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Toronto’s Top 5 Hotel Restaurants

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Whether you're on a business trip, vacation, or just passing through town, Toronto’s hotel restaurants and bars are convenient and quality locations for a meal or drink. Most are open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks, which can help take the hassle out of hunting down specific addresses. The following are ranked based on quality of experience (ambiance, service, and food), critical acclaim, and hours (the number of daily services offered).

Next time you’re in town, here are five Toronto hotel restaurants that are worth a visit (if only for the food):

1. TOCA, Ritz-Carlton
With a name that’s short for Toronto, TOCA is "an homage" to the city’s diverse metropolitan vibe. The restaurant focuses heavily on Mediterranean culinary traditions and has on-site wine cellar and cheese cave. Guests are welcome to reserve a private room and/or the Chef’s Table — a spot which allows guests to be as close to the stove as possible "without actually cooking themselves." They’re open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. A dinner menu standout is the venison loin with Jerusalem artichokes, fig compote, and pistachio.

2. Scarpetta at the Thompson Toronto
Located in the Thompson Toronto, Scarpetta serves an Italian-inspired menu "that is unexpected and soulful to Canada." The award-winning restaurant is the first international outpost of chef Scott Conant’s Manhattan location. Scarpetta’s signature dishes include spaghetti with tomato and basil, creamy polenta with fricassee of truffled mushrooms, and yellowtail with oil and pickled red onions. The restaurant is open for dinner every day except Sunday.

3. Stock Restaurant and Chocolate Lab, Trump Hotel
STOCK Restaurant Bar & Lounge serves "the finest meats, seafood, and locally cultivated fruits and vegetables, prepared with superior technique and international flair." In addition to the restaurant, Toronto’s Trump Hotel restaurant also features a Chocolate Lab, or "a workshop from which items are designed daily for The Chocolate Cart at STOCK." The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. In addition to the exclusive chocolate creations, we’re loving the veal osso buco and potato gnocchi with picholine olives, white wine, and marjoram featured on the dinner menu.

4. Bosk, Shangri-La Hotel
Bosk is the signature restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel. The restaurant serves fresh ingredients from around the world with an "Old World cooking style." They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Highlights from their dinner menu include a roasted sunchoke soup with arugula purée, hazelnut, pickled apple, and a prosciutto wafer, as well as the pumpkin agnolotti with roasted forest mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, and roasted garlic emulsion.

5. Momofuku (Noodle Bar, Nikai, Daishō, and Shōtō) next to the Shangri-La Hotel
Although not technically in the hotel itself, a collection of Momofuku establishments are only a short walk away. Noodle Bar (ramen-focused), Nikai (bar and lounge), Daishō (restaurant serving large-format meals meant to be shared), and Shōtō (restaurant serving a tasting menu that changes based on market availability) are some of the city’s culinary gems. They’re open at different times during the week and each offers a unique and modern interpretation of Japanese cuisine. If you can fit it in, we suggest trying the roughly 10-course tasting menu served every Tuesday through Saturday at Shōtō.


Toronto’s Top 5 Hotel Restaurants - Recipes

31 photos of beloved Toronto restaurants that no longer exist

Stay in the loop

COVID-19 has not been kind to bars and restaurants in Toronto, over 60 of which have closed since the start of the pandemic.

But losing restaurants, including those famous, beloved or too easily forgotten, is nothing new in the city, and looking back at what used to feed Toronto can bring on an overwhelming sense of nostalgia for some.

It would be nearly impossible to put together a definitive list of iconic or noteworthy restaurants that have shuttered over the years, but there's enough establishments with a photo history to warrant a look back.

The list below isn't anything close to a definitive list, but rather a random selection of restaurants that existed in Toronto over the last number of decades.

Here are some photos of restaurants in Toronto that were once loved but no longer exist.

Flora Dew at Hanlan's Point.

Dutch Sisters on Lake Shore Road (now Blvd).

Varsity Restaurant, Spadina and Bloor.

Sword Restaurant, Yonge and King.

Chop Suey House near Elizabeth and Dundas.

Sign of the Steer, Dupont and Davenport.

The Flame, Yonge and Heath (1950s).

Shopsy's on Spadina north of Dundas.

Brown Derby Tavern at Yonge and Dundas (1970s).

Pickin Chicken, Lake Shore Blvd West (1980s) by Patrick Cummins.

Canary Restaurant, Cherry St. by Patrick Cummins.

Cyrano's and Steak & Burger on King East.

Steak & Burger at Yonge and Bloor (1970s).

Bassel's Restaurant at Yonge and Gerrard.

Ed's Warehouse at on King West.

Lime Rickey's near Yonge and Eglinton.

Organ Grinder, The Esplanade.

Penrose Fish & Chips, Mt. Pleasant Rd.

China House, Eglinton Avenue.

Centro, Yonge north of Eglinton.

People's Foods near Dupont and St. George.

Mr. Greenjeans at the Eaton Centre.

Seniors Steakhouse, Yonge south of St. Clair.

The Steak Pit, Avenue Road north of Lawrence.


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The top 5 Peruvian restaurants in Toronto

Stay in the loop

Peruvian restaurants in Toronto are the go-to spots for lomo saltado and pollo a la brasa. Explore a fusion of flavours from Peru’s Indigenous recipes mixed with some international ingredients and wash it down with some boozy pisco, Peru’s national drink.

Here are my picks for the top Peruvian restaurants in Toronto.

Pisac

This Annex restaurant serves up dishes like lomo saltado, a popular traditional Peruvian beef stir fry dish with onion, tomato and potato that showcases the Chinese influences on this cuisine.

King's BBQ Chicken

This low-key Roger’s Road spot serves up Chifa – Chinese food made Peruvian-style that’s incredibly popular due to the big Chinese population in Peru. Portions are huge here and you truly get a bang for your buck on favourites like lomo saltado.

The brainchild of the chef behind Byblos and Patria, this eclectic spot on King West is definitely the hot spot for Latin American dining. Full of fun and colourful custom decor, Mira – which means ‘look’ in Spanish –is undoubtedly the hippest place in the city for Peruvian.

Chotto Matte Toronto

This Peruvian- and Japanese-inspired restaurant on Bay in the Financial District has a number locations around the world including Miami and London. The food here represents a fusion and evolution of Peruvian-Japanese fare and is best experienced by choosing from one of several tasting menus.

Aldo's Restaurant

The North York restaurant on Oakdale Road is dishing out traditional Peruvian cuisine, including meat platters, seafood specialties and a number of tasty vegetarian dishes.


The 15 best Italian restaurants in Toronto

Once upon a time, the best Italian restaurants in Toronto used to be&hellip generic. Hybrid dishes like spaghetti and meatballs dominated the gastronomical scene, alongside fluffy, North-Americanized pizzas. To get a taste of "home," older Italian men would gather in neighborhood Italian bakeries to sip on espresso and frothy cappuccinos. Back then, these were considered exotic coffee options in Toronto but, today, they're as ubiquitous as a bowl of freshly made pasta.

Times have changed: thanks in large part to the influx of Italian immigrants landing on our shores through the 1970s, the local restaurant scene has flourished into a destination for top-notch Italian dishes that folks from all over the country flock to. Today, eateries helmed by Italian-born chefs or first-generation Canadians with ancestral roots in the boot of Europe choose to serve regional dishes that are as varied as the landscape that originated them &ndash co-existing alongside poutine and other only-in-Toronto delicacies to be embraced by frequent travelers.

From a mushroom gnudi that will send shivers down your spine to eclectic wine lists that pair perfectly with spuntini (that's Italian for snacks), we dare say that dining at these spots should be added to the activities mentioned on our lists of best things to do in town. Don&rsquot you agree?

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Toronto


Dining

Boasting a rich tradition of culinary excellence, The Pfister proudly invites you some of the most memorable and delicious Milwaukee food and dining establishments. Our downtown Milwaukee restaurants are just one of a few reasons Conde Nast Traveler was inspired to name The Pfister Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee among the World's Best Places to Stay.

Our guests enjoy a smoke-free atmosphere in all of The Pfister Hotel's downtown Milwaukee restaurants and lounges. Enjoy a traditional luncheon, host a graduation dinner party, or sip on cocktails while overlooking a downtown Milwaukee cityscape.


Peameal bacon on a bun from Carousel Bakery

You can’t have a list of must-try food in Toronto without mentioning the peameal bacon sandwich from Carousel Bakery, which has been at the same location in St. Lawrence Market for over 30 years. This is a simple sandwich – a stack of grilled peameal bacon on a soft bun – but it’s popular and there are usually line ups at the counter every weekend when the long-standing market stall might sell over 2,600 sandwiches in one day on a busy weekend.


Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants 2020

They are based all across the country, distributed across our regions according to population. But every year we fine-tune the balance and also bring new voices onboard. If you’d like to be a judge for 2021, please see page 110 of the magazine for details of our new contest.

This year we increased the size of the national panel to 103. That’s two more than last year, and—what with turnover—that includes 22 expert voices that are new to us. Among those we are especially pleased to welcome Sarah Musgrave, Peter Hum, Pay Chen and Pierre Jury in the food writer category, along with blogger Elise Tastet and, from Top Chef Canada, Mijune Pak. Likewise, Jessica Noël and Nathan Guggenheimer to our chefs’ panel. And to count Zita Cobb among our hoteliers.

Our data gathering also took a leap forward last year. The C100B survey is now conducted using SurveyMonkey, its data exported into Excel, which generates infallible results instantly. (Much as I’d love to take credit for this, it’s all due to one of my oldest, closest friends, David Jones, a 30-year veteran of Microsoft. Thanks again, David.)

We’ve presented our results differently this year, de-emphasizing ranking and reviews to allow space for a closer look at what our restaurants are doing during the Covid crisis, in their battle to survive. From all of us at Canada’s 100 Best, congratulations on making the list. We miss you, wish you the best, and—be assured—are desperately impatient to be your customers again.


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The 20 best restaurants in Toronto

This Canadian city loves discovering the culinary new: new flavors, new cooking styles, new chefs, new ingredients and, of course, new entries on our best restaurants in Toronto list.

It being the most multicultural city in the country, Toronto embraces foodie trends with open arms, from experiential pop-ups (which are some of the best things to do in town this year) to regional, specialty food halls and excitingly novel bar destinations. Which all leads to an amalgamation of flavors and techniques from different cultures rarely seen in a single city&rsquos restaurant landscape.

Expect Thai cuisine and Mexican street food to rub shoulders with Venezuelan arepas and Italian food. And the recent influx of Middle Eastern and Latin American folks has brought with it vibrant gastronomical flavors infusing the city&rsquos already rich culinary fabric with precious new spice blends. Bonus fact: tasting menus are back.

On the flip side, Toronto is also a town that embraces stalwarts with no intention of moving any time soon&mdashyes, poutine is here to stay.

So, whether looking for the new or the traditional, the safe or the culinary adventurous, we&rsquove got you covered: the best restaurants in Toronto will truly delight your taste buds.


Canoe

Another Oliver & Bonacini favourite,ꃊnoe is a top dining spot for local and visiting members of the elite. Located on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower, the restaurant boasts stunning panoramas of the Toronto harbour and downtown core.

Canoe’s Canadian-themed dinner menu features tasty dishes like Northern Woods Mushroom Soup, Cocoa Butter Poached Halibut and Montreal Steak Spiced Venison Loin – all beautifully prepared and presented by Executive Chef John Horne. Try the Tasting Menu to experience a multi-course meal for the entire table. The food tastes even more delicious when combined with the scenery! (66 Wellington Street West / Atmosphere: sophisticated, upscale / Dress code: business casual.)


5. The Final Word: Never Stop Learning by Continually Adapting

When something doesn’t work it is crucial to recognize that it doesn’t and try a new approach. This takes humility, the ability to cut one’s losses, and start again. It also requires strong ability to reflect critically. For instance, which KPIs can be improved? What are your competitors doing better than your hotel? How can you harness your team’s individual and collective capabilities and efforts for improved outcomes?

Sharing goals and information between departments and all teams can motivate and drive everyone in the same direction. The same applies to learning and knowledge sharing. Sometimes managers can lose sight of the fact that the employees with the greatest levels of “on-the-ground” knowledge about their guests are the bartenders, waiters, concierges, and receptionists. It can be easy to overlook just how valuable these employees really are in this respect.

Managers can and should be constantly asking employees to gather valuable information. For instance, what have they seen today? Any complaints? Any feedback? Any comments about anything in particular in the hotel? Employees don’t tend to share this unless they are asked to do so. After all, as the saying goes, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Without proper communication, it’s so much more difficult to achieve goals and targets. Hotels often miss out on revenue opportunities because of inefficient communication between departments, such as between revenue management and marketing. Striving for synergy between departments can bridge this divide. So get your team together and start driving your results to new heights!

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