The most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings for 2018

Nov 23 2017, 9:33 pm

Toronto has a lot to look forward to in the year ahead… especially food-wise!

2018 is going to be filled with AYCE sushi, Buca restaurants everywhere, nerd bars, and vegan pizza! Here are the most anticipated restaurant openings in Toronto for 2018.


Everyone gets a Buca in 2017! In addition to a new Buca restaurant in Vaughan, an expanded all-day Bar Buca concept coming soon to Yonge and Eg, and another Buca restaurant is planned for north-west corner at Yonge and St. Clair.

Constantine Restaurant

Chef Craig Harding of La Palma and Campagnolo is heading up this new restaurant opening inside Toronto’s chic new Anndore House, a boutique hotel at 15 Charles Street East.


Replacing Bestellen on College, Rob Rossi is teaming up with David Minicucci of L’Unita to open this incoming Italian restaurant slated to open winter 2018 at 972 College Street.



The Filipino fast food chain can’t open soon enough. Incoming locations in Mississauga and Scarborough (expected in early 2018) will be Toronto’s first chance to taste golden ChickenJoy fried chicken and sweet spaghetti studded with ham and hot dogs.

KAKA All-You-Can-Eat

Markham sushi

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This beloved AYCE sushi restaurant from Markham is set to land downtown in the new year. The 200-seat restaurant complete with patio is going in at 655 Bay Street at Elm Street and will offer an expansive selection of premium sushi including aburi (blow-torched) and oshi (pressed) varieties along with seafood-centric grilled, fried, and baked dishes.

Lady Marmalade

The popular Leslieville brunch spot is moving from Queen East to 265 Broadview Avenue in the spring. With a greater capacity, fans of A.M poutine and Moroccan scrambled eggs might finally find relief from the long line-ups on weekends.


The folks behind Cava and Chabrol have been busy in 2017. Tanto, a new Argentine-inspired restaurant is newly opened on Ossington, and Lapin destined for King Street West is already being plotted for 2018.


Going in at 420A Wellington Street West, this new Peruvian restaurant is the newest project from ICONINK, the same hospitality group behind Byblos, Figo, Patria, and numerous other upmarket Toronto restaurants.

Pick 6

While details are still scarce, this incoming sushi spot at the coner of Yonge and Wellington is helmed by October’s Very Own, Drake.

Storm Crow Manor

Storm Crow nerd bar

Storm Crow

This nerd bar billed as the “terrifying sequel to Vancouver’s Storm Crow Tavern and Storm Crow Alehouse” is taking over the Victorian mansion at 580 Church Street in the new year. Expect a “board games and card games galore and sci-fi TV around the clock,” served up alongside a menu of fantastical foods likes Teenage Mutant Fried Pickles, Nachos Apocalypto, and Attack of the Killer Tomato Soup.

Virtuous Pie

Direct from Vancouver, vegan pizzeria Virtuous Pie is opening at 611 College Street in January 2018. The pizza makers are known for their plant-based pizza’s built on hand-stretched three-day dough.

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