On the hunt for the best restaurants in the Distillery District neighbourhood of Toronto?
The Distillery District was once home to the largest whiskey distillery in the world, and now it’s an adorable, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood with amazing restaurants, art galleries, and shops.
I absolutely love coming here and exploring the neighbourhood, and the great food spots are definitely a plus.
There’s a lot of history behind the Distillery District and how it came to be, and you can do a walking tour or segway tour around the area to learn more about it!
If you’re looking for activities to do in the neighbourhood, I’ve also got a blog post all about things to do in the Distillery District.
Here are some of the best restaurants and places to eat in Toronto’s Distillery District!
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Best restaurants in the Distillery District
“Arvo” is an Australian slang term for the time between noon and evening, AKA the perfect time to grab a cup of joe.
I love the rustic vibes of this adorable café in the Distillery District, and their food options are unexpectedly fantastic for a little coffee shop.
They have a limited menu of decadent toasts, a few which are even vegan-friendly.
I tried their smoked trout toast, which was absolutely delicious – especially paired with their amazing coffee!
They even have a location in Liberty Village now.
LOCATION: 17 Gristmill Lane, Toronto, ON
Wildly Delicious is a specialty food shop with a mini restaurant in the Distillery District.
I’ve only tried their grilled cheese, but it was probably one of the best dang grilled cheeses I’ve ever tasted.
They’ve got everything from house-made sauces, to jams, to vinegars that you can shop, if you’re looking for unique Toronto stores to purchase from.
Grab some of their chimichurri steak rub, French onion & goat cheese dip, or spiced whiskey marmalade to take home!
LOCATION: 11 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON
Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie
Get a taste of modern French cuisine at Cluny Bistro, a huge restaurant with a stunning Parisian-style interior.
Go for the classic Cluny French Onion Soup or the hearty Steak Frites (choose between flat iron, tenderloin, or rib eye)!
They’ve also got a gorgeous semi-enclosed outdoor patio that’s perfect for summer evenings.
LOCATION: 35 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON
Archeo is your spot for Italian eats in the Distillery District.
Their menu highlights local and seasonal ingredients, and it’s all fantastic.
It’s also a beautiful space, and they host a lot of weddings and special events here!
LOCATION: 31 Trinity St, Toronto, ON
BOKU Japanese Eats + Drinks
If you’re in the mood for some Japanese food, stop by BOKU in the Distillery District.
Whether you’re in the mood for ramen or sushi, they’ve got a whole menu filled with delicious Japanese eats!
They also have another location at Church & Wellesley.
LOCATION: 42 Gristmill Lane, Toronto, ON
El Catrin Destileria
El Catrin serves up authentic Mexican cuisine right in Toronto’s Distillery District, and they’ve got the largest tequila and mezcal collection in Canada!
Go for some of their delicious tacos, or try some of their other authentic Mexican dishes.
Their patio is absolutely adorable, and it’s such a fun restaurant to eat at in the Distillery District.
If you’re looking for even more awesome Mexican spots, check out my post on the best Mexican restauants in Toronto!
LOCATION: 18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON
Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill
This one’s for my fellow seafood lovers.
Pure Spirits is your spot for sustainable seafood in the Distillery District, especially if you’re a fan of fresh oysters!
They even have some non-seafood options if you’re visiting with someone who prefers meat.
Don’t forget to also order dessert while you’re here – every dessert order provides a full meal to a youth in need (in partnership with Mealshare, a non-profit that aims to end youth hunger!)
LOCATION: 17 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON
Mill Street Brew Pub
If you’re in the mood for good ol’ beers and pub bites, you’ll want to pay a visit to the Mill Street Brew Pub.
They’ve got all the classic pub eats like pizza and wings, all perfect for pairing with their house-brewed beers.
Choose from 22 handcrafted beers and ales, all produced at this micro-brewery location.
They even have a nano-brewery here that produces even more unique, small-batch brews!
If you’re into craft beer, you might enjoy this post on the best craft breweries in Toronto!
LOCATION: 21 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON
Cacao 70 Eatery
Cacao 70 is a Montreal-based dessert chain that serves up everything chocolatey that you could ever want.
They’ve got locations all across Canada, with one right here in the Distillery District!
Enjoy gooey chocolate fondue or decadent chocolate shakes, all made with chocolate created at their Montreal factory.
You can even grab savoury dishes here if you’re in the mood for some brunch!
LOCATION: 28 Gristmill Lane, Toronto, ON
Greg’s Ice Cream
Okay, so Greg’s isn’t a restaurant, but I figured I’d include it anyway.
Greg’s ice cream is locally-made, and they have amazing and unique flavours like Roasted Marshmallow!
If you’re in the mood for some sweet, sweet ice cream, Greg’s is the perfect spot to visit in the Distillery District.
LOCATION: 32 Gristmill Lane, Toronto, ON
Best restaurants in the Distillery District:
- Arvo Coffee
- Wildly Delicious
- Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie
- BOKU Japanese Eats + Drinks
- El Catrin Destileria
- Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill
- Mill Street Brew Pub
- Cacao 70 Eatery
- Greg’s Ice Cream
I love visiting the Distillery District, and I especially love coming here for the food.
There are so many great restaurants in the Distillery District neighbourhood, and it’s overall just such a cute neighbourhood!
If you want to learn more about the Distillery District, you can always do a walking tour or segway tour.
Have you been to any of these Toronto Distillery District restaurants? What are the best restaurants in the Distillery District in your opinion? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!
P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on things to do in the Distillery District, or any of my other Toronto posts.
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Wednesday 31st of March 2021
These dishes look so yummy!! I love the Wildly Delicious! I want to try out the grilled cheese so badly!!
xx Sara https://thecliqueblog.com