What are the best restaurants in Toronto?

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Toronto's dining scene continues to evolve and improve before our eyes. With a growing list of Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurants, there's plenty to eat during your stay in T-dot. Whether you prefer dining with a view or hearty dishes, Toronto has an eatery for you. Head to The Hazelton Hotel's One Restaurant to dig in to chef Mark McEwan's sophisticated French and Italian cuisine mixed with fresh and local Ontario ingredients. Looking for a bit more regional flavor? Try Canoe and pair the fantastic wine list with jaw-dropping views. (The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant sits on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower.)

TOCA at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto is the ultimate choice if it's local flavors you crave; even the restaurant's name is a nod to its beloved city. America Restaurant at Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, on the other hand, specializes in American favorites with a twist — think foie gras flapjacks — in its aerie on the hotel's 31st floor.

If you just can't shake that French craving, head to Scaramouche and chow down on chef Keith Froggett's divine cuisine — just be sure to save room for dessert. Or choose Daniel Boulud's Cafe Boulud Toronto, where the chef-owner's native Lyon inspires his exquisite dishes.

Perhaps you're looking for something a bit international (Toronto is a cultural melting pot, after all); make a reservation at Splendido. The focus here is on clean, flavorful sauces and local Canadian ingredients. And if you need to escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto, make your way to Cambridge and have dinner at The Dining Room at Langdon Hall. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is home to Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Jonathan Gushue, who serves up fantastic seasonal dishes.

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Lee - Lee is a hotspot in Toronto that serves as an urban eatery specializing in Asian Fusion fare. From Chef Susur Lee, this restaurant has a beautiful, dimly lit decor that sets the right mood for a date night or an outing with friends. The menu is full of small-plates that are great for sharing and the staff are well-versed in creating a personalized menu for your tastes. If you do happen to eat at Lee, you must try their signature Slaw and Cheese Burger Spring Rolls.

Lahore Tikka House - Situated in Toronto’s Little India, Lahore Tikka House is a restaurant where you can find the best authentic Indian and Pakistani food in the city. Find barbecued favorites like Tandoori Chicken and Lahori Beef Kebabs, or go for classic curries like Butter Chicken and Palak Paneer. Lahore Tikka House has endless options for both meat-eaters and vegetarians. And, don’t forget to end your meal with some Lahori Kulfi (frozen dessert) or Mango Lassi (mango shake).

O&B Canteen - O&B Canteen is one of the few Toronto eateries that I frequent regularly. From Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, Canteen has an atmosphere that allows guests to grab a quick bite, or have a relaxed dinner with friends. The menu item I just can’t get enough of is their Steak Frites.

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Toronto (pronounced TA-RHAN-NAH) is in the middle of a restaurant boom, a culinary renaissance that makes for a vigorously exciting and competitive scene.

Culinary aficionados are cueing to sample the array of restaurant offerings across the city. Its distinct neighborhoods cater to a wide range of ethnic specialties and possibilities.

The culinary darling at the moment is Shōtō part of the Momofuku complex with its four-eateries-in-one location adjacent to the new Shangri-La Hotel.

But still French traditionalists who crave a modern slant on cooking can opt for the prestigious Scaramouche Restaurant helmed by Keith Froggett, the renowned chef with more than a little staying power (try 30 years this year).

Toronto’s Financial District has a cluster of restaurants for those posh business lunches but if its view, ambiance, and award-winning Canadian inspired cuisine you’re after, Canoe on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower hits all these marks.

For a restaurant in the cloud experience that boasts the world’s highest cellar in the sky head to 360 at the CN Tower.

Often the best restaurants are hidden in those thriving old yet newly born neighborhoods. A narrow strip by Ossington Avenue has attracted oodles of top-notch restaurants recently. As of late it’s where the tech savvy entrepreneurs converge for lattes or where young hipster chefs open up new territory in old industrial spaces.

The gastronomic landscape in Toronto is changing faster than the score at a Leaf’s game.

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