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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Toronto

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Toronto? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of KINKA IZAKAYA ANNEX restaurant
4.6
4.6 (25)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Japanese
The Annex
About the restaurant
Known for its bustling atmosphere, energetic staff and unique menu of Japanese tapas, KINKA IZAKAYA is a favourite among the diverse crowd of both locals and tourists in Toronto and Montreal. A pioneer of the izakaya dining experience in Canada, KINKA IZAKAYA first opened in the winter of 2009, introducing Toronto to the world of Japanese pubs. Featuring an extensive drink menu, dishes at KINKA IZAKAYA can be paired with a selection of refreshing beers, premium sake and Japanese-inspired cocktails.
If you have any other questions, email us at annex@kinkaizakaya.com.
Or call (647) 343-1101

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Great place to go with a group of friends. Good energy, and Phun was an incredible server.
A photo of Bar Notte restaurant
4.6
4.6 (42)
CAN$30 and under
Pizza Bar
St. Lawrence Market
About the restaurant
Bar Notte, a vibrant culinary destination by the dynamic team behind Amano Trattoria and The Carbon Bar, is now open. Located in the spirited St. Lawrence district of downtown Toronto, Bar Notte offers a vibrant and laid-back dining and nightlife experience steeped in Italian charm and modern elegance.

Bar Notte is more than just a bar; it is a pulsating social hub where exciting food, crafted cocktails and a curated wine list come together. With its casual yet classy ambiance, Bar Notte is perfect for pre or post-event dining, social meet-ups, drinks or casual snacks.

Bar Notte features an array of small and large plates, as well as playful Roman-style pizzas, fusing traditional Italian cuisine with contemporary flair. A sophisticated cocktail menu and an extensive wine list further elevate the bar experience.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
We went for summerlicious and it was amazing! Food and drinks were yummy and good portions for the price
A photo of Earls Kitchen + Bar - King West restaurant
4.6
4.6 (40)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
American
King West
About the restaurant
Welcome to Earls King West, located in the heart of downtown Toronto. Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience on one of our three patios, including a rooftop patio + solarium with views overlooking the King West strip. At street level you can delight in our intimate dining room or our vibrant lounge with an energetic horseshoe bar. Earls King West was designed for the King West guest and captures Toronto’s urban texture and vibrant spirit. It’s the ultimate destination for lunch, dinner dates, weekend brunches and celebrations. Located at the corner of King and Portland, Earls King West offers a cocktail program featuring a line-up of seriously fun drinks headlined by an industry-leading selection of Margaritas. Immerse yourself in the energy of downtown Toronto while enjoying our delectable cuisine and exceptional service. Your table is ready. We can't wait to see you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
My wife and I went for birthday lunch on a Saturday afternoon. We selected chef set menu, and it was really good.
A photo of Drake Hotel restaurant
4.5
4.5 (971)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Queen West
About the restaurant
We invite you to experience our special blend of bespoke hotel and inclusive hub for unique and diverse experiences with great seasonal menus, a robust cocktail list, a vibrant local culture, carefully curated curiosities and genuine hospitality.
Top review
Sarah
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Thank you we really enjoyed the brunch and our server was great!
A photo of Mrs Robinson restaurant
4.5
4.5 (97)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Southern African
Little Italy / College St.
About the restaurant
Mrs Robinson is a cocktail bar and music venue that opened its doors December 8th 2017. The patrons will experience hand crafted cocktails, great South African Braii (BBQ) eats, and the very best of Soul, Funk, Disco and Old School Hip Hop from the 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990's and early 2000's music eras. We are a home to live music in Toronto and offer live performances daily. You'll find our atmosphere nostalgic with 1970's era furnishings and an enviable collection of vinyl records decorating our shelves. We are currently only taking limited reservations via email and phone for evening service: between the hours of 5pm-11pm following which we're open for walk-ins only. Please contact us directly for large party inquiries: info@mrsrobinsontoronto.com or (416) 901-9717.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Absolutely terrific!!!! Great service, great food, great music, great ambiance! A really fantastic spot all around! I’d be there all the time if it was in my neighborhood!
A photo of KINTORI YAKITORI restaurant
4.5
4.5 (15)
CAN$30 and under
Japanese (Yakitori / Poultry)
The Village
About the restaurant
Our largest table available for booking seats is up to (8) guests
If you would like to book a party of 9 & more, please contact us directly.

Established in the spring of 2014, KINTORI YAKITORI is a cozy, izakaya-style eatery specializing in authentic yakitori and premium Japanese tapas. Bite-size pieces of the finest meats and vegetables are held together by bamboo skewers imported from Japan and cooked over a charcoal fire. Served hot and right off the grill, KINTORI YAKITORI offers guests a dining experience like no other.
If you have any other questions, email us at bloor@kintoriyakitori.com.
Or call (647)350-0668

Top review
KeiHvip
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
Real Japanese yakitori we got unagi and omakase Yakitori set with a bunch of skewers would recommend sake was amazing beer was cold and servers were kind and friendly
A photo of lobby restaurant
4.4
4.4 (261)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Queen West
About the restaurant
Located in Queen West, Lobby is a Latin-inspired restaurant and late-night lounge, with a wide selection of vibrant cocktails, beers and wines!

On the northwest corner of Queen Street West & Brookfield Street. Join us for the perfect escape, within the heart of the city.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
Got the brunch tier and it was SOOO good! You definitely get your moneys worth. We still had food left over.
A photo of Lula Lounge restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1012)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Latin
Little Portugal / Dundas West
About the restaurant
Lula Lounge is Toronto's home to live salsa, Brazilian, Global roots and jazz music featuring diverse local talent as well as concerts by international artists. Each weekend we offer a dinner and show package that includes a three course tropical fusion meal, a beginner dance lesson and great live music for your dancing pleasure.
Bring your friends for a fun night and don't miss out trying one of our famous Cuban mojitos!

Thank you for supporting live music and Latin culture in Toronto!!! We look forward to seeing you at Lula Lounge!!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing latin vibe, live music, great DJ and drinks. Expect to spend between $150 to $200 per person.
A photo of Jazz Bistro restaurant
4.3
4.3 (619)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Bistro
Yonge–Dundas Square
About the restaurant
This classic supper club boasts live performances every night, from Tuesday through Saturday. Bistro-style cuisine, prepared in the traditional French technique, with ingredients from all over the world, prepared with passion by our Executive Chef, Roshan Vermezyari.

Our beautiful main stage is home to "Red Pops" - a gorgeous red Steinway baby grand piano - meticulously maintained. There is a cover charge for performances on all of our stages, except our Piano Bar performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5 to 7, which are free of charge.

Our 3rd-floor Event Space is available for your next corporate or private event. Equipped with another stage and a full bar, the "Jazz Cellar" has an outdoor area that is licensed for 45 guests (closed in the winter), and an indoor area that holds 55 comfortably, year-round. It's the perfect downtown location for your next event!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great ambiance, friendly helpful staff. Great timing for dinner before a show at Mirvish Theatre!!!
A photo of Burdock Brewery restaurant
4.2
4.2 (93)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Brewery
High Park
About the restaurant
Burdock is a microbrewery, restaurant & music venue in the West-End of Toronto. Our restaurant features a tasty, seasonal array of locally sourced dishes and a welcoming community atmosphere. Swing by to try our selection of Real Nice™ beer & other delicious things. Open 7 days a week!
Top review
JohnC
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Lovely laid back spot with a nice patio. Great beer.
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