Elegant lunch spots in Toronto

Lunch can be so much more than trendy takeout, there are several chic spots in the city that offer the chance to enjoy a leisurely and elegant mid-day meal. Whether you’re looking for lunch with the girls or an impressive place for a work lunch, Toronto has plenty of options for all occasions. [Photo credit: Colette Grand Cafe by Erica Salyi-Pannozzo]

Holts Café

1
50 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W 3L8

Take a break from your shopping spree with a fashionable lunch. Located on the second floor of the Yorkville store, this chic café serves up the perfect lunch, with a menu full of contemporary Canadian cuisine.

Auberge du Pommier

2
4150 Yonge St, North York, ON M2P 2C6

This iconic Toronto restaurant is both sophisticated and historic. The restaurant is housed in two woodcutters’ cottages that were built in the 1860s. The lunch menu, rooted in classic French cuisine, includes tartelette aux escargots, steak frites and Croque Madame.

Wish

3
3 Charles St E, Toronto, ON M4Y 1R9

Open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday, Wish Restaurant is the perfect setting for an elegant lunch. The menu is classic fare with a modern twist, including lunch items like two smashed avocados on rye toast or the Wish Fried Chicken Club Sandwich. All the burgers (including the famous salmon burger) are served with fries or a green salad.

Maman Bakery Cafe

4
100 King St W, Toronto, ON M5X 2A1

French delicacies are what’s on the menu at Maman. This Manhattan transplant takes Parisian-style lunch to another level, serving items like quiche, baguette with marinated chicken and various fresh salads. You can opt to eat at the large communal table or on the sun soaked patio.

Baker And Scone

5
693 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1B2

Baker & Scone keeps it short and sweet when it comes to lunch selections. Alongside the freshly baked scones there are fresh salads, seasonal soups and a variety of savoury tarts. For dessert, why not indulge in the salted caramel whoopee pies or designer cupcakes.

Le Papillon On Front

6
69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5

Some of the best crepes in the city can be found at Le Papillon on Front. The quaint restaurant, which includes exposed brick walls and wood accents, is an ideal location for a large group. You can order off the menu, or partake in the special group prix-fixe menu that includes chicken liver pate, French onion soup, chocolate brownies and more.

Colette

7
550 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2V4

Elegant is the perfect word to describe Colette. The French bistro-style seating, paired with the gourmet menu will make you want to eat at Colette every day! The famous salad bar is open during lunch service, or you can try the selection of tartines and sandwiches.

George Restaurant

8
111 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1S2

George Restaurant has two lunch menus: an a la carte version and a tasting menu. Chef Lorenzo Loseto works with seasonally sourced ingredients to create a menu that is not only delicious, but visually stunning as well. Try the Cavatelli with chanterelles and ricotta.

Nota Bene

9
6-180 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X3

Nota Bene’s lunch menu has lots of selection, from Nova Scotia Lobster Salad to Grass-Fed Texas Longhorn Beef Schnitzel. There are also daily lunch specials including the Chesapeake Bay Softshell Crab Club Sandwich.

Planta

10
1221 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5R 3P5

Who said vegetarian cuisine was just about salad? Chef David Lee has created a unique vegetarian menu that even has the omnivores talking. Try the 18 Carrot Dog that comes with sauerkraut, dill pickles and spiced fries! The plant-based menu and ultra-modern gold décor makes this the ultimate lunch spot!

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