8 restaurants in Toronto where celebrities have been spotted

Drake, Shawn Mendes, DJ Khaled, and Sir Elton John are just some of the celebrities that frequent Toronto’s restaurants. They’ve been spotted out at local restaurants, cafes, and bars, and aren’t shy when it comes to talking about their favorite eats in the city. Why not check some of them out?

Here’s our roundup of celebrity-approved restaurants in and around Toronto.

Impact Kitchen

This health-centric local chain is loved by locals for its gluten-free, minimally-processed cuisine, and that includes Shawn Mendes. The star was recently spotted having breakfast at Impact Kitchen with celebrity music director Director X. The director even posted a video of the two of them at their table on his Instagram story.

Where: See locations

Sotto Sotto

Most might recognize Sotto Sotto as being one of Drake’s favorite Toronto restaurants, with him even going as far as to mention it in a song on his 2013 album Nothing Was The Same. But, he’s far from the only star to frequent this upscale trattoria. Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary was devastated when the restaurant burned down in 2014 – do not worry, it has since been rebuilt.

Jennifer Garner and Ricky Gervais once dined at Sotto Sotto too, reports CTV News. And according to The Daily Beast, so did Brad Pitt, Oprah, Liam Neeson, and Robin Williams, along with the many other stars on the restaurant’s photo wall.

Where: 120 Avenue Rd

Ramen Isshin

The staff at Ramen Isshin on College St were in for a pleasant surprise when Toronto Raptor Yuta Watanabe strolled in for a meal. A group photo of the employees with Watanabe was posted to the restaurant’s social media back in October 2021.

Where: See locations

The Senator

This 1940s-inspired diner near Dundas Square is a fave of Sir Elton John’s, which he says has the “best burger in the world.” He and his Canadian filmmaker husband David Furnish frequently stop by when they visit his hometown of Toronto.

Where: 249 Victoria St

The Real Jerk

Not only is this east-end Caribbean eatery and bar a favorite among celebs, but it was also the backdrop of the music video for Rihanna and Drake’s song “Work.” It’s also loved by athletes including the Toronto Raptors players and NBA icon Steph Curry, who apparently brought his whole family to dine there a few years ago.

Where: 842 Gerrard St East

Ozzy’s Burgers

Aquaman himself was spotted at this gourmet burger joint in Kensington Market in October 2021. The owner posted a photo and video of Jason Momoa digging into his burger, which the star clearly enjoyed.

Where: See locations

Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen

Celebs love the good vibes and food at Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen, a vibrant eatery and tropical cocktail bar just off of King St West. DJ Khaled gave the restaurant a shoutout on Instagram in January 2020, saying that he loves energy and the food. It’s also where Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello were spotted packing on the PDA between bites of their food back in 2019.

Where: 104 Portland St

Joso’s

This upscale seafood restaurant on Davenport is a popular one among stars (especially famous musicians) including Drake and Mariah Carey. The restaurant has a rich history and an elaborate timeline is posted on its website.

The website says that back in the 70s when the restaurant was still a cafe, the original owner would perform for visiting international artists like Liberace, Nana Mouskouri, Harry Belafonte, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Jose Feliciano, and Joni Mitchell.

Where: 202 Davenport Rd

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