Toronto has so many incredible restaurants that are constantly popping up all around the city. But only a select few have withstood the test of time. If you consider yourself (or somebody you know) a self-proclaimed foodie, you'll need to visit every one of these spots.

I have compiled a list of 17 extremely Important restaurants in our city, ranging in price and cuisine.

Check to see if you've been to some of the most important restaurants in our city, and if you haven't, this is your excuse to make a few reservations!

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1. Alo // 163 Spadina Ave.

If you're looking for classically prepared french cuisine, and an absolutely outstanding dining experience you should head to Alo. Alo is the perfect combination of fine dining, and a homey atmosphere, which makes it a must try spot in Toronto.


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2. Hanmoto // 2 Lakeview Ave.

Hanmoto is known for its eclectic decor and out of the box menu options. This is a great place for sharing dishes and appetizers so be sure to try this place out with a group of friends.  You'll also definitely get your money's worth, because their prices are relatively cheap.


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3. Barbarian's // 7 Elm St.

Barbarian's made its presence know over 50 years ago in Toronto, and business has not stopped booming.  This classic Toronto steakhouse serves up some of the most tender, and delicious dishes in the city. Barbarians also has one of the most extensive wine lists in the city, so be sure to check it out ASAP.


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4. Bar Raval // 505 College St.

Bar Raval is one of the most beautiful bars in the city.  They are a combination between a coffee shop, cocktail bar and restaurant all in one, making it the perfect venue for any type of meal or dining experience!


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5. Caplansky's // 356 College St.

If you live in Toronto you've probably already heard of Caplansky's, and it's for a good reason. Zane Caplanksky takes smoked meats to a whole new level at this noteworthy Toronto sandwich shop.   Be sure to stop in a grab a bite the next time you're in the area.


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6. Blowfish // 668 King St W.

If you're looking to indulge in some sake, wine or incredible Japanese cuisine, blowfish is the place to go.  This King West restaurant is modern, edgy and has a very high energy vibe that provides an amazing dining experience.


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7. Lee Restaurant // 601 King St W.

At Lee, Asian and French influences are combined to make an absolutely mouthwatering menu. But the deliciousness does not just stop at the entrees, they are also known for their awesome cocktails, which gives you an excuse to get a little tipsy! ;)


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8. Sotto Sotto // 120 Avenue Rd.

When you enter Sotto Sotto you'll feel as if you've walked into an adorable restaurant in the heart of Italy. This is an amazing spot to take a first date, because you'll basically be guaranteed to get a second!


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9. Mother's Dumplings // 421 Spadina Ave.

Mother's Dumplings is a Toronto favorite.  You'll feel right at home in this laid-back and cozy restaurant, and you'll probably eat more than you've ever imagined, mainly because their food is THAT addicting.


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10. Bosk // 188 University Ave. 

Bosk is the perfect place to take an out of town foodie with high expectations.  They will be insanely impressed with the always fresh ingredients as well as the super cool decor.


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11. Cluny // 35 Tank House Lane

Cluny might just be one of the prettiest restaurants in the city, and definitely the most beautiful in the Distillery District.  Not only is the decor amazing, but so is the presentation of all of their dishes.  This would be a great spot to celebrate a birthday or special occasion with a group of friends!


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12. Joso // 202 Davenport Rd.

If you like seafood, you'll love Joso. This wonderful Toronto restaurant serves up some of the most amazing fish in the city, and truly never disappoints.


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13. Seven Lives // 69 Kensington Ave. 

Seven Lives is a triple threat.  It's budget friendly, ridiculously tasty, and gives out generous portions.  If you're in Kensington it would almost be a crime not to go here.


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14. Rodney's Oyster House // 469 King St W.

Rodney's has some of the best Oysters in the city, making it an amazing spot for any local or tourist looking to keep their seafood craving at bay.


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15. Chabrol // 90 Yorkville Ave.

Chabrol is a beautiful new restaurant in Yorkville that has quickly become a favourite among many Torontonians.  They are known for having incredible desserts, so be sure to leave room!


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16. Queen Mother Cafe // 208 Queen St W.

Queen Mother is another staple for many Torontonians.  They've been serving up amazing dishes for 38 years now, which is a pretty long life-span for a Torontorestaurantt.  


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17. Pho Tien Thanh // 57 Ossington Ave.

Pho season is among us.  If you're looking for a warm and flavourful bowl of pho to warm you up on a cold Toronto afternoon, this is your go-to spot.


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