Is there a more deliciously satisfying meal than pho?! Perfect at any time of year, but especially during the chillier months. Pho Tie Thanh is a really low-key cool place that’s always packed.
923 Queen Street West (and 1330 Queen Street West)
Neighbourhood: Trinity Bellwoods (and Parkdale)
Phone Number: 647.344.8226
TACOS! Grand Electric is awesome for both meat-eaters and vegans (and gluten free!). They have a few vegan options (I got the mushroom, and poblano tacos). It’s delicious!!!!
120 Atlantic Avenue
Neighbourhood: Liberty Village
Phone Number: 647.343.7655
I recently went here with friends because they said it was their favourite place… and when I posted a picture of the sushi on Instagram, I received so many messages from people telling me that it’s their favourite too! All the sushi is uniquely made with purple rice (they use a combo if rice types, including black rice which makes it turn purple. It has a crazy amount of health benefits!). Our server was awesome and offered to steam the sweet potato rather than frying them so they weren’t contaminated by eggs. Overall, we loved it! They have a patio in the summer.
1312 Queen Street West
Run by the makers of Vegandale, Copenhagen Cafe is filled with delicious vegan treats (think danishes, cheesecake, etc.) and warm drinks. They have some sandwiches too, but they’re mainly known for their desserts. It’s a pretty cute restaurant, and would be an awesome spot to share treats with a your friends of a casual daytime date!
155 University Ave (and 4 other locations!)
Neighbourhood: Downtown (and other areas in Toronto)
Phone Number: 416.551.0433
How cool is it when non-vegan restaurants have house made vegan cheese?! And it’s actually GOOD! It’s soy based, and it’s easily one of the best I’ve had (it’s not chemically tasting like most store-bought cheeses). Everything is clearly labeled vegan on the menu, which is really helpful. This pizza was so delicious (I got the mushroom kind) and I’d definitely recommend going here with vegan and non vegan friends! I’ve never had their gluten-free dough, but I’m told it’s unreal. Highly recommend!
812 Bloor Street West
Neighbourhood: Christie Pits
Phone Number: 647.344.7225
Toronto’s first 100% vegan Ethiopian restaurant! Located on the lower level of it’s sister-restaurant (a traditional-ethipian restaurant), this restaurant serves authentic food that happens to also be vegan and gluten free. I was there for media night, so we got to try everything on the menu - I can confidently say that every single dish is delicious!
133 Richmond Street West
Phone Number: 416.907.0650
A beautiful Mexican restaurant in downtown Toronto. The actual restaurant is stunning - it has a faux greenhouse roof, plants everywhere, carpets under the tables… it’s absolutely beautiful. In terms of the food, I find it’s a hit or a miss. The veggie fritters and the mini potato & mushroom flautas are delicious, but I find the tacos pretty bland. I’d recommend going here for drinks on a date and to share a few appetizers!
1346 Queen Street West
A retro 70’s inspired all vegan ice cream bar. They have the craziest flavours (think Chinese Takeout flavoured ice cream), and their waffle cones are made with real soft fresh waffles! It’s part of the VeganDale Brewery Complex, so you can grab a beer at the Vegandale Brewery, order Doomies for dinner, and finish your night off with an awesome ice cream cone. A perfect spot to go with friends of for a casual date!
1991 Yonge Street
Neighbourhood: Yonge & Eglinton
Phone Number: 647.347.9993
This restaurant had a different style of Indian food than I’m used to (the restaurant says it’s “retro-Indian”?), which I actually really loved.
My dad and I got Tofu Bhurgee (tasted like Indian tofu scramble - I liked it!), Kahu Gully Exotic Veggies (not sure what was exotic about the veggies haha... but this was good and tasted like traditional Indian food), and Febugreek Dalh (it was pretty basic, but a good compliment to everything else).
2009 Yonge Street (and 3 other locations)
Neighbourhood: Yonge & Eglinton
Phone Number: 416.483.3747
I go to my dad's house weekly for dinner, and we order from Tabule about every other month. My dad isn't vegan, so it's an easy place for us both to find something that we like. A bunch of menu items are already vegan, so you don't need to worry about modifying anything which is always nice.
849 Dundas St. W.
Neighbourhood: Trinity Bellwoods
Phone Number: 416.368.4567
I went here for my friends birthday, and it was the perfect place to come for a girls brunch. It's such a beautiful space (very instagrammable!), and the food was also really good. I was the only vegan in the group, and it was easy enough for me to order. I got the Avocado Crostini & Greens (order it without cheese), and it was great!
120 Lynn Williams Street
Neighbourhood: Liberty Village
Phone Number: 647.640.8008
I was so (pleasantly) surprised about the vegan options here. They were clearly labelled on the menu, and the servers were really knowledgeable about the vegan options. We shared the Steamed Edamame, the Righteous Greens bowl (it was amazing!!!!), and the Beluga Lentil Bolognese (it's made with tofu cheese, and it's also really good!).
388 Richmond Street West (and another location on Bay near Yorkville)
Neighbourhood: Queen West & Spadina
Phone Number: 416.593.900
Sandwich Box wins my own personal contest for Best Sandwich in Toronto. Hands Down.
They're big, and tasty, and they definitely don't skimp on the toppings. They have grilled eggplant, grilled mushrooms, avocado, roasted red peppers, caramelized onion... I'm drooling just thinking about it.
I'm sure that by now you've heard that A&W is serving the Beyond Burger in all their stores across Canada (how cool!!!!). My husband is pretty addicted to these, and even though hamburgers were never my go-to meal, I still think it's pretty cool to have a vegan option at A&W!
Just make sure that you order it without the mayo/Uncle Sauce, and you're good to go!
21B St. Clair Ave West
Neighbourhood: Yonge & St. Clair
Phone Number: 416.792.7596
Such a cute spot for a casual meal. The idea is that you pick a few different sides and build your ideal meal. They do serve meat, but their vegan options are very clearly labelled, so you can feel confident that your food is really vegan. Mary Be Kitchen is a great choice if you want to eat out, but still want to be eating nutritious food. The restaurant is adorable and would be a great spot to go with a girlfriend for lunch!
161 Yorkville Ave
Neighbourhood: Yorkville (also a location in the Saks Food Hall across from the Eaton Centre)
Phone Number: 416.234.1340
Think of the most beautiful, picturesque cafe you can think of - that's Sorelle & Co. Not only is it the cutest spot you can ever imagine, but their food is to die for. It's vegan and completely free of of nuts, gluten, soy, sesame, and preservatives. I promise you that this place is so much more than the decor - the food is unbelievably good. It's the perfect spot for a girls brunch!
140 Spadina Ave.
Phone Number: 416.504.2206
Easy meals to pickup when you're on the go, or on your lunch break at work. They have a few locations in food courts in office buildings, which is awesome that vegan meals are mainstream. They make delicious bowls, and their desserts are natural and tasty. You can dine-in at their location on Spadina, and they have a delicious brunch on weekends.
207 Augusta Ave
Phone Number: 647.352.2207
Vegan comfort food, and half their menu is desserts (!). It's very casual, and low-key, and they have a patio in the summer! Their desserts are pretty intense - a great place to go for dessert after eating dinner!
192 Augusta Ave
Phone Number: 416.591.1340
The name is misleading... it's definitely not a cafe. It is, however, really delicious authentic asian food. The dumplings are delicious, as is anything else on the menu! A great place to go if you're craving real Chinese food. Nearly everything is vegan, and the ones that aren't are marked for containing eggs or dairy.
1221 Bay Street
Phone Number: 416.348.7000
Probably the most beautiful (vegan) restaurant in Toronto. It has serious LA vibes with high ceilings, big windows, and palm-leaf wallpaper. It's the perfect place to go for a date night, a girls night, a birthday brunch... really anything. It's also a great place to go with non-vegans, as the food is amazing, and the atmosphere is really great. You MUST try their cauliflower tots!!