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Mar 17, 2011 11:42 AM

Dining in the beaches

I just moved to the beaches area and I'm looking for some dining options.

Are there any good dining places?!?!

I have gone to Sauvignon Bistro a few times and its great, but looking for other options.

Also have been to the basics like Green Eggplant and the pubs (Salty dog, Lion, etc). I hear Amuse Bistro is good so that is 1 place on my list, but there has to be more!

I'm shocked that there really doesn't seem to be much around?

Any suggestions?

I'm looking for ideas for casual weekday dinner (I just got home from work and way to lazy to cook) to more up-idy weekend dinner (l think I will do my hair for this one!)

There has to something!

I live just east of Woodbine (in case it matters, but we tend to walk) and we are a couple in our early 30's and we will eat just about anything.

Cheers, and hope someone can help!


1862 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1H1, CA

Green Eggplant
514 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N, CA

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  1. If you are willing to walk to the end of the beach make sure you try ViVetha (just east of Queen and Victoria Park). Excellent food and service. Worth the trip. Also means you get to go right by Ed's Real Scoop!

    Ed's Real Scoop
    2224 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1E9, CA

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    1. re: Otonabee

      I think Burger's Priest is around there; take out maybe?

    2. Second for ViVetha...but there's not much else. Tino's has junky (nee: good) greek diner food if you're in the mood for a gut clogging gyro, Ali's Tandoori is awesome. haven't ever eaten in house but get takeout once a week. The Ichiban is great for sushi. The service there is top notch and makes it a regular stop for locals. We just lost Spiaggia and Quigley's so pickings are slim other than what you mentioned in the OP. Never been to Balsam but it gets hit and miss comments on this board We love the pizza place out by you, Viccino(sp?)...excellent wood buring oven and terrific service.


      2318 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1G8, CA

      Ichiban Restaurant
      668 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L2, CA

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      1. re: BeachHeath

        My sister lives at the Beaches and constantly complains about the restaurants around there. Burger Priest is close by but good luck getting seating;)

      2. That's the Beach for you, lots of places to eat, but very few to actually enjoy. Sauvignon is solid, not amazing, but solid IMO. Ed's Scoops is definitely a go to place for an ice cream fix and BP is a definite must for your burger fix. For Quebecois French there is Le Papillon which is not in the heart of the Beach but further west on Eastern. I've only been to the one on Front and that was a few years ago, but which I enjoyed so I can't comment on this location. You may need to drive to this place. For cupcakes there's "Life is Sweet" which is on Queen St., just west of Victoria Park and you'll also find ViVetha sort of across the street from it. We usually get our desserts from Dufflet (I'm addicted to their Belgian chocolate cake) which is on Queen St just east of Woodbine. You can also try your luck on the restaurants on Kingston Rd. Not sure what they're like so you can be our guinea pig! I've never understood the lack of good quality restaurants in the Beach.

        787 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

        1862 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1H1, CA

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        1. re: scarberian

          I agree.. Lack there is for sure. I have eaten at quite a few restaurants in this city... but very few are found in the beaches. Sad:(

          Thanks everyone for the input.. I have read about most of these places but I will check them out now seeing they have good backing :)

          PS. Ed's is awesome, I have been going to them for years (they also have one on Queen and Logan)

          1. re: Kassi22

            It is odd, with so many living in the beaches, that it wouldn't be a good nabe for restaurants. When I was a kid my family frequently poked around the shops on a Saturday or Sunday, but we probably had lunch somewhere more centrally located.

            As a young adult, I frequented Yumei Sushi in the beaches. At that time, the servers knew me (and my preferences) and were very accommodating. I don't know what it's like today, but I did enjoy it then, back when I was a sushi neophyte.

            Yumei Sushi
            2116F Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1E2, CA

          2. re: scarberian

            I live near Kingston Road and can assure you there are no restaurants of note around here. There's The Feathers, which is decent pub grub, but better to go for the scotch, not the food. Otherwise, don't waste your time climbing the hill. Ever since the Copperpipe closed, there haven't been any good restaurants in the upper beach area.

            In general, I'd say that the beach is NOT a restaurant destination because of the high number of young families living here (I'm one!). They want cheap and cheerful, kid-friendly places. I don't think that in this neighbourhood there are enough couples with deep pockets and lots of free time to support really top-notch restaurants.

            1. re: AverageJo

              I actually quite like the Dragon at Vic Park and Kingston. Decent food though busy.

          3. I've lived in the Beach for about 10 years and while there are a lot of positives about the neighbourhood, sadly food isn't one of them! I agree with much of what has been said here. Sauvignon is a decent option but I wished they changed up their menu a bit more often. Vivetha is very good if you're down at that end of the neighbourhood. Ed's, of course. I like the Tulip for brunch, which is a bit west of the Beach at Coxwell. I've had some decent meals at Amuse (Queen and Waverley) but I haven't been since they've changed chefs so I can't comment on how it is now. I also like Yumei when I'm in the mood for sushi. Le Papillion on Eastern is a lovely space with a very nice patio. The meals I've had there have been good but not outstanding. And I absolutely love The Burger's Priest.

            Some of the food shops like Meat on the Beach and Brick Street Bakery have prepared items you can pick up if you don't feel like cooking but don't want to eat somewhere sub-par.

            Quite honestly, often when we're looking for a casual but good meal, we'll usually just hop the streetcar and travel the 10 minutes or so to Leslieville and go somewhere like Table 17 or Queen Margherita Pizza.

            As noted, a few long-standing places have recently closed so maybe something decent will finally move in!

            2485 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1H9, CA

            Table 17
            782 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4, CA

            1862 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1H1, CA

            Meat on the Beach
            1860 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

            Queen Margherita Pizza
            1402 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

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            1. re: ms. clicquot

              "As noted, a few long-standing places have recently closed so maybe something decent will finally move in!"

              I HOPE so!!! With so many good chefs out there why can't the open something really decent in the beaches!! It has the crowd for it so I just don't understand.

            2. I know many will disagree with me but I think the original Sunset Grill on Queen (not the pale comparison clones everywhere) does a decent breakfast.

              Surprised no one has mentioned Castro's for its better than average beer list and atmosphere.

              Japango has passable sushi and ramen.

              I'd agree with everyone else though: it's surprising there's not more there.

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              1. re: Frids

                Actually I forgot about Sunset - their breakfasts are pretty good. I go to Castro's for drinks quite often and enjoy it but I've never eaten there. Is the food any good? I've never noticed many people eating there but I know they have a kitchen.

                1. re: ms. clicquot

                  I haven't eaten there in a long time and I know they changed their menu recently. Whatever I had there wasn't memorable but that might have changed.

                2. re: Frids

                  I used to enjoy Sunset. Mind you I have no complaints about them it's just... well it's breakfast and that's something many of us can do at home. I used to order their steak and eggs especially late at night when I was out with the boys (when I was my younger self =P ). I can't enjoy a restaurant anymore whose food I can usually duplicate at home and for a cheaper price.

                  I've had mixed experiences with Yumei. A couple of times the rice in my sushi was a bit "tough" like it was old. The last time that happened to me it was my last visit there. Then I discovered Zen and all was well again in sushi-dom.

                  As others have mentioned there are some decent restos, but restos that will just fill you up. Nothing to write about, nothing to say "I'm going back next week!". Maybe it's the rent? Maybe just demographics (i.e. young families with large mortages, nannies and pockets not as deep). Also it is easy just to hop on the streetcar and head west to the downtown restos and Leslieville.