These are 8 major restaurant openings to look forward to in 2019

Jan 10 2019, 12:09 am

Last year saw some delicious restaurant openings, leaving 2019 with some big shoes to fill.

And it seems that the new year is up for the challenge.

These are some of the major upcoming restaurant openings that are going to take Toronto by storm in 2019.



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Tora is an all-new concept from the Vancouver restaurant group that’s also behind Toronto’s upscale Miku Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. They’re going to be serving up blow-torched and pressed (read: aburi and oshizushi) sushi at Yorkville Mall in the near future.

Address: Coming to Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin Street, North York


Steam Whistle Biergarten


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Openness, sharing, beer and schnitzel. Sounds like a perfect combination. And it’s exactly what’s going to be on tap at the Steam Whistle Biergarten, set to open in the brewery’s Roundhouse this spring. Look forward to sipping brews and munching on pretzels and schnitzel with pals.

Address: Coming to the Steam Whistle Roadhouse – 255 Bremner Boulevard


Planta Queen


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Nota Bene closed in 2018, which is sad. But the space will soon be filled by an all-new Planta concept, which is the opposite of sad. Planta in Yorkville is a hit, and Planta Burger is a beloved lunch spot. It’s exciting to imagine what flavours this new location will bring to the city.

Address: Coming to 180 Queen Street West




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Plant-focused dining is about to get elevated. Ten, coming to Brockton Village in early 2019, will be offering a twelve-course meal that’s served around the chef’s counter. There are only ten seats in the whole restaurant, so you know that dinner here will be an intimate affair.

Address: Coming to 1132 College Street


Maison Selby


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Oliver and Bonacini, the company behind CanoeAuberge du Pommier, and Bannock, is about to bring something new to Bloor and Sherbourne. Maison Selby will pay homage to the bistro and cafe genre of restaurant, with European-inspired dishes and a particular Parisian je ne sais quoi.

Address: Coming to 592 Sherbourne Street




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Love it or hate it, it’s coming either way. Chick-fil-A is slated to open its first international outpost in Toronto this year. The Atlanta-based restaurant chain is best known for its fried chicken sandwiches, biscuits, and waffle fries, and already operates more than 2,300 outlets in the USA.

Address: Not yet announced


Annex Food Hall


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Long-awaited, The Annex Food Hall is finally gearing up to open its doors. And the food options are going to be well worth the wait. You’ll soon be able to tuck into tacos from El Nahual, Thai street foods from Eat BKK and fresh pasta from Dal Moro. Your sandwich cravings will be satisfied by fried chicken sandwiches from PG Clucks, steamed buns from Mean Bao, BBQ from Smoked Up Meats, and vegan delights from Urban Herbivore.



Stackt Market


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This tetris-like market is coming soon to Front and Bathurst, and there are going to be food options on deck. The details of the spot are still limited, but the sheer allure of enjoying meals inside a storage-container market is interesting enough to have everyone watching this space.

Address: Coming to Front and Bathurst Street Spring 2019


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