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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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Buca

Recommended by: Stephanie Mark (The Coveteur)

Outstanding house-cured meats and exotic pizza and pasta make Buca one of the hottest spots for contemporary Italian food in Toronto. Tucked away in an alleyway, the brick-walled restaurant transports you to a rustic town in Italy for the duration of your meal. Gutsy Executive Chef Rob Gentile is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes [...]

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Fresh

Recommended by: Meghan Markle (Actress)

Every city needs its healthy, vegetarian fast slow food chain, and Toronto has Fresh. With various locations around the city, the green-eats restaurant is praised for its made-to-order juices, bowls and salads, as well as its wraps and burgers. www.freshrestaurants.ca

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Oyster Boy

Recommended by: Jonathan Waxman (Chef/Restaurateur)

Fresh seafood that won’t burn a hole in your wallet is hard to come by, but not at Oyster Boy, a cozy cabin-like gem that houses one of the best and most unpretentious raw bars in Toronto. Knowledgeable staff walk guests through a carefully curated oyster list featuring various platters, all of which are served [...]