From tiny diners to swanky spots flowing with all-you-can-drink mimosas, there’s no shortage of brunch venues in Toronto. On your next trip to this multicultural metropolis, make time for memorable morning meals and creative cocktails at these exciting new ventures around town.
Partake in one of Toronto’s most glamorous brunch settings at this gilded 31st-floor restaurant crowning newly opened The St. Regis Toronto.
Befitting its opulent interiors, the venue’s Royal Brunch offers up a regal, family-style spread of seven decadent dishes, including New York strip steak with scrambled egg and shaved truffle; mini French toast topped with foie gras; housemade smoked salmon with Acadian caviar; and mini croque madame with smoked ham and Gruyère sauce. Be sure to save room for the picture-perfect petit dessert tower.
Once you top it all off with bottomless mimosas or Bellinis, you can say you’ve toasted to your weekend in Toronto in style.
In 2014, Byblos took the city by storm with elevated Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. A second Yonge Street location opened its doors in late 2018, but it upped the ante with a brunch service launched this summer.
Rich tapestries and lanterns adorn the space, creating a warm, convivial atmosphere to enjoy classic Byblos starters like duck kibbeh (meatballs) and shareable Turkish manti dumplings.
For mains, warm up with a skillet of smoky shakshouka (eggs poached in tomato sauce) before moving on to the Middle Eastern Breakfast with lamb bacon and za’atar fried eggs, or the beautifully stacked strawberry qatayef pancakes.
Hidden down an alley behind immense iron gates off of King Street West, this upscale Spanish joint’s newly launched El Caro Brunch is a game changer.
The November-introduced service is inspired by casual, Basque-style dining, where a roving cart serves up $4 pintxos (Basque-style tapas), Spanish Estrella beer and glasses of build-your-own sangria. Look out for tasty bites like pan con tomate (roasted tomato on toast), morcilla and apple (sourdough toast topped with chorizo and quail egg) and mussels escabeche.
Best of all, it’s just a couple blocks from Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, where you can bask in a Sunday afternoon nap after your carb-loaded feast.
One of Toronto’s newest (and most talked-about) French bistros, this sleek, industrial-style dining room reimagines Sunday brunch with half-price wine and champagne — the King Street venue happens to boast one of the most eclectic vino lists in the city.
The menu, brought to life by chef Jamie Ullrich, changes week to week, but you can expect playful, bistro-inspired brunch items, like duck confit served on a buckwheat waffle with black currant sauce and crème fraîche; salmon Benedict with green peppercorn hollandaise; or mushroom chittara pasta with cured egg yolk, Comté cheese and black pepper.
At this trendy spot in Toronto’s upscale Yorkville neighborhood, brunch is not just a place to see and be seen, but to have your fill, toasting with bottomless mimosas over high-brow versions of classics such as lobster and eggs Benedict or caviar and toast.
Conveniently across from Four-Star The Hazelton Hotel and boutique-lined Bloor Street, this art-deco-influenced dining room is the place to celebrate the weekend. That statement is solidified once the live DJ and over-the-top shareables like an impressive seafood platter or an Instagram-worthy buttermilk pancake tower are added into the equation.