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The Best Portuguese Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / October 6, 2014

best portuguese restaurants torontoThe best Portuguese restaurants in Toronto mine the unique flavour territory of Iberian cuisine - touchstones that include their rich history of sea exploration in grilled fish and seafood, small tapas plates of pork and charcuterie, and the fiery piri piri sauce, which takes its blend of spices from the Portuguese connection to North Africa and the Mediterranean. While each restaurant offers its own particular take on the delightful Portuguese cuisine, they all in some way celebrate the culinary history of one of Toronto's landmark cultures.

Here are the best Portuguese restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best BBQ Chicken (Churrasqueiras) in Toronto
The Best Portuguese Bakeries in Toronto
The best Portuguese Custard Tarts in Toronto

Photo via Churrasqueira Martins.

Chiado

Chiado

There is no finer Portuguese dining experience in Toronto than Chiado, with its white linens, valet parking, suave waiters, and a focus on the freshest grilled fish and meats. Items like grilled octopus, tiger shrimp and cod are treated with various Portuguese flavours - piri piri, saffron, and port. More »

Piri Piri Grill House

Piri Piri Grill House

Piri Piri Grill House has been a fan favourite for years. Their original hot piri piri sauce makes the grilled chicken fiery and finger licking good, while other dishes incorporate subtle elements of black pepper, vanilla, cinnamon and saffron. More »

Salt Wine Bar

Salt Wine Bar

Ossington’s Salt Wine Bar packs them in most nights, serving a tapas menu of Iberian and Canadian items. Small plates of tradition charcuterie meats like the famous Jamon Serrano, as well as my favourite grilled sardines on toast. More »

Adega

Adega

The guys behind Adega (including Albino Silva of Chiado), along with chef Javier Donan, bring the exotic flavours of Spain and Portugal to Elm Street. Book a private room for the whole gang and wash down the grilled meat and fish with something choice from the deluxe wine cellar. More »

Lisbon by Night

Lisbon by Night

I happen to live near Lisbon By Night, and I can attest to the steady stream of families and couples each night in their fanciest dress stopping by here to enjoy the restaurant’s Portuguese eats. This is a very popular spot for formal post-church brunches as well. More »

Churrasquiera Martins

Churrasquiera Martins

Offering traditional Portuguese cuisine in a family-style atmosphere, Churrasqueira Martins makes your mouth water with their charcoal grilled barbeque chicken. Don’t be put off by the strip mall or giant parking lot out front; inside the food is well presented and full of those uniquely Portuguese flavours. More »

M and M Fruit N Grocery

M and M Fruit N Grocery

You might never know what goes on at M and M Fruit N Grocery (besides groceries) unless you take a step inside and go all the way to the back. You’ll find a bevy of Portuguese food on the hot table buffet, all sold by the pound. They have items like pulled pork, stuffed mackerel, salad and rice, each individually priced for take away, always cheap and delicious. More »

Leao d'Ouro (Mississauga)

Leao d'Ouro (Mississauga)

Mississauga earns a spot on this list thanks to Leao D’ouro. Impeccable service only makes the food more appealing with menu choices like Lagosta e Gambas Grelhadas, two grilled Rock Lobster tails with prawns on a bed of rice with a lemon butter drizzle. More »

Bairrada Churrasqueira

Bairrada Churrasqueira

The Portuguese grill house has grown to four locations in the GTA since opening its doors in 1989. The College location wins big points for its massive backyard patio where you're likely to find a pitcher of sangria on every table. The menu specializes in barbecued meats, seafoods and fish - don't miss the calamari and flaming sausage. More »

Discussion

15 Comments

MRock / October 6, 2014 at 09:40 pm
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For the Hard Core that want a taste of "Real Portuguese " cuisine you should go to Ilhas De Bruma ( Islands of Fog in English) at Dufferin and College just under the Casa Dos Açores. I have never had anything better then their Portuguese food. Being a porkchop that is saying a lot.
Cocoa / October 7, 2014 at 12:24 am
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Lisbon by Night is not what it used to be for the past 3 years. Take it off the list.
karina Santos / October 7, 2014 at 07:05 am
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Chiado is definitely the best Portuguese restaurant ! Proud.
Cribby / October 7, 2014 at 08:33 am
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I 2nd the Ilhas De Bruma. They have an all you can eat buffet option which is great. Lots of gourmet seafood. Yarrrr.
DL / October 7, 2014 at 09:15 am
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20 years ago this list could be 20 restaurants long. Today, 5 is pushing it (there's a convenience store on it, FFS). That is incredibly sad.
Aaron / October 7, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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Churrassco Villa on Eglington at Mt. Pleasant quickly puts the rest of these to shame. Chruassco Villa is not my favorite Portuguese Rest. it is my favorite restaurant period!
Debbie Teixeira / October 7, 2014 at 06:10 pm
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Never go to the Bairrada at Hurontario North of Dundas in Mississauga. Two years ago, my hubby and I took 2 guests from Winnipeg to this restaurant and they served us each different dishes, from steaks to veal sandwiches, and a bean dish. These were all rotten! I mean, we could taste mould! The lights were dimmed so we did not see it. The service was poor too and all they could offer was to replace our dishes. I guess we got leftovers since it was about an hour before closing! I was so embarassed in front of our guests after bragging about this place to them. We haven't been back since.
MONICA / October 7, 2014 at 08:32 pm
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ADEGA EM 1,2 E 3 LUGAR...SABOR,ATENDIMENTO FABULOSO E PRECO JUSTO..AH E ESTA MUITO BEM LOCALIZADO,RECOMENDO 10 ESTRELAS :)
Piri Piri / October 7, 2014 at 09:25 pm
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What about Nando's on Bay, just north of College??
SlowDown replying to a comment from Piri Piri / October 8, 2014 at 12:31 am
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Never heard of it. Is it good? Or is it a new jack city cornball kind of place?
Elsa s / October 8, 2014 at 01:12 am
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Via Norte restaurant? On college and dovercourt? Won top portuguese restaurant in Toronto for 2014. Don't know how it didn't make it on this list.....
Stefanie / October 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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How didn't Via Norte make the list? Won as top portuguese restaurant in Toronto for 2014 by top choice awards......not typical traditional portuguese food but definitely known for modern take on portuguese cuisine. Should do more research........
Stefanie / October 8, 2014 at 12:12 pm
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Haha @ the comment above mine.......Reading my mind?
Menina / October 8, 2014 at 11:55 pm
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Via Note should have made the cut. It's criminally underrated.

Why should Nando's be on this list? It would be like having a list for the 'Best Burger in Toronto', and Burger King making the cut. Or a 'Brunch' list, and Denny's is there. Go to an authentic mom & pop churrasqueira; there's plenty of good ones in Toronto.
TDavino / October 15, 2014 at 11:29 am
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Amadeus in Kensington market deserves a mention.

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