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The 5 Best Restaurants in Toronto

By Chris Boyle

Originally inspired by Canada’s French and English influences, Toronto’s cuisine has emerged as a symbol of the city’s multicultural population.

From classic European fare, to the arrival of Latin American, Asian and Caribbean flavors, Toronto’s restaurants now take diners on a tantalizing culinary journey with a side of Canadian flair and innovation.



Cuisine: Contemporary

Style / Ambiance: A must for the elite traveler when visiting Toronto, 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower is a breathtaking dining experience.

Set more than 1,151ft in the air, 360 combines exquisite dining and dazzling views to spectacular effect. Upon arrival, guests are whisked up to the heady heights of this contemporary offering where, surrounded by unimposing décor of dark and neutral tones, Executive Chef Peter George serves up a mesmerizing array of award-winning dishes. Slowly revolving, the restaurant lives it up to its name, giving diners a 360° view of Toronto from the comfort of their table. Dishes include the delectable Trio of Atlantic Seafood Cocktail, and the Slow Roasted, Aged, Canadian AAA Prime Rib of Beef with Rosemary Bread Pudding, Summer Vegetables and Natural Jus. 360 also features the world highest wine cellar with a 9,000 bottle storage capacity.

Restaurants and Reservations Manager: Kimberly Lavictoire

+1 416 601 4883

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CN Tower, 301 Front Street, M5V 2T6



Cuisine: International

Style / Ambiance: Set in an elegant 19th century building, where diners are surrounded by 22ft ceilings, exquisite cornice moldings and grand windows, Rosewater is as stunning as it is appetizing.

The restaurant’s vast main dining room caters perfectly for social diners with a fresh open-plan layout and large tables, while the upper mezzanine level provides a more intimate dining experience; the ideal option for a romantic dinner date or anniversary lunch. For a more exclusive experience reserve the elegantly appointed supper club room. Furnished with Persian carpets, berth seating and a mahogany bar, the supper club’s pièce-de-résistance is a three-story custom-designed mosaic waterfall above its entranceway. With delectable cuisine including Crispy Jumbo Prawns for starter, and Coriander and Fennel crusted Seared Rare Big Eyed Tuna for main, Rosewater is an irresistible offering.

General Manager: Andrew Gardner

+1 416 214 5888

19 Toronto Street, M5C 2R1



Cuisine: European

Style / Ambiance: Located in Toronto’s trendy Yorkville district, Sassafraz has emerged as a favorite with celebrities, locals and tourists alike.

Renovated in recent years following a fire in 2006, the restaurant has emerged as a serene, fresh and relaxed establishment. The interior décor of pale greens and light woods creates the perfect ambiance within which diners can enjoy delights such as Artichoke and Goat Cheese Cappelletti with Tomato Basil Broth, or Ontario Tenderloin Chops and Lamb Shank Rissoles with Summer Squash Ribbons, Eggplant Caviar and Sauce Côte d’Azur. Set in a street of Victorian rowhouses, the restaurant hints at its eclectic and vibrant menu with a wonderfully bright yellow exterior.

Owner: Zoran Kocovski

+1 416 964 2222

100 Cumberland Street, M5R 1A6



Cuisine: Continental

Style / Ambiance: Renowned as one of the best restaurants in Canada, Canoe is an extraordinary dining experience and a must for any visitor to Toronto.

From the thoughtfully prepared food to the incredible views afforded by the restaurant’s 54th floor location, Canoe guarantees to impress. Hidden away in Toronto’s Dominion Bank Tower, the restaurant is the perfect setting for a formal business lunch or an intimate romantic dinner. With celebrated Executive Chef Anthony Walsh at the helm, Canoe’s menu is dedicated to creating a Canadian cuisine inspired by the country’s natural produce and unique culture. Elegantly prepared meals such as Ontario Provimi Veal Chop with Charred Leak and Kennebec Potato Gratin, and Alberta Lamb with Spring Onions, Baby Turnips and Branston Pickle Butterball Potatoes, are complemented perfectly by a range of expertly selected Canadian, Australian and French wines.

General Manager: Jocelyn Maurice

+1 416 364 0054

54th Floor, TD Bank Tower, 66 Wellington Street West, M5K 1H6


Cuisine: Tapas

Style / Ambiance: Headed by Executive Chef and Owner Claudio Aprile, Origin is a vibrant, lively restaurant offering tapas-style dishes from Asia, South America and Europe.

Popular options include Deviled Eggs, Spicy Spanish Fries, Paneer and Dried Fruit Samosas, and Miso Glazed Black Cod. Prepared in a kitchen based in the heart of the dining room, guests are given ring-side seats to Chef Aprile’s tantalizing operation. For a truly memorable dining experience Origin offers complete or semi-private hire options, the ideal choice for the elite traveler. Other options include The Warhol, a 14-person dining table with intriguing décor, an exclusive tailored menu, and the added convenience of a private terrace entrance.

General Manager: Taylor Corrigan

+1 416 603 8009

107-109 King Street East, M5C 1G6

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