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The Best Diners in Toronto

The best diners in Toronto all share a sense of nostalgia, comfort, and a knack for serving simple food well. These places tirelessly serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry folks from morning til night, some for twenty-four hours a day. Slide into a booth, order a milkshake or a beer, and settle in for a relaxing and heartwarming meal at these trustworthy Toronto eateries.

Here are the best diners in Toronto.


Harry's
1

Harry's

Harry’s has been operated for decades by three brothers who recently passed the torch onto the Grant van Gameren team which also includes Nate Young and Robin Goodfellow of Bar Raval and Pretty Ugly. Green chorizo burgers, corn beef hash, and super basic beer and cocktails beckon until two a.m. from this rock and roll Parkdale time warp.

Skyline Restaurant
2

Skyline Restaurant

Parkdale cleans up taking the number two spot on this list as well: another revamp, this old spot was given new life by Maggie Ruhl of The Ace recently. You’ll find classics like burgers and club sandwiches on offer here along with more original fried smelts dished out under their iconic curly neon sign.


The Amazing Ted's Diner
3

The Amazing Ted's Diner

Around since 1954, this Scarborough diner serves classic blue plate specials, three-egg breakfasts and a ton of other super simple options like a huge variety of incredibly cheap sandwiches.

Patrician Grill
4

Patrician Grill

This diner’s familiar neon sign has been humming in the heart of downtown Toronto for decades, a family-owned business since 1967. They have early morning specials until 11 like pancakes or a three-egg breakfast, and for lunch and dinner they have legendary sandwiches and burgers.


Okay Okay
5

Okay Okay

This uniquely named Leslieville diner features a patio and serves famous huevos, a challah sandwich called “Elvis is King” and a “Badass BLT.” Their apple and orange juice is fresh-squeezed and their coffee is organic.


George Street Diner
6

George Street Diner

This eye-catching little red diner is located in the King East area. They serve thick greasy sandwiches and simple but hearty salads, and the specials and combos on their menu change often. A favourite of George Brown students in the area.

Lakeview Restaurant
7

Lakeview Restaurant

Open 24 hours a day, this Dundas and Ossington institution was once also a revival of an outdated spot, but has firmly solidified its reputation as what it is now. Perfectly located near a ton of bars and the late night revellers that populate Trinity Bellwoods, this all-hours diner serves a bunch of burgers including a great black bean one, awesome poutine, shakes, cocktails and beer.


Avenue Open Kitchen
8

Avenue Open Kitchen

Only open early mornings and afternoons, this diner on Camden puts out simple but indulgent breakfasts, breakfast sandwiches, soups, salads, hot plates like an open faced hot hamburger and hot chicken sandwich, and “deli plates” like Montreal smoked meat served with mashed taters and veg.

The Senator
9

The Senator

Right near the Eaton Centre downtown, the Senator is known for doing diner food right. They make all the batter for their pancakes and waffles from scratch, hand squeeze fresh orange juice, get their burger beef from Cumbrae’s, use only organic honey and milk, and smoke their own salmon on site.

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Jesse Milns

The Best Diners in Toronto


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