Looking for the best restaurants in Markham to check out?
Although I grew up in Richmond Hill, I actually spent a lot of time in Markham.
A lot of my friends lived in Markham, and the food scene was a lot better than Richmond Hill’s at the time!
Nowadays, there’s great food all over the GTA, and today I’ll be sharing some of my fave places to eat in Markham.
If you’re looking for dessert spots, I’ve also got a blog post all about the best dessert places in Markham!
Here are some of the best restaurants to eat at in Markham, Ontario!
If you’re visiting from out of town, book a stay at one of the best hotels in Markham.
Best restaurants in Markham
1. Alchemy Coffee
Alchemy serves up incredible and unique takes on classic brunch dishes.
Whether you’re in the mood for a braised beef shank eggs benedict or duck confit with waffles, they’ve got something delicious for everyone.
The restaurant is teeny-tiny and you have to order at the counter before sitting down, so come early for a seat!
LOCATION: 4361 Hwy 7, Unionville, ON | Website
2. Smash Kitchen and Bar
Smash is another great restaurant in Markham that puts unique spins on classic comfort food dishes.
Their burgers are super delicious, but pretty much everything on the menu is amazing.
It’s located in Main Street Unionville, and they’ve got their own parking lot!
LOCATION: 4261 Hwy 7, Unionville, ON | Website
3. Gal’s Sushi
I’ve been going to Gal’s Sushi since I was in high school, and I’ve always adored it.
The sushi is fantastic, and I love the Korean side dishes that come in the bento boxes.
They also have Korean food on the menu if you’re in the mood for that instead!
LOCATION: 3621 Highway 7 #106, Markham, ON | Website
Got a craving for some tonkatsu?
Katsuya has all the katsu you need, and you can choose from their different signature sauces.
My fave is the Curry Katsu, but any katsu will satisfy your tastebuds.
I’d also recommend getting one stuffed with cheese – you can thank me later.
LOCATION: 3229 Hwy 7, Markham, ON | Website
Pitalicious makes literally the best shawarma in Markham.
It’s not a fancy spot, but the food is absolutely incredible here.
I always grab the plates instead of the sandwiches ’cause they’re a lot less messy and easier to eat.
LOCATION: 7605 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON
6. The Owl of Minerva
If you’re looking for authentic Korean food in Markham, you’ll need to visit Owl of Minerva.
Owl is a Korean restaurant chain based in Toronto that’s been around for around two decades now!
Their Kamjatang (pork bone soup) and Kalbi (BBQ short ribs) are my faves to order, but everything on their menu is amazing.
You can visit their Markham location at First Markham Place!
LOCATION: First Markham Place, 3229 Hwy 7 #7b, Markham, ON | Website
7. Sansotei Ramen
Enjoy the ramen of your dreams at Sansotei, an awesome ramen chain based out of Toronto.
Their dishes are inspired by traditional ramen from across Japan, and they even source some ingredients directly from Japan!
If you can handle spicy dishes, you should definitely grab the Spicy Tantan Ramen Noodles.
LOCATION: 3987 Hwy 7 #4, Markham, ON | Website
8. Good Catch Boil House
Good Catch is seafood heaven, serving up all kinds of amazing takes on comfort food eats in Downtown Markham.
From classic seafood boils to lobster rolls, they’ve got all the good stuff.
They also have a bunch of local Ontario beers on tap if you’re up for a drink!
If you’re into craft beer, you might enjoy this post on the best craft breweries in Toronto!
LOCATION: 179 Enterprise Blvd #109, Unionville, ON | Website
9. Poke Guys
If you’re a lover of sushi, you’ll also love eating poké bowls.
You can choose between their signature bowls or build your own, and they have a nice selection of marinated raw tuna and salmon to choose from.
They also have a location in downtown Toronto!
LOCATION: 8110 Birchmount Rd. Unit 10, Markham, ON | Website
10. Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill
If you’re a fan of oysters, you absolutely need to visit Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill in Markham.
While I’m not crazy about the cooked dishes, the fresh seafood is completely worth coming here for.
My fave oysters are Raspberry Point, French Kiss, Kusshi, and Malpeque!
LOCATION: 7501 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON | Website
I’ve been going to Demetres for desserts for as long as I can remember.
Before the York Region food scene was poppin’, Demetres was the go-to dessert spot in Richmond Hill.
The Demetres in Downtown Markham is a newer location, and the space is absolutely gorgeous.
I’ve always loved the punny names of all the desserts on the menu!
Come here for ice cream crepes, loaded sundaes, and creamy milkshakes.
LOCATION: 180 Enterprise Blvd, Markham, ON | Website
12. Honeymoon Dessert
Honeymoon Dessert is a Hong Kong-based dessert chain with locations all over Hong Kong and China.
Their Markham location is actually their first location in North America!
If you’re into Hong Kong-style fruit pancakes (stuffed with whipped cream and fresh fruit!) and sago soup, you’ll love the desserts at Honeymoon.
LOCATION: 3828 Hwy 7 Unit 2, Unionville, ON | Website
13. Old Firehall Confectionery
Okay, so Old Firehall Confectionery is actually more of a sweet shop than a dessert restaurant, but I just had to include it in this list.
They offer all kinds of old-fashioned and handcrafted sweets, from delicate chocolates to classic macarons.
It’s located right along Main Street Unionville, and it’s a popular destination for ice cream cones during the summer months!
LOCATION: 170 Main Street, Unionville, ON | Website
Best restaurants in Markham:
- Alchemy Coffee
- Smash Kitchen & Bar
- Gal’s Sushi
- The Owl of Minerva
- Sansotei Ramen
- Good Catch Boil House
- Poke Guys
- Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill
- Honeymoon Dessert
- Old Firehall Confectionery
Markham is known for their amazing Asian food scene, but there are a lot of delicious eats from all kinds of cultures.
If you’re looking for more fun things to do in York Region, you might enjoy these posts:
- Markham dessert places
- Things to do in Markham
- Richmond Hill restaurants
- Richmond Hill dessert places
- Things to do in Richmond Hill
- Date ideas in Richmond Hill
- Instagram-worthy spots in York Region
If you’re looking for even more restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area, here are some other posts you might enjoy:
- North York restaurants
- Entertainment District restaurants
- Financial District restaurants
- Harbourfront restaurants
- Distillery District restaurants
- Chinatown restaurants
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