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The Best Restaurants in Toronto

The StarTripper Journal presents the best places to dine in Toronto, both International gourmet and good Canadian choices.
Our team to Toronto are two French ladies.

Toronto, the most multiculturally diverse city in the world; over 140 languages are spoken. During the delightfully temperate and colorful spring, summer or fall, you'll have a great time.

Eaton Centre, Toronto’s largest downtown shopping mall, is located opposite Yonge - Dundas Square. This mall has branches of almost every large retailer in North America. Its enormous light filled atrium is a haven on cold days.

Old York's sensational St Lawrence Market houses more than 50 specialty food stalls: cheese vendors, fishmongers, butchers, bakers and pasta makers. A must, even for visitors.

On the opposite side of Front Street, the North Market hosts a Saturday farmers market and a fantastic Sunday antique market.

Honest Ed's is a one-of-a-kind bargain centre that has everything from wine to twine, a delightful old-fashioned bargain bazaar. Located on 581 Bloor Street West, it is a landmark for tourists and an entertaining shopping experience for all. It’s a must to photograph the flashy iconic sign.

Kensington Market is the high spot for vintage clothing stores. Here you’ll find every period and all fashion houses, second hand slip dresses, retro pants and white dress-shirts in a cornucopia of styles.

High Park is a wonderful place to unfurl a picnic blanket, swim, play tennis, bike around, skate on the Grenadier Pond in the winter, or in the spring meander through the groves of cherry blossoms donated to the park by the Japanese ambassador.

Welcome to Toronto, whatever you're looking for, you'll find it here. Currency is Canadian dollar (CAD).

The StarTripper Journal Recommends these Restaurants:
The Fifth Grill is located in The Downtown Entertainment District, on corner of Richmond Street West and Duncan Street. An alleyway leads to the entrance of this glamorous restaurant. Take the elevator of this former warehouse up to a chic, candlelit room with a long bar, pale wood details and white tablecloths. It is a perfect place for a private tête-à-tête or a special celebration.

The Terrace, open year round, offers a spectacular vista of the city skyline. A cheerful ambience exists with a summertime inspired décor, ceiling fans and artifacts.

Chef Jean-Pierre Challet is internationally recognized for his mastery of classic French cuisine. His deconstruction of classic French cuisine into something lighter, cleaner and more modern has become his signature style named “Cuisine Nouveau Classique.”

We tried Shrimp cake with mozzarella agnolotti, ginger and mayo as starter and Braised biff with foie gras, black trumpets, morels and Yukon mash as main; very delicious – excellent cuisine.

An excellent wine-list – mainly French and Californian – but also a handful Italian and other new-world bottles.

Excellent professional service.

225 Richmond Street West
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Scaramouche Scaramouche Restaurant is centrally located in Midtown – floor-to-ceiling windows, elegant neutral colours and two levels. The restaurant affords a stunning night-time vista of the downtown Toronto skyline.

Scaramouche has long been celebrated by customers and critics for its unwavering commitment to making each dining experience a memorable one.

Chef Keith Froggett's sophisticated French cuisine is presented simply with care and attention to detail. The service underscores that philosophy – unobtrusive and respectful. These components and more make Scaramouche the singular destination it is.

We tried the Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi as starter and Rack of lamb with crispy mustard crust, Swiss chard, pickled curry cherry tomatoes and carrot purée as main. Excellent cuisine.

This restaurant is consistently ranked as one of the city's best for more than three decades – we do agree, this was delicious.

The wine list spans the globe and includes many interesting picks.

Excellent cuisine – professional service.

One Benvenuto Place
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Canoe Canoe is located on the 54th floor at the TD Bank Tower and affords a breath-taking view of the city. The design is clean and simple, yet absolutely stylish—a brilliant reflection of this country’s rich, raw environment.

Executive Chef John Horne and Chef de Cuisine Coulson Armstrong presents their passion for refined flavours, best seasonal ingredients and explosive presentation – with their love of the finest Canadian cuisine – based on classic French techniques.

Our two ladies tried maple salmon candy with kohlrabi, caviar and smoked avocado as starter and Alberta lamb saddle with sweet potato as main – absolute delicious. They loved it.

The selection on the wine list is especially picked to match the menu – a lot of choices by glass.

Top cuisine – excellent professional service.

66 Wellington St. West
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Trevor Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, a 150-year-old heritage building showcases an elegant, intimate, candle-lit dining room.

Chef Trevor Wilkinson's passion for all things delicious creates an exciting restaurant offering a unique dining experience. Originally billed as an "anti-elitist fine dining establishment", he now caters to all who enjoy great dining. His focus is simple: make great food and serve it well. Regional and seasonal cuisine simply prepared with classic French cooking techniques.

We tried the tomato basil soup with smoked cheddar as starter and sirloin rapini with onion, creamed kale and sauce au poivre as main, very delicious!

At the chef’s table – you can view the chefs preparing custom tasting menus. Every menu is designed around regional and seasonal ingredients, the signature dishes and your preferences.

A well-chosen global wine list.

Excellent cooking and warm professional service.

38 Wellington Street East
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A smart midtown trattoria, located on Yonge, just south of Eglington.

Chef Andrew Milne-Allan's menus change with the seasons and reflect his commitment to presenting the distinctive regional cuisines of Italy. The cuisine is based on the finest raw material and simply prepared.

As far as possible, he uses naturally raised or organic meat or poultry. In the Ontario spring, summer and fall growing season’s organic produce is sourced from local farmers. All fresh pastas are made in-house.

Fish is a specialty and the choices of the evening are brought out glistening and bright-eyed so you can pick. For the squeamish there’s a daily filet to help you out. Whole fish is expertly grilled with herbs.

We tried the “spoia lorda” – flat ravioli with stracchino cheese, walnuts, roasted sunchoke and bianchetto truffle as a starter, and “petto d’anatra arrostito” – roast muscovy duck breast with spiced seville orange sauce, sformato of savoy, potato, mutsu apple and montasio cheese. A first-class choice, delicious flavour and nice presentation.

A very nice Italian trattoria with warm homely service.

2150 Yonge Street
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