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The Best Diners in Toronto

The best diners in Toronto have been holding us down with all-day eggs for decades. The outdatedness is all part of the charm—hop on a bar stool or squeeze into some vinyl booths for classic lumberjack breakfasts, bottomless coffee and the warmth of nostalgic appeal.

Here are the best diners in Toronto. 


George Street Diner
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George Street Diner

Serving quintessential diner vibes is George Street's eponymous classic corner spot. Come for dollar coffees and owner Ash Farrelly’s signature Irish breakfast, white or black pudding included, with slices of soda bread. 

Skyline Restaurant
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Skyline Restaurant

Lighting up the Parkdale sky is the neon sign of the neighbourhood classic. After a decades-long legacy on Queen Street the restaurant is still going strong. The slices of pie alone are worth going for. 


Lakeview Restaurant
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Lakeview Restaurant

Gravy-smothered poutines, thick milkshakes (boozy if you want them to be) and big breakfasts keep Lakeview’s booths packed with folks in various states of sobriety. Find it at the corner of Dundas and Ossington, open 24 hours a day.

Avenue Open Kitchen
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Avenue Open Kitchen

You’ll be met with a plume of smoked meat aromas the minute you step into this tiny diner. Tucked away on Camden Street, Avenue’s been open since the 1950s and is best known for sandwiches. It’s peameal, MTL-smoked meat, pastrami and roast beef heaven.


Patrician Grill
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Patrician Grill

George Brown students and finance workers alike flock to this King East spot for juicy banquet burgers and pancakes. The Papas family has owned the spot since 1967 and its woodsy appeal has recently made it a shooting location for Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol.


The Amazing Ted's Diner
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The Amazing Ted's Diner

Pay respects at the shrine of bacon (there’s a literal altar behind the cashier) at Old Kingston Road’s flash to the past. If the retro teal theme wasn’t a dead giveaway, the diner’s been around since the 50s, serving breakfast combos and lots of coffee.

Okay Okay
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Okay Okay

Flapjacks, eggs with grilled asparagus and omelettes are the calling card of this Greek diner in Leslieville. Thanks to its updated exterior the spot feels more modern than most but it’s purportedly been around since 1952.


The Senator
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The Senator

You can’t proclaim to be a diner aficionado without eating at the oldest restaurant in Toronto. Revel in the faded glamour of this iconic restaurant with a live music balcony just steps from Yonge and Dundas Square. 

Route 401 Diner
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Route 401 Diner

Etobicoke’s answer to a roadhouse off Route 66, this retro diner sits right off Highway 401's Kipling exit. Make it a pitstop or the final destination—either way you’re in for chalkboard specials seven days a week.

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns at George St. Diner. Additional photos by Okay Okay, Patrician Grill, The Senator, @mrhelenkeller of Route 401.


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