Where to Dine at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

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Canada's busiest and largest airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), is slowly recovering from the impacts of the pandemic. As travelers begin to venture out again, they are faced with long wait times at check-in,...

Canada's busiest and largest airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), is slowly recovering from the impacts of the pandemic. As travelers begin to venture out again, they are faced with long wait times at check-in, security, and gates. Fortunately, Pearson has taken steps to enhance the dining options available to passengers, offering a diverse range of cuisines and partnering with renowned celebrity chefs.

A Culinary Journey at Pearson

Navigating Pearson can be a bit challenging, with two terminals and different security areas. Terminal 1 houses flights within Canada, flights to the United States, and international destinations, each with its separate security area. Terminal 3 is home to flights within Canada and international destinations, as well as a separate section for flights to the United States.

Despite the complexities, it's well worth the effort to seek out a satisfying meal before your flight. Here are seven standout options at YYZ:

The Dirty Bird Chicken & Waffles Express

Start your culinary adventure with The Dirty Bird Chicken & Waffles Express. This Toronto favorite offers gluten-free and halal-friendly options, such as their signature OEB (dark meat, crispy and fluffy waffle, buttered maple, and dirty sauce). If you prefer something less messy, try the OG, a handheld delight with thigh meat, pickles, and dirty aioli. Located in Terminal 1 after security, in the Canadian area near Gate D20.

Boccone Trattoria by Massimo Capra

Indulge in a taste of Italy at Boccone Trattoria by Massimo Capra. This family-friendly trattoria, opened by local celebrity chef Massimo Capra, serves up a generous menu of Italian delicacies. From signature scaccia (Sicilian folded pizza) to antipasti, salads, pastas, pizzas, paninis, and hearty mains like pan-seared pickerel and roasted porchetta, there's something for everyone. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere that makes you forget you're in an airport. Find it in Terminal 1 after security, in the Canadian area near Gate D41.

Dishes at the Hearth Dishes at the Hearth. Photo by Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

The Hearth by Lynn Crawford

Led by celebrity chef Lynn Crawford, The Hearth is centered around a large hearth where staff masterfully crafts signature flatbreads with mouthwatering toppings. Indulge in Canadian comfort classics like Montreal-style poutine, Fogo Island fish and chips, or old-school spaghetti and meatballs. Located in Terminal 1 after security, in the American area near Gate F60.

Caplansky's Deli

For a taste of Jewish soul food, head to Caplansky's Deli. Chef Zane Caplansky takes pride in serving up hearty dishes like the high-rise challah French toast, brisket sandwiches, knish pockets, and matzo ball soup. So, get ready to satisfy your cravings and enjoy a true deli experience. Find it in Terminal 3 after security, in the Canadian/international area near Gate B39.

Cluny Grill

Visit Cluny Grill, the casual sister outpost of the original Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie in Toronto's Distillery District. Indulge in gourmet-ish versions of dirty dogs and poutines, topped with bacon lardons, smoked cheddar, sour cream, scallions, or beef brisket and crispy chicharrones. Experience a delicious twist on traditional Quebecois classics. Located in Terminal 3 after security, in the American area near Gate A10.

Lee Kitchen by Susur Lee

If you prefer shared snacks, make a stop at Lee Kitchen by Susur Lee. This airport offshoot of celebrity chef Susur Lee's original restaurant offers a fusion of Asian and French cuisines. From the famous cheeseburger spring rolls to strip steak with teriyaki sauce and all-day dim sum, you're sure to find a culinary delight. Located in Terminal 1 after security, in the international area near Gate E73/F73.

Vinifera

For wine enthusiasts, Vinifera is the place to be. With nearly 100 wines and 20 craft beers to choose from, you can pair your favorite beverage with a variety of mains and handhelds, including flatbreads, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and quesadillas. Indulge in engaging flavor combinations like the masala rose pasta or go for the classic lemon rosemary chicken panini. Located in Terminal 3 after security, in the Canadian/international area near Gate C32.

Bolding denotes additional recommended dining options beyond the above highlights.

Terminal 1 Dining Guide

Before security

  • Booster Juice: Canadian juice and smoothie chain offering liquid meals. (Level 2 parking and Link Train)
  • Starbucks: Multinational coffee corporation. (Level 1 arrivals and Level 3 check-in)
  • Subway: American sandwich chain. (Level 2 mezzanine)
  • Tim Hortons: Iconic Canadian doughnut chain. (Level 1 arrivals)

After security (flights within Canada)

  • A&W: Burger chain known for its root beer. (Gate D37)
  • Bar 120: Cuisine transformed: Molecular gastronomy by chef John Placko. (Gate D20)
  • Bento Sushi: Sushi chain. (Gate D22)
  • Boccone Trattoria by Massimo Capra: Rustic Italian fare by celebrity chef Massimo Capra. (Gate D41)
  • Camden Food Company: Organic and fair-trade fare. (Gate D31)
  • Farmer's Market: Grab-and-go fare. (Gate D4)
  • Mill Street Brewery Pub: Pub featuring locally brewed suds. (Gate D20)
  • Starbucks: Coffee and pastries. (Gates D42, D20)
  • Thai Express: Quick-service eatery offering Thai creations. (Gate D45)
  • The Dirty Bird Chicken & Waffles Express: Toronto joint serving delicious chicken and waffles. (Gate D20)
  • Tim Hortons: Canadian doughnut chain. (Gate D42)
  • Twist by Roger Mooking: International dishes with bold flavors. (Gate D36)

Wine and charcuterie flight at Boccone Wine and charcuterie flight at Boccone. Photo by Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

After security (flights to the U.S.)

  • Booster Juice: Caloric smoothies and bowls. (Gate F57)
  • Apropos: Airport bar with cocktails and small bites. (Gate F62/F65)
  • Cibo Express Gourmet Market: Sandwiches and drinks. (Gate F61)
  • Starbucks: Coffee and pastries. (Gate F60)
  • The Burger Federation: Burger-focused eatery. (Gate F87)
  • The Hearth by Lynn Crawford: Last freestanding restaurant by celebrity chef Lynn Crawford. (Gate F60)
  • Tim Hortons: Doughnuts and coffee. (Gate F66)
  • Upper Crust: Pizza, baguettes, sandwiches, and pastries. (Gate F57)
  • Wahlburgers: Burger chain backed by Mark Wahlberg. (Gate F67)

After security (international flights)

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