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The Best Portuguese Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / November 21, 2011

Best Portuguese Restaurants TorontoThe best Portuguese restaurants in Toronto must have a solid handle on seafood. Churrasqueiras are another thing; here we're talking about the total package. Since much of Portuguese cuisine is seafood-focused, these are the places to check out if you want the best piri piri shrimp, caldeirada, or grilled bacalhau with a side of caldo verde that Toronto has to offer. As to where in Toronto you'll find it — well, this list proves it can be just about anywhere (with a noteworthy nod to College St.). Some will treat you to valet parking, others will treat you to a flat screen with the game, but all of these restaurants serve meals that could be described as nothing short of saboroso.

Here is the list of 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

Bairrada Churrasqueira

Bairrada Churrasqueira

Bairrada is a classic Churrasqueira that has been on College (in two different spots) for 22 years. That's one hell of a lot of BBQ chicken. (Please don't think about that, vegans.) They also have a location on St. Clair West and another in Mississauga. On College, there's live music every Thursday and an awesome backyard patio that pretty much looks like someone's own backyard patio except massive and with picnic tables. Bonus! There's a lot more than chicken on the menu (fish, seafood, veal cutlets). Portions are huge, and prices are great. More »

Chiado

Chiado

And now, we segue from picnic tables to valet parking and $150 bottles of Redoma Reserva. Chiado is upscale Portuguese dining, with mains such as pan-seared filet of grouper, grilled octopus with sweet pepper salsa, roasted Australian rack of lamb, and specialty dishes with fresh fish flown in from Portugal. Superior choice for seafood dining, though probably not the place to catch Brazil vs. Portugal. More »

Salt Wine Bar

Salt Wine Bar

The atmosphere at Salt Wine Bar, first and foremost, deserves a nod, followed by its fantastic wine list (obviously) of Portuguese and Spanish wines. Tapas, charcuterie, and fresh-take-on-traditional mains, including crispy duck confit with parsnip puree and grilled calamari with chickpeas, chorizo and chili vinaigrette. More »

Perla Restaurant

Perla Restaurant

Perla Restaurant doesn't have much in the way of fancy (on its walls or on its plates). The mantra here is simple, traditional Portuguese food with staples including caldo verde soup and grilled European sea bass. The kitchen is open, and the owners work the tables. More »

Amadeu's

Amadeu's

Amadeu's Kensington Market patio is always bustling in the summertime, with cod fish "a braz," Alentejana pork, and steamed clam and mussels rolling out from the kitchen. The wine list is all Portuguese, and all decently priced. More »

Rush Hour

Rush Hour

(Resisting urge to make Jackie Chan jokes) Can't get much better than the chorizo sausage appetizer at Rush Hour. Like many good Portuguese restaurants, the menu here is heavily seafood-based, with baked red snapper and grouper served in generous portions. Service is generally very friendly and attentive. More »

Adega

Adega

Adega might piggyback on its Elm Street address, but deservedly so. The 15-year veteran offers a mix of dishes with roots in Spain and Portugal, with a wine list of Portuguese labels and ports by both the glass and the bottle. Seafood is the specialty with fresh lobster, squid, and Adega's signature Mediterranean octopus on the menu. More »

Taste

Taste

Taste in South Etobicoke is more of a community hub than just a Portuguese restaurant, hosting bowling nights (well, the buffet part), live music, art shows, and a night of tasting wines from Italy (?). Well, the menu, at least, is wholly Portuguese, marked by its signature chicken, Picanha steak, and variety of fish. More »

Discussion

26 Comments

Real Chop / November 21, 2011 at 08:29 pm
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Bro this is a weak list! This confirms whoever made this up isn't portugese. How could you miss churrasqueira martins, Porto grill, piri piri and many more. Portugese people know what I'm talking about.
Daniel / November 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm
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this is a very sad list. while it true there are not many true Portuguese restos around, there are a lot of churrasqueiras and bakeries.

besides, true portuguese cooking comes from the home.
Portuguese / November 21, 2011 at 11:10 pm
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crappy list, so many good places that are outside little Portugal. Clearly whoever wrote this doesn't know the city very well at all. Most Portuguese don't go to little Portugal.
TheWord replying to a comment from Real Chop / November 22, 2011 at 12:41 am
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Hey dink weeds! How many times does it have to be said? These lists are VOTED ON. Nobody "wrote" this list.

And Real Chop, for such a staunch defender of authentic Portuguese food one would think you would know how to spell Portug(U)ese correctly. Damn son!
Danny J / November 22, 2011 at 09:29 pm
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Bairrada is just awful.

1. Leao d'Ouro (Mississauga)
2. Vianense
3. Martins
4. Porto Grill
5. Chiado
carasforever / November 23, 2011 at 01:36 pm
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Where is PIRI PIRI Restaurant?

http://www.torontolife.com/guide/restaurants/portuguese/piri-piri-grill-house/
Tim / November 24, 2011 at 03:37 am
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Anyone ever eaten at Banaboia?

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/banaboia-restaurant-toronto
sally / November 24, 2011 at 05:00 pm
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Is this list really based on votes? They used to post the number of votes on the page, and there is nothing on this one. I think it is indeed the blogger's subjective opinion on Portuguese food, which I don't trust, considering how she rated the best Natas in town.
Maria Silva / November 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm
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VIA NORTE restaurant, located at 938 College St Toronto should definitely be on this list. They offer only the best in portuguese/mediterranean cuisine, flavourful dishes and delicious desserts...Try it for yourself. You'll be glad you did!
steve / December 7, 2011 at 01:30 pm
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and you cant forget lisbon by night!
barbara / December 12, 2011 at 07:01 pm
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Bairrada does have the best portuguese food in the world!!!! and the best nata do ceu too!
llijah / February 2, 2012 at 06:34 pm
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I would have to say that Rush Hour is my favourite!!! small and delicious! get the beef short ribs OMG... Piri Piri is also pretty good
Mike / July 26, 2012 at 12:15 am
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Bloor village grill( Churrasqueira aveirense)is one of the best Portuguese Restaurant in Toronto. How come i don't see it in this list?
Cindy / July 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm
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I went to Amadeu's tonight for dinner and had the pork Alentejana dish - it was the biggest waste of my money! The dish was $17 but the quality of the pork was probably worth $5 tops. The pork was overcooked and tough - it seemed like they literally boiled the pork and poured sauce on top. The pitcher of sangria we ordered was also watered-down and very pricey at $27 a litre. Service was mediocre as we did not get our food until 25 minutes later. I would not recommend getting that dish and quite honestly, I do not think this is a good enough Portuguese restaurant to make it to BlogTO's best list. This may be my one-off bad experience, but if any of you are considering going there, I would research a bit more before deciding to go.
veiga / August 3, 2012 at 11:19 am
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watt abouta "Casadaminhasogra" the best
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm
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and you cant forget lisbon by night!
a sousa / November 22, 2012 at 08:47 pm
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have you tried the food at Via Norte? the chef gets top marks for flavour. why isn't on the list?
beachwoman17 / December 15, 2012 at 07:46 pm
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You need to try "Estrela do Mar". Very simple restaurant, yet great food. Had a lovely seafood platter for two. Was very filling and tasting. Just sometimes when busy, you need to wait a while. Great food!
Tony / December 15, 2012 at 07:53 pm
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Quinta gets my vote!! It may be "nouveau Portuguese", but boy is it delicious! Try the little fish and the pork and clams!!!
Justin / January 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm
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Leao Douro and Chiado are simply the best 2 restaurants in the gta
tony / January 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm
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Via Norte and Chiado are definitely the best portuguese fine dining restaurants in Toronto!
nick / February 5, 2013 at 08:11 pm
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martins restaurant piri piri and porto grill are the best portuguese spots. chiado is good too depending if your willing to pay for it
Really? / February 5, 2013 at 08:42 pm
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What happened to Sardinha?
They are pretty consistent and has never let me down in all my years of going there.
This is coming from a Portuguese also!
All 3 locations are great, Dundas and Ossingtonish, Bloor and Dovercourtish and College and Graceish
Josephine Mease / October 21, 2013 at 09:58 pm
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I really like what you guys are usually up too. This sort of
clever work and exposure! Keep up the very good works guys I've added
you guys to blogroll.
Victor / November 13, 2013 at 10:56 pm
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I would really like to know where is there a good Portugues restaurant or hall to go to this year's New Years Eve party that includes everything.

Please let me know,

Thank you,
Fern / March 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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We talk about restaurant not chicken rice and potatoes and counteiners tchau

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