Top 10 chic eats in Toronto

For a night-out on the town, or an intimate dinner, sometimes you just want to splurge and head out to an elegant and sophisticated eatery. Toronto has a diverse selection of chic restaurants that includes everything from a contemporary French restaurant in a Victorian row house to a steak house inside a castle. Here are some of the top chic eats in Toronto.[Photo credit: BlueBlood, courtesy of Liberty Entertainment Group]

BlueBlood Steakhouse

1 Austin Terr, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8

Newly opened, Casa Loma is now home to steakhouse! BlueBlood is everything you would expect in a classic steakhouse, and the elegance of the dining room fits into the majestic décor of the castle seamlessly. The dining room is also home to heirloom antiques and modern art pieces by Andy Warhol, Mr. Brainwash and Salvador Dali.

One Restaurant

116 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C2

Mark McEwan’s ONE restaurant combines modern and classic food items and the same combo is found in the décor. The dim lighting and textured walls provide an elegant atmosphere that can’t be matched. The lunch and dinner menus showcase American contemporary cuisine at its finest.

Buca Yorkville

53 Scollard, Toronto, ON M5R 1G1

Spacious and modern, Buca Yorkville is a sleek version of the King West restaurant. The high ceilings and timeless décor make Buca Yorkville a modern, yet welcoming eatery. The coastal Italian cuisine is top notch and the brunch is something that should be on every Torontonian’s bucket list.


299 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7

When Montecito opened in Toronto it introduced the city to the charm of Southern California. The lavish restaurant has a sprawling two-floor dining room that is adorned with curtains and old Hollywood memorabilia. The farm-to-table menu can be enjoyed in the upstairs private dining area or lounge. The menu changes seasonally, to keep it all fresh.

TOCA Restaurant

181, Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G7

Located in the Ritz-Carlton, TOCA is an upscale Italian eatery. Chef Oliver Glowig serves up a refreshing and authentic menu inside the chic restaurant. Whether you’re having brunch with friends or enjoying a night out on the town, TOCA has you covered. You can also join workshops and tastings in the in-house cheese cave.

Café Boulud

60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 0A4

Located in the heart of Yorkville, Café Boulud has captured the essence of mid 19th Century France. The vintage ambience of the restaurant harkens back to a more glamorous time. Celebrity chef David Boulud takes inspiration from his family meals back in Lyon, and showcases bistro classics and contemporary dishes.

Ricarda's Restaurant

134 Peter St, Toronto, ON M5V 2H2

Ricarda’s is a spacious Mediterranean restaurant, bakery and café. The eatery may be casual, but it exudes elegance. From the high ceilings to the chalkboard menu boards, the dining room at Ricarda’s has an ethereal feel and you’ll never want to leave. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sassafraz Restaurant

100 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A6

The Hollywood North hot spot has been the celebrity go-to for over a decade. Part of the attraction is Sassafraz’s effortless elegance, which can be seen in the décor and menu. Adding to its charm, the contemporary French restaurant is in a charming Victorian row house at the corner of Cumberland and Bellair.

Grabbing a meal for take-out doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice nutrition. Many restaurants and fresh food markets in Toronto understand the importance of a nutritious meal to time-deprived urbanites, and have made it their mission to provide Toronto with quick and healthy take-out meals. Grab a menu and make your choice – here are the best healthy take-out spots in Toronto. [Photo of Planta Burger by Jim Bamboulis]
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