Valentine’s Day calls for a night out on the town to try out one of Toronto’s delicious plant-based restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a classic evening with Italian fare, wine, and candles, or if you’re looking for something innovative and gastronomical, this list provides you with 10 vegan, vegetarian, or veg-friendly restaurants that will tickle you and your date’s tastebuds.
1. Planta [Yorkville/Queen]
With locations in Yorkville and Queen, Planta is an innovative and luxurious restaurant with a fully plant-based menu. Offering unique plates like coconut ceviche and avocado lime tartare with beetroot “tuna” and a delectable chocolate terrarium among other sweet treats, Valentine’s Day is sure to be as exquisite as Planta.
Queen Address: 180 Queen St. W
Yorkville Address: 1221 Bay St.
2. Live Organic Food Bar [The Annex]
Live Organic Food Bar boasts about its focus on organic whole food ingredients and their fantastic range of bowls, burgers, and raw classics like their sunshine wrap with sunflower-sesame hummus. Get adventurous this Valentine’s Day and dive into some hearty vegan eats.
Address: 264 Dupont St.
3. Rosalinda [Financial District]
Head over to Rosalinda, an upscale vegan Mexican restaurant with colorful twists on Mexican classics. Beautiful ceviche of celery, apple, young coconut and more topped with herb leche de tigre, and tostadas with pumpkin seed dip, roasted cauliflower will surely make for happy tummies for you and your date.
Address: 133 Richmond St. W
4. Fresh on Front [Waterfront]
Toronto’s classic vegan-vegetarian hotspot complete with velvet booths and pink suede stools is an underrated location for a romantic dinner date. Go-to superfood dishes are fresh and exciting and there is something for everyone at Fresh on Front.
Address: 47 Front St. E
5. Bindia Indian Bistro [Old Toronto]
Bindia Indian Bistro is a cozy, contemporary restaurant serving Indian classics with modern flair. Although Bindia offers non-vegetarian dishes as well, their vegetarian options are extensive and hearty, with scrumptious sev puri, and plenty of impressive curries to spice up your evening.
Address: 16 Market St.
6. LOV Toronto [King West]
One of Toronto’s newest plant-based restaurants incorporates a “fast fine dining” atmosphere with a gourmand menu that “serves well-being”. This Instagram-worthy dining room with pops of color, gold trim, and mod furnishings sets the scene for mouth-watering coconut curry, gnocchi with hemp basil pesto, quinoa fritters, and more.
Address: 620 King St. W, Suite 102
7. Don Alfonso [Entertainment District]
If you’re looking for something more lavish for your Valentine’s Day dinner, Don Alfonso will satisfy that in reputation and taste. Ranking 2nd on the list of top 50 Italian restaurants in the world and having been awarded one Michelin star, it is easy to see why with these gastronomical creations. Go on an adventure with your partner with the vegetarian contemporary menu.
Address: 16 Toronto St.
Terroni has three locations, located on Queen, Adelaide, and Yonge, all with a warm and welcoming Italian atmosphere. The menu includes vegetarian options such as spinach tortelloni with ricotta and pecorino, and a vegan menu with a pizza primavera without the cheese, and the finest vegetables. Terroni often serves Valentine’s Day specials, adding that special touch to your evening.
Adelaide Address: Adelaide: 57 Adelaide St. E
Queen Address: 720 Queen St. W
Yonge Address: 1095 Yonge St.
9. Queen Mother Cafe [The Junction]
Located in a significant building of the downtown core, the Queen Mother Café has been a city favorite for Thai-inspired eats and fusion additions. From fresh egg noodle stir fry, Sri Lankan vegetable curry roti, and other dishes that can be made vegetarian, to a three cheese cannelloni and healthy salads, this dinner spot is perfect if you’re looking for variety in a casual setting.
Address: 208 Queen St. W
10. Avelo [Church + Wellesley]
Avelo is a small gourmet vegan restaurant with a 22-seat dining room located in a heritage house. Vibrant food and cocktails like black rice risotto in red wine sauce, squash crema catalana, and amazing drink pairings (although their menu changes every so often) draw customers in for a fancy meal or to celebrate a significant event.
Address: 51 St. Nicholas St.
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