The 5 most anticipated restaurants opening this spring in Toronto

Get ready, foodies! This spring, a wave of new restaurants is getting ready to open their doors. From cosy neighbourhood eateries to upscale dining destinations, there’s something for every palate and preference.

Here are the five most anticipated restaurant openings of the season.

L’Avenue 

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Since 1994, award-winning L’Avenue has been the go-to destination for brunch and breakfast enthusiasts in Montreal, and now it is set to arrive in Toronto. Known for its eccentric plates, generous portions, festive atmosphere and exceptional service, we can’t confirm if the Toronto menu will replicate the original’s French-inspired offerings — like duck Benedict, the Sugar Shack plate and breakfast poutine, but we can anticipate those infamous long queues. 

La Plume Brasserie

Opening “soon” on Wellington Street West, La Plume, another restaurant from O&B is a chic two-level brasserie by executive chef John Horne, that promises a blend of timeless French classics and fresh seaside flavours. With a robust rotisserie program and tartare bar, the menu caters to diverse tastes. The venue includes a tucked-away speakeasy for late-night cocktails and bottle service. Serving lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and late-night drinks, La Plume invites you to experience unruffled Southern French fare in a stylish setting.

GRETA Bar

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Coming all the way from Calgary, GRETA is set to make its mark on King West with a sprawling 12,500 square feet space. This arcade bar will offer an array of over 50 games alongside street food craft cocktails, and beers, with live music and dancing on the agenda. Drawing from its Calgary roots, GRETA’s menu will feature mouthwatering delights such as Caribbean shrimp tacos and the fiery spicy chicken katsu sandwich. 

Bridgette Bar

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With two locations already established in Alberta, Bridgette Bar, fuses culinary flair with culture. Their collaborative culinary team at the chef-driven bar plans on transforming fresh, local ingredients into seasonal delicacies, ensuring a unique year-round experience. Expect seafood-heavy small plates like oysters, crab toast and grilled octopus, while large plates focus mainly on meat dishes, think wood grilled beef strip steak and grilled farm chicken.

The Dorset

Another upcoming hot spot from Oliver & Bonacini, The Dorset, draws inspiration from the British coastline and countryside. Executive Chef Ryan Lister (The Rabbit Hole) brings his culinary roots to downtown Toronto, offering an airy interior with a main floor bar and an elevated dining experience upstairs. From lunch and dinner to weekend brunch and Sunday roast,  get ready to enjoy delicious contemporary British cuisine and cocktails.

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