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Canoe Restaurant & Bar

International 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Upscale Canadian dishes – think elk and wild char – are the pièces de résistance from chef Anthony Walsh’s kitchen. Views from this 54th-floor room are stunning. — DK Eyewitness

Bay street Boys and media moguls influenced stylistically by Ryan Seacrest ascend 54 floors atop the TD Tower for power lunch and post-trading cocktails. — BlackBook

Huge dining-room windows frame breathtaking views of the Toronto Islands and the lake at this restaurant, thanks to a location on the 54th floor of the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower. — Fodor's

The 54th floor of the Toronto Dominion Bank affords diners at Canoe some stellar city views—especially at sunset. — Travel + Leisure

If the name brings to mind a woodsy interior with lumberjack tchotchkes, think again. — Concierge

Scaramouche Restaurant

International 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Pasta Bar is a Toronto institution – and less pricey than the elegant main dining room, which has been serving up inventive, consistently excellent cuisine for decades. — DK Eyewitness

An elegant bastion of fine dining since 1981, chef/owner Keith Froggett's French restaurant continues to pamper guests with its haute cuisine. — Zagat

Tucked into a tony midtown apartment building with beautiful views over the city, Scaramouche isn't easy to find. But it's worth the effort. — Frommer's

The food is stellar, as refined as can be found in Toronto; for a (slightly) more modestly priced meal, visit the the Pasta Bar next door. — Time Out

The kitchen knows how to keep customers happy with consistently well executed dishes while the front of house hums a welcoming tune that's friendly yet professional. — Gayot

Lee Town Chinese Restaurant

International 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Truly a feast for the senses, dinner at acclaimed cuisinier Susur Lee's self-titled flagship restaurant is an experience best shared. — Lonely Planet

From his humble beginnings in a Hong Kong hotel kitchen, chef Susur Lee now brings his internationally-known talents to LEE restaurant in the King West neighborhood. — Travel + Leisure

"Incredibly inventive, masterfully prepared" Asian-Med "small plates" "sing" at celeb chef Susur Lee's "hip" King Wester where "large groups" come "prepared to share". — Zagat

The brain child of super-chef Susur Lee, this high-octane restaurant-cum-bar, with its dappled lighting and lots of space, is gastronomically ambitious. — Rough Guide

Chef Susur Lee created the recipes, and talented chef de cuisine Jason Carter, who has worked with him for eight years, executes them deftly and swiftly in this... tapas-style restaurant. — Gayot

Lai Wah Heen

Chinese 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dim-sum trolleys are wheeled out all over Chinatown at the weekend in Toronto, but none of the food is as fine as the fare at Lai Wah Heen (though you'll pay for the quality). — Time Out

This is one hotel dining room where you'll find more locals than visitors. The interior is vintage Art Deco; spare pictograms dominate the walls of the two-level space. — Frommer's

The name means "elegant meeting place" which this Chinese restaurant most certainly is. — Rough Guide

In the mood for Shanghai, Hong Kong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu or Shandong dishes? No matter what you choose it will be authentic---and likely well-prepared. — Gayot

"Deluxe", "carefully prepared" Chinese dishes, including "the best" dim sum "outside of Hong Kong". — Zagat

Black Hoof

Delis 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Brains, marrow and sweetbreads, oh my!" chant meat lovers drooling over the house-cured charcuterie and other "exotic" "delicacies". — Zagat

Heaven for carnivores, with around 40 types of charcuterie and the city’s best deli tongue sandwich. — DK Eyewitness

The best meal of my weekend in Toronto was at The Black Hoof. — Afar Magazine

The Black Hoof is a great, no-frills charcuterie restaurant where everything is cured on the premises. — Travel + Leisure

The Black Hoof's charcuterie, smoked and cured in-house, satisfies carnivore cravings. — Gayot

Chiado Restaurant

International 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Elegantly European, this cozy restaurant on a busy, multicultural street serves what has often rightly been called the best Portuguese cuisine outside of Lisbon. — Gayot

Local Portuguese families flock here for special occasions; the atmosphere is an old-world balance of sophistication and warmth. — Frommer's

Dine on the freshest fish and seafood to be had in the city, flown in from the world’s wharfs daily and transformed into the most luxurious of Portuguese fare. — DK Eyewitness

It's all relaxed elegance here, beginning with the fine selection of appetizers at Senhor Antonio Tapas and Wine Bar and continuing through the French doors to the dining room. — Fodor's

"Every fish lover deserves a visit" to this "high-class" Little Italy Portuguese where the "selection of plates is intoxicating." — Zagat

Allen's Restaurant On Danforth

Burgers 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Slide into a well-worn wood booth or sit at a blue-and-white-checkered table at this New York–style saloon. — Fodor's

Featuring one of the city's nicest patio dining areas (in warmer months) Allen's is more than just a pub, although it is a great place to come for lovers of Irish music and dance. — Lonely Planet

This time-honored pub, burger joint, and casual dining room takes its name and inspiration from the institution in New York City. — Frommer's

This neighbourhood joint has been a long running staple in the east end community for over 20 years. — BlackBook

"Classic pub fare" ("it's all about the burgers") and other Eclectic grub backed by whiskies and a "mega beer list" draw locals to this "warm", "laid-back" Danforther. — Zagat

Le Select Bistro

French 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"You feel as if you've set foot in Paris" at this "long-established" King West bistro turning out "authentic" dishes "served by real professionals" in a "super-French" space. — Zagat

Classic French bistro dishes such as onion soup and cassoulet, and reasonable prix fixe meals. Diners help themselves to bread from the baskets hanging above the tables. — DK Eyewitness

Gorgeous Parisian bistro with excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Reservations advised for dinner and weekend brunch. — On the Grid

This quintessentially Paris-style bistro, long a haunt of the Queen West set, packed up in the summer of 2006 and headed to a new, discreet location. — Time Out

The patio is small but pretty in good weather, the esteemed wine cellar is a draw, and the favorites... are all nicely done. — Frommer's

Rodney's Oyster House

Seafood 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Rodney's has developed a reputation for serving the best seasonal oysters from East and West Coasts as well as the Gulf of Mexico, and the waters off New Zealand and Australia. — Travel + Leisure

Toronto's first and long-time oyster bar maintains high standards...and a sense of fun. Fish and other seafood dishes are all cooked with flair.  — Insight Guides

A transplant from the East Coast, Rodney Clark imported his dad's oysters before opening his own joint. — Time Out

Fin fans "simply love" the "top-notch" seafood, including some of the "freshest oysters around", at this "casual" King Wester that's been "around forever". — Zagat

Two dozen types of oysters entice mollusk fans; grilled fish round out the menu. — DK Eyewitness

Mistura

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"There's never a bad bite to be had" thanks to celebrity chef Massimo Capra's "serious yet hearty" Italian cooking at this Annex "fine-dining institution". — Zagat

Mistura's combination of comfort and casual luxury and its innovative menu make for an ongoing buzz. — Fodor's

Owner-chef Massimo Capra, with his handlebar moustache and million-watt smile, is a fixture around town. — Frommer's

Chef Massimo Capra and partner Paolo Paolini have created a restaurant that is elegant enough for a special occasion, but friendly enough for a casual meal. — Time Out

It'€™s no wonder this elegantly contemporary place is consistently packed with loyal customers who dress to the hilt. — Gayot

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Frank Restaurant at The Art Gallery of Ontario

American 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, this New American restaurant is located on the first floor of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). — Travel + Leisure

"Interesting" "sophisticated" Eclectic fare is "art on a plate" at this Frank Gehry–designed space in the "marvelous" Art Gallery of Ontario. — Zagat

Chef Anne Yarymowich is a proponent of the Slow Food movement. As such, her menu features locally sourced seasonal ingredients. — Gayot

Located on the main floor of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Dishes here include braised Ontario rabbit and Lake Erie pickerel. — DK Eyewitness

The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre owns more than 1,000 works by the famous artist (1898-1986), including 689 prints, 139 original plasters and bronzes and 74 drawings. — Michelin Guide

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Origin

International 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you are doing a business dinner, this should be on the list! But also great for a date. — Afar Magazine

Incorporating flavors from North Africa, Spain, Italy, China, and Thailand, the eclectic menu consists of approximately 40 tapas-style dishes, with favorites including the house burger. — Travel + Leisure

A sleek, industrial space of exposed brick, spun-wire lamps, and charcoal-colored upholstery gives a suitably chic backdrop to this global food bar. — Fodor's

Aprile's new carte leaves the test tubes behind for a simpler approach to food, one that focusses on the pleasures of a solitary scoop of mozzarella, or a delicate piece of cured salmon. — BlackBook

"Oh, the variety in tastes" opine guests at chef-owner Claudio Aprile's small-plates Downtown "delight" where "outstanding" Eclectic tastes... "explode with flavour". — Zagat

Cafe Boulud Toronto

French 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Upscale seasonal cuisine at Yorkville's tony Four Seasons Hotel, where chef Daniel Boulud's Mediterranean-influenced menu includes fixed-price lunch options. — Zagat

Much like a precisely prepared dish from its Five-Star chef-owner Daniel Boulud, Café Boulud Toronto is a study in delectable contrasts. — Forbes Travel Guide

Art lovers can study Andy Warhol-esque paintings by Mr. Brainwash and gourmands can savor the beautiful dishes crafted by executive chef Tyler Shedden. — Fodor's

Protege chef Tyler Shedden delivers on the gastronomic side of artistry with an array of delicately designed dishes, presented in four culinary muses. — Gayot

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Cava Restaurant

International 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Tucked away in a nondescript mall in a nondescript neighbourhood, this tapas and wine bar is not trendy, but it will outlast the pretenders. — Time Out

Celebrated chef Chris McDonald offers "inventive", "delightfully curated Spanish tapas" at this "small" Midtowner "tucked in the back of a shopping centre". — Zagat

The minimalist decor complements the creative tapas by chef-owners Chris McDonald and Doug Penfold. — Gayot

The flavors are as loud as the chatter at Cava, a gem that truly is hidden, as it's tucked away on a plaza terrace. — Fodor's

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Nota Bene

American 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With a lively cocktail scene and a dining room that’s been called Canada’s best, this is the perfect spot for a pre-theater dinner or late-night rendezvous with a cheese plate. — DK Eyewitness

There are new modern murals and tumbleweeds rolling across the ceiling. But it's still perfect for business meetings, or dinner before a show. — Travel + Leisure

It's "easy to find something tempting" at this "hip", "happening" Queen West Canadian proffering "carefully sourced", "inventive" plates. — Zagat

Executive chef David Lee knows how to satisfy the crowd with quietly luxe dishes punctuated by Canadian flavors. — Concierge

From the team that brought us the legendary Splendido, the new kid on the block has quickly become a media darling and favorite of the financial elite and urban scenesters alike. — BlackBook

Bymark

International 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Wood, glass, and water create drama in a space anchored by a 5,000-bottle wine "cellar" inside a two-story glass column. — Fodor's

Celebrity-chef Mark McEwan’s restaurant, Bymark... is widely regarded as one of Toronto’s top power-dining spots. — Travel + Leisure

In the heart of the financial district sits the most corporate of the Mark McEwan empire of swanky restaurants. — Frommer's

In the heart of the Financial District, the Toronto Dominion Tower offers some of the best modernist eye candy in town. — Time Out

Toronto culinary powerhouse Mark McEwan brings his sophisticated menu of continentally hewn cuisine to this hip, bi-level downtowner. — Lonely Planet

Hiro Sushi

Sushi 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hiro Sushi is destination number one for raw fish. — Time Out

Those in the know sidle up to the small sushi bar and watch chef-owner Hiro Yoshida work magic before their eyes. — Gayot

Diners feast on grilled tuna, sashimi, wasabi-spiked fish, and other Japanese delights, accompanied by fine sakes. — DK Eyewitness

If sushi is your thing, good-humored Hiro is your man. This authentic Japanese sushi-ya prefers to operate on the traditional principle of omakase: leave it to the chef. — Lonely Planet

"Enjoy the show" at this "intimate" "long-time favourite" in St. Lawrence where the "high-end" Japanese fare includes "unusual offerings" displaying a "command of texture and taste". — Zagat

Terroni

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Despite its pejorative name, Terroni (Italian for 'bloody southerners') manages to attract countrymen in their droves. — Time Out

Open shelving lined with Italian provisions decorates this cool pizza joint, but it's the thin-crust pies, bubbled and blistered to perfection and the generous panini, that keep diners coming. — Fodor's

The swankiest out of its 4 locations, Terroni has raised the bar from what the former Courthouse once was. — BlackBook

This was Toronto's first serious venture into true Southern Italian pizza. — Frommer's

"Homestyle" Italian fare "enhanced with mouth-watering flavours" plus "fabulous" "thin, crusty" pizzas all at moderate prices. — Zagat

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Zucca Trattoria

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Amid a concentration of middling so-called Italian eateries, this warm spot is the real deal. — Time Out

Enthusiasts find much to cheer at this "exceptional" Midtown Italian, from the "delicious", "authentic" dishes ("don't miss the pasta") to the "friendly" service. — Zagat

If your mama could cook this good you would never, ever leave home. New Zealand-born chef-owner Andrew Milne-Allan cooks pure Italian from the soul. — Gayot

Inviting in spirit and truly Italian in the kitchen, this pretty trattoria has been winning quiet accolades from fans for more than a decade. — Frommer's

Opened since Valentine's Day 1997, chef-owner Andrew Milne-Allan delivers the purest made-from-scratch Italian food in a modern, sleek, and friendly room. — Fodor's

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Globe Bistro

International 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"You'll be well fed" at this "farm-to-table" trio offering "carefully prepared" Canadian dishes spotlighting "quality local ingredients". — Zagat

The menu features organic and regional produce when possible, resulting in dishes such as smoked B.C. albacore tuna with cucumber noodles. — Gayot

A chic dining room, a cool bar, a breezy patio, and some very fine cooking at this popular neighborhood bistro. — Frommer's

Ivory and taupe neutral tones and soft lights enhance the open dining room and give it a luxurious feel, but, weather permitting, you may want to skip out to the swanky rooftop patio. — Fodor's

Classy retro in the front and elegant, clean decor in the main dining area, one would never guess this used to be a bowling alley. — BlackBook

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