Toronto’s trendiest diners

For most, the traditional diner is synonymous with greasy food, drip coffee and an overall grungy atmosphere. These old-school establishments are anything but. While these Toronto diners maintain an authentically vintage vibe, they’ve evolved to include fresh, wholesome foods and globally inspired dishes. [Image credit: iStock.com/nickfree]

The Lakeview

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1132 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X2

The funky 1950s diner vibe makes up for the fact that Lakeview Restaurant doesn’t actually have a view of the lake. That it's open 24/7 makes it even more appealing. You can choose to sit at a table and feast on comfort foods or relax at the bar with a drink. $4 Caesars and deep-friend mac ‘n’ cheese balls are just the type of comfort grub to get you through any night.

The Rosedale Diner

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1164 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2L9

When you see a giant Rose on Yonge Street, you're close to Toronto's Summerhill neighbourhood, and a tasty experience at Rosedale Diner. This family-owned restaurant features globally inspired dishes marrying gourmet international fare with a pastel, retro environment. If you're in the mood for outdoor dining, there’s a gorgeous shaded patio at the back

The George Street Diner

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129 George St, Toronto, ON M5A 2M6

With friendly service, cozy interior decor and a sweet outdoor patio, this little red diner at the corner of Richmond and George Street makes for a fun first date in Toronto. Order coffee, share dessert, get snuggly in a booth or play it cool at the counter on a gold vinyl stool.

Flo's Diner

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70 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B9

Red leather booths and checkered floors aren't the only 1950 throwbacks you'll find at Flo's. How about a hot turkey sandwich or a milkshake? For a real diner experience that'll make you wish you had a newspaper, head to Yorkville. All comfort foods are made using fresh, wholesome ingredients.

OkayOkay Diner

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1128 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K8

There's room for everyone at this stylish-meets-casual diner on the sunny side of Queen Street East in Leslieville. You can take in the scenery on the patio or cozy up in a booth with the Okay Okay's signature grilled Elvis is King sandwich: crunchy peanut butter on challah toast.

Senator Restaurant

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249 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1T8

With suppertime mains like hot meatloaf and mashed potatoes, reservations may be necessary to enjoy this 1940s-style diner after dark. Located in a 19th century home on Victoria Street, The Senator is one of Toronto’s oldest restaurants. By day, the menu features a relaxing atmosphere and home-cooked fare.

Thompson Diner

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550 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2V4

Whether you’re in the mood for an all-day breakfast, an all-day dinner or a midnight snack to pull off an all-nighter, this 24-hour diner welcomes all appetites anytime of the day. Located in the Thompson Hotel near King and Bathurst, you'll find a substantial menu featuring breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night nibbles.

Toronto is home to tons of cafés that inspire with their contemporary spaces and nutrient-rich menus (read: smoothies, cold-pressed juices, power bowls that are guaranteed to leave you feeling energized and satisfied). Each of these restaurants and cafés feature farm-fresh organic ingredients prepared in ways that will make you wonder how you ever thought vegetables were boring. [Image credit: iStock.com/Leonardo Patrizi]
Be unpredictable and change up your Friday night pizza and movie plans with an order of delicious dumplings. These tasty Cantonese treats are unexpectedly filling and come stuffed with a variety of ingredients. Whether you’re a meat lover or vegetarian, you’ll love it when a box of these steaming dumplings get delivered right to your doorstep. [Image credit: iStock.com/tad1962]
Hoppy Hour, False Economy Hour, Cocktail Hour, call it what you will, but one thing is for sure: there’s no shortage of daily drink specials or happy imbibers on Queen Street East. These bars, pubs, restaurants and taverns do it best, offering great drinks at reduced prices to make your first few hours after work even more enjoyable. [Image credit: iStock.com/Pekic]
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