Best butcher shops in Toronto

From dry-aged steak to freshly made sausages, many butchers in Toronto are committed to locally sourced products. The variety you’ll find at these butcher shops are endless and can include lasagna, fresh sandwiches, deli meats and even a prix-fixe menu! Here are the best butcher shops in Toronto.[Photo credit: iStock]

The Meat Department

207 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

The mission of The Meat Dept. is to provide Toronto with an honest depiction of what they are selling. The organic and natural meats are of top quality and locally sourced from farms in Ontario and Quebec, some of the offerings include dry-aged steak, rack of lamb, grain-fed chicken and more. This shop also sells gourmet pates, locally sourced eggs, prepared dinners, salami and butter from Quebec.

Cote De Boeuf

130 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z5

Cote de Boeuf takes inspiration for the gourmet shops in Paris. Its dedication locally sourced and hormone free meat can be seen in the massive selection. Customers can custom age their beef, and Cote de Boef offers sausages made fresh to order. On Thursdays, it sells fresh heritage hens. There is a Butchers Table tucked away in the back of the Ossington shop where you can try the $85 prix-fixe menu.

The Healthy Butcher

565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B6

The Healthy Butcher offers a bevy of products, from fresh produce to packaged goods, but the standout is the meat selection. Offering organic and hormone free cuts of meat, The Healthy Butcher gets most of its meats from Field Gate Organics. Choose from hamburger patties, beef, chicken, sausages and more!


1097A Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2L7

From chicken to lamb to sausages, Olliffe has built a name for itself selling flavourful products to the masses. The high quality meat products and varied selection is what attracts their regular clientele. Whether you’re barbecuing or preparing a warm stew, Olliffe will have everything you need!

Cumbraes Queen

714 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E8

Cumbrae’s prides itself on providing Toronto with the best in meat products. Farmers themselves, all of the products are top quality, packed with flavour and are certified organic. The selection includes dry-aged steaks, heritage pork, smoked brisket, rotisserie chicken and more. You can also grab take-home meals like the freshly made sandwiches and meat pies.

Vicentina Meats Ltd

125 Edilcan Dr, Vaughan, ON L4K 3S5

Purveyors of authentic Italian food, Vicentina built a reputation for its locally sourced meats and panini bar. Open for 40 years, it offers a large selection of meats like Premium AAA beef, fresh Ontario lamb, souvlaki chicken, gourmet burgers, veal and d=fresh sausages.

Yam Chops

705 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C2

A butcher shop for vegetarians, Yam Chops has a cornered a unique market in the city. From meat alternatives to Daiya products, to the famous take-home meals, Yam Chops has built a strong following in the few years that it’s been open. It’s located on College Street or you can order some of the items online.

The Friendly Butcher

3269 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N 2L5

The Friendly Butcher has been open since 1996, when Ken and Donna MacDonald made it their mission to provide Toronto with locally sourced meats. Their selection includes poultry from Sharon and Guelph, beef from Bruce County and Port Dover, and Pork from Haggersville. The Friendly Butcher also offers catering and hot meals in-store.

The Chopping Block

2256 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1G2

Located in The Beaches, The Chopping Block carries naturally raised meat, chicken from Rowe Farms. It also offers house-made salad dressings, salsas, lasagnas and various sauces. Regular customers also love the cheap prices!

Sanagan's Meat Locker

176 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L8

Located in the heart of Kensington Market, Sanagan’s Meat Locker first opened its doors in 2009. The selection of sausages, chicken, veal, pork and lamb are all locally sourced from farmers and producers in Ontario. This spot also offers ready-made meals and have a deli counter.

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