Toronto is known for its impressive and diverse variety of restaurants. While hitting the best and brightest of Toronto's culinary scene can be tough on your wallet, there's no denying that you get what you pay for. From Canoe to Bar Raval, this city has some amazing restaurants that offer up some seriously impressive culinary treats.
Whether you're looking to wow your special someone on date night or simple want to #treatyoself, here are 12 restaurants to go to in Toronto if you want to impress someone.
1. Canoe // 66 Wellington St W
One of most esteemed restaurants in Toronto, Canoe is a sophisticated restaurant located on the 54th floor of the TD Centre. The restaurant serves up Canadiana-inspired dishes which are known for their inventive presentation.
2. Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto // 6 Garamond Court
Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto is probably the most expensive restaurant in Toronto and only has 3 tables (so book in advance!) Just in case that doesn't seem impressive enough, the restaurant experience includes a 5-course meal and a traditional tea ceremony.
3. Alo // 163 Spadina Ave
Alo is known for its classic yet stylish French cuisine. Though Alo offers a traditional fine dining experience, their atmosphere is noticeable cozier than you might expect, making for a more comfortable meal out.
4. The Chase // 10 Temperance Street
Located on top of the historical Dineen Building, the Chase offers sweeping views of Toronto's Financial district from their large rooftop patio and indoor restaurant. The Chase aims to offer North American fine dining without any of the stuffy conventions that typically accompany the experience.
5. Barberian's Steak House // 7 Elm St
Barberian's is a classic steak house that is somewhat of a fixture on the Toronto culinary scene. The restaurant boasts an impressive wine cellar that includes a special table for esteemed guests. With 18 meat options alone, and as well as a special late night menu that consists of a variety of fondus, Barberian's is a great choice for people who like rich, hearty dishes.
6. Buca Yorkville // 53 Scollard St
Though Buca has become a family of restaurants, it is the Yorkville location that still remains one of the most prestigious restaurants in the city. Known for their elevated pizzas and pastas, this location in particular puts an emphasis on creative seafood dishes.
7. Shoto // 190 University Avenue
With only 22 seats in the restaurant, Shoto might be one of the most exclusive restaurants in the city. Located on the top floor of the Momofuko complex at the Shangri-La hotel, the restaurant features seasonal tasting menus with unique dishes.
8. Scaramouche // 1 Benvenuto Pl
For seafood and pasta lovers, Scaramouche is the ultimate destination in Toronto. The upscale midtown restaurant is known for their impeccable service and the unparalleled views of the city skyline.
9. George Restaurant // 111C Queen St. E Toronto
If you have trouble committing to one meal, you'll love the tasting menus at George Restaurant. A fine dining spot located on Queen East, George is known for their 5-10 course meals and their vegetarian friendly options.
10. Bar Raval // 505 College St
If you're looking to impress based on restaurant appearance alone, Bar Raval is definitely your best bet. This stunning bar and restaurant hybrid serves up insane cocktails and Spanish-inspired dishes.
11. Sotto Sotto // 120 Avenue Road
This Southern-Italian bistro is known for their upscale yet traditional dishes. If you need any more proof that Sotto Sotto is an impressive spot, know that the one time that I ate here, I saw Drake. True story.
12. Blu // 17 Yorkville Ave
With its stone walls and leather seats, Blu offers an inherently romantic setting that makes it the perfect date night spot. Their Italian fare is known to be both authentic and delicious, and is accentuated by the restaurant's regular live music.
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