art and culture at this café downtown. They offer three types of beans, occasional sweets to go with your coffee, and some cold drinks.

Pro Tip:
Get the pumpkin spice while it’s still available – otherwise, their salted caramel mocha pairs well with some of their in-store brownies.

Naagan

Website: https://naagan.squarespace.com/ 

Address: 88 8th St E, Owen Sound, Ontario

Operating hours: 

  • Saturdays and Sundays start at 6:30 pm (reservation only)

Their menu features fresh produce harvested according to the season. Chef Zach uses nature as his palette, crafting dishes from the forest or farm to the table, and using seasonal ingredients to enhance the outdoor seating.

They follow an ethical and responsible consumption philosophy, foraging from the forest, growing in our garden, and sourcing locally. They also provide private dinners, catering, weddings, and events, indoors or outdoors.

Pro Tip:
The tasting meal costs $150 per guest, not including gratuity and for an additional $40, you can add a medicinal drink pairing with your meal.

Native Wonders Gourmet Grub

Website: https://www.nwgg.ca/ 

Address: 1235 Ottawa St, Windsor, ON N8Y 1R8, Canada

Contact details: (226) 674-1080

Operating hours: 

  • Open daily from 11 AM – 5:30 PM (unless canceled via Facebook announcement)

If you’re in southern Ontario and want a place for Indigenous cuisine, this is it. We loved the food and service and want to go back for more.

You can eat at the restaurant and check out their gift shop and gallery for a taste of Native cuisine and culture. They offer dine-in and take-out, with outdoor seating and vegan options, plus a kids’ menu.

Pro Tip:
Try the scone dog and the smoked meat sandwich paired with onion rings – you’ll thank us after.

North46 Restaurant

Website: https://manitoulinhotel.com/dining/ 

Address: 66 Meredith St E, Little Current, Ontario

Contact details: (705) 368-9966

Operating hours: 

  • Open daily from 11 AM – 3 PM

This restaurant is part of the Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre and has both indoor and outdoor seating. They use fresh local ingredients, offering Aboriginal-themed dining for an authentic experience with Manitoulin hospitality.

Enjoy casual fine dining while taking in the view of the LaCloche Mountain range and the North Channel on Lake Huron. The outdoor patio and indoor area both provide stunning lake and mountain views.

Pro Tip:
Try the Bison Burgers, Anishinaabe Tacos, and Manitoulin Whitefish for that familiar but interesting meal.

Raven Rising

Website: https://www.ravenrising.ca/ 

Address: 66 Cedar Street, Sudbury ON, P3E 1A5, Canada

Contact details: (416) 961-8663

Operating hours: 

  • Closed from Sunday to Wednesday
  • Thursday to Saturday: 11 AM – 3 PM  

Chef Maki, a pastry chef and owner, brings Indigenous chocolates to this place. She proudly identifies as Nakota Sioux/Saulteaux Ojibwe from White Bear First Nation in Saskatchewan.

You can find chocolates shaped like fish and dreamcatchers, as well as boxed chocolates with flavors like Haskap, Chokecherry, Birch, and Wild Rose. Chef Maki rotates the flavors, so your choices may vary each time you visit.

Pro Tip:
Try the paw-lipops in milk or dark chocolate flavors – be assured that no actual paws were used to make these!