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Canoe Restaurant & Bar

International 95 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

Fantastic views overlooking Lake Ontario and Downtown from the 54th floor. Canadian is the theme of both decor and food.  — Insight Guides

An evening at Canoe should start at the bar, which offers panoramic city views. — Gayot

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

Lee Town Chinese Restaurant

International 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Susur Lee, the local fusion superstar, has given his fans a gift: an affordable alternative to his more famous restaurant, Madeleine's. — Time Out

Everyone looks beautiful here, on pink barstools or under the glow of fuchsia Lucite tables surrounded by transparent copper screens hung around the dining room. — Fodor's

Plates are best shared with your cool and fun colleagues amongst the backlit screens of chickadees and bright pink fushia walls. — BlackBook

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

The casual vibe doesn't disguise some very serious food, from a signature Singaporean slaw to a caramelized black cod. — Concierge

Lai Wah Heen

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

The service is formal in Lai Wah Heen's elegant dining room topped with a sculpted ceiling and surrounded with etched-glass turntables and silver serving dishes. — Fodor's

Lai Wah Heen, which translates to “luxurious meeting place,” serves an upscale dim sum menu that's often lauded as the best in Toronto. — Travel + Leisure

With exceptional Cantonese cuisine, this elegant two-level restaurant in the Metropolitan Hotel redefines and updates classic Chinese fare. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

Scaramouche Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

Black Hoof

Delis 85 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

Nose-to-tail eating is taken to extremes, and to truly tasty heights, at this brilliant restaurant-bar and its sister brunch-and-bar bistro right across the street. — Frommer's

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

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

Lots of meat. Variety of cheese. Plenty of drink. One cutting board will never be like the other. — BlackBook

Chiado Restaurant

International 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Some people forget that College Street is as Iberian as it is Italian. And this elegant, formal restaurant is devoted exclusively to Portuguese cuisine. — Time Out

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

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

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

Allen's Restaurant On Danforth

Burgers 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Toronto has no shortage of Irish pubs; this one's classy, polished-oak Manhattan feel is a nod to New York's famous bar of the same name. — Time Out

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 85 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

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

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

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

Croque monsieur, tarte nicoise, bavette with caramelized shallots and steak frites are just what you might expect. — Gayot

Rodney's Oyster House

Seafood 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A den of oceanic delicacies, this playful basement raw bar is frequented by solo diners and showbiz types. — Fodor's

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

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

Rodney is Toronto's original "Oysterman," one of only a handful left now. This spot is a favorite with nearby condo dwellers and office workers, but is also a draw as a destination. — Frommer's

Toronto's favourite oyster bar, ensconced in a handsomely modernized old basement, serves up tonnes of the slippery delicacies, plus scallops, mussels, crab and shrimp. — Rough Guide

Mistura

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

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

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

"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

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

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Origin

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

"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

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

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

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

Cafe Boulud Toronto

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

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

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

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

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Cava Restaurant

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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Bymark

International 82 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

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

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

Some of the freshest fish in town and extravagant foie gras attract a well-heeled crowd. Top selection of boutique Californian wines. — DK Eyewitness

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

Hiro Sushi

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

"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

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

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

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

Terroni

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Zucca Trattoria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nota Bene

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

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

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

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

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

Depending on the season, you might start with a plate of "farm to fork" charcuterie, hamachi ceviche or Nova Scotia lobster salad with avocado. — Gayot

Toca

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

It's rare to find creative cuisine in a chain hotel (even one as upscale as Toronto's Ritz Carlton), but TOCA is an exception — Frommer's

Dining at this pricey establishment in the Financial District's Ritz-Carlton "feels like an occasion" swear surveyors who salute the "excellent service" and Mediterranean dishes. — Zagat

The swanky Ritz Carlton dining experience comes to Toronto in the form of Toca. — Fodor's

Taste the many varied flavors of Toronto in one dining experience at TOCA at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. — Forbes Travel Guide

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