Where to Eat & Drink Near… Theatre Passe Muraille

A street view of Theatre Passe Muraille, showcasing its red roof and brick exterior placed against a bright blue sky.

Nothing beats an evening at the theatre — except maybe an evening at the theatre preceded by or following a lovely dinner, drinks, or calming patio visit. Intermission has compiled a list of the best places to relax and chat about theatre before your next evening at…

Theatre Passe Muraille

But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve created this list with the help of TPM’s staff and artists, so you know you’ll be wining, dining, and unwinding at a tried and true local favourite to perfectly compliment your night at the theatre.

Dining & Drinks

Java House

The ultimate post-show destination, Java House has a large menu with plenty of affordable options for both food and drink, including all-day breakfast options. The best part? Their large patio is open late, every day. We’re talking 3 a.m. late. So no matter what time your show finishes, you’ve got a place to decompress over a pitcher of sangria and recap your glorious night at TPM.

Address: 537 Queen St. W. Walking distance to TPM: 4-5 minutes. Hours: Mon-Sun, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Early Bird

Beautifully plated and prepared food? Coffee? Wine? Yes please. Early bird focuses on bringing contemporary art to the plate in the form of healthy yet flavourful food. Paired with perfectly brewed coffee and a carefully curated list of natural wines, this is the perfect place to unwind and discuss your next show.

“I live on Early Bird’s fizzy iced tea in the summertime.” — Angela, TPM Resident Hipster Foodie

Address: 613 Queen St. W. Walking distance to TPM: 4-5 minutes. Hours: Tues-Sun, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Gusto 101

Modern takes on Southern Italian classics abound in this Toronto staple. With a small menu of perfectly prepared classic dishes, this Gusto 101 is an approachable venue that’ll make you feel like the finest of diners. With a seasonal menu and some excellent dessert and drink options, you won’t want to miss out on their delectable pre-show dining.

“I’m here for pasta, patio, and cocktails. Try the Mafalde Ai Funghi: you won’t be disappointed.” — Emily, TPM’s Resident Patio-Lover

Address: 101 Portland St. Walking distance to TPM: 6-7 minutes. Hours: Tues-Sat, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

A cloth bath and ketchup bottle sit next to two half-full glasses and a pitcher of beer on a small table. A graffiti-covered wall is lit by colourful string lights, vibrant in the night sky.
Java House on 537 Queen St. W. Image courtesy of Emily Jung.

Saku Sushi

Sushi boats, exciting sushi rolls, and beer for days. This family-run Queen West sushi joint is committed to providing fresh, flavourful foods and a comfortable environment. There’s something for everyone in this popular joint, and they even offer a 15% take-out discount if you pay with cash on your to-go order!

Address: 478 Queen St. W. Walking distance to TPM: 3-4 minutes. Hours: Mon-Weds, 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Thurs, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Fri, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sat, 12:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sun, 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

BB.Q Chicken on Richmond

If you love fresh and delicious Korean fried chicken, BB.Q Chicken has an incredible variety of wings to wet your whistle and get you clucking. This Canada-wide chain offers beer and soju to compliment your meal, so it makes for the perfect casual, tasty meal to cap off your night at the theatre.

Address: 431 Richmond St. W. Walking distance to TPM: 8-10 minutes. Hours: Mon-Sun, 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Nord Lyon

A massive, two-storey bakery filled with handcrafted French treats, Nord Lyon takes pride in selling tasty treats made entirely from scratch. Whether you’re looking for a sweet pre-show treat or a fresh, buttery croissant to get you in the theatre-viewing mood, Nord Lyon is the place to be.

Address: 665 Queen St. W. Walking distance to TPM: 4-5 minutes. Hours: Tues-Fri, 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Raku

Raku brings the best of udon dishes to the Toronto food scene. This contemporary dining space from Chef Norihiro Ishizuka features a wide variety of udon and an appetizer menu of classic Japanese small bites designed to leave customers with full stomachs and happy memories.

“I love the Sansai Udon (veg) with mountain vegetables and organic maitake mushroom tempura. they also have awesome Sabazushi (mackerel sushi), and don’t be afraid of cold udon!” — Emily, TPM Udon Connoisseur

Address: 456 Queen St. W. Walking distance to TPM: 4-5 minutes. Hours: Tues-Sun, 12:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

A sparkling drink in a takeaway cup sits on a black, orange and yellow terrazo-marbled counter. In the background are several types of milk and an array of coffee-making equipment in stark contrast with a pale pink wall.
Early Bird Wine + Coffee at 613 Queen St. W. Image courtesy of Emily Jung.

Transit & Parking

Theatre Passe Muraille is located at 16 Ryerson Ave in Toronto, ON.

By Car

There is limited street parking available immediately around the theatre. There is an underground paid parking lot below the Loblaws on Richmond St., just west of Portland, and an above-ground paid lot on the corner of Wolseley St. and Augusta Ave.

TTC

TPM is easily accessible via the Bathurst and Queen St. streetcars, which connect to two different subway stations, depending where you’re coming from.

From Osgoode Station, take the Queen St. streetcar west to Bathurst St. Walk one block east on Queen to Ryerson Ave., then head north for one block until you reach the theatre.

From Bathurst Station, take the Bathurst St. streetcar south to Queen St. Walk east on Queen St. for one block, then turn north onto Ryerson Ave. for another block.

Bike

There is free bike parking west of the theatre on Wolseley St.


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Jessica is an Associate Editor at Intermission, as well as a writer, classically-trained actor, and plant enthusiast. Since graduating from LAMDA in the UK with her MA in acting, you can often find her writing screenplays and short plays in the park, writing extensive lists of plant care tips, or working on stage and screen (though she uses a stage name). Jessica freelances with various companies across Canada, but her passion lies in working with theatre artists and enthusiasts.