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The Best Kosher Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / April 25, 2012

Kosher Restaurants TorontoThe best kosher restaurants in Toronto are not as cookie-cutter as preconceived notions might have you believe. While kosher food might still have the reputation of being a little bland, there are restaurants in Toronto that break traditional molds. These are the spots that venture into kosher versions of pepperoni and salmon maki, as well as those that stick to classics, but just do them really, really well. Going out for kosher food, in other words, shouldn't be something to kvetch about.

Here are some of the best kosher restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

Where to buy kosher food in Toronto

Dr. Laffa

Dr. Laffa

Churning out hot laffa from its custom tabun ovens, Dr. Laffa's falafels, shawarma, and kababs make a drive out to Steeles and Dufferin totally worth the trek. Kashruth Council approved, Dr. Laffa's chicken, lamb, and beef is all kosher certified, and offered alongside plenty of vegetarian options for those who don't eat meat. More »

Marron Bistro

Marron Bistro

Marron Bistro is perhaps the swankiest spot to eat kosher in Toronto. The French-inspired menu is constantly changing, offering plates such as duck prosciutto and marmalade, stuffed burger and slaw, and rib steak and caramelized onions. There's an extensive wine list to boot, and yes, it goes beyond Manischewitz. More »

Bistro Grande

Bistro Grande

Bistro Grande is an upscale take on dairy and pareve dining. No, there's no filet mignon, but the menu does offer elegance equivalency through its mushroom risotto, tagliatelle al salmone, and market-priced catch of the day. Bistro Grande is fully licensed and has a front patio open in the summertime. More »

Tov-Li

Tov-Li

While many kosher places find their strengths in a few signature dishes, Tov-Li has the reputation of being pretty great across the board. Falafel leads the pack in terms of recommended plates here, but Tov-Li's fish platters, spelt dough pizzas, as well as its soups and salads are also pretty highly regarded. Plus (Israeli-style) all-day breakfast. More »

King David Pizza

King David Pizza

Despite its name, King David Pizza is lauded for its fantastic falafel. The business has been in Toronto for more than 20 years, growing from one location to three, and curiously adding kosher sushi to its menu. Each location is totally nut-free, and all offer a few unique, meat-alternative pizza topping options including soy pepperoni. More »

Umami Sushi

Umami Sushi

Yes, this actually exists. Umami Sushi is not only kosher, but also dairy-and-nut-free. This North York restaurant makes all of the familiar Japanese rolls including spicy tuna maki, yellow tail sashimi, and Alaska handrolls, with the option of substituting white rice for brown. Noodles and combo platters are also available, as well as miso soup (in lieu of Bubbie's matzo ball chicken noodle). More »

Golden Chopsticks

Golden Chopsticks

Obvious mu shu pork has been omitted from its menu, but Golden Chopsticks does stick pretty close to what you'll find at many typical Chinese restaurants. Golden Chopsticks' kosher take on Chinese includes everything from General Tao chicken to beef lo mein and won ton soup, with everything on the menu certified Glatt Kosher. Cannot confirm if the fortune cookies, indeed, all contain the word "oy." More »

Discussion

33 Comments

orange / April 25, 2012 at 10:00 am
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i don't agree
orange / April 25, 2012 at 10:00 am
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shit
Aaron replying to a comment from orange / April 25, 2012 at 10:05 am
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Thank you for your opinion.
Peanut Gallery / April 25, 2012 at 10:33 am
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Holy cow, these are NORTH of EGLINGTON. I can't even be sure I spelled Eglinton right because I ahve never been there.

Anything south of Bloor? Beuller?
Johnny Tronno / April 25, 2012 at 10:58 am
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How much demand do you think there is south of Bloor for Kosher?
Yan replying to a comment from Peanut Gallery / April 25, 2012 at 11:12 am
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Last time I checked the northern border of Toronto is Steeles Avenue.
Tigue replying to a comment from Peanut Gallery / April 25, 2012 at 11:17 am
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Would you like a soother, little baby?
aviva c / April 25, 2012 at 11:34 am
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no markey's or miami grill?
Arooo! / April 25, 2012 at 11:56 am
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Bubi still make it the best!
phil / April 25, 2012 at 11:56 am
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Howie T's at Bathurst and Lawrence has probably the best kosher burgers in the city
Andrea / April 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm
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United Bakers isnt kosher! I would also have to agree Howie T's has the best burgers, shawarma, chicken, and everything else for a great price!
Brandon / April 25, 2012 at 02:19 pm
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United Bakers is not certified Kosher, but I would say the new eatery, Pantry, should be up on that list.
Jenny T / April 25, 2012 at 04:17 pm
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Mmmm soy pepperoni... wait a second! That sounds awful! Oh well...
Orit / April 25, 2012 at 06:08 pm
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Most of these restaurants are below mediocre, with the exception of Marron, that features high-end kosher food from a French trained chef. Tov-Li happens to be one of the city's best falafel restaurants and King David serves delicious pizza that brings me back to Israel. Golden Chopsticks is one of the worst restaurants in the city, Dr. Laffa gave me good poisoning and lastly, United Bakers isn't kosher (but still a great place for Jewish style brunch) and should be off this list.
Jonathan / April 25, 2012 at 06:57 pm
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Surpsrised to hear a negative comment about Dr. Laffa - I have never had a bad experience there. However, (with the exception of Marron, which I have not tried so can't comment on), kosher food in Toronto is well below mediocre. Sad really.
Jojo replying to a comment from aviva c / April 26, 2012 at 02:19 pm
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Both of those are not the best of anything. blah.
Jojo replying to a comment from aviva c / April 26, 2012 at 02:20 pm
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Marron is outstanding. Laffa is delish. Markys and Miami Grill deserve NO MENTION. gross.
Tim / April 27, 2012 at 10:36 am
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After receiving quite a bit of feedback we decided to remove United Bakers Dairy (506 Lawrence Ave West) from this list as it's not strictly kosher. Here was the write-up as it originally appeared on the list above:

United Bakers is what you'd call "loosely" kosher. The restaurant serves no meat, only dairy and pareve (of which its delicious split pea soup is an integral component). An introvert's nightmare, United Bakers is a bustling meeting point for members of Toronto's Jewish community, making a run-in with a coworker or neglected relative an unfortunate inevitability for some. Ah well, at least there are twister bagels.
Shmulik / April 27, 2012 at 08:16 pm
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Bistro Grande is a terrible restaurant, it is a laughing matter that it's at #3. Notably absent from the list is Miami Grill, they make a fantastic bucket of ribs.

Dairy Treats on Bathurst south of Wilson easily beats out Bistro Grande.

I echo the calls of my fellow commentors who feel that Howie T's was overlooked. Ever since the fiery demise of Bais Burger, it is really the one place you can go for a good kosher burger, fast.

Chicken Nest is also worth mentioning; although the atmosphere isn't much I would recommend their chicken kebabs to anyone in a heartbeat.

Also surprised that Haymishe Bagel didn't make the list, although they don't have a toaster, their sandwiches are the bomb diggity.

@Jojo, I agree Markys is putrid but I don't share your sentiment on Miami Grill.

Also let us observe a moment of silence for Richmans. It was a bakery and not a restaurant but for goodness sakes, do I miss their cheese buns.

Yishaq replying to a comment from Shmulik / May 22, 2012 at 03:14 pm
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Haymishe bagel isnt kosher that's why.
Michael M / May 29, 2012 at 09:08 pm
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In response to a number of comments, Miami Grill is both a) closed and b) was not in Toronto. I doubt it would have belonged on this list anyways. Kosher food in Toronto really is pretty lame.
Mahin / June 16, 2012 at 10:41 pm
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Me va me definitely deserves to be on this list.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm
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Bubi still make it the best!
Mag / November 11, 2012 at 02:26 pm
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Me Va Me is not kosher....
And why aren't there (hardly) any kosher places in T.O.????
Nolev / November 29, 2012 at 05:18 pm
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The only kosher restaurant downtown is Oasis located in the Exchange Tower at Adelaide and York. While it is located in the food court, and therefore not the most private seating area, the food itself is fresh and good (just a little expensive, like most kosher food tends to be by necessity...)
Serge / December 9, 2012 at 06:39 am
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No offence, it's sort of idiotic to do a Best Kosher Restaurants of Toronto list and then cut it off at Steeles because that's where the City of Toronto's border is.

In the real world, a huge chunk of Toronto's Jewish community lives north of Steeles. So you ended up with some holes in the wall and some not very good restaurants, and didn't end up even considering places like Ba-Li Laffa, Joe Boo's, or Ashkenazi Cowboy, which are both good and unique.

(If you were serious about the Steeles cut-off, by the way, you should really remove Golden Chopsticks as it, too, is on the Wrong Side of the Avenue. Also, United Dairy isn't "loosely" kosher; it simply isn't kosher. I guess you could say that it's kosher-style.
Avi Schwartzberg / March 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm
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The owner of Golden Chopsticks is surly and unfriendly, barely utters a word, and the quality of the food, or lack thereof, isn't worth the money.
The place doesn't appear to be very clean either.
I won't be returning.
Lon Chaney Jr replying to a comment from Tigue / December 11, 2013 at 03:52 am
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ASSHOLES!
Meow replying to a comment from Lon Chaney Jr / December 11, 2013 at 09:07 am
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FUCKHEAD!!
Jeff / December 15, 2013 at 11:46 am
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KING DAVID PIZZA: I went there last night and let me tell you...after a night of vomiting, stomach upset and food poisoning I will NEVER EVER go there again.
Jeff / December 15, 2013 at 11:51 am
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I am amazed that despite the Jewish population here in Toronto, we do not have any outstanding kosher restaurants when looking at New York or Montreal.
Serge / March 14, 2014 at 10:47 am
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Montreal isn't much better, and is maybe worse. Also, Toronto has many more kosher restaurants than the ones listed here, but they skipped all of the ones that are north of Steeles, which is just silly. (Until they cut off all the roads and transit and build a giant moat, of course, at which time it will make total sense.)
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