Tapas-style restaurants are the perfect place for the person who can't decide. Thank you to the entire Spanish culture for saying "hey, let's have a little bit of everything".
Toronto has some amazing authentic Spanish cuisine. However, we also have some pretty cool tapas-style restaurants with a different cultural spin on them. So, grab your friends and family and head over to at least one, if not all of these places to feast on some incredible dishes.
Bar Isabel // 797 College St.
You can find a line-up here almost every day, but the wait will be so worth it. Enjoy the standard delicious Spanish meats, but also indulge in more exotic cuisine such as raw horse, grilled octopus, and fried rabbit. A huge plus side to this spot is that it is open until 2:00 AM for all of you late-night dinner go-ers out there!
Bar Raval // 505 College St.
Sister bar to Bar Isabel, the food is just as amazing. The interior is a thing of beauty with mesmerizing woodwork and an attention to detail. Be sure to try the pig head and romesco as well as some of their brunch inspired menu items!
Barsa Taberna // 26 Market St.
Just across the street from The St. Lawrence Market, this spot is full of scrumptious authentic Spanish food. Aside from the food being awesome, this place is well-known for it's beautiful architecture. Be sure to try their delicious Paella del Mar if you are with a group of seafood lovers!
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Valdez // 606 King St. West
Latin street food at its finest, this spot has a more laid back ambiance, but certainly does not lack in the quality department. If you don't try their delicious fried empanadas you will be severely missing out.
Casa Barcelona // 2980 Bloor St. West
Open since 1997, Casa Barcelona continues to serve great Spanish food while offering cooking classes, wine tastings, and live entertainment. Their extensive menu offers more than 140 tapas and 50 authentic main courses! There is also a list of over 40 different Tequila's to choose from. Whatever you pick, it will definitely be amazing.
The Carbon Bar // 99 Queen St. East
A southern twist on the Spanish tradition of a tapas-style eatery, this spot has some staple items on the menu that are to die for. Between some of the best brisket in the city and the Pecan Kentucky Derby Pie, you will definitely leave with a full and satisfied stomach. If you are the type of person that loves breakfast for dinner then you HAVE to try the Queso de Cabeza!
Patria // 478 King St. West
Patria attempts (and succeeds) to offer the most authentic Spanish cuisine by importing a majority of products from the motherland itself. Their dishes are both tasty and presented beautifully upon arrival. The wood fire cornish hen is not something to be missed, and did I mention they serve churros?!
Rickshaw Bar // 685 Queen St. West
Experience tapas style plates with Asian style cuisine. All dishes come from an open kitchen where you can watch your delicious meals being prepared. Don't forget to try the dumplings!
The Black Hoof // 928 Dundas St. West
Where everything is made from the charcuterie, including the cocktail garnishes! If you are feeling adventurous you should try: pork tongue and blood terrine, pig's ear slaw, or the bone marrow.
Lisa Marie // 638 Queen St. West
Considered to be a restaurant, bar, meat market, brunch spot, event venue, or somewhere to grab a late-night snack; this spot throws an Italian spin on the traditional tapas way of indulging in food. The maple hot cauliflower sounds seriously good.
Cava // 1560 Yonge St.
Cava focuses on emphasizing Iberian and Latin American flavor. A constantly changing menu will keep you on your toes and always give you something to look forward to the next time you indulge in their delicious dishes.
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