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The Best Latin American Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 1, 2013

Latin American Restaurants TorontoThe best Latin American restaurants in Toronto represent a broad range of flavours and traditions from regions across Central and South America. From churrasco and ceviches to pupusas and arepas there's lots to love for carnivores, vegetarians and gluten-free eaters alike.

Being native to warmer climates, the food is perfectly summery (though customarily generous portions are apt year-round), not to mention the bar menus tend to read like a summertime hit-list; sangria, mojito, cerveza? Sí, por favor!

Here is the list of the best Latin American restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best empanadas in Toronto
The best Latin American cafes and bakeries in Toronto
The best Mexican restaurants in Toronto
The best burritos in Toronto
The best tacos in Toronto
Where to eat arepas in Toronto

Tacos El Asador

Tacos El Asador

This tiny taqueria near Christie Pits has been serving up pupusas, tamales and tacos long before Toronto's recent taco craze peaked. Order at the counter and grab a seat at a picnic tables for an authentic taste of El Salvadorian staples. More »

Julie's Cuban

Julie's Cuban

Hidden away on Dovercourt this quirky Cuban tapas restaurant is a warm and welcoming place for sharing plates of queso covered plantains and peppery corn fritters over tropical rum cocktails. In the summer, Julie's also does Cuban brunch on Sundays. More »

Arepa Cafe

Arepa Cafe

This West Queen West cafe is a comfy and casual spot for the popular Venezualan grilled corn flatbread assembled into sandwiches oozing with cheese or packed with beans, roasted pork or even octopus. Breakfast is served all day and customarily extra-large platters are available too packed with rice, beans and plantains. More »

Valdez

Valdez

This new kitchen and bar brings the vibrant colours, flavours and atmosphere of a Latino street party to King West on a nightly basis (except Sunday). The wide ranging menu offers ceviches, street foods snacks and full-on dinners along with an inventive cocktail menu that favours tequila or pisco along with fistfuls if fresh herbs. More »

El Fogon

El Fogon

The cocina at this St. Clair West restaurant is known for solid Peruvian cooking including an authentic bar menu featuring pisco cocktails and the non-alcoholic spiced blue corn brew, Chicha Morada. On the menu, discover Peru's national dish, Lomo Saltado (stir fry), along with popular plates of Escabeche de Pollo (fried chicken) and Papa a la Huancaina (cold potatoes with cheese sauce). More »

Los Arrieros

Los Arrieros

Sit at picnic tables inside this eclectic Colombian/Mexican cantina in Bloor West Village and snack on arepas and yuca fries along with pitchers of Sangria. Come hungry to feast on burritos, chimichangas or platters of Bandeja Paisa packed with eggs, sausage, avocado, plantains, beans and chicharron. More »

El Cafetal

El Cafetal

This humble bakery cafe on St. Clair West is known for traditional pastries and comfort foods from a wide cross section of Latin America. It's a go-to for big Mexican breakfasts served at great value, as well as hard-to-find baked goods like, Colombian almojabanas (cheesy corn buns) or Peruvian empanadas. More »

Bloom Restaurant

Bloom Restaurant

This Bloor West Village eatery draws on the robust culinary traditions from 27 countries across Latin America as well as colonial influencers like Spain, Portugal and France. The menu journeys through an array of dishes including noteworthy Cuban roast pork, ceviches and churrascos. Mojitos are the drink of choice. More »

Discussion

20 Comments

K-Borg / August 1, 2013 at 02:32 pm
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Jumbo Empanada?
Sigh / August 1, 2013 at 02:35 pm
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I have to highly recommend La Bella Managua at Bloor and Ossington and I don't know why it's not listed. Awesome food, nice folks. When you go, seriously, get the barley drink. It's sooooooo good.
Salsa / August 1, 2013 at 03:04 pm
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Maizal should be amongst the top. More people need to discover this gem!
uhhh / August 1, 2013 at 03:52 pm
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Where the hell is La Bella Managua. Nicaragua is latin thanks.
Al / August 1, 2013 at 04:40 pm
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Rebozos is one of my faves, as authentic as it gets!
tcass / August 1, 2013 at 05:30 pm
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el asador's fish tacos are soooo good for anyone who hasn't tried this place, it is amazing! and the staff are so nice!
Chan / August 1, 2013 at 06:11 pm
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Valdez ? Number 4 ? really hipster joint i bet to differ..ughhh is that organic ?
Anon / August 1, 2013 at 06:18 pm
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Nice to see El Fogon on this list. The prices aren't bargain basement but I found the food there to be exceptionally good.
Gilles / August 1, 2013 at 08:02 pm
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Cafune on Carlton?
CJ / August 1, 2013 at 11:45 pm
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I recently tried a new brazilian restaurant downtown TO. It's called Braz1L and don't be deceived by the simplicity of the location because the staff are very friendly and the food is very good. I've seen a few restaurant/bar leave that location, but I hope this guys make it!
AA / August 2, 2013 at 08:54 am
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LA BELLA MANAGUA!

El Fogon is really good, and they have a BYO licence... So does La Bella Managua

http://torontofoodblog.com/2011/12/31/la-bella-managua/

Sherbet / August 2, 2013 at 10:48 am
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Mi Tierra on St. Clair West for Colombian food. Great food (bandeja tipica!), friendly staff. Definitely deserves to be on this list.
Sadie / August 2, 2013 at 10:59 am
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I'm reluctant to divulge this tip because I enjoy the lack of line up/wait at this place, but it's SO so good and I want them to stick around for as long as possible.

La Burrita (at the corner of Bloor and Grace/Christie) is so mouth-wateringly delicious and authentic to the bone. The prices are undeniably affordable (read: cheaper than you'd believe, considering the quality). I'm a HUGE fan of their carnitas tacos (I had them last night!) - not to sound trite, but they honestly do melt in your mouth.

Shhh.. Don't tell anyone ;)
Appalled / August 3, 2013 at 02:01 am
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Oddly enough, Liora, one of your fellow staffers at BlogTO (who hopefully is hanging her head in shame by now) seems to be under the impression that Burrito Boyz takes the crown.
Marian / August 29, 2013 at 09:01 am
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I eat in Arepa's Café recently, it’s expensive and not too big, unfortunately, and the dessert I’ve tried wasn’t very fresh. Sorry but two thumbs down.
Mariana / September 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm
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I have to highly recommend EL CAFETAL! I was there last week. The food was amaizing. The servers were so nice, and the new patio looks great!! See you next week
Dayana / November 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm
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The best arepas and venezuelan's food is in "Gordo ex café". Dupont and bathurts
Allan / November 12, 2014 at 09:31 pm
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I would like to share a latin place you can go an suddenly you get absorbe for the ambience. Ave Maria Latin Cafe on Koreatown, the coffe is excellent, cozy and even they have a small gallery to promoted artist. People different than regular restaurants stay ther for hours just taking or hearing Latin music all the time.
Allan / November 12, 2014 at 09:34 pm
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The best poutine I've tried in TO, nom nom crepes, that guy is a magician with the cheese he put on it, real street food on Dundas a little east of Bathurst. Some crazy an innovative container with different ethnicities. For me and my wife that's the best place to try poutine
Mac replying to a comment from uhhh / November 26, 2014 at 11:09 am
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Correct. Also, much better than some of the ones posted on the blog post.

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