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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.