Toronto is a good place to eat. The city's rich multicultural makeup ensures a kaleidoscopic banquet. In fact, it's hard to find a taste that Toronto can't satisfy. But the one thing you won't find is an entrenched culinary tradition; food culture is an ever-changing work-in-progress that offers a good deal of gusto and, on occasion, some appetizing originality.
A Note on Smoking -- A provincial law came into effect in 2006 that banned smoking at restaurants in Ontario: There is no smoking indoors, and patios that have any sort of covering are also smoke-free. This has made for a great deal of confusion because tableside umbrellas that are close-set apparently count as covering, according to the law. You can smoke on uncovered patios.
Pricing Categories -- The prices within each review refer to the cost in Canadian dollars of individual main courses, using the following categories: Very Expensive ($$$$), main courses at dinner average more than C$35; Expensive ($$$), C$25 to C$35; Moderate ($$), C$15 to C$25; and Inexpensive ($), C$15 and less.
Downtown West -- This is where you will find Toronto's highest concentration of great restaurants. Little Italy, which runs along College Street, generally has better bars and cafes than restaurants; the streets of Chinatown, which radiate from Spadina Avenue, are lined with brightly lit, busy eateries; and lately, West Queen West, Dundas West, and Ossington Avenue are all proving to be enticing destinations for dining.
The Danforth/The East End -- The general theme along the Danforth has long been Greek, although today there is more variety: good pubs, bars, restaurants, and lounges line the busy thoroughfare. You can still come for good and middling (but cheap) Greek, too.
Uptown -- This area is too large to be considered a neighborhood, stretching as it does from north of Davenport Road to Steeles Avenue. While it doesn't have the concentration of restaurants that the downtown area enjoys, a number of stellar options make the trip north worthwhile.
Out of Town -- Toronto is a sprawling city, and as it has expanded, restaurants have cropped up in formerly out-of-the-way regions. If you have a car, you might want to head out of town for some great dining just an hour or two beyond the city limits.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.