Downtown Toronto Restaurants

April 5th, 2013

Toronto offers a vast array of dining choices, with options in every price range and cuisine. So how can you choose where to have dinner tonight? Well, here are a few highlights of the Toronto dining scene to get you started.

  • Bar MercurioBar Mercurio is an excellent choice for a relaxed evening out. Located in the Annex, Bar Mercurio offers simple, but delicious Italian bistro food with an extensive wine list. The atmosphere is elegant without being stuffy. The wood-fired pizzas are a great dinner choice, particularly the Pizza Mercurio, which is topped with mozzarella, mushrooms, and prosciutto.

    The beef tenderloin medallion is a winner, as well. Be sure to save room for the ricotta cheesecake, which is made fresh in house. There are some gluten-free options on the menu, as well, including pizza and pasta. Prices are reasonable, and while you enjoy your meal, you might even see a local politician or celebrity stop by.
  • Jacobs & CoIf you're looking for something a little more upscale and swanky, try Jacobs & Co., located in the King West neighborhood. This place has a rat pack vibe and a menu full of items like aged steaks, rack of lamb, and caviar. Jacobs & Co. also offers a selection of fine cheeses and desserts including vanilla cremebrulee, sticky toffee pudding, and flourless chocolate cake. Reservations are accepted, and you can even reserve your table online. Entrees range in price from $33 -- $400.
  • The Gardiner CafeJamie KennedyFor those who are fans of celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy, try out Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Cafe, one of his three local restaurants. This cafe is located inside the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. It's the perfect spot to have lunch after touring the museum. The atmosphere is sunny and cheerful. The menu includes sandwiches, salads and desserts all prepared from fresh, local ingredients.
  • Lee Pecking Char Sui DuckLee is the brain child of celebrity chef Susur Lee. Named one of the Top 50 Best Restaurants in the World, Lee is the slightly more casual sister restaurant to Susur, also by this chef. The menu is distinctly Asian inspired, thanks to the chef's roots in Hong Kong. Start off your meal with the signature cocktail, the Lee Lemonade.

    The steamed edamame or the Roasted Pear and Winter Vegetable Salad are great beginning courses. For your entree, try the Garlic Tiger Shrimp or Peking & Char Sui Duck. Finish with the French and Chinese Tong Yuen, which is a sweet rice dumpling with chocolate nougat. Entrees average $25 - $30 each.
  • The RushtonThe Rushton is a hip French bistro in the St. Clair West neighborhood. For a more relaxed setting, you can sit at the bar or outside on the lovely patio. The menu includes such classics as French onion soup, steak frites, and duck confit. The wine list is extensive and reasonably priced, as are the dinner offerings.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to downtown Toronto restaurants. There are so many finer places to enjoy a meal in Toronto, you could eat at a different restaurant every day for months.


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