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The 5 Best Restaurants Near St Lawrence Market

Best Restaurants Near St. Lawrence Market
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St. Lawrence Market, one of Canada’s oldest markets dating back to 1803, is a popular spot to visit and walk around for all kinds of food – from light fare to filling meals. 

Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the area with our top restaurant recommendations!

How We Chose the Best Restaurants Near St Lawrence Market

Quality of Food: We chose restaurants that span different types to provide a more diverse food option and selection.
Food Variety: We picked out the spots that were universally loved for their flavour. We also picked out restaurants that allow a bit of culinary adventure for the palate.
Price: We chose spots that run through all budget ranges to allow diners to suit their tastes and wallets.
Customization Options: We looked into spots that allow ala carte options as well as those with combo meals.
Ambiance: We looked into general cleanliness and environment, especially for children or for large groups.
Additional Services: We’ve chosen venues that also offer sweets that can be taken after the meals.

1. Cluck Clucks Chicken & Waffles

Cluck Clucks Chicken & Waffles
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WEBSITEhttps://www.cluckclucks.ca/
ADDRESS222 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5A 4M8, Canada
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CONTACT DETAILS647-748-2582

OPERATING HOURSSunday to Thursday: 11 AM - 10 PM

Friday to Saturday: 11 AM - 12 AM

On the Esplanade, Cluck Clucks beckons with its halal-certified, mouthwatering chicken and waffles. Founded in 2014 by Raza Hashim and Maryam Rizvi, this Toronto hotspot boasts a fun and family-friendly vibe.

With a commitment to turning fried chicken and waffles into a comforting delight, Cluck Clucks thrives on culinary transparency. The open kitchen showcases the culinary magic happening in real-time, ensuring every bite is freshly made to order.

As the go-to fried chicken and waffles joint in town, Cluck Clucks prides itself on serving up deliciousness in a clean, inviting, and downright fun atmosphere. Crowd favourites include the Hot as Cluck, a chicken sandwich, paired with the Spicy as Cluck slider.

If chicken bites sound better, then the XXX Strips is a good choice for its spiciness while the Cheesy Cluck Fries is a winner with kids. 

Pros

  • Specialises in chicken bites, sandwiches, and waffle combos
  • Varying chicken flavours from savoury and sweet to spicy and hot
  • All chicken is halal
  • Orders are made on the spot
  • Paid street parking is available

Cons

  • Flavours tend to stay on the safer side of the spice metre
  • Parking can be challenging during peak hours

Great food – but may need to indicate spice levels

“Innovative and delicious food to try. Ordered the “Hot as Cluck” with the plain waffles. They were scrumptious, however, I would have liked more sauce in my waffle sandwich. I did feel that it was a little dry. I also would have liked to pick a more spicy option as I was under the assumption that the chicken would’ve been spicy.

For sides we ordered wedges and loaded fries. Both were good and worth ordering. I personally preferred the wedges as they were better seasoned, and went well with the cluck sauce.

The service was nice, the server and cook were both kind as well. Next time I would’ve liked it if the service was a little faster. Overall, I recommend people to visit as it’s a great place to try a unique experience.”

Raihan Ahmed, Google Review

Fast service, good food, kid-friendly

“This is my second time visiting Cluck Cluck’s chicken and waffles at this location and I would highly recommend! The food is great, very fast and best of all halal! The service was also timely and excellent and we only had a short wait for our food. We tried the cluck cluck fries with the spicy aioli sauce and the cluck cluck chicken and waffles sandwich with pickles and both were amazing. The atmosphere is warm and is nice. I am from the US and I always make sure to visit this place when I am in Toronto. Would highly recommend!

Kid-friendliness: Very kid friendly!”

N K, Google Review

2. Cafe Oro di Napoli

Cafe Oro di Napoli
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WEBSITEhttps://cafeorodinapoli.ca/
ADDRESS75 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M5C 2H1, Canada
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CONTACT DETAILS416-315-7979

OPERATING HOURSOpens daily from 12 PM - 10 PM

Two and a half years ago, Pizzeria Oro di Napoli emerged in Etobicoke. Expanding to downtown Toronto, Café Oro di Napoli, situated in a historic building near St. Lawrence Market, offers authentic Italian fare by Chef Mathan Rajaratnam.

This Neapolitan gem features handcrafted pizzas in a wood-burning oven, complemented by fresh gelato from G For Gelato. The menu boasts antipasti, salads, pasta, and desserts, showcasing a blend of local and Italian ingredients.

The beverage selection includes mostly Italian wines, rotating beers, and cocktails like Negroni, Aperol Spritz, and Single Malt Scotch. Café Oro di Napoli caters to diverse tastes, with non-alcoholic options available.

In this modern haven, patrons can indulge in signature pizzas like Prosciutto e Burrata or traditional favourites like Pizza Oro. For a more substantial experience, try Pappardelle Osso Buco or the Burrata.

Concluding the culinary journey, the Panna Cotta offers the right ending to a great meal, perfect with coffee or wine.

Pros

  • Reservations are ideal for busy weekends, especially as a group
  • Free gelato samples to allow guests a preview of the taste
  • Paid street parking is available

Cons

  • May not be able to sit immediately without reservations
  • Can get crowded
  • Parking can be challenging during peak hours

Crowded, good food – but can be better

“Maybe i am just disappointed cause I had much higher expectations.

The service and atmosphere were good. The restaurant was crowded so we sat at the counter, but the bartender still made sure that our glass of water was always full and made sure we were having a good time throughout the night. Also extra point for Birra Moretti on tap.

On the other hand, pizza was just not good. The menu has good options, and we went for margherita and casereccia.

Overall the quality of ingredients was not very high, dough still flat and not properly proofed, basil burnet and tasted like mint, pizza underneath way too dark.

As an Italian myself i can guarantee you can find way better pizzas in Toronto.”

Andrea Rezza, Google Review

Great spot, great service, fair prices

“Fantastic experience with the food and service.  We sat at the bar as the restaurant was full but the service did not suffer. We were walking in the neighborhood and just stumbled on this and am totally glad we did.  The bartender was courteous and kept checking up on us and the food was amazing.  Price is fair compared to neighboring restaurants.  Will return for sure.”

  TPMT Associates, Google Review

3. Fresh Restaurant

Fresh Restaurant
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WEBSITEhttps://www.freshkitchens.ca/
ADDRESS47 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B3, Canada
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CONTACT DETAILS647-693-7556

OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 11 AM - 10 PM

Saturday to Sunday: 10:30 AM - 10 PM

Since 1999, Fresh Kitchen + Juice Bar has been a Toronto icon for modern, plant-based cuisine. Founded as a juice bar in 1991 by Ruth Tal, it has evolved into a diverse restaurant company under the culinary guidance of Executive Chef Jennifer Houston. 

Their 100% vegan menu, made daily with natural ingredients, includes renowned burgers and custom juices. On Front Street East, Fresh is committed to sustainability, championing diversity, supporting female entrepreneurs, and promoting inclusivity. 

The restaurant offers a welcoming space for everyone, from omnivores to vegans, encouraging a shared love for plant-based food. Try their bowls, wraps, and fan-favourite Quinoa Onion Rings.

Oh, and don’t miss the Cheeseburger with Beyond Meat or the traditional BBQ Burger. 

Pros

  • Happy hour options
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Wi-Fi is available

Cons

  • Wait time can sometimes be long
  • Food quality may differ

Great ambiance, fantastic vegan food choices

“I am pure vegetarian. I visited this vegan restaurant today. It was a treat to my eyes and tongue to see and taste such delicious vegan food. The staff is very cooperative. The Ambience is beautiful. They have both indoor and outdoor sitting available. We had ordered the ultimate cheeseburger and bbq ranch burger. They tasted delicious. They also have many other vegan options which include meat(meat which is made from plants but tastes like meat). It’s a must try restaurant.”

Snehal Ujalambe, Google Review

Plant-friendly spot, great decor, good vegan deals

“I wish I got more pictures of the inside, because the atmosphere of this place is really quite something! Lots of greenery — some real, some not — really giving the space a beautiful vegetative touch!

The food was amazing. No complaints whatsoever but I recommend the cauliflower bites to start because they were really great (both buffalo and bbq).

Friendly staff, comfy seating, and enjoying it all with great company.. 5/5 easy!”

Steve McCann, Google Review

4. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
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WEBSITEhttps://www.gyu-kaku.com/toronto/
ADDRESS81 Church St, Toronto, ON M5C 2G2, Canada
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CONTACT DETAILS647-351-2378

OPERATING HOURSOpens daily from 11:30 AM - 9 PM

At Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, patrons take charge of their culinary experience, grilling an array of meats and veggies on flaming grills. The restaurant, known for its interactive dining, also offers plated meals for a quick experience. 

Despite claims of a smokeless roaster, the essence of BBQ lingers, so casual attire is recommended. The warm ambiance is complemented by an effective ventilation system, ensuring a relatively smoke-free environment. 

The attentive staff, providing impeccable service, regularly replaces grill plates for a clean experience. Meat selections, arriving pre-marinated, offer a burst of flavour. 

Dipping sauces – sweet, spicy, and ponzu – are available at each table. Guests often opt for value dinner menus like the Samurai and Meat Lover’s, designed for two or more people, but a la carte options are also available for premium cuts.

The culinary experience concludes with a scoop of ice cream in green tea, vanilla, or black sesame, offering a refreshing contrast to the barbecue feast. 

Pros

  • Clean and inviting ambiance
  • Service is fast and efficient
  • Convenient location

Cons

  • Few servers
  • Seasoned meat can be too flavourful for some
  • Portions may be too little for some

Fun interactive cooking for memorable culinary experience

“I recently dined at Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ with my girlfriend, and it was a fantastic experience. The quality of the meat was excellent. The staff were incredibly friendly, adding a warm touch to the evening. The interactive and engaging cooking experience made our dinner memorable. Highly recommend for a delightful time with delicious food.”

Sal Baker, Google Review

Great options, flavourful meats and dipping sauces

“Amazing Yakiniku with tons of meat/grill options along with an expansive kitchen/pre cooked options.

Prices are very reasonable considering the portions and quality, and they also have happy hour specials.

I think it would take most people a few visits to find what they really like here as there are so many options, and while some a pretty similar to eachother, there are definitely some standouts and flavors unique to Gyu-kaku. Our favourite was the umakara rib eye and pork, prime Kalbi Short rib, and miso duck breast. The cheese corn butter is a must imo, but they also provide a variety of sauces to dip your meats – our favourite being the “premium dipping sauce” that came with the short rib.

One minor complaint is that the cooking surface for the grill was either not oiled enough or hot enough so we were experiencing some sticking with the meats, but overall an excellent experience and meal and we’ll definitely be back to continue to eat our way through the menu.”

Steve McCann, Google Review

5. Sukhothai Restaurant

Sukhothai Restaurant
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WEBSITEhttp://www.sukhothaifood.ca/
ADDRESS52 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C7, Canada
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CONTACT DETAILS647-351-4612

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

Friday to Saturday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM

Sunday: 3 PM - 9 PM

Sukhothai on Wellington epitomises top-notch Thai cuisine, a brainchild of Chef Nuit Regular and Jeff. With several halal Thai gems across the city, their commitment to authenticity shines. 

Originating in Pai, Thailand, and transplanted to Regent Park in 2004, Sukhothai is a culinary landmark on Parliament, offering an authentic Thai dining experience. 

Specialising in Northern Thai cuisine, the St Lawrence establishment boasts a menu featuring delights like Shrimp Chips, Garlic Tofu, Tom Kha Gai, Tom Yum Kung, and Pad Thai. 

Signature dishes include the outstanding Pad Thai, acclaimed as one of the city’s best. Don’t miss the chance to take home their homemade chilli oil to heat up the blandest meal or to kick even the spicier food up a notch or two.

Pros

  • Good food at fair prices
  • Accepts reservations
  • Cosy ambiance

Cons

  • Can get busy during peak hours
  • Flavours may be a bit too intense for some
  • Can get a little noisy at times

Halal food, diverse options, may need more dessert selections

“This is my go to Thai spot in downtown Toronto! I’ve come here several times with friends, family and colleagues as well. The quality of food here is top notch for a very reasonable price.

My go to is usually the pad Thai, but the fish dishes are very delicious as well, crispy and come with a large amount of protein. What I love most about this restaurant is that the meat offered here is all halal, which makes it easier for Muslim’s to eat chicken or beef dishes.

The seating arrangements are also ideal as you can easily book a place to eat well in advance, and reserve seating for your night out. One recommendation I have for this place is to expand their desert options, it would be great to have a greater selection of desert dishes to choose from.

Dietary restrictions: Halal dietary restriction are offered.”

Osama Baig, Google Review

Fast service, good food, kid-friendly

“Very delicious Thai food. I was with a group of 6 and we dined in on Tuesday night at 6:30 (with reservations). I was surprised that it was very busy. Outside of the restaurant had a lot of loitering food delivery bikers.

Food came fast (menu available via scan QR code). I ordered the Khao Soi with chicken. My craving was satisfied. I requested mild but it had a little kick. I also had the Thai Iced Tea. I found it a tad too sweet. My friends had their favourite, Pad Thai. They loved it.

I loved the decor inside the restaurant. I found the music too loud so I felt like I was screaming to talk to my friends.

Overall, delicious food. I would definitely come back when I’m in this area.”

Steve McCann, Google Review

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