Toronto eateries taking part in Restaurants for change

Restaurants for Change is a charity event that sees some of the country’s best restaurants donate a portion of their earnings to support local food programs. Toronto is getting in on the action this year with more than 30 participating restaurants. We rounded up the best restaurants to check out during Restaurants for Change October 18, 2017. [The O.G. bao at Kanpai. Photo by Caroline Aksich]

Alo Restaurant

163 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2L6

Named the number one restaurant in Canada, Alo earned its reputation the old school way – by providing delectable food with impeccable service. The kitchen is led by Patrick Kriss, who creates the menu of delicious contemporary French cuisine. There are two dining options at Alo, a seat in the dining room, or a quick snack at the Alo Bar.


1221 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5R 3P5

Vegans who want to donate to the cause should check out Planta. The restaurant’s menu is completely plant based and includes the famous Planta Burger. Planta’s food is so good, that meat-eaters have been flocking to the Yorkville location, and they now have a restaurant dedicated to the plant-based burgers on Temperance.

Maple Leaf Tavern

955 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Z4

This east-end restaurant opened in 2016 and has been packed ever since. October 18 is the best time to enjoy the elevated pub food. Chef Jesse Vallins focuses on creating dishes that showcase local ingredients. This makes Maple Leaf Tavern the perfect spot to show your support of local food programs.

Kanpai Snack Bar

252 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5A 2L1

Taiwanese snacks and a good cause are always a great combination, and that’s why Kanpai Snack Bar is the perfect place to dine during Restaurants for Change. Enjoy the authentic small plates, including the famous O.G. Bao, alongside one of the Ontario brewed sakes.

Beast Restaurant Inc

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

Beast is known for its inventive menus and delicious eats fit for a carnivore. The King West restaurant is sure to be a unique dining experience for everyone. Take advantage of Restaurants for Change and try the gnocchi poutine or chevre noir.

Prettyugly Bar

1237 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L5

Grant van Gameren shows no signs of slowing down his restaurant empire. PrettyUglyBar is a causal bar that has the Parkdale residents buzzing. The bar is designed like a mezcaleria and the bartenders are always there to explain the Mexican-inspired cocktail menu.

Piano Piano

88 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5

Victor Barry’s Piano Piano is the perfect spot to give back if you have little ones! The Piccolo Piano rooms and kid’s menu allows kids to eat and have fun at the same time. If you want authentic home style Italian food in The Annex, Piano Piano is the place to go!

Richmond Station

1 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 3W4

Richmond Station has never shied away from contributing to the community, so it’s a no brainer that it’s the perfect restaurant to check out on October 18. Known for the delicious Station Burgers, you can now chow down on the famous burger for a good cause.


485 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4

South American restaurant Baro is always the life of the party. Serving authentic South American cuisine, it’s giving back to the food community one plate at a time. Baro is divided into three sections – dining room, Pablo’s snack bar and The Loft.

Bar Raval

505 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A5

Trendy and always packed, dining at Bar Raval is a fun experience, plus a pay-it-forward element, why wouldn’t you want to head out to the College Street bar on October 18? The bar is part of the van Gameren empire, and is known for its cured meats and small plates. There are also pastries in the morning.

Grabbing a meal for take-out doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice nutrition. Many restaurants and fresh food markets in Toronto understand the importance of a nutritious meal to time-deprived urbanites, and have made it their mission to provide Toronto with quick and healthy take-out meals. Grab a menu and make your choice – here are the best healthy take-out spots in Toronto. [Photo of Planta Burger by Jim Bamboulis]
Being a vegetarian isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to grabbing a quick and affordable meal. Luckily, many vegetarian and vegan restaurants have made it their mission to provide Toronto’s vegetarians with quick nutritious meals. From a vegan breakfast and lunch spot to a vegan burger spot, here are the best quick-service vegetarian spots in Toronto. [Photo of Kupfert & Kim by Jennifer D’Agostino]
Whether you prefer fruit or vegetables, there are lots of places to grab a freshly made smoothie in Toronto. Establishments across the city are making delicious blends with unique and tasty flavour combinations and energizing proteins. Here are the best smoothies in Toronto. [Photo of Kupfert & Kim by Jennifer D’Agostino]
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