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8 Tip-Free Restaurants in Toronto

8 Tip-Free Restaurants in Toronto

On the hunt for the best tip-free restaurants in Toronto to visit?

You’ve probably been hearing all about “tip fatigue” lately, and if we’re being honest, tipping culture in Toronto has kinda gotten out of control.

To me, it makes sense to tip when being waited on at restaurants, and most particularly for good service.

I kinda understand tipping at coffee shops, though it is kinda wild that coffee ends up being around $10 when you factor in the already-high prices, the exorbitant fees for non-dairy milks, tax, and then tip.

However, there are plenty of situations where tipping is totally unnecessary, and I’m sure you’ve experienced them.

It’s a tough situation on all sides: employees aren’t being paid enough to live in an insanely expensive city like Toronto, customers are frustrated with having to foot another 20% on top of already sky-high prices from inflation, and employers are dealing with rising costs of everything involved in running a business.

I’m just an amateur netizen who only knows what I know, so I really don’t know what the solution is.

If you’re frustrated with tipping culture, here are some of the best tip-free restaurants to dine at in Toronto.

Tipping is discouraged at all of these spots, and employees are actually paid a fair wage!

There’s actually a directory called the Ontario Living Wage Network, where you can see all the employers paying their staff a living wage.

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Tip-free restaurants in Toronto

Bampot Bohemian House Of Tea And Board Games

Bampot is a cute and cozy teahouse and board game café located in Harbord Village.

You pay hourly to use the space, which is $12 for the first 2 hours and $6 for every additional hour, and the price includes unlimited tea and coffee!

While they’re not a full-on restaurant, they do have some delicious food options, like their Bampot McEggplant, Pear & Brie Sammich, and Mushroom Toast.

Most items on their menu are also vegan and gluten-free, which is great for my friends with dietary restrictions.

Their staff gets paid a living wage of $25 an hour plus benefits, and they’ve completely eliminated tips.

LOCATION: 201 Harbord St, Toronto, ON

Sarang Kitchen

Eat good and support good at this amazing and inclusive social enterprise restaurant near Dufferin Station that also operates on a no-tipping basis.

Sarang Kitchen offers up delicious and crispy Korean fried chicken (it’s halal!) alongside fusion Korean dishes like their Mayo Corn Cheese and Bulgogi Chorrillana.

Of course, they’ve also got a selection of local and imported beers, soju, and soju cocktails to enjoy alongside your KFC.

Best of all, they employ neurodiverse staff who are on the spectrum or have learning disabilities, to give them job opportunities and raise awareness about neurodiversity!

Another awesome thing they have is a multi-sensory room, which is a safe space for their staff or dining guests.

Sarang is co-owned by an autism specialist and a chef, who met and fell in love in New Zealand, and decided to open a restaurant in Toronto!

LOCATION: 1056 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON

Emma’s Country Kitchen

Emma’s is a beloved Toronto brunch spot serving up some of the best pancakes in the city.

A lot of their ingredients are prepared in-house, from their freshly-baked biscuits to their house-cured meats.

If you’re visiting with a group, definitely order the Pancake Party Pack – it features 4 sides of Emma’s signature pancakes, including Cinnamon Bun, Gingerbread, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, and Buttermilk!

Emma’s also pays their staff a living wage, and so while they do accept tips if you wish to tip, their staff don’t rely on tips to supplement their income.

Emma’s Country Kitchen is a Certified Living Wage Employer on the Ontario Living Wage Network.

LOCATION: 810 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON

Beast Pizza

If you’re craving some pizza, hit up Beast Pizza in the King West neighbourhood.

They serve up upscale and fusion pizzas, with unique options like their Aloo Gobi, Tongue & Bacon, and Beef Heart Tartare Pizza.

They’ve also got delicious appetizers like their Kimchi Olives and their Cheesy Garlic Bone Marrow with Rosemary & Sea Salt Bread.

They pay all of their employees a living wage, and all staff gets paid an equal amount!

Beast Pizza is a Certified Living Wage Employer on the Ontario Living Wage Network.

LOCATION: 96 Tecumseth St, Toronto, ON

Barque Smokehouse

A staple in Roncesvalles for over a decade, Barque serves up some of the best BBQ in Toronto.

While they don’t have a huge menu of BBQ options, their BBQ is amaze.

If you’re looking to try multiple dishes, they’ve got a Sampler for Two where you can choose your options, or a set Meet Meat Platter which serves four.

You’ll also find fun and unique starters and sides like their Smoked Duck Tacos, Fried Okra Chips, and House-Made Pickled Platter.

If you’re looking for plant-based or pescatarian options, you can order their Beyond Meat Kebab or their Smoked Branzino!

They operate as a full-wage restaurant, and they add an automatic 18% gratuity to your bill rather than asking for tips.

Barque Smokehouse is a Certified Living Wage Employer on the Ontario Living Wage Network.

LOCATION: 299 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON

Then and Now Restaurant

This Parkdale restaurant serves up elevated Asian fusion cuisine, with unique dishes like their Ricotta Dumplings and Sous Vide Grilled Octopus.

They also serve up fantastic cocktails, perfect for pairing with your meal.

Then and Now pays a livable wage to their employees, so tipping isn’t required!

LOCATION: 1316 Queen St W, Toronto, ON

Richmond Station

Richmond Station is a super nice fine dining restaurant in the Financial District, and they serve up incredible Canadian-inspired dishes.

They offer a $125 tasting menu that changes up bi-weekly, and it features dishes made using local and seasonal ingredients.

Beverage pairings are also available for an additional $79 per person.

If you’re not in the mood for a tasting menu, they’ve also got plenty of a-la-carte options you can order instead.

They can also accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dietary restrictions with their Chef’s Menu, which is really nice for my friends with dietary restrictions.

All of Richmond Station’s menu prices include cost of service, so tips are totally discouraged!

LOCATION: 1 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON

Edulis Restaurant

Edulis is another amazing fine dining restaurant in Toronto, and they actually earned one Michelin Star on the 2022 Toronto Michelin Guide, which is really cool!

This King West restaurant is owned by a husband-and-wife team, and they put a heavy focus on seasonal ingredients for their Mediterranean-inspired set menu.

Seafood, vegetables, and seasonal ingredients are the highlights of their multi-course menus, which are $85 per person for lunch or $185 per person for dinner.

They work closely with farmers, fishers, foragers, and suppliers to source the best ingredients, which is amazing!

They also operate on a no-tipping basis, and reservations must be prepaid in advance.

LOCATION: 169 Niagara St, Toronto, ON

Tip-free restaurants in Toronto:

  1. Bampot Bohemian House Of Tea And Board Games
  2. Sarang Kitchen
  3. Emma’s Country Kitchen
  4. Beast Pizza
  5. Barque Smokehouse
  6. Then and Now Restaurant
  7. Richmond Station
  8. Edulis Restaurant

These were some of the best tip-free restaurants to check out in Toronto!

Some don’t accept tips at all, some do accept tips if you wish to tip, and some add a service charge to your bill.

Have you been to any of these tip-free restaurants in Toronto? What are your thoughts on tipping culture in Toronto? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

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