Great Restaurant in Toronto - Celebration Meal, family from London UK
I am visiting Toronto (from London, UK) on 7th July for a week with my family to celebrate my Dad's 60th Birthday. He was born and bred in Toronto so we know all the sites etc to visit however we would like to pre-book into a really nice restaurant for one night as a surprise/treat for him. Does anyone have any recommendations? Price isn't too much of an issue as it's a one off. Would be looking for any type of food, somewhere with nice views would be good, good food with a good atmosphere. I imagine we'd have a bit to drink so nowhere too stuffy. Any advice really appreciated! Like any major city, there are multitudes of restaurants that come up on general internet searches but it's not the same as acutal people's advice!
If you need any further info from me just shout! Our ages are 60, 55, 27 & 25 and we're pretty young and up for a good time!
Thanks in advance!
Summerlicious is definitely not the thing to do for a big celebration.
Great Toronto restaurants:
- Canoe (Canadian cuisine, 54th floor, spectacular views, closed Saturdays and Sundays)
- Splendido (special Canadian summer tasting menu, possibly best dining room in town)
Next rung down, price-wise, but also great for a celebration:
- Mildred Pierce
- Amuse Bouche
- Harbour 60 (traditional)
- The Fifth (funkier)
That's a start, anyway.
Agree with Estragon. Summerlicious is NOT the way to go for a celebration. Also agree with all his suggestions. If you decide to go to Canoe, call and tell them that you want to have the regular menu. Canoe is one of the participating restaurants in the Summerlicious events. So unless you tell them explicitly that you want the regular menu, I doubt that you would be able to get a reservation.
I agree with the other suggestions here, but you might also want to consider Scaramouche. The food is excellent (although Splendido would be better), but there are lovely views of Toronto. The main dining room can be a bit stuffy (although I've seen large groups who've been into the wine and no one minds at all), but the Pasta Bar and Grill also has great food with a little more festive an atmosphere.
Based on my success hosting hip business clients there over the past few months, I will continue to suggest (as I have done on some other threads) a visit to the distillery district. This is an incredibly restored, car-free four block industrial victorian zone that now hosts countless galleries, restaurants etc.
Top end is Perigee - http://www.perigeerestaurant.com/ - which would be your "wow factor" tasting menu. Slightly down on the price ladder would be the Boiler House - which is in an INCREDIBLY beautiful room and hosts live jazz on weekend evenings - so you could easily stay there and drink and enjoy the atmosphere. http://boilerhouse.ca
distillery district website is http://www.thedistillerydistrict.com/
If you want a truly special meal:
STAY AWAY FROM ANYWHERE OFFERING SUMMERLICIOUS!!!!!
Splendidio for sure (no view though), great wine list
Canoe and 360 at the CN Tower for the great city view and huge wine lists
Scaramouche also for a good skyline view but not as grand
With a GREAT view, that's about it.