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5 Best Restaurants in North York, Toronto

Best Restaurants in North York
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We’ve all pretended that our home-cooked meals were edible and that reheating leftovers every day is normal. Well, it’s time to declare a break and treat ourselves to some of the best restaurants North York has to offer.

Whether you’re a foodie or just someone desperately in need of a cooking hiatus, North York has dining spots that’ll make you forget your microwave exists. Buckle up as we explore the best places to eat in North York – because you deserve it!

How much does dining in a restaurant in North York, Toronto cost?

Based on our featured North York restaurants, dining for two would set you back around $64 to $140.
The cost depends on whether you choose affordable eateries like PAESE Ristorante and Le Montmartre or upscale joints like Miller Tavern and Nomé Izakaya.  

How We Chose the Best Restaurants in North York, Toronto

Culinary Excellence: We recognized restaurants that consistently deliver outstanding food quality, showcasing expertise in taste, presentation, and overall dining experience.
Restaurant Hygiene: Ensuring a clean and safe dining environment, we prioritized restaurants that maintain high hygiene standards.
Inviting Ambiance: Curating venues with warm and welcoming atmospheres, our selection emphasizes places that offer a comfortable and enjoyable setting for patrons.
Stellar Service: Our picks highlighted restaurants with attentive and friendly staff that offer great customer service, enhancing the overall dining journey.
Value for Money: We identified establishments that strike a balance between quality and affordability, ensuring customers receive value for their money.
Dietary Options: We featured restaurants with ample choices for vegetarians, vegans, and health-conscious diners.
Trendy Atmosphere: Embracing modern trends, our selection includes restaurants with contemporary decor and innovative concepts.
Family-Friendly Vibes: Our chosen spots offer a welcoming environment for all ages.
Positive Reviews: We’ve selected restaurants with consistently positive reviews, reflecting the satisfaction and loyalty of their dining patrons.

1. Paese Ristorante

Paese Ristorante
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WEBSITEhttps://paeseristorante.com/
ADDRESS3827 Bathurst St, North York, ON M3H 3N1
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CONTACT DETAILS(416) 631-6585

OPERATING HOURSMon - Wed: 12 PM – 3 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Thurs - Fri: 12 PM – 3 PM, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday: 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Sunday: 5 PM – 9:30 PM

Owner Tony Loschiavo envisioned a place where authentic Italian flavors meet a Canadian twist, and Paese Ristorante has been delivering just that since 1989. 

Paese’s atmosphere feels like a kitchen away from home, drawing in a community of regulars who have made the place their go-to spot for Italian fare. The name “Paese” itself – meaning “village” in Italian – captures its cozy, familiar ambiance.

Our top pick is their fettuccine funghi. Their pasta is made fresh in-house daily, and it shines in this dish, which is served with wild mushrooms, porcini cream, and roasted garlic.

Another must-try is their grilled whole fish. Served tableside with roasted vegetables and a lemon wedge, it’s a beautifully cooked masterpiece.

To round off your meal, they offer an extensive wine list with over 500 labels. This earned them the prestigious Wine Spectator ‘Award of Excellence’ for 14 consecutive years from 1997 to 2010.

Pros

  • 35 years of experience
  • Specializes in Italian fare
  • Pasta is made fresh in-house daily
  • Extensive wine list
  • Wine Spectator ‘Award of Excellence’ winner
  • Has outdoor seating
  • Free WiFi

Cons

  • Long wait time
  • Reports of abrupt booking cancellations

Service at PAESE Ristorante was nothing short of excellent

“I had the pleasure of dining at PAESE Ristorante recently, and I must say it was an exceptional experience. Tony, the owner, truly went above and beyond to make our visit memorable. His personal touch and attention to detail added a special touch to the evening. The service at PAESE Ristorante was nothing short of excellent. The staff was attentive, friendly, and made sure we felt welcomed throughout our meal. They were exceptionally knowledgeable about the menu and offered great recommendations. The food itself was an out of this world. We ordered the Gnocchi, Spaghetti gamberi, Fettuccine Funghi, Cornish hen, and a margarita pizza. The pasta is made in house, fresh, daily. It’s evident that the kitchen takes pride in every dish they prepare. From appetizers to desserts, each course was a culinary masterpiece. Overall, our expectations were excepted in every way. Tony’s dedication to creating a fantastic dining experience shines through, and the outstanding service and delectable cuisine make it a must-visit restaurant. I can’t wait to return for another unforgettable meal. There is a parking in the office building beside the restaurant.”

Ellie Wise, Google Review

Definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone!

“Couldn’t have taken my boyfriend to a better place for his birthday. Its been a while since i’ve found a restaurant which such amazing service and food. We started with their bruschetta which was a special menu add for the day. Definitely one of the best I’ve ever had. Main course was the sweet potato ravioli and fettuccine funghi. Both topping each other in flavour. Cannot name a favourite for sure. To go with the meal I ordered an aperol and gin based cocktail which was very refreshing and complementing my dishes very well. Lastly when I asked for the dessert menu our server very generously got us a bowl of tiramisu on the house as a kind gesture for his birthday. I definitely thought this was a cherry on the cake to an already remarkable service our server provided. Not to forget mentioning the tiramisu is a must have.

Definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone!”

Neha S, Google Review

2. Nomé Izakaya 

Nomé Izakaya
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WEBSITEhttps://nomeizakaya.com/
ADDRESS4848 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5N2
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CONTACT DETAILS(647) 347-7937

OPERATING HOURSMon, Sun: 5 PM – 12 AM

Tue-Thurs, Sat: 5 PM – 12:30 AM

Friday: 5 PM –1:30 AM

Nomé Izakaya offers Japanese tapas and an oyster bar, making it a unique North York establishment. Its interior has a modern ambiance adorned with warm wood and cool stone accents—a cool setting for sharing small plates and sipping sake.

If you find yourself there on a Tuesday or Wednesday, brace yourself for their $1 oysters available all night – a popular weekly ritual. 

Another crowd favorite is their Japa Burger sliders. We love their generous beef patty portion nestled between tomato, lettuce, onion, and doused with their tangy barbeque sauce and garlic mayo. 

Meat lovers would also love their beef short ribs – its tender, succulent meat falls off the bone, with hints of smokiness and sweetness.

If you frequent this restaurant regularly, you can order a VIP loyalty key here. Simply flash your key upon entering, and you can enjoy six free oysters on every visit!

Pros

  • Specializes in Japanese tapas
  • Spacious with an inviting modern interior design
  • Has an oyster bar with $1 oysters on Tue-Wed
  • Can order a VIP loyalty key
  • Has outdoor seating
  • Serves vegetarian dishes

Cons

  • Subpar customer service
  • A tad pricey

Everything was delicious!

“First time trying this place and everything was delicious! Highly recommend the beef short ribs, tiger shrimp, sliders, apple sushi. Sake sangria was very refreshing. It was packed on a Tuesday night so it’s definitely a popular spot and they do take online reservations.”

 Bridget K, Google Review

One of the best Izakayas in the GTA

“One of the best Izakayas in the GTA. I’ve been to Kinkaku and Kinka also, but I will always choose NOME in North York. The vibe here is always lively, but it can get a little loud on a Friday night due to live DJ and crowds. I love the Japa sliders, sashimi salad, short ribs, fried gyozas, monkfish tacos and their Beef Tartar (no longer on the menu, PLEASE BRING IT BACK). They also offer fresh oyster deal during the week (check their website). They have a green P parking just behind them.”

Alexandre Ahyoon, Google Review

3. Miller Tavern

Miller Tavern
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WEBSITEhttps://themillertavern.com/yonge
ADDRESS3885 Yonge St, North York, ON M4N 2P2
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CONTACT DETAILS(416) 322-5544

OPERATING HOURSMon-Wed, Sun: 11:30 AM – 12 AM

Thurs-Sat: 11:30 AM – 1 AM

Since 1860, The Miller Tavern has been the go-to spot to experience classic American tavern vibes. The recent facelift combines old-school charm with a touch of modern flair, featuring saloon-sized bars, Victorian curtains, and herringbone floors.

They’re known for their delicious steak frites – an 8 oz striploin with Cafe de Paris butter and triple-cooked fries. For seafood lovers, the scallop ceviche is a must-try – fresh scallops meet pickled honeydew and cucumber, cured in aji amarillo, coconut, and lime. 

Of course, being a tavern, they have a diverse wine list featuring French and American vintages, as well as various old-school cocktails like the Cosmopolitan and the Pimm’s Cup.

What sets them apart is that they have one of the city’s largest outdoor patios. Guests can savor the views in their glass-enclosed, heated terrace, available for outdoor dining year-round!

Pros

  • More than a hundred years of experience
  • Classic American tavern vibe
  • Offers vintages and cocktails
  • One of the city’s largest outdoor patios
  • Glass-enclosed and heated terrace
  • Free parking in their private lot
  • Has a fireplace

Cons

  • Reports of food quality issues
  • Pricey

Our meals were delicious!

“Our meals were delicious! Sea bass, steak, oysters, sides of greens and truffle fries!!! Desserts were sticky toffee (omg yum) and creme brule…such a great meal. Haven’t been in yrs, but will absolutely go back!”

 Kellie Saltzman, Google Review

All were exceptional

“Was there for a work Christmas lunch. Staff is super friendly, and our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu we were offered, details down to the cheese we were served and where it was from. Food itself was delicious from appetizers to main course. I had the Steak Frites along with a salad and the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. All were exceptional. Parking: Parking was somewhat limited when I was there but still managed to get a spot, the last spot. There may be overflow parking on the street.”

Chris D, Google Review

4. Le Montmartre

Le Montmartre
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WEBSITEhttp://www.lemontmartrerestaurant.com/
ADDRESS911 Sheppard Ave W, North York, ON M3H 2T7
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CONTACT DETAILS(416) 630-3804

OPERATING HOURSMon-Fri: 12 PM – 2:30 PM., 5:30 PM – 10 PM

Saturday: 5:30 PM – 10 PM

Le Montmartre strives to transport diners to the heart of Paris with its 25 years of culinary experience. The ambiance is an experience in itself; they play Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf in the background and display masterpieces of Van Gogh and Renoir on the walls. 

Of course, their menu also features authentic French dishes. We recommend their lobster bisque – adorned with a touch of brandy – offering a velvety and smooth finish.

Another must-have is their deboned roast duckling, flambéed in Gran Marnier and bathed in a delectable orange sauce. 

Unlike other restaurants that only offer heaters, they welcome guests with an actual indoor fireplace, creating a cozy and intimate setting. 

Furthermore, enthusiasts can become a VIP Newsletter Member by signing up online. This unlocks exclusive benefits and special promotions, such as dinner for two prizes and cocktail evening invitations.

Pros

  • 25 years of experience
  • Plays French music and displays work
  • Specializes in authentic French dishes
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Has a VIP Newsletter
  • Has a private room

Cons

  • Long wait time
  • Reports inattentive staff

The freshness of the ingredients was tasted on every bite

“Le Montmartre was on my list and wanted to try few times and the moment we stepped in the homely ambiance abd attentive set the perfect tone for a great dining experience. The food was delicious, the freshness of ingredients was tasted on every bite. The service was impeccable forgot the server’s name but she was truly fantastic, we were celebrating my wife’s birthday and the server took noticed which was very generous of her.”

Mostafa Daud, Google Review

Looks like a great place for dates!

“Came for dinner on a Wednesday night, the restaurant was quiet but great atmosphere over all. The staff is friendly and attentive! The food was very good, I ordered the frog legs and my friend the fish fillet. I loved my frog legs and my friend said her food was very tasty. Looks like a great place for dates!! Definitely worth checking this place out.”

Nancy Cavazos, Google Review

5. Konjiki Ramen

Konjiki Ramen
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ADDRESS5051 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5P2
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CONTACT DETAILS(647) 350-7766

OPERATING HOURSMon - Tue: 11:30 AM – 10 PM

Established in Tokyo in 2006 and helmed by Chef Atsushi Yamamoto, Konjiki Ramen has earned several awards including the esteemed Michelin Bib Gourmand from 2015 to 2018.

Its noodles are crafted from meticulously selected flour and ingredients and finished using special machinery imported from Japan.

Konjiki’s soup base – clam, chicken, and pork combo – achieves a harmonious balance of freshness and sweetness. With innovative touches like truffles and porcini mushroom oil, the ramen experience here is a fusion of tradition and contemporary flair. 

We suggest trying their Signature Clam Intense Shoyu ramen. This comforting fare has sous-vide pork chashu, porcini sauce, and black truffle sauce. 

To sweeten the deal, their partnership with Saryo brings forth yummy Japanese desserts, such as their green tea parfait, mochi, and red bean. 

For those on a budget, enjoy their exclusive online promotions, including their buy 1 get 1 free offer.

Pros

  • 18 years of experience
  • Specializes in ramen fusion
  • Earned many awards
  • Uses imported Japanese machinery for the noodles
  • Also serves dessert
  • Online offers

Cons

  • Reports of being ignored by staff
  • Some quality issues with food

I think it’s the best ramen house in Toronto

“I went to Konjiki Ramen recently. I ordered “Smokey Black.” The noodles had just the right amount of firmness, the flavor was intense, and everything was wonderful. I think it’s the best ramen house in Toronto. I would definitely come back. I hope this restaurant will be opened in Korea. And what a cute cafe next door! Only during the winter season? Actually I’m not sure. They had a lot of very pretty cakes on display. I bought a Tiramisu!! It’s so good!!! I’d like to try it again. I will go one more time before returning to Korea!”

Y K, Google Review

This ramen spot is awesome!

“This ramen spot is awesome! The food is super tasty—flavorful broths and perfect noodles every time. But what really makes it stand out is the great service. The staff is friendly and on top of things, making your meal even more enjoyable. If you love ramen, this place is a winner!”

Shalbin Benny, Google Review


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