The 10 best restaurants on King West, ranked

An old industrial area turned into the hottest place to be on a Saturday night, King West provides an assortment of nightlife, lively rooftop patios, marketplaces, good drinks, and delicious flavours. And the area never seems to stop growing, introducing more and more of the most favoured and buzzing places in the city. 

Check out these top places to grab a bite on King Street.

10. Four Brothers Pizza

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Four Brothers Pizza has been a King West staple since 1990. This staple commitment has helped the restaurant become a favourite in the community, their commitment to proper ingredients cooked to perfection. One-of-a-kind pizza items include the famous pizza twists and pizza skulls.

9. The Parlour

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You certainly don’t have to go searching for good, high-end restaurants on King West, but if you do want something a little off the beaten track, The Parlour is a hidden gem. Though the menu is full of your favourite comfort foods from smash burgers, oysters, The Parlour’s gem is its pizzas. Everything from classic pepperoni and plain jane to pies topped with avocado, tuna and caramelized onions can be found at this gem.

8. Cibo Wine Bar

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King Street, like all of Toronto, had no limit to their Italian restaurants. But Cibo Wine Bar take top of the cake, combining a relaxed atmosphere with high-calibre cuisine. Stone and glass walls, wood finishes, and exposed wine bars give Cibo a romantic, intimate atmosphere that makes the space fun.

7. Añejo Restaurant

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Anejo is the place to go if you’re looking to start the party early while having a dinner of handcrafted tacos. You won’t need the shots of tequila to get a little dizzy—just making a decision while looking at the long list, which includes flavours of everything from almond, coffe, butterscotch and tobacco. Añejo King Street has a street side patio for summer tanning.

6. Oretta

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If you’re not coming to this Italian restaurant for the mouthwatering, authentic food, come for the beautiful architecture. Grand arches combine with stylish décor and chic geometric colours at Oretta King West. The menu adds modern flare to traditional Italian cuisine. The space is fun and classy, just like the cuisine. It’s no surprise Oretta has opened more.

5. Rodney’s Oyster House

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Rodney’s Oyster House is King West’s solution to fresh seafood, with fresh delicacies coming in from coast-to-coast. Lobsters, oysters, scallops are all exquisite menu selections, though the real busy season comes the limited time the King Crabs are in.

4. Baro Toronto

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Ths cuisine isn’t the only that’s Latin-inspired at Baro Toronto. The three-story restaurant has a different level each, depending on what you’re looking to get from the evening. A tunnel transports you to a whole new experience of the main floor dining room, while upstairs is a casual place for cocktails and share plates to catch up with that old friend, the third floor is a reservable space for events and private dining, and the rooftop offers year-round views and airt vibes. Guests can sit right up front to the live open kitchen.

3. Buca Osteria & Enoteca

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At Buca Osteria & Enoteca, dishes are inspired by Italian culinary practices and techniques. The dining area—formerly a boiler room—is rustic and modern, defined by brick walls and high ceilings. The casual and laidback space is made for big glasses of wine—or entire bottles—paired with an ever-changing menu if Italian fare. You never know what you’ll get but you can expect greatness every time.

2. Pink Sky

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If you know the sailor’s saying, you know that pink sky means nothing but delight. And that’s exactly what Pink Sky Restaurant serves up with their seafood menu. Delicate touches like brick walls, leather booths, and solid wood tables make the dining space both inviting and chic, a comfortable space for sipping inspired craft cocktails and dining from a Daily Catch menu.

1. Lapinou

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Amidst the lineup of large and small Italian restaurants sits a spacious bistro serving up some French eats. Lapinou Bistro embraces the Parisian streetside tradition, with an adorable patio with fairy lights and greenery that will feel like you’re in your very own garden oasis. 

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