The five best restaurants on Queen West, ranked

Whether you’re just visiting, just moved into the city, or you’ve been a Torontonian since birth, Queen Street West is one spot you’ll want to return to time and time again. The neighbourhood is one of Toronto’s central hubs, a destination for culture, street art, small shopping boutiques and, of course, food and drink.

Here are the top restaurants located on Queen Street West.

5. Noce


Floor to ceiling windows give you the perfect view of the busy Queen Street right from the dining room at Noce. But you’ll be pleasantly separated from the street, with the smells of the wood-burning over drifting over you from the kitchen. NOCE has a space for whatever you’re in the mood for. From the Octopus Lounge for sipping cocktails to the intimacy of the Tuscany Room, there’s nothing that Noce isn’t ready for. 

4. Terroni

Since 1992, Terroni has been in the heart of Queen Street West. Though it has expanded to locations across the city, and all the way to Los Angeles, patrons will always remember the humble Italian authenticity of the original location here at 720 Queen Street West. Over 30 years, Terroni has continued to serve up traditional Southern Italian eats in a 2-storey cozy space, providing a reliable, friendly service with traditionally Italian tastes.

3.  The Good Son


Local and seasonal organic produce are at the forefront of the menu, and the wood-stove oven is at the forefront of the dining space at The Good Son. And it’s not just for their pizzas as many featured specials find their way into it. A full cocktail bar with an extensive list of house cocktails ensures The Good Son keeps busy all weekend long.

2. Saku


Saku is unlike most places you can find in Toronto where sushi, tacos, and cocktails all come to meet up. High ceilings, golden lighting and leather booths may not be the first atmosphere that comes to your mind when you think about sushi, but that’s exactly what you get from Saku. Stone walls and massive chandeliers are the decorative aspects, while the food is anything but decorative. Special roles, pressed sushi and sashimi are all available alongside hard and soft-shelled tacos. Saku cocktails are a must have.

1. Nana


If you’re looking to heat things up, check out Khao San Road’s joint, Nana. A simple sign welcomes patron to a Thai restaurant with not-so-simple flavours. Dishes on the menu are inspired by the street food found in Thailand and the seating is reminiscent of restaurants in Bangkok, with long, high share tables. Though there are tastes to appeal to all, no matter your palate, only the spiciest meals are in true Thai tradition. Come in for dinner and stay to check out Nana’s new cocktail menu.

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