With lockdowns ending, restaurant openings are beginning to be common fare in Toronto again. Here are six different, high-class restaurants of various styles to try, selected for the quality of food and the atmosphere.
Minami is a Japanese restaurant in downtown Toronto’s King West neighbourhood. With intricate plating, standout handcrafted cocktails, and a variety of flavour profiles that range in complexity, it brings a unique and innovative dining experience to the city. The restaurant offers premium sushi and wagyu, alongside an assortment of plant-based options.
Minami, 225 King St W Suite 100
From partners Amanda Bradley and Robin Goodfellow, Vela emulates the grandeur of a posh hotel lobby bar: inviting, impressive, and memorable. The ritzy new restaurant thoughtfully demonstrates how both architecture and cuisine work together to establish a cohesive ambiance. An all-day new American menu and a variety of artisanal cocktails are available in this dream-like space.
Vela, 90 Portland St
Attached to the newly opened 1 Hotel Toronto is a dining oasis that shares the same “environment first” ethos as the hotel. 1 Kitchen offers a sustainable selection of nuanced garden-to-table dishes, using an assortment of fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown in its organic garden pavilion. The design is meant to capture the essence of nature in an urban metropolis.
550 Wellington St W
In upscale Yorkville, nestled amongst the likes of Gucci, Prada, and Hermès, is an intimate dining spot with Mediterranean charm. Amal Toronto is a stylish Lebanese restaurant that serves a variety of meze, skewers, and grilled meats along with inspired and unusual cocktails. Executive chef Rony Ghaleb takes guests on a journey via the palate, exploring authentic Lebanese cuisine.
Amal, 131 Bloor St W 2nd Floor
Myth is an alluring Greek restaurant that draws inspiration from Mykonos’ topography: earthy hues, ornate murals, and décor that has been imported from the island such as handcrafted vases and an entrance decorated by stone from the Greek city of Thessaloniki. The 5,000 square foot dining oasis was thought up by UNIQ Hospitality and designed by Irfan Bukhari of Bukhari Design Build.
Myth, 522 King St W
The Toronto Beach Club offers a fresh take on a Mediterranean-inspired space and a menu from Scale Hospitality. Bringing the restaurant’s coastal vibe, a fantastic curated wine menu and boutique vermouths are offered alongside a tasty array of mezze, mains, sides, and desserts spanning the flavours of Spain, France, Greece, Italy, and Turkey.
Toronto Beach Club, 1681 Lake Shore Blvd E