Guide: 5 Spots for a Perfect Day Off Lunch
“Lunch break” shouldn’t mean crushing a sandwich at your desk between emails. Reclaim the second meal of the day with our guide to the best spots for a lunch break you can actually enjoy. Whether you’re taking that full hour or enjoying a long lunch on your day off, check out these spots for the best relaxed lunches in the city.
This place is a little oasis in the busy downtown core. Co-owned by a Top Chef Canada winner, the chef’s menu is available over lunch. Take your time enjoying caramelized onion pierogies, maple- cured trout on a buttered bagel, or the Insta-worthy charcuterie board.
Where: 1 Richmond St W
Did you skip breakfast? It’s okay, Lady Marmalade has you covered. This eatery sources a ton of fresh, local foods and packs them into a breakfast and lunch menu that’s served all day. Chow down on brie eggs benny or huevos migas if you skipped your morning cereal. For lunch, take your time on ancho chicken tortas or crunchy Thai slaw. The restaurant is super airy and full of plants- perfect midday vibes.
Where: 265 Broadview Ave
This place has a forkin’ good lunch menu (their choice of words), and a cozy, tile-walled space we could spend all day in. Try steak & duck eggs, animal-style home fries, or cherry dark chocolate french toast. Try everything, actually.
Where: 2432 Bloor St W
Keep this one in mind for the return of patio season, because Trattoria Nervosa has a rooftop hideout that’s ideal for a relaxed lunch. This place gets packed for lunch and for good reason; their classic Italian is an absolute hit. It’s freshly renovated, so be one of the first to dine in their brand-new space!
Where: 75 Yorkville Ave
The Elm Tree has a reputation as being a serious favourite- it’s stellar reviews makes it one of TripAdvisor’s top Toronto restaurants. Munch on a fig and ricotta salad, strip steak with confit potato, or some insanely good charred octopus.
Where: 43 Elm St
Stay & lunch a little while longer, Toronto.