Photo courtesy Café Boulud
Looking for a classy restaurant experience in Toronto’s ritziest neighbourhood? Contributor Gina Baksa visits the Top Restaurants in Yorkville
Toronto’s most famous neighbourhood, Yorkville is renowned for its high-end hotels, chic designer stores, and uber-expensive real estate.
But there’s a lot more to the area than retail therapy. Toronto University has a campus here, and the area immediately surrounding the neighbourhood offers visitors a superb selection of world-class museums, art galleries and parks.
Yorkville is also home to some of the most popular restaurants in Toronto, from trendy Café Boulud to STK Steakhouse. Many establishments are helmed by celebrity chef-patrons, who have opened some of the best restaurants in Yorkville.
Here are 10 of our favourites to help guide you.
Classy Dining Experiences: The Best Restaurants in Yorkville
Graced with a snazzy location in the Four Seasons Toronto, Café Boulud is one of the top French restaurants in Yorkville. Its chef-patron, Daniel Boulud, continues to weave his culinary magic with a seasonally changing menu rooted in classic French cuisine alongside contemporary favourites.
Designer Martin Brudnizki created the relaxed, vintage interiors which provide a soothing backdrop to mouth-watering rotisserie chicken and charcuterie. Take a seat at Boulud’s in-house d|bar on the ground floor for tempting cocktails and regular live DJ sets.
For further details, visit www.cafeboulud.com/toronto/. And while you’re at it, why not consider making a weekend (or mid-week) break? Check out our preferred accommodation partner for rates and reviews for the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.
Sofia Restaurant & Bar
Head to 99 Yorkville for this leading neighbourhood bar and restaurant. Enjoying a superb central location in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant theatre and restaurant district, Sofia’s Yorkville has a great vibe and superb service.
The restaurant artwork including Banksy’s and works by Julian Opie are a visual accompaniment to the refined Italian cuisine on offer. Our favourites? The succulent wild boar ragu and divine opera cake with its chocolate, raspberry, and almond flavours.
Call in for brunch, bar bites, dinner and desserts, and enjoy the various dining, lounge and bar areas at one of the best restaurants in Yorkville.
For further details, visit https://sofiayorkville.com.
Helmed by celebrity chef patron Mark McEwan, the ONE restaurant inside Yorkville’s luxury boutique Hazelton Hotel is a destination restaurant offering diners classic French and Italian dishes sourced from Ontario producers. In summer we recommend dining outside on the candle-lit patio, while winter is the perfect season to hunker down inside the sophisticated dining room for business and celebrations.
Try the Korean chicken appetizers – Darby Piquette is executive chef here – before moving on to the prime burger or black cod. Desserts include Boston cream donuts and chocolate bread pudding.
Click on the website below for McEwan’s fine foods: speciality breads, cheeses and deli foods delivered to your door, as well as charcuterie gift boxes. The ONE also offers diners 24-hour room service and an extensive take-out menu.
For further details, visit https://mcewangroup.ca/one/.
Fancy the very best in Italian cuisine – right in the heart of Yorkville? Offering guests live music every weekend and a sophisticated bar for pre- and post-dinner aperitifs, Blu Ristorante is one of the top Italian restaurants in Yorkville.
Owner/GM Alfredo Rodriguez, alongside chef Eric Bucher, are always cooking up a storm in their Avenue Road kitchen. Seasonal dinner and lunch menus, as well as robust takeaway options, include a mouth-watering truffle wild boar ragu, roasted Atlantic salmon alongside Blu’s famous chocolate cake with Maraschino cherries.
For further details, visit www.bluristorante.com.
With a nod to its French film director namesake, Chabrol takes its diners on a tour of exceptional southern French cuisine at this top Yorkville restaurant on Cumberland Street.
What the restaurant lacks in size it more than makes up for in its big heart and tasty dishes. Chef Doug Penfold has created a weekly changing menu featuring grilled squid, flatiron steak and a divine apple tart with Calvados. Chabrol’s sister restaurants Cava (serving fabulous tapas) and Tanto, with its superb Argentinian offerings, are also highly recommended Yorkville restaurants.
For further details, visit www.chabrolrestaurant.com.
Celebrated STK Steakhouse chain has worldwide outposts, including in Ibiza and London. Their Yorkville bastion is the coolest of cool of cool with smart doormen, second floor dining-bar areas and a snug fireplace.
The décor is sensual and oozes luxury. A DJ keeps the crowd happy every night and there are carpeted booths for date nights and group celebrations. We love the complimentary sourdough basket: follow it with a succulent T-bone, some short ribs, or a lobster mac. You can also order from home and collect at the venue.
For further details, visit https://stksteakhouse.com/venues/toronto/.
Cibo Wine Bar Yorkville
Cibo Yorkville is a popular Yorkville destination wine bar and restaurant, and packed to the gills most nights. Fresh, rustic Italian dishes are the order of the day here with a stylish yet relaxed vibe thanks to the glass, wood and brick décor.
You’ll find traditional and classic cuisine here: imagine crunchy arancini rice balls stuffed with ragu and melted mozzarella, alongside quality pizza, risotto and pasta dishes. Italian wines feature highly on the list, together with New World Sauvignons from New Zealand and a fine Canadian Hidden Bench Pinot.
For further details, visit www.cibowinebar.com/cibo_ks/index_ks.html.
Japanese fusion at its best at this top Yorkville restaurant with swanky club-like interiors and convivial service. In warmer months the bar and roof terrace are packed, but for winter we recommend heading inside to enjoy Wagyu beef, shrimp udon and more.
We love the matcha cheesecake with a cracker crust twist, and the chocolate stone mousse garnished with a sprinkling of sesame. Be sure to make a reservation or instead why not order a delivery to enjoy at home, or at your hotel.
For further details, visit https://kasamoto.ca.
Offering a nutritious menu of purely plant-based cuisine since 2016, Planta Yorkville is one of the Toronto’s most popular restaurants. As you’d expect there are gluten-free choices amongst the sushi, burgers, pasta (we love the Mac & Cheese) and pizza.
Cocktails are reasonably priced and there’s a good selection of beers. If you’re planning a special celebration you can book the private dining area. If you’d rather eat at home, get your Planta delivery via Uber Eats, DoorDash, and ritual, or book and collect in person.
For further details, visit https://plantarestaurants.getbento.com/location/planta-yorkville/.
There are many recommended Italian restaurants in Yorkville, but one of our favourites is the quirkily monikered Trattoria Nervosa. Located in an historic house on the corner of Yorkville and Bellair, Nervosa Yorkville has been serving up classic southern Italian food since 1996.
The family friendly vibe alongside perennial comfort favourites such as Polpette (beef and pork with smoked provolone), classic pizzas and pasta dishes make Trattoria Nervosa a popular neighbourhood hangout. The wine list is, as you’d imagine, is an homage to Italian favourites.
For further details, visit https://www.eatnervosa.com.
Contributor Gina Baksa writes about luxury travel, hospitality and adventure lifestyle for various international publications. Number one on her current bucket list is to explore Canada by rail. Follow her adventures at: https://ginabaksa.journoportfolio.com.
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