The food scene in Kingston has always been plentiful, but now they’re starting to get even more buzz for it. Because of the various diverse communities and cultures, you get to taste the best of anywhere in the city.
Listed below are just some of the city’s restaurants that stand out on flavour and innovation.
Keeping it classy as always, the Grizzly Grill is an awesome place for an upscale dinner that won’t break your bank. Order from their vast menu of flavourful favourites including the enright ribeye, which comes with juniper fries, double smoked bacon & parmesan brussel sprout skillet and a rosemary & horseradish aioli. Make it a late night with some games of pool and then hit the dancefloor once the music starts pumping.
You will want to book a reservation in advance to save a table at this hot spot in Kingston. Serving up authentic Italian food including pastas, salads and fresh breads. Whether you want something ‘sea-foody’ like the Seafood Linguine (includes shrimp, mussels, clams, scallops and squid with spicy tomato, olive and caper sauce) or something else like Spaghetti aglio olio or Chicken al Mattone, you will be sure to find something that turns up your taste buds.
Known to Kingstonians as having the best burger in town, Harper’s Burger Bar will not disappoint! You won’t have a hard time finding something with several burger options including fish, chicken, vegan and vegetarian options, as well as a “build your own” option. We recommend trying their “Pig In The Orchard” burger, topped with swiss, apple slices, arugula, bacon jam and garlic-rosemary mayo.
A casual vibe with a fine dining palate. Go Italian, located on the west end of Kingston, offers a truly delicious Italian eating experience. Their signature dishes include chicken marsala, Primavera, cheese tortellini and seafood portofino. If you really enjoyed your meal, order a “take-and-bake” to bring home and share with your family (or eat it all yourself!).
A hop, skip and a jump away from the St. Lawrence River, Dianne’s Fish Shack is all about serving up fresh seafood. Famous for their undeniably delicious fish tacos and fish cakes, Dianne’s will blow you out of the water when you try their seafood poutine (made with fries, coconut green curry, shrimp, haddock, calamari, mussels and queso fresco).
This top-pick for locals originated as a delightful bakery called Bread and Butter, and gained such a strong customer base that they opened up a brunch restaurant beside the bakery and named it Toast and Jam! This spot has an large, open rustic dining area that is filled with light and laughter from the regular customers. Order yourself a big breakfast such as “Jordan’s Breakfast” (includes 3 eggs, 2 slices of bacon, 1 apple sage sausage, peameal bacon, roasted tomatoes and a buttermilk biscuit), or dare to try a fresh Italian Pizza (includes tomato sauce, mozzarella, pancetta, fresh sliced tomatoes and olives and topped with fresh greens).
If you are a pizza lover, you may think you’ve tried it all. We can assure you, you haven’t tried it all until you have had a Woodenheads pizza. Located in downtown Kingston, Woodenheads uses unique ingredient pairings to create unforgettable pizzas.
Keep your eyes peeled as you walk down Princess Street in downtown Kingston for this beautiful little secret! This cozy little restaurant has become well known around town as the freshest sushi in YGK. Pick up a meal or sit in and watch as the talented chefs prepare your order in front of you. We recommend their spicy salmon roll and california rolls if you are looking for a life changing eating experience.
A vacation spot for your tastebuds! Sally’s Roti Shop is a super casual eatery where you can stuff your face with delicious Rotis. Expect traditional home-style cooking.
It’s known as “The Best Damn Poutine in Kingston.” Ask anyone who has ever had a night out in Kingston and they will tell you how they ended up at Bubba’s at least once. They’re known for their poutine, it’s what they do and they do it oh so well. It’s the kind of poutine that doesn’t try too hard but still taste unreal. With two locations downtown, it’s the ultimate spot for both locals and visitors.
Part Iberian cuisine, part Brazillian, but never short on flavour! Iberian cuisine can sometimes be overlooked by major ethnic foods like Asian and Italian but there
Fresh, soft, and chewy doughnuts are the star of the show and are available all day everyday! That’s right, they have warm freshed donuts available anytime of the day.
For any Greek food lover, we suggest coming here. The food is completely authentic and big on flavour. Your tastebuds will for sure enjoy Grecos. Now don’t start breaking plates while you’re dining here. 😉
Unreal Austrian and German food prepared from scratch! We suggest you try the platter for two which includes a pork chop, Schnitzel, plus more favourites!
Know as Kingston’s favourite destination for food lovers, Chez Piggy is a staple! “The Pig,” has been part of Kingston since 1979 and has kept up with the food trends with their creative vibrant menu. We recommend the Crispy Jackfruit Cakes & Saffron Sauce.
Bonus: Kingston Food Tour
If in the end you STILL can’t decide, try out a Kingston Food Tour! Learn about the culture and heritage of Kingston while sampling some of the local food
Explore more places to eat and drink in Kingston here.