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Oct 18, 2010 10:35 AM

CN Tower - just the view or worth the restaurant as well?

Doing the tourist thing and wondering if anyone has any comment on the food at the CN Tower revolving restaurant thing. I know there are tons of amazing restaurants at the foot of the tower but am considering dining up in the sky to enjoy the view. Is the food worth it?

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  1. Just the view. Spend your dinning dollars elsewhere.

    1. If you want a great restaurant with a great view, look into Canoe. It's on the top floor of the TD Centre, but is only open Monday to Friday.

      Not that 360 is horrible (the way the posters here consistently rip it to shreds you'd think they were talking about Applebee's...) but it is popular because you can "kill 2 birds with one stone" (as the elevator ride up is included if you dine there). It's not the best in town, but it's certainly not the worst like some will lead you to believe.

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        1. re: TorontoJo

          Me too!
          The food is okay, just okay, but .....Touristy and overpriced!

        2. re: TexSquared

          The other bonus is that you don't have to wait to go up the tower. Not so much an issue off-season, but definitely worth the not-standing-in-line during peak times. Not that I know how long those lines are any more, but I feel it can be up to an hour long. I'm happy to make a res, get a ride up, eat some okay food, and catch the view with visiting guests!

          But strictly based on the restaurant, I would never choose to eat at 360. It's everything else that makes it worthwhile.

          1. re: TexSquared

            another agree from me.

            I took my BFF for her b'day lunch one saturday afternoon, the food was fine but the one bonus we had was that we got to spin around twice because the resto wasn't full.

            1. re: TexSquared

              I totally agree! Canoe was one of my first Toronto dining experiences, and as a newcomer I really loved the view. They sat us next to the window, and it was just lovely. I tried the CN tower a long time ago, it was very underwhelming. For the touristy thing, I say enjoy the glass floor, observation deck, and elevator ride then eat @ Canoe.

              Lastly, I'm not sure which amazing restaurants you're referring to - I hope before you hit them you do a bit of searching on this board so you don't end up with a tourist-trap meal!

              I hope you enjoy your stay, and please let us know where you go! =) I haven't been to Canoe for a long time, it'd be great to get an updated review.

            2. Agreed but if you choose to eat there - order something "regular" I had roast beef and it was quite good - other folks ordered more complicated dishes and seafood and it wasn't as good.

              1. It's not so much that the food is bad it's just really overpriced for what you get. However, the restaurant does have a really cool wine cellar, and if you chat nicely with the sommelier he may bring you in a show you around. Definitely cool. I also agree that it may be worth it if you're thinking line bypass, but steer clear of the seafood.

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                1. re: chowyp

                  I'm chuckling at the idea of a "wine cellar" 1500' high..

                  But, about 10 years ago, we went up in the afternoon, just had apps and drinks, enjoyed the view, and then went on to the observation deck. Apps were just fine, if a bit high priced, IIRC, but as noted, since you're saving the elevator fee and skipping the line, an excellent trade-off, IMHO.

                  However, as I said, that was 10 years ago.. I don't know if this is still possible.

                2. it's not the terrible tourist trap you might expect. some tips: i don't know if they let you specify a window table on booking, but you can try and ask. to enjoy the view to the fullest, do your best to go on a clear day; i'd even consider rescheduling if the morning forecast was for too much cloud. try to time your meal over sunset so that you see the city over a range of lighting conditions. you might be thinking romantic revolving restaurant, but be prepared for a few families especially in the earlier evening. best were meat and seafood dishes rather than vegetables or pastas. i recall portions were fairly generous. things change so report back if you go.