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The top 20 restaurants near the Rogers Centre

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 28, 2014

restaurants rogers centreRestaurants near the Rogers Centre will keep all your bases covered as you head to your next Jays or Argos game (or, er, Disney on Ice outing). If the idea of eating ballpark grub holds no appeal, this list will satisfy your appetite, whether you're looking for something cheap, splurge-worthy, or just really close by.

Here are my top picks for where to eat and drink near the Rogers Centre.

BEST FOR PRE-GAME DRINKS

Amsterdam Brewhouse
The waterfront brew pub is a prime spot for kicking back with a beer before a game. Here you'll find the whole lineup of house brews on tap, plus a menu of preztels, pizzas and wings.

Bar Hop
Beer aficionados looking to dull their tastebuds before switching to the national brands served inside the stadium should head here. The bar stocks 36 craft brews on tap, 2 rotating casks and 100-plus bottles, plus a menu of upmarket pub grub and bar snacks.

The Loose Moose
Boasting an impressive draught selection with 57 different beers on tap, this is another good spot to stop in for a cold one before the first inning. The menu lists snacky foods like nachos, garlic fries and mini bacon donuts, plus more substantial fare like burgers, seared tuna tacos and bacon bison meatloaf.

BEST FOR GREAT FOOD

Luckee
Susur Lee's restaurant at the base of the Soho Metropolitan hotel is poised perfectly to rake-in some pre-game activity, even if dim sum isn't your tailgating go-to. If proximity isn't incentive enough, consider their summer promo, which gives same-day game ticket-holders a BOGO bar snack with any cocktail purchase.

Pai
A Northern Thai alternative for bar snacks and hearty suppers, this restaurant makes this list over another, slightly closer, Thai restaurant for the both the pad thai and their reservations policy (meaning you enjoy a pre-game meal without risking delays).

BEST FOR QUICK SERVICE

O&B Canteen
With tons of experience serving pre-theatre crowds, and a quick-service grab and go counter for the really impatient, this Oliver & Bonacini establishment is a good bet when timing is tight. On home game days from 11am throughout baseball season, enjoy two corn dogs with ballpark mustard and a side of fries for $12, and wash it down with a pint of Mill St. Tankhouse for an additional $5.

Smoke's Poutinerie
Skip the concession stands inside and prime yourself with one of Smoke's deluxe poutines. Generally ready in just minutes, these hearty masses of fries, cheese and gravy can be gobbled up with a single fork while walking back to the stadium.

BEST FOR CHEAP EATS

Belly Buster Submarine
Not game for a ballpark dog? You'll find this sub shop on King West serving up another kind of foot-long for under $10. Order hot or cold subs with added bacon (recommmended) and get a lot of bang for your buck.

Corned Beef House
Famous for their colossal sandwiches, this deli pre-dates the Skydome and has been serving Jays fans since ever since the stadium's inception. Expect to find a menu featuring hunger-crushing smoked meat, corned beef and reuben sandwiches starting at about $8.

CLOSEST PROXIMITY

Steam Whistle
The brewery, located just a stone's throw from the stadium gates, plays host to a rotating roster of food trucks on game days. Queue up curbside for some street eats and then step inside for a pre-game pint.

Anoush Shawarma
This Middle Eastern eatery meets the criteria for cheap and quick too, but being less than 100 metres from the gates might be its best asset. Generously-packed pita wraps, falafel and shawarma dinners will make sure you're fully fueled to cheer on the home team.

Did I miss your favourite place to eat near the Rogers Centre? Share your favourite spots to dig in near the dugout in the comments below.

Photo of the pizza at O&B Canteen

Discussion

21 Comments

Cityplace guy / August 28, 2014 at 11:41 am
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not a bad list but I can't waste this opportunity to know bellybuster's as its by far the worst place in the hood. I understand it might give some sense of nostalgia to those north yorkers, but otherwise it's pretty horrible.

Shout out to my man Anoush, and Liberty Shwarma on spadina is very good but priced a little higher (though worth it).
G / August 28, 2014 at 11:42 am
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Pizza Rustica is delish and very close to the Rogers centre
Mayor McCokehoover replying to a comment from Cityplace guy / August 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm
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*collosally
S / August 28, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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Also worthwhile: Real Sports, Khao San Road, the Indian food places East of Blue Jays Way & King, and if you're adventurous enough, St. Lawrence Market.
Randal / August 28, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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Worth mentioning Bell Tiff Lightbox patio they have beer deals every day theres Jays Games.
SamtheMan / August 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm
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@McCokehoover

What did you order/were disappointed with? I just went there for my first time around noon and was very pleased. The bread couldn't be any more fresh, and the size of the sandwich is great for the price.

Outside of the food, the staff is very friendly (I am a talkative guy) and they now accept debit/credit via iPad terminal, despite what people have said in the past.
Gourmande / August 28, 2014 at 01:13 pm
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I find that the hot dog stand outside MEC grills some mighty fine sausages!
Stephen / August 28, 2014 at 01:27 pm
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Not a very impressive list. The harbour front area is seriously lacking in good local eateries, with too many big chain places dominating the area. Even the theatre district lacks quality, (sorry restaurant row but you need to step up your game). A few quality pizza places and some good N.Y. style delis would be welcome additions to the neighbourhood.
Nostalgia doesn't replace quality replying to a comment from SamtheMan / August 28, 2014 at 01:47 pm
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Place is straight up not good.

There really isn't a single redeeming thing about the place actually. I have eaten at the North Toronto one as well, which is far better. Hard to replicate I guess.
Truth / August 28, 2014 at 01:48 pm
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Belly Busters? Are you serious? Zero% chance you've actually eaten there or there's no way you would have included that in this "list". It's the absolute lowest grade ingredients made by a 15 year old. Ugh. Disgusting!

I often think these lists by you guys are just troll jobs waiting for us to come in & give people the REAL "best of... this and that" on the particular subject.

I will say though, Corned Beef House is FANTASTIC!!!! Easily one of the most underrated spots in the city. Awesome staff there as well. This is truly a hidden gem in the city.
Try Again... replying to a comment from Mayor McCokehoover / August 28, 2014 at 01:49 pm
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Sorry, please try again. I think you meant "colossally".
Smeech replying to a comment from Try Again... / August 28, 2014 at 03:37 pm
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Uhh I think he meant "colonsalady"
Jesse / August 28, 2014 at 03:44 pm
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I love SPoT Coffee, just across from the west entrance of the Rogers Centre! Great food and staff :)
Sandy Lane / August 28, 2014 at 06:45 pm
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The Lone Star Texas Grill has to be on this list hands down y'all. Who doesn't like the tastiest hot tortilla chips and salsa brought to the table as soon as you sit down? Did I mention they are FREE! :) But if the freebies are really not your cup of tea, then perhaps knowing the waiters and waitresses (like 'Alabama' for example) (that's not her real name of course they all have theme names when serving in their cowboy hats, boots and country apparel) are super friendly, courteous and UNBELIEVABLY fast to bring you whatever your heart desires! The chicken fajitas and nachos are absolutely delish there and just right before the Jays' game. 200 Front Street West (Front and Simcoe on the corner).
Stay away / August 28, 2014 at 09:20 pm
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Don't go to Khao San Road unless your enter group is with you when you arrive. Otherwise they make you wait or will away you but when your friends arrive even a few minutes later they will not let them sit with you. Lame policy and they will even make a guy using crutches stand there instead of seating him.
Water for Beer / August 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm
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As a season ticket holder, I go to a lot of weekend games. Brunch on the fantastic patio at La Select? Time to move away from Mom's basement and get out more.
Ben / August 29, 2014 at 12:48 am
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YOU FORGOT A SOUTH SPOT.

Right behind Rogers Centre at 266 QUEENS QUAY WEST, there's a Swiss Chalet.

It's close enough to the Dome. Family Friendly.

Rees St and Queens Quay West
https://www.swisschalet.com/store/toronto/queens-quay
Heu U Vrat / August 29, 2014 at 01:16 am
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Haha Boston Pizza is right across the road and cant even make the list. What does that tell you??? They Suck!
Jim replying to a comment from Heu U Vrat / August 29, 2014 at 01:40 am
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WELL THAT TELLS US this list isn't about the best food closest to Rogers Centre its more about best unknown local Toronto restaurants close to Rogers Centre. Find a good spot some food, some drinks, its better than eating at the dome.
Brad / August 29, 2014 at 02:43 pm
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You spelled Sky Dome incorrectly :)
Bellybusters is nasty / August 31, 2014 at 08:28 am
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The downtown bellybuster is nothing like the one in north York.. Not only is it not the same, I actually had the worst sub of my life there.. Horrible bacon that's been microwaved around 20 times before it's put on your sub. It's just plain disgusting.

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