Rosalinda Toronto: Mexican with a Vegan Twist

Rosalinda Toronto opened its doors in May 2018 in the heart of the city’s entertainment district. The restaurant sits perched over Richmond Street West, a stones throw from the Sheraton Hotel, Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre and Toronto City Hall.

Rosalinda Toronto

Step Inside Rosalinda Toronto

Rosalinda is Toronto’s first vegan Mexican concept, the brainchild of restauranteurs Jamie Cook (Pizzeria Libretto), Max Rimaldi (Enoteca Sociale) and Grant van Gameren (Bar Isabel, Bar Raval, El Rey, PrettyUgly, Tennessee Tavern).

Skip through Rosalinda’s front doors and you’ll discover a design-tastic 138-seat restaurant. The interior feels like a chic industrial garden, where sun splashes through overhead windows and lush plants offer a lively green accent. The fresh vibe makes it one of the most popular vegan restaurants in Toronto.

The interiors at Rosalinda Toronto were designed by Brenda Bent and Karen Gable. The eight-foot vintage stained-glass church doors offer a sense fo history to the contemporary dining room. Adding a hat tip to old meets new. The instagram-worthy custom overhead greenhouse structure gives visitors the magical feeling that they are dining al fresco.

Rosalinda Toronto Neon Bathroom
Cutesy design at the Rosalinda Toronto bathroom

In the dining room you’ll find industrial concrete floors paired with sleek custom banquettes. Salvaged rose and teal chairs were given a makeover with comfy velvet seated adorned with rose motifs.

Be sure to pay a visit to Rosalinda’s bathroom. It’s my favourite space in the place. A neon Rosalinda sign is greeted by a parade of glass domes which play home to eye-popping florals. There’s a distinct contemporary art world edge to the decidedly bohemian restaurant interior.

The cocktail bar at Rosalinda Toronto
The cocktail bar at Rosalinda Toronto

Rosalinda Toronto’s Bar

Craft cocktail fans looking to indulge in luxurious libations should pay a visit to resident mixologist Owen Walker. Unique mezcal flights and shaken tequila tipples are what make the bar menu stand out. Walker is also on trend with the no and low alcohol movement. His Placebo cocktail offering help Rosalinda stand out to other vegan restaurants in Toronto. His complex tipples are spiked with Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit.

Rosalinda Toronto’s drinks menu will also make beer and wine fans giddy with glee. Craft beer and cider pairs perfectly with spicy Mexican dishes. You’ll find rotating taps as well as faves from Burdock, Bellwoods, Collective Arts, and Fairweather breweries. Wine lovers are spoilt for choice as Rosalinda’s well curated list features bubbly, white, rose, and red bottles from Bot River, South Africa to our very own Twenty Mile Bench in Beamsville, Ontario.

Rosalinda Toronto's Potato and Mushroom Flautas
Rosalinda Toronto’s Potato and Mushroom Flautas

Rosalinda Toronto Menu

Ask a vegetarian in Toronto and they’ll without a doubt chirp “Rosalinda is the best Mexican restaurant in Toronto.” The restaurant’s menu was created by Executive Chefs Kate Chomyshyn and Julio Guajardo. You can also find the duo working their culinary magic at Grant van Gameren’s El Rey and Quetzal. Their vegan Mexican menu celebrates the best of Mexico and Baja California, featuring big and bold flavours.

Snacks at Rosalinda

  • Multigrain Chicharon and Totopos: sikil pak, guacamole, serrano, ancho
  • Veggie Fritters: tamarind-ancho dip
  • Potato and Mushroom Flautas: poblano salsa and cashew crema

Things To Share at Rosalinda Toronto

  • Jicama and Citrus Salad: avocado pistachio crema, pepitas and pickled onion
  • Young Coconut Ceviche: apple, celery, pickled shallot and herb leche de tigre
  • Beet Tartare: avocado salsa, pine nuts, pomegranate, raw cacao and morita chile
 Rosalinda Toronto's Young Coconut Ceviche
Rosalinda Toronto’s Young Coconut Ceviche

Healthy Bowls at Rosalinda Toronto

  • Crispy Tofu and Rice Bowl: salsa macha, edamame, seaweed, avocado and chipotle-lime vinaigrette
  • Chorizo Quinoa Bowl: charred broccoli, confit fennel and chimichurri
  • Mushroom Pozole: pasilla, hominy, napa cabbage and raw onion
Rosalinda Toronto's Crispy Tofu and Rice Bowl

Tacos and Tostadas at Rosalinda Toronto

  • Chorizo Rojo Taco: poblano tomatillo salsa and cucumber pico de gallo
  • Jackfruit Pibil Taco: crispy taro root and slaw
  • Squash Barbacoa Taco: avocado, salsa borracha, radish and chicharron
  • Avocado Tostada: black beans, sunflower salsa macha, peanuts and pico de gallo
  • Roasted Cauliflower Tostada: sikil pak, almonds, herb salsa verde and pickled chilies
Rosalinda Toronto's Vegan Taco Platter
Rosalinda Toronto’s Vegan Taco Platter

Hearty Plates at Rosalinda

  • Tijuana-style Broccolini: grilled baby gem lettuce, jalapeno caper salsa, Caesar aioli and crispy garlic
  • Root Vegetables and Mole: seasonal Ontario vegetables served with mole
  • Roasted Eggplant: sunflower salsa macha, peanuts, pomegranate and cashew crema
  • Rosaburger: black bean patty, smoked eggplant chips, iceberg, avocado salsa and chipotle mayo.
Rosalinda Toronto's Roasted Eggplant
Rosalinda Toronto’s Roasted Eggplant

Brunch at Rosalinda Toronto

  • Spiced Churros: cinnamon sugar, chocolate banana caramel
  • Rosalinda Smoothie Bowlcoconut chia pudding, avocado cream, quinoa brittle, fresh fruit and frozen berries
  • Breakfast Tacos: zucchini tofu, cucumber pico, black bean purée and pasilla
  • Chilaquiles: with chorizo, cashew queso, salsa verde and avocado
  • Jackfruit Sope: white bean puree, iceberg lettuce, jalapeno escabeche and cashew cream
  • Banana French Toast: coconut whipped cream, maple syrup and fresh fruit
Rosalinda Toronto's Spiced Churros
Rosalinda Toronto’s Spiced Churros

Prix-Fixe Lunch at Rosalinda Toronto

Toronto’s best vegan Mexican restaurant also offers a three course prix-fixe lunch menu from Monday to Friday. Chef de Cuisine Matthew Ravenscroft presents a healthy lunch menu that focuses on quick, wholly satisfying lunches – that also happen to be vegan. The $23 prix-fixe menu allows power-lunchers in downtown Toronto to choose from a diverse set of vegan dishes.

Rosalinda Toronto Dining Room
The back dining room at Rosalinda Toronto

Private Events at Rosalinda

Rosalinda’s eye-popping interior and segmented spaces offers the perfect venue for cocktail receptions, bridal and baby showers, engagement parties and corporate events. The restaurant can accommodate private bookings for 20-270 guests, with a seated capacity of 140 people. With its open concept, multiple banquet areas, and marble-topped bar, Rosalinda Toronto offers an unforgettable space. For Toronto couples looking to share their nuptials in a jaw-dropping restaurant, Rosalinda can host an on-site ceremony for up to 150 people. If you’re looking to host a meat free party Rosalinda is one of the best vegan restaurants in Toronto to celebrate!

Rosalinda’s Hours of Operation

Open Daily 11am-11pm

Rosalinda Toronto Reservations

133 Richmond Street West, Toronto, 416-907-0650

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