Wine spots in Toronto's Leslieville

Formerly a beer-and-a-burger neighbourhood, Leslieville has seen an influx of new upscale restaurants and hip bistros fashioned by some of Toronto’s star chefs. A glass of wine is never more than a block away.


980 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K1

This wine bar has helped lead the way in invigorating the fine dining scene in Leslieville. The food is modern Canadian, showcasing the best of what local producers have to offer. The stellar wine list includes world-class labels and the casual fine-dining atmosphere encourages visitors to relax and try different varietals with each course.

Leslie Jones

1182 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1L4

The focus here is on producing simple and delicious organic fare with something for everyone, including those on restricted diets. The wine list is small but well-conceived, with bottles from both the Old World and the new, most available by the glass. The casual laid-back atmosphere suits anyone seeking a quiet night out with good food and good wine.

Ascari Enoteca

1111 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K7

Named after Italian racing legend Alberto Ascari, this Italian eatery matches its delicious homemade pasta with a flawlessly curated wine list. Their roster of vinos is ever-changing, with Canadian winemakers and international imported brands – some of which you might not find elsewhere. Try one of the rosé or sparkling options, and a long list of red and white by the bottle or five-ounce glass.

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