Restaurants in Toronto
It is customary to tip 15% for good service in restaurants in Toronto. Also be sure to watch for the many food festivals popping up around the city. Toronto also does a Summerlicious and Winterlicious prix fixe event each year, which many restaurants participate in. It’s an excellent way to try some of the finer dining establishments even if you’re on a budget.
Recommended restaurants in Toronto
Sen5es, as the name implies, is a stylish restaurant that aims to give you taste, sight, smell, touch and sound all in one experience. Expect high-end delicacies and unique, palate-pleasing combinations of flavours with presentation meant to make your eyes pop. Sen5es restaurant is located in the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel and also has a bakery and gourmet food shop.
Tel: (416) 935 0400
Bistro 990 is a trendy hangout serving traditional French cuisine. Their Steak Frites in a bordelaise or Roquefort sauce is a firm favourite.
Tel: (416) 921 9990
Lai Wah Heen
For a Toronto restaurant serving exquisite Cantonese cuisine in a sophisticated setting, check out the Metropolitan Hotel’s Lai Wah Heen. Be sure to try their unique high-end take on dim sum.
Tel: (416) 977 9899
North 44 is one of the city’s most genteel restaurants with a stylish interior, fantastic cuisine and flawless service. The menu features a wide variety of high-end dishes, some with Asian inspirations.
Tel: (416) 487 4897
The colourful and vibrant Vanipha Lanna restaurant specialises in Lao-Thai cuisine such as grilled chicken and garlic in lime-chilli sauce and a variety of Thai dumplings.
Tel: (416) 654 8068
The Boiler House
With its lofty interior and trendy Distillery District address amidst cobblestone streets, The Boiler House is the place to go for a bite to eat while you enjoy the music and atmosphere. The restaurant has something different on tap every weekend from their summertime DJs to their live jazz, blues, reggae and funk performances.
Tel: (416) 203 2121
360 Revolving Restaurant
The rotating restaurant at the top of the CN Tower has the distinction of having the world’s highest wine cellar, and it’s a well-stocked one at that with over 550 international and Canadian wines. Its floor-to-ceiling windows provide an extraordinary view of the city and it has a menu to match that featuring fresh, local ingredients.
Tel: (416) 362 5411
Bangkok Garden is a mainstay in Toronto, having been open since 1982 and being one of the first restaurants here to offer authentic Thai food. Menu favourites include lemon seafood soup, spicy red beef curry and toasted cashew chicken. Those who are very adventurous should try the Devil’s Dare!
Tel: 416 977 6748
Located on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower, Canoe is a trendy, understated restaurant with a truly amazing view. Grab drinks on the patio, try out their raw bar offerings, or browse their dinner menu. Canoe is also flexible enough to be a great venue for a business dinner, a girls or guys night out, or a romantic evening with that special someone.
Tel: 416 364 0054