Best Dinner in Toronto: DINE’s Top Choices

Don Alfonso 1890
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When it comes to deciding the best dinner options in Toronto, the choices can be overwhelming. Toronto undoubtedly has one of the best food scenes in Canada. When the weekend hits, picking a spot where you want to go can be a daunting task. Luckily, we’ve tried these amazing restaurants in Toronto. Here are some of our favourite dishes at these restaurants.

BlueBlood Steakhouse

Smoked seared Jumbo Scallops

Want an incredible setting with your dinner? BlueBlood Steakhouse is located in the opulent Casa Loma. Their menu consists of high-end steaks and seafood towers. These jumbo scallops are absolutely to-die-for. 

 

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Carisma

Roasted Porchetta with Veggies

If you’re looking for an ultra romantic dinner spot, Carisma is the perfect setting. This destination inspired by the 1920’s offers traditional Italian cuisine. Also, you won’t want to miss their impressive wine list. Honestly, Porchetta may just be the best meat to ever consume, period. 

 

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CIBO Wine Bar

Lasagna

Cibo Wine Bar has nightlife vibes with rustic Italian dishes. If you’re looking for places to head to for Winterlicious, Cibo offers a three-course prix-fixe menu: $23 for lunch and $33 for dinner. You can never go wrong with some lasagna. 

 

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Core Restaurant

Dry aged Duck Breast

Canadian fare is becoming more and more popular. At Core Restaurant, you can expect to find simply prepared Canadian dishes in season. In addition, all ingredients are local, and the space is gorgeous with exposed-brick. Even though their menu changes daily, we could never forget this duck dish with foie gras torchon and kabocha squashes.

 

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Don Alfonso 1890

Slow Cooked Egg Yolk with Burrata Foam and Black Truffle Caviar

Toronto is the first North American location of this restaurant which features reputable Michelin starred chefs Alfonso and Ernesto Iaccarino. Located in the Consumer’s Gas Building of 1852 on Toronto Street, this unforgettable restaurant is one you won’t want to miss. Their slow cooked Egg Yolk, Burrata Foam, Baby French Green Beans, Black Truffle Caviar is beyond innovative. 

 

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Kiu Restaurant

Seafood Don

This Japanese eatery has a wonderful atmosphere: an airy dining room and sleep accents everywhere. They offer sushi, ramen and rice bowls. Hopefully they bring back this incredible Seafood Don. 

 

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Quan Ju De

The Roasted Duck

Quan Ju De is a favourite for Chinese dining. They feature traditional roast duck and other classic Chinese fare. Their atmosphere is also relaxed, with a simple dining room and round tables. It’s kind of a no-brainer that our fave dish is their Roasted Duck. 

 

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Ovest

Tuna Tartare

We clearly can’t get enough of Toronto’s Italian scene. This eatery serves wood-oven pizzas, pastas and carpaccio. They also have large wine selection. Their tuna tartare has such beautiful presentation and is also tasty. 

 

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TOCA 

The Cheese Cave

Cheese cave? Don’t mind if we do. This Pecorino is spectacular, and the cheese cave is such a fun and unique concept. Located in the Ritz-Carlton, TOCA offers seasonal and locally sourced Italian cuisine. Plus, they are also participating in Winterlicious with a $33 lunch and $53 dinner menu. 

 

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Yu Seafood

Black Charcoal Dim Sums

If you want the best in Chinese seafood dishes, you’ll want to try Yu Seafood. With an elegant setting and wood-clad venue, this restaurant specializes not only in Chinese seafood dishes, but dim sum and wine. Ever heard of Black Charcoal dim sums? They were a beautiful discovery for us. 

 

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