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The Best Greek Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 22, 2014

greek restaurants torontoThe best Greek restaurants in Toronto are no longer concentrated to the Danforth (though Greektown certainly represents), and while souvlaki and gyros are still house faves, these are the places to discover other delicacies, too. Flaky phyllo pies, flaming cheese and innumerable combinations of mezedes are all on offer - not to mention fresh seafood that aims to transport diners to the Aegean coast, if only for an evening.

Here are the best Greek restaurants in Toronto.

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Volos

Volos

This sleek seafood-focused restaurant on Richmond attracts hordes of Bay St. types, thanks to its upmarket takes on faithfully traditional Greek fare. Here the menu offers an ensemble of sharable mezedes, market-fresh fish and rich bechamel-smothered moussaka, best coupled with a bottle from the superb list of Greek wines. More »

Messini

Messini

Messily-packed gyros stuffed with fries, tzatziki and all the fixin's are the signature offering at this Danforth institution. Here the gyros, like the rest of Messini's menu, are filling and delicious, best enjoyed on its patio on a late summer night. More »

It's All GRK

It's All GRK

The thriving purveyor of Greek street food now boasts three locations where you’ll find handheld favourites like pitas stuffed with chicken or pork gyro, souvlaki or bifteki. Hungry appetites can go all out with "YiaYia's big dinner" - a platter packed with any meat, potatoes, salad and rice. More »

Pan on the Danforth

Pan on the Danforth

Seafoods and chargrilled meats dominate the menu at this Aegean oasis. While gyrating dancers are only billed on weekends, the food-minded can take delight in the live entertainment that is kefalotyri cheese flambeed tableside. Take advantage of the reasonable prix fixe menu for great value on worthwhile classics like braised lamb shank or the vegetarian moussaka. More »

Square Boy

Square Boy

The retro Greek diner has been a fixture on the Danforth for over five decades and their longevitiy can easily be attributed to the deliciousness of the solid menu, featuring overstuffed gyros, pitas, and souvlaki on a bun. More »

Avli

Avli

Eat like family at this aging but cozy Greektown taverna by ordering a spread of cold and hot apps, or share in seafood selections or sizzling mixed grill platters. Signature dishes, like the rabbit spring onion pie, do not disappoint, and desserts like the house-made baklava are worth the calories. More »

Mezes

Mezes

Diners at this Danforth restaurant can count on a lively atmosphere buzzing with activity thanks to this restaurant's popularity. Locals consider the calamari (fried or grilled) a go-to, but not to be missed are the succulent grilled options and assortment of flaky phyllo pies. More »

Greek Grill

Greek Grill

This Pape Village restaurant is decked out in classic blue-and-white decor. While the menu is home to some of the city's best grilled souvlaki and rotisserie-cooked gyros, the spit-roasted Kontosouvli are not to be overlooked and are available by the pound on platters. More »

Tzatziki

Tzatziki

Among the diner staples at this newly opened eatery on Pape, you'll find traditional, homemade Greek fare. The menu features an array of mezedes, over a dozen pita wraps, and hearty dinners from the grill, available for casual dining or take-away. More »

Discussion

36 Comments

Eastender / August 22, 2014 at 02:18 pm
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So nice to see some east end representation here! Curious to know how these lists are generated, though, as your #10 selection has only been open for a few weeks and hasn't been reviewed by your own blog yet....
Eastender replying to a comment from Eastender / August 22, 2014 at 02:18 pm
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Er...make that #9.
Tim replying to a comment from Eastender / August 22, 2014 at 02:34 pm
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The list was derived from a reader poll we did earlier this month. Also, we have visited Tzatziki. Watch out for a full write-up on the site in the days to come.
Anna replying to a comment from Eastender / August 22, 2014 at 02:35 pm
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They had a poll open a few weeks ago. These polls are always generated from users voting.
Shawn / August 22, 2014 at 02:40 pm
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I haven't been to Folia Grill since they last changed management (I've since moved out of the area so I can't really make it there anymore) but they're chicken gyro plate with Zucchini fries was the BEST.
Brandon replying to a comment from Eastender / August 22, 2014 at 02:46 pm
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Obviously the east end is going to be represented in a Best Greek list...
joesmith@yahoo.com / August 22, 2014 at 02:51 pm
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It's All GRK is a total JOKE
Joanne / August 22, 2014 at 03:28 pm
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PANTHEON!!! DUHH!!
mxgrl / August 22, 2014 at 03:33 pm
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Messini should be #1 because of quality and prices!!
YUM
erynb / August 22, 2014 at 03:33 pm
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I lived in this area for a number of years so I can speak from experience when I say that Asteria deserves a nod on here. It's cheap, cheerful and absolutely delicious. I think it could be here in place of Messini, which does have great dishes but I find it to be incredible oily, and their Yonge&Eg location is even worse.
Jessica / August 22, 2014 at 03:37 pm
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This list is automatically nugatory after not seeing Paralia (formerly Trinity Taverna) listed...
Ted / August 22, 2014 at 03:38 pm
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Pantheon, Folia and Greek Grill are by far the 3 best Greek places. Not sure why Folia or Pantheon didn't make the list. But I highly recommend them to anyone and everyone. Square boys is a diner that is amazing, and happens to be owned and operated by Greeks. But their cuisine isn't exactly Greek Cuisine. It is certainly a great diner though. I use to frequent Messinis, late night usually, but now their quality has really declined. I had stomach pains last time I ate their gyro.

And yes obviously Greek food would be dominated in the east end. Was that a joke?
Miss Thang / August 22, 2014 at 03:40 pm
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BlogTO forgot to mention ZET'S up by the airport. It's worth the drive and it's open 24 hours.
COMWAVESUCKS / August 22, 2014 at 03:49 pm
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I've tried Greek fries for the first time at Tzaziki $4... Tasty, but really just fries sprinkled with herbed feta. I'll wait for the upcoming BlogTO review before I return for something more substantial.

At nearby Folia Grill I tried their Calmari last year which was horrible, but based on all the +ve reviews I'll have to try it again (less the Calamari) only because it's a 10 min walk from home.
Susan / August 22, 2014 at 03:51 pm
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If Tzatziki never made the list (opened a few months ago), which restaurant would be number 9?
COMWAVESUCKS replying to a comment from COMWAVESUCKS / August 22, 2014 at 03:52 pm
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Sorry It was Greek Grill not Folia with the horrible Calamari. I did try Folia's steak and it was nice, but nothing special
Sophie / August 22, 2014 at 04:07 pm
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Disclaimer, I'm not greek, and haven't been to half of these places.

I'm surprised to see It's All GRK on this list.
I've had it twice, and both times, the meat was super dry, and the servings weren't anything impressive based on the price point. It isn't what I'd call 'greek food'. I guess i have a different definition to good food than those who voted on this.

I felt like It's All GRK caters to a very specific crowd. The under 20, never had real greek food crowd.
Kudos for that I guess?

really / August 22, 2014 at 04:29 pm
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What about Feta & Olives in the food court of the Atrium on Bay?

Shocked that didn't make the list.
Brock Markham / August 22, 2014 at 04:56 pm
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WHERE DA PARKDALE AT?
Joe / August 22, 2014 at 06:12 pm
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You missed Penelope on King! Definitely a top 5 greek food resto in TO. Shape up or ship out
Perry Como / August 22, 2014 at 06:12 pm
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Does honest eds have greek food?
dvc / August 22, 2014 at 07:14 pm
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Well, the new Mamakas on Ossington just trumped this entire list. Sorry BlogTO, bad timing.
stonerjoe replying to a comment from Joanne / August 22, 2014 at 11:43 pm
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agreed %100
this list was determined by someone whose benchmark was oshawa town centre's mr greek location
K-man / August 23, 2014 at 07:09 am
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If you want to know if its a great Greek restaurant, check the Greek salad. If there's lettuce in the Greek salad, then it's not an authentic Greek restaurant. Square Boy, really? No Christinas, Ouzeri or Kalyvia?
sylvia / August 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm
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Love Christinas. Have been going there forever. The best waiter - he would be fantastic in any venue - is the Indian (perhaps Sri Lankan)guy. Warm, welcoming, friendly and professional. That said, some of the other sat./sun. afternoon wait staff act like they are doing you a favour and stand close by at bill time and swoop in to grab the payment like the customer is going to rip them off. No thank you for joining us, have a great day, nothing. The latter has happened to frequently that I sadly will not be doing them a favour again. Shame. Food is amazing. (I'm sure they'll survive though.)
Britt / August 23, 2014 at 04:52 pm
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It's All GRK? Come on guys. Anyone with a palette knows the food is completely under-seasoned and bland as hell. Such a shame to see this place on the list.
Greek Salad 101 / August 23, 2014 at 06:18 pm
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The term "Greek salad" can also be used in North America, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom to refer to a lettuce salad with Greek-inspired ingredients, dressed with oil and vinegar.In these countries, the true Greek salad, when encountered, may be called by the Greek term horiatiki or by such terms as "country salad", "peasant salad", or "village salad", to avoid confusion.
Dalouc / August 23, 2014 at 08:57 pm
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Not listing Pantheon in the top 3 renders this list useless a.
JR / August 24, 2014 at 01:35 am
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Who cares I usually don't judge any restaurants by it's salads. As long as they have good salads thats all that matters.
Oh, you... replying to a comment from K-man / August 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm
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"If you want to know if its a great Greek restaurant, check the Greek salad. If there's lettuce in the Greek salad, then it's not an authentic Greek restaurant. Square Boy, really? No Christinas, Ouzeri or Kalyvia?"

Man, it must disappoint you to go to Kalyvia and see towering piles of iceberg lettuce covered in feta.
Trav replying to a comment from Oh, you... / August 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm
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I don't care about iceberg lettuce at a Greek restaurant. I don not go to Greek restaurants for a Greek salad at all. If my meal happens to come with one, I might eat some salad BUT I'm going to a Greek restaurant for the skewers chicken, pork, lamb, souvlaki, gyros, moussaka. soutzoukakia smyrneika.

There's all kinds of food more than salad. ENJOY EVERYTHING ELSE. don't mind the iceberg.
Proudfood / August 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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George's on Lakeshore before Browns line.

Great portions, great prices.
Chris Browne replying to a comment from erynb / August 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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Asteria is one I keep going back to, and would be a great inclusion.

I'm surprised that Pantheon wasn't on the list.
Sammy replying to a comment from Chris Browne / August 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm
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We the readers VOTE for who makes these lists. Those restaurants were included but if they didn't receive enough votes they don't make the cut.
HK / August 26, 2014 at 09:29 am
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I liked Asteria too, despite the high prices. Much better than Messini's. The latter is more budget friendly which explains why it's so busy. The food is okay, unless you like the fat on the meats.
Rob / September 26, 2014 at 05:10 pm
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Pan is probably my favourite Greek restaurant on the Danforth, but I also like Ouzeri, Christina's, Mezes, and Astoria. There are some others that are decent as well.

I live just around the corner from Tzatziki, and it's quite good as well (not to mention a little cheaper than most of the Danforth Ave spots). They still have a few menu issues to sort out, but it's great to have within stumbling distance. They've even opened up a patio along Aldwych Avenue with propane heaters. Folia Grill is good too, although I haven't eaten there for a while.

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