The HIT list: 10 of Toronto's hottest restaurants, Summer 2018

Jun 21 2018, 11:27 am

Newly opened and newly honoured restaurants in Toronto are the hottest dining destinations this summer.

From just-debuted concepts devoted to vegan tacos and modern Italian fare, to viral sensations and one kitchen recognized among the world’s best 100, these are the Toronto restaurants you’re going to want to eat at ASAP!




The Dundas West restaurant has piqued renewed interest from diners near and far following relentless protests from animal right activists and a now well-publicized response from Chef Michael Hunter who butchered and ate a leg of deer in the window.

Address: 1454 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-345-8300

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Alo Restaurant

Alo Restaurant

As the only Canadian restaurant to land on the list of the world’s top 100 restaurants, you can expect reservations books to be filling up fast at Chef Patrick Kriss’ and Amanda Bradley’s  French restaurant and cocktail destination.

Address: 163 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-260-2222


Bar Altura

Bar Altura

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This modern Italian restaurant on Queen West is the latest offering from the same folks behind Peruvian hotspot Kay Pacha. On the menu, aged Parma ham with compressed cantaloupe, chilled shrimp with blood orange and fennel, and slow roasted porchetta served with rapini and rosemary gremolata.

Address: 571 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-361-3434

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Chef Craig Harding of acclaimed Toronto restaurants Campagnolo and La Palma helms this kitchen found at the newly revamped Anndore House. The restaurant inside the boutique hotel is dishing out brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks including tempting selections such as a Cacio e Pepe-inspired pizza and saffron cavatelli with braised beef rib.

Address: 15 Charles Street East, Toronto
Phone: 647-475-4436

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Il Covo

Il Covo

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Located in the heart of Little Italy this modern Italian restaurant from Ryan Campbell and Giuseppe Marchesini (both ex-Buca) is turning out Cicchetti, house-made pasta, and cocktails! While the menu will change with the seasons, look forward to dishes like roasted buffalo ricotta dumplings, linguine di mare, and an impressive selection of DOP cheeses.

Address: 585 College Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-530-7585

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The new Momofuku helmed by Executive Chef Paula Navarrete just recently opened, replacing Daishō and Shōtō which closed earlier this year. Named for the Japanese god of fire, you know this place is going to be the hottest ticket in town.

Address: 190 University Avenue, Toronto


Parallel Brothers

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Artful plates of shakshuka, kabobs, herb falafels, and more! This Mediterranean restaurant is dishing out simple, fresh, summery fare that’s big on flavours.

Address:  217 Geary Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-516-7765

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Rosalinda tacos vegan


Vibrant, feel-good vegan Mexican food is what’s on the menu at this newly opened restaurant in the Financial District. Meatless-eater or not, it’s worth checking out how Chef Grant van Gameren (Bar IsabelBar RavalHarry’s CharbroiledTennessee Tavern, and Quetzal) applies his meaty palette to vegan fare in partnership with Max Rimaldi (Pizzeria Libretto, Enoteca Sociale, Bar Isabel, Tennessee Tavern) and Jamie Cook (Pizzeria Libretto).

Address: 133 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-907-0650


SoSo Food Club

SoSo Food Club

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Dumplings and dandan noodles are among the specialties at this sleek new Dundas West restaurant from the same team behind Otto’s Bierhalle.

Address: 1166 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-519-6661

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Toronto Island Brewing

Toronto Island BBQ


Smoked chorizo burgers, turkey club sandwiches, fresh suds, and a spectacular view. This brewpub located on the Toronto Islands is only a ferry ride away.

Address: 120 Centre Island Dock, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-4841

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