quick reviews by recent visitor to dwntown Trto
this is a great website, I used it to choose some restaurants (and not choose others) plus we were taken by friends to others so had no input
here are results
CN Tower restaurant is well worth it if you're a tourist. In a city with no mountains and not much in the way of scenery, this is very interesting. The service was fine, the food was fine, the prices were higher but not extreme. Be prepared to sit next to prom-date type couples etc etc. It is a tourist (or big night out) destination for sure
Bodega on Baldwin St -- pleasant atmosphere, cute old house, friendly unpretentious service -- but the food. What - they call this bouillabaise (heck, I can't even spell it) My companions and I swear that it was a carton of thick roasted tomato soup (you know, the fancy 5 dollar tetrapaks) with some seafood thrown in. Ugh. It was edible but what a disappointment. Very odd for a restaurant that claims it's one of the best, etc etc Never go back. And to think I saw it recommended on this chowhound site somewhere. Maybe I read an old review.
Barberians on Elm St, next to Delta Chelsea -- we went twice over the period of one month. One night was quiet and relaxing, the other night was bustling. Lots of out-of-town wheeler dealers, which is to be expected and is quite a live play to watch. Very interesting art collection hung on walls of quaint old house. The big wine cellar is a sight to see. The food was excellent both times. No dieting here. No low-carb, sat-fat free health options on menu. Not the cheapest place but we enjoyed it. An expense account kind of restaurant.
Crepe a go-go at Bloor and Yonge (approx) - excellent all round. The owner is a delight as are her staff. Very interesting little spot,. Nothing fancy but it was clean, the food was cheap and fast and altho it's probably as fattening as A&W, it felt exotic.
Canyon Creek Chophouse - well, what do you expect near the skydome tourist mecca - never go back, Very ordinary altho food was fine, The servers were perky so if you like that, there you go (Hi my name is ---- and I'll be your server tonite) Basically it's like a Keg or other chain steak place
Reservoir Lounge - just east of Yonge on either Adelaide or WEllington - I can't remember ... for an uptight city like Toronto, this is a fun little place amidst a sea of Tim Hortons. Pretty decent white man's jazz, recognizeable vintage 40's 50's music. I wish they had more substantial food, but what we had was delicious. Service friendly Not every table has good view of band, but I suppose most patrons are busy looking at their dates. All ages seem to be present.
Royal York Hotel - food is predictable hotel food, nothing wrong with it, better than Bodega on Baldwin that's for sure. |The setting is everything here. A great old hotel.
Tortilla Flats - we were walking around Queen St with friends and ugh - we ended up in this dump,. We should have known better being that we come from a land of real Mexican food. This was the most disgusting place - the young woman server was doing her best, the food was no worse than fast food -- but the so-called managers or whatever they think they are had to be the rudest -- one of them read the newspaper while the other sat there for ages playing solitaire in restaurant (on computer) while it was obvious that the servers were running around like chickens with no heads, serving drinks, nachos and the like. NEVER go there.