The Best Portuguese Restaurants in Toronto
The 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.
Photo via Churrasqueira Martins.
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »