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The Best New Restaurants in Toronto for 2016

The best new restaurants in Toronto run the gamut from German to Mexican to Portuguese, from barbecue to plant-based dining. Whether you’re chomping down on a carrot dog or a ham hock, these are the newest places Torontonians have most enjoyed eating and drinking.

Here are the best new restaurants that opened in Toronto during 2016.


Otto's Bierhalle
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Otto's Bierhalle

From the same folks that brought us Otto’s Berlin Doner in Kensington comes a massive beer hall at Queen and Dovercourt, slinging nerdy brews like BrewDog and limited edition Burdock bottles along with heaping platters of schnitzel, pretzels and schweinshaxe.

Ufficio
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Ufficio

Torontonians seeking respite from meat-heavy menus without deigning to do away with style and animal flesh altogether can find comfort at this Dundas West Italian spot. Vegetables and sea creatures like octopus and tuna are often locally and sustainably sourced.


Adamson Barbecue
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Adamson Barbecue

This old school barbecue joint in Leaside offering pulled pork, turkey breast, sausage, pulled pork and rib goodness by the pound or as plates or sandwiches has been wowing the city by doing classics well. Open for lunch only.

Baro
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Baro

The new incarnation of what used to be Valdez on King West has kept some things the same and revamped a few, still offering amazing cooking by chef Steven Gonzalez such as stunning ceviche flights and duck chaufa mixed tableside.


Maple Leaf Tavern
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Maple Leaf Tavern

Sometimes staying home in Canada is where it's at. Classic bistro plates like lamb shoulder, lasagna, burgers and Pacific cod aren't fussy or finicky at this revamped tavern across from Gerrard Square in Leslieville.


Planta
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Planta

Plant-based cuisine has come to Yorkville and diners are loving it. Coconut ceviche, cauliflower tots, carrot hot dogs and beet juice cocktails are just some of the delightful and ethical options here.

Piano Piano
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Piano Piano

An Italian spot by those who used to do Splendido, this Harbord joint is welcoming, fun and simple, with eye-catching wall art and pizzas with names like The Pretty Woman (anchovy) and The Dairy Mafia (three kinds of cheese and garlic). They also do family style service.


El Rey Mezcal Bar
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El Rey Mezcal Bar

This Kensington destination is not only one of the spots in town introducing Canadians to mezcal, but is also offering a menu of snacks and sharing plates like shishitos, tostadas and snow crab tostones.

Lake Inez
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Lake Inez

House made egg noodles, local beers, mussels in a Filipino broth and skewers are all available for sipping, munching and slurping at this new Little India spot that brings together the comforts of a tiny lake in Michigan and the flavours of the big wide world.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at Otto's Bierhalle

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