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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Toronto / Ontario

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Toronto / Ontario? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Leela Indian Food Bar (Gerrard) - Top Indian Restaurant In Toronto restaurant
5.0
5 (24)
CAN$30 and under
Indian
Greenwood-Coxwell
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We were 3 friends/colleagues who came for a farewell dinner. We started off with drinks. We ordered the Bollywood Gimlet, Daiquiri and Rose Iced Tea. All the drinks looked beautifully prepared and presented and surprisingly they tasted just as good. For appetisers, we ordered vegetable pakora and Leela’s Signature Flaming Chicken. I’ve been to this restaurant before and if you prefer something mild/non-spicy then go for Eggplant Fries and Afghan Chicken Tikka. For mains, we went for their Smoked Butter Chicken and Prawn Malai Curry with Butter Garlic Naan. Again, surprisingly, the food smelled good but tasted even better. The service was attentive and not intrusive. The decor of the restaurant is just beautiful and they were playing music that was peppy and celebratory so my colleagues and me had a great time!
A photo of Wild Chicory restaurant
4.9
4.9 (66)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Yonge and Eglinton
About the restaurant
Cozy restaurant and patio in Midtown Toronto with a dinner & drinks menu focused on elevating the freshest ingredients.
Top review
JayMvip
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Excellent meal. Excellent drinks. Highly recommend the X.
A photo of The Squire on Locke restaurant
4.8
4.8 (236)
CAN$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Hamilton
About the restaurant
The Squire on Locke is a hip gastropub locally owned & operated in the heart of Locke Street. We offer a familiar yet refreshing experience, putting you at easy while piquing your curiosity to stay explore. We have created an elevated pub menu and pairing it with a selection of beers, wines and specialty cocktails.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
The service is awesome. The food is great. Portions are very generous (I usually have to take some home). They have live music on Thursday’s so nice to listen to that while dining.
A photo of Moxies - Vaughan Colossus restaurant
4.7
4.7 (104)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
Vaughan
About the restaurant
Moxies restaurant is a contemporary casual restaurant offering a globally inspired menu and hand crafted cocktails in a vibrant and interactive atmosphere. Moxies has over 50 locations across Canada and 6 US locations in Dallas, Houston, and Miami.

We are located at the Colossus Centre in Vaughan, next door to Colossus Theatre. Situated within a large shopping complex and a short drive from Dave & Buster's and IKEA Vaughan. Our Executive Chef Brandon Thordarson has created a menu offering a wide-array of steaks, burgers, pastas and seafood! No matter the occasion, whether it's a business luncheon, a dinner date, or late night drinks with friends, Moxies offers something for everyone.



Top review
RitaB
Dined 4 days ago
The description of the meal didn’t include that it was spicy and had curry so I couldn’t eat it but the server quickly replaced my meal and gave me free fries while waiting. Services was great but moxies need to update their menu descriptions
A photo of NODO - Junction restaurant
4.7
4.7 (14)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Etobicoke
About the restaurant
Some of the best traditional pizza and pasta in Toronto can be found at NODO. One step into this hidden gem of a restaurant will transport you to a place that Italian food was meant to be in. The pizza dough at NODO is handmade and tossed fresh everyday, and the sauce made from fresh and all natural ingredients. The menu at NODO is extensive enough to allow an array of guests to find something that is appealing. The wine collection is another bonus and rounds out just the perfect lunch or dinner celebration. So stop in if you're in the area and see why it is such a popular spot to dine at.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
From the moment we arrived we were welcomed and made to feel like part of the family. The food was fabulous and the service was perfect. I would highly recommend Nodo and I certainly will return.
A photo of Donna's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (20)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary European
The Junction
About the restaurant
Donna’s is an all-day restaurant that starts off with breakfast sandwiches then transitions to lunch with a menu of sandwiches, salads, & small dishes. For dinner, the focus is on shared, family-style plates with a diverse influence of seasonal offerings. To accompany the food, we offer a wide array of beverage offerings, from natural wine, to cocktails & local beers. We accept reservations & walk-ins. We are also available for pick-up through Ambassador!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful service, fun ambiance with knick knacks, novel flavour combinations, small selection of plates but interesting variety and I can’t wait to go back to try them all!
A photo of Barkat restaurant
4.7
4.7 (74)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Indian
Queen West
About the restaurant
The specialty Indian restaurant where hand ground spices and traditional recipes spell magic on one’s palate blending culinary innovations with traditional methods. Best described as a gastronome experience, Barkat endeavors to reinvent Indian cuisine in its entirety. The idea is to translate centuries of history, contemporizing and reinventing flavors synonymous with the varied cuisines from the Continent, using latest culinary techniques such as molecular gastronomy, finest & freshest ingredients sourced from the region of origin, with modern presentations for diners to absorb a life altering culinary exploration through an avant-garde dining experience.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and great service. Uchid was our waiter - he was great!
A photo of Bar Notte restaurant
4.6
4.6 (40)
CAN$30 and under
Pizza Bar
St. Lawrence Market
About the restaurant
Bar Notte, a vibrant culinary destination by the dynamic team behind Amano Trattoria and The Carbon Bar, is now open. Located in the spirited St. Lawrence district of downtown Toronto, Bar Notte offers a vibrant and laid-back dining and nightlife experience steeped in Italian charm and modern elegance.

Bar Notte is more than just a bar; it is a pulsating social hub where exciting food, crafted cocktails and a curated wine list come together. With its casual yet classy ambiance, Bar Notte is perfect for pre or post-event dining, social meet-ups, drinks or casual snacks.

Bar Notte features an array of small and large plates, as well as playful Roman-style pizzas, fusing traditional Italian cuisine with contemporary flair. A sophisticated cocktail menu and an extensive wine list further elevate the bar experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
I came to the restaurant because of the summerlicious deal, and I wasn't disappointed. Everything from appetizer to dessert was amazing! The ambiance is great, and the restaurant size makes it more cozy and personal. Very attentive service as well! This restaurant is a gem, and I'll come back for sure!
A photo of 7 Numbers Eglinton restaurant
4.6
4.6 (27)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Yonge and Eglinton
About the restaurant
Nestled in Toronto's vibrant Eglinton neighborhood, 7 Numbers Eglinton captivates with Chef Rosa Marinuzzi's culinary prowess. Our signature dish, "Nonna's Meatballs," has earned accolades, epitomizing our dedication to excellence. Situated near iconic landmarks like Eglinton Park, our restaurant exudes a cozy ambiance with rustic charm. Dine indoors amidst warm lighting and rustic decor or unwind on our serene patio. What truly distinguishes us is our commitment to quality. We source locally, ensuring fresh produce, grass-fed meats, and non-GMO pasta grace your plate. Each dish is a testament to our passion for authentic Italian flavors and culinary craftsmanship. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or enjoying a casual meal with loved ones, our commitment to exceptional food and warm hospitality ensures an unforgettable experience at 7 Numbers Eglinton.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Best experience always !!! I love 7 numbers so much
A photo of Parola Ristorante restaurant
4.5
4.5 (122)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Thornhill
About the restaurant
The owners of Parola Ristorante welcome you with pride to our new dining venue. With over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, we take pride in our extensive menu using only the freshest of ingredients in our traditional Italian recipes. Our warm and inviting dining room gives way to our shareable starters, delightful pastas with homemade sauces, top-quality meats that are prepared to your exact specifications, and our daily fish picked fresh from the market. Finally, you will delight in our vast selection of wine to pair your meal with perfection. Our collection of grappa and tequila will impress and delight you!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Always a great experience at Parola. Excellent food and service. Franco is always a great host.
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