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The top 50 brunch restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 23, 2013

best brunch torontoThe best brunch in Toronto depends on who you ask and what you're looking for. There's no shortage of brunch spots in Toronto, which makes navigating the endless egg options and fervid crowds a pretty daunting pre-caffeine feat. Luckily we've rounded up 50 essential Toronto brunch destinations to get your fix, no matter if you're craving fresh baked goods, greasy spoon standards or bottle poppin' accompaniments like oysters or foie gras French toast.

Check out all 50 essential Toronto brunch spots in this slideshow.



BillyO / August 23, 2013 at 01:33 pm
The names for #7 and #22 wouldn't show up for me (im on an iPad). By the looks of it, 7 seems like Mildred's Temple Kitchen (the pancakes are unbelievable) but couldn't make out #22.

Also, not sure if I missed it, but the fact that Weslodge made the list but Patria didn't is quite the oversight. Patria should be in the top 10! Some of the rankings are also off. School at #48? Too low
Indigo / August 23, 2013 at 01:36 pm
No Cool Hand of a Girl? You lose credibility for being so clueless

jamie / August 23, 2013 at 01:48 pm
no Le Select?
KC / August 23, 2013 at 02:18 pm
What about Le Select and Chococrepe? They are one of my favourite in town.
Tim replying to a comment from BillyO / August 23, 2013 at 03:00 pm
#7 is Mildred's Temple Kitchen and #22 is Emma's Country Kitchen. We'll look into those iPad issues. Thanks for letting us know about them.
TJ / August 23, 2013 at 03:24 pm
I can't believe how much its really starting to cost to brunch in Toronto. After checking out the menus of about 8-10 places on this list, basic eggs Benedict is around $10-13 while ones with a twist are costing $13-16. Basic traditional breakfast combos of 2-3 eggs with bacon/ham, and toast/pancakes is around $9-13. Coffee is a pretty standard $2.00-2.50. Add tax and tip and bam, it's $20-23.
Momo / August 23, 2013 at 04:37 pm
No Isomnia?! Insomnia has an amazing brunch. Perfected eggs Isabel (eggs benedict with guac replacing the ham) with home fries, that have this ketchupy-bbq-like sauce on them that is impossible to recreate at home. Friendly, and good customer service and decent prices. How is Insomnia not on this list?
B replying to a comment from Indigo / August 23, 2013 at 06:13 pm
And you lose credibility for using the word retard.
Really? / August 23, 2013 at 08:27 pm
What about Frans or Golden Griddle?!
M / August 23, 2013 at 09:45 pm
Lola's Kitchen on Church St should be on this list. Yum.
evan replying to a comment from Indigo / August 23, 2013 at 11:05 pm
+1 against Indigo's 3rd grade vocabulary
ben / August 24, 2013 at 12:16 am
no Splendido ... brunch thats insane - the food not only is unbelievable but service and value or top notch !! plus they will saber a bottle of sparkling for you ... how can you beat that

mikaela / August 24, 2013 at 01:19 am
oops you forgot SAVING GRACE!
Tim replying to a comment from mikaela / August 24, 2013 at 07:30 am
Saving Grace is on slide #3
Josh / August 24, 2013 at 09:57 am
I personally enjoy $3.99-$&7.99 Breakfast Specials 3 eggs, toast, fries, bacon or sausage or peameal bacon.

There are a few jems in the city that have a good regular breakfast at a decent price. Can we get a list on those too?

Tim replying to a comment from Josh / August 24, 2013 at 11:17 am
I think you might be looking for this
Sean / August 24, 2013 at 01:40 pm
So, two places on St. Clair but, otherwise, good brunch in Toronto doesn't exist north of Dupont? C'mon...

How about hopping on the subway and coming up to Yonge and Eglinton to visit Good Bite? Fantastic, old-school greasy spoon - amazing food and brunch-time lines out the door to prove it.
Ian / August 24, 2013 at 02:13 pm
Great list!

On the maps section of the slideshow, while each restaurant is placed in the right spot, the address reads "278 Queen St West" on every location. Weird!
AngelaL / August 24, 2013 at 03:08 pm
La papillon on the park is by far the best brunch place in Toronto. You all need to drop what your doing and have a meal there. Then you can thank me later :-D
angie / August 24, 2013 at 11:05 pm
The slide shows never work for me! Now i'll never know :(
Linas / August 25, 2013 at 09:57 pm
No one has a problem with the fact that there's 50 places on this list? It seems kind of pointless if you want to go to the "best" places for brunch in Toronto that there would be so many. Because the geography is limited I would think 25 may be the max, or even 15. It's not like the San Pellegrino list of the 100 best restaurants in the WORLD, a much broader area to deal with.
Tim replying to a comment from angie / August 26, 2013 at 10:34 am
Angie - can you please let me know what happens when you try to launch the slideshow? What do you mean that it doesn't work? What O/S and browser are you using? Feel free to email me directly at tim [at] blogto [dotcom]. Thanks
Tim replying to a comment from Ian / August 26, 2013 at 10:34 am
Thanks for the heads up Ian. We'll work on fixing this pronto.
ang / August 26, 2013 at 06:24 pm
Thank you for including Gilead café on your list. We have great front of house, and a tasty, fast turnaround. Specials every week as well as our usual menu. It is worth the schlep to the east side for all of the westies out there.
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Geoff / September 14, 2013 at 10:17 am
Really, no Cafe Belong?
Marina M. / September 14, 2013 at 05:04 pm
My favourite brunch spot should DEFINITELY be on this list! I'm sad to see that it's not here...

Figs Breakfast & Lunch is at the corner of Queen St. East & Parliament St and has THE BEST traditional breakfast in the city. The food is always delicious and fresh. Nothing too fancy but everything on the menu is really good. I've never tasted such INCREDIBLE French Toast; there is something special in the mix and they use brioche bread. The Royal Eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise is unreal and I also really really really like the corn beef hash.

The restaurant itself is very clean, bright and lively. The owner is SO AMAZING to her customers and gives us fresh fruit for free every time we go. It's always a such a pleasure to eat there!

I strongly recommend Figs Breakfast & Lunch restaurant be added to this list because EVERYONE in Toronto should know about it.

Major Bonus: Free street parking on Sundays and PLENTY of it.
Nicky / September 14, 2013 at 05:40 pm
I am amazed that Morning Glory (King St East at Sackville) didn't make your list near the top. Wonderful brunch at less than half the price of some of the spots you've mentioned here. Highly recommended.
Jack / September 15, 2013 at 01:59 pm
Too bad the map wont load in any broswer that ive tried for me, ie, ff, chrome...
Tim replying to a comment from Jack / September 16, 2013 at 05:21 pm
Thanks for the heads up. This was a temporary glitch which is now fixed. Please let us know if you still have issues loading the map.
Urs / September 17, 2013 at 10:09 am
What a great post. Thanks Liora!
Chanel S replying to a comment from BillyO / September 28, 2013 at 03:11 pm
Brunch at Weslodge is a passing trend, the menu there seemed limited and the waiter pretentious.
Chanel S replying to a comment from M / September 28, 2013 at 03:24 pm
Lola's Kitchen is a cute space, and has lots of nice homemade items.
Me replying to a comment from B / September 28, 2013 at 05:31 pm
And you lose credibility for being offended by it.
Jack replying to a comment from Marina M. / November 16, 2013 at 09:32 am
LOL at Figs. Stopped by there before their name change. Car was broken into. Great neighbourhood.
Matt G / November 16, 2013 at 01:22 pm
Two issues:
1. Is there a map to go with this, that readily points out where the 50 spots are? If yes, I couldn't find it. If no, I strongly recommend you add one because it would make the info twice as valuable.
2. Why is this a slideshow? Not everyone is on an Ipad, so swiping through 50 slides to get info is slow and frustrating. (And even if I were on an Ipad, I would still prefer to avoid the slideshow delivery.) Is there a way to get the info without doing the slides?
Jeaner / November 16, 2013 at 02:30 pm
Don't forget The Steady at Bloor/Dufferin! Amazing Vegan Eggs Benny and donuts. Overall lots of great meat and vegan options.
Dawn Chapman / November 27, 2013 at 04:03 pm
Was so happy to see Lazy Daisy's Cafe on the list! One thing I wanted to share was that our meats are all drug and hormone free, eggs are free-run and sourced from local Mennonite farms. Hope to see some BlogTO readers this Sunday!
Dannish / December 12, 2013 at 11:58 am
It would be nice if you mapped these
Harry / January 18, 2014 at 08:38 am
I can't believe you forgot... Really, this list doesn't include...

This isn't YOUR list. This is BlogTO's list. Stop being such self-absorbed crybabies.
Anastasia / January 18, 2014 at 08:47 am
What!? No Kalandar?!! Best in everything brunch!
faab / January 18, 2014 at 09:31 am
Someone at Lil' Baci must have pissed off someone at BlogTo because you guys constantly ignore them. With two locations, they have an excellent brunch menu plus a really cool atmosphere.
Orson / January 18, 2014 at 05:43 pm
Honestly, I'm still waiting with abated breath for you lists of the top 1000 park benches to chug mouthwash on.
Lauren / January 19, 2014 at 01:44 am
The wren.
Kirk / January 20, 2014 at 07:21 am
I know they can't put every place on here, but not having the Dakota Tavern's Bluegrass Brunch is shame!
Kirk / January 20, 2014 at 07:22 am
*a* shame!
Tam / January 22, 2014 at 03:17 pm
I've never been more excited to read a list, and ended up more disappionted. So very disappointed. The vast majority of the restaurants are in the south west end of the city. Anything north of St. Clair (although bloor really), is completely ignored. If you're going to do a list of 50 restaurants you'd think you'd try to have some more geographical diversity. Basically I don't get brunch where I live, according to this list. Lame.

I don't see how you can possibly call this list "the top 50 brunch restaurants in Toronto" when you're ignoring such vast portions of the city.
union lover / January 22, 2014 at 05:11 pm
you guys are delusional for not including union on oss - a STAPLE for those in the hood who know amazing food with high quality, locally sourced ingredients. duh doy.
Bruh / February 23, 2014 at 10:00 am
3 things

1. Lol at the peeps who are obvs owners making comments like they are regular folks and...

2. Maybe there actually are no good brunch places outside of downtown. I would not be surprised

3. Brunch is different than breakfast to all the people complaining that their fave cheap greasy spoon was not included.

Vu replying to a comment from Orson / March 10, 2014 at 06:52 pm
Haha me too
S / May 4, 2014 at 01:14 pm
Any way that you could show this on a map as well as a brief description of what it's like?
Lorelei / May 4, 2014 at 09:57 pm
How is a post from August 2013 still relevant?!
Lou dawgs bbq / May 4, 2014 at 10:41 pm
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Mark replying to a comment from Tam / May 5, 2014 at 03:49 pm
They only ignored two thirds of the city (nothing west of the Humber either). They didn't differentiate between brunch and breakfast except that if it was reasonably priced it wasn't fit for their brunch list. The captions didn't really give a good reason to go to any of these places and there was no explanation of the rankings. About as useful as the yellow pages.
Sassy / May 6, 2014 at 02:22 pm
Walking past auntie's and uncle's on a weekend is like experiencing the Brunch Episode of Portlandia in real life. That place is a joke and a hipster nightmare. This list fails for including it.
ace / June 13, 2014 at 01:15 pm
How does Hot House Cafe win awards for decades for their brunch and they not make the top 50? Opinions are opinions but I definitely think you guys missed on here.
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