These are 10 of Toronto's chicest women-led restaurants

Mar 6 2019, 9:23 pm

Women are the powerhouses behind plenty of Toronto’s favourite restaurants, and honestly, they’re all worth a visit.

It’s going to take a while to work through this list, so why not start today?

In honour of International Women’s Day, here’s a handful of Toronto’s chicest women-led eateries. But don’t get it twisted‚ÄĒthese spots are noteworthy every single day of the year.

Gusto 101¬†and Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen

 

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These spots are led by Janet Zuccarini, who has over 22 years of experience as Founder of Gusto 54 Restaurant Group. Zuccarini has been a judge on Top Chef Canada, and owns some of Toronto‚Äôs most coveted places to dine. Also under her name, visit¬†Kiin or Trattoria Nervosa with your girlfriends whenever you’re looking for a solid dinner out.

Gusto 101

Address: 101 Portland Street
Phone: 416-504-9669

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Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen

Address: 104 Portland Street
Phone: 416-792-8105

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Colibri

 

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Executive Chef Elia Herrera uses traditional recipes, passed down through many generations, and draws inspiration from her mother and grandmother to make new dishes. The result is fresh Mexican food with a genuine, authentic feel served in the heart of downtown.

Address:¬†Assembly Chef’s Hall – 111 Richmond Street West

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Ruby Watchco

 

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Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford has over 25 years of culinary experience and has worked alongside world-renowned chefs at top destination restaurants and hotels. Give yourself (and perhaps your closest friends) a gift by visiting her spot Ruby Watchco for a delightful dinner and a glass (or three) of wine.

Address: 730 Queen Street East
Phone: 416-465-0100

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Resto Boemo and Chef’s Table

 

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These two Assembly Chef‚Äôs Hall restaurants are led by Chef Ivana Raca, who was made the first female saucier by Mark McEwan. She’s worked alongside Michelin Star chefs and competed in the Food Networks ‚ÄúBeat Bobby Flay.” More recently, Raca made an appearance on Chopped Canada. Stop by the Assembly Chef’s Hall to sink your teeth into one of her juicy burgers, or try the mouthwatering gnocchi.

Address:¬†Assembly Chef’s Hall – 111 Richmond Street West

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Grey Gardens and Le Swan

 

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The Kensington Market gem and Trinity Bellwoods beauty are fronted by Jen Agg, the restauranteur who brought Toronto the beloved Black Hoof. Agg makes fierce waves in the city’s culinary scene, offering top-notch meals in only the most chill-without-trying anti-establishments. Her memoir, when reviewed harshly by the New York Times, was defended by Anthony Bourdain. But really, she did a solid job of standing up for the work herself.

Grey Gardens

Address: 199 Augusta Avenue
Phone: 647-351-1552

Le Swan

Address: 892 Queen Street West
Phone: 416-536-4440

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Mira Mira

 

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Amira Becarevic, Founder and Owner of Mira Mira, has worked in the culinary world for the past 17 years. Recently, she discovered a passion for sustainable and health-conscious dishes, which directs the menu of this spot towards plant-based and plant-focused meals.

Address:¬†Assembly Chef’s Hall –¬†111 Richmond Street West

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nutbar

 

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Kate Taylor Martin is a holistic nutritionist who noticed a growing need for on-the-go bites that taste as good as they make you feel. Enter: nutbar, where you can treat yourself without the extra sugar. Here, you can get hot drinks infused with medicinal mushrooms and brownies that are actually healthy for you. Cheers your smoothie to that.

Address: 111 Richmond Street West

Address: 1240 Yonge Street
Phone: 416-519-2700

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Bar Reyna

 

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Nicki Laborie is the founder and owner of Mediterranean snack spot Bar Reyna. Laborie opened the restaurant after summers spent in Europe and years studying food education and restaurant management. Head over to dive into a delicious Lebanese falafel taco, charcuterie board, or lamb shank baklava with burnt honey aioli.

Address:¬†Assembly Chef’s Hall – 111 Richmond Street West

Address: 158 Cumberland Street
Phone: 647-748-4464

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Tutti Matti

 

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Chef Alida Solomon decided to open Tutti Matti in Toronto during her six years working in the kitchens and fields of Tuscany. Solomon was inspired by Tuscan food and the overall gastronomic culture, how wine relates to the experience of food, and how lifestyle is affected by it all.

Address: 364 Adelaide Street West
Phone: 416-597-8839

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Milk Bar

 

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Christina Tosi¬†is the chef, founder and owner of Milk Bar. You’ll find Toronto’s location on the second floor of Momofuku. Tosi started in the kitchens of fine dining restaurants, later founding the dessert program at Momofuku. Finally, she created the concept for Milk Bar, which resulted in a culinary empire all of her own.

Address: 190 University Avenue
Phone: 647-253-6225

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