Portuguese Restaurants Toronto

The Best Portuguese Restaurants in Toronto

The best Portuguese restaurants in Toronto tempt diners with the bold, fresh flavours of Europe's westernmost locale. Doling out dishes that rely on the sea, the bounty of the land, Portugal's affinity for both live-fire cooking and generous seasoning, these restaurants run the gamut from casual to chic but always deliver flavour in spades.

Here are the best Portuguese Restaurants in Toronto.


Mercado Restaurant
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Mercado Restaurant

Groups descend on this family-friendly restaurant in the Castlefield Design District for shareable mains and platters crammed with all manner of grilled sustenance. The kitchen skews traditional, but modern plating gives new life to every dish — from Gambas Piri Piri to Arroz de Marisco.

Churrasqueira Martins
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Churrasqueira Martins

Beyond its renowned Portuguese chicken, this mainstay on Rogers Road is known for its extensive menu of smoky, saucy, grilled temptations. Pop in for swimmingly fresh seafood and meat, even custard tarts, then order a couple of chickens to tote home.


Piri Piri
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Piri Piri

There's more to this sophisticated Junction Triangle restaurant than peppery, pungent piri piri sauce. Though it pops up on grilled chicken, a burger, and a heady fish stew teeming with an ocean's worth of fresh seafood, diners will also find pastas and risottos, grilled shrimp, creatively-topped pizzas and more vying for their attention.

Flor 2 Tapas
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Flor 2 Tapas

Tapas and wine need little more to recommend them, making this Little Italy spot an easy sell. With a menu of small plates and heftier mains, diners find themselves tucking into classic and unique creations — from Portuguese Octopus salad and Piri Piri Chicken Sliders to Crispy Cod Loin Tacos and saffron-scented Seafood Paella.


Rush Hour
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Rush Hour

This cozy Dovercourt Village haunt delivers plate after plate of traditional Portuguese fare to an audience of grateful diners. Made to please even the fussiest of old-school patrons, dishes like Caldo Verde soup, Pernod Shrimp and Grilled Sea Bass are fresh and tasty without any surprises.


Casa Portuguesa
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Casa Portuguesa

Despite its industrial Castlefield Design District environs, this sizeable venue is homey and cheery within; its ambience boosted, no doubt, by the substantial hot table, where an every-changing array of dishes beckons diners to over-order. From spot-on cod fritters and stuffed pork loin to grilled squid and tender, creamy Portuguese potatoes, every day offers something new.

Via Norte
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Via Norte

A vast knowledge of Portuguese culinary traditions informs the menu at this Little Italy spot. Crafted simply — from top-tier ingredients, a smattering of seasonings and the kiss of fire — every plate of Grilled Chouriço and platter of Porco Alentejana sings.


Chiado
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Chiado

This Little Italy veteran has been dishing up elegant plates of progressive Portuguese cuisine since the '90s. It’s no wonder then, that each peppy order of marinated sardines and neat tower of tartare is matched by smooth-as-silk service, and an encyclopedic list of Portuguese wines.

DaRosa Cafe
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DaRosa Cafe

A wealth of grilled, basted, fried and fresh items pack the hot counter at this casual café in the Castlefield Design District. Take the rotating list of options as a sign to try something new. From Pork Potatoes and Clams to Chickpea Stew and Roasted Quail, there's always some seriously satisfying home cooking here to sample.

Lead photo by

Fareen Karim at Mercado Restaurant.


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