The winter season is filled with super romantic holidays. First there's Christmas with all the twinkling lights, presents to show how much you care about the other person and kissing under the mistletoe. Then comes New Year's Eve where you get the chance to ring in the new year with that special someone by your side.
Finally, we reach Valentine's Day in February. That special day of the year where everyone that's lucky enough to be in love gets to celebrate it! The classic ways of doing this are sending that special someone a box of chocolates, a bouquet of red roses or sharing a meal with them at a romantic restaurant. Maybe even all three if you want to go all out!
Luckily, Toronto is full of incredibly romantic restaurants so it won't be hard to choose one that is sure to impress your S/O. It may seem early, but these restaurants are going to book up fast!
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Where: 252 Dupont St // The Annex
Why You Should Go: This Parisian-style restaurant screams romance when you walk through the door. It's dimly lit, has intimate seating and dark wood decor that will make you feel like you're at your own private restaurant. The food is super reasonably priced and they make delicious cocktails!
Where: 199 Augusta Ave // Kensington Market
Why You Should Go: Candle lit dinner anyone? This spot is known for it's extensive wine list and seafood-heavy menu making for an evening of romance like you've never had before!
Where: 243 King St E // King East
Why You Should Go: The menu at this restaurant will transport you directly to Sicily, Italy with choices from pizzas to pastas to seafood! It give a very romantic setting that's dimly lit and gorgeously decorated.
Where: 418 College St // Little Italy
Why You Should Go: Pomegranate Restaurant is a beautiful and unique spot in the city for a romantic date. They serve flavourful Iranian food with Persian art and decor! The cocktail menu is extensive and delicious as well.
Where: 231A Roncesvalles Ave // Roncesvalles
Why You Should Go: This cozy diner turned up-scale restaurant is the perfect place to take your Valentine for an intimate date. Their menu specializes in comfort food with a twist!
Where: 90 Yorkville Ave // Yorkville
Why You Should Go: This classic French restaurant tucked away in Yorkville is the coziest place to spend your Valentine's Day. The entrance is lit with lanterns and the interior is decorated with chandeliers and marble. What screams romance more than that?
Where: 307 Spadina Ave // Chinatown
Why You Should Go: This cozy and unique eatery in the heart of Toronto's Chinatown offers some unique fusion flavours. This spot boasts intimate corner tables, dim lighting and romantic music to keep you in the romance mood all night long!
Where: 10 Temperance St // Financial District
Why You Should Go: This seafood focused restaurant will make you feel like you were transported straight to the beach! Their decor is extremely modern and their menu is inspired by the Maritimes and all things seafood.
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Where: 1118 Queen St E // Leslieville
Why You Should Go: This modern and cozy restaurant serves delicious French cuisine like you've never had before. It's a small space so you definitely need to call ahead but if you're lucky enough to get a table you're in for a very romantic evening.
Where: 1471 Gerrard St E // Little India
Why You Should Go: This Asian-fusion restaurant will serve you flavours that you've never tried before and that will literally blow your mind! The interior is dimly lit and super cozy and will make you feel at home instantly.
Where: 184 Ossington Ave // Ossington
Why You Should Go: If you're looking for somewhere with a more casual vibe but still super romantic, this classic Italian pizza joint is the perfect spot. They serve pizzas by the pie, house made pastas and other homemade Italian favourites. The interior is decorated with candles, neon and twinkly lights to set the mood!
Where: 996 Queen St W // West Queen West
Why You Should Go: This restaurant is simple, but elegantly decorated and serves Canadian fare with a twist! The dishes are all made perfectly for sharing so you can try more than one thing each.
Why You Should Go: This restaurant will make you feel like you were transported straight to Japan when you're really in downtown Toronto. Sit at a traditional Japanese dinner table and enjoy massive sushi boats!
Where: 1198 Queen St W // West Queen West
Why You Should Go: This little French bistro on the west end of Toronto is the perfect cozy spot for your romantic evening. The interior is decorated with exposed brick, plants and dim lighting. The menu features classic dishes like fish and meat with lots of veggie friendly options as well.
Where: 1240 Bay St // Yorkville
Why You Should Go: This is one of the top ranked restaurants in all of Toronto! You'll find it located right next to the entrance to Bay Station and it serves an extensive amount of wines and delicious small plates.
Ku Kum Kitchen
Where: 581 Mt Pleasant Rd // Mount Pleasant
Why You Should Go: This restaurant is an Indigenous restaurant serving traditional dishes of the talented chef's heritage. If you want to experience the flavours of the Canadian Indigenous heritage, this is an amazing spot!
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Where: 295 Adelaide St W // Old Toronto
Why You Should Go: This is one of the most talked about restaurants in Toronto for a very good reason. They serve classic Italian dishes with a modern twist to match their gorgeous interior!
Where: 1382 Danforth Ave // The Danforth
Why You Should Go: This is a great option if you're looking for a place that's a little more casual that still gives off a romantic atmosphere. They offer a slightly up-scale twist on all your favourites from burgers to tacos to mac n' cheese!
Dolly's Mojito Bar
Where: 1285 Bloor St W // Bloordale
Why You Should Go: This Filipino restaurant/mojito bar is a great place to mix romance with fun! They play amazing music, serve delicious Filipino dishes and you know their cocktails are going to be insane. The vibe is casual, fun and diner-esque so don't feel like you have to get all dolled up for this romantic evening.
Where: 3 Charles St E // Downtown Toronto
Why You Should Go: If you book a reservation here, your girlfriend will be insanely impressed because this is one of the cutest restaurants in the whole city. They have a wide range of different dishes on their menu and even serve brunch if you'd rather do a cute brunch date instead of dinner.
Khao San Road
Where: 11 Charlotte St // Chinatown
Why You Should Go: This is probably Toronto's most popular Thai food restaurant for obvious reasons. Their interior is adorable with the colourful tiles on the floors and walls and their food is authentic and delicious!
416 Snack Bar
Where: 181 Bathurst St // Queen West
Why You Should Go: This is one of Toronto's top spots for delicious sharing plates, good vibes and amazing cocktails. The space is small but it's open late so you can stay, drink and eat the night away in a cozy candlelit setting.
Where: 553 Church St // Church and Wellesley
Why You Should Go: This romantic little restaurant is sure to get the sparks flying this Valentine's Day. They serve a huge selection of amazing cocktails, a menu of delicious meats and appetizers and the space is perfect for a cozy night.
Where: 18 Tank House Lane // Distillery District
Why You Should Go: This is Toronto's best spot for up-scale Mexican food. Located in one of the most romantic neighbourhoods, you can wander through the Distillery District after you've eaten a delicious meal of ceviche, tacos and margaritas.
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Where: 1265 Dundas St W // Dundas West
Why You Should Go: This cute and casual spot is everything that you're looking for in a Valentine's Day restaurant. They serve new-wave Italian dishes that are easily sharable and paired with their strong drinks.
The Hole In The Wall
Where: 2867 Dundas St W // The Junction
Why You Should Go: This super casual bar serves up classic pub food plates. The space is cozy, dimly lit and plays live music that's perfect for a romantic evening with your S/O.
Buca Osteria & Bar
Where: 53 Scollard Street // Yorkville
Why You Should Go: This up-scale Italian restaurant serves everything from pizzas to pastas to fish and meat! You have a real variety here but you can guarantee that everything you choose will be delicious.
Why You Should Go: This unique bistro in the west end of Toronto is a great choice for your Valentine's date. They serve an up-scale twist on Pan-Asian dishes and the space itself is cozy giving you a romantic atmosphere.
Where: 115 Yorkville Ave // Yorkville
Why You Should Go: This swanky sushi joint is the best spot to take a date that likes discovering the newest and hottest spots in the city. Some of their amazing dishes include spicy tuna with crispy rice, wagyu beef and amazing cocktails!
Where: 1095 Yonge St // Summerhill
Why You Should Go: You can't go wrong with this up-scale Italian restaurant with multiple locations across Toronto. They serve all the best dishes including pasta, pizza and salads that will leave you full and happy at the end of your meal.
Drake One Fifty
Where: 150 York St // Financial District
Why You Should Go: This upscale Canadian-style restaurant serves delicious food in a chic space. The space is focused on art, amazing food and great drinks to make this a super romantic evening.
Where: 244 Jane St // Bloor West Village
Why You Should Go: This a great spot to take a date for a romantic and delicious dinner. They serve meals like their creamy gnocchi, cured meats and olives, beef carpaccio and more!
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Mad Crush Wine Bar
Where: 582 College St // Little Italy
Why You Should Go: This relaxed yet up-scale wine bar is an amazing spot to spend a romantic evening with your S/O. They serve a menu full of delicious entrees as well as a huge selection of wines that pair perfectly with them.
Where: 106 Broadview Ave // Leslieville
Why You Should Go: This restaurant is located on the ground floor of Toronto's new and beautiful Broadview Hotel. Their food menu is up-scale and delicious and the ambiance is extremely romantic!
Where: 107 King St E // King East
Why You Should Go: This restaurant on King East offers a dimly lit and romantic setting. They serve modern Canadian fare with a twist! It's a great place to consider making reservations for Valentine's Day this year.
Where: 101 Portland St // King West
Why You Should Go: This spot offers some seriously delicious Italian fare at a reasonable price. Their space is lively and exciting but will definitely give you that air of romance that you're looking for.
Where: 66 Wellington St W // Downtown Toronto
Why You Should Go: If you're looking to splurge and really impress your Valentine, Canoe is the way to go. This fine dining restaurant offers gorgeous views overlooking the Toronto skyline!
Where: 633 King St W // King West
Why You Should Go: This is probably one of the most aesthetically pleasing restaurants in all of Toronto. The interior is just gorgeous and the food features delicious Italian fare!
Where: 11 Duncan St // Old Toronto
Why You Should Go: This up-scale Mediterranean restaurant is the perfect place to bring your date this Valentine's Day. Their food is mouth wateringly delicious and the space is super romantic!