Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to explore Toronto’s culinary scene. With so many new bars and restaurants popping up, it can be hard to know where to start. To help you out on your Toronto exploring, we’ve put together a list of our 8 favourite new hot spots to try this summer in Toronto. From Japanese-inspired vinyl-only lounges to the best spot for wood-grilled steaks and everything in between, there’s something for everyone on this list. So get your appetite ready and let’s discover some of the newest and most exciting restaurants in town!
Daphne / 67 Richmond Street West
Escape from the ordinary and indulge in a remarkable dining experience at Daphne in Toronto’s Financial District. Created by INK Entertainment Group and Dream, this stunning restaurant offers a modern American experience with a touch of elegance. With a motto that “eating well is the best reward,” Daphne entices guests to fulfill their heart’s desires through tantalizing cuisine like their wood-grilled steaks and assortment of elevated pizzas. Whether you’re craving a delicious meal, a refreshing drink, or simply seeking a luxurious escape, Daphne is the perfect destination.
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Ristorante Sociale / 545 King Street West
Experience an elevated dining experience at Ristorante Sociale in Toronto’s King West district. With Roman and Tuscan influences, their menu features fresh pasta, seafood, and steaks from renowned Chef Kyle Rindinella of Enoteca Sociale. Enjoy the sophisticated ambiance and convivial vibe, perfect for intimate dinners or large group celebrations.
Margo / 600 King Street West
Located on the 4th floor of Clio, one of Toronto’s most exclusive private member clubs, Margo is a hidden gem that offers an unforgettable dining experience. Drawing inspiration from the diverse cultures, fresh ingredients, and unique flavours found along the Mediterranean Coastline, Margo’s menu showcases an array of alluring dishes. From the shores of Lebanon to the Amalfi Coast, Margo’s menu features delights like Whole Lobster Linguine for two, Grilled Octopus, Harissa Marinated Cornish Hen, and more. Pair your meal with an exquisite selection from their carefully curated wine list or sip on a handcrafted cocktail from their lounge. Whether you choose to dine in the restaurant or unwind with friends in the lounge, Margo invites you to sip, savour, and escape in style.
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Mezcalero / 509 Bloor Street West
Experience the vibrant flavours of Mexico at Mezcalero, the hottest new spot in Toronto. With an impressive selection of tequila, mezcal, and handcrafted cocktails, this authentic Mexican restaurant is a must-visit for food and drink enthusiasts. Indulge in mouthwatering tapas like their Octopus a la Parrilla, Casa Paella, or their Pork Belly Tatela. The lively atmosphere and friendly staff make Mezcalero the perfect place to enjoy a night out with friends or have a romantic evening.
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Kissa / 619 King Street West
Kissa, Toronto’s first Japanese-inspired vinyl-only listening lounge, has opened its doors in the vibrant King Street West area. Co-founded by Dan Gunam and Vito Tomasicchio, Kissa offers an exclusive atmosphere where guests can enjoy cocktails, seasonal flavours, and a vast collection of over 2,500 vinyl records. With a fusion of Japanese cuisine and music, Kissa provides customized experiences for both chill snacking and vibrant partying.
Laylak / 25 Toronto Street
Laylak Lebanese Cuisine, located in Toronto’s Financial District, offers a modern twist on traditional Lebanese cuisine. With an emphasis on high-quality ingredients and expert culinary techniques, Laylak offers a unique dining experience that is sure to please the senses. The sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance of the restaurant is created by the welcoming atmosphere, modern décor, and comfortable seating. Laylak’s attention to detail is evident from the carefully curated menu to the expertly crafted cocktails and extensive wine list. Whether you’re in the mood for mouthwatering mezze, succulent meats prepared on the grill, or delectable vegetarian options, Laylak has something for everyone.
Yunnan Noodle Shack / 43 Baldwin Street
Yunnan Noodle Shack in Toronto offers a unique dining experience for solo diners. With wooden panels, phone stands, and call buttons, guests can enjoy their meal in a serene and private setting. The menu is inspired by owner Su’s hometown in southwestern China, featuring minced pork chili, slow-cooked pork shoulder, hot and sour wontons, and pan-fried eggs. Whether you’re a meat lover or vegetarian, there’s something for everyone.
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Paris Texas / 461 King Street West
Paris Texas is a massive country-western nightclub, restaurant, and sports bar located in King West in Toronto. With a modern saloon vibe, the space offers a refreshing take on the Wild West aesthetic. The menu, created by chef Eric Phung from Walrus Pub and Beer Hall, offers Hungry Man-style plates with subtle refinements. Whether you’re looking for a night of dancing, watching sports, or indulging in delicious food and drinks, Paris Texas offers a one-of-a-kind country-western experience in the heart of downtown Toronto.