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Restaurant type

  • Fine Dining,

Cuisine type

  • Canadian,
  • Regional,

Dishes

  • Vegetarian Cuisine,

Features

  • Bring Your Own Wine,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Cuisine Contemporaine,
  • Farm-to-table,
  • Chef Menu,
  • Tasting Menus,
  • Local Restaurant,
  • Canadian Restaurant,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
971 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6G 3V5
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
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Rates:

  • > $60,

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Meet the owner

In 2014, Actinolite owner Justin Cournoyer decided to make a huge change at his Ossington restaurant. The restaurant was popular and packed with customers, with a Mediterranean menu. Justin, admittedly bored, decided to take a leap of faith and changed the menu to what he describes as seasonal, regional Canadian cuisine.

Born and raised in Actinolite, a rural town located in central-eastern Ontario, Justin spent his formative years outside, getting dirty surrounded by nature. While reflecting on where he came from, the way forward became clear.  The place that is  infused with childhood memories, senses and a deep connection to the land was leading him to forge his own path. Following his passion and beliefs is what made Actinolite survive its evolution.

Justin’s passion and sense of responsibility to sustainable living is contagious. “This restaurant gives me meaning, it allows me to express myself through food,” says Justin. “I take time for people, I utilize the people around me, learn from the farmers."

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Ratings & Reviews - Actinolite

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January 22, 2020

Delicious-Interesting-inspiring We will return :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 20, 2020

Delicious and intelligent food in a really cool space, served by knowledgeable and charming staff, and a perfect wine pairing!? You couldn't ask for a better experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 20, 2020

We enjoyed the most wonderful meal at Actinolite! Their attention to detail and warm atmosphere is like none other. We are excited to come back and try the menu in a different season. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 12, 2020

Easily one of the best meals I have ever had the food was amazing. The drink pairings were all perfect and I would highly recommend them. Service was great dishes were explained wonderfully.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 10, 2020

Very special treat for my birthday! Thank you Actinolite:)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 10, 2020

A beautiful evening. The food was marvellous and the service a delight. I was entertaining an out of town guest and he was completely blown away. Well done, Actinolite folks. I will be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 22, 2019

Wonderful, creative and delicious. It's very clear the pride that the chef and all the staff have in the food. Make sure to get the wine pairings.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 22, 2019

Service and atmosphere were nice. Portion sizes were too small - we paid $350 for 2 people and left hungry. Drink list was limited - no cocktails available. Wouldn’t return and didn’t see the value.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

December 19, 2019

Fascinating to see how local ingredients can substitute for what one would consider imported staples. Will definitely need to return at different times to see what can be done with the materials that are in season.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2019

We are really looking forward to our next visit!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2019

Outstanding food and service. One of the best restaurants I have ever been to anywhere!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 8, 2019

Best restaurant in Toronto. Hands down.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 7, 2019

Exceptional food and service! Chef Justin is passionate about his craft and it shows in the complexity of flavours. Staff were very friendly and responsive.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2019

What an incredible meal - starting with a soul soothing bone broth soup to take the chill off And ending with a chocolate soaked sponge toffee. What came in between was an orchestrated symphony of aroma, flavour and texture. Favourite dish was the smoked trout with leek absolutely sublimed. A close second was the mushroom with its unctuous rich and layered flavour. My partner swooned over the scallop served raw with roasted shaved roe and we both agreed the oyster was one of the best we have had. Overall the service was very good and attentive but not obtrusive. Local ingredients prepared exquisitely served with enthusiasm. We’ll be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2019

Another amazing meal!!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 5, 2019

Wonderful experience! Incredible meal and amazing service. It was so nice to see how passionate this restaurant is about sustainability and supporting local farmers.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2019

This is our favourite restaurant in Toronto — and this was our favourite time there. The menu was one excellent dish after another and all of our favourite staff members were on hand to serve. Thank you chef and team!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 29, 2019

An absolutely inspired and most memorable meal. Couldn’t have been better thank you so much.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 30, 2019

One of the most creative chefs in Toronto. An intimate space with welcoming and discreet service. Locally sourced food that screams freshness and discreet flavours. One of the best meals we had this year.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 23, 2019

Incredibly thoughtful and excellent service. Delicious food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 22, 2019

What a fantastic Experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 20, 2019

Love, love this restaurant. A wonderful experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 15, 2019

Great staff and fantastic food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 14, 2019

Best restaurant in Toronto hands down.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 10, 2019

very friendly, intimate environment. All staff took the time to answer questions and to chat. Chef/owner is right to be proud of what he's created.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 10, 2019

an incredible experience! can't wait to come back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2019

Justin was an excellent host. The food was fabulous. We had a very enjoyable evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 10, 2019

A wonderful evening celebrating our anniversary. Thank you to the staff and the chef for everything. It isn't just a meal, it is an experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 8, 2019

Truly exceptional In a city filled with world class chefs, great service and innovative menus, Actinolite sits head and shoulders above the competition 5/5 will certainly return

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2019

AMAZING

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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With their chefs inspired by daily trips to farmers’ markets, this charming restaurant offers two seven-course tasting menus focused on fresh, seasonal favourites and the wild bounty of the Great White North. With inventive dishes like venison tartare with lichen and juniper, and trout in rutabaga consommé seasoned with moss and pine needles, you’re definitely in for a memorable meal. The intimate space provides a tasty tableau to try new things – and what’s better than a prix fixe menu to let you explore all those exotic Canadian flavours you never knew existed.

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