The best 24-hour restaurants in Toronto

The best 24-hour restaurants in Toronto will satisfy the cravings you have at any time of day or night. Whether you’ve got a hankering for pho at 3 a.m. or eggs Benedict at 6 a.m., these places are here for you.

These are the best 24-hour restaurants in Toronto:

  1. Lakeview Restaurant

Lakeview is one of Toronto’s oldest and most venerated 24-hour diners. When I tell people I’m going there for a meal during the day, the most popular responses are that they haven’t been there before midnight or not when near blackout drunk.

The place owes much of its popularity, lines stretching out the door on late weekend nights, to its location near the intersection of popular bar streets Ossington and Dundas as well as hotspot central park Trinity Bellwoods. That, and daily $4 pints, $14 pitchers, $3 mimosas and $4 caesars.

2.  7 West

7 West Cafe serves all-day breakfast and pub food 24/7, 365 days a year. They’ve been doing so for around 30 years in a unique three-level brick walk-up space. The first floor is the only one fully open 24/7. The hours for the rest of the space are still impressive, the second floor opening at 3 p.m. and closing at 4 a.m. The third floor is only open for dinner service Monday through Thursday, but operates from morning until last call (about 11 a.m. – 4 a.m.) on Friday and Saturday. Antipasto platters ($20.95) fan out thick slices of tomato and cucumber piled with red onion, Kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes and soft bocconcini, furls of prosciutto lining the edges of the plate.

3. Owl of Minerva (Younge St.)

Owl of Minerva has multiple locations in Toronto including this one on Yonge Street. Although it’s on the menu of every other restaurant on this list, when I specifically crave gamja tang I always instinctively think of the Owl. Why? Because there’s pork bone soup, and then there’s pork bone soup at 3 a.m after a heady night on the town. It’s the same, but better, and it tends to create a bias. Places that are open 24-hours a day tend to attract loyal followings and the Owl is no different.

4. Zet’s Restaurant

Zet’s Restaurant might be pushing the city limits but it’s worth it if you find yourself starving and out by the airport. Huge, and I mean huge portions (could be enough for two!) of Greek food as well as burgers, breakfasts and chicken dinners are dished up lightening fast in this joint, decorated in Canada3000 memorabilia.

5. Fran’s Restaurant 

It’s 3:00am as I slip through the retro-flashy front entrance of the legendary Fran’s Restaurant on College St. At this hour, it’s one of the only places left where you can be arriving to find that not only is the kitchen open, things are just beginning to rock.

6. Commisso Brothers 

Commisso Brothers & Racco Italian Bakery is a Castlefield Design District stalwart, offering everything from Italian groceries to fresh baked bread to veal sandwiches, available 24 hours a day.

Home to a famous Italian hot table, the Commisso family has been operating this spacious corner store since 1964, in partnership with the now deceased Giuseppe Racco.


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