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The Best Diners in Toronto

The best diners in Toronto will take you back, whether it’s to a time before you were born or to a warm and fuzzy memory. Often open long hours and featuring simple, nostalgic design, these places are where you can go for morning coffee or midnight beer and burgers. 

Here are the best diners in Toronto. 


George Street Diner
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George Street Diner

This small diner with booths on one side and stools on the other on Richmond near Jarvis has such a classic feel it was even in a Shawn Mendes music video. Head here for breakfasts with traditional Irish touches like house soda bread.

Harry's
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Harry's

The decades-long legacy of this Parkdale joint is being carried on by the Grant van Gameren team. They serve up everything from late night cheeseburgers to corned beef hash brunches, as a good diner should.


Skyline Restaurant
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Skyline Restaurant

This little neighbourhood joint near the corner of Queen and Lansdowne has a daily-changing hand-written menu and a beckoning neon sign above the door.

Lakeview Restaurant
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Lakeview Restaurant

Open 24 hours a day near Dundas and Ossington, gravy-smothered poutine, thick milkshakes, and full breakfasts are what keep folks packing the booths here all hours of the day in various states of sobriety.


White Lily Diner
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White Lily Diner

Elegance meets old school at this Riverside diner that does patty melts, smoked fish platters, mimosas and fresh-baked donuts.


Avenue Open Kitchen
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Avenue Open Kitchen

Near Spadina and King, this crumbling old diner has an interior and a menu out of the past, and serves one of Toronto’s favourite hefty, no frills peameal bacon sandwiches for cheap.

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

Scarborough has this relic of a diner where old fashioned combos of buttery pancakes served with tubs of syrup, eggs and tons of bacon go for low prices.


The Senator
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The Senator

A menu of crab cakes and club sandwiches is a blast from the past at this diner near Yonge and Dundas, where the neon sign advertises their establishment way back in 1929.

Okay Okay
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Okay Okay

Pancakes and french toast are a cornerstone of the all-day breakfast at a good diner, and this Leslieville spot has them in spades.

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns at George St. Diner

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