Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >
May 1, 2013 01:13 PM

Four dinners in Toronto?

We'll be in Toronto for 4 nights and are looking for 4 terrific dinners. We like fine dining with great food and pleasant (not too noisy) ambiance. Since we have excellent Asian food at home we'd prefer other cuisines...regional, seafood, Italian, French, etc. We'll be staying at the Park Hyatt in Yorkville, so nearby is a plus. Where would you go for 4 great dinners?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Splendido
    Momofuku Shoto (can be a bit noisy, though)
    Jacobs & Co. (urban steakhouse)
    And either Auberge du Pommier or Scaramouche to round it off.

    Those are all very nice restaurants, in different parts of the city, so you'll get good exposure to a few different areas. Scaramouche also has a great view of the city (although the decor is fairly dated).

    Splendido, Auberge and Scaramouche are all french, so you might also consider Tutti Matti for some high-end(ish) italian fare.

    5 Replies
    1. re: justxpete

      Good choices, but I think I'd change the fourth and go with Chiado - high end, Portuguese seafood. I think it is a unique Toronto offering.

      1. re: justxpete

        Not to yank your chain, justxpete, but I don't consider Splendido or Scaramouche to be French.


        If I had to choose a label, I'd choose Toronto School Contemporary Continental. :-)

        1. re: prima

          Yeah, you're probably right, but I think the overlying focal point of each is french cooking, although, I haven't been to Scaramouche in quite a while.

        2. re: justxpete

          I echo:

          Splendido - one of the finest in Toronto, and it's near you. Go with the tasting + wine pairing

          Chiado - Amazing Portugese. 10 min cab ride from you. Get the seafood platter and trust your waiter's recommendations.

          Would add:

          Woodlot - beautiful, understated food. Phenomenal breads - yet they they manage to keep everything light, easy, and clean.

          Black Hoof - bring your inner carnivorous selves here. No reservation. Wait is not terrible if you go on weekdays, before 6. Head over to the wine bars across street when you are waiting. Get the bone marrow and whatever foie they have on the menu.

          1. re: happycamper

            Love the Hoof but it absolutely loses out for this request on ambiance, cramped and creaky, not overly loud but boisterous and you're more or less sitting in the kitchen.

        3. Edulis. It is not close to Yorkville, but accessible by transit and worth the trouble.

          1. Nothing wrong with the other suggestions so far but some alternatives

            Edulis - Spanish country food (sort of)

            1. If your budget is not too tight, and I note you're staying at a pricey hotel, I strongly recomend George Restaurant. The food is fabulous, they only have one sitting so you're never rushed, and it is quiet and elegant.


              1. Enoteca Sociale, George, Canoe, Joso's (Croatian-style seafood,and the best quality and best tasting seafood I've found in Toronto), Chiado (Portuguese seafood, also high quality, but I give the edge to Joso's).
                For French, Le Paradis in the Annex and Pastis on Yonge are relatively close to the Hyatt.

                John & Sons on Yonge south of St. Clair is good option for Canadian-style seafood.

                I haven't been yet, but Actinolite is on my wishlist.