My Favorite Toronto Restaurants

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I've always loved Toronto. My family would stop there on the way up to our vacation spot near Peterborough. As I got older I always wanted to make Toronto the destination, and I was so happy when I finally did. The city is spectacular to visit and the food will surely exceed all expectations. I hope this will give you a few options to start you on your way.

Fine Dining

Alo Restaurant
Alo is a place for you to enjoy the finer things in life. The French tasting menu is an event, one that you should enjoy with a loved one for a special night (or just to treat yourself.)

Located in a small house, Sassafraz is a romantic getaway to spend with your loved one. The menu includes braised lamb ragu, Quebec wild boar chop, Canadian AAA 6oz beef tenderloin and sumac roasted aubergine.

Family Restaurants

The Chase Fish and Oyster
The Chase Fish and Oyster is a beach-housed themed restaurant that focuses on seafood. Start with apps like hummus or smoked cod dip, then move to a lobster roll, fish and chips, fried chicken or ribs.

Cluny Bistro and Boulangerie
This family friendly French bistro is huge, modern and full of personality. While the offerings are a little more adult (8 oz hanger steak, pepper pot bourguignon, the frenchy burger), the establishment is a place that you could head as a family for a nice dinner out.

Old Spaghetti Factory
The Old Spaghetti Factory is a great choice for a family meal while in the city. The restaurant, which is located in an old blacksmith shop built in 1898, is a step back in time. The menu includes several classic Italian meals, and the kids can chose from chicken fingers, pizza, pasta, etc.

Evviva Breakfast & Lunch
If you’re looking for a place to grab breakfast or lunch in the city, then this is your place. Evviva offers mouth-watering meal options for both meat eaters and vegans. Looking to try vegan breakfast sausage, stop in!

O Noir
If you want to have an adventure with your meal, try ONoir, where you’ll be eating in the complete dark. Maybe a good option for the older families. The thought here is that without the sense of sight, your other senses will be heightened, making for a better meal. Don’t worry, you’re not going to have anything weird, only high-quality dishes such as: filet mignon, pesto chicken or shrimp risotto. That said, for the adventurous, they do have surprise meals you can order as well.

Medieval Times
I love going to Medieval Times! It’s a fun family outing where you get dinner and a show. What’s better than eating with your hands and watching knights fight with swords and joust. Watching the knights fly by on their horses while the stadium cheers, it is a favorite for my family. The meal includes items like tomato bisque, corn, roast chicken.

Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre
I still remember the first time I went to a dinner theater, it was while on a school trip to Washington, DC. I loved it. At the Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre, sit back, relax (although the experience is interactive) and enjoy a murder mystery while filling up on a 3-course dinner. The venue is in the Chelsea Hotel would make for a memorable experience.

Sunset Dinner Cruise
Enjoy an evening on the water with this spectacular dinner cruise. You’ll take in the views of Toronto’s skyline as you are treated to a 3-course buffet-style dinner. The cruise also has a DJ so you can dance the night away.

Dining with a View

Canoe serves contemporary Canadian cuisine with one of the best views in the city. Located on the 54th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre (TD Centre), in the financial district of downtown, the restaurant is in a prime location. The seasonal dinner menu (tasting also available) includes options like vine ripened tomato farcie or coastal half dozen oysters for apps, then Canadian elk loin, wild + tame mushroom risoni and baffin island turbot for dinner.

360 C.N Tower
Located 1,000 feet above the ground, located in the CN Tower, 360 has the best views in the city. The restaurant rotates a full 360 degrees every 72 minutes. For this one, I would book an earlier meal so you can take advantage of the endless views. There are several menu options. You can chose the prix fix menu (featuring Caesar salad, braised lamb shank) indigenous menu (serving dishes like Canadian seafood stew, a risotto featuring wild rice and barley), a vegetarian menu (featuring winter green and pear salad, and beetroot and cranberry ravioli) and a seafood menu (featuring caviar and a three-tiered seafood plate).

The One Eighty
Located on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre in downtown Toronto, the One Eighty offers wonderful views of the city below. The excellent assortment of fine dishes are the perfect complement to any special evening. The menu includes orecchiette, seafood risotto, roasted half chicken and beef short ribs.

Against the Grain
Against the grain features a global array of meals, served with exceptional drink/cocktail options. The restaurant provides views of the harbour and and Centre Island. The meal options include cast iron seared jerk chicken, Kashmiri lamb curry and chicken fried cauliflower.

The Rooftop
The Rooftop is located in the Broadview Hotel, and has views from the indoor dining room as well as the outdoor terrace space. The menu features dishes such as grass-fed ribeye, hand-cut pasta and honey and lavender glazed duck.

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