A comprehensive list of hot restaurants in Midtown Toronto.

Every so often, we have one of those days. You know when the challenge of making a simple homemade meal can feel like climbing Mount Everest? We’ve all been there. Now and then we need to leave the cooking to the professionals in the local area.

If you’re hunting for new Toronto apartments and neighbourhoods, having good restaurants around you is crucial. Residents in Toronto’s Midtown have it good in that department. Midtown Toronto features a wide array of dining options within walking distance that will be able to successfully fulfil anyone’s appetite.

The following list will break down the best spots in Midtown Toronto by category.

Warm and comforting breakfast

If you’re looking to heat up with a warm coffee in the morning or fill up with a hearty bacon and eggs breakfast, there are several places in Midtown Toronto that you need to check out. Here are a couple our favourite breakfast spots to look for.

Kiva’s Bagel Bar

2496 Yonge Street (Yonge & Castlefield)

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Kiva’s Bagel Bar is famous for their hand-rolled, kettle boiled-signature bagels. This place will definitely change your perception of what a morning bagel is supposed to taste like.

Boom Breakfast

174 Eglinton Ave West (Eglinton & Redpath)

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The Sunday line-ups can get a little long, but the wait is always worth it. Fresh, comforting, and colourful plates will make Boom Breakfast your sit down breakfast/brunch destination.

Other notable breakfast spots:

Good Bite Restaurant at Yonge and Erskine also offers a classic breakfast. Also be sure to try Hazel’s Diner and Uncle Betty’s for some quality traditional breakfast fare.

Cheap Lunch, Late Night Meals & Quick Bites

Hunger can hit at any time. When you’re out shopping at Yonge-Eglinton Centre with some friends in the afternoon, or looking for something to hit the spot after the bar, you’re never too far from great options like these:

Banh Mi Boys

2365 Yonge Street (Yonge & Broadway)

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Banh Mi Boys isn’t your average sandwich shop. They specialize in Banh Mi, which is a Vietnamese sandwich that consists of a baguette, meat, pickled vegetables, and chili peppers. You also have to try the Tacos and Steamed Bao.

Burger Shack

233 Eglinton Ave W (Eglinton & Oriole Parkway)

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Considered to be an institution by some, Burger Shack has been serving up classic burgers at its Midtown Toronto location for over 30 years. Cheap, cheerful, and definitely filling.

Other notable lunch and quick bite options:

Midtown Toronto is home to many great burger joints. Compare Burger Shack to other spots like Wild Burger. Other great spots include Chipotle (burritos), Smoke’s Poutinerie, and the Flaming Stove (Middle-Eastern) round out some of the other awesome lunch spots to satisfy your appetite.

Looking to do some shopping or go out on an exciting night on the town? Read our Guide To Shopping, Dining. And Entertainment In Midtown Toronto.

Dinner and Date Night

The traditional dinner and a movie can be a little cliché. However, there are some unique dining experiences around Midtown Toronto that will really make your night special. Whether it’s a date, or you’re looking to show a friend some cool new spots, the following Midtown Toronto restaurants won’t let you down.

Grazie Ristorante

2373 Yonge Street (Yonge & Broadway)

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This casual dining location is considered by many to be a staple in the community. Grazie offers classic Italian pizza and pasta, with beautiful presentation.

North 44

2537 Yonge Street (Yonge & St. Clements)

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Owned by world-renowned chef Mark McEwan, North 44 has become a dining institution for over 20 years. The restaurant attracts celebrities and out-of-towners and offers a sophisticated and contemporary menu.

Other notable dinner destinations:

For the carnivore, Copa Cabana will definitely fill your appetite. The Keg Steakhouse & Bar will also satisfy. For a large group of picky eaters, the Pickle Barrel has an expansive menu of delicious entrees. La Vecchia also offers a great traditional Italian dining experience.

Desserts and Coffee

This section is for the sweet tooths and the coffee lovers out there. Midtown Toronto is home to several great little shops you won’t help but fall in love with.

De Mello Palheta Coffee roasters

2489 Yonge Street (Yonge & Castlefield)

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The passion and obsession for great quality is well represented in each cup of coffee this cafe produces. This micro roaster will definitely change your perception of what an everyday cup of coffee is supposed to be.

Sweet Jesus

130 Eglinton Ave E.(Eglinton & Lillian)

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Sweet Jesus has caught Toronto by storm. Their creative “pimped-out” cones have wowed visitors and social media. Make sure to ask for another napkin!

Caffé Demetré

118 Eglinton Ave East (Eglinton & Dunford)

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Caffé Demetré offers 50 premium handmade sweet desserts. Skip dessert after your meal and make sure to visit this establishment for the pumpkin apple brûlée cheesecake and other sugar lover’s favourites.

Other notable cafes and pastry shops:

In a previous article, we highlighted 4 Midtown Toronto cafes to warm up during the winter. Other sweet tooth havens include Nadege Patisserie, Dessert Lady, and Phipps Bakery Cafe.

Moving to Midtown Toronto?

Now that you have the lowdown on what there is to eat in Midtown Toronto, it’s time to discover some of the great midtown apartments for rent.

Balliol Park one of the brand new Davisville apartments that brings you close to all the action, while in a quiet and peaceful part of the neighbourhood. This amazing Toronto apartment rental features condo style amenities (indoor/outdoor pool, fitness facilities, 24/7 concierge) and a brand new kitchen full of sleek kitchen appliances that will inspire you to make your own amazing dishes!

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For more information on other great rental opportunities like The Torontonian and the upcoming Lillian Park as well as Balliol Park, visit the Shiplake Properties website.

*Images shown in this article were taken from the website of each restaurant.