Best restaurants on King West in Toronto

King West is currently one of Toronto’s trendiest neighbourhoods. Home to some of the top restaurants in the city and one of the liveliest spots for nightlife, this ’hood has lots of options. Explore and discover the best restaurants on King West! [Photo credit: courtesy of Los Colibris]

Bar Buca

75 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 2M9

Easily one of the best Italian restaurants in the city and one of the shining stars of the King West neighbourhood. The rustic interior, along with its high ceilings, makes it a perfect spot for business meetings and romantic dates alike. It is a definite must-try when you’re in the area.

Lee Restaurant

601 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5

Home to one of Canada’s most well-known chefs, Susur Lee, this spot focuses on fusion cuisine. Expect dishes like Singapore Slaw, which has 13 different ingredients, or the cheeseburger spring roll. The balanced flavours and complex fusions are what the restaurant has become known for, and Chef Lee’s television appearances don’t hurt either!


609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5

A beer hall that specializes in sausages fits in so naturally with the vibe of this ‘hood, it’s hard to imagine there was a time before such a place existed on King West. Wvrst’s sausages range from pork to bison, and come with your choice of bun and toppings. The communal tables make this spot great for groups!

Soma Chocolate King St

443 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4

When your sweet tooth is begging for chocolate you’ll have to head on over to Soma. This second location in the city offers chocolate bars, truffles and during the summer months, gelato! Soma’s premium treats will keep that sweet tooth satisfied!

Beast Restaurant Inc

96 Tecumseth St, Main, Toronto, ON M6J 2H1

Once visited by Anthony Bourdain, Beast is known for its unique menu. The menu includes items like pork hocks, smoked trout cakes and biscuit sandwiches. Beast also offers a brunch menu on the weekends.

Gusto 101

101 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 2N3

For Italian in a more casual setting on King West, look no further than Gusto 101. The relaxed atmosphere and rooftop patio are only some of the reasons why people flock to the eatery. The main attraction is the authentic Italian cuisine.

Rodney's Oyster House

469 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4

While you’re trekking the King West strip you must make a stop at Rodney’s Oyster House! One of the best in the city, it always has a vast variety of mollusks on hand and they are always fresh. Rodney’s offers shuck-to-order.

Early Mercy

540 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M3

King West comes alive at night and there are a lot of spots in the neighbourhood that cater to the nightlife, but one stands out. Early Mercy is a chic bar with a massive patio that caters to the Millennial crowd. There a house DJ every weekend.

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