Best Restaurants for TIFF-spotting in Toronto

The Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF – is one of the busiest times for our great city. Celebrities touch down to promote their movies, while drinking and dining their way across town. Here’s where you’ll likely see some major stars:

Café Boulud

60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 0A4

Café Boulud has had a major renovation and is finishing up just in time for the fest. Not only will celebs be staying in the Four Seasons rooms above, no doubt they’ll be coming downstairs to grab a quick bite/drink between press junkets. Stay tuned for more news about the new space.

the Spoke Club

600 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M3

You’ve got to be a member or have an exclusive invite to get in here. That’s because this is where famous folks mingle and talk shop. And with the 10th Annual Canadian Filmmakers’ Party taking place there tomorrow evening, hosted by Ben Mulroney, Zoie Palmer and Jason Priestley, the red carpet is sure to be busting with A-listers.

Jacobs & Co Steakhouse

12 Brant St, Toronto, ON M5V 2M1

One of the city’s best – and swankiest – steakhouses is a sure stop for carnivore-lovers. Chef Danny McCallum goes into the dry aging rooms daily to select from 65 beef cuts, - from Canadian Prime Hereford from Guelph, Ontario to Wagyu from Japan and Canada. Between the steaks, service, atmosphere and Caesar salad prepared tableside, it’s a luxe experience that will no doubt attract Hollywood VIPs.

Drake Hotel

1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3

The Drake Hotel on Queen West has long been a respite from the downtown frenzy for stars from around the globe. This year’s TIFF House Party includes Kill Them with Colour, a mini-manicure and even real tattoos done on site. Of course food and drinks will be flowing all night long, and in celebration of TIFF, you’ve got 'til 4am for last call.

Sotto Sotto Ristorante

120 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2H4

Stars flock to this Yorkville hub all year long, so you can just imagine how many are going to cram themselves into this longstanding Italian resto during the film fest. So don’t be surprised if you’re dining next to Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal Salma Hayek, Eddie Redmayne, Rachel McAdams and Kristen Stewart over the next few weeks.

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