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The best late night souvlaki and gyros in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 3, 2013

Gyros TorontoThe best late night souvlaki and gyros in Toronto are not only a great way to wrap up an evening out, but also, an easy favourite for being light on your pockets and full of big flavours. Loaded with garlic sauce, chopped salad and sometimes fries or feta, this is a genre seemingly unfazed by trends. These big fat Greek delicacies aren't exclusive to Greektown (though the Danforth certainly represents), but rather found on well worn menus in greasy spoons, take-away counters and diners across the city.

Here is the list of the best late night souvlaki and gyros in Toronto.

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See also:

The Best Souvlaki and gyros in Toronto
The Best Greek Restaurants in Toronto

Lead photo by Danielle Scott in our blogTO Flickr pool.

Messini

Messini

Late night line-ups validate this restaurant as a standout for cheap, authentic Greek food, a true honour, considering the competition on the Danforth. Open until 4am on weekends, Messini cooks up pork, lamb and chicken gyro pitas, each priced under $6 and served all-dressed with tzatziki, sliced tomatoes, onions and fries wrapped in foil. More »

Zet's Restaurant

Zet's Restaurant

This 24 hour, family-owned and operated diner is a far-West-end oasis when late night hunger pangs strike. Tuck-into souvlaki dinners (choice of pork $12, or chicken $13) served on platters packed with buttery boiled potatoes, rice and salad or opt for gyro pitas ($7) slathered in tzatziki and piles of fresh shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and onions. More »

Louis Authentic Gyros and Souvlaki

Louis Authentic Gyros and Souvlaki

Supplied by the adjoining Louis Meat Market, this take-out counter offers great value for 8” pitas, stuffed with piles of vertically broiled meat cut fresh off the spit (choice of pork or mixed lamb and beef) or grilled souvlaki (pork or chicken), each coming in at under $6, taxes in. Order by phone or at the counter until midnight on weekends (give or take an hour). More »

Alexandros Take-Out

Alexandros Take-Out

This no-frills, cash-only Danforth spot caters to the after-bar crowd, serving up Greek-to-go until 5am on weekends and 4am during the week. Locals know that the surly service is all part of its charm and brisk afterhours business attests to the popularity of the feta and oregano topped Greek fries ($3.79) and overstuffed gyro pitas ($5.31) available in pork or chicken. More »

Sizzling Grill

Sizzling Grill

This casual grill is open until at least 2am on weekdays and until 5am on weekends serving up reliable greasy spoon delicacies to Parkdale's hungry post-bar masses. Here, $5 buys a pita packed with crispy grilled beef/lamb gyros or spice-marinated chicken souvlaki set off by fresh chopped salad, tzatziki and optional tabouleh. More »

Ottoman Authentic Doner Gyros

Ottoman Authentic Doner Gyros

Gyro doners ($7) in your choice of chicken or mixed lamb/beef, are available two ways at this Koreatown spot that's open until after 3am on Fridays and Saturdays and until after midnight on weekdays. Choose between sweet garlic sauced Halifax-style or savory, tzatziki slathered Ottoman style. Both come loaded with french fries and stuffed with coarse chopped tomato and onion then wrapped in warm soft pita. More »

Vesta Lunch

Vesta Lunch

This 24-hour Dupont institution has been serving diner staples off their backlit menu board since 1955. Here overstuffed pitas filled with grilled lamb/beef gyros or chicken souvlaki are only $7 each. Add a side of fries for only a dollar more. More »

The Greek Grill

The Greek Grill

Open until midnight on weekends, this Pape and O’Connor family restaurant serves up a full array of homestyle Greek specialties for dine-in, take-out and delivery. For a quick, satisfying bite, opt for the outstanding slow cooked pork or chicken gyros ($6-6.50) loaded on pita with housemade garlic and veg. More »

Discussion

38 Comments

Andrea / April 3, 2013 at 02:37 pm
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Nobody has heard of Squareboy?
Rich / April 3, 2013 at 02:39 pm
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Nice to see #7 has DineSafe violations just over a month ago.... best of Toronto? Yikes:

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/ottoman-restaurant-toronto

Inspected on: February 4, 2013
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 9 (Minor: 3, Significant: 5, Crucial: 1)
Crucial infractions include: Failure to protect food from contamination
nardl blarn / April 3, 2013 at 02:53 pm
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Why on earth would anyone be near number 2 late at night to wrap an evening up? Unless said evening was hanging out in the departures lounge at lester pearson in which case said person would need more than a souvlaki to sort their problems.

number six is great but go for the burger deal and the delicious milkshakes instead!
nardl blarn replying to a comment from Andrea / April 3, 2013 at 02:53 pm
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I have not heard of squareboy. Tell me about it.
brandon / April 3, 2013 at 03:05 pm
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Where is the main picture from? That looks awesome.

Also the links "more" for 8/9 both lead to vesta
Cyril Sneer / April 3, 2013 at 03:11 pm
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Dammnit this is making me miss living on the Danforth!
Andrea replying to a comment from nardl blarn / April 3, 2013 at 03:11 pm
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It's on the Danforth, between Pape and Donalds. Hands down one of the best (if not the best) place for greek food. Even at odd hours you'll be waiting in a huge line.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/135426/restaurant/Greektown-The-Danforth/Square-Boy-Drive-in-Toronto
DC / April 3, 2013 at 03:48 pm
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HOW THE HELL COULD YOU GUYS MISS THE ALEXANDROS ON QUEENS QUAY!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

BY FAR THE BEST!!!
bob replying to a comment from DC / April 3, 2013 at 03:52 pm
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+1 for ALEXANDROS
evan / April 3, 2013 at 03:52 pm
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alexandros (queens quay, although its the same owners as the danforth i think?) and square boy (omg good) are my picks
Tim / April 3, 2013 at 03:55 pm
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Square Boy is only open until 12:30am so not really a great spot for late night. (and, yes, I know the Greek Grill is only open until midnight so you've got a point about them being excluded if GG qualifies)
gonzo / April 3, 2013 at 04:59 pm
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I literally only clicked on this so that I could make sure that Messini was number 1.

3 places in the west end though? You guys need to hire a blogger that lives on the east side of the DVP.

Esquire Souvlaki should TOTALLY be on this list.

Khristopher / April 3, 2013 at 05:20 pm
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We need donairs to become popular here!
Racer replying to a comment from nardl blarn / April 3, 2013 at 05:24 pm
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People go to Zet's after they finish racing their cars on the back industrial roads of Brampton.
Guy / April 3, 2013 at 07:59 pm
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Alexandros is a tourist trap. Shit food, shit prices, shit staff.
Matt / April 3, 2013 at 08:47 pm
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The Greek Grill map location is incorrect, as it the link associated with it.
Gabe / April 3, 2013 at 09:38 pm
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Alexandros Take-Out is awesome. I used to live in the area and Alexandros is the best tasting and great for grabbing to eat outside. You can eat in, on the patio, or take it to go, all ways, either ways all taste good.... The best tasting take out on the Danforth.
jeff g / April 3, 2013 at 09:39 pm
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I've been to about half of these and they've all made me ill.
dunk / April 3, 2013 at 10:22 pm
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I would've been shocked if Messini wasn't number 1 on this list. Possibly my most favourite meal in the city. 2 people can share a Gyros double dinner which includes 2 gyros, greek fries, and greek salad for under $15. Huge quantity and so good. Greek fries and salad are amazing. Everything is SO fresh because this place is basically packed all the time. Add feta to your gyro!
dunk / April 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm
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Square Boy needs to be on here though. Their souvlaki is always kind of burnt but their souvlaki dinner which includes greek salad is pretty damn good for under $10. Not a typical greek salad like messini but very good.
dunk / April 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm
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Square Boy might not make it cause it isn't open all night but I SWEAR the picture is of the souvlaki on a bun from square boy. Anyone agree?
Mar / April 4, 2013 at 12:06 am
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Just wanted to confirm that messinis was at the top. This list is accurate.
rich / April 4, 2013 at 12:14 am
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Agree w Dunk - 100% a squareboy souvlaki on a bun... I know I'm beating a dead horse but howw did you omit them from this list? WqueenW is a hike from the D - I get it but come on!
me / April 4, 2013 at 12:19 am
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Sizzling Grill is alright provided they haven't run out of tzaziki, which happens far too often. If you're gonna offer souvlaki, running out of tzaziki is not acceptable! When it's in stock, their pitas are quite yummy. How hard is it to keep tzaziki on hand?
evan / April 4, 2013 at 12:41 am
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielle_scott/7330641812/

Square Boy, why would they bother having a picture from anywhere else?
Josh / April 4, 2013 at 09:29 pm
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Sqaure Boy is great for late night ANYTHING! Souvlaki, Gyros, Burgers, Fries, Chicken, Gravy, Fish...anything.
me too replying to a comment from gonzo / April 5, 2013 at 12:48 am
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me too.
AA / April 5, 2013 at 09:32 am
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Why is there a picture of the Square Boy Pork Souvlaki at the top of this review if they fail to mention it in the review.

Square Boy destroys most of the places on this list, btw... especially the Vesta Lunch (their Souvlaki is balls).
lola / April 5, 2013 at 09:44 am
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My confusion is the map. Greek Grill is number 9, which is Pape and O'Conner and yet the BlogTO map has it out in the west end. I think number 8 should be where number 9 currently is.
Anyway................SquareBoy rules! if you have not been.....make the trek out.
phuong / April 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm
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omg, where is the first image from?
AA replying to a comment from phuong / April 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm
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the top picture is from Square Boy... they serve diet pepsi.

they didn't make this list for some reason, though. maybe they close too early?
west of west queen west / May 8, 2013 at 10:50 pm
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uhh... where's jimmy the greek?
dexter / August 18, 2013 at 06:44 pm
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Your place will be valueble for me. Many thanks!…
Kevin Brown / November 30, 2013 at 12:55 am
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Why are their no good Greek Gyro places downtown late night or otherwise? There are hundreds of Muslim owned Shawarma places serving Halal meet (which I will not touch) but no Greek?

I think there is a HUGE opportunity for someone to open authentic Greek Gyro place downtown serving Pork or Chicken Gyro's.

Another thing missing are any authentic Halifax Donair shops in this city. Again restaurant that would serve authentic Donair's would make a killing - especially in area's where there are bars.
Demetra replying to a comment from Kevin Brown / April 8, 2014 at 06:26 pm
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One recently opened up on March 5. It's called The Original Gyro Grill AKA THE OG.
They're located in the Annex at 4 Walmer Rd. …which is one block west of Spadina.
Opened till 4 am on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. They never seem to disappoint !
disappointed / August 4, 2014 at 02:20 am
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Why would u even dare put anything ottoman and greek in the same paragraph or sentence shame on this poor excuse of a list. A doner is a doner a gyros is a gyros. Get it right.
BIG MIKE / August 4, 2014 at 05:21 am
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I understand Zet's is great and all but IT ISN'T IN TORONTO. it's in MISSISSAUGA.

Mississauga is NOT Toronto. Here's a hint for the blogto folks: if the phone number starts with a 905, don't bother as it's the wrong city.
Hamish Grant / August 4, 2014 at 07:47 am
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Zet's is worth the drive believe me and it's right next to the airport on Dixon - so you can get your souvlaki to go and watch the planes come in in the parking lot of Wendy's up the street!

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