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  • ER2 Sep 16, 2011 11:40 AM
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Does anybody know if there's a list somewhere of which of the "fine dining" restaurants in downtown Toronto are open for Sunday dinner.? Or does anybody have a restaurant they would recommend for Sunday dinner?

I imagine most hotel restaurants would be open on Sunday evenings though I've just had a look at the Ritz-Carlton and they are not.

Anyway, I have to find somewhere to take two visitors for Sunday dinner on September 25. At the moment I'm somewhat at a loss so any help would be much appreciated.

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  1. There are very few. You may want to try One. While it is not my personal fav I know others enjoy it. Globe Bistro on the Danforth is open on Sunday's 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Off hand I can't think of others that would fit the description of fine dining or even close...

    1. When I first moved here, I have to admit I was surprised that most hotel restaurants were NOT open on Sunday... you would think that guests may want to eat a nice meal on a Sunday night! So yes, for a city with so many restaurants, it is disappointing that so many (not just hotel ones) are closed on Sunday.

      Chiado would fit your bill. Great service, delicious food.

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      Chiado
      864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

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      1. re: bluefirefly

        Good call. I didn't realize they were open on Sunday.

      2. Scarpetta at the Thompson Hotel is open on Sunday.

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        1. re: tasoid

          Nice room, not so nice food.

        2. Niagara Street Cafe is my go-to on a Sunday.
          I prefer it to Scarpetta - but Scarpetta is more 'fine-dining' in appearance.

          Do other people consider Globe and Chiado to be 'downtown'? If so there are a lot more choices!

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          Niagara Street Cafe
          169 Niagara St, Toronto, ON M5V1C9, CA

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          1. re: estufarian

            Many thanks for the suggestions so far.

            Maybe my use of "downtown" was a little too restrictive. What I meant was a restaurant not too far from Bloor/Yonge either by car or cab. Both Globe and Chiado would fit this rather more expanded notion of "downtown".

            So, estufarian, if you have other suggestions to make, I'd be delighted to hear them.

            1. re: ER2

              OK - this is off the top of my head - all places I've been to on a Sunday:

              LAB (one of my favourites)

              Studio Cafe at Four Seasons

              Earth Rosedale

              Cava (specially if BYOB)

              Tundra (Hilton)

              Origin (noisy)

              Segar (Bayview) - a hidden gem

              I also think Toca (Ritz Carlton) is open on a Sunday (despite your comment) - but I've only been mid-week.

              Anything appeal?

              Added as an afterthought - probably my most-visited place on a Sunday is Universal Grill - but may be a bit too downscale for 'fine dining'. But zero corkage on a Sunday and my favourite ribs in town keep me returning. It's an updated diner, so you sit in a booth - but the menu always features fresh daily specials too.

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              Cava
              1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

              Segar
              1568 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

              Toca
              181 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5, CA

              1. re: estufarian

                I just did a quick scan of the Segar website. If the cooking is up to the composition, that would be one great place. Definitely on the to-do list thanks to your recommendation. It's so hard to separate the wheat when it comes to Bayview food establishments. Thanks a bunch.

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                Segar
                1568 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                1. re: Googs

                  Segar is most definitely worth a visit. The food is exceptional.

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                  Segar
                  1568 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                2. re: estufarian

                  Another to add to the list: Zucca.

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                  Zucca
                  2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

                  1. re: estufarian

                    Toca at the Ritz is not open on Sunday for dinner. The lobby restaurant with the patio is open for Sunday dinner at the Ritz.
                    Crush Wine bar is open Sunday as well.

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                    Crush Wine Bar
                    455 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4, CA

                    1. re: tasoid

                      Your Reservation is ConfirmedDetails ›Toca by Tom Brodi- Ritz Carlton Toronto on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM for 2.

                      Just made the reservation on Open Table!!!!!!!

                      (and will now cancel).

                      Your reservation has been canceled and an email message has been sent to confirm this transaction Toca by Tom Brodi- Ritz Carlton Toronto
                      181 Wellington Street West
                      September 18, 2011
                      Sunday
                      7:00 PM
                      Party of 2

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                      Toca
                      181 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5, CA

                      1. re: estufarian

                        I suspect the confusion over whether or not Toca is open for Sunday dinner has been caused by their website, as the website says they are open on Sundays for brunch but not for dinner. Clearly this is no longer the case, as estufarian has demonstrated by making a booking there for Sunday dinner, but the change in their Sunday opening hours has not yet made it to their website. Maybe somebody should tell them.

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                        Toca
                        181 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5, CA

                        1. re: estufarian

                          Estufarian, I was at the Ritz today and they confirmed that TOCA is not open for Sunday dinner.
                          Perhaps Open Table does not always have current info..

                      2. re: estufarian

                        IMO Origin, Cava, Earth, and LAB are not fine dining.

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                        Cava
                        1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

                        1. re: JennaBean

                          I totally agree - but the OP asked "does anybody have a restaurant they would recommend for Sunday dinner".

                          1. re: estufarian

                            And, taking my own recommendation, I went to LAB last night. Possibly the best meal I've had there - and IMO DOES qualify as fine dining - at least on the plate (ambiance is more bistro).

                            Lobster with Corn done 5 ways was as creative as any dish I've had in Toronto in the past year.
                            Both the Lamb and 'Bunny' were excellent dishes, full of flavour and the Spatzle and Lobster Mushroom appetizer was spectacular - that's worth going back for anytime.

                            LAB (for me) is a master of textures within each dish - that's what lifts it into 'fine dining'.

                            I didn't make detailed notes on the various dishes - had no intention of adding to this thread. When it started well I figured I might add a note - and assumed the ingredients would be on their website. However, that lists the previous menu (it's just changed) and only a couple of items survive.

                            They are also offering a tasting menu (5 courses) - but by choosing 3 different dishes each we could effectively create our own 6 course menu anyway.

                            1. re: estufarian

                              Latest menu now on-line.

                              http://www.dine.to/profile_features.p...

                  2. Epic in the Royal York.

                    1. Campagnola
                      Woodlot
                      The Black Hoof
                      Marben

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                      Marben
                      488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

                      The Black Hoof
                      928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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                      1. re: iMarilyn

                        Again, I just don't see any of these places as fine dining. Good food but not the service level or plating to be in the fine dining realm.

                      2. Le Select

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

                        1. I would go to Scarpetta. It best matches the "fine dining" request and there are some very, very good things to eat on the menu. I know I'm in the minority with this opinion. But yeah, some spaghetti pomodoro and some of that mushroom braise with polenta, a few other things, you should have a good time (and with the service and wine list that's part of the fine dining experience).

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                          1. re: childofthestorm

                            My fave place for fine dining on a Sunday is Opus Restaurant on Prince Arthur. I have been going there for years, never had a bad meal.