Our fave Mediterranean restaurants in Toronto

Mediterranean cuisine hails some of the tastiest dishes on the planet. A breakfast shakshouka, warm pita dipped in labneh, iskander, Turkish tea…the list goes on and on. Thank the heavens that Hogtown has jumped on the bandwagon, giving birth to a number of establishments to satisfy our cravings. And for those who have traveled and tasted the goods firsthand, I’m sure you’ll agree that Toronto does Mediterranean food justice.

Byblos

1
11 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5H 3G6

Byblos is the restaurant that all dreams were made of. Beyond the swanky and luxe décor featuring elaborate lighting fixtures, wooden chairs and leather booths, it serves up some of the best Lebanese, Israeli, Moroccan and Greek-inspired cuisine in the city. Begin your meal with the Turkish dumplings (eggplant-filled diamonds glazed with yogurt and molasses) and end with a Moroccan mint tea.

Fat Pasha Inc

2
414 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V9

Everything I love about Fat Pasha in three words: relaxed, hearty and brunch. Yes, Fat Pasha does exceptional Jewish food, but the brunch is noteworthy. Gather five of your friends and sit out on the back patio. Orders of the “Holy Land” pitas, shakshouka and a round of a whole-roast cauliflower to share, and you’re golden.

Tabülè Middle Eastern on Queen

3
810 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H7

With two locations in the city (Yonge and Davisville and King Street East), Tabule is the go-to spot for mixed mezze in Toronto. The midtown location was the original; it’s dimly lit, and will make you feel like you’re having dinner in the charming home of a beloved family member (one that you actually like). King East is the trendy offspring, hosting her parents’ recipes with a hip, spruced-up venue.

District Oven

4
842 College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1A2

In the west end, you’ll find one of Toronto’s number one spots doing Mediterranean right. With traditional options like ouscous, lamb, olives, halloumi, how can you go wrong? If you’re wondering what to order, I can help: to start, the grilled calamari (it’s cooked perfectly and melts your mouth). Second, the tagine – choose from duck or lamb but know that both are exceptional.

Mamakas

5
80 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7

Pristinely white and encased in large windows overlooking the Ossington strip, Mamakas is the first Greek-tapas joint that’s popped up in the six, and everyone adores it. Dishes to note include the lamb tartare, watermelon and smoked duck salad and the whole grilled fish of the day. Remember that the spot totes mostly sharing plates, so feel free to go overboard.

Jerusalem Restaurant

6
955 Eglinton Ave W, York, ON M6C 2C4

Fresh hummus, legendary fried tomatoes and comforting lentil soup – what else can you ask for from a restaurant? The prices are reasonable and the portions are hefty to boot. Jerusalem is a neighbourhood staple, so be sure to book ahead if you you’re looking for a weekend dinner, because everyone is there, and you wouldn’t want to miss out.

The Sultan's Tent & Café Moroc

7
49 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B3

Exotic décor, belly dancing and party fever – if you’re looking for a unique dining experience look no further than The Sultan’s Tent & Café Moroc. It’s a grand spectacle of a dinner on weekends (especially if you have guests in town) with live entertainment and a prefixed menu, which is only $55 per person.

Red Castle

8
531 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P7

Located in the heart of the Mediterranean village, the Danforth, Red Castle is that casual eatery we can all get behind. It does everything from the traditionals like lamb shank tagine to contemporaries like shawarma poutine – their own spin on classic Canadian grub. The falafels are fried to order, the cabbage rolls are spiced immaculately, and the creamy chicken swish tawouk will leave you wanting more.

Mersin Mediterranean Cuisine

9
1618 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1A7

Mersin in short? Authentic comfort food made with fresh ingredients in a spot run by a sweet husband and wife who want to feed you large portions at a cheap price. They do a house-made hot sauce as well as a rich garlic sauce, famous across the Bloor West/High Park Area. The chicken skewers are tender and juicy, the rice is oh-so buttery and the tabbouleh is on point. Last but not least? Mersin also delivers.

Nothing beats biting into the perfect macaron. The delicate, palm-sized Parisian treat has a delicate crunch on the outside, and by the time you get to the ganache, you’ve been transported to a café on the Champs-Élysées. Sea salt and caramel, blackcurrant, or roasted pistachio – the varieties are endless. And in Toronto, here’s where they do it best.
There’s nothing that beats hunkering down with a hot cup of joe at one of Toronto’s many quirky cafés. But when the weather’s warm, switch that steaming mug for a latte on ice, and find a seat at one of the city’s café patios, for a perfect, caffeinated day in the sun. [Image credit: iStock.com/Jacob Ammentorp Lund]
Whether you’re hosting an intimate birthday bash with close friends, a celebratory dinner party with family, or a large-scale business meeting, TO is well equipped with envy-inspiring private rooms catering to those with a penchant for top grub. These local spots will hook you and your crew up with stress-free atmospheres and prix-fixe or family-style dining options. [Photo by @hypebelly; courtesy of Hopgood's Foodliner]
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