Toronto is a city that's known around the country and even the world for having some of the best restaurants out there. Any flavour, cuisine, or ambiance you're looking for in a restaurant you can find no problem in its diverse neighbourhoods.
But it's the restaurants that aren't so easy to find that are the most intriguing. The ones that are hidden down dimly lit alleyways, behind unmarked doors and underneath popular restaurants that are the ones that everyone wants to know about and discover.
Toronto actually has a pretty big hidden restaurant scene and some of these will take more than a little hunting to find. Once you find them though, you'll be rewarded with one of the best meals you've ever had!
12. Mira Restaurant
Where: 420A Wellington St W // Entertainment District
Mira Restaurant is the newest secret restaurant on the scene serving up authentic Peruvian plates! Follow the alley filled with lanterns to an unmarked door where inside you'll find a neon llama to lead you downstairs. Then enjoy the journey of delicious sights, sounds and tastes waiting for you!
Where: 998 St Clair Ave W // St. Clair West Village
This tiny little Mexican restaurant is actually located inside a butcher shop! There isn't much seating but the food is definitely worth the wait because it's seriously authentic. Enjoy incredibly fresh ingredients in a unique space! A bonus is that they're open late on Fridays and Saturdays until 4am.
Where: 1185 King St W // Liberty Village
Caffino is the ultimate romantic restaurant, in fact tons of people use the space for their weddings because it's so gorgeous! It's hidden behind another building on King St. in an old factory with 2 dining areas, a patio and classic Italian meals.
9. Big Crow
Where: 176 Dupont St // The Annex
Located behind the popular brunch spot, Rose and Sons, is this equally amazing BQQ spot. They're all about family-style and making the most delicious BBQ you'll ever taste! It's perfect for a casual night with amazing food.
8. The Empanada Company
Where: 122 Fortieth Street // Etobicoke
If you love empanadas then you're going to fall in love with this spot! It's located way off the beaten path but it's worth the trek to try these authentic Chilean empanadas. They're beautifully made and stuffed with super creative fillings like cajun pulled pork, lobster, curry coconut chicken, leek and prosciutto plus some of the typical ones as well!
7. The Cloak Bar
Where: 488 Wellington St W // Entertainment District
This secret speakeasy in Toronto is hidden underneath another restaurant. They mostly serve creative cocktails but they also have a menu full of delicious food to enjoy as well! Feel like you've escaped to Prohibition in the 20s at this unique spot.
6. Bang Sue Bar
Where: 11 Charlotte St // King West
Located above the infamous Khao San Road restaurant that serve amazing Thai food is this bar inspired by night markets in Thailand. They offer delicious cocktails and small sharing plates that will definitely fill you up with happiness!
Where: 137 Avenue Rd // Yorkville
This comic book themed restaurant is the ultimate hidden spot in the city equipped with a super secret entrance. Once you hunt your way in you can enjoy a delicious meal from oysters to hand made pasta to truffle wagyu burgers!
4. Alo Restaurant
Where: 163 Spadina Ave // Chinatown
Alo is the perfect restaurant to go to if you're looking for an upscale hidden spot. It's located on the 3rd floor of the building and once you get up there the interior will literally take your breath away! They make an extensive menu of delicious food that's perfect for a romantic date night.
3. Good Fortune
Where: 130 Eglinton Avenue East // Yonge and Eglinton
This gorgeous bar is hidden underneath a Mexican restaurant and will make you feel like you were just transported somewhere warm and tropical. Their specialty is all their unique drinks like their jello shots and slushie drinks. But they also have a menu of yummy food like their Fortune burger, crispy chicken burger, fish burger and more!
Where: 753 Queen St E // Leslieville
Fourk is a restaurant that operates inside a bar! They were previously located inside the kitchen of Nightowl but they've moved to Hi-Lo Bar in the east end. They serve classic pub food like burgers, fried chicken, mac n' cheese, fish n' chips and so much more!
1. Odd Seoul
Where: 90 Ossington Ave // West Queen West
This Korean restaurant and bar is so unsuspecting from the outside, it's hard to tell it's even there. But once you get inside you'll discover a unique and cozy space that serves delicious Korean small plates, yummy cocktails and cute neon lights!