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The Best Restaurants in the Beaches

The Best Restaurants in the Beaches

The Best Restaurants in the Beaches

My favourite place to spend a hot summer night in Toronto is in the Beaches; you feel like you're on holiday with the patios spilling out onto the streets, the feeling of sand in your birks after walking around Woodbine all day, and the sound of tinkling wine glasses full of cold chardonnay. When it hits dusk, you really don't feel like you're a streetcar away from downtown Toronto, and there are plenty of amazing restaurants in the Beaches that can fulfill your fantasy of a night somewhere tropical without a plane ticket.

971 Kingston Rd

Lighthouse 971

Lighthouse 971

This sweet little restaurant a bit north in the Beaches is a perfect nautical-themed restaurant to stop for lunch; it has a beachy exterior that transports you into small Canadian lake-town vibes, and don't go without getting their fries.

924 Kingston Rd

The Beech Tree

The Beech Tree

The Beech Tree is a critically acclaimed resto-bar with interiors that are cozy and romantic; think eye-catching wallpaper revitalizing the once old diner to 2022. Their summer patio is lively, with regular live music performances. The Beech Tree has an eclectic menu borrowing inspiration from British chefs, Italian peasant meals, and French, Spanish, and North African dishes, with Ontario twists. Make sure to try their cocktails and the Crispy Pea Crepe.

1975A Queen St E

La Sala Ristorante

La Sala Ristorante

La Sala is a homey Italian restaurant (literally in a converted house) on a buzzing part of Queen Street; it's perfectly casual, which is a great place to carb up after an afternoon at the beaches. They have an amazing risotto menu (4 options) and so many fresh seafood pasta.

2222 Queen St E

Kyouka Ramen

Kyouka Ramen

Started by Chef Keiichi Machida in the late 90s, Kyouka Ramen has been a staple in the Tachikawa neighbourhood of Tokyo for years, and as of 2015 they have had a sister store set up in the Beaches serving their award-winning chicken ramen. These guys know ramen; they even have a suggested list of rules to follow (like did you know ramen should be consumed within 7-8 minutes, so it doesn't soak up too much broth?).

1970 Queen St E

Tiflisi

Tiflisi

Tiflisi is a restaurant serving up authentic Georgian cuisine; this family-run, family-oriented business has been collecting traditional recipes for years and they have poured this dedication into everything available on the menu. Their khachapuri (stuffed and baked bread) is delicious, and they have an amazing selection of Georgian wines and drinks (including Georgian lemonade that comes with tarragon, pear, and grapes).

2116 Queen St E

Yumei Sushi

Yumei Sushi

Yumei Sushi is yummy; the tried-and-tested (since 1995) Japanese sushi-bar on Queen Street East has been a staple in the Beaches community for over almost 3-decades. Owner and Executive Chef Young Lee only sources the freshest of fish in this classy, low-key joint.

2485 Queen St E

ViVetha Bistro

ViVetha Bistro

The cozy Italian-French fusion restaurant is decked out with celebrity portraits and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner... you could very well spend all day there. The European bistro menu is healthier than most, with an extensive salad menu featuring items like smoked salmon and goat cheese, and grilled wild mushrooms.

1963 Queen St E

Mira Mira Diner

Mira Mira Diner

This peachy retro diner-style restaurant with a bustling summer patio elevates classic diner classics like fish and chips into something fresh and modern and exciting (think beer-battered Atlantic cod but with lemongrass tartar sauce and bourbon curry gravy). This is the perfect place to get a nostalgic meal after a day at the beach, and do try their scrumptious cocktails.

1968 Queen St E

Limon

Limon

Limon is an Israeli restaurant with delicious Middle Eastern food, romantic interiors (reminiscent of an exposed-brick wine bar), and a summery, bustling patio. The restaurant is owned and operated by brothers Benjamin and Jonathan Mishaev, and you can't miss it with its baby-blue, lemon-covered façade. Do not go without getting their warm fluffy pitas and their hummus (it's not ordinary hummus, you must try it!) and their fresh juices.

The Best Restaurants in the Beaches

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The Best Restaurants in the Beaches

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My favourite place to spend a hot summer night in Toronto is in the Beaches; you feel like you're on holiday with the patios spilling out onto the streets, the feeling of sand in your birks after walking around Woodbine all day, and the sound of tinkling wine glasses full of cold chardonnay. When it hits dusk, you really don't feel like you're a streetcar away from downtown Toronto, and there are plenty of amazing restaurants in the Beaches that can fulfill your fantasy of a night somewhere tropical without a plane ticket.

924 Kingston Rd

The Beech Tree

The Beech Tree

The Beech Tree is a critically acclaimed resto-bar with interiors that are cozy and romantic; think eye-catching wallpaper revitalizing the once old diner to 2022. Their summer patio is lively, with regular live music performances. The Beech Tree has an eclectic menu borrowing inspiration from British chefs, Italian peasant meals, and French, Spanish, and North African dishes, with Ontario twists. Make sure to try their cocktails and the Crispy Pea Crepe.

1975A Queen St E

La Sala Ristorante

La Sala Ristorante

La Sala is a homey Italian restaurant (literally in a converted house) on a buzzing part of Queen Street; it's perfectly casual, which is a great place to carb up after an afternoon at the beaches. They have an amazing risotto menu (4 options) and so many fresh seafood pasta.

2222 Queen St E

Kyouka Ramen

Kyouka Ramen

Started by Chef Keiichi Machida in the late 90s, Kyouka Ramen has been a staple in the Tachikawa neighbourhood of Tokyo for years, and as of 2015 they have had a sister store set up in the Beaches serving their award-winning chicken ramen. These guys know ramen; they even have a suggested list of rules to follow (like did you know ramen should be consumed within 7-8 minutes, so it doesn't soak up too much broth?).

1970 Queen St E

Tiflisi

Tiflisi

Tiflisi is a restaurant serving up authentic Georgian cuisine; this family-run, family-oriented business has been collecting traditional recipes for years and they have poured this dedication into everything available on the menu. Their khachapuri (stuffed and baked bread) is delicious, and they have an amazing selection of Georgian wines and drinks (including Georgian lemonade that comes with tarragon, pear, and grapes).

2485 Queen St E

ViVetha Bistro

ViVetha Bistro

The cozy Italian-French fusion restaurant is decked out with celebrity portraits and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner... you could very well spend all day there. The European bistro menu is healthier than most, with an extensive salad menu featuring items like smoked salmon and goat cheese, and grilled wild mushrooms.

1963 Queen St E

Mira Mira Diner

Mira Mira Diner

This peachy retro diner-style restaurant with a bustling summer patio elevates classic diner classics like fish and chips into something fresh and modern and exciting (think beer-battered Atlantic cod but with lemongrass tartar sauce and bourbon curry gravy). This is the perfect place to get a nostalgic meal after a day at the beach, and do try their scrumptious cocktails.

1968 Queen St E

Limon

Limon

Limon is an Israeli restaurant with delicious Middle Eastern food, romantic interiors (reminiscent of an exposed-brick wine bar), and a summery, bustling patio. The restaurant is owned and operated by brothers Benjamin and Jonathan Mishaev, and you can't miss it with its baby-blue, lemon-covered façade. Do not go without getting their warm fluffy pitas and their hummus (it's not ordinary hummus, you must try it!) and their fresh juices.