8 of the Best-Kept Secret Restaurants in Kingston

By Jordan Whitehouse

There are many places to eat in Kingston. With more restaurants per capita than almost anywhere in Canada, Kingston likely has a few gems you haven’t heard about. 

Here are 8 possibilities to choose from — a cornucopia of strip-mall restos, side-street Asian spots, and even a back kitchen on Amherst Island. Let’s reveal some of the secret restaurants in Kingston. 

1. Go Italian

2815 Princess St. 

Keep going west on Princess Street until you hit the cluster of solid strip-mall restaurants near Bayridge Drive. The only Italian one in the group is this small, clean-lined bistro that’s been plating some of the tastiest chicken parmesans, Caesar salads, and pasta in the city since 2012. They also have panini sandwiches, thin-crust pizzas, and plenty of gluten-free options. The wine list is short but good, mainly filled with Italian reds and whites but a few vintages from Niagara and Prince Edward County have made the list, too. You’ll likely leave with leftovers, but if not, think about picking up a take-and-bake pasta on your way out. 

Online Ordering Available 

Must try: Meat Lasagna 

Hours of operation:  Monday – Saturday, 11:30 am – 8 pm  



2. Wharf & Feather

2 Princess St. 

This hidden gem is the biggest waterfront patio in beautiful downtown Kingston. At Wharf and Feather, you can expect to experience a truly unique and thoroughly satisfying dining experience through their interpretation of elevated pub-style dishes. Their incredible, locally sourced cuisine and beautiful waterfront view will check every box on the list. 

Online Ordering Available 

Must try: Mackinnon Fish n’ Chips 

Hours of operation:  Brunch (Monday – Friday, 7 – 10 am, Saturday – Sunday, 7 – 11 am), Dinner (Monday – Friday, 5 – 9 pm) 


3. Sally’s Roti Shop 

203 Wellington St.  

If you haven’t eaten here before you are missing out! This Trinidadian restaurant is one of a kind in Kingston. Offering Sally’s fresh roti, curries and wraps. Sally’s Roti Shop is the exact definition of flavour and comfort food. They are a family-run business and are involved in the community regularly. They have seating inside their restaurant but it’s also a great spot to grab takeout. Everyone needs to know about this unique Kingston culinary destination! They have flavourful vegetarian and vegan options, spicy curries  and mild curries.  

Must try: Doubles are by far the most popular among the Kingston community. It is curried chickpeas between soft dough patties. Another must-try is chicken and goat curry. Vegetarian? No problem, try the Eggplant + Spinach curry. 

Hours of operation: Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm  


4. Podonamu

264 Princess St.  

This is probably one of the best-kept secret restaurants in Kingston! PodoNamu is an authentic Korean restaurant that is packed with flavor and personality. This little hole in the wall is easy to walk past, but once you go you will be hooked, and it will immediately become one of your favorite restaurants to attend.  This small, charming restaurant serves up big portions of comfort food for a great price! Giving authentic Korean restaurants in Toronto a run for their money, loyal customers will tell you they have the BEST fried chicken in Kingston! 

Must try: There are so many things worthy of this list but the most popular are the Kimchi Jeon, Pork Bone soup, Fried Chicken, and the stone bowl Bibimbap. Take the risk and explore the menu, you will not be disappointed! 

Hours of operation: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 pm – 8:30 pm  




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5. Wok In Restaurant

30 Montreal Street 

This hole-in-the-wall Thai and Cambodian restaurant has its own army of supporters who return week in week out. Chances are you’ll join their ranks after trying to devour the pad Thai, curry shrimp with coconut milk, spicy hot chicken with peanuts and lemongrass, or big and beautiful spring rolls. There are only about 20 items on the menu, but that won’t make your choice any easier. Your best bet is to just close your eyes and point; you can’t go wrong. 

Must try: Asian Style Chicken with Red Curry, Basil, Peanut, and Coconut Rice 

Hours of operations: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:30 am – 9:30 pm 



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6. Fran’s Fish & Chips 

83 Aberfoyle Road 

Fran’s has been around for over 40 years, and while Fran herself is no longer at the helm, the fish and chips at this shop near Sir John A and John Counter Boulevard are still to die for. Choose BC halibut, New Zealand cod or east coast haddock, then watch as the most gorgeous golden hand-battered filets arrive with fresh, hand-cut chips, and homemade tartar sauce. Scallops, shrimp, and calamari round out the seafood menu, though you can find burgers, sandwiches, poutines, and other deep-fried goodies here as well. Taco aficionados would do well to arrive on a Tuesday when Fran’s serves up Mexico-rivalling fish tacos with bright tropical salsa. 

Online Ordering Available 

Must try: Famous Fish & Chips or The Club Sandwich 

Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 11 am – 7 pm | Sunday, 2 pm – 7 pm  



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7. Miss Bao

286 Princess St.

What do you mean this is a best-kept secret? Miss Bao has done extremely well for themselves over the last few years. However, not enough people know about this game-changing place! Miss Bao has built her restaurant based on sustainability. Their zero-waste mission of reducing, repurposing, reusing, and recycling brings something unique to the Kingston food scene. This is the place to go have a drink and share some food with friends. The cocktail menu itself is diverse and imaginative. The food menu isn’t too far off the creative train as well! Offering a range of Asian flavors, Miss Bao is vegan, gluten, nut, and shellfish friendly, and the bao buns are out of this world.  


Must try: For starters just try everything! Their most popular items are Karaage Fried Chicken, Bao Sampler (one stay chicken, Taiwanese braised pork belly, and one Szechuan tofu), and the Tan Tan Noodles. 

Hours of operation: Tuesday – Saturday, 5 – 11 pm | Sunday, 5 – 10 pm 

8. Pizza Monster 

213 Montreal St 

Nestled away in Kingston’s Inner Harbour neighbourhood is one of the most mouth-watering places to get a pizza pie. Although they are a small-capacity restaurant, Pizza Monster churns out wood-fired pizzas that will blow your mind such as its Vegan Margherita, Buffalo Chicken, or Salami topped with garlic honey. Everything is made in-house, and they offer indoor dining, pick-up, and take-away from their window located at the side of the building. This is one edgy pizzeria you do not want to miss. 

Phone pre-orders available: 613-217-1195  

Must try: the Margherita or the Caicio e Pepe 

Hours of operation: Wednesday – Thursday, 4 – 8 pm, Friday & Saturday, 4 – 9pm