If you’re a Torontonian, you know our city has some of the best restaurants around. But the culinary marvel doesn’t stop at the Toronto borderline. Just a short road trip away, you’ll find unique, delectable spots outside the GTA. Each of these restaurants has their own specialties, all made with the finest, locally sourced ingredients. From a creekside eatery in Ancaster, to a Queen West-inspired spot in Wellington, these restaurants are worth getting outside the city for.
1. Ravine Vineyard, St.David’s
Ravine Vineyard is a family-run Niagara-on-the-Lake farm with a winery, tasting bar and restaurant. The charming farmhouse-style restaurant has views of the gorgeous winery you can look out at while you enjoy your meal. Serving up plates made with fresh-from-the-farm ingredients, anything not available on site is sourced from local farmers. Enjoy rustic dishes such as the house smoked ribs or marinated Humboldt squid, and pair it with one of their exquisite wines. And don’t skip out on their housemade charcuterie, one of the best you’ll ever have.
2. Ancaster Mill, Ancaster
A beautiful creekside eatery in a restored mill, Ancaster’s fine-dining destination boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and gorgeous tablescapes for one of the most delicious meals you’ll ever indulge in. Their vegetables are freshly picked and they serve their own organic harvest cultivated from 97-acres of Flamborough farmland. Enjoy farm-to-table entrees such as the Perth farm grilled pork chop, chitarra pasta, craft cut beef and grilled wild halibut.
3. Quatrefoil, Dundas
If you’re up for a fine dining experience, head to Quatrefoil in Dundas, Ontario, an upscale restaurant offering modern French fare and fine wines. Chefs Fraser McFarlane and Georgina Metropoulos use local ingredients for their dishes and have created a refined atmosphere perfect for anything from special occasions to a relaxed dinner date. Choose from plates like rose veal tartare, Quebec duck breast, and spring salmon with dill, herring roe and smoke crème fraiche.
4. Drake Devonshire, Wellington
One of Prince Edward County’s most popular destinations, the Drake Devonshire is a hotel and restaurant that provides Toronto’s Queen West vibes outside the GTA. Their menu evolves with the seasons and is created entirely from scratch using the best local ingredients. The summer menu includes appetizers like crab cakes and oysters, and entrees including the Drake burger, pickerel, and lamb ribs. Finish your meal off with a mouthwatering dessert such as Drake churned ice cream or a salted caramel sundae.
5. The Red Rabbit, Stratford
The Red Rabbit is one of downtown Stratford’s must-visits and the perfect distance for a day-trip from Toronto. It’s a worker-owned and run restaurant with a communal vibe and a menu filled with shareable, seasonal and bistro-style plates. Think: Curried cauliflower tacos, a soy and veggie mushroom burger, seared octopus and four cheese macaroni and cheese. Make sure to check their menu timelines that range from Brunch, to Pre-FixePre-Theatre to After7.
The next time you need a change from the Toronto culinary scene, check out these restaurants just outside the GTA!