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9 Toronto Restaurants for Special Occasions

Published: November 12th, 2019

Maybe you’re celebrating your anniversary, a friend’s birthday, or want to wow your loved one on a date night. If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Toronto to spend your special evening, look no further! Our Concierge, Aarti Gohil, has narrowed down a list of her favourite spots, guaranteed to measure up to whatever it is you’re celebrating!

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1. Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto

19 Toronto St, Toronto, ON M5C 2R1

www.donalfonsotoronto.com

Open for dinner service and offering a classic menu, contemporary menu, or a la carte options, Don Alfonso 1890’s cuisine is characterized by its modernity, Mediterranean flare and the exceptional quality of ingredients. Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto has been named as the 2nd Best Italian Restaurant in the World by 50 Top Italy. But the main reason why Aarti recommends this restaurant is that it is the first North American location of world-renowned Michelin Star Chef, Ernesto Iaccarino!

 

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2. Harbour Sixty

60 Harbour St, Toronto, ON M5J 1B7

www.harbour60.com

Why does Aarti love Harbour Sixty? The classic French service, excellent cuts of steaks and seafood and an extensive wine list by the glass and bottle! And of course, because it’s the city’s premier steakhouse.

 

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3. Alo

163 Spadina Avenue, 3rd-floor

www.alorestaurant.com

The #1 rated restaurant in Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list, Alo is a contemporary French restaurant and cocktail bar located atop of heritage building on Queen Street and Spadina. It can be difficult to get a spot, as reservations are taken on the first Tuesday of every other month for the following two months (for example, October 1, will book for all of November and December). However, Aarti insists that should you have the chance to spend a special evening here, the blind, multi-course tasting menus, complemented by distinctive wines, add up to a dining experience like no other.

 

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4. Pétros82

Located inside Hotel X Toronto, 111 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

www.petros82.to

Inspired by Greek traditions, the menu at Pétros82 was designed around seasonal seafood and the highest quality of hand-selected ingredients the Mediterranean has to offer. A focus on an extensive global wine list and handcrafted cocktails complete an exceptional dining experience. Aarti recommends beginning your evening with the Santorini cocktail and fresh ceviche at the restaurant’s adjacent Lobby & Raw Bar.

 

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5. Gusto 101

101 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 2N3

www.gusto101.com

Open for Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch, Gusto 101 has become a true local gem. Aarti recommends this spot if you are looking for a lively atmosphere. Indulge in Southern Italian classics with a modern twist in an industrial, yet cozy setting.

 

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6. Patria

478 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1L7

www.patriatoronto.com

Patria is an authentic Spanish tapas eatery in the buzzing King Street West neighbourhood. Executive Chef Ben Heaton features dishes such as delicately prepared crispy jamon croquettes and traditional paellas. Why does Aarti love Patria? The ever-changing selection of only the freshest seafood dishes.

 

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7. Byblos – Downtown

11 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5V 3M2

www.byblosdowntown.com

Byblos dishes represent a marriage of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with strong influences from both traditional and local ingredients. The chefs use traditional techniques mixed with modern methods with dishes that showcase the regionally-specific spices and flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean seaboard. The beautiful interior of the restaurant is what Aarti enjoys most about this dining experience!

 

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8. Planta Queen

180 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X3

www.plantarestaurants.com

This fully vegan restaurant offers an excellent variety of dishes, bursting with flavour and designed for sharing. The beautiful dining room setting complements the elegantly presented dishes perfectly. If you have the chance to visit, Aarti recommends trying the vegan rolls and noodle dishes, or dim sum.

 

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9. Mamakas Taverna

80 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7

www.mamakas.ca

The restaurant’s white concrete interior and menu offering classic Greek dishes were both designed by owner Thanos Tripi to instil the Greek heritage and family memories he grew up with back home. Aarti promised you will instantly feel of the inviting, warm atmosphere at Mamakas Taverna with a glance through the front window.

 

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Still need help deciding? Contact our Concierge Team who would be honoured to assist you with planning your perfect dining experience.

From all of us at Hotel X Toronto, thank you for reading and we look forward to welcoming you!

 

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