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360 CN Tower restaurant ??

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  • Nifms Jul 13, 2010 07:01 AM

We'll be in Toronto this upcoming weekend and made a reservation at the 360 CN Tower restaurant for Saturday night. What should I expect? Good food, or just so-so? Any recommendations?

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  1. Well, you get a nice (rotating!) view. I never thought the food was terrible there, it's just not a place I'd go to dine. However, it's a great way to bypass the line up (not sure how long they are anymore) for sure. That's if you wanted to go up the CN Tower in the first place.

    If you just want a nice view of Toronto with good food, Canoe would be my pick. Not open on weekends though.

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    1. re: jlunar

      Thanks! That's exactly what we thought as well. We're three girls and one of us really wants to go up the tower. We thought the best way would be to combine both... As long as it's fairly decent, we'll be happy.

      Any specific food recommendations?

      1. re: Nifms

        Their prix fixe menus are probably your best bet - $55/$60, depending on choice of main.

        http://www.cntower.ca/360_restaurant/...

        Despite what the link says, this is the dinner prix fixe menu.

      2. re: jlunar

        Not only do you bypass the line-up (if there is one) but your admission to the observation decks (main indoor and outdoor levels but not the very top one in the needle) are free if you order entrees. When you consider how expensive it is to go up just to look, that's a deal. And the food is fine.

      3. i found the food rather wedding banquet / corporate conference type fare. It's not great, but the view is quite something. Personally, I'd rather go for cocktails at Canoe, but if one of your group has to see the tower than I'd take it for what it's worth and enjoy.

        1. The food tries hard, and it's fine. It is more expensive than what it's worth if considering just the food alone, but keeping in mind the view and the included ticket price, I would say it's worth it. Hope you have a clear day and can see far and wide!

          1. The food is ok, don't expect anything mind blowing, my gf and I had the prixe fixe and to me it was a little on the bland side, and everything was pretty much overcooked (esp the chicken main) but I kinda thought of it this way...

            It's 25 dollars to get up there anyways, pay 30 bucks more (for the prix fixe) and you get a dinner at a revolving restaurant with a great view that, while isn't great by any means, won't be terrible either. You get to skip the hour + wait to go up the elevator (making you feel like a rock star) and go down to the observation deck after the meal. That doesn't sound bad at all.

            1. The food is mediocre...certainly not worth the price. I realize the CN Tower is a tourist destination, but 360 really isn't a food destination.

              Better options:
              1. Go to Canoe or Scaramouche on Friday, as they're not open weekends
              2. Have dinner somewhere else and take the CN just to the observation deck
              3. Have dinner somewhere else and go to Panorama afterwards for drinks and the view

              1. We did the prix fixe thing about 5 years ago.

                The food was, as people are saying, fine. Under ordinary circumstances you wouldn't go there but since it's the tower, you'll be doing okay.

                For people here in TO I think it's something everyone should do once.

                DT

                1. Recently went there for the first time in October, and to be honest, it wasn't that special. The bread was kind of cold, it was jam packed, and the food was not worth the price. The cheapest entree was in the low thirty dollars, and if you're going to pay this much than you'd be better off going to Canoe, though it's equally expensive.

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                  1. re: carbqueen8

                    That may be so but does Canoe rotate?

                  2. BF and I went here last night and had a perfectly nice meal. It's rare that we can find a high-end place that works for both of us -- I'm veg and an adventurous eater (as long as there's no meat involved, obv.) while he's a meat-and-potatoes guy.

                    Yes, it was a little overpriced, but the food was good and I really appreciated having a whole veg menu to choose from, instead of the usual one pasta and one risotto. Besides, we knew we were paying mostly for the view, and since he'd never gone up the tower, it was a good deal.

                    One thing, though: the mixed drinks are so-so. BF ordered a mojito that tasted like it was 75 per cent Sprite.

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                    1. re: piccola

                      Piccola, do you mind sharing what was on the veg menu, and what you ordered?

                      1. re: Full tummy

                        http://www.cntower.ca/en-CA/360-Resta...
                        I had the zucchini carpaccio - basically a glorified salad, but a good one, well seasoned. For a main, I got the grilled veggies, mainly because I'd had tofu already that day and curry the night before. The veggies included fennel, eggplant, king oyster mushrooms, asparagus and red onions, and they came with aioili, tapenade and a side of fingerling potatoes. The veggies were clearly covered in butter, but not in a greasy way (except one piece of eggplant that was a little too soaked for my taste).

                        1. re: piccola

                          Wow I just looked at the menu - $35 for veggie pasta?!?!? Wow. I'm shocked and amazed that anyone would ever be ok with that.

                          I don't mind paying even $30 for a homemade pasta if it is going to rock my world and it had some amazing protein (ie lobster) included but wow, not in a million trillion years for a veggie pasta dish.

                          I rarely have sticker shock b/c I truly don't mind paying for quality but WOW. I'm stunned.

                          1. re: JennaBean

                            You have to keep in mind that built in cost of the ride up to the tower. It costs half that much just to go to the observation deck.

                            1. re: JennaBean

                              I never considered ordering the pasta, since it's possibly the most boring vegetarian standby. But yes, the whole menu is overpriced -- it's only worthwhile because it includes the price of admission to the tower.