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The Best Spanish Restaurants in Toronto

The best Spanish restaurants in Toronto celebrate simple pleasures one small plate at a time. These restaurants deal in abundance and variety, serving up spreads of tapas, pintxos, montaditos, sizzling paellas, and sharable platters of cured meats, cheese and olives.

Here's are the best Spanish restaurants in Toronto.

See also: The Best Sangria in Toronto



Bar Isabel
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Bar Isabel

Graze on raciones of jamon, patatas bravas, and mussels escabeche at Grant van Gameren's College Street taberna. The acclaimed restaurant operates on Barcelona time, making it a prime destination for late-night dining accompanied by a couple glasses of cava. Salud!

Bar Raval
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Bar Raval

Channeling the curvaceous, nouveau style of Gaudí, this stunning College St. pintxos bar (also from Grant van Gameren) is an all day destination for Iberian pleasures. Find this place populated in the a.m. as locals sip espresso and snack on varied montadito and jamon doughnuts, and abuzz in the evenings as cocktails, pintxos and canned seafoods grace tables.


Patria
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Patria

Open with foie gras bocadillo and pan con tomate paired with anchovies before moving on to fresh catches and seafood studded paellas at this lively King West restaurant. The extensive wine list deals primarily in imported Spanish labels, but you'll find that the spiced red sangria is as popular as ever.


Cava
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Cava

This midtown restaurant is one of Toronto's pioneering Spanish restaurants responsible for introducing diners to jamon croquetas and grilled sardines. Almost a decade in, and this place has still got it. Do your best to save room for dessert, because the churros con chocolate are a must.


Carmen
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Carmen

Call in reinforcements to conquer an abundance of small plates and traditional paellas at this cocina Espanola on West Queen West. Piquillo peppers stuffed with blood sausage, and prawns spiked with serrano chili oil are among the many standout dishes.

Barsa Taberna
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Barsa Taberna

Find obligatory pitchers of sangria populating almost every table at this taberna across from St. Lawrence Market. The menu bills modern tapas like manchego churros, patatas bravas with braised oxtail, and four varieties of housemade chorizo.



Tinto Bar de Tapas
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Tinto Bar de Tapas

Assemble a spread of small plates at Leaside's Basque-inspired eatery to turn tapas from a snack into a meal. The menu bills paprika dusted octopus, mussels in a manchego cream, and open faced sandwiches topped with mushrooms, bacon, olives and cheese.

LaVinia Restaurant
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LaVinia Restaurant

This refined Spanish restaurant on the lakeshore will fill the table with a spread of small plates such as bacalao croquettes and Spanish omelettes studded with potatoes and chorizo. Not to be overlooked are the hearty mains which include paellas, risottos and shellfish stews.

The Best Spanish Restaurants in Toronto


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