A no frill restaurant, Enoteca Sociale will amaze you, just with their gorgeous flavors and friendly service. Located at Dundas Street West, it is filled to capacity on most days. With minimal decor and a lively ambiance, Enoteca Sociale proves to be a good bet for casual meals with loved ones. While here, do give a try to their Gnocchi con ‘Nduja, Treviso Insalata, Cornish Hen alla Diavola and Albacore Tuna Conserva. A nice range of fine wines is also available to complement the delicious food on offer. Ask your server for the best pairing, and enjoy the goodness of Italian cuisine, right in the heart of Toronto. Reservations are recommended.
One of the Terroni's in the city, the Adelaide location is housed in a former courthouse fit for one's last meal. With touches of old-world architecture throughout the space, the restaurant's three levels offer private rooms for parties or simply dinner for two. A lobby-bar warrants a drink before being seated where you can muse the 'food art' that lines the floor-to-ceiling shelves. The traditional southern Italian cuisine features fresh pasta that is hand-made daily and just about everything else on the menu is close to authentic. Even their mineral water is imported! Come hungry but prepared to wait as Terroni's tops Italian in Toronto.
Located next to The Hazelton Hotel 'ONE' Restaurant is another successful culinary endeavor in Chef Mark McEwan's kitty. The rich wood flooring, smoked glass, cowhide mirror paneling, and the elegantly striped tiger-eye onyx create an interesting and contemporary ambiance for fine dining. Diners savor the exotic European, Italian and French delicacies with the extensive wine list served here. But the most ideal way to relax, here, is to lounge in the largest street level patios as you indulge in people-watching.
Traditional recipes get a modern touch at Baro. Found in the Fashion District, the restaurant lives up to its location as a trendy feature of the Toronto culinary scene. Baro specializes in Latin cuisine, using flavors celebrated everywhere from Colombia to Brazil, and it successfully spreads the joy that Latin American cooking inspires. Try dishes like bone-in ribeye with chimichurri, avocado, and yuca fries or charred octopus with chorizo, fennel, tomatillo, poblano, and cilantro. If you want to enjoy the ambience without filling up, take advantage of the excellent happy hour at Baro by pairing creative cocktails with small bites from the raw bar. You might just be so impressed you'll have to come back for brunch.
Found at the bustling First Canadian Place, this trendy establishment represents the best of what downtown Toronto has to offer. Choose from expertly prepared dishes boasting international influences like Szechuan lettuce wraps and Creole steak and prawns. Enjoy cocktails featuring flavors like Thai basil, lychee, and amarena cherry or opt for something off the lofty beer and wine lists. If you're looking for something delicious to sip on and the perfect small bite at a great price, stop by for the happy hour special at the Cactus Club Cafe.
The Keating Channel Pub & Grill sits out on the Port Lands and offers solace from the hustle and bustle of the city center. While at the huge bar, enjoy labels like Guinness, Shocktop and Kronenbourg on tap or numerous others in bottles. And just like the beers, the pub is equally serious about the food it offers. Try the scrumptious Steak Sandwich with thin slices of Certified Angus Beef served on Garlic Toast or plates of seafood delights. For entertainment, watch the latest game on televisions set across the pub and lounge area or take on friends at a round of pool or darts. Located at the edge of the river, the best spot during summers is the 275-seat outdoor patio, which overlooks the channel and the Toronto skyline.