According to our readers, 12 Toronto restaurants will receive Michelin nods
It looks like Vancouver has joined the Michelin Guide list, joining Toronto as the only other Canadian city in the program.
Last week, Dished shared the news that Vancouver’s first Michelin Guide selection would be unveiled in the fall, as guide inspectors are already visiting local restaurants.
Although Vancouver is now on this exciting journey, some restaurants in Toronto have already been scouted and details of which restaurants will be included remain tightly under wraps.
But we’re curious which restaurants you’d like to see made in the guide.
On the Dished Toronto Instagram account, we asked our readers to let us know which restaurants they think should get the Michelin treatment, and while there was a wide range of responses, a few places in particular stood out. brands.
The Michelin Guide is sometimes seen as a controversial program, with some believing that smaller, more casual restaurants are being ignored, while fine dining establishments that receive stars are getting extremely busy.
Whatever your opinion on the matter, here are the restaurants in Toronto that our readers think should be included in the Michelin Guide, along with some of our own nominations.
From the same team behind Toronto’s Dreyfus, Bernhardt’s is relatively new to the Toronto scene having opened in 2020. It puts farm-fresh vegetables at the forefront of all its dishes. He also specializes in roast chicken which is always a hit.
Address: 202 Dovercourt Road
This intimate French-influenced restaurant, like Bernhardt’s, uses ingredients found on Ontario farms. It focuses on the classics of French cuisine and creates comfort food for everyone who enters.
Address: 96 Harbord Street
Edulis is a cozy restaurant tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto. Its menu changes according to seasonal ingredients and focuses on seafood, vegetables and wild mushrooms.
Address: 169 Niagara Street
Quetzal creates upscale Mexican cuisine like no other. Its handcrafted cocktails are also worth trying, as well as its nearly endless list of mezcals, tequilas, and wines.
Address: 419 College Street
Toronto is all about its resto-bars and College Street is full of them. Bar Isabel is in the city’s Little Italy community and definitely stands out thanks to its Spanish-influenced plates and craft beers. It’s a cozy place, perfect for that late night experience.
Address: 797 College Street
Toronto’s Alo Restaurant, known for its delicious French cuisine and cocktails, is no stranger to culinary accolades as it’s ranked among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants. We would be shocked if they didn’t do the guide.
Address: 163 Spadina Avenue
In 2021, Pompette earned the coveted spot in the Best Fine Dining category of Air Canada’s list of the best new restaurants in the country thanks to its French bistro offerings. Toronto is full of winners.
Address: 597 College Street
Canoe is another winner of Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants. The restaurant came in eighth place, which is quite impressive. Accustomed to big wins, this restaurant is known for its take on Canadian cuisine with a higher twist.
Address: 66 Wellington Street West – 54th Floor
Giulietta has been serving her Italian-influenced dishes for some time in Toronto. It specializes in wood-fired pizzas, homemade pasta and plates to share. It trailed just behind Canoe in Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants, falling to ninth place.
Address: 972 College Street
Michelin restaurant in Kensington Market?! Maybe. Gray Gardens is known for its rich seafood menu in spacious surroundings.
Address: 199 Augusta Avenue
Premier Seafood Palace
This is Toronto chef Matty Matheson’s new venture that opened just a few months ago. It’s his first gourmet restaurant and it’s clearly a success!
Address: 944 Queen Street West
Don Alfonso 1890
Last but not least, the Michelin-style restaurant Don Alfonso 1890 is a safe addition to the Toronto guide and we’d be surprised if they didn’t earn a spot. It recently opened in its new home within the Westin Harbor Castle Hotel and offers guests an elegant and refined dining experience like no other.
Address: 1 Place du port – 38th floor
With files from Hanna McLean, Daryn Wright and Karen Doradea.