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Restaurant type

  • Steakhouse,


  • Grill,
  • Seafood,
  • Vegetarian Cuisine,


  • Extensive Wine List,


  • Trendy,

Products and Services

  • Good For Groups,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
321 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1J5
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $11 To $25,
  • $26 To $60,

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Located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District, Fred’s Not Here has been a restaurant in the King Street spotlight for nearly 30 years. With two stories connected by a spiral staircase and a sprawling patio, this iconic west-end bistro is hard to miss, and if you’ve ever attended shows at one of the many theatres in the area, you’ve probably enjoyed a steak or seafood dinner at Fred’s Not Here and appreciated the restaurant’s close proximity to these attractions.

“Theatre is very important to us,” says owner Fred Luk. The rich menu and cool spacious ambiance with swank art on red brick walls, open kitchen, and friendly service make Fred’s Not Here a desirable pit stop for downtown diners. And, despite what the restaurant’s name might suggest, Fred — the restaurant's operator, dishwasher, reservation taker and chief cutlery polisher — is always there. “I’m an active manager of the restaurant,” he says. “You have to like what you do.”

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Winterlicious 2017: $38 dinners

Winterlicious 2017: $38 dinners

Fred may not be there to greet diners, but the friendly staff is there to do the job. This casual neighbourhood steakhouse in the heart of the theatre district specializes in wood grilled steaks and seafood. For Winterlicious, the menu options include baked lobster and crab soup, blackened beef filet with shrimp creole and dirty rice, grilled Quebec Nagano pork loin, and a decadent mango and berry cheesecake.

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