Best 24-hour diners and restaurants in Toronto

These 24-hour diners and restaurants are here to satisfy any craving around the clock, whether it’s burgers, eggs benny or cocktails. Many of the restaurants play a pivotal role in Toronto’s food scene, and have become institutions where diners flock to eat again and again. Here are some of Toronto’s best restaurants that are always open. [Photo credit: Courtesy of the Thompson Diner]

The Lakeview

1132 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X2

Yes, Boon Dock Saints was filmed at The Lakeview, but there’s so much more to this restaurant than cinema nostalgia. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives seem to agree, featuring the iconic restaurant in one of its episodes in 2014. The Lakeview has been an important institution for Hollywood North and hungry Torontonians since it first opened its doors in 1932. The menu has everything would expect a classic diner to have – burgers, all-day breakfast, sandwiches and more. Plus, the Caesars are only $4.

Thompson Diner

550 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2V4

Located on the ground floor of the luxe-Thompson Hotel, the Thompson Diner is frequented by sophisticated diners, looking for a burger (or mac and cheese). It’s known for its signature cocktails, like the boozy milkshakes, and the comfort food menu. The Thompson Diner is chic, comfortable and serves up some delicious diner cuisine!

Old School Restaurant

800 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V1

When Old School opened at Dundas and Bathurst in 2015, it promised to be a local hangout spot open 24 hours a day. You can tell it delivered on its promise due to the long wait times on the weekend. The eclectic décor in combination with the killer menu makes Old School a pretty cool spot to enjoy a diner-style meal.

ZET Drive-Inn Restaurant

6445 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E4

Looking for a quick bite before your flight? No matter what time of day you’re taking off, Zet’s is open 24 hours! The quick-serve restaurant has become so popular there are lines going out the door! Zet’s serves classic diner food like all-day breakfast, burgers, salads and poutine. The most popular menu item is the souvlaki dinners!

Fran's Restaurant

20 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1K2

There is no doubt about it, Fran’s is an iconic 24-hour diner. First opened in 1940, the diner has humble beginnings. It started as a 10-stool counter at Yonge and St. Claire and has since grown into a casual dining behemoth, and an essential must-try at the CNE each year. Try the infamous Banquet Burger, which features a half-pound patty topped with melted Canadian cheddar and bourbon maple bacon. Two out of the three locations are open 24 hours a day.

Seven West Cafe

7 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M4Y 1R4

7 West isn’t like the other 24-hour establishments on this list. First, it’s located in the chic Yorkville neighbourhood, and second, you can impress your date here. The romantic atmosphere is a favourite among city dwellers, who also keep coming back for 7 West’s Italian-infused diner menu.

The Grille Restaurant & Bar

1596 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1V1

Located in Etobicoke, The Grille serves up North American-style comfort food 24 hours a day. The menu includes breakfast staples like omelettes and French toast, plus sandwiches, burgers and steaks. The Grille is also available for private functions.

The Owl Of Minerva

5324 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5P9

Fan favourite Owl of Minerva has 10 locations across the GTA and three in Toronto. The Korean restaurant has been known to attract the “student-life” crowd due to its super lower prices. Its known for the casual atmosphere and steaming hot bowls of pork bone soup. Word is that Owl of Minerva is thinking of expanding, south of the border.

Kayagum Resturant

5460 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 6K7

A melting pot of cuisines, Kayagum serves mostly Korean and Japanese items. The Korean barbecue is served around the clock, while the Japanese dishes are served in the afternoons into the evening. The Japanese side of the menu includes a selection of sushi and sashimi, and on the Korean side of the menu you’ll find Pork BulGoGi Dolsot, SoMoRi GukBap and more.

Huh Ga Ne

19 Finch Ave W, North York, ON M2N 7K4

Those craving Korean barbecue can now get it 24 hours a day, at Huh Ga Ne. The Korean spot is home to some of the best Korean barbecue in the city; the restaurant is swarming with locals from the North York ‘hood, so you know it’s good. The menu includes authentic dishes like Jun Man Du, Bibim Bap and Kim Chi Chi’Gae.

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