The Six Weirdest Restaurants in the GTA

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Are you tired of going to the same old spots week after week? Have you had the same sushi three days in a row? Well, check out these unique restaurants for a change in your routine.

Shameful Tiki Room

This Parkdale spot, which shares its name with its original location in Vancouver, is a great way to get through the last few weeks of winter. You can’t see into Shameful Tiki Room from the outside, but on the inside it’s a tropical oasis, perfect for your vacation dreams. Try their tiki themed cocktails, like the Hurricane or the Blue Hawaii, or snack on treats like pineapple fried rice or teriyaki broccoli.

The Lockhart

Are you a long time Harry Potter fan (of the books, movies, or both)? The Lockhart is the place for you. The only Harry Potter themed restaurant in the GTA, the Lockhart is a great place to check out for all your Gryffindors, Slytherins, Hufflepuffs, and Ravenclaws. Their magical cocktails include the Shacklebolt and the Lavender Brown, and their brunch menu includes the unique banana bread peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It’s also a perfect place to take any out-of-town friends who haven’t made it to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter down in Florida yet.


You might have heard of this concept before: a pitch black restaurant, so that you fully enjoy your meal without conceptions based on vision. Toronto’s version, located on Church Street, also features an entirely blind staff. Plus, you can try their surprise starters, main courses, or desserts (available in meat, vegetarian, or fish) for some extra spice. They do require a minimum of two courses, but it’s worth it for the ambiance.

Mysteriously Yours

Looking for a side of entertainment with your meal? This Gerrard Street West restaurant located at the Chelsea Hotel stages comedic theatre shows for your enjoyment alongside your three-course dinner. They are currently performing No Time To Kill, a time travel themed murder mystery. They perform at the Chelsea Hotel location from 6:45pm to 9:30pm on Saturday evenings, and guess what? It’s a buffet!


Are you a comic book nerd? This Yorkville eatery balances superhero kitsch and the uptown chic vibe you expect from Yorkville. They even theme their courses: try the tataki banh mi for your exposition starter, the vegan curry for your climax main, hot and cold popcorn for your antagonist bites, and the peanut butter and jelly sandwich for your resolution dessert.

Robo Sushi

Are you looking for something a little farther north? Robo Sushi, located in North York, is unique for its robotic servers. No, really, robots serve you your sushi. The future is now, and it brings you delicious spicy red tuna rolls and deep fried shrimp wontons. Robo Sushi is also a great place to take any kids or families in your life, because the robotic servers will distract them from causing a racket or any other mischief children can drum up.

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Written by Goldie Poll

Goldie Poll is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. She received her HBA from the University of Toronto in 2014, and her MA from the New School in 2017. She works in multimedia journalism, including in writing and video production.

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