OPA, OPA, we'll thank Demeter, the goddess of agriculture for UH-MAZING Greek cuisine. Toronto is a city filled with Greek culture, beautiful people and mouthwatering foooooooooddd. Afterall, Taste of The Danforth, is one of best annual food festivals in Toronto, hosted in no other than Greektown.
Greek food doesn't just consist of souvlaki, feta, tzatziki, and there are numerous amounts of Greek restaurants in Toronto to prove it (not only Jimmy the Greek @Eaton's.) It was really difficult to narrow down a list, but after overlooking several reviews online and receiving feedback from locals, I was able to compile a list of Toronto's Best Greek Restaurants. Pay a visit and smash some plates (jokes, not actually) at one of these restaurants:
1. Paralia // 1681 Lake Shore Blvd E.
ΠΑΡΑΛΊΑ, is a term used to describe the sea, beach and coast in the Greek language. The restaurant's location is ideal, as it's situated on Lakeshore overlooking Ontario's "sea." Fresh seafood, is delivered from the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, which is displayed on ice nearby the entrance of restaurant. Paralia cuisine is to die for, and everyone in Toronto must pay a visit here atleast once.
Must try: Octopous Xidato (pickled octopus)
2. Mamakas Taverna // 80 Ossington
Mamakas is a modish Greek restaurant that is designed in a way to portray an open market. Their aim is to serve traditional Greek food, with recipes passed on from generations as opposed to a "contemporary canvas."
Must try: Vegetarian Mousakas (an eggplant based dish)
3. Mezes // 456 Danforth Ave
Like many other restaurants, Mezes began their business by serving finest family recipes,(they remain on the menu) cuisine that is prepared in every Greek home. The energetic atmosphere within the venue is felt momentarily, because there are people present for family gathering. Mezes has a heated patio, presents a lively atmosphere, while serving traditional Greek tapas.
Must try: Poikila Mezes ( lamb chops, chicken breast, loukaniko & quails)
4. Pantheon on Danforth // 407 Danforth Ave.
Beautiful illustrations of Greek gods & goddesses are painted on the walls in the Pantheon. The overall design of this restaurant makes it seem as if you're in Athens. From the column-like ceilings to the colorful paintings, and of course the outstanding Greek cuisine, Pantheon is known to be one of the most popular restaurants on the Danforth.
Must try: Saganaki (pan fried cheese)
5. Estiatorio Volos // 133 Richmond St W.
A modern, yet authentic twist is tasted with every dish at this restaurant. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, going here with provide an extraordinary experience, with several options to satisfy your taste buds. Volos is recognized for serving fresh seafood and traditional greek cuisine.
Must try: Riganato (veal cutlets)
6. Ouzeri // 500A Danforth Ave.
Ouzeri is located in the Greektown core and has an awesome patio to enjoy Greek flavors. Ouzeri offers fixed price menus and is one of the most popular restaurants during Winterlicious. Their food is cooked to perfection, the portions are satisfying and the service is outstanding.
Must try: Pastitsio (authentic Greek pasta)
7. It's all GRK // several locations
With several locations around Toronto, It's all GRK is a casual hip-like Greek spot well recognized mouth watering street food. If you're looking to grab a quick bite, It's all GRK will prepare your meal in no time.
Must try: Chicken or pork gyros.
8. Messini // several locations
Messini is the top place to mow down the gyros you've been feenin for the past couple of weeks. Traditional greek dishes are on point, but Messini is also famous for their flavorful Greek fries. Their menu is offered until 4am on the weekends in order to attract a younger crowd.
Must try: Greek fries.