Romantic dining spots in the Financial District Toronto

Whether you’re just dating or in a long-term relationship, you’ll find great food and romantic ambience at these downtown restaurants. From casual dining to over-the-top glam, the Financial District caters very well to lovestruck couples.

The Chase Fish & Oyster

1
10 Temperance St, Toronto, ON M5H 1Y4

Voted as The Globe and Mail’s Best New Restaurant of 2013 in Toronto, The Chase is a must-try. The rooftop restaurant offers a backdrop of gleaming downtown architecture, best to enjoy with good company. The modern and elegant space complements the upscale meals perfectly. The seafood-heavy menu includes everything from raw choices to meats, fish and pasta. Plates are beautifully presented and certain to impress.

Biff's Bistro

2
4 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1G4

Biff’s Bistro is part of the Oliver & Bonacini restaurant family and will transport you and your date to Paris, 1930. Who wouldn’t want to dine in a lovely, French-inspired space on a romantic date? The bistro is warm and casual and you’ll feel at ease in the plush leather seating. The French do romantic dining right, and you can’t go wrong with Biff’s classic menu options, like steak tartare and beef bourguignon to name a couple.

Katana On Bay

3
333 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 2R3

If a swanky sushi restaurant is what your date is yearning for, then let the sake flow. This Bay St. location is as posh as you’d expect. The muted lighting and rich wood décor set the mood for an idyllic evening. Banquet seating offers a panoramic view of the house as you share exquisite rolls, tapas and plates. The beverage list boasts almost 20 varieties of sake, so don’t forget to enjoy a few sips while you chat.

Aria Restaurant

4
25 York St, Toronto, ON M5J 2V5

Located in Maple Leaf Square, Aria is glamourous and then some. The towering space offers an airy feel, with beautiful seating and dramatic lighting. This ultramodern room is perfect for a romantic evening, whether you’re coming straight from the office or celebrating a special something. Serving modern Italian fare, Aria’s plates are as perfectly arranged as the ristorante itself. The menu makes sharing easy, and wine and cocktail options abound.

Pizzeria Libretto

5
155 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5H 3B7

Toronto’s certified Neapolitan pizza joint now has a third location in the heart of downtown, and it’s accessible via the PATH. Libretto on University Avenue offers intimate booths that are perfect for getting acquainted or catching up. The menu is ideal for sharing, with starters like arancini and beef carpaccio to accompany small talk, and pizza and wine for those deeper conversations. The décor at this location is modern, relaxed and unpretentious.

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