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The Best Spanish Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 11, 2013

Spanish restaurants TorontoThe best Spanish restaurants in Toronto celebrate abundance and variety on the table, be it in the form of sausages, cold meats, cheese or seafood. Per tradition they are places to make a meal out of nibbling on small plates, and, where big platters are divided up around the table to conquer. Tapas might not be the trend it once was, but it's be fair to say that Toronto is experiencing something of resurgence when it comes to Spanish cuisine. A number of the restaurants on the list below have opened within the past year, and there appears to be no limit to our love of La Furia Roja.

Here's the list of the best Spanish restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Tapas In Toronto
The Best Sangria in Toronto

Bar Isabel

Bar Isabel

This Spanish-style snack bar from ex-Black Hoof chef Grant Van Gameren is among the most celebrated of this year's debuts. The College Street outpost operates on Barcelona hours, so it's a prime late-night destination for cured meats and grilled octopus, or, even just cheese, olives and wine. More »

Patria

Patria

Visit this lively King Street tapas bar for brunch, lunch or dinner to taste top quality imports like the 36-month, acorn-fed black hoof jamon Iberico, or, the nutty, year-old queso Manchego. The vibrant gathering place can easily accommodate large parties, so gather a gang and get ready to feast. More »

Cava

Cava

This midtown eatery bills it's menu as small plates with big flavours is a casual and obliging spot to linger over tapas like jamon croquetas or grilled sardines. Do your best to save room for dessert, because the churros con chocolate and baked Alaska are worth it. More »

Carmen

Carmen

Settle into this stunning Iberian bistro on Queen West and nibble and nosh on paprika dusted plates of blistering shoshito peppers, patatas bravas or hand carved Serrano ham. The menu marries old with new spotlighting a full range of socialable small plates and hearty family-style paellas. More »

Torito

Torito

This vibrant Kensington Market bar is straight up Spanish, serving all the essentials of a traditional spread. Here, you'll find a decent roster of Latin wines plus sangria by the pitcher and an abundance nibbles like bacon wrapped dates pintxos or piquillo peppers stuffed with oxtail. More »

Pimenton

Pimenton

This midtown Mediterranean market is the source for premium imports and prepared products for easy take-away. The Spanish deli can cater to any craving or occasion with fresh bocadillos (sandwiches), pintxos, tapas and paellas. More »

Bero

Bero

This Leslieville restaraunt liberally draws on the Basque Peninsula for inspiration. The menu features experimental haute cuisine in four or, seven course tasting formats. When available, try the fresh take on classically Spanish, white gazpacho (bread soup). More »

LaVinia Restaurant

LaVinia Restaurant

Situated on the Lakeshore, this Etobicoke restaurant is well loved for tasty Spanish small plates like potato-studded omlettes, Manchego frito (fried cheese) and sizzling pans garlic shrimp. Not to be overlooked are the hearty mains which include paellas, risottos and shellfish stews. More »

Discussion

12 Comments

Maggie P / September 11, 2013 at 03:52 pm
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"This Leslieville restaraunt liberally draws on the Basque Peninsula for inspiration." ummm when did Basque Country become a peninsula?

Sylvia / September 11, 2013 at 04:05 pm
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Please tell me where that lead photo is from... it looks delectable. Please.
ira / September 11, 2013 at 05:41 pm
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Ate at LaVinia a few weeks ago and it was amazing. Chef/Owner is so skilled and polite!
ChinoCochino / September 11, 2013 at 06:50 pm
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some of the comments reg. this article in the "Españoles en Toronto" Facebook Group are intriguing..

https://www.facebook.com/groups/4749901847/?fref=ts
Jorge / September 11, 2013 at 07:04 pm
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Bacon/Ham on paella? A definite NO! Unless it's a Canadian version?
Basshat / September 12, 2013 at 08:44 pm
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Only 8 on the map. You forgot LaVinia.
AA / September 13, 2013 at 11:58 am
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Segovia should have made this list: www.segoviarestaurant.ca

Also, this "Spanish" list is too broad. Basque and Catalan food is its own thing (IMO)
Latino / September 16, 2013 at 11:34 am
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Fu*k you greaseball espana!
Jim Beam replying to a comment from Sylvia / September 20, 2013 at 10:10 am
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The lead photo appears to be from Patria, based on the filename. It does indeed look insanely delicioso.
Nicco / March 25, 2014 at 06:34 pm
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It may not be a hipster FAV...but " BARCELONA " On bloor, East of Royal should be part of this list. Tapas style and exceptionally tasty and reasonable and they also have 3 guitarist playing that includes a mini show.
Sophia / March 26, 2014 at 03:28 pm
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Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease caption your photos
Catering Halls / May 21, 2014 at 06:32 am
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Wow great pics. Please add more information about this delectable dishes.

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