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The Best Caribbean Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / October 31, 2011

Caribbean Restaurant Toronto BestThe best Caribbean restaurants in Toronto are all about the flavour (or 'flavah' if you cite the last entry on this list). The jerk should be spicy and smoky, the roti seasoned and succulent, and (in an ideal world) something cool and freshly-squeezed to wash it all down. The best Caribbean restaurants in Toronto might sometimes be lacking in the decor department, simply reinforcing the perils to be had (lack of deliciousness) when one judges a book by its cover. Or Caribbean restaurant by its dilapidated sign.

Here is the list of the best Caribbean restaurants in Toronto.

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One Love Vegetarian

One Love Vegetarian

No curry goat here but there's plenty of Caribbean flavour in its stead. Spiced pumpkin, textured vegetable, and chickpea and potato make up the roti offerings here, which go alongside One Love's famous vegan (obviously) corn soup. The only thing louder than the glee of a satisfied One Love smoothie-drinker is the bright green mural hugging its Bathurst Street exterior. More »

Mona's Roti

Mona's Roti

Mona's Roti shines as a superior Caribbean restaurant because it feels like the inside of someone's kitchen. The Mona behind Mona's Roti started her business in Trinidad in 1983, and has carried the same from-scratch recipes with her to Sheppard East. The roti is clearly a signature offering, but Mona's is also known for its stews, jerk chicken, and chewy doubles. More »

Albert's Real Jamaican

Albert's Real Jamaican

I remember passing by Albert's as a kid and consistently wondering just what would constitute fake (non-real) Jamaican food. Of course, Albert's devotees would likely say it's just about anything that doesn't come from this St. Clair West restaurant. Recently relocated a few steps north in its strip mall at the corner of Vaughan Road, Albert's might have lost a bit of character, but its jerk chicken, oxtail and stewed beef is still as tasty as ever. More »

Bacchus Roti

Bacchus Roti

Bacchus Roti is certainly one of the names that first comes to mind when conjuring up a list of Toronto's best roti. Say what you will about its post-Restaurant Makeover price hike, the roti at Bacchus has remained some of the top-reputed in the city. Options such as beef, squash, and spinach, cheese and shrimp, beef curry and more dominate the menu, almost enough to make you forget there actually are other Caribbean options available. More »

Mr. Jerk

Mr. Jerk

I will never get so mature as to not snicker at Mr. Jerk's name, just as I'm pretty sure jerk devotees will never tire of its food. With multiple locations in Toronto, Mr. Jerk remains a bit of a hole in the wall but it's incredibly consistent in the quality of its fare, and those in the know flock here for its curried oxtail and jerk pork. Really reasonable prices as well. More »

Caribbean Wave

Caribbean Wave

Caribbean Wave certainly has square-footage over the other Caribbean spots on this list, occupying an expansive restaurant and lounge on Milner Avenue in Scarborough. While you should expect to wait a little longer for your meal, Caribbean Wave offers more variety than most, including Caribbean-style low mein, chow mein, and fried rice. More »

Mainsha Restaurant

Mainsha Restaurant

Mainsha Restaurant has several locations throughout the GTA, meaning you're never too far from tasty, cheap Caribbean food. Jerk chicken, rice n' peas and coleslaw is the old faithful at any Mainsha, which also offers chicken for change each week during Toonie Tuesdays. More »

The Caribbean Dutchpot

The Caribbean Dutchpot

While Leslieville is still reeling from The Caribbean Dutchpot's departure, Broadview and Danforth has welcomed the restaurant with forks on alert. The Caribbean Dutchpot offers a full roster of Caribbean favourites including curry goat, oxtail, and roti, with tough-to-beat student and daily specials for under $5. More »

Caribbean Flavah

Caribbean Flavah

How can a place with Flavah in its name not be good? Caribbean Flavah is easy on the wallet with daily $5 specials and $2.99 patty/coco bread/drink student deals. The menu offers various types of roti, oxtail, and jerk, as well as hot porridge and soup. More »

Discussion

46 Comments

freal / October 31, 2011 at 10:59 am
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I know this a readers poll but people f'ed up by not calling dutchpot number #1
yazflute / October 31, 2011 at 11:11 am
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Cue blogTO reader complaining that x should be on list/higher up on list/parents didn't hug them as a child, etc.
Jorge / October 31, 2011 at 11:12 am
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Yeah, no Island Ffoods on here so it's a very incomplete list.
freal replying to a comment from yazflute / October 31, 2011 at 11:14 am
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You're right. everyone should keep their opinions to themselves on blog sites.
yazflute replying to a comment from freal / October 31, 2011 at 11:20 am
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I'm glad you agree then. Carry on.
Kim / October 31, 2011 at 11:23 am
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I know nothing about Caribbean Restaurants so this is a good start for newbies like me. I think if you believe a restaurant should be on the list or is number 1, you should write restaurant reviews on real restaurant review websites & google map. BlogTO is not the end-all, it's more like a stemming point.
Safari / October 31, 2011 at 11:27 am
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This one is definitely waiting for comments.. I'm surprised no Willy's or drive-thru specialists Sunrise (for those, want the island food, but not attitude.. lol)
Syncros / October 31, 2011 at 11:51 am
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seriously, no Island Foods?
The Other Neil / October 31, 2011 at 12:09 pm
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Pat's Homestyle on Queen St. (at Bathurst) FTW. Also, I don't believe BlogTO's food lists are ranked.
Duncan / October 31, 2011 at 12:14 pm
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Ritz (Yonge/College) has the best JC in Toronto
dnr / October 31, 2011 at 12:22 pm
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Island Foods? Yuck. They are the McDonalds of Caribbean Restaurants. A friend of mine calls it the Dirty Diaper.
Michelle / October 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm
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I wish that someone would open a nice Jamaican restaurant, meaning one where a nice meal can be had, where you can linger with family etc. However, since marrying into a Jamaican family, I've come to understand that if you're eating out, you either: a) have some sort of crisis on your hands and just want something fast, cheap and familiar or b) it's an occasion, and you'd really rather be eating at home, but you'd might was well take the chance and have something different. So, the market for an upscale Jamaican restaurant might be a little small.
Andie M / October 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm
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Bacchus is very good, but I stopped going when then stopped making their pumpkin fritters. They were the best and I still miss them! I actually like Ali's better than Bacchus for roti, Bacchus doesn't use the proper roti skin.
outhere replying to a comment from Michelle / October 31, 2011 at 01:08 pm
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Michelle go the service room on st. Clair west it will fit what you are looking for
mike in parkdale / October 31, 2011 at 01:31 pm
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I like Island Foods as much as the next guy (or even more) but I'm not sure if it deserves to be on the Top 10 list.

But you know who DOES deserve to be here - Ali's Roti on Queen West near Landsdowne. Bacchus gets a lot of love on these lists, but somehow everyone seems to forget about Ali's even though it's only like a block away.
Michelle replying to a comment from outhere / October 31, 2011 at 02:27 pm
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Oh great, thanks!
NC / October 31, 2011 at 02:51 pm
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I'll support the motion to get Ali's on here. It's soooooooo good! Mother India (although not Caribbean)is also a great Roti restaurant. Is there a best Roti list? It might be worth differentiating.
Matt / October 31, 2011 at 04:13 pm
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Bacchus is really going downhill. I live pretty close by, but I've found the quality to not be as great as it once was. I got a chicken curry roti a few days ago and the chicken was terrible. It was so dry, stringy so much that I couldn't even finish it.

Plus, they just keep upping the prices. I shouldn't be paying $12 for a roti.
brixtonblk / October 31, 2011 at 04:38 pm
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Yonge and eg.....Caribbean bistro....check it out
jd4353 / October 31, 2011 at 06:08 pm
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Does One love sell the corn on the cob there now?
s / October 31, 2011 at 09:13 pm
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I am so excited to learn about One Love - I just moved to the neighbourhood and pass them all the time, wondering if it's good. This review makes me determined to try it for myself! Thanks!
Aisa replying to a comment from Michelle / November 1, 2011 at 08:32 am
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Michelle I laughed out loud at your premise a) major crises... Lol. Its pretty sacrilege for a carribbean home to dine out when these dishes are available at home on a weekly basis.
Michelle replying to a comment from Aisa / November 1, 2011 at 10:45 am
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Haha. Yep. I know. Took me awhile to figure that out. I only ever see the family get takeout when someone is the hospital or something like that. But every once in awhile there's an occasion where some would like to go out and eat what they really like. Oh, plus, there's a whole thing about food safety. If your mom, sister, aunt, or cousin cooked it, it's fine. 13 years in this family and still, I am only ever asked to bring salad...
Matt / November 1, 2011 at 11:02 am
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I agree with Ritz. Island is decent enough though.
Rena / November 4, 2011 at 01:30 pm
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Mmm... One Love! The food is soooo good and the staff are all really sweet and friendly.

Just don't expect it to be as fast as McDonald's. I always see people getting huffy and rude cause a take-out roti might take (*gasp*) 10 - 15 minutes and the staff might actually (*double gasp*) be nice and talk to you for a whole minute!
jay / November 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm
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this is a terrible list. is it just caribbean restaurants that blogto knows of in toronto? as a caribbean person who has tried a few of these, i know there's more than one that does not belong on this list.
It's Marco bitches / December 10, 2011 at 08:57 pm
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wow The Roti Palace isn't on this list. They are located on bathrust south of bloor. They have been around for 20+ years and they make everything fresh from scratch every day. The roti alone is amazing, always hand made and the curries are tops. Do yourselves a favour and check that place out.
Lisa / February 1, 2012 at 12:33 am
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I hear you Marco, Im shocked Roti Palace isnt on this List...their doubles are amazing...I love how they add the Tamrind sauce for the extra sweetness...I cant leave there without a minimum of 4 for the road...definently better then most on this list. Alberts def not great, thre away half of the last meal I had there,and Ali's Roti on Queen was dissapointing...the oxtail and curry goat was awful.
Kris Green / March 5, 2012 at 04:09 pm
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I blacklisted Alberts after experiencing really poor, really slow service a few years back before renovations. Royal Caribbean on St. Clair / Dufferin has been my go to Curry goat source ever since.
Kyle / March 5, 2012 at 05:06 pm
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Drupati's is my newest go-to place for doubles, but they're far from downtown. Totally delicious, though.

@Kris - that's a dumb reason to blacklist a place. Don't you know they move at their own pace regardless of the size of the line? I'll still line up at Albert's no matter how slow the service is.
Joe Singh / April 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm
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Charley's Caribbean cuisine has one of the best roti in the city. Also their curries and Caribbean style chinese food are to die for. The food is always fresh, I think the advantage they have over other restaurant is they supply their on products . The parent company is Charley's wi foods. They have the best stewed chicken , fish, cod fish cakes served with tamarind sauce. If you like an authentic Caribbean breakfast, try bakes and salted fish. No other place in Toronto does it like this restaurant .
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 09:52 pm
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Cue blogTO reader complaining that x should be on list/higher up on list/parents didn't hug them as a child, etc.
SG / November 29, 2012 at 09:48 pm
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I went to this little place on Danforth just east of pharmacy and they had some delicious curry goat! I just wish I didn't almost break my teeth biting down on the bones lol
lindsay / September 5, 2013 at 09:00 pm
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Guyanese a restaurant that does not exist here...but is real non the less. You want good roti, curry, stews etc...Indira makes them yum and hot as you like it!
Check it out at Danforth and Donlands.
Anon / November 16, 2013 at 11:03 pm
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Have tried a handful of Caribbean places in TO but the ones that stick out in my mind are Tropical Joe's in Gerrard Square Mall, Caribbean Queen of Patties, Coconut Grove, and Pam's Caribbean Kitchen. Rasta Pasta in Kensington Market has excellent jerk chicken but I wasn't a fan of their curries. I haven't tried most of the places on this particular list so I guess I have work to do!
Andy / February 3, 2014 at 09:28 pm
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Try Roti Hut on Pitfield Rd. In Scarborough, very tasty roti and always fresh, you can see the action in the kitchen too, very clean place.
Anon / March 21, 2014 at 03:35 pm
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Have heard that Royal Caribbean Cafe on St. Clair West is supposed to be excellent (haven't been there yet though). Ditto with Parrot Nest Family Restaurant in North York (I believe they serve Guyanese food there).
Miguel / April 28, 2014 at 06:24 pm
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A little gem is Hot Grubz at 2039 Eglinton Avenue W., trust me this place is the real thing for classics like oxtail, stew goat, jerk etc.
Anonymous / July 6, 2014 at 12:07 am
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Indira's Caribbean Spot on Danforth and Donlands serves incredible Guyanese food.
john / July 10, 2014 at 07:12 pm
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Must try this place as well east indian
http://cinamonindianbistro.com/Home.aspx
Adam / July 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm
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Orlandos 2 for 1 Jerk. End of story
ecoke@lyfe / August 2, 2014 at 08:38 pm
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Am I the only one bothered that Roti Roti and all the other wonderful Rexdale Caribbean restaurants are missing from this list?
Virginia / August 3, 2014 at 03:43 am
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LE TI COLIBRI!!!!!
French Caribbean restaurant located in the Kensington market (on the east side of augusta between college and Oxford) .
Their bokit is one of top 10 the best sandwich in town. Gentle with the wallet. Awesome people working there. You can even practice your french!
Guest / August 18, 2014 at 08:54 am
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Mitzi's Jerk has excellent jerk chicken and curry goat.
Foodqueen / September 6, 2014 at 10:16 am
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Tropical Nights Restaurant & Lounge was recommended by friends as the hot spot for dinner and drinks in Scarborough. The atmosphere was very tropical and the staff were warm and welcoming to our party of 8. We tried a number of appetizers including potato balls, pepper shrimp and calamari. All were exceptional. Dinner consisted of Jerk Chicken, curry dishes and tropical mix fried rice and chowmein. If you're looking for a variety of Caribbean style foods, check out Tropical Nights. Friday and Saturday evenings are hopping with live music to dance the night away. Check out this new restaurant. The food, staff and atmosphere will keep you coming back.
Cassidy / September 17, 2014 at 04:30 pm
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King Catering makes the best Caribbean food in Toronto, in my opinion. Each dish is amazing - jerk chicken, shark tacos, bake and shark, rice and peas... I could go on. Their website is www.kingcatering.ca

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