late night restaurants in toronto
My husband and I just moved back from NYC, and one thing we miss is the late night dining- we are having trouble finding restaurants that still serve dinner late (10:30pm, 11:00pm).
I know that Wish on Charles never blinks if you order a full meal at 11pm- but was wondering if we are missing other late night places of the same sort?
any suggestions would be appreciated!
As a former Montrealer (here 10 years now), it's still shocking to me that restaurants here close so early. We once drove around on a Saturday night at about 11:30, looking for something decent still open. We ended up in Chinatown; restaurants there are generally open until 4 or 5 in the morning.
I've always been tempted to try Vesta Lunch (corner of Bathurst and Dupont), a little lunch counter that's open 24 hours a day.
7 west (same owners as Wish ) on charles street is open 24/7. It's 3 floors in a converted victorian row house.
The menu is not that exciting but the cake and pie selection is good. Going there after a party or for a late night sandwich is a bit of a tradition really..
good for late night chatter, staff is friendly.
There are a few places on the Danforth in greektown that are open late night, and you also have your typical Chinese restaurants on Spadina. Wah too is good for some deepfried lobster, but lately the cleanliness, service and food has gone downhill, even on a drunk palate.
Shanghai cowgirl on queen is open till 2am the last time i checked (weekends)
And then the 'not so date worthy' places...for the insatiable appetite;
New Gen sushi on bloor is open until 2am no?
Korean Grill house on queen is open until 4am on the weekends
King palace at Richmond and Sherbourne
Hal burger is open until 3am?
Sorry just thinking out loud.
I know exactly what you mean by Toronto closes generally early. (From being born in Hong Kong, I can relate to NYC's non-stop city.) Alas, there are a few good places for chow at wee hour of the morning.
Windsor Arms.(Bloor & Avenue Rd) It's a late night spot that serve food. Music till 3ish. Closed at 4 on weekends. Food is alright. More a hangout. Generally overpriced.
Fran's Restaurant (2 locations - College & Youge, Pantages Hotel) A Toronto institution. I like their milkshake. Don’t ask me why. Alright food. Try their all day breakfast! 24 hour joint.
Big Slice (Yonge & Gerrard) A pizza joint. Usually I am not a big fan of over greasy food, but I think there is something about late night that grease works! So BIg Slice is a great late night choice. Get whatever just came out of the often. And I add a extra mushroom as a treat! Greatness from the hunger after clubbing! 24 Hour joint
Congee Star (On Don Mills Road, one block north of Eglinton Road). I believe this place close at 1am. It’s really good authentic Hong Kong style food. If you are into Congee, they are really really nice. But try them all, I love their chef’s food. Reasonably priced too!
Richmond Court at Time Square Markham (Lesile & Hwy 7) Another great hong kong style Chinese food place. 24 Hours. You can order almost anything there. From sushi to BBQ duck. Try their Hong Kong Style Milk Tea. (Caffeine warning).
You actually can check out Ambassador Restaurant and the plaza across the street from it. The Stripe of Hwy 7 and Lesile/West Beaver Creek/Commerce Gates are hopping.
Danforth: Zorba's for avgolemono, Messini for gyros.
Little Italy- Gatto Nero still serves food around 11/12.I like their antipasti platter, fried calamari & veal sandwiches.
Queen West- Shanghai Cowgirl my fave for grilled havarti with avocado and jalapeno, or grilled cheddar with garlic butter & tomato
Yonge & Eg- Mars Diner for grilled cheese
And Owl of Minerva is 24 h- but I haven't had a good opportunity to try it out;)
On Saturday, Le Select Bistro on Wellington was happy to take a reservation for 11pm and weren't exactly pushing us out of the door at 1.00. My friends and I are trying to create a list of bistro type restaurants that will take dinner reservations for 11.00 as we like to dine after the opera and often we can't get to a restaurant before then. Somebody said Sassafras, in Yorkville, stays open til 2.00 but I try to avoid Sassafras if I can. I thought I might contact Jamie Chatto of Toronto Life to see what suggetions he has but I'm not sure how to get hold of him. Any ideas? Certainly, if between us, we can generate a list, it would be a great help.
thanks all for your suggestions. I forgot to mention my extreme bias towards downtown (basically south of bloor...LOL)
Anyway, I really appreciate the Kiwe, Le Select (didn't know they stayed open that late!) and Sassafraz suggestions. I guess i am looking less for somewhere that serves good food late, and more for somewhere that you would go for a nice dinner, it's just that the nice dinner happens to take place after 11.... i do appreciate the other suggestions as well, for somewhere that you can get tasty late night food, and i will certainly remember those suggestions as well, but i am most interested in restaurants that you could, for example, go on a date to after 11, if that distinction makes sense....
thanks for all your suggestions!