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The Best Persian Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / September 30, 2011

Persian Restaurants TorontoThe best Persian restaurants in Toronto remind me that sometimes, life just needs a little more saffron. That's right--indulge in a little expensive spice and don't be afraid to tackle that entire plate of Kebab Barg. And at most of the restaurants on this list, that plate is pretty huge. While there is at least one place in Toronto to satisfy that midnight Persian food fix, the best Persian restaurants in Toronto offer ambiance as much as flavour. Indeed, little tastes of Tehran in both the figurative and literal senses.

Here is the list of the best Persian restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best kebabs in Toronto

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Funny that one of Toronto's best Persian restaurants just happens to be situated amid a sea of gnocchi and breaded veal cutlets. I suppose it's called multiculturalism, and it seems I'm just catching on. Pomegranate has a great ambiance set to a backdrop of turquoise calligraphy tiles, and is known for its tangy stews, leaving kebabs to its sister spot, Sheherazade. More »

Shomal (North)

Shomal (North)

While there isn't much consensus on what to actually call this place (is it Shomal or North? Or both?), satisfied diners agree that this Persian restaurant knows how to work a grill. Kebabs are deliciously marinated and served in generous portions, only to be topped by live music in the dining room on weekends. More »

Sheherazade

Sheherazade

Sister restaurant to the top spot on this list (and conveniently located right next door), Sheherazade's specialties are its kebabs and Dizi dishes. Jujeh, Chenjeh, Barg, and Bakhtiari are on the menu, along with Chelo rice and vegetarian Kalleh Joosh. More »

Taftan Kebab

Taftan Kebab

Delicious and low-calorie. Leave it to the bright red exterior sign to remind you of those details. Taftan Kebab has a total of two locations in Toronto and area, offering generous portions of chicken, beef, and lamb kebabs, as well as Persian salads and sides. More »

Tah Deeg

Tah Deeg

The only thing better than tasty Persian food is the possibility of unlimited tasty Persian food. Tah Deeg at Yonge and Finch offers both buffet and a la carte, with kebabs, stews, and various salads and apps all on its menu. More »

Gol Inc.

Gol Inc.

Don't be mislead by its size. Gol Inc. in North York serves up big flavour with its marinated kebabs and stews. Expect generous portions of saffron basmati rice and an unintimidating final bill. More »

Banu

Banu

While we've heard plenty about the grilled lamb testicles on the menu at this restaurant and vodka bar, there is more to Banu than just this unusual option. Banu's kebabs and stews are made using only organic meats, and are offered alongside a drink menu that includes fresh juices and countless vodkas. More »

Zaffron

Zaffron

Perhaps coming full circle from our first entry on this list, Zaffron offers both Italian and Persian cuisine. Wood oven pizza with chenjeh kebob topping? Not quite, though you can order one or the other. While the decor remains somewhat ambiguous, the menu clearly pulls from both sides, offering kebabs, pasta, pizzas, and seafood. More »

Darband

Darband

Those who love the food at Darband Restaurant at York Mills and Don Mills roads might rejoice to learn that this place is giving away its secrets online. Well, someone's secrets anyway. Who knows if the Persian links it provides on its website actually match up to the recipes used in its kitchen. The dining room, most certainly, serves traditional Persian fare (in quite generous portions) of mostly kebabs and stews. More »

Discussion

25 Comments

chekov / September 30, 2011 at 08:30 pm
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Banu's an ok restaurant when it comes to the food. That is if watery, pasty and days-old ingredients define your definition of food. All the same, its the clientele that are the turn off.

I don't appreciate perfume drenched iranian men ogling me everytime I walk by the place at night. I don't like the fact that one of them came out the restaurant and put his arm around me and called me 'babe' while I sat on a bench waiting for my friend. Sickening...

Sheyda / October 1, 2011 at 08:22 pm
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What about Tempus (aka Darvish)?
Anand / October 2, 2011 at 02:06 am
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Jerusalem on Leslie, just North of Sheppard, is also very good.
Sheyda / October 2, 2011 at 11:32 pm
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Jerusalem is good, but it's not Persian.
moe / October 4, 2011 at 12:47 am
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it is 12:46 am and this got me hungry.
Peter Maides replying to a comment from Sheyda / December 2, 2011 at 01:22 am
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ditto for Tempus... delicious Fesenjan!
Ghazal replying to a comment from chekov / December 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm
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Banu has great food. One of the best kebobs in town. Not only in town but even compared to the food I have had in Tehran it's still one of the best. It's not nice to generalize like that. I'm a regular customer at Banu. And I've never had an experience like that as a woman. It's always interesting to me how people make a judgement out of one experience.
Hassan / February 20, 2012 at 02:02 am
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Shomal is the best Persian restaurant with the best atmosphere. If you haven't been there, I recommend you to visit! Make sure you make a reservation in advanced though, it gets crowded!
Shirin / February 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm
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How come Pomegranate is the first?? My family and I tried to go there, after 1 hour of making us wait, they told us they don't have an available table for us. HORRIBLE service. Never went back there !!

Zafrron should be the first. The food is amazing and the waiters are the most friendly ones I have ever seen.
mohsen pakdel / March 5, 2012 at 05:40 am
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BK / June 1, 2012 at 08:32 pm
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Jerusalem on Leslie is disgusting. The meat is very low quality. Not Persian food either.

Ray / July 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm
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Shishlix is good, shomal is ok,but not a good service.
Taftan is one of the best take out
AJ / August 23, 2012 at 09:54 am
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I can't believe Roses New York didn't make it to the list.. best persian pizza in Toronto 100%.. www.rosesrestaurant.ca
AJ replying to a comment from AJ / August 23, 2012 at 09:54 am
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Best persian restaurant in Toronto
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm
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Shomal is the best Persian restaurant with the best atmosphere. If you haven't been there, I recommend you to visit! Make sure you make a reservation in advanced though, it gets crowded!
James / January 20, 2013 at 11:08 pm
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Omg! Rose newyork is a joke, their food is the oileast thing I ever had in my life, they frie anything from chicken to their beef , service sucks too, the other night the owner tried to pick up my 15 year old cousin in the resturant, so low to even represent our culture, they raised their menu prices up too plus try ordering their sandwiches and the fries is never more than 7 pices , they literally count how many fries are in each plate and u in total you get such a low value of food for the price u pay, best pizza I give to " pizza shab" very tasty and try to stay away from that place if you wanna live for another 20 years!
edward / January 27, 2013 at 12:09 am
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SHISHLIX is the best persian restaurant ,im going to shishlix 3 times a week with family and frinds always fresh and same ,they resantly change the atmosphere its really classy and nice ,i recommend you to have a LAMB rack kebob or chicken fillet kebob
Kasra Kabgani / February 27, 2013 at 11:41 pm
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rosha / March 22, 2013 at 06:37 pm
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once i went to darband i was waiting for my friends and the waiter gave me free tea :) it made my day
Laila / April 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm
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Shomal (North) sucks really bad. If you are not Persian (and sometimes that doesn't matter) they treat you like garbage. Forget it if you are black or brown (Indian) They are downright hostile.

The food sucks and my chicken was served RAW. It was terrible place.
sylvia / June 27, 2013 at 07:28 pm
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I tried all of the restaurant in Toronto and i love Iranian food but i think the best Iranian food in Toronto is Tah Deeg, has a great food..... you can try and you can see....
Nick / September 27, 2013 at 06:59 pm
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Jerusalem? Yech. Not only is it not Persian, it's one of the worst restaurants I've been to in Toronto.
Lisa / March 6, 2014 at 06:45 pm
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I wish there was a Persian restaurant in Scarborough!

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