Tourist Traps Toronto

The 10 biggest tourist trap restaurants in Toronto

Tourist trap restaurants in Toronto attract diners with their prime locations or proximity to hotels and attractions, but don't be fooled: these restaurants aren't meant for locals and mostly reel in unsuspecting tourists with gimmicks or pretty interiors.

Here are my picks for the biggest tourist trap restaurants in Toronto.

360 Restaurant

The restaurant at the top of the CN Tower doesn't actually cook all of its food on site but instead preps a lot of it in their base kitchen on ground level. The views are great but the quality of the food is about what you'd expect.

Old Spaghetti Factory

This restaurant on the Esplanade is actually an Old Blacksmith Shop. Despite being filled with out of towners, there's some undeniable historical value that comes along with paying a visit. The problem is that the red sauce pasta dishes are basically made for children.

Benihana

This gong show of a restaurant can be found inside the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The whole gimmick here is chefs chopping, juggling and preparing Japanese feasts in plain sight of diners. While the show may be all fun and games, your wallet and taste buds may disagree. 

Sultan's Tent

You've probably noticed the ads around town for this restaurant near the St. Lawrence Market. As they promise, you'll be able to catch a belly dance performance and a four course Moroccan-style dinner.

Le Papillon

Near Front and Church, this restaurant serves up French and Quebecois fare. You'll find a slightly overpriced menu offering things like escargots, French onion soup, and a selection of steak and duck. 

Rosewater

This longstanding event venue and restaurant is tucked between the Financial District and Old Town Toronto. While the menu here may have something for everyone, there's no one signature style of cooking, and nothing the kitchen really excels in. It's pricey too. 

Fred's Not Here

This King West restaurant has been serving up steaks and seafood to ravenous tourists for a quarter of a century. It's situated well to attract the masses that spill from the Lightbox, Rogers Centre and Royal Alexandra. 

Wayne Gretzky's

Perfectly positioned on Blue Jays Way, this sports bar swallows up the hoards of jersey-clad folk streaming out of the Rogers Centre. It's one of the more obvious tourist destinations on the list, but isn't totally a deal breaker if you want to watch the game or relax on the rooftop patio.

Marche

Near the Hockey Hall of Fame and a short walk from Union Station, this market-style restaurant is a magnet for visitors to the city. Here you'll discover stations of overpriced food offerings including sandwiches, pizza, pasta and salads.

America Restaurant

This sky high restaurant can be found on the 31st floor of the Trump Tower. The view might be nice, but it doesn't come cheap and the pretentiousness on display is cringe-worthy. 

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns at America


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