Best Restaurants in Yorkville Toronto

Looking to dine out at the best restaurants in Yorkville, Toronto?

Our comprehensive guide to the Yorkville restaurant scene features our favourite romantic fine dining rooms, cute cafes, healthy vegan eateries, award winning steakhouses, stellar sushi joints, ice cream parlours and craft cocktail bars.

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History of Restaurants in Yorkville

Dobbernationloves sat down with Toronto’s favourite social columnist and author of the novel, Boldface Names, Shinan Govani to chat about the history of restaurants in Yorkville.

Govani shared, “long before there was a Nespresso, or a Whole Foods, or a STK Steak, there was a hood where young, still-undiscovered poets like Margaret Atwood would do readings at the long-gone Bohemian Embassy, and where the classic, equally nostalgia-giving Riverboat provided a stage to nascent talents like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. For those roaming about Yorkville in this age of hashtags and right-swiping, it might be entirely lost to them that in the 1960s, it really as a village unto itself – the Canadian counterpart to Greenwich and Haight-Ashbury!”

Govani continued, “still others cart memories of its second metamorphosis in the 80s and early 90s when Yuppies ran amok, and the area became a kind of a ground zero for the Bonfire of the Vanities era. Nudged  by increased film production in town, and the coinage of the term, Hollywood North, Yorkville turned into a celebrity fishbowl starring Mel Gibson, Rod Stewart, Cher and the like. The strengthening of TIFF – then called the Festival of Festivals – also gave the place a certain heat. On 9/11 – which actually happened during the fest, and when the world, and TIFF abruptly stopped – I have a vivid memory of being at the pool, where I watched Ben Kingsley do laps at the old Four Seasons!”

Govani met with celebrated interior designer Henry Liska who lived in Yorkville for decades, “he fondly remembers those years, and once told me: it was a time when “the Prince Arthur Room at the Park Plaza Hotel again hosted Toronto’s No. 1 power breakfast, anyone who wanted to be seen drank at the Four Season’s SRO, and anyone with the inclination to be bad went to Boa on Bellair Street.”

So how has Yorkville evolved into present day? Govani chirped, “that the area has gone through some dramatic changes is an understatement – but in some ways literally so. The shadows caused by development projects, and a skyline that inches higher and higher, the feeling of connect-ness and community has shifted. As someone who lives just on the cusp of Yorkville, it has sometimes struck me – especially walking through Yorkville on weekends – that a lot of people are either tourists, or those who have come from north of the city to what they think is Toronto, so it kind of feels like more of an existential idea of Toronto than actually Toronto.”

Ever wonder what chef put Yorkville on Toronto’s culinary map? “The restaurateur who really defined Yorkville in the 80s/90s and who I got to know towards the end of his life was Michael Carlevale, who once reigned over the extreme see-and-be-seen Preggo Della Piazza, in the courtyard next to the church where a Starbucks now looms (call the symbolism police!) His place was IT – especially during the Fest, and all year long, with socialites galore. He was the first restauranteur to grace the cover of Toronto Life magazine – a fact he often happily mentioned! At his funeral held about four years go – inside the very church beside his restaurant – it was a virtual kaleidoscope of older Yorkville faces,” said Govani.

And what shall we make of the Yorkville restaurants of present day? “Three restaurants that are currently in my regular Toronto rotation are in, or around, Yorkville: Brothers, Chabrol and Alobar Yorkville. Spots where I want to be! I could not have picked one, let alone three spots, five years ago. The pendulum is always swinging!” exclaimed Govani.

Looking for romantic restaurants in Yorkville? Step inside Sofia's luxurious dining room.
Looking for romantic restaurants in Yorkville? Step inside Sofia’s luxurious dining room.

Best Restaurants in Yorkville in Downtown Toronto

Are you a Toronto local looking for a tasty date night idea? Or perhaps you’re a tourist keen to eat your way through the city’s most luxurious neighbourhood. Our comprehensive guide to the best restaurants in Yorkville features the best places to eat near Yonge and Bloor.

Yorkville’s best restaurants don’t necessarily have to break the bank. While the neighbourhood is best known as the “Beverly Hills” of Toronto, Yorkville offers a wide selection of dining options that can satisfy any budget.

If you’re dressed to impress you’ll find a clutch of elegant dining rooms offering Italian, French and elevated Mediterranean dishes. Yorkville is also home to a delicious Thai and Laotian concept, Hong Kong-style dim sum, Japanese fusion, elegant Afternoon Tea and a British pub considered to serve one of the best burgers in Toronto.

Looking for a quick and casual fix? The Yorkville neighbourhood offers healthy grab and go vegetarian and vegan options, dining hall at an upscale grocery store and the city’s best okonomiyaki.

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Hotels Near Restaurants in Yorkville

If you’re looking to dine around Yorkville on holiday we suggest booking one of these local neighbourhood hotels.

  • The Andore House 3.5 STARS: This boutique hotel offers stylish guest rooms, bar and restaurant near Yonge and Bloor. Check Reviews
  • Windsor Arms Hotel 4 STARS: Yorkville’s best boutique hotel offers luxurious suites, cozy spa, fine dining restaurant and popular Afternoon Tea service. Check Reviews
  • Four Seasons Hotel 5 STARS: Ranked as one of Toronto’s most luxurious hotels, the Four Seasons flagship features chic suites, spa, cocktail bar and fine dining restaurant. Check Reviews
Alobar Yorkville offers an upscale date night dining room features cocktails and shared plates.
Alobar Yorkville offers an upscale date night dining room features cocktails and shared plates.

Alobar Yorkville

162 Cumberland St, 416-961-1222

Alobar Yorkville is a restaurant and bar that can be found tucked away along a pathway between Cumberland Street and Yorkville Avenue. It is located in the former space of Crème Brasserie.

The restaurant opened its doors in August 2018, as a sister property to Chef Patrick Kriss’s award-winning Alo, Bar Alo and Aloette. For those who have dined at Canada’s best restaurant, it feels like a full-scale version of the Bar at Alo.

Skip inside Alobar Yorkville and you’ll find a 50-seat chic, banquet-filled dining room designed to have three distinct spaces: a bar for walk ins, dining room with comfy banquette seating and a relaxed front lounge. Alobar is the first of Kriss’s Alo-empire to feature an outdoor patio, a big selling point for the popular Toronto chef.

While many local residents might consider it the best cocktail bar in Yorkville, its in fact a full-fledged restaurant. Glance through the Alobar menu and you’ll find a choice of raw items, fish and chops off the charcoal grill, classic pasta, seasonal sides and show-stopping desserts.

  • Aloette Wedge Salad: avocado, chive cream, wild rice
  • Ricotta Gnudi: parmesan, butter, chive
  • Wagyu Carpaccio: mustard, idiazabal cheese, caper
  • Beet Salad: hazelnut, meyer lemon, yogurt
  • Yellowfin Tuna: nicoise olive, prosciutto, pine nut
Restaurants in Yorkville: SKYLIGHT at the W Hotel Toronto offers a trendy rooftop patio serving Mediterranean fare.
Restaurants in Yorkville: SKYLIGHT at the W Hotel Toronto offers a trendy rooftop patio serving Mediterranean fare.

SKYLIGHT at W Hotel Toronto

90 Bloor St E, 416-515-2585

SKYLIGHT is a trendy rooftop patio at the W Hotel Toronto. It’s the second property in Canada to launch by the design-centric luxury brand since W Montreal.

The W Toronto first opened its doors in July, 2022. It’s the latest hotel to launch in Toronto’s fashion-forward Yorkville neighbourhood, a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Yonge and Bloor.

SKYLIGHT’s boho aesthetic overlooks Toronto’s iconic Bloor Street, embodying the provocative and artistic spirit of the 1960s hippie revolution in Yorkville. High top seating is complemented by some of the best city views alongside abundant plant life and greenery evoking biophilia. Pergolas covered in ivy-like greenery complete the setting and provide the perfect ambiance for invitation only and VIP receptions

The W Hotel Toronto’s rooftop patio has a stellar craft cocktail program, which is Vermouth and Amaro-centric. If you’re feeling peckish wag your finger down the menu and you’ll find a playful expression of the Mediterranean. The dishes are designed to be enjoyed as share plates, spanning Mezze & Spreads, Raw Bar, and Salatas & Tajines. 

Plan a romantic date night on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night to enjoy a clubby lounge vibe thanks to the hotel’s stellar DJ music program.

Writers Room Bar at Park Hyatt is a popular Yorkville restaurant with a view.
Writers Room Bar at Park Hyatt is a popular Yorkville restaurant with a view.

Writers Room Bar at Park Hyatt

4 Avenue Rd, 416-925-1234

Park Hyatt Toronto has been in its iconic location since 1999, a hotel since 1927 (previously Queen’s Park Plaza) and the best address in the city since the early 1930s. The re-imaged rooftop bar, Writers Room, opened in September 2021 when the hotel re-opened after a multi-year renovation. 

Skip through the hotel’s lobby in Yorkville and head straight to an elevator for the 17th floor.

Familiar Canadian such as Margaret Atwood and Farely Mowat, have all shared moments in the space, in fact, the Writers’ Union of Canada was formed at the Park Hyatt Toronto’s rooftop patio. The reimaged Writers Room Bar pays homage to this history where Canadian literature remains a core theme.

As guests stroll from the elevator to the Writers Room Bar the wall is outfitted with framed caricature drawings of some of Canada’s most notable authors.

Skip through the Writers Room Bar indoor dining area and find a comfy couch on the outdoor patio to sip cocktails and nibble on fancy snacks. The south-facing Writers Room rooftop patio has an unparalleled view of the entire city and iconic skyline of Toronto.

Writers Room pulls its inspiration from the changing fall colors, which can be seen in the glass installation above the bar and red velvet walls. 

Nassim Mehdi, Writers Room Manager shared, “The hotel partnered with Studio Munge, who’s team found inspiration in the Group of Seven who also drew from nature. We admired how they captured their surroundings within art, which is a pillar for Park Hyatt, and we evolved this concept into its design details such as carpet designs informed by autumn leaves, and Canadian-stone performing as expressive accents.”

Writers Room Bar cocktails are novel and composed of classic, approachable, and spirit-forward flavour profiles. Distinctive shareable plates feature familiar flavours for crave-worthy fare that pairs harmoniously with any libation. We suggest noshing on the Mini Park Burger, Croque Monsieur and Foie Gras Cream Puffs.

Restaurants in Yorkville: Trattoria Milano is the fine dining restaurant concept at Eataly.
Restaurants in Yorkville: Trattoria Milano is the fine dining restaurant concept at Eataly.

Trattoria Milano at Eataly

55 Bloor St W, 437-374-0250

Trattoria Milano is one of five restaurants located within Eataly Toronto, the flagship Canadian location of the international Italian company.

Eataly was first founded in Torino in 2007 by Oscar Farinetti as a space where guests could eat, shop, and learn about authentic Italian cuisine under one roof, and since then, has expanded to over 40 locations worldwide, including the flagship Canadian location in Yorkville at the Manulife Centre.

Rob Wing, Director of Store Operations at Eataly Toronto shared, “As a sister city of Toronto – sharing similar traits such as its multiculturalism, Milano felt like a natural connection as a dedication for our restaurant. At Trattoria Milano, we want to bring a little piece of Milano to Toronto through various aspects of the experience, from the northern Italian inspired cuisine to the extensive wine list featuring bottles from across Italy’s various regions to the art adorning the walls featuring Milanese artists.”

Trattoria Milano is the fine dining restaurant concept at Eataly Toronto. Skip inside the intimate trattoria and you’ll find seating for 64 guests. Comfy bench seating wraps around the exterior of the space, allowing the dining room’s central cocktail bar to impress guests as they arrive.

With a distinct style that combines old world Italian charm and the contemporary style of Milan, Trattoria Milano’s dining room combines a mid-century and modern atmosphere anchored by a marble bar visible right as guests walk into the space. Rich hues are found in every detail -from the deep brown of the wooden wine racks and the emerald green tiles to the striking array of spirits lining the bar. 

Art lovers visiting the restaurant will see a variety of prints adorning the walls from Italian artists such as Enzo Mari and Mimmo Paladino, as well as pieces like Enzo Mari’s Timor Calendar.  

“At Trattoria Milano our primary focus is to serve flavourful, authentic Italian cuisine from Lombardia – the region in which Milano is located – alongside dishes from the surrounding northern Italian regions. As with most northern Italian regions, Milanese cuisine is influenced by what grows in the surrounding land, which results in a heavier focus on meals made with rice, meats like beef and pork, and butter. We also do our best to bring together high-quality Italian products produced in the northern regions – such as DOK Dall’ava Prosciutto di San Daniele DOP Aged for 36 months, and wide variety of Lombardian cheeses – while also sourcing local, fresh products,” said Steven Spiewak, Executive Chef at Eataly Toronto.

Your can pair your pretty pasta with over 100 different wines and a curated house cocktail menu that emphasizes Italian spirits and aperitivo hour.

Adrak Yorkville is a fine dining Indian restaurant concept featured in the Toronto Michelin Guide.
Adrak Yorkville is a fine dining Indian restaurant concept featured in the Toronto Michelin Guide.

Adrak Yorkville

138 Avenue Rd, 416-413-0777

Adrak Yorkville is a fine dining restaurant showcasing regional Indian cuisine and craft cocktails on Avenue Road.

Owers Ambica and Madhu Jain are the heart and soul behind Adrak in Yorkville, which opened its doors in April, 2022.

Ambica Jain, owner of Adrak Yorkville shared, “The restaurant name was conceived 8 years ago, when we opened our first location in Richmond Hill. With Adrak (ginger) a fundamental element in Indian cooking, from both a medicinal and flavour perspective, we found Adrak was a great choice!”

The popular Indian restaurant in Yorkville features 1500 sq ft of luxurious and sumptuous interiors. The main dining room seats 90 guests while the Memsahibs private dining room accommodates 18.

The vibrant space was designed by Dialogue 38, welcoming diners with stylish and sophisticated design elements from around the world. The root of the design was from the history of South Asia and the elements that you could find in traditional settings such as furniture with cane and wood details from South India and custom fabrics and wallpapers sourced from India,” said Ambica.

Adrak Yorkville’s menus is unique in using rare ingredients inspired by different parts of India in signature menu items, including house spice blends like mustard seed paste, curry leaf oil and morel mushrooms.

“Our overall philosophy brings together several techniques from India and the Middle East. By sourcing the highest quality local ingredients with a focus on sustainable kitchen practices, we bring a fresh approach to authentic Indian recipes by combining old and new world thinking with innovative presentation,” shared Ambica.

Adrak is the perfect date night idea for those looking to sip creative cocktails in Yorkville. The cocktail menu begins with a map of India and features libations inspired by different regions and historical periods. You’ll find branded ice blocks made in house in addition to syrups featuring local ingredients like balsam fir, baby sorrel, and unique Indian ingredients like blue pea, oolong tea, star anise, and green apple kaffir lime cordial.

If it’s your first visit to Adrak Yorkville we recommend ordering signature dishes like Raan-E-Shahi, (a royal lamb delicacy), Patrani Macchi (a nod to Parsi cuisine) and Tandoori Gobi Chaat (a cauliflower dish that packs a memorable punch).

In September, 2022 Adrak Yorkville was honoured as a selected restaurant in Toronto’s first Michelin Guide. An amazing accomplishment for a restaurant that had only been open for 6 months!

Amal is a chic Lebanese restaurant overlooking Bloor Street in Yorkville.
Amal is a chic Lebanese restaurant overlooking Bloor Street in Yorkville.

Amal

131 Bloor St W 2nd Floor, 416-551-9929

Amal first opened its doors in Yorkville in August, 2020. It is located in the former French Bistro La Societe. In 2022 it was celebrated with a feature in the inaugural Toronto Michelin Guide!

Amal means hope. It was inspired by INK Entertainment Group’s founder and CEO Charles Khabouth’s Lebanese roots with the goal to provide an authentic dining experience that celebrates Lebanese culture, people and food. 

Skip up the spiral staircase to Amal from the hustle and bustle of Bloor Street and you’ll find a glowing restaurant interior that offers seating to 130 guests.

The building, ‘The Colonnade’, is thought to be one of the most prestigious retail addresses in Canada. It was designed by architect Gerald Robinson and opened in the early ‘60s as a mixed-use building, with offices, and residential and retail spaces included.

Amal Restaurant was designed by award-winning design firm Studio Munge. The restaurant was designed to be a modernized celebration and expression of Lebanese culture. It’s a bright space with bursts of colour and beautiful, traditional accents and fixtures. 

Design highlights include a hand-painted tapestry and murals on the ceiling and walls of the restaurant, as well as a semi-private dining table at the back of the restaurant, with a glass table on a mosaic floor, surrounded by golden shelving.

Amal’s Chef Rony Ghaleb brings more than 25 years of experience at some of Lebanon’s most renowned hospitality venues, including the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut, Sofitel Le Gabriel, Crowne Plaza Beirut and the luxurious Citea Apart Hotel. 

If it’s your first time visiting Amal we suggest ordering the restaurant’s signature dishes such as the Amal Hummus (filled with beef tenderloin and pomegranate), Truffle Rakakat and skewers of Kefta.

Restaurants in Yorkville For Beef Lovers: STK Toronto offers an elegant steakhouse vibe.
Restaurants in Yorkville For Beef Lovers: STK Toronto offers an elegant steakhouse vibe.

STK Toronto

153 Yorkville Ave, 416-613-9660

STK Toronto is ranked as one of the best restaurants in Yorkville for steak lovers. The popular steakhouse in Yorkville opened its doors in October 2016 in what was formerly the Four Seasons Hotel.

The restaurant’s luxurious dining room is located on the second floor and can accomodate 325 guests. STK Toronto can be enjoyed by diners in four distinct areas: a lounge, dining room and two private rooms.

Skip inside STK Toronto and you’ll find “the ultimate vibe dining experience,” featuring a high energy atmosphere that makes stuffy steakhouses a thing of the past. Huge swooping artistic white elements swirl from floor to ceiling. Embracing a fireplace area, the bar is outfitted with artwork imitating cow horns anchoring the table seating and carpeted booth area.

The raised back section is adorned with dark, plush carpet, large curved booths trimmed in rosewood, and white painted brick walls accented by fuchsia lighting. Dramatic, polished white archways are spread along the length of the upstairs, and the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Yorkville open to convert the 8,800 square foot restaurant into a giant, covered patio during the warmer months of the year.

STK’s Executive Chef Devin Murphy shared, “My cooking philosophy is to make every dish a star of the menu. While steaks anchor the menu at STK, we put just as much love and flavour into every single one of the dishes that leave our kitchen. The Dry-Aged Tomahawk, Bone-In Cowgirl Ribeye, Seafood Platters, Jalapeno Cheddar Grits and the Lobster Mac & Cheese are our most popular signature dishes.”

  • Heirloom Tomatoes: burrata, olive tapenade, garlic marjoram croutons, dried kalamata, olive oil
  • Seared Foie Gras: fruit compote, maple brown butter crumble, pear puree
  • Tuna Tartare: avocado, soy honey emlusion, taro chips
  • Braised Beef Short Rib: jalapeno cheddar grits, roasted pepper relish, crispy shallots, red wine glaze
  • Butternut Squash Fregola Risotto: mixed mushrooms, roasted pine nuts, pecorino, shaved truffle
The Pilot has one of the best rooftop patios in Yorkville.
The Pilot has one of the best rooftop patios in Yorkville.

The Pilot

22 Cumberland St, 416-923-5716

The Pilot first opened in 1944 as The Pilot Grill at its original location 800 Yonge Street, just north of Bloor. In 1972 The Pilot moved to its current location at 22 Cumberland Street.

The name of the bar was a tip of the cap to the heroic RCAF flyers of World War II. With its rich history and being one of the local hangouts during the early bustling Yorkville days the current owners (who purchased it in ‘87) vowed to retain the essence of what made The Pilot a truly great Toronto bar while also introducing some new traditions. In 1993 The Flight Deck opened, a Toronto rooftop patio with The Pilot’s trademark laid-back vibe and a new ingredient: sunshine.

Take a trip up to The Flight Deck and you’ll find a spacious rooftop patio with a capacity of 180. The bar top sits on the east side of the patio with views out to the south and west into Yorkville. There are retractable awnings on the rooftop that keep out the rain and opens up fully for the sunshine. The space, awnings and heaters – for those chilly nights – makes it one of the most sought after rooftop patios in Toronto. A new ‘winter wall’ was recently installed for the colder months that allows The Flight Deck to operate all year.

The Flight Deck stays in tune with The Pilot’s aviation theme. A modern sleek look with a stainless steel bar and panelling, aluminum cast patio furniture and exposed steel structure, with colour highlights of grey tones and royal blue.

The Pilot has always had a laid back style that contrast Yorkville’s upscale tendency. The beverage program reflects that; a once self described gin bar, The Pilot has 17 draft lines varying in craft, local and imports as well as an array of seasonal and classic cocktails.

Chef Scott Evans’ menu offers pub-style food items with local favourites including the Patty Melt (which has been on the menu since 1949), nachos, wings, and burgers.

Best Restaurants in Yorkville for a power lunch: Trattoria Nervosa
Best Restaurants in Yorkville for a power lunch: Trattoria Nervosa

Trattoria Nervosa

75 Yorkville Ave, 416-961-4642

Celebrated Toronto restaurateur Janet Zuccarini first opened Trattoria Nervosa in Yorkville in June, 1996.

The little yellow house (which dates back to the 1800s) sits perched on Yorkville and Bellair and is known for serving some of the city’s best Southern Italian food.

The restaurant’s longevity, and the fact that people still wait in line for lunch, is a testament to Trattoria Nervosa’s quality cuisine and stellar service. It also helps that celebs like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Drake, the Jonas Brothers and Jamie Foxx have been spotted here.

Trattoria Nervosa has a street-level and rooftop patio, both offering prime views of the adjacent Yorkville action. The street-level patio is lined by flower boxes and protected by a striped awning, while upstairs, has romantic seating with southern-Italian charm in the heart of Yorkville. 

Zuccarini’s father immigrated from Italy in the 50s, bringing with him the first espresso machine to Canada. He started his own importing business and from an early age, Janet would help him sell espresso machines to restaurants and cafes across the city. Janet spent a handful of years studying business in Rome, and further falling in love with food and travel.

If you’re visiting for a Toronto rooftop power lunch in Yorkville we suggest winking at the bartender and ordering an Italian wine, G & T or Spritz cocktails.

Two of the most popular dishes at Trattoria Nervosa are the famous Cavolo Nero Insalata and Mafalde ai Funghi pasta.

Buca Yorkville is ranked as one of the best restaurants in Canada.
Buca Yorkville is ranked as one of the best restaurants in Canada.

Buca Yorkville

53 Scollard Street, 416-962-2822

Buca Yorkville is ranked as one of the best Italian restaurants in Toronto. Located a stones throw from the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel, the chic restaurant specializes in inventive and traditional Italian dishes.

The restaurants sleek interior features an industrial chandelier, posh white marble bar, and a steel wine rack that shows off the sommelier’s favourite labels.

Skip through the dining room and you’ll find contemporary furnishings, including high tops and tables that accommodate 90 diners at a time. Buca Yorkville also offers a semi-private room, which can serve a celebratory crowd of 12. If you’re keen to impress on a romantic date make sure to reserve one of the half dozen seats at the chef’s table, perched over an open kitchen.

Buca restaurant’s Yorkville location takes diners on a coastal vacation, adventuring through dreamy Italian destinations such as the Amalfi Coast. Chef Rob Gentile’s menu offers a broad selection of fresh seafood, including house made salmi di mare. It also features Buca’s trademark al dente pastas and vintage scissor snipped thin-crust pizzas.

  • Crostini e Burrata: toasted ciabatta with burrata cheese, organic olive oil and trout roe
  • Branzino: raw sea bass from cyprus carved table side, finished with prosecco and lemon
  • Spaghetti alla Carbonara: spaghetti rummo from benevento with pancetta, pecorino romano, hen’s egg yolk, black pepper
  • Filetto di Bisonte: alberta bouvry farm bison tenderloin, seasonal mushrooms, saffron infused milk, ragu bianco, dill
  • Scamorza Pizza: smoked mozzarella, salumi di buca, pepperoncini, roasted scallions
Bar Reyna is one of the best Mediterranean restaurants in Yorkville.
Bar Reyna is one of the best Mediterranean restaurants in Yorkville.

Bar Reyna

158 Cumberland St, 647-748-4464

Bar Reyna is the thoughtfully realized restaurant dream of Toronto food writer Nicki Laborie. Many will recognize Laborie for launching View the Vibe, a local online publication that tantalized tastebuds with foodie vlogs and movie trailer-style restaurant reviews.

Reyna means queen in Spanish, offering a playful homage to strong, powerful and inspiring women. Laborie explained, “At the time, many Toronto restaurants felt very masculine. So I wanted to create something unique and feminine – somewhere I would want to hang out.”

Laborie was able to make her dream a reality when Caren’s Wine Bar in Yorkville went up for sale. Bar Reyna took over the space by offering an enchanting restaurant makeover. The founder of View the Vibe worked alongside Solid B Design to ensure the restaurant’s vibe was Instagram-worthy.

Laborie described Bar Reyna’s unique spaces, “Upstairs is very Moroccan inspired featuring dark red and cognac and beautiful gold light fixtures. It’s the place where people want to be in the winter because of its cozy vibe. The main room had to represent royalty, because of the name. So we chose purple and royal green as the colour scheme with lots of gold and brass accents. The back patio was designed to take you outside of Toronto and into the Mediterranean – even when it’s -20 degrees outside. In the winter, we have the roof closed and heaters going while in the summer, the ceiling opens up to see the trees blooming overhead.”

Chef Andres Salomon manages the Bar Reyna menu, which finds its inspirations in flavours from Lebanon, Portugal, Spain and Greece. Bar Reyna’s signature dish is a testament to Laborie’s goal of offering a dining experience that sits outside of the box. Endless plates of Lamb Baklava parade outside of the kitchen, offering a sweet meets savoury spin on the traditional Mediterranean pastry.

Fans can also find Bar Reyna at Assembly Chefs Hall and on King Street East.

  • Laughing Bird Shrimp Fennel Salad: blood orange, dill, mint, cilantro
  • Lamb Shank Baklava: kataifi, lamb shank, saffron, burnt honey aioli
  • Lebanese Tacos: housemade flatbreads, spiced chicken or falafel, garlic aioli, lebanese pickles, turkish salsa, crispy onions
  • Cornish Hen Skewer: sous vide and grilled cornish hen, black olive tapenade
  • Moroccan Grilled Short Ribs: ras al hanout, pickled caper leaves, sourdough
Restaurants in Yorkville: Enjoy craft cocktails and refined Italian dishes in Sofia's chic dining room.
Restaurants in Yorkville: Enjoy craft cocktails and refined Italian dishes in Sofia’s chic dining room.

Sofia Restaurant

99 Yorkville Ave, 416-479-8974

Located tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Yorkville Avenue, Sofia Restaurant is a romantic Italian restaurant by Charles Khabouth and Danny Soberano of INK Entertainment.

Sofia Restaurant in Yorkville first opened its doors in May, 2018. The concept stemmed from Khabouth’s vision to redefine the concept of the supper club and give it a contemporary creative twist.

Skip inside Sofia Restaurant and you’ll encounter a jaw-dropping 64-seat bar offering a craft cocktail program by resident mixologist Nishan Nepulangoda. The spacious dining room seats 150 guests and was designed by Studio Munge. Take a tour and you’ll find pillars wrapped in floor to ceiling mirrors, custom-made Murano glass chandeliers designed by Barovier & Toso and artwork from Taglialatella Galleries as well as Charles Khabouth’s and Danny Soberano’s personal art collections.

Wag your finger through the Sofia Restaurant menu and you’ll find Italian decadence at every turn. The Italian menu features a selection of crudo, antipasti, handmade pasta, fresh seafood and succulent steaks.

Favourite dishes includes creamy burrata, Tuscan pici, plump wild king prawns and crispy breaded veal accompanied by a zingy lemon caper sauce.

  • Carciofi Fritti: crisp baby artichokes, ricotta cheese, orange blossom honey, lemon
  • Agnolotti al Tartufo: chanterelles, hazelnuts, ricotta, black truffle
  • Pici ala Toscana: beef and pork ragu, chili, parmigiano reggiano, pangrattato
  • Gamberetti: wild king prawn, basil, chili, lemon
  • Cotoletta alla Milanese: breaded veal, lemon, tomatoes, caper, arugula
Enjoy Japanese croissants at Hazukido Yorkville.
Enjoy Japanese croissants at Hazukido Yorkville.

Hazukido Yorkville 

1200 Bay St, 416-413-1888

Hazukido is an international pastry chain specializing in eye-popping Japanese croissants. The popular bakery headquartered in Taiwan now has over 200 locations around the world. 

Aidan Nguyen and John Nguyen launched Hazukido Yorkville in July, 2022. 

Visit the cozy Japanese bakery in Yorkville and you’ll find seating in an open concept cafe for 20 people. 

Made with 64 layers of imported European butter and dough crafted from fine Japanese wheat flour, the Euro-Asian croissants at Hazukido are available in over a dozen unique flavours. 

Feeling savoury? Order the truffle crab, golden cheese or salted egg yolk. Our favourite sweet croissant flavours include raspberry panna cotta, caramel custard and deluxe chocolate.

The Yorkville restaurant is probably most famous for its “croffle,” croissants that are pressed into a waffle shape and dipped in a variety of flavours (white chocolate, dark chocolate, matcha) or served with ice cream (cookies and cream, mango, vanilla). 

Pair your flaky pastry with specialty cold brew coffee, unique handcrafted lattes, iced espresso beverages, milk tea and other tea beverages or sparking refreshers.

Restaurants in Yorkville: Kasa Moto serves trendy fusion Japanese dishes.
Restaurants in Yorkville: Kasa Moto serves trendy fusion Japanese dishes.

Kasa Moto

115 Yorkville Ave, 647-348-7000

Located a stones throw from Yorkville’s star-studded Hazelton Hotel, Kasa Moto is a sprawling two-story contemporary Japanese restaurant and lounge which opened in Toronto’s poshest neighbourhood in the Spring of 2015.

Kasa Moto is a 410-seat restaurant housed in the former Remy’s space featuring artistic works that pay homage to Japan such as a bright bloom of cherry blossoms and gorgeous geisha portrait duo. When the weather is warm Toronto’s fashion-forward foodies can be seen on the restaurant’s coveted rooftop terrace sipping sake spiked cocktails.

Kasa Moto’s lengthy menu from Montreal’s Chef Antonio Park is organized into hot plates, rice and noodles, robata, sushi and larger entree selections such as wagyu steaks and whole grilled fish.

  • Lobster Gyoza Tacos:wasabi, radish slaw, lemon chili dressing
  • Spicy Salmon Tartare & Crispy Rice: shallot, scallion, unagi sauce
  • Soft Shell Crab Maki: avocado, tobiko, soy glaze and wasabi sour cream
  • Wagyu Beef Steamed Buns: ontario cheddar, tomatoes, teriyaki
  • Maple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes: sour cream, jalapeno, almonds
Cafe Landwer is a popular Jewish brunch restaurant at Yonge and Bloor.
Cafe Landwer is a popular Jewish brunch restaurant at Yonge and Bloor.

Cafe Landwer

33 Bloor St E, 416-499-9942

Located perched over Bloor Street, Cafe Landwer is technically Yorkville-adjacent. It’s one of the neighbourhoods most popular brunch restaurants, open daily until 11pm.

Cafe Landwer first launched in Berlin in 1919 and then later opened concepts in Israel and Canada. While the Jewish restaurant is best known as a brunch spot, it also offers healthy Middle Eastern fare and Italian pastas.

In the summer months the chic sidewalk patio is the place to sip an early morning cappuccino with a thick slice of chocolate babka.

Over lunch and dinner we suggest ordering Cafe Landwer’s Shawarma Plate features pickles, fresh salad and creamy hummus.

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Figures is the best of the restaurants in Yorkville for comic book fans and cocktail lovers.
Figures is the best of the restaurants in Yorkville for comic book fans and cocktail lovers.

Figures Restaurant

137 Avenue Rd, 416-900-1022

The facade at Figures is decorated with VIP red velvet ropes and after stepping into a petite front room you’ll find yourself gawking up and down at a wall covered in comic books. Once you’ve finished eyeing everything, a friendly hostess presses a massive button and the wall snaps open, revealing a secret doorway into the restaurants playful dining room.

The 2,000 square foot, 80-seat space was designed by Toronto-based Prototype Design Lab, who worked collaboratively with the owners and local artists to commission pieces characterized by vintage comic and cartoon character motifs. With a DJ booth resting at the bar, Figures’ guests can easily enjoy a delicious dinner before the space transforms into a hip nightlife haunt.

Start your evening perched up at the bar as cocktail wizards whip together a choir of flower, foam and flaming fruit tipples. Once you’re feeling peckish grab a seat in the dining room, preferably under the massive faux Time magazine cover featuring the one and only blonde bombshell Barbie.

Chef Stratton’s always-evolving menu features seasonal, ingredient-based sharing plates which pay homage to his childhood and reflects his experiences working in Bermuda, Alberta and Muskoka.

  • Hot and Cold Popcorn: de arbol chili, bourbon caramel
  • Merguez Pogo Sticks: maple syrup, mustard
  • Soft Shell Crab: corn, poblano
  • Quail: apricot, coffee
  • Doughnuts: lime, coconut, blueberry
The One Eighty restaurant offers the best views over Yorkville.
The One Eighty restaurant offers the best views over Yorkville.

The One Eighty

55 Bloor St W 51st Floor, 416-967-0000

The One Eighty sits on the 51st Floor of the Manulife Centre. For years the space was known as Panorama, a popular spot for tourists and local lovers to take in one of the dreamiest views of the city. The Yorkville restaurant rebranded and relaunched itself, now offering a more chic interior and robust food and beverage menu.

The black and white decked out dining room features a sweeping bar, posh golden chandeliers and ceiling to floor windows offering brilliant views of the city. This central space is flanked by an intimate private dinning room, found tucked behind the bar and lovely lounge, outfitted with cream-noir couch duo and funky side-tables topped with stacks of fashion and design mags.

A quick glance through the Yorkville restaurant’s main menu and one can spot a host of trendy dishes: fish tacos, sour cherry adorned chicken and waffles, pea flecked risotto and decadent peanut butter chocolate tart.

  • The One Eighty Pizza: sun dried tomato pesto, scamorza, pickled shallot, fried Italian parsley
  • Orecchiette: bomba pepper sauce, sun dried tomato, asiago, rapini, basil
  • Seafood Risotto: PEI mussels, tiger shrimp, bay scallops, Bsmoked tomato
  • Beef Short Ribs: bordelaise sauce, smoked bacon, sweet potato, porcini mushrooms
  • Brisket Burger: brie, caramelized onions, arugula, aioli, duck fat fries
Morton's is Yorkville's iconic steakhouse.
Morton’s is Yorkville’s iconic steakhouse.

Morton’s Steakhouse

4 Avenue Rd, 416-925-0648

Morton Steakhouse co-founders Arnie Morton and Klaus Fritsch first met in Montreal when they worked at the Playboy Club. In 1978 the duo would open their first steakhouse concept in Chicago and now three decades later have a portfolio of 70 restaurants which consistently offer the creme de la creme in juicy beef and wine sloshed feasts.

Toronto has played home to Morton’s for nearly 15 years, initially opening when the Toronto International Film Festival called Yorkville its party playground. Adored by Hollywood celebrities, past visitors include Russell Crow, Michael Douglas, Robin Williams, Liam Neeson and Brad Pitt with his darling Angelina.

Morton Steakhouse Toronto is located near the Park Hyatt Hotel on Avenue Road. Highlights from the Yorkville steakhouse menu include Jumbo Shrimp Alexander, Tuna Tacos, Chicago Style Prime Bone-In Ribeye and Chicken Christopher with Garlic Beurre Blanc.


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Windsor Arms Hotel has a tradition of serving Afternoon Tea in Yorkville.
Windsor Arms Hotel has a tradition of serving Afternoon Tea in Yorkville.

Afternoon Tea at Windsor Arms Hotel

18 St Thomas St, 416-971-9666

The Windsor Arms Hotel offers one of the best restaurants in Yorkville for afternoon tea lovers. Skip inside the iconic luxury boutique hotel in Toronto and you’ll find a parade of loose leaf lovers relaxing in a series of elegant Tea Rooms. Windsor Arms High Tea is enjoyed daily on the hotel’s main floor, located a short skip from the luxurious lobby.

The main Tea Room is painted a rich purple, featuring a cozy fireplace and mantel. The historic fireplace was part part of the Windsor Arms original design from the 1920s and in the winter still keeps guests warm. The lush purple room is actually the romantic space where Richard Burton proposed, for the second time, to Elizabeth Taylor in 1967!

Across the hotel’s lobby you’ll find two tea salons, which are often booked at for larger private parties. The more discreet and hidden spaces are a perfect spot for celebrities or high rollers to rest and relax while sipping Earl Grey and nibbling on crustless cucumber sandwiches.

Since 1927, High Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel has been the destination for discerning guests keen to indulge in the indulgent British culinary tradition. Windsor Arms offers a premium selection of loose leaf teas.

Each guest enjoying Windsor Arms High Tea is given their own pretty pot to pour and three-tiered tray to nibble with glee. If you’re in a celebratory mood you can upgrade your High Tea experience with a glass of Prosecco, Sherry, Chardonnay or Rose. Gluten-free menus are available with 24 hours notice.

Restaurants in Yorkville For Pub Fans: The Oxley Public House serves one of Toronto's best burgers.
Restaurants in Yorkville For Pub Fans: The Oxley Public House serves one of Toronto’s best burgers.

The Oxley Public House

121 Yorkville Ave, 647-348-1300

Of all the restaurants in Yorkville, The Oxley Public House is the best bet for British pub fans. The Oxley Public House is brought to you by the same team behind The Queen and Beaver, both of which have been ranked year after year as the best pubs in Toronto.

The Oxley first opened its doors in the Spring of 2012 on Yorkville Avenue. Skip inside and you’ll see The Oxley is a bit more sophisticated than its sister property. Owners Jamieson Kerr and Chef Andrew Carter have swapped the sport loving vibe at The Queen and Beaver to cater to Yorkville’s classy clientele.

Yorkville’s best pub offers a cozy interior featuring explored brick walls painted white, gold framed mirrors, friendly bar and intimate dining room. Tuck into the bar for a casual business lunch or date night and you’ll find a menu that pays homage to authentic English dishes.

The Oxley and Queen and Beaver share one popular menu item, a hand chopped burger muddled with bone marrow. It’s regularly ranked as one of the best burgers in Toronto.

  • Welsh Rabbit On Sourdough
  • Salmon Gravlax: buttermilk pancake, beetroot-basil tapenade
  • Hand Chopped Burger: chips and house ketchup
  • Fish & Lobster Pie: buttered garden peas
  • Ontario Rabbit: tarragon gnocchi, smoked porcini cream
Cafe Boulud is a French restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.
Cafe Boulud is a French restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

Cafe Boulud at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

60 Yorkville Ave, 416-963-6000

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is proud to have its flagship property towering over Toronto in the heart of Yorkville. The city was buzzing when the hotel first opened its doors, eagerly anticipating Cafe Boulud.

Michelin star Chef Daniel Boulud is known as an iconic restauranteur in New York City, dazzling Manhattan with his upscale French fare. Chef Boulud has now opened a parade of restaurants around the globe that bare his name, from Singapore to Miami and Ritz Carlton Montreal’s own Maison Boulud.

Cafe Boulud at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto was initially launched as a glamorous French affair, featuring walls decked out in edgy art by Mr. Brainwash. When management realized the concept didn’t seem to stick with what Yorkville diners wanted, the restaurant was given a makeover from top to bottom.

Today, Cafe Boulud at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto offers a more casual approach to the French brasserie. The revamped interior showcases a mid-century design aesthetic featuring banquettes upholstered in tweed and leather, brass accents and herringbone Hermes wallpaper.

Chef Daniel Boulud’s menu has also enjoyed a refresh, now featuring excellent charcuterie, chilled seafood platters and succulent steaks.

  • Crispy Pork Belly: brown butter, onion soubise, cabbage, apple slaw
  • Charcuterie Board: chef’s selection of pâtés and terrines pickles, toasted sourdough
  • Crevettes: five poached wild white shrimp, avocado, horseradish cocktail sauce
  • Confit de Canard: duck leg confit, foie gras, farro fennel, pomegranate, carrot purée
  • Prime Strip Loin: brussels sprouts, squash, celeriac, choice of béarnaise or bordelaise
Museum Tavern is the best restaurant in Yorkville near the Royal Ontario Museum.
Museum Tavern is the best restaurant in Yorkville near the Royal Ontario Museum.

Museum Tavern

208 Bloor St W, 416-920-0110

Looking for restaurants in Yorkville near the Royal Ontario Museum?

Museum Tavern opened its doors in 2012 by brothers Glen and Kyle Kristenbrun. If its name is any indication, the popular tavern in Yorkville is located across from Toronto’s best museum.

Skip inside the second floor Museum Tavern dining room and you’ll find black and white checkered floors, glass lamps that float along the tin ceiling, dark wood paneling and tufted leather banquets.

Museum Tavern is the perfect restaurant to enjoy a casual lunch or early dinner in Yorkville after spending several hours marching through the ROM. The restaurant’s patio boasts one of the best views over the Royal Ontario Museum, Philosopher’s Walk and Royal Conservatory of Music.

The kitchen offers twists on classic American fare while the bar serves up freshly muddled cocktails such as oak aged Old Fashioned and Peach Cobbler.

  • Creole Crab Cakes: remoulade, parsley, pickled onion
  • Truffled Mushroom Perogies: bacon, caramelized onions, sour cream
  • Tavern Chop: chicken, bacon, aged cheddar, egg, avocado, tomato, corn, cucumber, red onion, ranch dressing
  • Shrimp Po’Boy: organic laughing bird shrimp, lettuce, onion, pickle, remoulade
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken: 24 hr. brine, spicy jalepeno slaw, pickle, adobo mayo
One Restaurant is Chef Mark McEwan's culinary concept at The Hazelton Hotel.
One Restaurant is Chef Mark McEwan’s culinary concept at The Hazelton Hotel.

One Restaurant at The Hazelton Hotel

116 Yorkville Ave, 416-961-9600

Chef Mark McEwan’s One Restaurant at The Hazelton Hotel is an icon in Yorkville’s see-and-be-seen restaurant scene. The boutique luxury hotel has played home to scores of celebrities including Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Clive Owen and Ben Affleck.

During the first two weeks of September when the Toronto International Film Festival descends upon the city, paparazzi and celeb sleuths can be found standing in front of the main entrance in hopes of spotting Hollywood A-listers. During the warmer months of the year, One Restaurant’s spacious patio fills with fancy frocks and slick suits.

One Restaurant is the place to see and be seen in Yorkville. Blinged-out regulars rest and relax here while sipping on craft cocktails and nibbling on a parade of pretty plates. Chef Mark McEwan’s menu at One Restaurant features classic French and Italian flavours, prepared with fresh and local Ontario produce.

  • Lobster Spoons: Nova Scotia lobster tail and vermouth butter
  • Korean Chicken Tacos: gochujang, napa slaw, sesame ginger aioli and avocado
  • Veal Ricotta Meatballs: creamy polenta, marinara, bomba and Pecorino Romano
  • Truffled Chicken Supreme: spun potato, Brussels slaw, heirloom squash caponata and natural jus
  • Hudson Valley Duck Breast: Parisian gnocci, heirloom squash, blackberry preserve and spiced jus
Koko Share Bar offers playful Korean and Japanese dishes.
Koko Share Bar offers playful Korean and Japanese dishes.

Koko Share Bar

81 Yorkville Ave, 416-850-6135

Looking for restaurants in Yorkville that serve inspiring Korean flavours?

Koko Share Bar opened in 2010, offering an upscale contemporary take on Korean cuisine in Yorkville. The subterranean space is open for lunch and dinner and is famous for offering shareable Japanese and Korean platters.

The cozy interior features wooden tables and a petite, though the wide windows out front ensure ample lighting. Minimalists white and black portraits hang on the wall while fresh flowers add a sweet perfume to the space.

The Koko Share Bar menu is divided between sushi/sashimi and Korean dishes. Chef Shin Aoyama studied under Vancouver sushi master Hidekazu Tojo so we do suggest ordering a few delicate slices of sashimi. If you’re keen on Korean flavours, grab your chopsticks and pinch through spicy kimchi, jap chae noodles and galbi grilled short ribs.

  • Beef Shabu Shabu Salad: strips of ribeye steak, onion, arugula, ponzu balsamic and sesame dressing
  • Korean Spicy Crispy Cauliflower: topped with green onion and sesame seeds
  • BBQ Kalbi Roll: grilled beef short rib, garlic stem
  • Jap Chae: stir-fried sweet potato crystal noodle with assorted vegetables
  • Spicy Seafood Bouillabaisse Hot Pot: black cod broth, mussels, tiger prawns, scallop, vegetables, tofu
Wish is one of the best restaurants near Yonge and Bloor.
Wish is one of the best restaurants near Yonge and Bloor.

Wish Restaurant

3 Charles St E, 416-935-0240

Wish restaurant is located on Charles Street, a short walk from the bustling intersection of Yonge and Bloor.

Step inside the South Beach-inspired restaurant and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a Caribbean resort. The warm interior features whitewashed walls and comfy couches topped with plump pillows.

Wish Restaurant in Yorkville has mastered the art of early morning brunch as well as late night cocktail hour. The kitchen focuses on serving Canadian comfort food featuring plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. During the cool winter months the petite patio is heated, making it one of the best restaurants in Yorkville to eat outdoors year round.

The menu offers an assortment of swanky snacks including tartare, prosecco poached pear salad and mussels steamed in dry cider. There’s always a house made pasta and vegan bowl but Wish Restaurant’s signature is its burger menu. You’re spoilt for burger options thanks to classic beef, turkey, salmon, lamb and a vegetarian black bean served with alfalfa and roasted garlic jam.

  • Mussels and Frites: dry cider, cream, scallions, tarragon
  • Warm Lentil Salad: mushrooms, root vegetables, radicchio, hazelnuts, shallots, honey vinaigrette
  • Tomahawk Pork Chop: cider bacon glaze, mint, snap pea risotto
  • Turkey Burger: radicchio, salsa verde, tomato, smoked provolone
  • Gnocchi: shortrib ragu, fried sage
L'Espresso Bar Mercurio serves one of Yorkville's best brunch menus.
L’Espresso Bar Mercurio serves one of Yorkville’s best brunch menus.

L’Espresso Bar Mercurio

321 Bloor St W, 416-585-2233

Looking for the best restaurant near the Bata Shoe Museum?

L’Espresso Bar Mercurio is a classic Italian coffee house located on the ground floor of the University of Toronto’s Woodsworth College. Local java junkies rank L’Espresso Bar Mercurio as one of the best cafes in Toronto. Wag your finger down the Yorkville restaurants coffee menu and you’ll find roasts from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Indonesia and Brazil.

The restaurant’s penchant for quality coffee makes it one of the best restaurants in Yorkville to indulge in weekend brunch. The all-day menu features pressed panini, fresh salads and breakfast classics such as French Toast, Eggs Benedict, granola and pancakes.

  • Chorizo Sausage Frittata: 3 egg frittata, chorizo sausage, mushroom, brie cheese, roasted potatoes, arugula and tomato salad, focaccia
  • Ricotta Pancakes: ricotta cheese, wild berry compote, Ontario maple syrup
  • Eggs Avocado: 2 poached eggs, multigrain toast, tomato, cucumber and bocconcini bruschetta, house fries
  • Eggs Benedict: Smoked salmon or black forest ham, medium poached eggs & roasted herb potatoes on ciabatta with a herb hollandaise sauce
  • L’Espresso Chicken Cutlet Panino: chicken Breast, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, basil on baguette
Best Restaurants in Yorkville: Hemingway's is an iconic New Zealand-inspired pub featuring 4 patios!
Best Restaurants in Yorkville: Hemingway’s is an iconic New Zealand-inspired pub featuring 4 patios!

Hemingway’s

142 Cumberland St, 416-968-2828

Boasting 3 bars, 4 patios, 24 draught beers on tap and countless screens for sports enthusiasts, Hemingway’s is the best of the Yorkville restaurants for merry drinking and a bar bites.

The 4-floor Kiwi-inspired bar and restaurant concept opened in 1980 and is now a Toronto institution, thanks to New Zealand owners Martin McSkimming and Daimin Bodnar.

Skip inside Hemingway’s and you’ll see the space is decorated with road signs from New Zealand, kiwi-bird trinkets and framed jerseys from an Australian football club. The space can hold a whooping 500+ on its busiest day, including 3 private dining rooms with seating for 140, 60 or 56 guests.

Wag your finger down Chef Gus Antoine’s Hemingway’s menu and you’ll discover classic brunch staples, late night nibbles, kid-friendly portions and epic platters for sharing with friends.

  • Buffalo Chicken Poutine: chicken fingers tossed in buffalo hot sauce, poutine, ranch dressing, green onion
  • Kiwi Lamb Burger: 8oz New Zealand spring lamb, egg bun, goat cheese, mint jelly, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle
  • Famous Fajitas: sizzling platter of green and red peppers, sweet onions, lettuce, cheddar, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, flour tortillas
  • Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich: gouda cheese, lettuce, tomato, lemon garlic aioli
  • Jambalaya: chicken breast, hot Italian sausage, jumbo shrimp, red and green peppers, rice, creole sauce
Restaurants in Yorkville: Constantine has a rooftop patio at Yonge and Bloor.
Restaurants in Yorkville: Constantine has a rooftop patio at Yonge and Bloor.

Constantine

15 Charles St E, 647-475-4436

The Anndore House is a luxury boutique hotel located just south of Yonge and Bloor near Yorkville. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Constantine, features a beautiful rooftop patio in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Constantine restaurant’s name pays homage to the chef’s Mediterranean menu, named after the Roman Empire’s rule over Constantinople.

Constantine’s rooftop restaurant and bar first opened in 2018 and seats 40 guests. The al fresco dining space faces east overlooking George Hislop Park.

It’s a popular perch in Yorkville to enjoy happy hour, which is served 4-6pm. Constantine’s rooftop patio is open Thursday-Saturday and is a popular space to host private events.

Once a month the restaurant’s food and beverage team partner with an spirit or wine agency to host curated dinner and drink pairing ticketed events.

Wag your finger down the Constantine Rooftop Patio menu and you’ll find a celebration of Mediterranean cuisine by celebrated Chef Craig Harding (La Palma). Locals love Chef Harding’s Canestri Arrabbiata, Beef Kofta Flatbread and Beverly Creek Lamb Burger.

Summer's Ice Cream is the best parlour in Yorkville.
Summer’s Ice Cream is the best parlour in Yorkville.

Summer’s Ice Cream

101 Yorkville Ave, 416-944-2637

Yorkville’s best scoops can be found at Summer’s Ice Cream, a subterranean space on Yorkville Avenue. Owners Ron and Lianne Tokey manage the popular ice cream parlour, which now offers its creative flavours in tubs at grocery stories.

Ron describes the story behind the name, “it was inspired by Helka’s brother Shukry Regepovich who started an ice cream store called Sweet Memories in Victoria, British Columbia.”

Summer’s Ice Cream originally opened its doors in 1984, “There were very few scoop shops in the area serving superior quality, homemade ice cream and so Summer’s was established to fill a void in the parlour space,” says Ron.

All of Summer’s Ice Cream flavours are made in house. The most popular flavours are Toronto Pothole, Almond Butter Toffee and Mango Raspberry Sorbet. They also scoop vegan frozen desert made from coconut cream and refreshing dairy sorbets.

Restaurants in Yorkville: Okonomi House serves the best okonomiyaki in Toronto.
Restaurants in Yorkville: Okonomi House serves the best okonomiyaki in Toronto.

Okonomi House

23 Charles St W, 416-925-6176

For those who have visited the Kansai region of Japan (Nara, Kyoto, Osaka) you’re likely to have come across okonomiyaki.

The region is famous for serving regional versions of the popular Japanese pancake. Travel from Kyoto to Osaka and you’ll find the region’s popular dish varies in preparation from city to city. Okonomiyaki is considered Japan’s version of the pizza, and literally translates to “as you like it.” Okonomiyaki are most often served at beer-sloshed izakaya’s and are listed as one of the best late night eats for those who have spent all night bar hopping. Diners have the opportunity to dress their Japanese pancake with the toppings of their choice, which can range from smokey bacon to fresh squid.

Okonomi House is Toronto’s only restaurant specializing in okonomiyaki and has been a favourite for in-the-know foodies in Yorkville for years. Located a stones throw from the Manulife Centre, it’s our favourite spot to grab a cheap lunch or dinner before heading to a screening at Varsity Theatre.

Skip inside Okonomi House and you’ll find a cozy dining room overlooking a glassed in open kitchen. You can watch expert Japanese chefs flipping Japanese pancakes while sipping on Sapporo. The menu is posted over the kitchen and features a selection of okonomiyaki priced around $7 each. Other dishes available at Okonomi House are prepared on the same large griddle and include teriyaki and yakisoba.

Sushi Inn is one of Yorkville's most popular Japanese restaurants.
Sushi Inn is one of Yorkville’s most popular Japanese restaurants.

Sushi Inn

120 Cumberland St, 416-923-9992

Of all the restaurants in Yorkville specializing in Japanese cuisine, Sushi Inn is the classic.

The popular sushi restaurant on Cumberland Street opened over a decade ago and features two bustling floors. Throngs of raw seafood devotees gather here to feast on massive maki, tempura, udon, bento boxes and other Japanese delicacies.

  • Beef Sashimi: sliced raw beef, garlic, green onions, ponzu sauce
  • Katsu Don: deep fried pork mixed with onion, mushroom and egg on a bed of rice
  • Tempura Udon: 2 pieces of shrimp tempura and assorted vegetable tempura noodle soup
  • Sushi Inn Roll: eel, avocado, salmon skin, cucumber and tobiko
  • Gold Sashimi Combo: 3 pieces each of tuna, salmon, snapper, surf clam, squid, octopus
Paramount Fine Foods is Yorkville's best casual Middle Eastern restaurant.
Paramount Fine Foods is Yorkville’s best casual Middle Eastern restaurant.

Paramount Fine Foods

1250 Bay St, 416-960-3434

Paramount Fine Foods began as a restaurant in Mississauga and is now the fastest growing Middle Eastern food chain in Canada with over 60 restaurants coast to coast.

Paramount Find Foods has a Yorkville location, which is located on Bay Street. The casual dining room offers affordable lunch and dinner options for fans of Lebanese cuisine.

Skip inside Paramount Fine Foods Yorkville and you’ll be greeted by the aroma of freshly baked flatbread, charcoal BBQ meats and handmade honey and rosewater muddled sweets. The Paramount Find Foods menu offers plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes such as herbaceous salads, creamy hummus, grilled halloumi and falafel. Meat lovers will have their mouths watering over crunchy kebbeh and steaming shawarma and kafta.

  • Arnabeet: fried cauliflower, tahini and garlic cream, parsley, lemon
  • Mezza Plate: hummus, moutabbal, labneh, muhammara, tabbouleh, baked bread
  • Grilled Halloumi Salad: grilled cheese, fresh tomatoes, mixed greens, Middle Eastern dressing, pickled onions, sumac
  • Lamb Chops: grilled lamb chops marinated in tomato pepper sauce served with hummus
  • Mixed BBQ Platter: kafta, shish tawouk, beef skewers and served with tahini and garlic dipping sauce

Terroni Price in Summerhill has one of the best Toronto rooftop patios, located a short walk north of Yorkville.
Terroni Price in Summerhill has one of the best Toronto rooftop patios, located a short walk north of Yorkville.

Terroni Price

1095 Yonge St, 416-925-4020

Cosimo Mammoliti is the founder of the celebrated Toronto Italian restaurant group Terroni.

The first location Terroni Queen Street West opened in 1992, followed by a downtown location on Adelaide Street East and an Uptown location on Price Street.

Mammoliti explained the restaurants name, “Terroni means ‘from the earth.’ Over time it became a derogatory term used by northern Italians to southern Italians. I am Canadian born with roots in southern Italy, with my parents from the region of Calabria and my Italian born wife and her family from Puglia. I am proud to be from the south and proud of the hard work of my ancestors who worked the land. So it is my way of owning it and making it a positive.”

The Price Street location, located above Terroni Bar Centrale, is our favourite Terroni restaurant thanks to it’s jaw-dropping rooftop patio. The terrace offers seating for a whopping 150 people, offering pretty views of Summerhill.

There is a bar area that is covered and at night is lit with designs that reflect the constellations. “Although we are not a fully covered patio there are a number of umbrellas. The vibe is great at night too, a dj on weekends to set the mood makes for a great atmosphere,” added Mammoliti.

The Terroni Price Street rooftop differentiates itself with its Italian wine list that changes monthly and features exclusive bottles only found at Terroni. “I have relationships with every wine maker and producer. I know where it comes from and have visited the land. Our bar also offers up all the signature Italian cocktails that have become popular seasonally: Terroni Spritz, Bellini and Negroni,” said Mammoliti.

If it’s your first visit to the popular Toronto rooftop patio we suggest ordering the Funghi Assoluti, Margherita Pizza, Rigatoni Arcobaleno and Branzino.

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