Toronto is a city where restauranteurs from all over the world come to execute their vision and see it thrive. It’s a city where no matter how many new places you try, you will barely scratch the surface of all the incredible restaurants Toronto has to offer. It comes as no surprise then that several spots opened their doors for the first time in just the last few weeks, a couple of them brought to us by celebrities you’ll recognize from popular TV shows. Let’s find out who, shall we?
Here are 6 new restaurants in Toronto that celebrated their grand openings just last month.
This U.K.-inspired gastropub just opened its doors at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto on September 1st. The restaurant is both elegant and warm, with a large dining room and outdoor terrace surrounded by greenery and views of Simcoe Park, a cocktail lounge, and a Green Room, complete with a fireplace and pool table. The menu features Earth-to-table fare with a modern twist, as well as a selection of cocktails from an esteemed mixologist that transport you back in time. For TIFF, the restaurant has unveiled an exclusive ultra-luxury dish and beverage, both of which come with a jaw-dropping price tag.
Where: 181 Wellington St West
When: Wednesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Celebrity chef David Rocco has opened the doors of his new apertivo bar in Yorkville, with a selection of beverages to kickstart your appetite in traditional Italian fashion. There are all kinds of tasty shareable plates and bites on the menu, including crostone, panino, meatballs, octopus salad, gelato, and sorbetto made in-house. This spot doesn’t take reservations, so you’ll have to be spontaneous. In the warmer months, you can dine on the sprawling patio.
Where: 95 Cumberland St
When: Tuesday to Sunday
Brought to us by Dragon’s Den judge Joe Mimran, Quadro Ristorante takes up 3,300 sq ft in Little Italy and serves up a curated selection of pizzas, pastas, cocktails, and imported Italian wines. The atmosphere is described as “sophisticated, inviting and unpretentious” all at the same time. It even has a hidden back patio and events space on the second floor.
Where: 577 College St
When: Kitchen hours 5 p.m. — 10:30 p.m., Tuesday — Sunday
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The food is just as remarkable as the setting of this glass-walled restaurant at the new 1 Hotel Toronto. This spot serves up “fresh, local, and sustainably sourced farm-to-table” cuisine and cocktails infused with cold-pressed juices. The restaurant itself is full of light and nature, complete with vaulted wood ceiling and curved trusses hung with greenery. It’s one of several dining concepts at the new hotel, which also includes a rooftop bar and a Garden Pavillion lounge.
Where: 550 Wellington St West
When: Monday to Sunday
Little Italy is now home to another new spot, a Sicilian-inspired restaurant started by the couple behind Sotto Voce Wine & Pasta Bar. The restaurant specializes in seafood and creative pasta dishes, with a beautifully renovated patio for dining al fresco. It also features a sleek cocktail bar called La Sbarra and a more secluded dining area called La Cantina surrounded by wine cabinets.
Where: 593 College St
When: Tuesday to Saturday
A new restaurant has opened up right beside St. Lawrence Market and it’s worth checking out. Bar St. Lo is the newest concept from Collectif Nude. Although they’re mostly a lifestyle and apparel company, they’ve hosted their fair share of food and drink pop-ups over the years. And now, they’re ready to make it a permanent part of the business. The ingredients are sourced directly from the market itself, and the menu features contemporary Canadian share plates, an eclectic beer and wine selection, and signature cocktails.
Where: 28 Market St
When: Wednesday to Sunday
Now that you know where to go, time to take a peek at the menus and decide what you’re having for dinner!