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The Best Souvlaki and Gyros in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 17, 2014

souvlaki torontoThe best souvlaki and gyros in Toronto are no longer confined to a single stretch of Greektown. Tzatziki slathered skewers wrapped in pita and platters of shaved meat accompanied by feta topped salad and potatoes, are stars on menus at old school diners, Mediterranean restaurants and late night take-out counters that span citywide.

Here is where to find the best souvlaki and gyros in Toronto.

See also

The best late night souvlaki and gyros in Toronto
The Best Greek Restaurants in Toronto

Messini

Messini

Positioned on the Danforth and open 'til extra late on weekends, this Greek restaurant wins points for huge portions of skewered meats or shaved gyro wrapped in pitas with all the fixings or over carb-loaded plates with salad. Now with a second location at Yonge and Eglinton. More »

It's all GRK

It's all GRK

Just steps from Trinity Bellwoods park, this stylish eatery has become a fast favourite for Greek food in the west end. The menu offers top quality brochettes plus chicken and pork gyro slow roasted on a spit. Pick a meat and have it in a pita stuffed with fries or loaded onto a dinner platter or village salad. More »

Square Boy

Square Boy

Look beyond the burgers at this old school diner on the Danforth because the tender chicken souvlaki is easily the star on this backlit menu board. Sandwich the skewered meat in between pita or on a garlic-buttered bun for under $5, or make it a dinner for less than $10. More »

Hunter's Pizza

Hunter's Pizza

Aside from pizza, this shopworn joint in Scarborough is known for lamb, chicken or pork souvlaki dinners served with tzatziki for dipping and generous portions of roasted potatoes, rice, and salad on the side. The juicy meat here gets top marks. More »

The Greek Grill

The Greek Grill

This Pape Village restaurant marinates succulent cuts of pork and chicken for grilled souvlaki and rotisserie-cooked gyros. Order on a fully loaded pita ($6-$6.50) or as dinner platter ($11-$14) with all the essentials and slide into a booth to dine-in with a beer. Yes, this restaurant is licensed. More »

Zet's Restaurant

Zet's Restaurant

Near the airport for over 40 years, this 24-hour diner considers the pork and chicken souvlaki a menu staple. Here plates ($13-14) come so generously packed with salad, potatoes, rice and a paper cup of garlicky yogurt, that no one will fault you for not being able to finish. More »

Retsina

Retsina

On the fringes of Cabbagetown this traditional Greek restaurant is helmed by a genuine giagia (Greek grandma) in the kitchen sharing a taste of authentic family recipes. Served with salad, garlic bread, and a choice of rice or fries, souvlaki dinners ($16-17) are made from grain fed chicken or high-quality pork tenderloin. More »

Mezes

Mezes

Located on the Danforth, this restaurant celebrates variety and promotes sharing small plates around the table. Add a la carte chicken and pork souvlaki skewers ($3.25-$4) to the spread or make a meal out of succulent chunks of meat wrapped in a pita and slathered with tzatziki for about $9. More »

Astoria

Astoria

Perhaps one of the most recognizable Greektown restaurants known for its menu featuring chicken, sirloin, pork ,and lamb shish kebobs. The chicken is impossibly juicy (and garlicky) and the portion sizes are huge. More »

Discussion

48 Comments

Pape Ape / March 17, 2014 at 11:42 am
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I'm going to keep the secrets of Folia Grill to myself.
Rexdale / March 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm
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Steak queen!
Andrew replying to a comment from Pape Ape / March 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm
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Indeed. Folia should be on any list.
Evan / March 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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I'd eat from the top 3 any day of the week but I think Alexandros has the best gyros in the city.
Brando replying to a comment from Andrew / March 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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I used to love Folia...my girlfriend and I were regulars there. However after several changes of ownership we've noticed the quality of food/ service rapidly decline. Waiting for the day when we can enjoy Bifteki again...
Tony / March 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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Folia Grill is great!! Messini quality has gone downhill for years. Square Boy Souvlaki on a bun!!
o___o replying to a comment from Brando / March 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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This isn't about Bifteki. It's about souvlaki foo.
GetMeToTheGreek / March 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm
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The greek place in the basement of St. Lawrence Market is really good. Beats any of the Mr. Greek's in the financial district food courts, that's for sure.
Jeff / March 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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Pretty disappointed to see Alexandraos on Queens Quay not on here. I get it is user voted, but this place is great for what it is. Little shoe box that pumps out great food. I'm guessing the location is the reason most haven't been.
GrkFoodRlz / March 17, 2014 at 01:11 pm
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I'd argue It's all Grk should be #1, but hard to go against Messini. However, go to the original Messini on the Danforth because the newer one at Yonge & Eg definitely isn't up to the same standard (meat, tzatziki, and service all seriously lacking).
And I agree with the other comments here that not having Alexandros on the list is a the miss.
Spiros / March 17, 2014 at 01:35 pm
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Can somebody tell me what kind of meat is usually used in gyros?
Malaka / March 17, 2014 at 01:40 pm
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Messini best gyros and overall value.Louis Meat market beside Messini is a distant 2nd. Astoria= best chicken souvlaki.
Tony / March 17, 2014 at 01:44 pm
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Messini is garbage! Trendy but not tasty and slow terrible service. Alexandros best taste by far!
yup / March 17, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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have to agree with a lot of this list. the first time i had it's all grk, i said that this is the second only to messini.
Malaka replying to a comment from Tony / March 17, 2014 at 01:57 pm
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easy there Hipster, Alexandros is tasty but a rip-off. Messini is always packed therefore meat is always fresh and prices are great for what you get. Messini has been the gyro champ for as long as I can remember .. not trendy sorry
Phil / March 17, 2014 at 02:40 pm
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BlogTO should do a piece for Torontonians on what a donair is and the few rare places they can be bought here. After living in the Maritimes for 22 years and not knowing that it pretty much doesn't exist west of New Brunswick, I need satisfaction.
Teddy / March 17, 2014 at 03:01 pm
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Square Boy is horrible.
Johnny / March 17, 2014 at 03:03 pm
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It exists in Milton - Halifax Donair it's called. I've never had a donair out East, but I can attest to the great quality of the sandwich, meat, toppings, etc. Worth the drive.
I'm Right replying to a comment from Teddy / March 17, 2014 at 03:06 pm
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SQUAAAAAAARRRRRRE BOOOOOOOOOYYYYYYY!

You don't know shit Tony. Square Boy is awesome and they don't skimp on the meat.
Rob / March 17, 2014 at 03:45 pm
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I wonder what Pitchfork would rate Square Boy. Hot or not?
Freddy replying to a comment from Rob / March 17, 2014 at 03:57 pm
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I wonder what Neil Young and Wiarton Willie thing about this.
Yong / March 17, 2014 at 04:07 pm
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Folia Grill is by far the BEST gyros in the city! Messinis is the most BLAND gyros I have ever tasted in my life! Even Louis meat market beside messini is waaaaay better!!!
raccoonw/bread replying to a comment from Pape Ape / March 17, 2014 at 04:29 pm
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I tried Folia Grill once and haven't gone back. The sold me a pork souvlaki that was just thick pieces of pork fat. At least I got a refund after I called to complain that there was no meat in my souvlaki, just grilled pieces of fat.

For the record I am not Greek. Is there something I'm missing.
John / March 17, 2014 at 04:57 pm
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Their supplier told us not to eat there... Go figure.
F / March 17, 2014 at 05:01 pm
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NO ALEXANDROS?!?!? What is wrong with you people?!
Andrew / March 17, 2014 at 05:45 pm
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Messini shouldn't be #1 - fries on a pita with meat is not what I call a good souvlaki. Need to check out some of these other shops. Thanks for the post
Rehaaz / March 17, 2014 at 06:17 pm
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Wow that's amazing that floria didn't crack the list.... There is a young guy that works there that has one nasty attitude... Really does add to messini's being the best!!!
Kevin Brown / March 17, 2014 at 06:35 pm
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Folia Grill should be on this list at number one.
v79 / March 17, 2014 at 07:07 pm
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I don't get the love for Messini, granted I've only been to the Yonge and Eg location, but the food was average at best, no better than what you'll find in a food court, and the service was horrid. The airhead behind the cash was more interested in her phone than serving customers.
C G / March 17, 2014 at 07:33 pm
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ZETS on Airport Rd. just north of the 409. By far the best hands down!
tart / March 17, 2014 at 08:40 pm
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Whaaat, no Folia Grill?
Nikhil / March 17, 2014 at 09:30 pm
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Messini is amazing! The lamb pitas are to die for (literally gave me a heart attack). Need to try this Follia place y'all are raving about!
chelsea / March 17, 2014 at 11:07 pm
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may I suggest Scallywags on st.clair?
Gyro Man / March 18, 2014 at 01:15 am
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Messini's gyros skimps the meat by stuffing it with fries. Saddest wraps I've ever consumed in on the Danforth, I can't even call it a gyro.
Punch Sackulingham / March 18, 2014 at 01:32 am
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Look in the kitchen next time you eat at any greek restaurant especially on Danforth. Those South Indian chefs in the back aint greek and neither is your food. Its Indian.
Anne B / March 18, 2014 at 10:23 am
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Hunter's for sure. Been going there for years. Chicken Souvlaki dinner best deal in town and truly delicious!!
raccoonw/bread replying to a comment from Punch Sackulingham / March 18, 2014 at 10:38 am
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Try and find a restaurant in this city without South East Asian cooks. What matters is not who's cooking your food but how they cook it. Is Greek food no longer Greek if it is made by a Macedonian?
Frenchie_TO / March 18, 2014 at 01:14 pm
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Do not forget the west-end: the Kingsway "Magic Spot" has one of the best tzatziki in town, just make sure you don't have a job interview for the next week.
greek food. reality / March 18, 2014 at 02:15 pm
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For those who complain about fries in a pita has obviously never been to Greece, they've been serving it like that since the 90s. So it is not skimping, its trying to be authentic. And Greek gyro doesn't like to be called donair... So please don't compare its not the same.
Jo replying to a comment from Punch Sackulingham / March 18, 2014 at 04:43 pm
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South east Indians are employed in many food establishments cooking food not just in Greek restaurants. I've worked in many non-Greek restaurants so I would know.
Jo replying to a comment from raccoonw/bread / March 18, 2014 at 04:51 pm
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I always get my Greek food fix from Folia Grill but I've had the same experience with their pork souvlaki i.e. mainly cubes of fat but really delicious nonetheless. Good pork souvlaki should have an equal ratio of fat to meat but some do prefer their pork souvlaki with more fat. I suggest you order the chicken souvlaki which is also fantastic. Personally, I like the gyros. They do put fries in it but if that's not to your liking, you can ask for it without the fries.
Martino / March 18, 2014 at 06:01 pm
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Folia is wonderful but I've got to go with Alexandros at Logan and Danforth for the gyros. Never tried Messini but I'm going to soon after all the positive votes here. The Square Boy souvs are wonderful as well.
Dean / March 21, 2014 at 12:59 am
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Laterna souvlaki is best in the city. No question.
Yannis / March 25, 2014 at 01:12 am
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Gyros are supposed to be made with pork. That's the way they're done in Greece. As far as I know, Alexandros, Messini, and Louis Meat Market are the only ones in TO (or on the continent for that matter) that make them with pork. I haven't tried the gyros at Louis yet, but of the other two Alexandros is by far the best. The Greek fries at Messini are awesome though. Take it from someone who knows, if they don't offer pork gyros, stay away.
Rose / March 25, 2014 at 11:21 pm
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I am a huge fan of Louis Meat Market and their phenomenal souvlaki. The beef and lamb one is a particular favourite, and has been for a number of year.
Matt / March 26, 2014 at 01:44 pm
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If you love Gyros try out the new place at Bloor & Walmer, Original Gyro Grill. It just opened but it's already my new favourite. Thier lamb and pork is incredible. They have a few Gyros with more inventive toppings. My favourite is the "Sweet Revenge" a Pork Gyro topped up with Honey Dijon, Caramelized Apples & Onions, and sweet potato. Their "Lamb Gyro Poutine" is amazing too.
Kurt / April 4, 2014 at 09:11 pm
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I agree with Matt. Original Gyros Grill at Bloor and Walmer is fantastic. They have pork, chicken and lamb. The staff is very friendly and the food is melt in your mouth delicious. Especially the marinated lamb. They have innovative as well as traditional sauces, and they are homemade. And they taste it. They use the nicest looking tomatoes, delectably red and fresh. I honestly can't stop raving. I mean, it's a take out place with a few tables, how can the food be so good? My favourite is the lamb with tzatziki. Just go try it.
Jateen / April 13, 2014 at 06:59 pm
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Joe's Hamburger in Richmond Hill has the best chicken souvlaki of all time!! Their Tzatziki is amazing as well.

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