King West Restaurants in Toronto: A Comprehensive Guide

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!

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.

Campechano Toronto Bar and Mexican Graffiti
King West restaurants: Campechano Toronto’s Mexican interior.

Campechano Toronto

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.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Step inside Coffee Oysters Champagne Toronto.
King West Restaurants: Coffee Oysters Champagne Toronto

Coffee Oysters Champagne Toronto

214 King Street West, 416-408-4044

Coffee Oysters Champagne Toronto is located directly across from Roy Thompson Hall in the city’s theatre district. Coffee Oysters Champagne (also known as COC Toronto) offers a hidden patio, intimate cafe and champagne bar, and a secret French speakeasy dining room.

First time visitors to COC Toronto should be aware that there is far more to the restaurant than its elegant oyster and champagne bar. If you’ve booked yourself a dinner reservation, the smiling hostess will take you on a “champagne tour,” which meanders into a tiny champagne bottle hall of fame. With the flick of her wrist, the walls fall away, exposing a secret French speakeasy restaurant concept.

Coffee Oysters Champagne Toronto Bar

COC Toronto has the largest champagne and sparkling wine list in the city. The impressive bubbly list includes bottles of sparkling Ridgeview Brut ($112) to a 3,000 ml vintage Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ Brut from 2007 ($4,888). Or you can opt for a $9 glass of Fiol Prosecco, which pairs perfectly with the bars East and West Coast oyster offering.

If you’re dining at COC Toronto’s à toi dining room you’ll find a large cocktail menu with a strong focus on muddled cognac libations. COC Toronto’s à toi also offers craft beer, and fret not, champagne and quality wine bottles are never in short supply.

Coffee Oysters Champagne Toronto Menu

Chris Wilkinson, Executive Chef at Coffee Oysters Champagne Toronto, offers an elevated French inspired menu rooted in the fresh and foraged. COC Toronto also has the largest dressed oyster selection in the city along with French brasserie classics.

Highlights from the Coffee Oysters Champagne Toronto menu include:

  • Oysters Rocafella: rose, caviar, chives, champagne float
  • Liver & Onions: chicken liver mousse, lardons, pearl onions, puff pastry, pomegranate molasses.
  • Two Duck: seared breast, confit leg, cipollini onions, tokyo turnips, mushrooms, spiced fruit.

Wheelchair Accessible: No

King West Restaurants: Edulis is regularly ranked as one of Toronto's best.
King West Restaurants: Edulis is regularly ranked as one of Toronto’s best.

Edulis Toronto

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.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes – just a small step up at the door; however, they appreciate guests informing in advance when coming with a wheelchair, as the dining room is very small and they like to ensure the best table is arranged for their comfort.

King West Restaurants: Gusto 101 is a favourite casual Italian eatery.
King West Restaurants: Gusto 101 is a favourite casual Italian eatery.

Gusto 101

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.

Wheelchair Accessible: No

King West Restaurants: Labora Toronto pays home to Spanish flavours.
King West Restaurants: Labora Toronto pays home to Spanish flavours.

Labora Toronto

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 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’.

Wheelchair Accessible: No

King West Restaurants: Lee is a groundbreaking Asian fusion restaurant.
King West Restaurants: Lee is a groundbreaking Asian fusion restaurant.

Lee Restaurant Toronto 

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.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

King West Restaurants: Marbl is the neighbourhoods newest steakhouse.
King West Restaurants: Marbl is the neighbourhoods newest steakhouse.

MARBL Toronto

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

King West Restaurants: Oretta Toronto features one of our favourite dining room interiors.
King West Restaurants: Oretta Toronto features one of our favourite dining room interiors.

Oretta Toronto

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.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

King West Restaurants: Patria Toronto offers an homage to the Spanish kitchen.
King West Restaurants: Patria Toronto offers an homage to the Spanish kitchen.

Patria Toronto

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.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

The 2nd floor dining room at Sara Toronto
King West Restaurants: Sara Toronto offers a Japanese-inspired menu.

Sara Toronto

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.

Wheelchair Accessible: No

King West Restaurants: Weslodge is Toronto's favourite saloon.
King West Restaurants: Weslodge is Toronto’s favourite saloon.

Weslodge Toronto

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.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

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