Food & Drink in Toronto

$39 for a Three-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner with 1/2 litre of wine for Two at Cafe Diplomatico ($67.30 Value)

Cafe Diplomatico

Little Italy

Try some of the menu’s best dishes like risotto balls, filet of sole, and a variety of pastries

C$67.30 C$39

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Holiday Ice-Cream Cakes at Baskin Robbins (Up to 40% Off). 2 Options; 8 locations participating

Baskin Robbins

Multiple Locations

Celebrate and enjoy the holidays with holiday-themed ice-cream cakes

C$25 C$15

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$6 for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt, Crepes, and Coffee at Yeh! Frozen Yogurt & Cafe

Yeh! Frozen Yogurt & Cafe - Toronto - Spadina

Downtown Toronto

The frozen yogurt is available in flavors such as cake batter, chocolate, honey greek & eggnog

C$10 C$6

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$14.50 for a Half-Dozen Assorted Liège Waffles at Wanda's Belgian Waffles ($29 Value)

Wanda's Bakery - Espresso Bar

Multiple Locations

Traditional Belgian waffles downsized into miniature portions and paired with various sweets, from chocolate to caramel to maple

C$29 C$14.50

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Prix-Fixe Meal for Two or Four at Bistro 243 (44% Off)

Bistro 243

Corktown

Includes one soup of the day or salad, one shared appetizer, one entrée, one dessert, and one cappuccino per person

C$90 C$49.99

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$15 for $30 Worth of Chinese Cuisine and Drinks at Pearl King

Pearl King

Downtown Toronto

Diners dig into a variety of dim sum, such as bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms

C$30 C$15

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Three-Course French Canadian Dinner for Two or Four at Sassafraz (Up to 54% Off)

Sassafraz Restaurant

The Annex

French-inspired plates such as Ontario beef tartare, cornish hen with porcini velouté, and maple beignets

C$140 C$69.99

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Italian Cuisine at Rocco's Plum Tomato Trattoria (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Rocco's Plum Tomato Trattoria

Multiple Locations

Chefs whip up pesto, atlantic salmon, penne in tomato sauce, grilled veggies, and thin-crust pizzas topped with basil and mozzarella

C$50 C$25

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$13 for $30 Worth of Chinese Cuisine and Drinks at Pearl Bayview Chinese Cuisine

Pearl Bayview Chinese Cuisine

Bayview Village Shopping Centre

Steamed dumplings nested in baskets, deep-fried crab claws, and beef short ribs in a black-pepper-honey glaze

C$30 C$13

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$47 for Sunday Brunch at Courtyard Cafe at Windsor Arms Hotel ($65 Value)

Windsor Arms Hotel - Courtyard Cafe

Toronto

Listen to jazz in elegant cafe while feasting on hot carved meats, made-to-order eggs, and French toast

C$65 C$47

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The Bad Dog Comedy Theatre Comedy Show for Four with Four Drinks on December 1–May 30 (Up to 61% Off)

The Bad Dog Comedy Theatre

The Bad Dog Comedy Theatre

Space hosts standup, sketch, and improv shows throughout the week

C$75 C$29

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$64 for Afternoon or Twilight Tea for Two at the Windsor Arms Hotel Tea Room ($100 Value)

Windsor Arms Hotel Tea Room

Downtown Toronto

Afternoon Tea and Twilight Tea services feature more than 30 loose-leaf teas, fresh sandwiches, buttery scones, and desserts

C$100 C$64

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Gastro-Pub Food at Habits Gastropub (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Habits Gastropub

Little Italy

Octopus with shitake mushrooms and confit tomatoes, burger stuffed with brie, and mac ‘n’ cheese with double-smoked bacon and black truffles

C$139 C$69

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Three-Course Dinner for Two or Four at The Junction Kitchen and Bar (Up to 56% Off)

The Junction Kitchen and Bar

Hillcrest Village

Chefs pile plates with comforting food such as poutine, nachos, and chicken wings, and top thin-crust pizzas with veggies or pulled pork

C$78 C$36

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$79 for a Premium Winemaking Experience at Sheppard Wine Works ($159 Value)

Sheppard Wine Works

Willowdale

Select a wine to make, from chardonnay to sangria, before staffers ferment & help bottle up to 23 litres of wine to receive 4–6 weeks later

C$159 C$79

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Silver-Menu Dining Package for Two or Four at National Restaurant & Banquet Hall (Up to 37% Off)

National Restaurant & Banquet Hall

York University Heights

One-stop party place with live music and cabaret performances, dancing, and fine dining, including Caviar, shish-kebabs, and chicken kiev

C$150 C$97

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$27.50 for Tea Time for Two at Ruelo Patisserie ($51.98 Value)

Ruelo Patisserie

Multiple Locations

Pairs eat petite sandwiches and classic tea time delights with tea or coffee, followed by French-style desserts

C$51.98 C$27.50

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$65 for a Four-Course Italian Dinner for Two at Mirto Italian Restaurant (Up to $134 Total Value)

Mirto Italian Restaurant

Downtown Toronto

Seasonal produce and imported Italian ingredients appear throughout a menu of classic Old World dishes

C$134 C$65

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$10 for $20 Worth of Burgers, Fries, and Funnel Cake at Big Moe's Burgers

Big Moe's Burgers

Toronto

Towering double burgers, sugar-dusted funnel cake, and hand-cut russet potato fries fill bellies at this fast-casual restaurant

C$20 C$10

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Chiado: A User’s Guide

Progressive Portuguese Cuisine and Tapas | Fresh Seafood | Portuguese Wine List | Acclaimed Restaurateur

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: sardines marinated in lemon, parsley, and olive oil
  • Tapas dish: carpaccio of grouper
  • Entree: herb-crusted pheasant crusted with garlic mashed potatoes, madeira wine, and caramelized citrus sauce
  • Dessert: chocolate mousse with espresso crème anglaise and raspberries

    What to Drink: Chiado boasts an extensive wine that spotlights vintages from Portugal. The sommelier also curates a concise list of his favourite suggestions, making it easier for diners to discover the perfect pairing for their meal.

The Vibe: In the dining room, dark oak wainscoting offsets pale-yellow walls. Paintings of wild Spanish street scenes punctuate the space, including one large piece with vibrantly rendered street performers, jugglers, and onlookers that lends an unexpected dose of whimsy to the otherwise sophisticated ambience.

Fun Fact: In 2003, the President of Portugal knighted Chiado’s owner, Albino Silva, with the Commander Order of Merit for promoting Portuguese gastronomy and culture in Canada.

While You're in the Neighbourhood: Dance the night away with a beer in hand at The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), a divey music joint with regular live acts.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Check out Adega Restaurante (33 Elm Street), restaurateur Albino Silva’s foray into Spanish-Portuguese fusion cuisine.

864 College St
Toronto,
ON
CA

As Justin Lussier traveled through Naples in 2005, he decided to stop for the city's famous pizza at a small street-side eatery bearing the sign Pizzeria Sorbillo. He loved his traditional thin-crust pie so much that he rushed to a pay phone and called his friends Christian Bullock and Jason Allard to tell them that he wanted to make that same pizza. When Justin returned to Canada, the trio travelled to confer with the culinary experts at Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) in order to uncover what truly makes a pizza Neapolitan. Two years later, the friends set out to open Famoso.

Famoso's chefs all follow strict guidelines set by the AVPN?they only use OO Caputo flour imported from Naples, and they hand mill tomatoes imported from the foot of Mount Vesuvius, where each crop is grown in soil enriched by volcanic ash and sung to daily by volcanologists. Chefs top the crust with local fior di latte mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, and pecorino romano cheese. They then spread dough into wafer-thin disks, which they blast-fire at 900 degrees for 90 seconds inside imported Italian bell-shaped ovens. Pizzas are also topped with ingredients such as soppressata, oven-roasted Italian sausage, kalamata olives, and truffle oil.

Famoso Baristas can pair many of these pies, some of which are reinvented twice each year, with a mix of local and international wines?including vintages from Italy and Canada?and hand-crafted gelato. At each restaurant, they ferry dishes and drinks through rustic and inviting interiors, each of which reflects the unique style of its neighbourhood, though all are united by accents of exposed brick and wood, wine-bottle art, and sculptural pizza-box displays.

386 Bloor St W
Toronto,
ON
CA

Though Mrs. Biederhof, Monty, and Veda play central roles in the world of Mildred Pierce, in Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, they’re covered in sauce and served on shared plates. Restaurateurs Donna Dooher and Kevin Gallagher discovered their mutual love for the classic novel and film when working in an upscale restaurant in Ottawa. Their shared passion for local, approachable cuisine led them to open their warehouse-district eatery in 1989, though they eventually settled in Liberty Village, where they continue to serve their character-inspired dishes with the aid of a diverse team of chefs.

Their chefs draw from a range of culinary backgrounds to reinvent classic dishes with global twists, such as gnocchi poutine, Sri Lankan–style shrimp and crab cakes, and chicken biryani. Though many of their menu items change seasonally, some have been menu mainstays since the beginning, including burgers hand-ground in house, profiteroles infused with Lindt chocolate, and pancakes hand-raised on a farm. To ensure each dish lives up to its potential, staff members seek out the freshest potatoes, asparagus, strawberries, and other produce on twice-weekly visits to the Ontario Food Market and use only Ocean Wise–certified fish.

Servers ferry dishes to small tables and a large, communal harvest table in the contemporary dining space, where hardwood floors contribute a rustic aesthetic and railroad-side windows spill in natural light while keeping out engine noises and railway bandits. A slightly raised, open kitchen lets diners watch their chefs prepare the meal, and an outdoor patio lets them bask in warmer weather.

85 Hanna Avenue
Toronto,
ON
CA

Cuisine Type: Gastropub

Most popular offering: Habits burger, mac 'n' cheese, and nachos

Reservations: Recommended

Delivery / Take-out Available: No

Alcohol: Full bar

Number of Tables: 11?25

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Established: 2011

Parking: Metered street parking

Handicap Accessible: No

Pro Tip: When making reservations, please advise of any allergies. Also be advised that groups of six and more have one bill and 18% gratuity.

Q&A with the Owner

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

Pub-style with a twist. We offer fresh ingredients in all of our menu items, but we tie everything to the "comfort-style" nostalgia that we all know and love in bars.

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

We infuse alcohols with our own favourite flavours in-house. We have also made custom infusions for private events. We are the third-largest whisky bar in the city.

Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem?not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?

We change our menu often, so this is a difficult question to answer. I recommend asking servers for the "hidden gem" instead of "what's popular"?you may surprise yourself.

928 College St
Toronto,
ON
CA

Smoked meat. Albacore tuna and sockeye salmon salad. Pear, mango, avocado, and brie. For more than 38 years, staff members at Druxy's more than 45 locations have built traditional, deli-style sandwiches based entirely on their customers’ requests, no matter how unorthodox or how difficult it becomes to eat the resulting masterpiece. A roster of 11 breads and more than 50 toppings means that each sandwich is someone's personal favorite. Staff members are also willing to go big; if a regular sandwich can’t fill your appetite, they'll gladly add as much meat as you would like for a nominal extra charge (the current heavyweight champion is a 42 oz. corned beef on rye).

At the heart of the operation are Druxy's delicatessen roots, still apparent in the steaming hot meats sliced to order and the kosher dill pickle wedges served with each sandwich. In addition to their deli favorites, Druxy's can meet any craving; their menu includes everything from a design your own salad bar to comforting grilled cheese sandwiches and more than 30 soups.

While corned beef and grilled cheese might not sound like the definition of healthy eating, Druxy's salads, along with four sandwiches and six soups, are Healthier Options with less fat and sodium and more protein and fibre. Druxy's also carries on this dedication to healthy nutrition by crafting gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan options for diners with food sensitivities.

4025 Yonge St.
Toronto,
ON
CA

Low lights, wood detailing, and comfortable chairs create a casual lounge vibe at Insomnia, which fosters its namesake with a late-night atmosphere, drinks, and internationally-inspired comfort fare. Contemporary American and European fare populates the menu with dishes such as an 8-oz. ribeye steak in a red wine mushroom reduction. Crispy pizzas call out local locales such as the Queen Street topped with pesto, smoked salmon, and chèvre, or the Annex with grilled eggplant, roasted garlic, and portobello mushrooms. Dozens of martinis give patrons a reason to linger, with sips of innovative Rivera martinis or top-shelf martinis such as a classic preparation with Hendrick's cucumber-infused gin. A cluster of fairy lights twinkles above the bar and guides patrons to their tables, which are often occupied by complimentary imaginary friends. Against one of the exposed brick walls, paintings from monthly featured artists hang above a long wooden banquette faced with tables.

On weekends, Insomnia serves brunch garnished with mimosas and martinis. Multiple variations on eggs benedict feature house-made hollandaise sauce and a Heaven on Earth french-toast sandwich channels dulcet divinity with a filling of wild berries and cream cheese drizzled in Canadian maple syrup.

563 Bloor Street West
Toronto,
ON
CA