Estia Toronto is a Mediterranean restaurant and cocktail bar located on Avenue Road in Yorkville.
The award-winning restaurant in Toronto features a two-story dining room, white marble-topped bar and patio perched over Avenue Road.
The Estia menu offers classic Mediterranean dishes with a unique focus on Turkish cuisine. With plenty of fresh salads and dips, it’s one of the best restaurants in Yorkville to enjoy a flavourful vegetarian or vegan meal.
The elegant restaurant in Yorkville opened in Spring 2017 in the former home of NAO Steakhouse. The dining room has undergone a distinct transformation, from modern Japanese steakhouse to romantic Mediterranean fine dining concept.
The formerly dark and handsome interior has been given a soft feminine edge, featuring the glow of a monumental chandelier and large female portraits dressed in fancy fashions. The split-level Yorkville restaurant is bright with a lilac Persian rug, teal pillows; and decorative amphorae highlight the kitchen’s Greco-Roman influence.
Estia Toronto is named after the Greek deity Hestia, goddess of the hearth. Rooted in Greek mythology, the restaurant’s name offers a hat tip to its hospitality ethos, a warm gathering space with a feminine touch. The 177-seat space features a summer patio, plush u-booth indoor seating, bar stools and upstairs dining room with its own bar, perfect for hosting private events.
If you’ve got a penchant for warm Mediterranean holidays, Estia Toronto will have you floating back to the beaches of Lagos, Malaga, Mallorca, Ibiza, Valencia, Santorini, Mykonos, Malta and the Amalfi Coast.
Estia Toronto Bar
Step inside Estia’s front door and you’ll be greeted by an elegant sky-high cocktail bar. We suggest hopping up on a bar stool and enjoying a pre-dinner tipple. Watch the Mediterranean restaurant’s talented mixologist whip up craft cocktails inspired by the goddesses of Greek mythology.
Estia’s cocktail menu was crafted by bartender James Denslow, while its wine program offers unique bottles from Greece and Turkey. Hop and malt lovers can also find a selection of thirst-quenching beers from Peroni, Grolsch, Amsterdam Brewery and Collective Arts.
- Od Ana “Goddess of Fire”: bulleit bourbon, campari, bols apricot brandy, espresso, xocolatl mole bitters
- Su Ana “Goddess of Water”: tanqueray, martini bianco, ouzo 12, lemon, peychaud’s bitters
- Yer Tanri “Earth Goddess”: hennessy VS, chai infused bulleit bourbon, dubonnet rouge, dom benedictine, angostura bitters, yeni raki, mist
- Seytan Tuyu “The Devil’s Feather”: amaro nonino, pama pomegranate liqueur, lime, ginger beer, buckspice ginger bitters
- Ak Ana “Goddess of Creation”: bacardi gold, frangelico, peach schnapps, peach puree, lime
- Gun Ana “Sun Goddess”: cazadores reposado, lime, thyme syrup, ginger syrup, jaral de berrio mezcal
- Yel Ana “Goddess of Winds”: bombay sapphire, briottet creme de violette, americano cocchi rosa, lime, thyme syrup, rosewater
- Aisyt “Goddess of Beauty”: stolichnaya, briottet creme de cassis, pomegranate juice, lime, original labneh
- Choqku “Goddess of Good Wishes”: bacardi black, briottet creme de figue, lime, orgeat syrup, cherry bark vanilla bittters
- Amphictyonis “Goddess of Wine & Friendship”: aperol, pierre ferrand dry curacao, st germaine elderflower, mionetto prossecco, angostura bitters, soda, rosemary syrup
- Psykhe “Goddess of the Soul”: ketel one, kahlua, espresso, salted caramel foam, rosemary syrup
The Estia menu has evolved since first opening its doors in 2017. While the kitchen’s focus is still on Mediterranean dishes, the Estia menu’s most unique offerings are inspired by Turkey. Food fans in Toronto can explore regional Turkish dishes on the Estia menu, taking a flavour tour of Cappadocia, Bodrum and Ephesus.
The Estia menu is crafted each season by Chef Meaghan Foster. The Fanshawe College graduate has accumulated over 12 years of culinary experience. She’s traveled the globe from Australia to Western Canada, taking on a worldly approach to cooking. Chef Foster joined the ICONINK team to launch the boutique luxury Bisha Hotel, and is now the Chef de Cuisine overseeing the Estia menu.
Chef Foster describes the Estia menu, “Our approach is simple; prepare flavourful dishes from quality ingredients over charcoal and wood and enjoy them in great company, with family and friends.”
Chef Meaghan Foster ensures the Estia restaurant’s kitchen sources as many of its ingredients locally. Wag your finger down the Estia menu and you’ll find Sheldon Creek dairy used to prepare fresh Labneh, chicken from Harrison, Ontario and produce from TallBoots, Canal Roads, Lemmington and Tamarak Farms.
First time pursuing the Estia menu? We suggest ordering the Mediterranean restaurant’s most popular dishes: Oxtail Manti Dumplings, Feta & Eggplant and Grilled Octopus.
Estia Toronto Starters
Some of our favourite dishes on the Estia menu are smaller dishes, perfect for sharing.
Seafood lovers are spoilt for choice, indulging in oysters, ahi tunu, kanpachi crudo, jumbo shrimp, calamari and octopus. There are also a number of excellent vegetarian dishes such as patlican, mushroom pide, feta & eggplant and grilled halloumi cheese.
- Half Dozen Oysters: tomato, green chili mignoette
- Smoked Ahi Tuna: black truffle, red wine vinegar, greek olive oil
- Kanpachi Crudo: cucumber, green zhug, avocado, sumac onion
- Chilled Jumbo Shrimp: turkish chili cocktail sauce, lemon
- Calamari: crisp lemon, wild oregano aioli
- Octopus Salad: potato, kalamata olive, cherry tomato, cucumber, caper leaf
- Patlican: smoked eggplant, tahini, house pita
- Mushroom Pide: turkish pepper, saganaki cheese
- Feta & Eggplant: oven roasted baby eggplant, mint gremolata, date syrup, pine nut
- Halloumi: warm truffle honey, roasted grape, toasted walnut
- Za’atar Cig Wagyu: beef tartare, eggplant, pomegranate, almond, pita
- Oxtail Manti Dumplings: chili butter, crisp onion, yogurt sauce
- Wagyu Beef Kibbeh: truffle labneh, warm honey
Estia Toronto Salads
The best vegetarian and vegan dishes on the Estia menu are the kitchen’s fresh signature salads. Each salad offers a crunch and munch in celebration of Mediterranean and Turkish flavours.
- Baby Gem: goat cheese, crisp pita, olive, fresh basil, roast garlic vinaigrette
- Turkish Spoon: tomato, cucumber, pepper, walnut, pistachio, labneh, pomegranate vinaigrette
- Aegean: cucumber, olive, red onion, tomato, feta, oregano vinaigrette
- Blood Orange: watercress, mint, walnut, ricotta salata, honey vinaigrette
Estia Toronto Kebab
Our favourite section of the Estia menu is an homage to grilled kebab. Fans of smokey barbecue should order a few skewers to share at the table with friends.
- Calamari: tomato, kalamata, preserved lemon, basil
- Branzino: green shoug, garlic yoghurt, charred lemon
- Chicken: tzatziki, cucumber, red onion, dill, pita
- Short Rib: muhammara, pine nut dukkah, mint
- Lamb Adana: waygu, za’alouk, turkish pepper, grilled pita
Meat, Poultry & Seafood
Dining out with a large group or simply want to indulge in a hearty plate all to yourself? The entree’s at Estia restaurant in Yorkville offer a modern take on the most celebrated Greek and Turkish dishes.
- Wood Oven Chicken: kalamata olive, salsa verede, lemon
- Lamb Chops: grilled over charcoal, tzatziki, mint
- Lamb Shoulder: muhammara, tzatizki, patlican, pickles, sumac onions, pita
- Beef Short Rib: smoked, crushed coriander seed, mustard, horseradish labneh
- Rib Eye: 14oz dry aged steak crusted in za’atar, oregano, jus
- Wagyu Moussaka: beef ragu, truffle potato, eggplant, mushroom conserva
- Daily Seafood: bream, calamari or branzino served half or whole with garlic labneh, biber salcasi, green zhug and peperoncini salsa verde
Sweet fans should be sure to leave room to graze over the Estia dessert menu. The restaurant’s pastry chef puts out some of Estia’s most memorable flavour combinations.
Our favourite is that bowl of soft donuts called loukoumades. They are served alongside a creamy pistachio gelato, plump amarena cherries and tossed in vanilla sugar.
- Sokolata: chocolate mousse, crispy phyllo, raspberry sorbet
- Turkish Crisp: rosewater chantilly, puff pastry, sicillian pistachios
- Kataifi Tart: semolina custard, cinnamon krema, greek honey
- Loukoumades: pistachio ice cream, amarena cherries, vanilla sugar
- Macadamia Panna Cotta: roasted white chocolate, strawberries, meringue
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Price Range: $$$
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish,