No. 2: Buca Yorkville

No. 2: Buca Yorkville

53 SCOLLARD STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO BUCA.CA/YORKVILLE 416-962-2822 This sleek, spare Yorkville space was our 2015 Best New Restaurant. All subsequent visits—and its fast rise up the ranking—remind us why. Chef Rob Gentile’s idea for this—his third iteration of Buca—was to…

No. 6: Dandylion

No. 6: Dandylion

1198 QUEEN STREET WEST, TORONTO, ONTARIO RESTAURANTDANDYLION.COM 647-464-9100 This small, 30-odd seat room has much charm in its simple design. But the reason this restaurant is full night after night has mostly to do with the man who can be…

No. 8: Edulis

No. 8: Edulis

169 NIAGARA STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO EDULISRESTAURANT.COM 416-703-4222 In the approach from the street, Edulis appears to be just another neighbourhood bistro—an impression sustained within, where the décor is modest and simple, and the scale of the place spans just 30-odd…

No. 9: Bar Raval

No. 9: Bar Raval

505 COLLEGE STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO THISISBARRAVAL.COM A visit to this standing room-only Spanish-themed bar is an education. It is a study first in how an inspired, smart design firm (Partisans) and a good batch of African mahogany can transform an…

Bar Isabel

No. 10: Bar Isabel

797 COLLEGE STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO BARISABEL.COM 416-532-2222 This happening restaurant on the western end of the College Street strip has its bar up front, and a small, noisy nest of a dining room at the rear. It looks like a…

No. 12: Nota Bene

No. 12: Nota Bene

180 QUEEN STREET WEST, TORONTO, ONTARIO NOTABENERESTAURANT.COM 416-977-6400 The year of 2015—on which this ranking is based—was one of transition for nota bene. For early that year chef-patron David Lee bought out his longtime business partners to run his own…

No. 14: Café Boulud

No. 14: Café Boulud

60 YORKVILLE AVENUE, TORONTO, ONTARIO CAFEBOULUD.COM 416-963-6000 Few restaurants anywhere in the country have ever undergone a relaunch quite so successfully as did this one last year. The new look from London-based design superstar restaurant designer Martin Brudnizki (The Ivy,…

No. 15: DaiLo

No. 15: DaiLo

503 COLLEGE STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO DAILOTO.COM 647-341-8882 Chef Nick Liu and his business partner, front of house manager and sommelier Anton Potvin, have invested impressive scads of cash and a lot of great taste in their new restaurant. A busy,…

No. 17: Buca

No. 17: Buca

604 KING STREET WEST, TORONTO, ONTARIO BUCA.CA/KING 416-865-1600 No Italian restaurant of recent memory has come close to matching the culinary impact of this original Buca, named for the former boiler room it now occupies. When it opened in 2009…

No. 23: Canoe

No. 23: Canoe

66 WELLINGTON STREET WEST, 54TH FLOOR TD BANK TOWER, TORONTO, ONTARIO OLIVERBONACINI.COM/CANOE.ASPX 416-364-0054

No. 28: Scaramouche

No. 28: Scaramouche

ONE BENVENUTO PLACE, TORONTO, ONTARIO SCARAMOUCHERESTAURANT.COM 416-961-8011 In Toronto restaurant terms, this one is a senior citizen—and come evening you see plenty of those here, many of them wheeled down from apartments upstairs in the Benvenuto. But you also see…

No. 35: Yasu

No. 35: Yasu

81 HARBORD STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO YASU-SUSHIBAR.COM 416-477-2361 Sushi enthusiasts with a serious taste for refinement have been waiting for a place like this for a long time: A small sushi bar focussed on nothing but sushi. Where the fish is…

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