Best Canadian restaurants in Toronto

Over the past couple of years, chefs across the country have contributed to the ever-evolving attributes of “Canadian cuisine,” focusing on farm-to-table philosophy and unique combinations of ingredients inspired by Canada’s diversity. The result is Canadian restaurants that have become so much more than poutine. Here are your best bets in Toronto. [Photo credit: courtesy of Actinolite]


971 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6G 3V5

Actinolite is focused on bringing local produce to the forefront of Canadian cuisine. Using ingredients sourced from local providers and farmers or foraged locally, Chef Justin Cournoyer is redefining Canadian cuisine by putting an international twist on Canadian products. He showcases everything Canada has to offer on a seven-course Chef’s Menu.

Canoe Restaurant & Bar

66 Wellington St W, 54th Floor, Toronto, ON M5K 1H6

Canoe offers a great view alongside its Canadian contemporary cuisine. The menu is inspired by the vast wilderness and history of Canada. Expect in season produce, locally sourced ingredients and native fish and game. Chef John Horne leads in the kitchen.


690 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1L2

Nish Dish is built on traditional Anishnawbe cuisine. The Anishnawbe is a group of indigenous people located in Canada and the United Sates. Nish Dish celebrates their culture, cuisine and history with a quick service counter and café. They also offer catering.


401 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4

Described as Canadian comfort food, Bannock showcases the regional cuisines of Canada, while celebrating the diversity of the country. Menu items include fish and shrimp cakes, Biff’s fried bologna and eggs, and roast duck poutine pizza.

Canis restaurant

746 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E9

Seasonal is the focus of Canis’ menu, with chef Jeff Kang curating a menu that is rooted in “bistrology,” a combination of bistro and gastronomy. Using all the fresh bounty that Canada has to offer, Canis does simple food in a delicious way.

Farmhouse Tavern

1627 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6P 3S8

When the restaurant is named Farmhouse Tavern, you can expect the freshest of ingredients. If the revolving menu isn’t an indication of its commitment to farm-to-table dining, the flavour packed ingredients used in each dish is. The Canadian inspired cuisine is some of the best in the city.


348 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1R7

Inspired by Quebec, Parcae does French-Canadian well, and yes there’s more than poutine on the menu. The menu includes tuna crudo, duck ravioli and the famous horse carpaccio. All fresh Canadian ingredients are brought in daily.

Ruby Watchco

730 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H2

The menu at Ruby Watchco changes daily, making each visit a unique experience. Owned by celebrity chef Lynn Crawford, and headed by chef Lora Kirk, Ruby Watcho serves market inspired cuisine. The prix-fixe four-course menu is served Tuesday through Saturday.

Woodlot Restaurant

293 Palmerston Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2J3

Woodlot is Canadian comfort food at its finest. The combination of local and imported ingredients makes for a rich and unique take on Canadian cuisine. Woodlot prepares its dishes in the famous wood-burning oven, giving a smoky flavour to a delicious meal.


59 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y9

Boralia plays homage to Canada’s aboriginal and early immigrant cuisine. The menu is inspired by the countries rich history with dishes like grilled venison heart, tavern keeper’s duck, and their popular pigeon pie. You’ll also find historic recipes on their cocktail menu.

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