The Best Diners in Toronto
The best diners in Toronto satisfy cravings for all day breakfasts, dirty burgers and homestyle comfort foods. The most authentic on this list are decades old and pride themselves on unaltered interiors and original menus, while others recreate the nostalgic vibe by design: jukeboxes, neon signs, sticky vinyl booths and all. Either way, the diner is place to imagine that the passage of time has stopped, and all that matters is a plate of comforting, hot food.
Here are the best diners in Toronto.
This little red retro diner near the St. Lawrence Market is outfitted with an iconic lunch counter, short-order kitchen, swivelling stools and upholstered vinyl booths. On the menu are full Irish breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and daily specials, along with house-baked pies and breads. More »
Marked by an iconic (and original) neon sign, this authentic Corktown grill has been family owned and operated since 1967. The menu keeps it classic with three-egg breakfast specials and homestyle American comfort foods like gravy-smothered meatloaf. More »
An institution since 1978, the menu at this neighbourhood diner is known for an assortment of Israeli dishes and bistro-esque specialties. While it’s a little fancy by diner standards, the spot wins big points for all day breakfast options and duck confit poutine. More »
This quirky Adelaide Street diner and juice bar does vegetarian and vegan renditions of all the obligatory diner standards. All day breakfasts offer pancakes, egg scrambles and rancheros, plus there's chocolate peanut butter and banana shakes and pie served a la mode. More »
Okay Okay is more than just okay - it’s kind of awesome. The laid-back Leslieville breakfast and lunch spot does a full array of eggs along with familiar favourites from the griddle like banquet burgers, triple decker grilled cheeses and club sandwiches piled high. More »
This family style diner claims to be Toronto's oldest operating restaurant, dating back to 1929. Extensive breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus offer above par diner fare made of top quality, locally sourced ingredients. As if any other reason is needed, two words - spiked milkshakes. More »
This always-open, neo-retro establishment caters to locals as well as the late night run-off from the bustling Dundas West and Ossington bar scenes. Here greasy standards and 24-hour cure-all brunches stay true to the genre but are upgraded decent ingredients and thoughtful, made-from-scratch preparations. More »
This contemporary take on the classic 24-hour diner is fully licensed and in tune with every possible comfort food craving imaginable. Breakfast is on anytime of day, burgers are available between grilled cheese sandwiches and shakes come super thick and with the option of booze infusions. More »
Ted's isn't just '50s-styled, the Scarborough diner has actually been around since 1954. Even after recent renovations, the spot preserves its nostalgic charm. The menu features familiar greasy spoon specialties like three-egg breakfasts, liver burgers and blue plate specials. More »
The menu at this newly opened Junction Triangle establishment excels at iconic staples like corned beef hash, chopped salads and a super satisfying griddle-cooked dirty burg. The humble but hip diner even does retro-styled corn dog. More »
This old school greasy spoon at Av and Dav might look a little rough around the edges, but the unassuming nook is still a reliable place to find basic, no-frills breakfasts, burgers and bottomless cups of coffee. More »