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The Best Spanish Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 7, 2015

spanish restaurants torontoThe 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

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! More »

Bar Raval

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. More »

Patria

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. More »

Cava

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. More »

Carmen

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. More »

Torito

Torito

This tapas restaurant in Kensington Market is home to small plates with big flavours. Start your meal with a glass of Rioja then linger over plates of blistered shishito peppers, and pass the fried manchego dressed with quince paste. More »

Barsa Taberna

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. More »

Tinto Bar de Tapas

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. More »

LaVinia

LaVinia

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. More »

Discussion

9 Comments

nice / August 7, 2015 at 11:02 am
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I was just thinking to myself the other day that we do not have enough restaurants with the name "Bar" Something.

Then this list comes along and proves me wrong.
S replying to a comment from nice / August 7, 2015 at 11:04 am
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Best first comment I've read this week, bar none.
empyre / August 7, 2015 at 12:43 pm
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The bar was set pretty high with the first comment.
Micky Ramone / August 7, 2015 at 01:08 pm
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worth to mention, the only restaurant in this list with an actual Spanish chef is LaVinia.
One-track cuisine? / August 7, 2015 at 01:22 pm
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How about more restaurants that aren't tapas bars?
Sabrina / August 7, 2015 at 02:33 pm
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Carmen hasn't been serving the paella pictured (montaña) for like a year....unless this has changed recently? I sure hope so, because it was the best one.
Brent / August 7, 2015 at 02:41 pm
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Patria is fucking terrible. Cava and Carmen are both *much* better.
Steve / August 29, 2015 at 03:18 pm
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Spanish tapas is so ... 2004
Coquilles St. Jacques / September 1, 2015 at 02:57 am
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Really Mickey Ramone? One need not be Spanish to cook the food. Is Thomas Keller french? Skill surpasses culture, any day of the week.

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