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The Best 24 Hour Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 12, 2015

24 hour restaurants torontoThe best 24 hour restaurants in Toronto can satisfy cravings for pancakes and eggs, bulgogi and bibimbap. These never-close places aren't exactly upscale, but they'll welcome you in, even stumbling, at any time of day.

These are the best 24 hour restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The top 24 hour restaurants in Toronto north of the 401
The Best 24 Hour Grocery Stores in Toronto

Top photo of the Thompson Diner by Matthew Lazzarini in the blogTO Flickr pool.

The Lakeview

The Lakeview

The Lakeview on Dundas West is the place to go after the bar for standard breakfasts, tuna cheese melts, club sandwiches, and poutine piled with pulled pork. Show up again in the a.m. to refuel with eggs benny and cheap Caesars and mimosas. More »

Thompson Diner

Thompson Diner

This upmarket diner is equally appealing both after last call and in the light of day. In the wee hours, you’ll find the Thompson Diner playing host to late night revellers staving off hangovers with burgers and buttermilk fried chicken and waffles. More »

7 West

7 West

The main draw at this round the clock cafe near Yonge and Bloor is its cozy atmosphere. The vibe is even more appealing as the hours of the day dwindle. Approaching midnight you’ll find lively tables populated with pita pizzas and beer, while after last call crowds just eat up the all day breakfasts and sandwiches. More »

Owl of Minerva

Owl of Minerva

Owl of Minerva comes alive late at night, satisfying cravings for hangover-killing food at 24-hour locations that blanket the city. The menu bills Korean comfort foods like bibimbap and bulgogi, and of course the consistent favourites like pork bone soup. More »

Old School

Old School

As you might guess from the name, this modern diner on Dundas West burns a candle for nostalgic diner-style dishes and wholesome homestyle fare. The menu offers flapjacks, burgers, and pull pork sandwiches around the clock, while a dinner menu served afternoons and evenings features smoked chicken dinners and slow smoked ribs. More »

Fran's

Fran's

Fran’s is the place to go when craving the familiar at 4am - just climb into a retro booth and don’t mind the occasionally sticky menus. The epitome of “diner,” Fran’s has options for every time of day - though it’s the extensive list of all-day breakfast options that dominate. More »

Zet's

Zet's

Fuel up before (or after) catching the red-eye at this old school diner near Pearson or make it a destination when a craving for souvlaki strikes. Zet’s keeps its grill hot all day and night, slinging classic Greek plates, homestyle burgers, and all-day breakfasts. More »

Khorak Supermarket

Khorak Supermarket

That’s “Super Khorak” for those in the know, because this 24-hour Persian grocery store at Yonge and Steeles has got it all. The hot counter here is well worthwhile, stocked with selections of stewed meats, jeweled rice dishes, and sizzling kebabs from the grill, but be sure not to miss out on the pastry cases stocked with baklava. More »

Pho Pasteur

Pho Pasteur

Chinatown certainly has its share of late night eat options, but this Vietnamese soup shop has them all beat, considering it never closes its doors. The pho isn’t the cheapest bowl in the area, but it comes in three different (all massive) sizes and is highly satisfying at all hours. More »

Commisso Bros.

Commisso Bros.

The Italian grocer in the Castlefield Design District is an any-time-of-day destination for solid veal sandwiches, a slab of lasagna, or freshly piped cannoli. Seating is nil but the hot table and bakery offerings more than make up for it. More »

Vesta Lunch

Vesta Lunch

The appeal of this old school diner has a lot to do with how it lights up at night like a beacon for the hungry on the corner of Dupont and Bathurst. Souvlaki and all-day breakfasts are house specialties, and while the food is hardly gourmand, it’s as true as the ‘50s era decor. More »

The Grille

The Grille

Like many of the other spots on this list, the mantra at this Etobicoke restaurant is big, all-day breakfasts and hearty diner-style grub. Early birds can take advantage of cheap breakfast specials, but signature dishes such as the full rack of baby back ribs are available at all hours. More »

Kayagum

Kayagum

This all hours joint in North York dishes out an eclectic line-up of Japanese and Korean dishes. Kayagum has you covered, no matter if you’re craving some late night bimbap and bulgogi or sushi and chicken katsu. More »

Perfect Restaurant

Perfect Restaurant

”Perfect” might be an overstatement when describing this Chinese restaurant at Sheppard and Brimley Road, but dine-in and take-out service 24-hours-a-day is indeed satisfying, and really, where else will you find dim sum on the menu at 4am? More »

Huh Ga Ne

Huh Ga Ne

Table-cooked Korean BBQ is a 24-hour thing at this restaurant near Yonge and Finch. Aside from sirloin beef and thinly sliced pork belly, find a la carte options on the menu including kimchi fried rice, spicy rice cakes, and pork bone soup. More »

Discussion

21 Comments

cathie / August 12, 2015 at 03:58 pm
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The Lakeview is widely panned. Vesta lunch regularly gets dinged by DineSafe. Frans is apparently just s bad as the Lakeview. Zets is pretty good but not especially clean. Pickings are slim!
EB / August 12, 2015 at 04:10 pm
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Not sure how Lakeview got on the list, but the food isn't very good.
Steve Swish / August 12, 2015 at 04:14 pm
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ZETTTTTTTTTTTTTS
Jm / August 12, 2015 at 04:45 pm
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I'd throw T-Bones on the list
Lakeview / August 12, 2015 at 05:35 pm
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I bike home after work in the late night every night by Lakeview. Finally ate there last week, shitty snobby hipster bartender, with mediocre food. But its a drunken late night spot. I can see why the staff have low morale, they have to babysit all the drunken fools.
b / August 12, 2015 at 05:37 pm
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Not that I want the lines to get any worse at night. But one place that should really be on this list is Magic Noodle in Scarborough. Not just because it's 24hrs, but because of the food.

Hand-Pulled Noodles, Shanxi Style Burgers, lamb Kebabs, etc etc etc.

I'm surprised BlogTO hasn't done a feature on this spot long ago. But then again, I don't need any longer lines late at night!
Octaveous / August 12, 2015 at 06:42 pm
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Everything I've read says Old School is a train wreck.

Also, I live very near Huh Ga Ne and they routinely leave their shipments of produce and meat outside, in front of the restaurant, for sometimes days on end. Its only a matter of time before someone or a group of diners get violently ill from that. They got yellow carded on their last inspection and had to clean things up. That lasted about a week or so and they started storing boxes or raw pork and pork neck bones outside again. I highly recommend you avoid this place.
borel / August 12, 2015 at 08:07 pm
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to save you time: there are no good 24/7 places. this is not a 24/7 city. if you want food 24/7, the question is not quality. the question is whether it's 24/7. this is a good list of places that are, in fact, 24/7. and you're going to go to them, whether you like it or not. of course the food is shit. so you are for being awake at 4:30am. but these are the shitty diners and shitty lives we've been dealt. so try to fake it until you make it. try to go to bed earlier. try to read yourself to sleep. try to stop creeping around at weird hours, ducking from eye contact, half-hallucinating that dark things are flying around your face, overpaying for the worst pho in your life, wishing to rejoin the world of the living but not knowing how. see you at frans.
s / August 12, 2015 at 09:12 pm
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lakeview is a routine stop around 3/4am for my friends and i post concerts, merch girl shifts, bar hopping, or just restlessness. nothing beats jamming to their playlist while chugging a milkshake and aggressively consuming disco fries in the dead of the night to keep you going.
Joey / August 12, 2015 at 11:31 pm
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Warning: The Grille is only open 24 hours on the weekends, basically from Friday morning to Sunday night. Don't show up on a Tuesday at 3:30am like I did once. You will leave disappointed and hungry.
Jay / August 13, 2015 at 10:35 am
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The Thompson dinner is awful!! Given them 3 chances and strikes every time....I'm out. Makes me lose a bit of respect for blogto since they endorsed this crap shoot.
BillyO / August 13, 2015 at 11:08 am
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Zets is great for the outer 416/905. For downtown, Old School is as good as it gets in terms of 24/7
Editor / August 13, 2015 at 02:15 pm
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How'd #8 make it onto this list if it's not even a restaurant?
james / August 13, 2015 at 04:31 pm
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Let's be real, the Vesta Lunch is absolutely disgusting, but if you're in the north annex and need a hot turkey sandwich at 4 in the morning, where else are you going to turn? That place does 80% of its business between 1-5 a.m.
Jimmy 2 shoes / August 14, 2015 at 03:59 am
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Old school is definitely #1 spot in terms of good food 24/7 and the milkshakes are amazing, Lakeview and Thompson definitely aren't good enough for top 3.
AA / August 14, 2015 at 03:45 pm
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Fran's is terrible. Zet's is not
ibivi / August 16, 2015 at 05:22 am
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At Fran's on College the other day and food was not terrible at all!
Jason / August 16, 2015 at 06:24 am
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What a great post. I just tried the pho place in china town was craving some late night pho, wouldn't go there in the day time but no complaints after hours.
Frans is ok in my books.
Lola / August 16, 2015 at 10:28 am
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Denny's!
Ben / August 26, 2015 at 07:56 pm
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Don't forget the HONEY B HIVES RESTAURANT IN SCARBOROUGH ON MARKHAM NEAR FINCH. This place is DAMN CHEAP AND THE FOOD PORTION IS LARGE. 1/2 pound burger with fries and drink, $6.99. BEAT THAT. $2.99 breakfast. CHECK IT OUT BLOG TO
P S / August 26, 2015 at 10:41 pm
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Old school are snobs....they dishout raw old chicken
Smokes poutinerie is good nut they aren't very clean
Report both to the ministry of health please

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