8 Best Restaurants in Toronto to Have Fun with Friends

Listen, we’ve all been there. Trying to plan a night out with friends can be stressful. But according to Vogue, Toronto is the city that all food lovers should be flocking to. So if you’re stuck for ideas, leave it to us at Aeroplan to help you out. While we would never been one to pass up a quintessential street meat outside Toronto’s City Hall, we just know there are tons of off-the-beaten path, hidden gems that you and your friends may want to experience. So here’s our 8 best restaurants to have fun with friends at, we know you’ll be talking about them for weeks to come:

328 Wellington St West
Toronto, ON M5V 3T4

When it comes to being able put chef’s names to faces, you can bet Susur Lee in one of Canada’s most famous. Lee opened Luckee, in the chic restaurant in the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, in April of 2014. The space is one part modern and with accents of imperial red and wall-to-wall panels of Chinese-empire architecture. If you’re not captivated by the dishes which feature some favourites like siu mai, sweet soy glazed cod or their ever so popular, lobster cheung fun.


The Sultan’s Tent
49 Front St East
Toronto, ON M5E 1B3

Have you always wanted to visit Morocco, but don’t want to experience the 8 hour flight and jet lag? Well then, just make a trip to The Sultan’s Tent! With the space decorated with large Pergola tents featuring bright silks and cushions, you’ll get right into the Moroccan spirit. Dig into one of their specialized tagines, including our favourite the hummus. Or order up their mint tea, where the servers will pour from high in the sky. But if you do anything, make sure to catch their belly dancing show that take place each night at 7PM.


Hawthorne Food & Drink
60 Richmond St East
Toronto, ON M5C 1N8

If you’re looking to support local, then the best thing you could do is head down to Hawthorne Food and Drink. Located a short walk away from Toronto’s St Lawrence Market, the restaurant has become well-known as a social enterprise which provides free training and career development in the restaurant industry for those who are unemployed. The menu is a mix of local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients including their roasted beet and squash salad or the beef burger. You know when you eat here, you’ll have a great meal and do something good for your community.


Veloute Bistro & Catering
2343 Queen St East
Toronto, ON M4E 1H2

Nestled in the heart of The Beach neighbourhood is Velouté Bistro & Catering. The restaurant, which may seem like an old country cottage from the outside, offers chic, high-end dining on the inside. This is thanks in large part to Executive Chef Fawzi Kotb, who has made quite the name for himself in the Toronto dining industry. With a commitment to farm-to-table movement, Fawzi (as regular diners know him by) serves up classic french bistro food with a modern flair. Try the crab and lobster cake or the lamb rack with crushed Yukon potatoes, you won’t be disappointed.


100 Yonge St #100
Toronto, ON M5C 2W1

We love sustainable seafood and we know just the place to go for it: lbs (which stands for lobster, burger, salad) right in the heart of the Financial District. This modern, light-filled restaurant is opulent with gold and marble finishes throughout. Have a seat at the bar to either watch all the action in restaurant unfold, or take a gander into the open kitchen where you can watch some of the restaurants top dishes being made. Order up a plate of spaghetti alle vongole with clams or try their 1-pound lobster. Don’t forget the bib!


The Badali Bar and Cucina
156 Front St West
Toronto, ON M5J 1G2

Planning to go see the Toronto Blue Jays or The Toronto Maple Leafs? Well then, there is one stop you should make before hand and that’s to The Badali Bar and Cucina. The restaurant is huge with dim, romantic lighting, exposed brick and adorable murals of Italian nonnas on the walls. The menu offers up a great selection of Italian classics, cooked with heart and soul like the chicken cacciatore or the pizza. You could share these plates with friends, but you might not want to.


Tundra Restaurant and Bar
145 Richmond St West
Toronto, ON M5H 2L2

Thinking about planning a mini staycation? Looking into Toronto’s Hilton hotel, located right downtown and ensure to make reservations at Tundra Restaurant. Tucked away inside the lobby, you’ll find the large dining area which has a somewhat modern look and feel. The team at Tundra pride themselves on using locally sourced proteins and produce on their menu, which updates seasonally. We recommend the mushroom and brussel sprout salad! If you’re lucky: you might be able to catch a jazz trio playing in the bar, which adds a vibe while dining out.


Nota Bene
180 Queen St West
Toronto, ON M5V 3X3

If you’ve ever walked by Nota Bene at Queen and University, this is your chance to stop and immediately visit. Executive chef David Lee pulls out all the stops with his restaurant dedicated to seasonal Canadian cuisine. The decor is upscale, but the food is anything but pretentious. The food features noteable nods to Chef Lee’s Asian influences including tuna tartare and Wagyu steak with wasabi. Plus, we hear there is an entire menu dedicated the classic gin and tonic cocktail featuring 15 different gins, 3 different tonics and multiple ice formats. Bestill our heart.

Did we miss one of your favourite spots that you like to visit with friends? Share it with us in the comments and we’ll add it to our next Aeroplan eating adventure.

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