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The Best Restaurants in Sudbury: Can’t-Miss Food Stops in Ontario’s Near North

These Sudbury restaurants offer up an amazing selection of mouthwatering food. Whether you’re looking for home cooking or fine dining, here are the best restaurants in Sudbury, Ontario.

Best restaurants in Sudbury, Ontario

Sudbury, Ontario is the largest city in Northern Ontario, and the gateway to the province’s wild northern landscapes. While this city has no doubt had a rough history, those who take the time to visit this bustling industrial city will be amazed at the incredible variety of things to do in Sudbury.

This is a city that has found its wings and embraced the eye-popping natural landscapes that surround it, and the unique urban culture that runs through it. Another thing that Sudbury has in spades is mouthwatering food.

If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Sudbury, you’ve come to the right place. Because eating my way through this city has been one of the best experiences of my life!

Looking for where to eat in Sudbury doesn’t take a lot of effort. There are awesome diners, cafes, pubs, and culinary experiences scattered throughout this booming town. But, if you’re looking for something truly unique and memorable, let me help you out.

Each year, restaurants in Sudbury welcome more and more culinary experts from across the province and around the world. Each one brings a new twist to classic flavours and modern delicacies. Every year, the offerings of Sudbury restaurants become more and more reflective of the many people and their cultures who have made Sudbury their home.

Throughout the Sudbury food scene, you’ll find everything from Canadian-ethnic fusion and traditional BBQ. You’ll also find a plethora of organic and local tastes, including farm-to-table cuisine. Sudbury even happens to offer one of the best selections of vegan cuisine anywhere in Northern Ontario, too.

Amazing Sudbury Restaurants That You Shouldn’t Miss

Boy standing in front of a huge mural in Sudbury
Canada’s largest mural near Bells Park in Sudbury – Photo credit: Kevin Wagar

Let’s get down to the best restaurants in Sudbury, Ontario. Be prepared, because the wide range of culinary delights in Sudbury means that these dining establishments run the gamut from high-end cuisine to creative fusion and beyond.

You’ll find everything from classic barbecue and fish joints to some of the best fine dining in Ontario. There are Sudbury restaurants to fit nearly every taste and price range.

Whether you’re a local looking to explore your hometown, taking a break from exploring the incredible things to do in Sudbury, or if you’re a visitor making your way north to Sault Ste Marie, Manitoulin Island, or Thunder Bay, make sure to stop and enjoy these Sudbury restaurants.

Gloria’s Restaurant

French toast wrapped in crepe from Gloria's Restaurant in Sudbury
French Toast Wrap from Gloria’s Restaurant – Photo credit: Kevin Wagar

While Gloria’s Restaurant serves up food for lunch and dinner, its claim to fame is that it’s one of the best breakfast spots in Sudbury. This isn’t a place that you want to visit if you’re counting your calories. Gloria’s serves up rich favourites such as pancakes, crepes, and steak and eggs in epic portions.

If you’re brave, tackle the French Toast Wrap, which consists of an order of french toast wrapped in a crepe. This is all smothered in a layer of fresh fruit and whipped cream. It’s happiness on a plate, and I’m not even embarrassed that I didn’t finish it.


Serving up fine fusion cuisine, Ripe Restaurant on Regent St. is one of the best restaurants in Sudbury for those looking for creative comfort fusion dishes. Their maple bacon pasta is absolutely mouthwatering, and it’s something you need to taste at least once (if it doesn’t keep you coming back again and again). I recommend starting with an order of their chevre salad.

The staff at Ripe are excellent, friendly, and prompt. The first-come-first-serve seating means that arriving early can help you secure a seat at this popular dining spot. The patio offers a great setting outside, but sitting next to their open-air kitchen indoors means you get a show with your meal.

Cara’s Famous Deli

A boy eating a large sandwich from Cara's Deli in Sudbury, Ontario
The Paul Bunyan sandwich from Cara’s Deli – Photo credit: Kevin Wagar

I’ve never met Cara, but I am confident that no one ever taught her about portion control.

This store and deli serve up sandwiches of the most epic proportions. Each one is created on-site from fresh ingredients.

While you can enjoy breakfasts, pastas and salads, it’s the jaw-dislocating Paul Bunyan sandwich that is this Sudbury restaurant’s claim to fame.

This sandwich jams together ham, turkey, roast beef, pastrami, capicolla, and salami topped with lettuce, onions, and cheese, served up on a fresh paniotti bun. You can find their complete menu here.

The Kouzzina

The Kouzzina is a veritable Sudbury institution. Serving up an incredible range of Mediterranean classics, this Sudbury restaurant has established itself as one of the best restaurants in the city. And, if you can get a reservation, you should make sure that you don’t leave town before trying it out.

This family-owned business located on LaSalle Blvd near the New Sudbury Centre serves up a delicious selection of Mediterranean cuisine with a contemporary Canadian twist. Amongst servings of phyllo-baked Brie and delicious bruschetta, you’ll find tasty bison burgers and Filet Mignon.

The patio at The Kouzzina restaurant is one of the most popular places to be in the summer, so arrive early to secure your table.

M.I.C. Canadian Eatery

Gravy covered steak with a Canadian flag
Gravy covered steak from M.I.C. Canadian Eatery – Photo credit: Kevin Wagar

Canadiana is abound at M.I.C. Canadian Eatery in Sudbury. You won’t be surprised at the dishes on hand. Smoked meat sandwiches, poutine, bbq burgers, and chili-topped steaks are all on the menu.

As you walk the floor, you’ll be greeted at every corner with smiling photos from Canadian celebrities, both new and old.

Don’t forget to wash down your meal with some classic Canadian rye whisky. Canadian Club and Crown Royal abide here. You won’t find Jack’s, so don’t even bother asking for it. It’s a perfect way to wind down the night while listening to some of the many live bands that fill the venue night after night.

Respect Is Burning Kitchen and Bar

This downtown hotspot has quickly exploded to become one of the best restaurants in Sudbury.

Known for its creative dishes and friendly, welcoming service, Respect Is Burning is one of the greatest places to eat in Sudbury for those looking for Italian comfort foods that offer just enough of a twist to spark the imagination.

Enjoy the cheesy Ciao Zia, which combines mozzarella, Tuscan salami, green olives, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts into a hearty dish that will put a smile on your face. Pair it with your favourite white wine and end the night with a Nutella Pizza Fritta.

Pinchman’s Cafe and Artisan Bakery

A butter tart held in front of a lake in Sudbury
Butter tart from Pinchman’s Bakery – Photo credit: Kevin Wagar

With a motto like “Handmade with an extra pinch of love”, Pinchman’s Cafe has a reputation for putting their heart into their food. This Sudbury cafe is run by the same owners as Ripe, so they know a thing or two about catering to the needs of the local community.

Their bakery serves up delicious pastries, muffins, scones, and more rustic French cuisine. It blends these recipes with local and seasonal ingredients to craft some of the best treats in the city.

Whether you’re looking for savoury crepes, classic butter tarts, or rich and aromatic coffee, Pinchman’s is the place to be.

Tommy’s Not Here

What began as a quiet basement restaurant welcoming a few locals with great food and drink has become one of Sudbury’s best restaurants.

Tommy’s Not Here, which is located near the corner of Regent St. and Long Lake Rd., has one of the most epic wine menus in Sudbury. And that selection is all about quality that matches this restaurant’s exhaustive approach to delivering masterful food matched with excellent service.

Try out the crepe escargot and the duck and cranberry penne for a real taste sensation!

Tucos Taco Lounge

Vegan tacos from Tucos Tacos in Sudbury, Ontario
Vegan tacos from Tucos Tacos – Photo credit: Kevin Wagar

For those looking for vegan restaurants in Sudbury, Tucos Tacos is where it’s at. In fact, you don’t need to be vegan to enjoy this classic Mexican taqueria. And if aren’t in the mood for Mexican, you can also try out the Tucos Food Truck, which serves up scrumptious Beyond Meat burgers, chili poutine, and more.

The Tucos Tacos Beyond Meat nachos are, no word of a lie, some of the best nachos I’ve ever had anywhere. For those carnitas-lovers out there, you’d never know this was a vegan dish. And you can wash it all down with a great selection of local craft beers as well.


“Sacrilege!” is what I screamed when I learned about Flurples vegan ice cream in Sudbury. But oh, how wrong I was.

This vegan creamery, located right across from Tucos Tacos, offers some of the best ice cream in the city. Whether you’re looking for soft serve or creative sundaes, you can’t go wrong.

The adorable polka dot exterior makes this popular walk-up ice cream shop as fun to look at as it is to eat from. And the great selection of colourful and delicious ice creams will add to that smile on your face.

Note that Flurples is open seasonally, in the warmer months of the year. It’s usually open from mid-May to mid-September.

Peppi Panini

Meatball sandwich from Pepi Pannini in Sudbury
Meatball sandwich from Pepi Pannini – Photo credit: Kevin Wagar

Hot sandwiches are one of my favourite dishes, and there is no better place to enjoy one than on the patio at Peppi Panini in downtown Sudbury.

These massive sandwiches don’t hide behind fancy names. You can order “the meatball”, “the Turkey Lou”, and “Mama’s Meatball”, and you’ll know what you’re going to get. And the final product is an experience.

The casual atmosphere of this restaurant sets the vibe for the food. Narrow tables and chairs push close together to show that this is a restaurant where friends and family come together. The often-busy pool table lets you know that you won’t be rushed out the door.

My go-to dish here is the chicken parmigiana. It’s gooey and delectable.

Leinala’s Bakery

Like other northern cities such as Thunder Bay, there is a rich Scandinavian heritage here in Sudbury.

Where Thunder Bay has the famous Persians, Sudbury has its own iconic pastry. The Jelly Pig is a fun, donut-style pastry with an ooey-gooey surprise in the middle. The light sugar coating just adds to the joy of this Sudbury treat.

These aren’t the only things that you’ll find at this Scandinavian bakery in Sudbury, though. Leinala’s is known for rolls, donuts, tarts, and other mouthwatering baked treats.

The Night Owl

These crafted cocktails at The Night Owl are a highlight on a trip to Sudbury! Photo Credit: Bri Mitchell

This speakeasy is hidden in a nondescript location in Downtown Sudbury. In order to access The Night Owl, you’ll have to climb down a hidden set of stairs and then call your entrance in from the unassuming phone booth outside.

There are a few other hidden doors between you and getting inside, but I don’t want to give away too much and leave all the fun out of it!

Once you’ve made it inside this speakeasy, The Night Owl feels like the kind of place you truly may have found during the prohibition era. It’s filled with cozy booths, bistro tables, and an area for live jazz on Thursdays.

They have a full menu with plenty of dinner options, and an excellent selection of crafted cocktails. It’s the perfect place to spend the whole evening, or enjoy a night cap.

Regency Bakery and Deli

The patisserie and deli counters at Regency are irresistible! Photo Credit: Bri Mitchell

This staple in Sudbury is known for their Italian grocery goods, impressive international cheese selection, homemade catered meals that are ready to be heated up or cooked at home, and most especially for their delectable counter of sweet confections.

Whether you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me up in the form of an espresso and cannoli that just hits the spot, or are on the hunt for something a little more filling, Regency Bakery and Deli has it all.

They have a small eat-in section in the store where you can have your deli sandwich, dessert and espresso, but it’s also a great place to pick up some lunch or dinner items for a picnic at one of the many amazing outdoor adventure destinations in Sudbury.

BENi Breakfast and Lunch

There are brunch and lunch choices a-plenty at BENi. Photo Credit: Bri Michell

BENi is a new breakfast and lunch place in Sudbury, and it’s a fantastic place to come for a comforting brunch. Their menu offers a large variety of whole, colourful and nutrient-dense meals, along with many comforting classics.

With options like buttermilk pancakes, huevos rancheros (“Rancheros Beni”), and spicy shakshuka, along with incredible power bowls and sandwiches for lunch, there’s no doubt that there will be something on the menu that’s right for you here.

BENi also shares their space with Anna-Laura Patisserie, so if you’re in the mood for a sweet treat or something delectable to take home after your meal, you don’t have to wander far for some incredibly delicious options.

Deluxe Hamburgers

You’ll be sure to experience a trip down memory lane with a visit to Deluxe Hamburgers. Photo Credit: Bri Mitchell

Deluxe Hamburgers has been a staple in Sudbury for over 60 years. They were the original “burger joint” in Sudbury, known for their single, yellow arch that stands out front.

Many locals are so loyal to Deluxe, in fact, that many proudly share one of Deluxe’s slogans: “Sudbury is a one arch town!”, in response to the competition from the McDonalds that opened across the street many years ago.

Deluxe is a great place to go if you’re looking for a little trip down memory lane in the form of comfort food. They’re known for their staples like their hamburgers and chicken on a bun dinners, but there are many other options, too. And the price point feels a little like a distant memory, too, if that’s any consolation.

Every meal comes with their signature fries and homemade sauce, and you can’t leave without sampling a milkshake.

Mr. Prime Rib

Mr. Prime Rib certainly knows their way around a prime rib dinner. Photo Credit: Bri Mitchell

Another neighbourhood staple, Mr. Prime Rib has been serving the city of Sudbury–you guessed it!–prime rib dinners and beyond for over 50 years.

This steakhouse is a special treat for a group outing or special occasion. Their cozy interior is filled with beautiful landscape paintings, rich wood detailing and comfortable seating. If you love a prime rib dinner, or other steakhouse classics like filet mignon or flat iron steaks, then this is the place you’ll want to visit in Sudbury.

They also have a selection of delicious chicken, seafood and pasta offerings if you’re looking for something other than steak during your visit.

Now It’s Time For You to Enjoy These Awesome Restaurants in Sudbury

If you’re planning a visit to Sudbury, you’ll have plenty of variety to choose from that make up the best restaurants in Sudbury.

Whether these restaurants are new in town or have been in Sudbury for many years, they are always more than eager to welcome new diners from across the province to their incredible establishments.

Even if you’re just in town for a little bit of time, ordering delivery or take out from one of these restaurants while you’re here will be a game changer on any road trip!

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Saturday 3rd of September 2022

Cedar nest on cedar st.


Tuesday 1st of March 2022

You missed Taj bistros

Christopher Mitchell

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Thanks for the heads up!


Saturday 9th of October 2021

Thank you for not including Deluxe! As if they brought the Prime Minister there...

Christopher Mitchell

Monday 18th of October 2021

Haha, you're welcome!


Thursday 23rd of September 2021

You missed one of the best restaurants in Sudbury Buzzy Browns

Kevin Wagar

Saturday 25th of September 2021

Sounds like I have one to check out the next time I'm in town!