Greasy spoon diners might be home to some of Toronto’s most satisfying breakfast plates but for those times when you want an extra helping of extravagance along with your bacon and eggs, these lavish diners offer familiar comforts with modern and indulgent twists.
Here are 8 of the best upscale diners in Toronto.
Located in the Thompson Hotel, this place takes classic diner fare up a notch. Open almost 24 hours, Thompson diner offers breakfast options like buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, prosciutto Benedict croissant, and the brunch burger served on a powdered donut.
When: Everyday, 6 am to 3 am
Where: 550 Wellington Street West, Toronto
Open 24 hours with $3 mimosas and $4 traditional Caesars–what’s not to love? The Lakeview Restaurant was even featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and has been around since 1932 keeping things classy and oh-so-delicious.
If you’re looking for upscale diner food, look no further than The Swan. With retro red booths and bar stools, this place also has a beautiful outdoor patio. During the warmer months grab a spot outside and take in the view of Trinity Bellwood Park, while enjoying options like oysters, avocado toast, or tiramisu pancakes.
When: Everyday 9 am to 11 pm
Where: 892 Queen Street West, Toronto
Known for their specialty “don’t even go there” French toast and Blueberry Hill pancakes that are stacked sky high, Old School is a contemporary take on a classic diner with the retro decor and comforting menu to match.
When: Monday to Wednesday, 9 am to 3 pm; Thursday to Sunday, 9 am to 11 pm
Where: 800 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Don’t let the big neon sign out front fool you, this old school diner has had a modern revamp in recent years. Located in the Parkdale neighbourhood, this retro spot serves typical comfort food with a few fancier options and a menu that changes daily.
When: Monday to Friday, 11 am to 2 am; Saturday to Sunday, 10 am to 2 am
Where: 1426 Queen Street West, Toronto
The Rosedale Diner has been a Toronto favourite since 1978 — and for good reason. Unlike other diners, this place offers a Middle Eastern twist to many of their recipes in addition to old school staples.
When: Monday to Friday, 11:30 am to 10 pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm
Where: 1164 Yonge Street, Toronto
Donuts baked fresh daily, hand-cut fries, from-scratch onion rings—at Uncle Betty’s Diner it’s all about homemade. With a family-friendly vibe in a bright colourful space, this place also has an ice cream parlour attached.
When: Monday closed; Tuesday to Wednesday, 11:30 am to 8:30 pm; Thursday to Friday, 9:30 am to 8:30 pm; Saturday to Sunday, 8:30 am to 8:30 pm
Where: 2590 Yonge Street, Toronto
Known for their crispy hash browns, house-baked bread, and even smoking their own bacon, White Lily Diner doesn’t mess around. Using only fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in each dish — it’s no wonder people go crazy for this place.
When: Monday to Tuesday closed; Wednesday to Friday, 8 am to 10 pm; Saturday to Sunday, 9 am to 10 pm
Where: 678 Queen Street East, Toronto
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