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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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  • > $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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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

November 2, 2019

An enchanting night to remember where the servers were pleasant and attentive and the chef came would come by to not just explain the dish but he would also inform you of where the ingredients were from. Cannot wait to return, just wish I had discovered this gem earlier

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 2, 2019

Still one of the best and definitely the most interesting restaurant in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 31, 2019

The chef's menu was delclious and inventive. Really enjoyed the overall experience and would definitely recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2019

A truly unique and personal experience that provides more depth to every dish served. The food was excellent and the service was fantastic.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 26, 2019

Everything is amazing here. The chef is knowledgable, friendly and willing to share. We got 4 things out of the tasting menu and all of them are delicious. Nowadays, a lot of restaurants claim they are sustainable and caring about their neighborhood but you can tell from the plate, ingredients to the sauce that it is really happening here. Last but not least, of course, the food is awesome, Chef knows how to emphasize the natural taste of the ingredients and use a little dressing but not very strong. Strongly recommend everybody to try.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 18, 2019

Eat kept secret in Toronto. If you want an incredible experience and thoughtfully creatively made food that is delicious, head here!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 17, 2019

Delicious! But sadly we left quite hungry:( I for one could have eaten at least twice the amount of food, my husband probably three times the amount - I guess we are gluttons. Didn’t care much for the desserts - I’m a huge dessert fan and always so look forward to dessert at the end of a nice meal but I was still craving something decedent and sweet after the corn ice cream followed by the mushroom ice cream - I get the theme and I love mushrooms but the desserts missed the mark for me.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

October 18, 2019

We celebrated my husband's birthday at Actinolite and had the most incredible time. Chef and his team made the occasion feel special. We had the Chef's tasting, which was delicious. Each course came with its own story - and it was clear how much thought was put into each dish.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 13, 2019

Love the simple cooking with fresh ingredients. Service was very friendly and attentive.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 10, 2019

Amazing food and great atmosphere. The staff is amazing and created a great dining experience overall. The chef/owner also will great you and spend time to chat with all the diners. Highly recommend!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2019

Amazing dinner and service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2019

Very good dinner and excellent overall experience - will definitely recommend to others

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 30, 2019

By far the best restaurant of Toronto in term of food, service and atmosphere. Could easily compete with a Michelin star restaurant. With his obsessed utilization of fresh local products Actinolite succeed in providing authentic flavours without overpowering any ingredient. The wine pairing is also excellent touching a variety of original combination. The fact that you find this amazing food in a simple and cordial atmosphere is for me Canada at his best!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 30, 2019

Loved Justin' passion for his food and the fact that the food was sourced as locally as possible was highly commendable. All was delicious with gorgeous presentation. All staff were professional without being pretentious. Will come back and would certainly recommend to anyone who enjoys tasting menus.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 29, 2019

Justin has a unique passion for simple, fresh ingredients. Actinolite has once again been our culinary experience of the year.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 28, 2019

First restaurant review I’ve ever written and probably my last, but I love this place so much that I thought it important to spread the word. This restaurant is so passionate about their food and it shows in every single detail. Unique but approachable dishes served creatively with so much love and care. So many flavours matched beautifully together. The chef is clearly a genius and it would be a shame to live in Toronto and not experience this place! Side note: Check out the website and read about their mission to stay local, seasonal and sustainable.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 25, 2019

We loved the food and the wait staff- thank you for educating us on the food and where it comes from. The wine pairing was totally worth it! We loved it!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 22, 2019

Best food and service I’ve had compared to any other restaurant I’ve tried in Canada. Dishes were simple and yet complex in flavours. Delightful tasting menu, with not a single misstep. Service was impeccably attentive and coordinated. Wines were excellent. Very impressed!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 21, 2019

Fresh. Simple. Creative. Chef was there and passionately described his restaurants vision. Each course was unique and very well thought out.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 20, 2019

Always a special and enjoyable evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 18, 2019

Actinolite is an interesting concept. Where the chef is certainly passionate it sometimes leaves little room for the guest to explore the dishes presented on their own. Learn to read the table, we all can enjoy the food without having service staff talking to us for multiple minutes or interrupt conversations to introduce wine, we can ask later or find a suitable time to interrupt. Most of the dishes impressive and tasty. Wild ingredients and lesser known preparations a sometimes need refinement, overall the portions were too small, left us wanting more proteins and extremely expensive. Other tasting menu based restaurants have managed to put more on the plate for less, within the same quality spectrum with similar care, the story doesn’t always balance the value.... Wines were all quite good on their own but pairings questionable in most cases. Both items introduced separately for each course with little to no link established between food- drinks and equally as much to be perceived upon tasting. Music is too low/ non existent and overall dining room decor is not what you’d expect when you pay 450$+ for 2 people.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

September 19, 2019

Wonderful restaurant. Perfect balance across the tasting menu - also just the right amount of food. We enjoyed Actinolite more than any other restaurant we've been to in a while, and that includes major destination restaurants in Toronto, Manhattan, London, Amsterdam, Vienna and Budapest this year. We've told all our friends about it and we'll be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2019

Everything was AMAZING! Such a lovely evening with truly excellent food and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2019

What a fun and lovely experience and a wonderful concept. We had wine pairings with our dinner and it was interesting and very well paired. The meal itself was so fresh and delicious and the combination of flavours in each dish was so perfect. We loved talking with Chef Justin and the whole staff was very knowledgeable about the dishes and their ingredients as well - we learned so much and were amazed by the thoughtful creation of each dish. I especially love that we could return in a month and enjoy a completely just-as-fabulous meal. Don't let the set menu deter you if you have food allergies - the team was happy to accommodate mine which was so appreciated. We'll definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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