Best Restaurants Near Pan Am Athletes' Village in Toronto

The Athletes' Village will be electric with the activity and excitement of thousands of athlete’s from around in the world, some in Toronto for the first time. Almost 7000 athletes from 41 countries will participate in 36 sports. So if you can’t catch an event but still want to be close to the action, head down to Athletes' Village.

Cluny Bistro and Boulangerie

35 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Who says you have to dine on burgers and hot dogs because you watching sports events? The elegant dining room offers a respite from the frenzy of the games along with sophisticated menu choices. Try the "Buffalo Fried" Sweetbreads ($15) or Mediterranean Octopus Terrine ($12) to start. Entrees include tempting selections form land and water, including Provencal Seafood Stew ($24) and 3 Egg Omelet ($19) with asparagus, truffle, triple cream cheese, and frites.

Il Ponte Cucina Italiana

625 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1G7

Il Ponte has one of the best views of the Athletes' Village, from either inside the glass walled dining room or out on the spacious patio looking west from the east side of the River Street Bridge. Between that, a fantastic wine list and homemade Italian fare that includes gluten free options (Calamari Fritti $16, for instance, is dusted in chickpea flour), you’re set.

Mengrai Thai

82 Ontario St, Toronto, ON M5A 2V3

I don’t know why Mengrai Thai doesn’t make it onto more "Best Of" lists. After all, this is where Mick Jagger (!!) likes to dine. Specializing in authentic Northern Thai cuisine, the menu has offerings you won’t find elsewhere in the city such as Golden Pumpkin Soup ($7.50); Sasi’s #54 Red Chicken Curry with Lychee served in a fresh carved pineapple ($18.50); Vegetarian Tibetan Mountain Bai Ling Mushrooms with mix greens ($15.95) featuring rare, nutritious “roof of the world” gourmet mushrooms; and Bankers Braised Curry Lamb with peach ($17.95). Drool.

Mangia & Bevi

260 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A 4L5

Eleonora and Federico Caldato, Italian siblings who started Mangia & Bevi, believe fresh is always best. With 10 salads, 16 pastas and 32 pizzas to choose from, you can visit often and never have to have the same thing twice! Pair that with wines solely from Italy, and you’ve got yourself a meal to remember.

Bolets Burrito

134 Lower Sherbourne St, Toronto, ON M5A 4J4

Bolet’s Burrito on Lower Sherbourne is a tiny spot and hidden gem. These homemade quesadillas and burritos are outstanding, thanks to dynamic Mexican and Filipino flavours and great care at the grill. Choose from fun items such as Buffalo Chicken, Sweet Spicy Thai, Beer Chipotle Chicken and Battered and Fried White Fish, and wash it down with a fruit flavoured Jarrito - a sweet soft drink from Mexico. It’s a fitting meal for walking around the Village and taking in all the sights.

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