New & Hot Places

New Restaurants and Bars in Toronto

You can’t stay on top of the Toronto dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

Southern Accent Restaurant

NewCajunLittle Italy
The Mirvish Village institution resurfaces on College West, serving Cajun and soul food staples, plus coffee and fresh beignets every morning. Folksy paintings line the walls of the homey space, which evokes the mood of a bohemian New Orleans haunt.

Hotmess Tex Mex

NewTex-MexLittle Italy
Inspired by rough and rowdy border saloons, this no-frills Little Italy bar serves up simple snacks like chips and salsa, peanuts and pork rinds to pair with beer and margaritas. Vintage beer paraphernalia, bull horns and pin-ups are highlights of the joint's time-capsule decor.

La Banane

NewFrenchOssington
French standards mingle with chef Brandon Olsen's own creative contemporary cuisine at this Ossington eatery, which boasts an eye-catching raw bar stocked with sustainable seafood. Brass accents and deep greens unite the elegant space, divided into a lounge, brasserie and formal dining area.

Cider House

NewEclecticRoncesvalles
This Roncesvalles haunt offers over a dozen ciders on tap, augmented by a lengthy local beer list, plus an eclectic, hearty menu of Indian curries, simple European dishes and burgers. Barn board–panelled walls and license plate–topped tables give the space the welcoming vibe of a quaint country saloon.

Lake Inez

NewAsianLeslieville
An outlier in Little India Bazaar, this whimsical bistro boasts two dozen craft beers on tap, complemented by an imaginative menu of pan-Asian sharing plates. With an eye-catching mosaic mural behind the bar, the antiques-accented room has a quirky yet refined vibe.

Rollipub

NewAsianLittle Italy
An elephant and whale have an unlikely encounter in a mural at this easygoing Little Italy joint, and the menu is packed with equally unexpected combinations. From the signature sushi burritos to kimchi-topped poutine, the team behind the Sushitto food truck gives Asian staples a North American spin.

Fiorentina

NewCanadianDanforth
Relying on local Canadian ingredients, this Danforth cafe serves a frequently changing menu of rustic fare for lunch and weekend brunches, with freshly baked goods available to go. The cozy space has a warm, unpretentious vibe, with exposed brick and a back wall panelled with reclaimed wood.

El Local Loco

NewMexicanSt. Lawrence
This lively St. Lawrence market taqueria goes beyond the expected Mexican fare, offering lamb, octopus and lobster tail tacos, along with an extensive tequila and mezcal list. Colourful wall art also twists the traditional, mixing Mayan motifs with a skateboarding Day of the Dead skeleton and a flying luchadora.

Baro

NewKing West
There's more than expected items like chips and guacamole at this King West Latin option serving more adventurous plates like Japanese-influenced ceviche and Peruvian fried rice studded with duck confit. The main-floor dining room is alive with plants, and features an open kitchen and a marble-topped bar, while the second-storey raw bar has a more casual vibe, with mismatched pendant lights and plush leather seating.

Bar Homestand

NewBloorcourt
The co-owner of neighbouring Wenona Lodge and Tallboys expands his Bloorcourt empire with this humble sports bar, adorned with irreverent chalk drawings of athletes and flat screen TVs to ensure everyone can catch the game. The tap list highlights local craft brews and nothing on the Southern- and Mexican-inspired menu of bar snacks exceeds ten bucks.

The Green Wood

NewCanadianLeslieville
This Leslieville operation offers a sustainable take on brunch and bar food, serving up breakfast, burgers, wings and many vegetarian options all featuring ingredients sourced from local Canadian providers, along with a list of juice-based cocktails. The industrial-style space is slightly below ground level but still feels airy, thanks to its white interior and long row of windows.

Mana'ish Global Flatbread Cafe

NewLebaneseToronto
This Fashion District counter serve loads Lebanese flatbreads with a range of toppings, from traditional Middle Eastern options to European- and Asian-inspired variations. The bright, simple space features expansive windows and ornate tiling that evokes the eatery's Levantine roots.

KABOOM Chicken

NewAsianRiverdale
Specializing in Korean fried chicken, this Riverside joint serves up the sweet and spicy bird in Italian-style rice balls, between two ramen buns and on a Hong Kong bubble waffle. Reclaimed wood decorates the casual counter serve, which encourages diners to get cozy at communal tables.

Square Fish

NewSushiQueen West
The menu at this Queen West nook covers all the latest sushi crazes, from blowtorching to burrito-style rolls to donut-shaped doshi. Seating options are limited in the bright, narrow space, but before you grab your meal to go, be sure to check out the cartoonish fishing-lure mural on the wall.

Mochica

NewLittle Italy
The Warhol-style silkscreens of a Peruvian sculpture reflects this Little Italy spot's approach to cuisine, offering a modern presentation of traditional flavours, with an emphasis on ceviche and seafood (and the occasional alpaca dish). Replicas of ancient art are displayed throughout the vibrantly coloured, bar-like space.

Table 21 Kitchen & Wine Bar

NewIslington-Kingsway
Set on the Kingsway, this casual American serves crowd-pleasing classic dishes such as strip steak, mac 'n' cheese and hickory smoked short ribs, plus an extensive selection of new- and old-world wines, many by the glass. The space is unpretentious and intimate, and hosts live jazz on Friday nights.

Warung Indonesia d'Eglinton

NewIndonesianNorth Toronto
Focusing on West Sumatran cuisine, with its Indian and Middle Eastern influences, this Yonge & Eglinton eatery offers curries and satays. The modest dining room is adorned with traditional Indonesian art as well as a mural of Toronto's neighbourhoods.

Awai

NewVeganBloor West Village
Unpredictable chef Nathan Isberg embraces plant-based cuisine with this vegan Bloor West eatery, offering internationally inspired dishes showcasing locally sourced and foraged produce. The menu's simplicity is reflected in the minimalist decor, which features an open kitchen with a wood-burning oven.

Jack and Lil's

NewAfricanDundas West
On Sundays, this Dundas West catering company offers a unique brunch option, serving South African-style breakfast dishes, with customers paying by the weight. Dining is a cozy experience in the snug, homey space ornamented with knick knacks, with just one ledge offering a place to rest your plates.

Bodega Henriette

NewBistroToronto
Open all day, this quirky Upper Beaches corner cafe starts the morning with pastries and coffee, offers sandwiches and salads at lunch and serves European-influenced sharing plates and cocktails at night. True to its name, it also sells a small selection of groceries, so diners can stock up their pantries after a meal.
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