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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
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Rates:

  • > $60,

Methods of Payment:

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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August 18, 2019

This place is beyond. It doesn't even classify as s restaurant. Its such an amazing experience. A true education in food, farming, foraging, flavors, textures. The wine pairings are a must. I can't wait to go back in the fall to explore an entirely different sensation.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2019

Well worth the money. All the hosts are very knowledgeable and inviting. Chef even came out to introduce a course. Definitely recommend the chef’s tasting menu for the full experience. We will definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 11, 2019

Canadian food at its best! Finest freshest local ingredients prepared with heart & skill. Taste the season with highlights of the past preserved to accentuate flavours. A food experience not to be missed any time of the year!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 11, 2019

Outstanding and unique! We’ve been several times now and each time has been a delicious meal and excellent service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 10, 2019

Absolutely incredible experience! Some of the best food we had in Toronto. Attentive service and beautiful atmosphere. Highly recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 4, 2019

Delicious food thoughfully put together in taste & presentation. Will definitely come back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 3, 2019

The best! The best!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 2, 2019

One of the best meals I have had. Don't miss out!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2019

A nice menu of novel fresh local foods - interesting and very tasty - well done!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 27, 2019

The most adventurous, ambitious food in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2019

One of the best restaurants I have ever eaten at

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 26, 2019

Best Restaurant in Town. Can't beat the service and the Chef's creativity.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2019

Great foods and wine pairing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2019

Another lovely evening at one of the most creative and delicious restaurants in Toronto. Highly recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2019

FANTASTIC FOODIE EXPERIENCE

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2019

This was my second visit, my husbands first. We both loved the food and service the Actinolite team provided for us. Each course was on point. While courses were small, they were platted beatifically with local ingredients but full of flavor. The two courses that stood out the most for us this past Saturday; the crab and the halibut. Just enough finesse in both that we wished for more. Regardless of small plate sizes we left satisfied. Thank you for a great 50th bday dinner, Brian Atlanta, Ga.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 13, 2019

Dinner at Actinolite is truly a special experience. We have been to many restaurants in North America and Europe that make claims to utilizing fresh, seasonal ingredients and to supporting local purveyors, but Actinolite really stands out for the clear dedication to those principles--and to serving food that is actually delicious. Each of the courses on the fixed menu was clearly prepared with great care and made delicious stars out of typically mundane ingredients such as lettuce and peas. Presentations were beautiful without being ostentatious. Key to the whole experience is Chef Justin whose enthusiasm and dedication to fresh local ingredients is contagious. He came to each table to personally describe the majority of the courses. All in all, it was a highly satisfying experience that compares favorably with Michelin restaurants where we have dined, but in a casual comfortable environment.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 13, 2019

Absolutely spectacular in every way! A beautiful, surprising and shockingly delicious meal. Lovely, knowledgeable, relaxed staff. A meal we will truly never forget!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2019

Amazing food and time at Actinolite

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 12, 2019

An education in food crafted with utmost care to honour the ingredients. Love the unusual wine

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 13, 2019

Fantastic meal and service - I will be back - even considering going tonight ... to nights later!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 11, 2019

It was wonderful to learn all about each dish as they came out. Thanks so much to the Actinolite crew for a lovely dinner!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2019

All six in our party loved he meal and interaction with the staff. This was just about the best dining experience that I have had!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 6, 2019

Wonderful meal featuring lots of fresh local ingredients.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 5, 2019

Fantastic adventure with every course being unique, creative and delicious. Looking forward to the next visit!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 5, 2019

Absolutely amazing! From the first course to the final touch after the last one - the attention to detail and the love that chef and the entire staff put into every plate is a breath of fresh air. Thank you a wonderful experience that me and my wife will never forget :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 3, 2019

Every time I've been through the doors of Actinolite I've been blown away by the service, atmosphere, caliber of food and the thoughtfulness at the heart of every dish Chef Justin creates. The meal is an experience, different from any you'll find in Toronto. Each dish has a story, grounded in the current season. It's such a delight that this beautiful restaurant continues to innovate and attract a crowd. One of the gems of the cities food scene.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 30, 2019

Excellent evening and an exceptional meal from a passionate chef. The service was perfect. Wonderful experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 27, 2019

Out of the box menu with very friendly and attentive service. Maybe the most unique 5 star restaurant in Toronto is not to be missed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 23, 2019

Impeccable service, attention to detail and gorgeous presentation. Highly enjoyable experience. Enjoyed the personable stories of each course, the wine pairings and learning about Actinolite's philosophy. Loved loved loved the dwarf peas, the BC halibut and the apricot dessert, but everything was fantastic. Staff was wonderful and was great meeting and chatting with Chef Justin. We will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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