HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >

Discussion

Looking for a restaurant that would belong on the show Columbo!

My husband's birthday is coming up, and he has a strange fondness for restaurants that look like they stayed behind in the 60s/70s while the rest of the world moved on. The perfect spot would be the kind of place you'd see on the TV show Columbo! Banquettes, wood panelling, leather club chairs... you get the picture. Ed's Italian or one of those Ed Mirvish restaurants would have been great, but they're all gone. Any ideas?
We're in Toronto, but willing to go as far afield as Kingston. The food should be good, of course, but ambience is even more important. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. There's Tom Jones. It's just east of the King Eddy. The decor definitely fits what you're looking for. But I've only eaten there once and that was over 5 years ago. From what I remember it was a straight up old school steak house. Their site gives you an excellent idea of what to expect:
    http://www.tomjonessteakhouse.com/

    1. Zorro's might do it:
      www.zorrossteakhouse.com

      I've never been, but my sister reports that it's from another time (probably close to the time you're looking for). And she says they do a not-bad steak too!

      1. Two others to consider are Barbarians, great wine list and a very old school steak house (see a pattern here?) and for something a bit different.. The House of Chan... it is a Chineese resturarant that some say has the best steak in Toronto definately stuck in the 70's

        1 Reply
        1. re: OnDaGo

          House of Chan was the first thing that came to mind for me as well. And breakfast at the Senator.

        2. Topiary's on Derry near the airport
          www.topiarys.ca

          1. Lunch at Zoulpy's Deli. Dinner at Senior's (Steakhouse). Drinks at the Roof Lounge.

            -----
            Roof Lounge
            4 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R, CA

            Senior's
            1397 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T1Y4, CA

            Zoulpy's Deli Restaurant - duplicate
            244 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A, CA