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This comprehensive guide to Yorkville restaurants features our favourite fine dining rooms, cafes, vegan eateries, ice cream parlours and cocktail bars.
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History of Yorkville Restaurants
Dobbernationloves sat down with Toronto’s favourite social columnist and author of the novel, Boldface Names, Shinan Govani to chat about the history of Yorkville restaurants.
Govani shared, “long before there was a Nespresso, or a Whole Foods, or a STK Steak, there was a hood where young, still-undiscovered poets like Margaret Atwood would do readings at the long-gone Bohemian Embassy, and where the classic, equally nostalgia-giving Riverboat provided a stage to nascent talents like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. For those roaming about Yorkville in this age of hashtags and right-swiping, it might be entirely lost to them that in the 1960s, it really as a village unto itself – the Canadian counterpart to Greenwich and Height-Ashburty!”
Govani continued, “still others cart memories of its second metamorphosis in the 80s and early 90s when Yuppies ran amok, and the area became a kind of a ground zero for the Bonfire of the Vanities era. Nudged by increased film production in town, and the coinage of the term, Hollywood North, Yorkville turned into a celebrity fishbowl starring Mel Gibson, Rod Stewart, Cher and the like. The strengthening of TIFF – then called the Festival of Festivals – also gave the place a certain heat. On 9/11 – which actually happened during the fest, and when the world, and TIFF abruptly stopped – I have a vivid memory of being at the pool, where I watched Ben Kingsley do laps at the old Four Seasons!”
Govani met with celebrated interior designer Henry Liska who lived in Yorkville for decades, “he fondly remembers those years, and once told me: it was a time when “the Prince Arthur Room at the Park Plaza Hotel again hosted Toronto’s No. 1 power breakfast, anyone who wanted to be seen drank at the Four Season’s SRO, and anyone with the inclination to be bad went to Boa on Bellair Street.”
So how has Yorkville evolved into present day? Govani chirped, “that the area has gone through some dramatic changes is an understatement – but in some ways literally so. The shadows caused by development projects, and a skyline that inches higher and higher, the feeling of connect-ness and community has shifted. As someone who lives just on the cusp of Yorkville, it has sometimes struck me – especially walking through Yorkville on weekends – that a lot of people are either tourists, or those who have come from north of the city to what they think is Toronto, so it kind of feels like more of an existential idea of Toronto than actually Toronto.”
Ever wonder what chef put Yorkville on Toronto’s culinary map? “The restauranteur who really defined Yorkville in the 80s/90s and who I got to know towards the end of his life was Michael Carlevale, who once reigned over the extreme see-and-be-seen Preggo Della Piazza, in the courtyard next to the church where a Starbucks now looms (call the symbolism police!) His place was IT – especially during the Fest, and all year long, with socialites galore. He was the first restauranteur to grace the cover of Toronto Life magazine – a fact he often happily mentioned! At his funeral held about four years go – inside the very church beside his restaurant – it was a virtual kaleidoscope of older Yorkville faces,” said Govani.
And what shall we make of the Yorkville restaurants of present day? “Three restaurants that are currently in my regular Toronto rotation are in, or around, Yorkville: Brothers, Chabrol and Alobar Yorkville. Spots where I want to be! I could not have picked one, let alone three spots, five years ago. The pendulum is always swinging!” exclaimed Govani.
Best Yorkville Restaurants
Are you a Toronto local looking for a tasty date night idea? Or perhaps you’re a tourist keen to eat your way through the city’s most luxurious neighbourhood. Our comprehensive guide to Yorkville restaurants features the best places to eat near Yonge and Bloor.
Yorkville’s best restaurants don’t necessarily have to break the bank. While the neighbourhood is best known as the “Beverly Hills” of Toronto, Yorkville offers a wide selection of dining options that can satisfy any budget.
If you’re dressed to impress you’ll find a clutch of elegant dining rooms offering Italian, French and elevated Mediterranean dishes. Yorkville is also home to a delicious Thai and Laotian concept, Hong Kong-style dim sum, Japanese fusion, elegant Afternoon Tea and a British pub considered to serve one of the best burgers in Toronto.
Looking for a quick and casual fix? The Yorkville neighbourhood offers healthy grab and go vegetarian and vegan options, dining hall at an upscale grocery store and the city’s best okonomayaki.
Best Yorkville Hotels
If you’re looking to dine around Yorkville on holiday we suggest booking one of these local neighbourhood hotels.
- The Andore House 3.5 STARS: This boutique hotel offers stylish guest rooms, bar and restaurant near Yonge and Bloor. Check Reviews
- Windsor Arms Hotel 4 STARS: Yorkville’s best boutique hotel offers luxurious suites, cozy spa, fine dining restaurant and popular Afternoon Tea service. Check Reviews
- Four Seasons Hotel 5 STARS: Ranked as one of Toronto’s most luxurious hotels, the Four Seasons flagship features chic suites, spa, cocktail bar and fine dining restaurant. Check Reviews
1240 Bay St, 416-804-6066
Brothers Food and Wine offers one of the most memorable dining experiences in Yorkville.
The tiny, 30-seat restaurant is located directly above Bay Station. Squeeze yourself into the narrow dining room and you’ll feel the rumble of the subway underneath your seat. Inside you’ll find a few tables and a counter that runs the length of the space. If you love people watching, grab one of the three high chair seats that sit tucked in front of the window.
The popular Yorkville wine bar first launched in 2017 and that year received endless accolades from the likes of Now Magazine, Toronto Life and Air Canada’s EnRoute.
Chris White and Jonathan Nicolau offer an ever-changing menu that is short but sweet. The kitchen duo originally met at Terroni on Queen West and have been friends ever since. The Brothers Toronto menu is loosely inspired by the Mediterranean. Dishes are best described as simple perfection, focussing on utilizing seasonal and local ingredients.
Anticipate an interesting selection of natural wines, and if you’re dining with a group, try and share as much of the Brothers Food and Wine menu as you can.
- Scallop: apple, almond
- Pork Belly: frisee, fennel
- Sweetbreads: savoy, apple
- Cavatelli: romanesco, toscana
- Lamb Ribs: garlic yogurt, quince
90 Yorkville Ave, 416-428-6641
Chabrol is an award-winning French bistro, which first opened its doors in Yorkville in December, 2015. In French, Chabrol translates to, “the act of adding small amounts of wine to the end of one’s soup dish and drinking the combined wine and soup out of the bowl.”
Skip inside the popular French restaurant in Yorkville and you’ll find a hidden space with seating for 45 guests. Formerly the home of Le Tru Normand, Chabrol’s raw bar is inspired by the designs of the art deco era.
Chef Doug Penfold’s Chabrol menu focuses on celebrating Southern French cuisine. The menu is paired by an extensive wine list, featuring rare vintages and labels. By the glass wines change frequently, offering local regulars an opportunity to try a variety of bottles over time.
Signature dishes on the Chabrol menu include; Ttoro southern French saffron infused bouillabaisse, Papillote whitefish served in a paper envelope and an Apple Tart made to order with sabayon and house made puff pastry.
In March, 2020 Chabrol will move its tiny restaurant to a larger space at 156 Cumberland.
- Persimmon: lacinato kale, chevre noir, jerusalem artichoke chips, grenache vinaigrette
- Terrine Fait Maison: baguette, seasonal preserves
- Tartine: braised duck leg, orange, rapini, radish salad
- Pork Chop: roasted salsify, savoy cabbage, cumberland sauce
- Tarte: roasted apple, calvados sabayon
162 Cumberland St, 416-961-1222
Alobar Yorkville is a restaurant and bar that can be found tucked away along a pathway between Cumberland Street and Yorkville Avenue. It is located in the former space of Crème Brasserie.
The restaurant opened its doors in August 2018, as a sister property to Chef Patrick Kriss’s award-winning Alo, Bar Alo and Aloette. For those who have dined at Canada’s best restaurant, it feels like a full-scale version of the Bar at Alo.
Skip inside Alobar Yorkville and you’ll find a 50-seat chic, banquet-filled dining room designed to have three distinct spaces: a bar for walk ins, dining room with comfy banquette seating and a relaxed front lounge. Alobar is the first of Kriss’s Alo-empire to feature an outdoor patio, a big selling point for the popular Toronto chef.
While many local residents might consider it the best cocktail bar in Yorkville, its in fact a full-fledged restaurant. Glance through the Alobar menu and you’ll find a choice of raw items, fish and chops off the charcoal grill, classic pasta, seasonal sides and show-stopping desserts.
- Aloette Wedge Salad: avocado, chive cream, wild rice
- Ricotta Gnudi: parmesan, butter, chive
- Wagyu Carpaccio: mustard, idiazabal cheese, caper
- Beet Salad: hazelnut, meyer lemon, yogurt
- Yellowfin Tuna: nicoise olive, proscuitto, pine nut
153 Yorkville Ave, 416-613-9660
STK Toronto is ranked as one of the best Yorkville restaurants for steak lovers. The popular steakhouse in Yorkville opened its doors in October 2016 in what was formerly the Four Seasons Hotel.
The restaurant’s luxurious dining room is located on the second floor and can accomodate 325 guests. STK Toronto can be enjoyed by diners in four distinct areas: a lounge, dining room and two private rooms.
Skip inside STK Toronto and you’ll find “the ultimate vibe dining experience,” featuring a high energy atmosphere that makes stuffy steakhouses a thing of the past. Huge swooping artistic white elements swirl from floor to ceiling. Embracing a fireplace area, the bar is outfitted with artwork imitating cow horns anchoring the table seating and carpeted booth area. The raised back section is adorned with dark, plush carpet, large curved booths trimmed in rosewood, and white painted brick walls accented by fuchsia lighting. Dramatic, polished white archways are spread along the length of the upstairs, and the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Yorkville open to convert the 8,800 square foot restaurant into a giant, covered patio during the warmer months of the year.
STK’s Executive Chef Devin Murphy shared, “My cooking philosophy is to make every dish a star of the menu. While steaks anchor the menu at STK, we put just as much love and flavour into every single one of the dishes that leave our kitchen. The Dry-Aged Tomahawk, Bone-In Cowgirl Ribeye, Seafood Platters, Jalapeno Cheddar Grits and the Lobster Mac & Cheese are our most popular signature dishes.”
- Heirloom Tomatoes: burrata, olive tapenade, garlic marjoram croutons, dried kalamata, olive oil
- Seared Foie Gras: fruit compote, maple brown butter crumble, pear puree
- Tuna Tartare: avocado, soy honey emlusion, taro chips
- Braised Beef Short Rib: jalapeno cheddar grits, roasted pepper relish, crispy shallots, red wine glaze
- Butternut Squash Fregola Risotto: mixed mushrooms, roasted pine nuts, pecorino, shaved truffle
90 Avenue Rd, 416-367-4141
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 that highlights the kitchen’s Greco-Roman influence.
Chef Meaghan Foster’s 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.
- Mushroom Pide: turkish pepper, saganaki cheese
- Oxtail Manti Dumplings: chili butter, crisp onion, yogurt sauce
- Turkish Spoon: tomato, cucumber, pepper, walnut, pistachio, labneh, pomegranate vinaigrette
- Short Rib Kebab: muhammara, pine nut dukkah, mint
- Lamb Shoulder: muhammara, tzatizki, patlican, pickles, sumac onions, pita
53 Scollard Street, 416-962-2822
Buca Yorkville is ranked as one of the best Italian restaurants in Toronto. Located a stones throw from the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel, the chic restaurant specializes in inventive and traditional Italian dishes.
The restaurants sleek interior features an industrial chandelier, posh white marble bar, and a steel wine rack that shows off the sommelier’s favourite labels.
Skip through the dining room and you’ll find contemporary furnishings, including high tops and tables that accommodate 90 diners at a time. Buca Yorkville also offers a semi-private room, which can serve a celebratory crowd of 12. If you’re keen to impress on a romantic date make sure to reserve one of the half dozen seats at the chef’s table, perched over an open kitchen.
Buca restaurant’s Yorkville location takes diners on a coastal vacation, adventuring through dreamy Italian destinations such as the Amalfi Coast. Chef Rob Gentile’s menu offers a broad selection of fresh seafood, including house made salmi di mare. It also features Buca’s trademark al dente pastas and vintage scissor snipped thin-crust pizzas.
- Crostini e Burrata: toasted ciabatta with burrata cheese, organic olive oil and trout roe
- Branzino: raw sea bass from cyprus carved table side, finished with prosecco and lemon
- Spaghetti alla Carbonara: spaghetti rummo from benevento with pancetta, pecorino romano, hen’s egg yolk, black pepper
- Filetto di Bisonte: alberta bouvry farm bison tenderloin, seasonal mushrooms, saffron infused milk, ragu bianco, dill
- Scamorza Pizza: smoked mozzarella, salumi di buca, pepperoncini, roasted scallions
158 Cumberland St, 647-748-4464
Bar Reyna is the thoughtfully realized restaurant dream of Toronto food writer Nicki Laborie. Many will recognize Laborie for launching View the Vibe, a local online publication that tantalized tastebuds with foodie vlogs and movie trailer-style restaurant reviews.
Reyna means queen in Spanish, offering a playful homage to strong, powerful and inspiring women. Laborie explained, “At the time, many Toronto restaurants felt very masculine. So I wanted to create something unique and feminine – somewhere I would want to hang out.”
Laborie was able to make her dream a reality when Caren’s Wine Bar in Yorkville went up for sale. Bar Reyna took over the space by offering an enchanting restaurant makeover. The founder of View the Vibe worked alongside Solid B Design to ensure the restaurant’s vibe was Instagram-worthy.
Laborie described Bar Reyna’s unique spaces, “Upstairs is very Moroccan inspired featuring dark red and cognac and beautiful gold light fixtures. It’s the place where people want to be in the winter because of its cozy vibe. The main room had to represent royalty, because of the name. So we chose purple and royal green as the colour scheme with lots of gold and brass accents. The back patio was designed to take you outside of Toronto and into the Mediterranean – even when it’s -20 degrees outside. In the winter, we have the roof closed and heaters going while in the summer, the ceiling opens up to see the trees blooming overhead.”
Chef Andres Salomon manages the Bar Reyna menu, which finds its inspirations in flavours from Lebanon, Portugal, Spain and Greece. Bar Reyna’s signature dish is a testament to Laborie’s goal of offering a dining experience that sits outside of the box. Endless plates of Lamb Baklava parade outside of the kitchen, offering a sweet meets savoury spin on the traditional Mediterranean pastry.
Fans can also find Bar Reyna at Assembly Chefs Hall and on King Street East.
- Laughing Bird Shrimp Fennel Salad: blood orange, dill, mint, cilantro
- Lamb Shank Baklava: kataifi, lamb shank, saffron, burnt honey aioli
- Lebanese Tacos: housemade flatbreads, spiced chicken or falafel, garlic aioli, lebanese pickles, turkish salsa, crispy onions
- Cornish Hen Skewer: sous vide and grilled cornish hen, black olive tapenade
- Moroccan Grilled Short Ribs: ras al hanout, pickled caper leaves, sourdough
99 Yorkville Ave, 416-479-8974
Located tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Yorkville Avenue, Sofia Restaurant is a romantic Italian restaurant by Charles Khabouth and Danny Soberano of INK Entertainment.
Sofia Restaurant in Yorkville first opened its doors in May, 2018. The concept stemmed from Khabouth’s vision to redefine the concept of the supper club and give it a contemporary creative twist.
Skip inside Sofia Restaurant and you’ll encounter a jaw-dropping 64-seat bar offering a craft cocktail program by resident mixologist Nishan Nepulangoda. The spacious dining room seats 150 guests and was designed by Studio Munge. Take a tour and you’ll find pillars wrapped in floor to ceiling mirrors, custom-made Murano glass chandeliers designed by Barovier & Toso and artwork from Taglialatella Galleries as well as Charles Khabouth’s and Danny Soberano’s personal art collections.
Wag your finger through the Sofia Restaurant menu and you’ll find Italian decadence at every turn. The Italian menu features a selection of crudo, antipasti, handmade pasta, fresh seafood and succulent steaks.
Favourite dishes includes creamy burrata, Tuscan pici, plump wild king prawns and crispy breaded veal accompanied by a zingy lemon caper sauce.
- Carciofi Fritti: crisp baby artichokes, ricotta cheese, orange blossom honey, lemon
- Agnolotti al Tartufo: chanterelles, hazelnuts, ricotta, black truffle
- Pici ala Toscana: beef and pork ragu, chili, parmigiano reggiano, pangrattato
- Gamberetti: wild king prawn, basil, chili, lemon
- Cotoletta alla Milanese: breaded veal, lemon, tomatoes, caper, arugula
81 Bloor St E, 647-748-4225
Of all the Yorkville restaurants, Sabai Sabai offers the best Thai menu. Located a short walk from Yonge and Bloor, Sabai Sabai offers classic Thai dishes alongside authentic Laotian specialties.
The popular Thai restaurant on Bloor Street was the dream of Laotians Seng Luong and Jason Jiang. The duo co-own the restaurant with Thai restaurant power couple Chef Nuit and Jeff Regular (of Pai and Kiin fame).
Step inside Sabai Sabai and you’ll find yourself transported to Thailand. We’ve traveled through Thailand extensively and enjoy the restaurant’s Thai-inspired decor and authentically prepared dishes. Dinner at Sabai Sabai always has us swooning for past travels to Bangkok, Sukothai, Phuket, Ko Phi Phi, Krabi, and Ko Samui.
Sabai Sabai is one of the only restaurants in Toronto offering authentic dishes from Laos. You’ll find all your favourite Thai staples here, but we suggest focussing on the restaurants unique offerings from Laos as they’re hard to find elsewhere in the city.
- Minced Pork Salad “Laap Lao”: unofficial national dish of Laos, fresh herbs, lettuce
- Crispy Fried Fish: lightly battered, sweet and tangy tamarind sauce.
- Pork Belly Lao Sausage “Sai Oua”: housemade, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, galangal, chili
- Coconut Noodles “Mee Kati”: thin rice noodles, coconut and tamarind sauce, chicken, egg threads.
- Squash Fritters: red curry, wild ginger batter, tamarind peanut dip.
1033 Bay St, 416-923-8784
Crown Princess Fine Dining is located a short walk from Yorkville and the Church & Wellesley Village. The elegant Chinese restaurant is ranked as one of the best spots for Toronto dim sum. Its interior is pretty and posh, making it one of the most luxurious spots to enjoy Sunday brunch dim sum in downtown Toronto.
Step inside and you’ll find crystal chandeliers floating from the ceiling. The dining room fills with natural sunlight thanks to floor to ceiling windows that overlook the bustle on Bay Street. The soft and supple floors at Crown Princess are covered in a luxurious blue and gold carpet. Impressive multi-coloured marble walls shine beside ornate Rococo mirrors and quaffed cushions.
Toronto’s Crown Princess location is actually a sister property to the equally opulent Crown Princess in Markham. Both restaurants clearly court Toronto’s Chinese wedding planners and visiting Hong Kong expense accounts.
Once at your table you’ll find some of the best Chinese food in Toronto whizzing right past you. Food runners appear as a fleet of fancy French maids, arms piled high with bamboo steamers.
Chef Caleb Pang’s dim sum menu offers classics like har gao and siu mai. You’ll also find inspiring contemporary interpretations decorated in truffle and foie gras mousse. Attention to detail in the kitchen is evident as common fish roe is swapped out for caviar, helping elevate each bite.
115 Yorkville Ave, 647-348-7000
Located a stones throw from Yorkville’s star-studded Hazelton Hotel, Kasa Moto is a sprawling two-story contemporary Japanese restaurant and lounge which opened in Toronto’s poshest neighbourhood in the Spring of 2015.
Kasa Moto is a 410-seat restaurant housed in the former Remy’s space featuring artistic works that pay homage to Japan such as a bright bloom of cherry blossoms and gorgeous geisha portrait duo. When the weather is warm Toronto’s fashion-forward foodies can be seen on the restaurant’s coveted rooftop terrace sipping sake spiked cocktails.
Kasa Moto’s lengthy menu from Montreal’s Chef Antonio Park is organized into hot plates, rice and noodles, robata, sushi and larger entree selections such as wagyu steaks and whole grilled fish.
- Lobster Gyoza Tacos:wasabi, radish slaw, lemon chili dressing
- Spicy Salmon Tartare & Crispy Rice: shallot, scallion, unagi sauce
- Soft Shell Crab Maki: avocado, tobiko, soy glaze and wasabi sour cream
- Wagyu Beef Steamed Buns: ontario cheddar, tomatoes, teriyaki
- Maple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes: sour cream, jalapeno, almonds
137 Avenue Rd, 416-900-1022
The facade at Figures is decorated with VIP red velvet ropes and after stepping into a petite front room you’ll find yourself gawking up and down at a wall covered in comic books. Once you’ve finished eyeing everything, a friendly hostess presses a massive button and the wall snaps open, revealing a secret doorway into the restaurants playful dining room.
The 2,000 square foot, 80-seat space was designed by Toronto-based Prototype Design Lab, who worked collaboratively with the owners and local artists to commission pieces characterized by vintage comic and cartoon character motifs. With a DJ booth resting at the bar, Figures’ guests can easily enjoy a delicious dinner before the space transforms into a hip nightlife haunt.
Start your evening perched up at the bar as cocktail wizards whip together a choir of flower, foam and flaming fruit tipples. Once you’re feeling peckish grab a seat in the dining room, preferably under the massive faux Time magazine cover featuring the one and only blonde bombshell Barbie.
- Hot and Cold Popcorn: de arbol chili, bourbon caramel
- Merguez Pogo Sticks: maple syrup, mustard
- Soft Shell Crab: corn, poblano
- Quail: apricot, coffee
- Doughnuts: lime, coconut, blueberry
55 Bloor St W 51st Floor, 416-967-0000
The One Eighty sits on the 51st Floor of the Manulife Centre. For years the space was known as Panorama, a popular spot for tourists and local lovers to take in one of the dreamiest views of the city. The Yorkville restaurant rebranded and relaunched itself, now offering a more chic interior and robust food and beverage menu.
The black and white decked out dining room features a sweeping bar, posh golden chandeliers and ceiling to floor windows offering brilliant views of the city. This central space is flanked by an intimate private dinning room, found tucked behind the bar and lovely lounge, outfitted with cream-noir couch duo and funky side-tables topped with stacks of fashion and design mags.
A quick glance through the Yorkville restaurant’s main menu and one can spot a host of trendy dishes: fish tacos, sour cherry adorned chicken and waffles, pea flecked risotto and decadent peanut butter chocolate tart.
- The One Eighty Pizza: sun dried tomato pesto, scamorza, pickled shallot, fried Italian parsley
- Orecchiette: bomba pepper sauce, sun dried tomato, asiago, rapini, basil
- Seafood Risotto: PEI mussels, tiger shrimp, bay scallops, Bsmoked tomato
- Beef Short Ribs: bordelaise sauce, smoked bacon, sweet potato, porcini mushrooms
- Brisket Burger: brie, caramelized onions, arugula, aioli, duck fat fries
4 Avenue Rd, 416-925-0648
Morton Steakhouse co-founders Arnie Morton and Klaus Fritsch first met in Montreal when they worked at the Playboy Club. In 1978 the duo would open their first steakhouse concept in Chicago and now three decades later have a portfolio of 70 restaurants which consistently offer the creme de la creme in juicy beef and wine sloshed feasts.
Toronto has played home to Morton’s for nearly 15 years, initially opening when the Toronto International Film Festival called Yorkville its party playground. Adored by Hollywood celebrities, past visitors include Russell Crow, Michael Douglas, Robin Williams, Liam Neeson and Brad Pitt with his darling Angelina.
Morton Steakhouse Toronto is located near the Park Hyatt Hotel on Avenue Road. Highlights from the Yorkville steakhouse menu include Jumbo Shrimp Alexander, Tuna Tacos, Chicago Style Prime Bone-In Ribeye and Chicken Christopher with Garlic Beurre Blanc.
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18 St Thomas St, 416-971-9666
The Windsor Arms Hotel offers one of the best Yorkville restaurants for afternoon tea lovers. Skip inside the iconic luxury boutique hotel in Toronto and you’ll find a parade of loose leaf lovers relaxing in a series of elegant Tea Rooms. Windsor Arms High Tea is enjoyed daily on the hotel’s main floor, located a short skip from the luxurious lobby.
The main Tea Room is painted a rich purple, featuring a cozy fireplace and mantel. The historic fireplace was part part of the Windsor Arms original design from the 1920s and in the winter still keeps guests warm. The lush purple room is actually the romantic space where Richard Burton proposed, for the second time, to Elizabeth Taylor in 1967!
Across the hotel’s lobby you’ll find two tea salons, which are often booked at for larger private parties. The more discreet and hidden spaces are a perfect spot for celebrities or high rollers to rest and relax while sipping Earl Grey and nibbling on crustless cucumber sandwiches.
Since 1927, High Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel has been the destination for discerning guests keen to indulge in the indulgent British culinary tradition. Windsor Arms offers a premium selection of loose leaf teas.
Each guest enjoying Windsor Arms High Tea is given their own pretty pot to pour and three-tiered tray to nibble with glee. If you’re in a celebratory mood you can upgrade your High Tea experience with a glass of Prosecco, Sherry, Chardonnay or Rose. Gluten-free menus are available with 24 hours notice.
121 Yorkville Ave, 647-348-1300
Of all the Yorkville restaurants, The Oxley Public House is the best bet for British pub fans. The Oxley Public House is brought to you by the same team behind The Queen and Beaver, both of which have been ranked year after year as the best pubs in Toronto.
The Oxley first opened its doors in the Spring of 2012 on Yorkville Avenue. Skip inside and you’ll see The Oxley is a bit more sophisticated than its sister property. Owners Jamieson Kerr and Chef Andrew Carter have swapped the sport loving vibe at The Queen and Beaver to cater to Yorkville’s classy clientele.
Yorkville’s best pub offers a cozy interior featuring explored brick walls painted white, gold framed mirrors, friendly bar and intimate dining room. Tuck into the bar for a casual business lunch or date night and you’ll find a menu that pays homage to authentic English dishes.
The Oxley and Queen and Beaver share one popular menu item, a hand chopped burger muddled with bone marrow. It’s regularly ranked as one of the best burgers in Toronto.
- Welsh Rabbit On Sourdough
- Salmon Gravlax: buttermilk pancake, beetroot-basil tapenade
- Hand Chopped Burger: chips and house ketchup
- Fish & Lobster Pie: buttered garden peas
- Ontario Rabbit: tarragon gnocchi, smoked porcini cream
60 Yorkville Ave, 416-963-6000
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is proud to have its flagship property towering over Toronto in the heart of Yorkville. The city was buzzing when the hotel first opened its doors, eagerly anticipating Cafe Boulud.
Michelin star Chef Daniel Boulud is known as an iconic restauranteur in New York City, dazzling Manhattan with his upscale French fare. Chef Boulud has now opened a parade of restaurants around the globe that bare his name, from Singapore to Miami and Ritz Carlton Montreal’s own Maison Boulud.
Cafe Boulud at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto was initially launched as a glamorous French affair, featuring walls decked out in edgy art by Mr. Brainwash. When management realized the concept didn’t seem to stick with what Yorkville diners wanted, the restaurant was given a makeover from top to bottom.
Today, Cafe Boulud at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto offers a more casual approach to the French brasserie. The revamped interior showcases a mid-century design aesthetic featuring banquettes upholstered in tweed and leather, brass accents and herringbone Hermes wallpaper.
Chef Daniel Boulud’s menu has also enjoyed a refresh, now featuring excellent charcuterie, chilled seafood platters and succulent steaks.
- Crispy Pork Belly: brown butter, onion soubise, cabbage, apple slaw
- Charcuterie Board: chef’s selection of pâtés and terrines pickles, toasted sourdough
- Crevettes: five poached wild white shrimp, avocado, horseradish cocktail sauce
- Confit de Canard: duck leg confit, foie gras, farro fennel, pomegranate, carrot purée
- Prime Strip Loin: brussels sprouts, squash, celeriac, choice of béarnaise or bordelaise
1 Bloor St E, 416-975-0808
Of all the Yorkville restaurants one of our favourites for a quick grab and go is McEwan’s at Yonge and Bloor. The upscale grocery store by celebrity Chef Mark McEwan (also behind One at The Hazelton) first opened its doors in January, 2019.
Take the escalators down to the 17,000 square foot underground grocer and you’ll find a unique concept inspired by the world’s best marketplaces. McEwan Yonge and Bloor features an on-site butcher, bakery, patisserie, deli, produce section, grab-and-go counters such as a fresh made pizza station, panini station, sushi counter and carvery as well as a full-service café and dining-area.
McEwan expertly blends the grocery and restaurant experience and is popular with local condo dwellers, Yorkville office workers and curious culinary tourists.
While McEwan’s is a popular grab and go concept, the space is filled with tables and chairs for those who want to gobble up their meals. In the morning head to the cafe, which offers cold pressed juices, made-to-order smoothies and excellent espresso. Directly across from the cafe you’ll find baskets full of freshly baked pastries and yogurt parfaits.
If you’re peckish during the lunch and dinner hours, grab a slice of house-made Fabbrica pizza or choose from an assortment of freshly made focaccia sandwiches. The “hot table,” is McEwan’s most popular spot for those looking to enjoy a satisfying meal. Located beside the grocers plentiful salad bar, the hot buffet features globally inspired dishes with a penchant for redolent curries.
208 Bloor St W, 416-920-0110
Looking for Yorkville restaurants near the Royal Ontario Museum?
Museum Tavern opened its doors in 2012 by brothers Glen and Kyle Kristenbrun. If its name is any indication, the popular tavern in Yorkville is located across from Toronto’s best museum.
Skip inside the second floor Museum Tavern dining room and you’ll find black and white checkered floors, glass lamps that float along the tin ceiling, dark wood paneling and tufted leather banquets.
Museum Tavern is the perfect restaurant to enjoy a casual lunch or early dinner in Yorkville after spending several hours marching through the ROM. The restaurant’s patio boasts one of the best views over the Royal Ontario Museum, Philosopher’s Walk and Royal Conservatory of Music.
The kitchen offers twists on classic American fare while the bar serves up freshly muddled cocktails such as oak aged Old Fashioned and Peach Cobbler.
- Creole Crab Cakes: remoulade, parsley, pickled onion
- Truffled Mushroom Perogies: bacon, caramelized onions, sour cream
- Tavern Chop: chicken, bacon, aged cheddar, egg, avocado, tomato, corn, cucumber, red onion, ranch dressing
- Shrimp Po’Boy: organic laughing bird shrimp, lettuce, onion, pickle, remoulade
- Buttermilk Fried Chicken: 24 hr. brine, spicy jalepeno slaw, pickle, adobo mayo
116 Yorkville Ave, 416-961-9600
Chef Mark McEwan’s One Restaurant at The Hazelton Hotel is an icon in Yorkville’s see-and-be-seen restaurant scene. The boutique luxury hotel has played home to scores of celebrities including Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Clive Owen and Ben Affleck.
During the first two weeks of September when the Toronto International Film Festival descends upon the city, paparazzi and celeb sleuths can be found standing in front of the main entrance in hopes of spotting Hollywood A-listers. During the warmer months of the year, One Restaurant’s spacious patio fills with fancy frocks and slick suits.
One Restaurant is the place to see and be seen in Yorkville. Blinged-out regulars rest and relax here while sipping on craft cocktails and nibbling on a parade of pretty plates. Chef Mark McEwan’s menu at One Restaurant features classic French and Italian flavours, prepared with fresh and local Ontario produce.
- Lobster Spoons: Nova Scotia lobster tail and vermouth butter
- Korean Chicken Tacos: gochujang, napa slaw, sesame ginger aioli and avocado
- Veal Ricotta Meatballs: creamy polenta, marinara, bomba and Pecorino Romano
- Truffled Chicken Supreme: spun potato, Brussels slaw, heirloom squash caponata and natural jus
- Hudson Valley Duck Breast: Parisian gnocci, heirloom squash, blackberry preserve and spiced jus
81 Yorkville Ave, 416-850-6135
Looking for Yorkville restaurants that serve inspiring Korean flavours?
Koko Share Bar opened in 2010, offering an upscale contemporary take on Korean cuisine in Yorkville. The subterranean space is open for lunch and dinner and is famous for offering shareable Japanese and Korean platters.
The cozy interior features wooden tables and a petite, though the wide windows out front ensure ample lighting. Minimalists white and black portraits hang on the wall while fresh flowers add a sweet perfume to the space.
The Koko Share Bar menu is divided between sushi/sashimi and Korean dishes. Chef Shin Aoyama studied under Vancouver sushi master Hidekazu Tojo so we do suggest ordering a few delicate slices of sashimi. If you’re keen on Korean flavours, grab your chopsticks and pinch through spicy kimchi, jap chae noodles and galbi grilled short ribs.
- Beef Shabu Shabu Salad: strips of ribeye steak, onion, arugula, ponzu balsamic and sesame dressing
- Korean Spicy Crispy Cauliflower: topped with green onion and sesame seeds
- BBQ Kalbi Roll: grilled beef short rib, garlic stem
- Jap Chae: stir-fried sweet potato crystal noodle with assorted vegetables
- Spicy Seafood Bouillabaisse Hot Pot: black cod broth, mussels, tiger prawns, scallop, vegetables, tofu
3 Charles St E, 416-935-0240
Wish restaurant is located on Charles Street, a short walk from the bustling intersection of Yonge and Bloor.
Step inside the South Beach-inspired restaurant and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a Caribbean resort. The warm interior features whitewashed walls and comfy couches topped with plump pillows.
Wish Restaurant in Yorkville has mastered the art of early morning brunch as well as late night cocktail hour. The kitchen focuses on serving Canadian comfort food featuring plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. During the cool winter months the petite patio is heated, making it one of the best Yorkville restaurants to eat outdoors year round.
The menu offers an assortment of swanky snacks including tartare, prosecco poached pear salad and mussels steamed in dry cider. There’s always a house made pasta and vegan bowl but Wish Restaurant’s signature is its burger menu. You’re spoilt for burger options thanks to classic beef, turkey, salmon, lamb and a vegetarian black bean served with alfalfa and roasted garlic jam.
- Mussels and Frites: dry cider, cream, scallions, tarragon
- Warm Lentil Salad: mushrooms, root vegetables, radicchio, hazelnuts, shallots, honey vinaigrette
- Tomahawk Pork Chop: cider bacon glaze, mint, snap pea risotto
- Turkey Burger: radicchio, salsa verde, tomato, smoked provolone
- Gnocchi: shortrib ragu, fried sage
321 Bloor St W, 416-585-2233
Looking for the best restaurant near the Bata Shoe Museum?
L’Espresso Bar Mercurio is a classic Italian coffee house located on the ground floor of the University of Toronto’s Woodsworth College. Local java junkies rank L’Espresso Bar Mercurio as one of the best cafes in Toronto. Wag your finger down the Yorkville restaurants coffee menu and you’ll find roasts from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Indonesia and Brazil.
The restaurant’s penchant for quality coffee makes it one of the best Yorkville restaurants to indulge in weekend brunch. The all-day menu features pressed panini, fresh salads and breakfast classics such as French Toast, Eggs Benedict, granola and pancakes.
- Chorizo Sausage Frittata: 3 egg frittata, chorizo sausage, mushroom, brie cheese, roasted potatoes, arugula and tomato salad, focaccia
- Ricotta Pancakes: ricotta cheese, wild berry compote, Ontario maple syrup
- Eggs Avocado: 2 poached eggs, multigrain toast, tomato, cucumber and bocconcini bruschetta, house fries
- Eggs Benedict: Smoked salmon or black forest ham, medium poached eggs & roasted herb potatoes on ciabatta with a herb hollandaise sauce
- L’Espresso Chicken Cutlet Panino: chicken Breast, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, basil on baguette
142 Cumberland St, 416-968-2828
Boasting 3 bars, 4 patios, 24 draught beers on tap and countless screens for sports enthusiasts, Hemingway’s is the best of the Yorkville restaurants for merry drinking and a bar bites.
The 4-floor Kiwi-inspired bar and restaurant concept opened in 1980 and is now a Toronto institution, thanks to New Zealand owners Martin McSkimming and Daimin Bodnar.
Skip inside Hemingway’s and you’ll see the space is decorated with road signs from New Zealand, kiwi-bird trinkets and framed jerseys from an Australian football club. The space can hold a whooping 500+ on its busiest day, including 3 private dining rooms with seating for 140, 60 or 56 guests.
Wag your finger down Chef Gus Antoine’s Hemingway’s menu and you’ll discover classic brunch staples, late night nibbles, kid-friendly portions and epic platters for sharing with friends.
- Buffalo Chicken Poutine: chicken fingers tossed in buffalo hot sauce, poutine, ranch dressing, green onion
- Kiwi Lamb Burger: 8oz New Zealand spring lamb, egg bun, goat cheese, mint jelly, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle
- Famous Fajitas: sizzling platter of green and red peppers, sweet onions, lettuce, cheddar, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, flour tortillas
- Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich: gouda cheese, lettuce, tomato, lemon garlic aioli
- Jambalaya: chicken breast, hot Italian sausage, jumbo shrimp, red and green peppers, rice, creole sauce
101 Yorkville Ave, 416-944-2637
Yorkville’s best scoops can be found at Summer’s Ice Cream, a subterranean space on Yorkville Avenue. Owners Ron and Lianne Tokey manage the popular ice cream parlour, which now offers its creative flavours in tubs at grocery stories.
Ron describes the story behind the name, “it was inspired by Helka’s brother Shukry Regepovich who started an ice cream store called Sweet Memories in Victoria, British Columbia.”
Summer’s Ice Cream originally opened its doors in 1984, “There were very few scoop shops in the area serving superior quality, homemade ice cream and so Summer’s was established to fill a void in the parlour space,” says Ron.
All of Summer’s Ice Cream flavours are made in house. The most popular flavours are Toronto Pothole, Almond Butter Toffee and Mango Raspberry Sorbet. They also scoop vegan frozen desert made from coconut cream and refreshing dairy sorbets.
23 Charles St W, 416-925-6176
The region is famous for serving regional versions of the popular Japanese pancake. Travel from Kyoto to Osaka and you’ll find the region’s popular dish varies in preparation from city to city. Okonomayaki is considered Japan’s version of the pizza, and literally translates to “as you like it.” Okonomayaki are most often served at beer-sloshed izakaya’s and are listed as one of the best late night eats for those who have spent all night bar hopping. Diners have the opportunity to dress their Japanese pancake with the toppings of their choice, which can range from smokey bacon to fresh squid.
Okonomi House is Toronto’s only restaurant specializing in okonomayaki and has been a favourite for in-the-know foodies in Yorkville for years. Located a stones throw from the Manulife Centre, it’s our favourite spot to grab a cheap lunch or dinner before heading to a screening at Varsity Theatre.
Skip inside Okonomi House and you’ll find a cozy dining room overlooking a glassed in open kitchen. You can watch expert Japanese chefs flipping Japanese pancakes while sipping on Sapporo. The menu is posted over the kitchen and features a selection of okonomayki priced around $7 each. Other dishes available at Okonomi House are prepared on the same large griddle and include teriyaki and yakisoba.
120 Cumberland St, 416-923-9992
Of all the Yorkville restaurants specializing in Japanese cuisine, Sushi Inn is the classic.
The popular sushi restaurant on Cumberland Street opened over a decade ago and features two bustling floors. Throngs of raw seafood devotees gather here to feast on massive maki, tempura, udon, bento boxes and other Japanese delicacies.
- Beef Sashimi: sliced raw beef, garlic, green onions, ponzu sauce
- Katsu Don: deep fried pork mixed with onion, mushroom and egg on a bed of rice
- Tempura Udon: 2 pieces of shrimp tempura and assorted vegetable tempura noodle soup
- Sushi Inn Roll: eel, avocado, salmon skin, cucumber and tobiko
- Gold Sashimi Combo: 3 pieces each of tuna, salmon, snapper, surf clam, squid, octopus
1250 Bay St, 416-960-3434
Paramount Find Foods has a Yorkville location, which is located on Bay Street. The casual dining room offers affordable lunch and dinner options for fans of Lebanese cuisine.
Skip inside Paramount Fine Foods Yorkville and you’ll be greeted by the aroma of freshly baked flatbread, charcoal BBQ meats and handmade honey and rosewater muddled sweets. The Paramount Find Foods menu offers plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes such as herbaceous salads, creamy hummus, grilled halloumi and falafel. Meat lovers will have their mouths watering over crunchy kebbeh and steaming shawarma and kafta.
- Arnabeet: fried cauliflower, tahini and garlic cream, parsley, lemon
- Mezza Plate: hummus, moutabbal, labneh, muhammara, tabbouleh, baked bread
- Grilled Halloumi Salad: grilled cheese, fresh tomatoes, mixed greens, Middle Eastern dressing, pickled onions, sumac
- Lamb Chops: grilled lamb chops marinated in tomato pepper sauce served with hummus
- Mixed BBQ Platter: kafta, shish tawouk, beef skewers and served with tahini and garlic dipping sauce
148 Yorkville Ave, 416-968-0469
Il Posto is one of Yorkville’s old school Italian restaurants. The fine dining room is located in a quiet courtyard, away from the hustle and bustle of Yorkville Avenue.
During peak TIFF season, George Clooney was spotted at Il Posto forking through bowls of pretty pasta. The Il Posto menu reads classic Italian, featuring familiar dishes such as caprese salad, antipasto, house made pasta and hearty entrees such as roasted branzino and rack of lamb.
- Il Posto Antipasto: calamari, shrimps, mushrooms, prosciutto, salami, caprese
- Penne alla Norcina: penne, crumbled sausage, cream, black truffles, pecorino
- Taglioni Tomato Basil: homemade pasta, garlic, basil, fresh tomato sauce
- Scaloppina al Marsala: veal medallion with mushrooms and marsala wine
- Grilled Salmon: back olives tomato relish
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