Places to raise a glass of wine in West Queen West Toronto

Some of the best restaurants in Toronto are on trendy West Queen West. Many offer food that should be enjoyed with wine to truly highlight the flavours, textures and styles. Food and wine are meant for each other at these restaurants, so bring your appetite and prepare to quench your thirst with some vino.

Local Kitchen & Wine Bar Inc

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1710 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R 1B3

If you’re looking for a serious wine list without the pretension, this Italian kitchen and wine bar, perched at Queen and Roncesvalles Avenue, is a solid bet. Gorgeous primi and secondi dishes (think papardelle with chestnuts and boar ragu, and polenta with grana padano and beef cheeks) pervade the menu, but you can also snack on some crudi (lamb tartare, for instance) and a glass of wine. The vino list here is impressive, with 50+ bottles on offer and more than 30 reds, whites, sparklings and rosés by the glass.

Oyster Boy

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872 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3

One of the city’s best oyster houses, it’s also an upscale seafood restaurant with an impressive beer and wine list. The fun and friendly servers can help you find the perfect drink pairing, particularly a bracing glass of white to accompany your shellfish. The laid-back ambiance makes it a perfect spot for a date or night out with friends.

Restaurant Chantecler

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1320 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L4

A Parkdale resto-bar beloved by the locals, Chantecler is your good vibes spot for a few glasses of wine with a friend or a gourmet tasting menu on a special occasion. They host a selection of red, white, sparkling and rosé by the glass, and an even more diverse collection by the bottle. In the way of date-night spots, this one is a must-visit – it’s easy to be romanced by the compact interior, with intimate group tables, a wraparound bar, and plenty of exposed brick.

TERRONI

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720 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E8

Located just west of Bathurst on Queen, Terroni is a home-style restaurant bent on giving customers a distinctly southern Italian dining experience using genuine Italian ingredients. In addition to regional dishes based on decades-old recipes, there’s an extensive wine list and imported Italian beers. Each course can be paired with the appropriate drink. The friendly wait staff is ready with suggestions.

Come And Get It Restaurant

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676 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E5

If you find yourself closer to the Fashion District and in hot pursuit of a happy hour snack and cocktail, may we suggest Come and Get It? The hip, subterranean spot is accented by graffiti on the walls and plywood tables, plus a mouthwatering menu of guilty pleasure classics. Thirsty for some vino? On Wino Wednesdays, the Queen West spot offers $5 glasses of wine ;)

Never mind pearls, Victorians know the real treasure to be found in oyster shells is the fresh, briny taste of the ocean. Whether you chew or swallow them whole, enjoy garnished or baked, once you get a taste for fresh BC oysters, you’ll be hooked. The next time the craving hits, here’s where to go for your shellfish fix.
Caesars are a staple in Canadian cuisine; they're right up there with poutine, Nanaimo bars, maple syrup and Kraft Dinner. The unlikely combination of vodka, Clamato and Worcestershire sauce with some celery, asparagus or even bacon thrown in for the grand finale, doesn't sound like it should work. But it does. Here's where to go in Victoria to enjoy some of the best Caesars in town.
Charcuterie, a French method of cold meat preparation, has taken off in Victoria and the results are delicious. The intense flavour created by the curing of pork and other cuts of meat, pairs wonderfully with artisanal cheeses, pickles and condiments for an elegant and social snacking experience. If you're looking to get in on the culinary fun, head to one of these charcuterie hotspots.
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