Restaurants With a View
Toronto offers some of the most impressive big-city views around. Why not enjoy them while treating yourself to a fine meal or cocktail?
Sit window-side at any of these unique restaurants to watch the city shimmer and shine, day or night, from high on top of the world.
Perched atop the Freed building in the trendy King Street West area, Lavelle’s stylish rooftop includes a stunning pool and views of the CN Tower. Not to mention all the beautiful people that are flocking there.
The menu leans toward French with delectable offerings such as wild salmon confit and foie gras which you can enjoy a table or seated at one of the lovely bar areas such as the Pool Bar or Rose Bar. Cabanas are available for more intimate gatherings! (627 King Street West / Atmosphere: sophisticated, upscale / Dress code: smart casual.)
TIFF Bell Lightbox has partnered with powerhouse restaurant brand Oliver & Bonacini to create Luma. More lively than lofty, from its second floor perch the restaurant and bar overlook Toronto’s Entertainment District, one of the city’s trendiest areas.
Watch the passersby on King Street below as you dine on delicacies like seared scallops and truffle ravioli. Try one of Luma’s signature cocktails or premium vintages. And don’t forget about dessert – the Luma Chocolate Bar and Steamed Banana Pudding are both to die for, while the selection of Canadian cheeses is sure to have your mouth watering. (350 King Street West / Atmosphere: trendy / Dress code: smart casual.)
Another Oliver & Bonacini favourite, Canoe is a top dining spot for local and visiting members of the elite. Located on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower, the restaurant boasts stunning panoramas of the Toronto harbour and downtown core.
Canoe’s Canadian-themed dinner menu features tasty dishes like Northern Woods Mushroom Soup, Cocoa Butter Poached Halibut and Montreal Steak Spiced Venison Loin – all beautifully prepared and presented by Executive Chef John Horne. Try the Tasting Menu to experience a multi-course meal for the entire table. The food tastes even more delicious when combined with the scenery! (66 Wellington Street West / Atmosphere: sophisticated, upscale / Dress code: business casual.)
The One Eighty
Home to two of Canada’s highest patios, The One Eighty is set atop the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre in the upscale Bloor-Yorkville area. With spectacular views of both the north and south of the city, dining at The One Eighty is an experience like no other.
The award-winning menu by Executive Chef Zach Jacobs combines tapas-style appetizers with seasonal mains and desserts. Be sure to check out the extensive list of wines, beers, cocktails and martinis. The patios at The One Eighty are open from April through October so you can dine in the open air, high above the city, for more than half the year. (55 Bloor Street West / Atmosphere: trendy / Dress code: business casual.)
360 Restaurant at the CN Tower
If you’re looking for an amazing view, it doesn’t get any better than this. 360 Restaurant is located atop Toronto’s most famous landmark, the CN Tower. It offers an inventive, locally-sourced seasonal menu and an award-winning wine selection – which has put the CN Tower in the Guinness World Records for having the world’s highest wine cellar.
Dining at 360 is an unforgettable experience. The restaurant revolves as you eat so you get to see every angle of the city from more than 351 metres above the ground. As a bonus, the elevator ride to the restaurant, along with access to the CN Tower’s LookOut and Glass Floor levels, is complimentary with the purchase of your meal.
With both prix fixe and à la carte offerings, including vegetarian and seafood options, 360 Restaurant is the perfect destination for a romantic date, anniversary dinner, business lunch or memorable family outing.
For those looking for a gravity-defying, but more casual, restaurant experience, check out Horizons Restaurant, located on the CN Tower’s LookOut level. (301 Front Street West / Atmosphere: sophisticated, upscale / Dress code: smart casual.)