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Best Restaurants Near Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Here are five top eateries for groups looking to grab a meal between meetings.

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is a centerpiece of the city's meetings offerings, generating $556 million in economic impact for Toronto last year alone. It offers seven exhibition halls (totaling 442,000 square feet), 77 meeting rooms (129,900 square feet), two ballrooms (78,000 square feet) and a 1,232-seat theater, as well as plenty of on-site catering and F&B options.

But in a city as packed with great culinary offerings as this, convention attendees are going to want to spend some time outside the walls of the center. We reached out to Richard Willett, MTCC's vice president of food and beverage, for some nearby favorites that attendees can consider when looking to explore the city's food scene.

5 great dining options near Metro Toronto Convention Centre  

Byblos

• 11 Duncan St., (647) 660-0909
Estimated walk from the convention center: 8 minutes

Byblos' Middle Eastern fried chicken
Byblos' Middle Eastern fried chicken Photo Credit: Yelp.com

Byblos offers traditional Eastern Mediterranean cuisine that incorporates local ingredients in presenting outstanding family-style dishes. Favorites include lamb ribs with buttermilk sauce and carob molasses, as well as Middle Eastern fried chicken, with tahini and red schug hot sauce. The restaurant also can be secured for private events for groups of up to 125 people. View the entire menu.

Volvos 

133 Richmond St. W., (416) 861-1211
Estimated walk from the convention center: 13 minutes 

volvos-lamb-shank
The braised lamb shank at Volvos Photo Credit: Yelp

Local favorite Volvos serves "modern twists on traditional Greek dishes and Greek twists on local Canadian ingredients" in a striking, welcoming space. A favorite option is the braised lamb shank, with a side of feta mash potato and swiss chard. Seafood fans won't want to miss the seafood kritharoto, packed with salmon, tiger prawns, calamari and more. Private dining rooms are available for groups of eight to 36 (or up to 130 for a full buyout). View the entire menu.

Modus Ristorante

• 145 King St., W., (416) 861-9977
Estimated walk from the convention center: 8 minutes


Modus Ristorante's fresh buffalo mozzarella
Modus Ristorante's fresh buffalo mozzarella

A favorite destination for Italian cuisine in Toronto's financial district, Modus Ristorante is an ideal destination for everything from fresh salads to hearty pasta dishes. It includes a variety of spaces for private dining, from a small room that can seat 22 to an outdoor patio that can host 150 standing. View the entire menu

Drake Mini Bar

• 150 York St., (416) 900-0992
Estimated walk from the convention center: 12 minutes


Drake Mini Bar
Drake Mini Bar

No, this dining spot has nothing to do with Drake, famous rapper and Toronto native. Rather, it's located inside the stylish Drake Hotel on York Street. Like that design-forward boutique property, the Drake Mini Bar's menu features expertly executed, Instagram-able delights from sushi to pork katsu to heirloom tomato pasta -- not to mention some outstanding signature cocktails. View the entire menu.

CRU

• 100 Yonge St., Unit 100, (416) 901-0211
Estimated walk from the convention center: 16 minutes

Toronto's CRU restaurant
Toronto's CRU restaurant

CRU is a great option for contemporary dishes, whether squash salad or friend chicken, that will appeal to any palate. But the real attraction here is the drinks, thanks to a selection of signature cocktails (and a couple expertly crafted mocktails), as well as an impressive wine list. Every day, CRU offers a different drink special during its Social Hour from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. -- ideal for attendees looking for solace after the day's convention is complete. View the entire menu.