The best vegetarian restaurants Toronto: Yorkville edition

Yorkville’s sterling reputation for fine dining extends to the vegetarian palate. Some of the best chefs in the city are as good with greens and grains as they are with more mainstream ingredients.

Matisse Restaurant & Bar

1
90 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W 1A7

This restaurant has a huge menu that spans breakfast to late night snacks. The food includes familiar offerings like yogurt and granola parfait, crunchy French toast, omelettes, poutine and cheese plates, with a hint of the “exotic” in avocado fritters and mushroom ragout/oka dumplings. Because they’re located in the Yorkville Marriott, the staff can help you book the room for meetings or parties.

Blu Ristorante

2
17A Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 1L1

Knockoff Italian eateries go heavy on the meat while authentic ones offer a large variety of vegetarian-friendly insalata (salad), antipasti and pasta. Here, the only thing you’ll be limited by is your imagination. If you want grilled eggplant and quinoa, marinated olives or gluten-free rice pasta, all you have to do is say the word. There’s no corkage fee for bringing your own wine on Sundays and Mondays, but the wait staff is always ready to suggest a label from the cellar.

Yamato Japanese Restaurant

3
18 Bellair St, Toronto, ON M5R 2C7

Toronto has no shortage of Japanese restaurants but finding one to please vegetarians can be tricky. Yamato offers the best of all worlds with expertly-prepared dishes like crystal clear miso soup, edamame dusted with salt, assorted grilled vegetable mix and lightly- battered vegetable tempura. The menu doesn’t stop there, as there’s an impressive selection of udon and soba soups, teppanyaki (grilled) dinners and à la carte temaki (sushi).

Jacques' Bistro du Parc

4
126 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A6

When you want a meal that’s truly en français without having to use your passport, Jacques Bistro is where you go. Each salade is crafted as though it were an art piece, paving the way for mains that are elegant and heavenly good. Omelettes are one of the most popular vegetarian dishes and come filled with asparagus, Swiss cheese, mushrooms, green peppers and eggplant. Save room for dessert with items like chocolate mousse and soft meringue.

The Rebel House

5
1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2L4

Arrive with an appetite because the loaded menu makes it impossible to forego an appetizer and dessert with your main. The homemade soup changes daily and is a must in any season. Entrees like barley risotto, spinach and apple salad, grilled vegetable wrap or pasta of the day are good meatless choices. The list of homemade desserts changes frequently so keep an open mind and prepare to try anything.

Just because you don't eat meat doesn't mean you can't eat a great burger. At these Victoria restaurants you'll find unique and delicious veggie burgers that may even convert the carnivores in your dining party.
Those who can’t have gluten can sometimes struggle to find good eats, but that’s rarely an issue in Victoria. Here, gluten-free cooking has been welcomed with open arms, and those who can’t have gluten can find a wide range of foods to enjoy. From fresh-baked treats to home-style pizzas, these restaurants offer all of the flavour, with none of the gluten.
Thirsty? Sure, you could reach for a sugary soda or lean on the caffeine crutch of coffee, but why not treat your body (and your taste buds) to something better? Packed with energy-enhancing nutrients and bursting with fresh flavours, a healthy jolt of juice may be the answer. Find it at one of these fine local juice bars.
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