Auberge du Pommier
This former stone cutter's cottage has been transformed into one of the best restaurants in the city, specializing in French country dining. The romantic dining room exudes Provencal-style charm. The modern menu updates many of the classics with fresh, modern twists. You can dine al fresco in a secluded terrace brimming over with flowers from May to September. In winter you'll feel cozy near the fireplace.
• 4150 Yonge Street (2 blocks south of the 401)
• (416) 222-2220
• Website: www.oliverbonacini.com/aubergemovie.html
Enjoy inspired Canadian cuisine while taking in the breathtaking view from the 54th floor of the Toronto Dominion Bank tower. The menu showcases the freshest and finest Canadian fish, game and produce. Large windows dominate the stylish minimalist decor. This is the perfect place to impress during a business lunch or special event. First rate staff. Features Albertan beef, Nova Scotia lobster, Quebec cheese, and seasonal produce from local growers. Canoe has exotic cocktails and an extensive wine list, with some of Ontario's best vintages being produced solely for this location. Try the tasting menus, which show off the talents of executive chef Anthony Walsh.
• 66 Wellington Street West
• (416) 364-0054
• Website: www.oliverbonacini.com
Eclectic best describes this intimate midtown restaurant. From seeing the 1950s style meat slicer on the bar to tasting the combined flavors of Spain, Italy, France and Mexico, you'll enjoy unique Spanish dining. Chef Chris McDonald uses the best local ingredients to make each of the dishes a memorable culinary experience. Menu highlights include marinated, broiled sablefish and Iberico pork tenderloin.
• 1560 Yonge Street
• (416) 979-9918
• Website: www.cavarestaurant.ca
Draws dedicated diners uptown to its low-key Mount Pleasant location, and is considered by many as one of Toronto's finest restaurants. The surroundings are quietly simple but elegant. The menu is unapologetically French -- duck confit, rack of lamb, escargot, foie gras and a variety of fresh seafood. Finish up with creme brulee or a fruit tarte.
• 632 Mount Pleasant Road
• (416) 544-9035
• Website: www.celestinrestaurant.com
Lorenzo Loseto is considered Toronto's hottest new chef, and it is easy to understand why. Small plates are the order of the day here, with the Chef's special tasting menu a favourite among business diners. This five course dinner offers a series of dishes that are almost as much of treat to look at as to eat.
• 111C Queen Street East
• (416) 863-6006
• Website: www.georgeonqueen.com
When a chef makes his own soya sauce from scratch, you know that he is serious about sushi. Sushi master Hiro Yoshida loves to listen to jazz as he prepares his hallmark nigiri sushi made from seafood purchased that morning. While wine and beer are available, regular customers favour the excellent sakes.
• 171 King Street East
• (416) 304-0550
• No website
The Fifth Grill and Terrace
After a ride to the fifth floor in the wooden freight elevator, step into a chic, candlelit room where you are serenaded by a gravel-voiced piano player. With plush chairs, sumptuous linens and glittering chandeliers, this seductive hideaway is reminiscent of a private supper club. The Gallic spin on the traditional steak house menu caters to indulgent palates. One of the best terraces in Toronto. Thursday to Saturday only.
• 225 Richmond Street West
• (416) 979-3005
• Website: www.thefifthgrill.com
A sophisticated and loyal crowd packs this room of discreet booths, candles and mirrors. Mistura provides upscale, top-quality Italian cuisine in a relaxed setting with private-club-like ambiance. Generous portions of meat-heavy meals, ranging from wild boar to massive veal chops to sea bass to caribou are offered: but vegetarians are not ignored. Hospitable service and desserts that melt in your mouth.
• 265 Davenport Road
• (416) 515-0009
• Website: www.mistura.ca
The soft lighting and sophisticated interior set the mood for the exceptional culinary experience diners have here. The menu borrows from Mediterranean, American, and Asian sources. The food is superb and the desserts are among the best in the city. The wine list is comprehensive with many high-end choices. Impeccable service. A bar and lounge are on the upper level and private rooms can be reserved.
• 2537 Yonge Street
• (416) 487-4897
• Website: www.north44restaurant.com
Pangaea serves up globally inspired dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant's devotion to simplicity is evident from the decor. The wooden floors and furniture add a relaxed feeling to the fine dining atmosphere. Among the restaurant favourites are mahogany glazed salmon with caramel butter, grilled calamari and mushroom risotto.
• 1221 Bay Street
• (416) 920-2323
• Website: www.pangaearestaurant.com
Scaramouche has been serving classic continental French cuisine to admiring fans since 1981. The minimalist design features clean lines and open space, allowing the dazzling view of the Toronto skyline to be the highlight. There are two room choices: the elegant dining room and a grill with a pared-down menu. One of the most extensive wine lists in Toronto. First-rate service. Don't skip dessert.
• 1 Benvenuto Place
• (416) 961-8011
• Website: www.scaramoucherestaurant.com
Eclectic and brilliant, the menu at Sen5es interprets and redefines traditional dishes, drawing on Asian and Western culinary cultures. This stylish two-storey restaurant has space for a limited amount of diners and a menu that is noted for its seafood. A tasting menu is available. Desserts come from the adjacent bakery and are superb. The reasonably- priced wine list favours the New World, with plenty of options by the glass. Chef's Table available.
• 328 Wellington Street West
• (416) 935-0400
• Website: www.senses.ca
Splendido creates "Mediterranean eclectic" dishes that are fresh, interesting and constantly evolving. Enjoy the ultimate experience by selecting the tasting menu served in the modern dining room. The kitchen is in a class of its own, and the most discerning diner will not be disappointed. Save room for the dreamy desserts. The service excels in professionalism. The wine list is impressive, but pricey.
• 88 Harbord Street
• (416) 929-7788
• Website: www.splendido.ca
Lai Wah Heen
Located in the Metropolitan Hotel, Lai Wah Heen's tranquil setting is something that cannot be found in busy Chinatown. The mainly Cantonese menu contains several pages of the restaurant's favorite, dim sum. Lai Wah Heen offers a broad choice of tea and wine.
• 108 Chestnut Street
• (416) 977-9899
• Website: www.metropolitan.com/lwh