Celebrating Toronto’s Six Oldest Restaurants

Toronto is a vibrant and diverse city with a rich culinary tapestry that reflects its historical roots. And now, the world is taking notice…in 2022, we were awarded our first 14 Michelin Stars. But today, let’s celebrate the legends — the timeless eateries that have stood tall through the years. This summer, don’t miss the chance to embark on a mouth-watering adventure to discover the six oldest, still-running restaurants in Toronto. These culinary gems have stories as rich as their flavours, and they’ve been delighting the taste buds of Torontonians for generations. Get ready for a feast like no other.


  1. The Senator (1860):

Nestled in the heart of downtown Toronto, The Senator holds the distinction of being the city’s oldest restaurant. Step through its doors and be transported to a bygone era as charming Art Deco decor merges with warm hospitality. From classic comfort food like eggs benedict to hearty meatloaf sandwiches, The Senator tantalizes with a menu that pays homage to tradition.



  1. United Bakers (1912):

Since 1912, United Bakers has been a cherished fixture in Toronto’s culinary landscape. This Jewish dairy restaurant on Lawrence Avenue (near Bathurst) offers a menu filled with comforting classics including pea soup, knishes, and delicious pastries. From the moment you step inside, the warm ambiance and friendly service create an inviting atmosphere reminiscent of family gatherings. United Bakers is more than a restaurant; it’s a testament to Toronto’s diverse cultural heritage.



  1. Len Duckworth Fish and Chips (1929):

For over nine decades, Len Duckworth Fish and Chips has been a go-to spot for seafood lovers in Toronto. Since 1929, this iconic restaurant on Queen Street East has been serving up crispy golden fish and perfectly fried chips, capturing the essence of traditional British fish and chips. With its no-frills approach and commitment to quality, Len Duckworth Fish and Chips offers a taste of nostalgia and a true comfort food experience.



  1. Avenue Road Diner (1944):

With its retro charm and timeless appeal, Avenue Road Diner has been a cherished neighbourhood spot since 1944. This classic diner, located on Avenue Road, captures the essence of a bygone era with its cozy booths, checkered floors, and friendly service. Serving up all-day breakfast, juicy burgers, and hearty milkshakes, Avenue Road Diner offers comfort food favourites that have stood the test of time.



  1. Barberian’s Steak House (1959):

A carnivore’s paradise, Barberian’s Steak House has been tantalizing meat lovers since 1959. With its rich history and timeless charm, this family-run institution on Elm Street is renowned for its mouth-watering steaks, enviable wine cellar, and impeccable service. From perfectly aged prime rib to succulent filet mignon, every dish at Barberian’s is a testament to their commitment to quality and culinary excellence.



  1. Korean Village Restaurant (1964):

Since 1964, Korean Village Restaurant has been a beloved establishment in Toronto, introducing locals to the vibrant and flavourful world of Korean cuisine. Located in the heart of our city’s bustling Korea Town, this restaurant offers an array of authentic dishes, including sizzling barbecue, savory bibimbap, and spicy kimchi. The warm and inviting atmosphere, coupled with the tantalizing aromas, make dining at Korean Village a memorable and cultural experience.