Among the ever-growing list of award winning King West restaurants in Toronto, you’ll find some of the best eateries the city has to offer.
Not only do King West restaurants provide an eclectic variety of cuisines and mouth-watering menus, but they are also known for their impressive style and winning ambience. Whether you’re visiting downtown Toronto or a local foodie, there are plenty of King West restaurants worth tasting your way through.
King Street West in Toronto
One of the oldest streets in the city, King Street West was once the heart of Toronto’s textile industry and lined with industrial buildings and warehouses. Known today as the Fashion District, the ever-changing area has a steady hustle and bustle, both day and night.
Stretching from Spadina Avenue to Bathurst Street, the neighbourhood is home to so much more than trendy King West restaurants. The area has a reputation for its popular bars and clubs, stylish fashion and lifestyle retailers, esteemed creative agencies, chic residential condo buildings as well as a number of important venues, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, the Princess of Wales Theatre and Roy Thomson Hall.
King West Restaurants in Toronto
On King Street West, you can satisfy a craving for any meal, any time of the day. From low-key comfort foods to contemporary fine-dining, there are many King West restaurants that have emerged as favourites among Toronto foodies.
One of the earliest spots to help garner King West restaurants’ reputation would undoubtedly be Chef Susur Lee’s Asian and French-influenced Lee. Over fifteen years since its opening, this culinary pioneer continues to fill up every night of the week.
Among the many King West restaurants to also receive a ton of accolades, Chef Michael Caballo and Tobey Nemeth’s Edulis. This cozy, small space packs a big punch (of Southern Europe flavours, that is) and for years has earned its rightful spot on countless top restaurant lists.
King Street West is also royal territory for the kings of Toronto’s dining scene, Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji’s flourishing empire. Their restaurant renaissance includes Toronto hot spots like Spice Route, Patria, Weslodge, Mira and Byblos. And yes, as you’re quickly discovering, there is an astonishing number of King West restaurants for one to choose from!
Best King West Restaurants
As a proud resident of the King Street West neighbourhood, I often boast to friends and family how fortunate I am to have such an abundance of tasty establishments just a short walk from home. However, those bragging rights also come with an ongoing commitment to constantly sampling King West restaurants, both new and long-time favourites alike. As such, please rest assured that we’ll be updating this story regularly.
504 Adelaide Street West, 416-777-2800
Campechano Toronto was recently ranked as one of the top restaurants in the city by Toronto Life. Located at Adelaide and Portland, this tiny tanqueria is one of the best Mexican options in King West Village. Campechano in Spanish means no fuss. Expect to enjoy an authentic Mexican meal in a fun atmosphere where taco’s are the star of the show.
Campechano Toronto opened its doors in November 2015, taking over the Sadie’s Diner space. Daniel Roe and Raena Fisher oversee the day to day operations while the King West restaurant’s third owner, Javier Flores, operates a number of taco shops in Mexico City.
As a more casual option among King West restaurants, the walls feature eye-catching murals designed by Luke Pollard. During the warmer months of the year, Campechano’s patio is a favourite spot to sip margarita’s and devour guacamole with friends.
Campechano Toronto Bar
The King West restaurant’s talented bartender works in a small nook within the kitchen. There are two or three stools tucked under the bar top, making it a perfect spot if you’re looking to grab a quick bite and have a penchant for people watching. The Campechano bar offers creative craft cocktails like their Spicy Margarita or a personal favourite, the Mexican Old Fashioned, Mexican beer, as well as wine and sweet sangria.
Campechano Toronto Menu
Owner and Chef Daniel Roe has found success by keeping the Campechano menu simple. “We really try to convey a classic taqueria and memories from our childhoods in our grandmothers kitchen or family gatherings. Simple, fresh ingredients used in a way that for us brings us back home and it all starts with a good foundation of our fresh tortilla.”
Campechano’s menu is gluten-free and includes guacamole, ceviche, sope, and a parade of 8-10 tacos. One dessert, Flan de Caramelo, offers those with a sweet tooth a satisfying finish.
Highlights from the Campechano menu include:
- Ceviche: with pico de gallo and nachos
- Sope: thick tortilla with beans, lettuce and cheese.
- Pollo al Pastor Taco: chicken thigh, pineapple, salsa macha.
169 Niagara Street, 416-703-4222
In April 2012, Edulis Toronto was opened by Michael Caballo and Tobey Nemeth in the former Niagara Street Cafe space. Caballo had been the chef at Niagara Street Cafe several years before and the two had always dreamt of it as their ideal location. After four years of travelling and cooking in Italy, Spain, Panama, Haida Gwaii, and Vancouver, the culinary pair were ready and excited to return to Toronto to open Edulis.
Located on a more intimate side street away from the bustle of other King West restaurants, Edulis Toronto feels especially romantic and serene. The restaurant is filled with the couple’s personal treasures, including an antique duck press (which they use for preparing the famous Canard a la Bresse), copper pots collected over the years, and most significantly, framed menus from the many meals in their travels which they claim have influenced them the most.
Edulis Toronto Bar
As one might expect from a Southern European restaurant, Edulis Toronto focuses on wine rather than cocktails. The King West restaurant’s wine list is primarily old world with a particular emphasis on, surprise: Spain and France! They also make all their own sodas and love recommending old fashioned aperitifs for guests before they begin their meal. Examples include Floc de Gascogne, Lillet, and White Port.
Edulis Toronto Menu
Unlike most King West restaurant, the Edulis Toronto menu changes every day. In fact, they don’t even print out a menu and instead encourage their guest to put their tastebuds in the chefs hands. The Edulis Toronto menu is based primarily on seafood. The chefs write a new menu each day based on whatever their suppliers have available that day.
101 Portland Street, 416-504-9669
Since opening its doors in February 2012, Gusto 101 continues to be one of the many King West restaurants that people rave about. There are a few reasons why Gusto 101 makes our list of notable King West restaurants.
Visually the spot is stunning, an old abandoned auto shop has been turned into an urban restaurant space designed by Munge Leung. It is industrial, yet warm and romantic. The menu features everyone’s favourite classic Italiandishes, which are prepared well and at a reasonable price. Just remember that they don’t take reservations, so make sure to plan for an early dinner if you don’t want to loiter in line.
Gusto 101 Toronto Bar
In addition to great craft cocktails, Gusto 101 offers Peroni for the beer lovers and an extensive wine list. You’ll find some of the best and most affordable wines here. Gusto 101’s affordable house wine is ingeniously served on tap, from a wine cask behind the bar. Winemaker Alejandra de Miguel from Vintage One has created a tasty Bianco (Pinot Grigio) and Rosso (Cabernet Sauvignon & Malbec) served at just $1 an ounce.
Gusto 101 Toronto Menu
Gusto (pronounced Goo-sto) means ‘taste’ in Italian and undeniably, this King West restaurant’s menu lives up to the name. Gusto 101 offers up some bold and delicious tastes across the modern takes on classic dishes from Southern Italy.
Highlights from the Gusto 101 menu include:
- Burrata: roasted tomatoes, buffalo milk, calabrian honey, fennel pollen, olive oil.
- Cavolo Caesar: organic purple kale, shaved parmigiano, garlic croutons, crispy salami, avocado.
- Bucatini Amatriciana: house made guanciale, tomato sauce, black pepper, pecorino.
- Prosciutto e Rucola Pizza: tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, organic baby arugula, parmigiano.
433 King Street West, 416-260-9993
Labora is one of the few Spanish King West restaurants. It’s located in a heritage building on the south west corner of King and Spadina. Labora was started by Rob Bragagnolo, who lived in Mallorca, Spain for 14 years before returning to Toronto to open the restaurant back in December of 2017. Since its opening, Labora has received several accolades including Toronto Life’s Best New Toronto Restaurants in 2018 and Blog TO’s Best Tapas in Toronto.
As far as interiors are concerned, the lively atmosphere here is definitely one of those King West restaurants you want to spend some time in. The decor was inspired and modelled after the tapas bars and food markets of Spain. There is a large open kitchen, a massive, eye-catching central bar and a 12 seat private dining room.
Labora Toronto Bar
The beautiful central bar at Labora Toronto offers a very large selection of Spanish Vermouth, Sherry, Cider and Beer. It’s also important to note that Labora Toronto is the only spot among King West restaurants that serves vermouth on tap. As one would expect, Labora’s wine list is 98% Spanish.
Labora Toronto Menu
The menu is inspired by the regional cooking of Spain and specifically Mallorca and coastal Spain. There is a strong focus on seafood, vegetables, and traditional Spanish rice dishes (much more than just paella).
Highlights from Labora Toronto’s menu include:
- Rubia Gallega: in-house cured beef ribeye, shaved thinly and garnished with porcini mushroom, honey mushroom and black truffle.
- Calamari Sandwich: fried calamari rings, mini bun, pickled pizarra pepper, chive aioli, hot sauce.
- Mallorcan ‘Dirty Rice’: traditional rice dish from the island of Mallorca.
- Pulpo a la brasa: traditional method of Octopus grilled over live coals, served with potato and chorizo.
- Carabinero: deep water Spanish red prawns cooked ‘a la plancha’.
601 King Street West, 416-504-7867
Lee Restaurant Toronto is undoubtedly one of the most respected among King West restaurants. It is a self titled joint from celebrity chef Susur Lee. In Toronto, the name Lee has become synonymous with creative Asian cuisine and you will never hear anything but rave reviews from the countless foodies who flock here and notoriously chirp, “share the slaw.”
In terms of design, Lee Restaurant is definitely unique among its peers of King West restaurants. With its large neon sign greeting guests from the street, stunning bar at the front centre of the interior, and everything in between, the environment at Lee Restaurant is visually stimulating and colourfully comfortable.
Lee Restaurant Toronto Bar
Lee Restaurant Toronto offers an unparalleled wine list along with fresh to order cocktails prepared with handcrafted ingredients. The King West restaurant’s signature cocktail is the Lee Lemondae, a Belvedere vodka-based cocktail made with fresh lemon, lemon mousse, rosemary and ginger, and garnished with a candied lemon wheel.
Lee Restaurant Toronto Menu
The menu at Lee Restaurant Toronto is truly an adventure in culinary art. Like a few other King West restaurants, the food here is meant to be shared among guests. Rather than order one or two mains, your group should plan to sample a wide range of smaller dishes to experience as much of the menu as possible.
Highlights from Lee Restaurant’s menu include:
- Singaporean-style slaw: 19 vegan & gluten-free ingredients, salted plum dressing, peanuts.
- French and Chinese Tong Yuen: warm sweet rice dumpling, chocolate nougat, indian pastry, strawberry, creme brulee, apricot & rosewater (contains nuts).
- Cheeseburger Spring Roll: crispy lettuce cup with fresh herbs & pickled veg, smoked chili mayo.
- Luckee Shrimp Cheung Fun: zucchini, myoga & scallion pesto, superior soya broth, Thai basil.
455 King Street West, 416-979-2660
Recently added to the ever-growing list of King West restaurants is one of Toronto’s newest steakhouses, MARBL. Located at the corner of King Street West and Spadina Avenue, MARBL Toronto dazzles with sophistication.
Owner Peter Girges (the brains behind West Oak restaurant in Vancouver) wanted to infuse a chic Yorkville vibe into one of his own restaurants while attracting the Bay Street crowd. No matter who you are, MARBL Toronto is the perfect stop off for an after-work cocktail or to indulge in extravagant steakhouse classics.
MARBL Toronto Bar
At the heart of MARBL Toronto, you’ll spot a floor to ceiling glass wine cellar, featuring rare wines from the U.S., Italy, and France. The in-house cocktail program at MARBL Toronto focuses on familiar sippers with an elevated twist.
If you’re coming to MARBL Toronto for just a drink, you’ll be warmly welcomed at the bar. Actually, we recommend it. Although this may be one of the best steakhouses among King West restaurants, you will be blown away by the cocktail quality and wine selection.
MARBL Toronto Menu
Led by Executive Chef Ryan Morrison, guests to MARBL can expect a fine-dining atmosphere with steakhouse classics. The menu is split into four different sections: starters, entrees, grill a la carte and sides. To experience the menu, in its entirety – we suggest ordering one dish from each section of the menu.
Highlights from MARBL Toronto’s menu include:
- Beets: whipped goat cheese, frisée, pistachio, pomegranate molasses
- Veal Chop “Parm”: burrata, tomato, basil
- 20oz Bone-In Ribeye: comes paired with housemade A2 Steak Sauce and Chimichurri
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts: bacon, chillies, grana padano
- Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie: vanilla ice cream
Wheelchair Accessible: No
633 King Street West, 416-944-1932
Oretta opened in 2017 and distinguishes itself among other Italian King West restaurants as an authentic, yet modern-day Italian culinary experience. Oretta, meaning “about an hour,” features a sun-soaked dining room with central horseshoe bar, which is flanked by retro chic design-candy.
The 220-seat Art Deco-inspired restaurant by Salvatore Mele took a year and a half to build. When you enter Oretta’s main dining area you’ll find soaring arches that marry historic Italian architecture with stylish décor for a chic-casual dining environment that’s grounded in tradition.
Oretta Toronto Cafe
Accessed from the pedestrian walkway next to the restaurant, the Oretta Toronto Cafe features Italian-style espresso coffees, homemade artisanal baked goods, pizzette and of course, their own, in-house focaccia. Because of its chic-casual atmosphere available seven days a week, the Oretta Toronto Cafe is a popular coffee shop for Torontonians who are looking to catch up with friends.
Oretta Toronto Menu
The exclusively Italian menu at Oretta Toronto is made up of a variety of authentic classics representing a number of regions across Italy. Like any Italian restaurant, Oretta Toronto uses only the finest ingredients, all prepared with modern-day flare.
Chef Christian Fontolan’s menu features a slew of classic Italian staples such as plump burrata, a collection of creative pizza’s (topped with the likes of orange preserves, pistachios, caramelized pear and n’duja), plenty of pasta from traditional tagliatelle tossed in ragu to the more inventive risotto which arrives on the plate as a square cake topped with duck, asparagus and sweet peas.
Highlights from Oretta Toronto’s menu include:
- Burrata Pugliese: vine tomato, cucumber, roasted pepper, pickled celery, charred pearl onion, arugula.
- Capricciosa Pizza: tomato, fior di latte, prosciutto cotto, mushrooms, artichoke, basil.
- Cavatelli e Cime di Rapa: pork sausage, rapini puree, braised rapini, parmigiano.
478 King Street West, 416-367-0505
One of the King West restaurants under the ownership of ICONINK, helmed by business partners Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth, is the stunning Patria Toronto. When the duo opened the restaurant in October 2012, Harji and Khabouth strived to create an exceptional and unique experience with a menu inspired by the authentic tastes and flavours of Spain.
Designed by Commute Home, Patria Toronto is an authentic tapas bar that reflects the paradigm found in Spanish food and culture; a delicate balance between simplicity and sophistication curated with one-of-a-kind handcrafted light fixtures and design installations. Patria restaurant spans two floors for a total of 4,200 square feet and is divided into an elegantly modern dining room and an inviting lounge. Seated capacity is 120, with an additional 60 that can be seated on the patio. Private dining is also available on the second level and can accommodate 16.
Patria Toronto Bar
One of the most impressive features of this King West restaurant is its bar, which proudly displays house-baked breads, cured meats and imported cheeses alongside a variety of wines and beers. As you would imagine, Patria Toronto’s wine menu features an extensive list of Spanish labels from different regions. In fact, well over 75% of the wines are imported directly from Spain.
Patria Toronto Menu
In true Spanish fashion, the menu at Patria Toronto features a number of tapas plates meant to be shared at the table. “We were inspired by Spain’s uncomplicated approach to fresh, seasonal and honest food,” says Ben Heaton, Executive Chef, ICONINK. “We prepare each item with a commitment to the authenticity and traditional cooking methods of Spain.”
Highlights from Patria Toronto’s menu include:
- Dátiles: dates, house bacon, manchego, guindillas.
- Paella Patria: shrimp, mussels, calamari, fish, snap peas, clams, saffron.
- Bombas con Salsa Brava: house chorizo, aioli, spicy piquillo sauce.
98 Portland Street, 416-985-5721
Sara was recently ranked as one of the top 10 best new restaurants in the city by Toronto Life. It’s quickly shooting to the top of everyones King West restaurants must-try lists. It’s the Food Dudes’ more refined sister restaurant to their grittier Rasa concept. Located in a two-story Victorian house, the 2400 sq ft space was totally gutted and transformed into a bright and airy dining experience.
My two favourite service moments offer a hat tip to Sara Toronto’s Japanese-inspired menu. After drinks are served, a ceremonial rolled oshibori towel is placed at the table. The sweetly scented, steaming hot towel offers a refreshing cleanse on a cold winters day. When nature calls, step downstairs and you’ll find a choir of bathrooms outfitted with classy Japanese toilets.
Sara Toronto Bar
Sara’s drinks menu shares a distinct preference for vodka and gin. Four signature cocktails are described by their aromas and flavours and offer suggested pairings with top shelf vodka and gin bottles. You’ll also find a petite list of bottled craft beers and upscale consignment wines. If you’re looking to enjoy an impromptu King West restaurants dinner and the place happens to be packed, hop up on one of the bars soft pink stools. Bartenders are chatty and it’s a perfect perch to people watch.
Sara Toronto Menu
Executive Chef Davin Shearer and Chef de Cuisine Mary Dinh have crafted a globally inspired small plates menu, which sing a sweet song to Japan. The luxe priced menu is organized by small dishes, dumplings, and Japanese charcoal grilling.
Several of Sara Toronto’s dishes offer a quick bite to be shared among a couple people. If you’re looking for a light tasting we’d suggest ordering four dishes between a party of two. If you’re starving, then you’ll likely want to order four dishes per person as plate portions are petite.
Highlights from Sara Toronto’s menu include:
- Squash Latkes: salmon roe, chive cream, kombu syrup.
- Wagyu Reuben: gruyere, truffle mustard, sauerkraut.
- Snap Pea Slaw: asian pear, umeboshi, shio kombu.
- Shanghai Pork Dumplings: chili vinegar, scallion.
- Momo Yakitori: cherry umeboshi, mocha, sumac honey.
480 King Street West, 647-660-0999
By far one of the most unique spots among King West restaurants as far as design eye candy is concerned, Weslodge Toronto offers a refined salooon vibe. Business partners, Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth were inspired by traditional saloons where people would meet to socialize, eat and drink in a comfortable atmosphere.
Designed by Studio Munge, Weslodge Toronto is sophisticated yet relaxed, with a dark wooden bar, rich jewel toned furniture, vintage portraits and an eclectic display of taxidermy. The recognizable yellow doors easily distinguish the spot amongst the strip of King West restaurants. The space is 4,150 square feet spanning two floors, with seated capacity of 100 and a private dining space on the second level, which can accommodate 20 guests.
Weslodge Toronto Bar
When you first enter Weslodge Toronto, the room seems to gravitate towards its iconic bar top where bison bust looms as bartenders mix up some of the city’s most unique cocktails. Created by expert mixologist Isaac Viner, the cocktail list is organized from ‘easy drinking’ to ‘packs a punch’ with three categories defined by strength to choose from: ‘It’s a marathon not a sprint’, ‘Tread Carefully’ and ‘Full Throttle’. There is even an option to order cocktails by the bottle. For instance, they offer an Orange Spiced Old Fashioned with Jim Beam Bourbon or Basial Hayden by the bottle, which will set you back $135/$220.
Weslodge Toronto Menu
Executive Chef of ICONINK, Ben Heaton, describes the menu at Weslodge Toronto as “seasonal, including a variety of innovative yet approachable dishes, featuring comforting classics with elevated, quality ingredients.”
Highlights from Weslodge Toronto’s menu include:
- Scotch Egg: pork sausage, truffle red onion jam.
- Southern Fried Chicken: tabasco honey, ranch, house pickles.
- Tomahawk Steak: cooked over charcoal and served with your choice of Salsa Verde, Smokey BBQ or Herb Butter sauce.
420A Wellington St W, 647-951-3331
Mira is a Peruvian restaurant in Toronto located between Wellington Avenue and King Street West. The elegant restaurant in Toronto’s trendy King West neighbourhood first opened its doors in February, 2019. The restaurant’s interior used to be home to F-Stop nightclub, and the hidden, alleyway entrance offers a secret speakeasy vibe.
Step inside Mira restaurant and you’ll find an intimate space, inspired by the artistic Miraflores neighbourhood in Lima, Peru. The interior design offers an homage to Lima’s creative cool. Circle around the dining room and you’ll find artfully designed furniture, bold and colourful murals, mirrored surfaces, traditional tattoo art, pinup girls, tentacles and a neon llama leading to the bathroom downstairs.
Looking for a romantic cocktail bar on King Street West? Mira Toronto’s beverage menu offers a well curated wine-by-the-glass offering, plenty of sake, and premium craft beer. We suggest pairing one of the bartenders pretty pisco cocktails with Chef Janet Hoediono’s menu, offering classic Peruvian dishes with a contemporary twist.
Highlights from Mira Toronto’s menu include:
- Yucca Fries: lime huancaina, jalapeno huacatay
- Mira Ceviche: fluke, sweet potato, leche de tigre, criollo, cancha corn
- Salmon Teriyaki: ginger, green onion, yuzu kosho, soy beurre blanc
- Cerdo: suckling pig, quinoa fried rice, ramen glaze, rocoto jam
- Con Setas: wild mushrooms, truffle, huitlacoche, artichokes
115 Bathurst St, 416-540-4030
Northern Maverick Brewing opened its doors in King West Village just in time for TIFF in September 2017.
The massive 11,000 sq. ft. space features a 10-hectolitre brewhouse with eight 20-hl fermenters, petite retail shop, and two-story restaurant complete with open concept dining room, eye-catching beer bar, and private dining suite.
The 400-seat King West restaurant boasts an expansive street-front patio as well as spectacular city views from a second floor beer school and library. Beer-lovers can go from amateur to expert as the school offers courses in beer and food pairings; the fine art of home brewing, beer tasting and recipe development.
Brewmaster Andrew Crowder manages the tanks at Northern Maverick after spending five years at Muskoka Brewery. Northern Maverick’s signature is its Vienna-style lager but also features four other mainstays including Sessions American Pale Ale, a White IPA, First Day IPA and Gose.
Executive Chef Mark Cutrara (formerly Cowbell and Bar Hop) brings his passion for sustainably-sourced food to the Northern Maverick menu, offering a collection of dishes perfect for a pint pairing. Chef Cutrara’s culinary team smoke their own cheese and age their own charcuterie, offering snack lovers a perfect mix and match board option where ooey gooey fromage and smokey meat are paired with candied nuts, grainy mustard and pickled vegetables.
Highlights from the Northern Maverick Brewing menu include:
- Beer & Cheese Chowder: bacon, smoked cheese and croutons
- Ricotta Squash Cakes: summer squash pancake, buffalo ricotta, grana padano, gremolata, pine nuts
- Vegan Truffled Mushroom Risotto: barley, vegetable broth, gremolata
- Buttermilk Fried Chicken: house-made cornbread, slaw, mango habanero sauce
- Porchetta Bao: roasted pork, housemade hoison sauce, pickled carrot, steamed buns
96 Tecumseth St, 647-352-6000
Beast restaurant offers a Canadian menu focussing on whole beast preparations and local meats. The cozy dining room serves one of the best brunch menus on King West. In the summer, locals line up to snag a spot on its coveted outdoor patio, which sits perched over Tecumseth Street.
Step inside Beach Restaurant Toronto and you’ll find an intimate no-frills dining room. If there’s good weather on a weekend you’re likely to find a line snaking out the door as brunch fans patiently wait for a finger-licking-good morning meal.
American culinary icon Anthony Bourdain gave beast his stamp of approval during a visit to Toronto, “If I weren’t eating here, by the way, I’d be over at Scott Vivian’s Beast in King West. His food got me here in the first place, after all. And it is delicious…The man knows the good stuff, and he knows what to do with it.”
Chef Scott Vivian is the culinary mastermind behind Beast restaurant. His locavore menu does a great job at celebrating Ontario’s local producers and farmers. Chef Vivian switches up his menu on a weekly basis to reflect what fresh products are available to his kitchen. Chef de Cuisine Jason Poon is tasked at evolving the menu to satisfy the diehard regulars visit often.
Highlights from Beast Restaurant’s menu include:
- Beastwich: fried chicken thigh, pimento cheese, pork sausage gravy, buttermilk biscuit
- Bison Tartare: kewpie mayo, celeriac, salsa verde, crispy onions
- Hokkaido Scallops: fregola, parsnip, grapefruit, daikon
- Mad Maple: fried chicken thigh, beast bacon, cheddar cheese, ontario maple syrup, buttermilk biscuit
- Pork Hocks: sweet soy, beast kimchi, roasted peanuts
609 King St W, 416-703-7775
Sitting perched over King West, WVRST is a German Beer Hall famous for serving gourmet sausages, Belgian frites and Toronto craft beer.
Owner Aldo Lanzillotta opened the second-floor German sausage restaurant in 2011. WVRST is inspired by rowdy Bavarian beerhalls. Toronto’s version of the beer and sausage concept has left the rowdy polka dancing in Munich.
Skip inside WVRST restaurant and you’ll find a parade of communal tables, dangling Edison bulbs and red subway-tiled walls. On the right hand side of the dining room you’ll find one of Toronto’s best craft beer bars. Straight ahead guests line up to order from a selection of artisanal sausages.
Highlights from WVRST restaurant’s menu include:
- Duck Fat Fries: served with a selection of dips or covered in melted raclette or smoked gouda cheese
- Dirty Fries: frites topped with peppers, jalapenos, onions and curryWVRST sauce
- Hand Made Pretzel: served with mustard or cheese sauce
- Fermented and Pickled Vegetables: kimchi, sauerkraut, beets, green beans, turnip and cauliflower
- Sausages: typically 30 on offer with our favourites being Bison blueberry maple and Berkshire pork honey garlic
64 Spadina Ave, 416-977-9343
Bootleg Smokehouse is located at the corner of Spadina Avenue and King Street in Toronto. The barbecue restaurant is brought to you by the team who opened Roxy on King and Watson’s, along with Fritz Wahl from Folly Brewpub.
Bootleg Smokehouse finds inspiration from the prohibition era, making this unique piece of Toronto’s history the optimal location for a craft cocktail and barbecue concept.
The owners have added homey touches to the King West restaurants interior, such as a framed collage wall and images hanging from prohibition eras in the US and Canada. You’ll also find photos of rum-runners and crowds celebrating the repeal of the 18th amendment, but also fun vocabulary used at the time like “giggle water” – an alcoholic beverage.
Inspired by traditional smoking techniques and modern scratch cooking, Chef Kevin has built a menu that offers a modern flair to the traditional American smokehouse.
Highlights from Bootleg Smokehouse’s menu include:
- Blistered Shishito Peppers: olive oil, smoked maldon
- Mushroom + Blue Cheese Salad: smoked portobello, creme fraiche, pickled onion, arugula
- Pulled Pork Tostadas: house bbq, corn tortilla, guacamole, pickled onion
- Bootleg Half Rack: pork back ribs, house bbq, slaw, baked beans
- Tuna Ceviche: asia pear, chimichurri, smoked corn chips
488 Wellington St W, 416-979-1990
Marben restaurant is located in King West Village at Wellington and Portland. The long-standing fine dining favourite is constantly evolving, reinventing itself every few years.
One of Toronto’s original farm-to-table restaurants, Marben features a front patio, two floors of dining rooms and an underground speakeasy.
The trendy King West restaurants interior features exposed brick and is furnished with tinted leather banquettes, distressed woods and thrift-store artwork.
Marben’s menu focuses on showcasing whatever is fresh and in season in Ontario and across Canada. The chef’s inventive dishes pair perfectly with the bartenders choir of craft cocktails.
Highlights from Marben restaurant’s menu include:
- Ontario Shrimp: cucumber relish, compressed cucumber, kombucha apples, habanero labneh, cilantro, lemon balm
- Ricotta & Tomato Curd: house ricotta, tomato curd, heirloom tomatoes, chives, green tomato pickles, green onion, cold pressed rapeseed oil
- Pea Miso Glazed Nantes Carrot: eggplant purée, cauliflower crisps, kelp, cabbage ketchup
- Sirloin Steak: braised cippolinis, nantes carrot & chicken garum purée, buttered radishes, herb salad
- Fogo Island Cod: pan seared, PEI mussels, ontario shrimp sauce, lovage, fermented mushrooms, red shiso, warm lettuces
432 Wellington St W, 416-596-6405
Located next door to Marben on Wellington Street, Le Select is one of Toronto’s best French cafes and restaurants.
The Parisian restaurant offers a spacious front patio, cute cafe and elegant dining room featured pressed ceiling tiles and zinc bar.
Chef Laura Maxwell’s dinner menu showcases a complete repertoire of French bistro classics from duck confit to the restaurant’s signature, choucroute garnie.
On weekends Le Select serves one of the best brunch menus in Toronto. The casual cafe out front if perfect if you’re looking to catch up with a friend over a cappuccino and croissant. In the main dining room, rich chocolate and creamy hollandaise are dolloped on dishes with generosity.
Highlights from Le Select’s menu include:
- Salade Frisee Lardons: frisee lettuce, pork lardons, avocado, tomato, jerez vinaigrette, poached egg
- Parfait de Foies de Canard: duck liver parfait, pistachios and berries
- Choucroute Garnie: cabbage braised in white wine, with pork hock, lardons, strasbourg & smoked montbéliard sausage
- Boeuf Bourguignon: braised beef, red wine sauce, crispy pork lardons, pommes fourchette
- Cassoulet: braised white lingot beans with lamb, pork belly, toulouse sausage and duck confit
522 King St W, 416-703-2800
Located in the former Brant House space, The Citizen is a dolled up cocktail bar and restaurant offering bottle service and plenty of TV screens.
Designer Ian Rydberg created the space featuring weathered leather couches and vintage sports paraphernalia such as bowling pins, skates and badminton rackets. Step inside The Citizen and you’ll feel as though you’ve walked into a library turned private sports club.
The bar serves craft cocktails with names inspired by the 1930s. Amanda Walti, formerly the chef de cuisine at Origin on King Street offers a menu featuring classic bar snacks that have been given a chic makeover.
Highlights from The Citizen’s menu include:
- General Tso Cauliflower: fried cauliflower, chili honey, sesame seeds, scallions
- Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps: fried chicken, boston lettuce,slaw, chili honey sauce
- Citizen Cheeseburger: 7oz dry-aged beef, secret sauce, american cheese, frites
- Prosciutto & Arugula Flatbread: sliced prosciutto, arugula, goat cheese, balsamic reduction
- Asparagus & Truffle Farfalle: cremini, asparagus, pesto cream, truffle oil, pecorino
461 King St W, 416-599-7746
If you’re looking for a truly weird dining experience on King Street West, enjoy after work dinner and drinks at SPiN Toronto.
Owner Ryan Fisher opened Toronto’s version of the New York club (attached to Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon) in 2011.
The 12,000 sq ft ping pong social club boasts 2 licensed bars, 12 ping pong tables, cocktail and food menu, lounge and private party room. While memberships can be bought by locals who are ping pong obsessed, those looking for an after work snack and game time will also find happiness here.
SPiN is the perfect spot in King West Village to socialize after work or on a rainy day. Beginners can practice their paddle skills while friends loiter over bottles of Toronto craft beer and sweet finger-licking-good snacks.
Highlights from SPiN Toronto’s menu include:
- Steak Taquito: hanger steak, radish pico, cotija, hot sauce, iceberg, sour cream, corn tortilla
- Cheesy Garlic Sticks: confit garlic, mozzarella, grana padano, donair sauce
- Crunch Wrap Supreme and Slaw: chicken adobo, refried black beans, tomato, avocado, cashew queso
- Crispy Pork Lettuce Wrap: pork knuckle, garlic fried rice, pickled red onion, bean sprout, Filipino gravy
- Currywurst and Fries: house-made bratwurst, mayo, German ketchup