LGBTQ Toronto Nightlife Guide:
Restaurants & Dining

Sight-seeing can work up an appetite. Thankfully Toronto has no shortage of great restaurants for every type of diet, budget, and cuisine. Most restaurants in the city are LGBT-friendly – many proudly so. If you’re looking for inspiration, here’s a list of 15 of the most popular queer-owned and queer-friendly restaurants that will have you coming back for more.

15 LGBTQ-friendly dining spots

  1. Byzantium: Right in the heart of the Church-Wellesley Village, Byzantium has a chic, stylish décor and relaxed atmosphere. Its extensive martini list and diverse menu (including such unique dishes as kangaroo and ostrich) make it a great place for either a romantic date or a casual meal. Byzantium has received numerous awards from Now Magazine and Xtra Magazine, including Toronto’s Best Martini and Best Romantic Restaurant.
    • Location: 499 Church St (Church-Wellesley Village)
    • Hours: 5:30pm – 11pm (Mon-Sun)
    • Cuisine: International
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Trendy
    • Price range: $31 – $60
    • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  2. Fabarnak: One part restaurant and one part social enterprise initiative, Fabarnak offers a range of culinary dishes prepared and served by members of the LGBTQ community who face barriers to employment. More than 60% of the food is locally grown and produced, so you can feel good about what you’re eating while also feeling good about helping at-risk community members. Fabarnak is owned and operated by the 519 Community Centre.
    • Location: 519 Church St (Church-Wellesley Village)
    • Hours: 11am – 3:30pm (Mon-Fri), 5:30pm – 8:30pm (Fri), 9am – 4:30pm (Sat)
    • Cuisine: International
    • Alcohol: No
    • Atmosphere: Casual
    • Price Range: $11 – $30
    • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  3. Café California: A popular watering hole in the Church-Wellesley Village, Café California has been a fixture of the LGBTQ community for more than 20 years. See and be seen while sipping martinis and sampling delicious Mediterranean dishes in either the stylish dining room or sunny patio.
    • Location: 538 Church St (Church-Wellesley Village)
    • Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Sun-Thurs), 11:30am – 11:30pm (Fri-Sat)
    • Cuisine: Mediterranean
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Casual
    • Price Range: $11 – $30
    • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  4. Sambucas on Church: Sambucas on Church is renowned for having some of the best Italian food around, made from the finest and freshest ingredients. Fresh pasta, sumptuous seafood, authentic Italian pizza – pair any dish with a bottle of wine for a truly magical meal.
    • Location: 489 Church Street (Church-Wellesley Village)
    • Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 12am (Sat-Sun)
    • Cuisine: Italian
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Casual
    • Price Range: $11 – $30
    • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  5. Guu Izakaya: In the mood for Japanese? Check out Guu Izakaya in the Village for tapas-style Japanese food with a modern take. The loud, energetic staff and unique pairings of dishes make this an eating experience like no other. Guu Izakaya is an ideal choice for couples looking for a unique night out.
    • Location: 398 Church Street (Church-Wellesley Village)
    • Hours: 5pm – 11:30pm (Mon-Fri), 4pm – 11:30pm (Sat-Sun)
    • Cuisine: Japanese, Tapas
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Casual, Trendy
    • Price Range: $11 – $30
    • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  6. Lola’s Kitchen: A commitment to local and independent suppliers, as well as an abundance of vegetarian and vegan dishes, make Lola’s Kitchen a favourite amongst environment- and health-conscious individuals. Meatless options include the kale Caesar salad and vegan tacos, while the more carnivorously inclined might enjoy the pulled pork sandwich or lamb burger.
    • Location: 634 Church Street (Church-Wellesley Village)
    • Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 9pm (Thurs-Fri), 10am to 4pm & 5pm to 10pm (Sat), 10am to 3pm (Sun)
    • Cuisine: International, Vegetarian/Vegan Options
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Casual, Trendy
    • Price Range: $11 – $30
    • Wheelchair Accessible:No
  7. Hair of the Dog: Hair of the Dog is an upscale but unpretentious neighbourhood pub that boasts one of the best patios in the city. Drop by for brunch on the weekends or for a hearty dinner before hitting the clubs on Church Street for a night of dancing.
    • Location: 425 Church Street (Church-Wellesley Village)
    • Hours: 11:30am – 12am (Mon-Wed), 11:30am – 2am (Thurs-Fri), 10:30am – 2am (Sat-Sun)
    • Cuisine: American/Pub Food
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Casual
    • Price Range: $11 – $30
    • Wheelchair Accessible: No
  8. Church Street Diner: A mainstay in the Village, the Church Street Diner attracts crowds throughout the day for its home-style meals and friendly service. On weekend mornings, you’ll often spot people attempting to recover from the previous night’s festivities by chowing down on bacon & eggs and coffee.
    • Location: 504 Church Street (Church-Wellesley Village)
    • Hours: 8am – 4pm (Mon-Tues), 8am – 10pm (Thurs-Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 4pm (Sun)
    • Cuisine: American
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Casual
    • Price Range: $11 – $30
    • Wheelchair Accessible: No
  9. The Vic Public House: Pub-style food in a cozy, stylish décor – the Vic Public House is a local favourite on Church Street. Bring your partner, your family, or your friends for brunch, lunch, or dinner. The Vic’s kitchen is open late all week long to satisfy your evening cravings (at least, the gastronomical kind).
    • Location: 518 Church Street (Church-Wellesley Village)
    • Hours: 11am – 12am (Mon-Sun)
    • Cuisine: American
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Casual
    • Price Range: $11 – $30
    • Wheelchair Accessible: No
  10. The Wine Bar: Looking for a romantic night out with your significant other? You may want to try The Wine Bar a few blocks south of the Church-Wellesley Village. The Wine Bar prepares local and naturally-raised food served tapas-style, making it perfect for sharing with someone special.
    • Location: 9 Church Street (St Lawrence Market)
    • Hours: 4pm – 12am (Mon-Sun)
    • Cuisine: European, Tapas
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Romantic, Upscale
    • Price Range: $31 – $60
    • Wheelchair Accessible: No
  11. Supermarket: With dishes like Asian fish & chips and lemongrass braised beef shank topped with Thai basil, Supermarket‘s menu is a fusion of East-meets-West. Located right near two of Toronto’s most famous ethnic enclaves – Chinatown and Kensington Market – the restaurant attracts a diverse crowd of both queer and queer-friendly young professionals. Supermarket features plenty of vegetarian and tapas-style menu options and is a great place to bring a group of friends.
    • Location: 268 Augusta Avenue (Kensington Market)
    • Hours: 10pm – 3am (Fri-Sat)
    • Cuisine: Asian Fusion
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Casual
    • Price Range:$11 – $30
    • Wheelchair Accessible: No
  12. Bar Italia: For the best Italian food in the city, make your way to Little Italy where Bar Italia is always a happening spot. A popular hangout for gay men, the combination bar/restaurant features a delicious menu of traditional Italian favourites like Fetuccine Bolognese and Pollo Parmigiana, and a wine list worth bragging about.
    • Location: 582 College Street (Little Italy)
    • Hours: 11am – 1am (Mon-Thurs), 11am – 2am (Fri), 10am – 2am (Sat), 10am – 1am (Sun)
    • Cuisine: Italian
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Casual
    • Price Range: $11 – $30
    • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  13. Sneaky Dee’s: Sneaky Dee’s is practically a Toronto institution. Part concert hall, part clothing store, and part Mexican-style restaurant – with a graffiti-grunge décor – it has to be experienced to be believed. The kitchen is located on the lower level and boasts some of the best nachos in the city.
    • Location: 750 College Street (Little Italy)
    • Hours: 11am – 3am (Mon), 11am – 4am (Tues-Wed), 11am – 4:30am (Thurs-Fri), 9am – 3am (Sat-Sun)
    • Cuisine: Mexican
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Casual
    • Price Range: $11 – $30
    • Wheelchair Accessible: No
  14. Southern Accent: In the mood for something hot? Add a little spice to your life at Southern Accent. The Cajun/Creole inspired restaurant is located in a Victorian townhouse in Toronto’s Mirvish Village, and features Southern favourites like jambalaya and Bourbon Street Chicken. The sights, sounds, and tastes of New Orleans await in this flamboyant, inclusive environment.
    • Location: 595 Markham Street (Mirvish Village)
    • Hours: 5pm – 1am (Tues-Sun)
    • Cuisine: Cajun/Creole
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Casual, Intimate
    • Price Range: $11 – $30
    • Wheelchair Accessible: No
  15. The Drake: West Queen West (also known as the Queer West Village) is where you’ll find The Drake Hotel – as popular for its restaurant and bar as for its rooms. Openly gay-friendly, The Drake attracts fashionable and forward-thinking crowds to its décor-rotating dining room, café, bar, and rooftop lounge. When you’re finished your meal, make your war downstairs for a live performance in The Underground concert hall.
    • Location: 996 Queen Street East (Queer West Village)
    • Hours: 7:30am – 2am (Mon-Sun)
    • Cuisine: International
    • Alcohol: Yes
    • Atmosphere: Hipster, Trendy
    • Price Range: $21 – $40
    • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes