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food and drink after the symphony

Any thoughts on where to go on a Saturday night after the symphony at Roy Thomson Hall?

Nothing expensive - mid-range will work just fine.

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  1. In my experience its usually brutal to try to find a kitchen still open after the symphony-which usually means around 10pm (when almost all kitchens close in TO), particularly in that area.

    I almost always end up at a pub, or eating in Chinatown because I refuse to eat at those horrible tourist traps along King.

    Although its a little further down King-maybe Beer Bistro?

    Any suggestions here from other hounds? Would be useful for sure.


    1. Great question. We have been tussling with this for many years, because we like to eat after the symphony/theatre, instead of before. We have tried several places, but the challenge is always finding a kitchen open that isn't just serving pizza/snacks/fast food. We have found that sitting at the bar at Nota Bene works well for us. Alternatively we have taken a short cab ride and gone to Harbord St to eat at Loire or Harbord Room. It can be hit or miss though, in terms of the kitchen being open for half decent food. I'm interested in the recs of others.

      1. The kitchen at C'est What, though about a 10-15 minute walk, is open until at least midnight every night of the week. Not super high-end grub, maybe, but several steps up from your average pub fare. Absolutely fantastic place.

        Best cider in town (Wapoos! P.E.C.!!) and awesome yam frites; full marks on the lamburger with mozza. Not to mention amazing cask beer, which is pretty hard to find in this city.

        1. We usually head up to the Queen Mother Cafe afterwards, their kitchen is open till midnight I think.

          1. Le Select for sure. It's fairly close by. They have a late night menu (10:30pm-midnight on saturdays, varies a bit with other nights) where you order their $20 prix fixe of entrée with starter or dessert. So you can get steak frites, duck confit, a lamb burger, or a squash risotto happening.

            Le Select
            432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

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            1. re: Chester Eleganté

              Yep - Le Select is a great option for later dining.

              Le Select
              432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

              1. re: Chester Eleganté

                Thanks for the suggestion. I tried to find this late night menu on their site but I couldn't. Am I just missing something or do they not advertise it on their site.

                1. re: radiopolitic

                  I believe the Steak Frites menu is what you're looking for, or at least that's what comes up when you click 'Late Night Menu' in their list of opening hours:


              2. You could always hop on the subway at St. Andrew and be at 7 West in less than 10 minutes.

                7 West
                7 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M4Y1R4, CA

                1. AME is open late and a 2 minute walk from Roy Thomson. I believe they take reservations up to 11pm.

                  1. The Queen & Beaver on Elm St serves dinner until 11 pm Mon-Sat. The pub food menu might be available until 1 am.

                    The food and coffee at 7 West was terrible the last time I was there.

                    7 West
                    7 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M4Y1R4, CA

                    Queen & Beaver
                    35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

                    1. We live in the east end of Toronto, so on our way home after the ballet we stopped at Origin on King Street East @ Church Street. We found three warm dishes split between us to be just enough for a 10pm snack. Had the burger/fries/float combo, Chinois duck wrap, and the chorizo/manchego rice/poached egg.

                      The kitchen begins to close at 11pm, so get there by 10:45.


                      109 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C, CA