Meet the owner

Before Ariel Coplan launched his own restaurant, he decided to take a little research trip — around the world. Travelling and cooking his way through Europe, San Francisco, New York, Scotland and Australia, the chef trained at Michelin restaurants across the globe before settling back to the Six with a restaurant concept all his own.

“I started focusing not only on what people were eating, but how people were eating,” Ariel says. “I wanted to create something that was like how I ate when I went out to eat with my family and friends."

A petite street-facing patio and a hanging horse sign mark Richmond Street West’s Thoroughbred Food and Drink, tucked in a three-storey brick and beam Victorian, with seating for more than 100. From twenty-somethings indulging in cava and Korean fried chicken on Cheap Champagne and Fried Chicken Tuesdays, to large family dinners in the private room upstairs, Thoroughbred boasts a little something for everyone.

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November 13, 2017

third time at restaurant, this time Offered us a chefs tasting menu, which had a few additions other than on the menu, able to accommodate our dietary needs, very enjoyable experience. If you want a bit quieter ask to be seated upstairs. Downstairs very lively

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2017

Absolutely amazing service, excellent food and fantastic drinks as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 23, 2017

I absolutely love this restaurant. I come here often, and this time did the $65 'let us cook for you' (I'd done the $65 once before and the $45 one previous to that), and it was absolutely amazing. We had 9 courses and a glass of cava, highlights included the rabbit confit cassoulet, wedge salad and Thai duck salad. My friend was easily accommodated with her lactose allergy, but I didn't lose out on the delicious dairy as a result, which I appreciated a lot! The whole meal was a delight!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 19, 2017

Great, authentic Toronto spot.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 8, 2017

First time at Thoroughbred Best meal that we have had in a long time. Shared plates all the way through. Terrific. Every dish. We'll be back soon

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2017

Order the mix me something cocktail! So good

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 4, 2017

I brought my team over for some celebratory drinks and food and everything was perfect. I was contacted by someone who kindly asked if there was anything specific or special she could do in advance. And the night was excellent - the food, wine and service were all outstanding. And the ambience, the music, the lighting and the table were all ideal. I had hoped to have a special night and we certainly did.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2017

Amazing experience as always :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

September 22, 2017

it was delicious, will be back again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2017

Loved it! The Kung Pao Cauliflower is incredible. Great little hidden gem. Cocktails are great.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 10, 2017

Great service. Menu selections were somewhat limited, but if you want Jack Astor's go there instead. This place is like eating at a friend's house if your friend is an amazing chef and a terrific mixologist too. Will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 3, 2017

We had a great time! Delicious food (including the chicken sandwich special) and wonderful service. What more can you ask for?

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 2, 2017

Lovely neighbor restaurant - great burger

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 3, 2017

Hidden but worth the visit! This restaurant offers an escape from the city streets, across from Scotiabank theater - it is one of the better restaurants in the neighborhood for food/drink and atmosphere. The table set up is ideal, not squished in and providing just enough room to offer privacy. The food was memorable and I recommend the: - Kung Pao Cauliflower; - Pan Roasted Octopus; and since I was there on a Tuesday I was able to dabble in the Fried Chicken (Koren style). PS. This restaurant should be starred on your google maps, or added to your growing T.O restaurant list. 2 people x 3 plates of food x 2 glasses of wine x 2 beers = $119.00 (before tax and tip).

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 26, 2017

Food was exceptional. Service was great! An enjoyable night out! I will come back again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2017

Cute spot. Food was really great and service was exceptional. Definitely recommend this hidden gem.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2017

Lovely relaxed atmosphere in stylish casual surroundings. Staff were polite and left us alone when we were deep in conversation (we were there for a girls birthday dinner) but were attentive and available. Cocktails were great, food was fresh and delicious. Will definitely be returning to try the rest of the menu!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2017

Fantastic meal, and equally fantastic service. We've been meaning to go to Thoroughbred for quite some time, and it was everything we'd hoped for. The whole menu looked delicious, and we'll definitely return again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2017

The aged beef tenderloin was INCREDIBLE!!! Service was fast and our waitress was very well informed and very helpful. Food was VERY delicious, we will be telling all of our friends about this place! Thank you!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2017

Amazing food and service. Loved the laid back vibe of the place.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 10, 2017

We moved into the neighbourhood a few months ago and this has become one of our favorite places to grab dinner and meet friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 10, 2017

Everyone enjoyed the Summerlicious choices. Between the four of us, we tried all menu options and were impressed by everything. As always, the service was exemplary.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 28, 2017

Great service and even better food. The $45 tasting menu left us so full and we still had some leftovers to take for lunch the next day.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 20, 2017

I held my wife's 40th birthday get together at Thoroughbred by booking through their event coordinator Christina and planning a custom party. Everything from planning through to the end of the event was great. Christina was a huge help and was able to interpret my vague thoughts about the type of party and food into a concrete plan. She (and the rest of the staff) were able to accommodate last minute changes as well. The event we held was a tasting party (8 or so tasting size portions of dishes) with a custom drink for the party from their pro mixologist. We had a private area on the first floor by the windows but could have had a private room on the 2nd or 3rd floor if we had a larger party. The menu and drink was put together simply by letting them know either specific things we wanted or in some case just ideas or types of food we like. They pulled together dishes covering Indian, Mexican, eastern European, eastern Canadian as well as dishes to satisfy simple requests like 'my wife loves mushrooms'. Everything was a hit with our guests. The food was excellent, all the staff were wonderful: friendly, helpful, etc...just a really great atmosphere. Everyone was asking how we found Thoroughbred and were mulling over holding their own events there.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 16, 2017

Loved every bit of the place.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 8, 2017

We were having a party for 28 for my birthday Food was exceptional - we had a Fantastic tasting menu and everyone raved about it Service was smooth, professional and personable despite the number of people and multiple courses. Atmosphere was warm and welcoming The whole thing was stress free I would recommend Thoroughbred for events- and will continue to have all of our special ( and not so special) events there. It was a perfect evening!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 8, 2017

Adelaide and the team took wonderful care of us. We had the tasting menu with wine pairings -- it was completely delish! :-)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 3, 2017

Great meal and great service. Will highly recommend to friends and family.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 29, 2017

Excellent food and really friendly/helpful staff.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 21, 2017

This is our third time at Thoroughbred and every time they knock it out of the park.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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