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The Best Brunch in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 11, 2014

best brunch torontoThe best brunch in Toronto is reason enough to get out of bed in the morning. It's the perfect remedy for hangovers and weekday woes, an indulgent wake-up call complete with fluffy pancakes, three-egg feasts or freshly baked fare.

In brunch-obsessed Toronto, there is no shortage of fantastic spots to choose from. Venturing out of the house for that morning (or, er, midday) meal is a gratifying ritual that deserves to be celebrated - preferably over mimosas.

Here are the best brunch restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The top 50 brunch restaurants in Toronto
The Best New Brunch Restaurants in Toronto, 2013
The Best Splurge Brunch in Toronto
The Best Restaurants that take Reservations for Brunch in Toronto

Lady Marmalade

Lady Marmalade

This sunny week-round brunch spot supplies Leslieville with an abundance of customizable eggs benny options, including pulled pork or roasted vegetable versions ($11.50 and up), as well as hearty Mexican breakfasts and drool-worthy indulgences like the crepe croque monsieur or cheddar waffles (both $11.75). Expect to queue up for a while, 'cause this place has a fiercely loyal following. More »

Emma's Country Kitchen

Emma's Country Kitchen

The charming St. Clair bakery and cafe makes everything in-house, from freshly baked breads to house-cured bacon and hand-formed sausage patties. The result is a menu full of top notch selections (and hangover remedies) like their breakfast burger and buttermilk biscuit bennies (both $13). More »

Bonjour Brioche

Bonjour Brioche

Thus French bakery and cafe in Riverside specializes in Parisian standards. There's a tempting selection of sweet and savoury tarts du jour alongside sandwiches like the classic croque madame ($9.50), built on brioche, layered with ham and gruyere, and topped with a sunny egg. More »

Aunties and Uncles

Aunties and Uncles

Every weekend, this tiny spot on Lippincott draws long line-ups of hopeful diners, who must then endure the seductive scent of home fries and bacon sizzling while waiting. Reliable and affordable menu highlights include the giant breakfast pocket and breakfast tacos (both $8.75), along with a daily breakfast burger. More »

Rose & Sons

Rose & Sons

Anthony Rose brings brunch to Dupont at this old-school diner, which offers a smorgasbord of upscale brunch dishes. Favourites include duck confit and potato hash with fried eggs and hollandaise ($17), and fried chicken and grits-poached eggs ($17). More »

Saving Grace

Saving Grace

The Dundas West brunch spot covers a full range of sweet and savoury staples, offering a chalkboard menu of seasonally-inspired pancakes and waffles along with essential egg dishes and sandwiches. More »

Fanny Chadwick's

Fanny Chadwick's

This neighbourhood eatery on Dupont is well loved for customizable eggs Benedict, as well as an array of signature dishes like smoked brisket hash ($12) and crepe-like Finnish pancakes ($14.50). More »

School

School

The Liberty Village brunch spot boasts a spacious patio and does daytime fare week-round. The menu gets an A+ for super fluffy pancakes ($11), decadent Belgian waffles ($11) and indulgent savoury selections like hashbrown poutine ($15) and fried chicken with waffles ($19). More »

Easy Restaurant

Easy Restaurant

Snag a table at this all-day brunch spot in Parkdale (they also have a location on College St.) and take it easy with an optimal assortment of brunch-time standards. Best bets include two-egg breakfasts ($11), omelettes ($13 and up) and soft-boiled eggs with toast soldiers for dipping ($12). More »

Farmhouse Tavern

Farmhouse Tavern

The chalkboard brunch menu at this Junction Triangle spot changes up frequently, though it’s likely to offer a delicious roster of dishes, including breaded and deep-fried eggs, sugar stack pancakes and ploughman’s lunch boards. More »

La Cubana

La Cubana

On Roncesvalles, this eatery is a favourite for its menu of Latin standards, including Cubano sandwiches ($9), and balanced breakfast options like a pineapple-glazed pork belly and eggs ($13) complete with sides of rice, beans, fried plantains and slaw. More »

Le Petit Dejeuner

Le Petit Dejeuner

This King East restaurant makes Belgian-Canadian comfort foods its niche, serving up authentic Belgian waffles ($15 and up), either au natural or topped with extras like berries and cream (or peameal and eggs). More »

The Bristol

The Bristol

New relocated to Queen West, this public house majors in full English breakfasts and updated takes on specialties from across the pond. Expect to find hangover-crushing masterpieces like The Glasgow ($12) a Scottish breakfast cheeseburger layered between scones. More »

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Standouts on the menu of this Liberty Village destination include the pulled pork brunch skillet ($13.50) and legendarily light and fluffy blueberry buttermilk pancakes ($14). Essentials like fresh squeezed juices and coffee are on offer, though it's hard to resist boozy starters like mimosas and classic Caesars. More »

The Stockyards

The Stockyards

The Sunday brunch menu at this smokehouse and larder on St. Clair boasts hearty dishes like fried chicken and waffles ($13), buttermilk biscuits with sage sausage gravy ($11) and morning sandwiches like the BAT ($9.50) made with house-cured bacon, arugula and fried green tomatoes on sourdough. More »

Discussion

50 Comments

Alison / April 11, 2014 at 02:10 pm
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I have been to every place on the list! Most would make my top too, but I think the order is off.
lol / April 11, 2014 at 02:15 pm
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Lol these lists are always so brutal. Lady Marmalade sucks, mediocre food, tiny portions, very expensive, flavour nothing to write home about. All that wouldn't be so bad if their staff wasn't that annoying type of hipster that is unfriendly and tries to accommodate their own before older or less trendy people. Rude, slow and mediocre isn't equal to best. Just wow, get your head out of your ass blogto.
John / April 11, 2014 at 02:23 pm
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Lady Marmalade is vastly overrated. And quite obnoxious considering the thirty-minute line out the door full of Queen East hipsters.
sw / April 11, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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Aunties & Uncles is so overrated. The Stockyards is the best! Mmmm that breakfast Sammy.
not daniel / April 11, 2014 at 02:43 pm
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What about those of us who require a meal between breakfast and brunch?
Nev / April 11, 2014 at 02:43 pm
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I have to agree with the Lady Marmalade comments. I got a lovely, large piece of soggy, greasy cardboard mixed in with my homefries on my last visit there. Uh. No.
Brunchslave / April 11, 2014 at 02:47 pm
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Cant believe White Brick Kitchen isn't on here - defo top 10 worthy!
Sara / April 11, 2014 at 02:52 pm
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Can we get over School already? Its insanely overpriced, over cramped, and nothing special in any way. I went here because a friend raved about it, but its really all just hype. What happen to cheap brunch and large portions for the hungover who woke up too late for breakfast. I must say I do love mildreds eggs benny on a croissant.
A / April 11, 2014 at 02:55 pm
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Totally agree with Lady Marmalade. Ugh. A Firkin pubs brunch menu is miles ahead of that place. Went once to see what it was about and was so so so dissapointed.
Ugh / April 11, 2014 at 03:14 pm
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Lady Marmalde sucks!!! Overpriced, tasteless, small portion food.
tru / April 11, 2014 at 03:17 pm
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yup, the marmalade is pretty bad.

and who in the fuck waits in line for brunch?

rather...who in the fuck waits in a line for food, period.
K / April 11, 2014 at 03:18 pm
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Petit Dejeuner is where it is at!
Ricky Martin Jr. / April 11, 2014 at 03:22 pm
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Fucking Hen House had great brunches. Still pissed at those fucking bastards for discontinuing that service. I am fucking pissed right off to this day.
ipauk / April 11, 2014 at 03:39 pm
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i went to Le Petit Dejeuner few weeks ago for the first time and the brunch was mediocre at its best!
Sean / April 11, 2014 at 04:12 pm
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I have another one that didn't make the list, but no way I'm giving up the goods.
food affectionair / April 11, 2014 at 04:51 pm
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why aren't the place us folk can afford on here like mcdonalds? i like their mcnuffins
Sam / April 11, 2014 at 04:52 pm
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What about La Neuf?!? Good food + the restaurant is so charming
mgr / April 11, 2014 at 05:09 pm
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Love aunries and uncles, and saving grace.I'm not a hipster
really replying to a comment from John / April 11, 2014 at 07:20 pm
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queen east has hipsters? i thought queen west had the monopoly
fanny / April 11, 2014 at 07:52 pm
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The Four Seasons Hotel used to have a wonderful brunch. Do they still do that? I would totally go. Also the Sutton Place Hotel and the Prince Hotel (when it was Japanese) were great. This was way before hipster times. Ahhh the good ol' days.....
Fat Brad Pitt / April 11, 2014 at 08:03 pm
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EMMA'S!!!!! 👌
Chef tothestars / April 11, 2014 at 09:00 pm
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Are u kidding me. I have been to the top 3 on the list. Are these really the top 10 for brunch?
There are better places for brunch that didn't make the list! Same list as last year! Looking
For something new !
Kate / April 11, 2014 at 09:00 pm
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I would also suggest Camp on Jane south of Annette.
????? / April 12, 2014 at 05:55 am
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where is le select Bistro??!?!??
Corbin / April 12, 2014 at 08:22 am
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Where is Mitzi's on Sorauren? Best brunch. Huge portions and a wicked pancake.
MapTime replying to a comment from ????? / April 12, 2014 at 08:59 am
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Its downtown west of Spadina....432 Wellington West.
MapTime replying to a comment from Corbin / April 12, 2014 at 09:01 am
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Its in the west end near High Park....100 Sorauren Avenue. Hence the name Mitzi's on Sorauren!
corbin replying to a comment from MapTime / April 12, 2014 at 09:11 am
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Thanks MapTime. I meant where is it on the list. Not where is it located.

But I appreciate you point out the obvious.
AtelierIvaan / April 12, 2014 at 09:29 am
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Judging by its weekend lineups, my next-door neighbour the Universal Grill (Shaw and Dupont) should be on there. People are standing outside the front door fifteen minutes before they open. Being vegan, I go to Hogtown Vegan (Bloor@Shaw) but I wish they opened earlier. It's hard to get there at 11, have brunch and get back to our store in time to open at noon.
Beast / April 12, 2014 at 10:37 am
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Beast restaurant has the best brunches I've ever eaten. The pork hocks. The beastwich. Unbeatable
Horace Walpole / April 12, 2014 at 10:49 am
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Worst breakfast/brunches I have ever had were at Cora. Leathery and dry omelettes with a kilogram or so of sliced unripened flavorless out of season fruit. Who wants hard, pale fruit that tastes like styrofoam?
Less would be more, please and thank you.
Drake / April 12, 2014 at 12:44 pm
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You forgot Fisherman's Porch! The Marionberry pancakes are amazing.
MapTime replying to a comment from corbin / April 12, 2014 at 06:44 pm
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@Corbin...I figured that's what you meant and sorry for being a smartass. I just couldn't resist!
Seriously though, thanks for questioning it because I have never heard of the place and had to check out their menu. Looks great and I am going to have to give it a try! Thanks,
Erin / April 13, 2014 at 10:28 am
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Emma's and Auntie's and Uncles are both awesome. I feel like this is more a list of "brunch places that are the coolest to like" than "brunch places that are genuinely good," though.
TJ / April 14, 2014 at 10:53 am
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I don't understand why some of these dumps or places in non-prime locations are charging an arm and leg for brunch. Seriously, $11-15 for waffles when the batter is what, $0.25?
ha replying to a comment from lol / April 14, 2014 at 11:25 am
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you are so miserable. its pretty funny.
ha / April 14, 2014 at 11:30 am
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This list is pretty spot on. The only thing that makes no sense is easy? how is easy on here. easy's food rates somewhere between cora and golden grill.
evan / April 16, 2014 at 08:58 pm
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How do you compile these lists? I'm pretty confused how a place like Insomnia at Bloor and Bathurst is left off seeing how there is a line up out the door every single weekend specifically for their brunch. Whoever is reading this... Try Insomnia, I've been to 4 of the restaurants on this list and none of them are as good.
Melissa / April 27, 2014 at 02:03 pm
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How is "School" only #48 everything there is delicious and filling! Not to mention the cool atmosphere. Tried out "petit dejouner" today, because it was ranked much hire on the list and it was nothing special at ALL plus I'm still starving. I had the Belgian waffles which they claim are ranked #1 by Toronto Life...but in all honesty, was something I could have made better myself. I was so hungry after that I went to McDonald's across the street.
TOCritic / May 4, 2014 at 01:22 am
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ALMOST CHOKED TO DEATH: BE CAREFUL VISITING EMMA'S COUNTRY KITCHEN!!!

I visited this place after reading about it on BlogTO. I'm not even going start commenting on the bad level of food or the ambience. Although I am an avid brunch-goer, I have never written an online review for a restaurant but felt obliged to do so as I am still shocked and in dismay at what happened at Emma's Country Kitchen today and want everyone to use extra caution when dining there.

I found a bullet-sized piece of metal with a screw-like edge at the bottom of my glass of water. Had I not been alarmed by the strange sound that my cup of water made each time I took a sip, I would not have looked inside the cup to see a 1.5 inch piece of metal sunk at the bottom.

Not only did the staff not acknowledge the severity of this issue or the fact that I could have choked to death had I accidentally swallowed the piece, they did not even bother coming up to my table to ask if I was okay. They just went straight to their ice machine to see what part may have been dismantled and entered into an ice-cube.

EVERYONE PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN VISITING EMMA'S COUNTRY KITCHEN!! Y

ou don't know what may be floating at the bottom of your cup or stuck inside your food. It's definitely not a clean place, I am not a picky eater but this incident is unacceptable under many standards and levels.
Babs / May 4, 2014 at 01:56 am
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Sounds very dramatic! Thankfully, you weren't harmed!
I must say, however, I have enjoyed Emma's Country Kitchen every time I've been, and have had wonderful service, not to mention great food!
It's obviously busy for good reason!
Guess you had an unfortunate mishap--could happen at the finest of restaurants!
I think Emma's is great, especially their biscuits!
sooky / June 8, 2014 at 10:28 am
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Vi Vetha in the beach has a great brunch for another east end option a little further than just Leslieville.
tracey / June 28, 2014 at 09:38 am
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Hello Darling @ Lansdowne and Wallace. Delicious!
Hannah / June 28, 2014 at 01:08 pm
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Again blog to over looks Starving Artist on St.Clair ave west, east of dufferin and on lansdowne north of Bloor. Some of those brunch places are meh like any other place. Another brunch place I recommend is Lakeview on college north east from ossington and also Brazenhead in Liberty Village.
Julien / June 28, 2014 at 05:14 pm
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Its like they looked at all the previous restaurant reviews they had done and picked 10 random places. I still can't believe Lady Marmalade is top pick. How hard is it to open a place with Yard sale decor.

If this is all it takes to be a 10 ten brunch place then I need to open up a place. I know I could create a menu that would beat all these places with my eyes closed.


Jus sayin...


Julien
Carolyn / July 1, 2014 at 08:12 pm
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Saving Grace is just terrible. I went there today because it was on this list. I have no idea how a place like that winds up at #6. In parts:

1. Service
The line out the door is just simply not managed. When we arrived, we waited by the door and were told that there was a half-hour wait. We were not, however, informed that there was a self-check-in clipboard hanging inside the door. The hostess walked away without taking our name and I could not get her attention to come back. We had to watch the next group check themselves in before we realized that this was why they would not take our names.

We were fortunately seated quickly at the corner of a big table that was already occupied at the other end. I am fine with this sort of shared seating. I was pleased that they did not make us wait when we could be seated.

The next wait was for our drink order. It was brunch and there is no excuse to wait for coffee. I should have had that immediately and not 15 minutes after ordering, which was already about 10 minutes after being seated. It was good coffee, though, and there were free refills.

The next wait was for the entrees. They took our order when the beverages were delivered, but by this point I was just starving, and there was a long wait for the food to be served. Overall, we spend 1.5 hours just waiting.

2. Food
We order the potato-kale pancakes, a blueberry waffle blackboard special and the featured french toast with caramelized banana topping.

The potato-kale pancakes were like fried mashed potatoes with pieces of kale. It was tasty but sloppy. The texture was all wrong and very disappointing.

The blueberry waffles were dry. I also found it curious that they would serve 3/4 of a waffle. This meal came with eggs, bacon and salad. They didn't give an option for the eggs. They just came scrambled. There were 2 very small pieces of bacon. The salad was ok. Nothing special.

The worst part was the overrated french toast. The topping was delicious, although I have to admit I've never known anyone to screw up caramelized bananas. That was not, however, french toast. That was 3 small pieces of fried baguette sprinkled in cinnamon. It was hard, and chewy. There was nothing marinated. The only thing that softened it was drenching it in the highly sweet banana sauce.

The portions overall were tiny. This place was rated at as low-priced. I disagree at $40 for a 2 tiny breakfasts, including beverages. For the serving size, food quality and service, there was nothing particularly redeemable. I really wanted to ask for my money back. I dine out often and I can honestly say that spending my money here only deeply upset me. Waste of time. Waste of money. Walked out starving.



Rachel / July 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm
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I recently went to Saving Grace and I have decided not to return because the service was so abysmal. Carolyn's report is on par with my experience of trying to get a table, waiting for food, and dealing (or rather, not dealing) with the incompetent service that never once came to refill our water or check in on us during our hour-long wait for brunch on a Thursday. The portions were fine and the food was pretty good, but nothing can reconcile the complete lack of service.

Sad to see such a gem die out.
BillyO / August 8, 2014 at 10:07 am
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In terms of food, service and decor, Mildred's cannot be beat. Lady Marmalade is terrible. Some of the others are good, but service can be hit or miss. I pretty much go to Mildred's, Origin, Drake and Patria for brunch. Forget the rest.
Dave / September 7, 2014 at 06:31 pm
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https://www.facebook.com/TheBristolYard
Amy / September 7, 2014 at 06:51 pm
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Went to the Bristol a couple of weeks ago with a few friends. Absolutely terrible service. All the servers hadn't a clue what was going on, scrambling from one table to the next. A scottish guy was serving our table and he was extremely forgetful and rude at times. I would never go back again

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