Brassaii
Brassaii

Brassaii

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brassaii.com/
  • Phone: 4165984730x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday: 10:00am - 2:30pm,
    Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
    Monday: Closed for private events
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Marcus Monteiro
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Brassaii has two private Rooms:

    The Library: Full dining seated service for a maximum of 80 guests or reception-styled for 200 guests.

    The Study: Full dining seated service for a maximum of 24 guests or reception-styled for 35 guests.

    Each room is equipped with flat screen TV's, independently controlled sound systems and heating/AC. The Library has a projector with screen and LED lighting with multiple colour options.
  • Private Party Contact: Zanette Zukowski (zanette@brassaii.com) 4165984730x
  • Entertainment: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturdays DJ at 10pm
    Thursday Nights - Live band starting at 6pm in our Lounge and DJ at 10pm
  • Special Events: For special event inquiries please contact Zanette Zukowski at 416-598-4730 or email her at zanette@brassaii.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spadina
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking can be found next to us at 380 Wellington.
A word from Brassaii
Located in the stylish King West district in the heart of downtown Toronto, Brassaii embraces it architectural heritage, which reflects both the original, raw structural features as well as integrating modern design elements using natural materials to create a decadent, but inviting experience for every guest.
The newly renovated facility contains a café, exposed wine cellar, dining area, a chic bar and lounge space as well an events room for private bookings. Open seven days a week for Brunch, lunch, dinner and late night dining, Brassaii also caters to the music and arts crowd by featuring weekly performances and intimate show programming.Brassaii offers aficionados a unique palate that reflects Mediterranean influenced cuisine, created by celebrated Chef Marcus Monteiro within a vibrant, sophisticated multi-purpose environment.
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Brassaii reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (32)fit for foodies (28)special occasion (28)great for outdoor dining (26)romantic (25)great for brunch (21)hot spot (19)neighborhood gem (19)great for lunch (18)vibrant bar scene (16)scenic view (7)notable wine list (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Business Lunch Brassaii
    Snap
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Had a lovely lunch at Brassai. Watermelon Salad was tasty and beautifully presented. ( Cheese a little rubbery).Had to try the famous Crispy Ribs and they were really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    Andrearofer
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our food was delicious, everything from the appetizer to the dessert. We love to go to brassai. It's always fresh :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dinner
    borkoVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    love the new menu - Crispy Ribs are my favorite. come here often for business meetings, clients are always happy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Chef - amazing food
    borkoVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Came in for drinks ended up having a few munchies after work. Our favourites were.... the Crispy Ribs - delicious, Foie Gras felt like we were on a picnic, also the raw salad - i can't believe he actually makes his own cheese in house! Very yummy We can’t wait to come back and try the new dinner menu!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Love2dine
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I attended Brassii for dinner with a couple of my girl friends and we were impressed! Loved the atmosphere, the staff were friendly and attentive. I would deffinatley recommend Brassii..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went for a summerlicious lunch. Food was good. After realizing we weren't ordering any booze the server turned rude and inattentive. Probably won't be going back any time soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just fabulous!
    yvrgirlVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My 3rd time there, this time sitting outside for lunch, and it was Summerlicious. Server was attentive, even to the wobbly table and trying to correct it. The scallops were divine and everything was fresh and inventive. The Summerlicious $25 lunch menu had great selections and was not skimpy. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant place
    pxzhenren
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I love the interior design of the place. The waiter/waitresses are very nice and friendly. Food is wonderful. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Luch
    KKScheid
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    All diners in our group thoroughly enjoyed lunch, as always. None of us are fans of the late-night atmosphere at Brassaii, but always love our lunches or brunches. Nice patio, excellent food, good service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place but the service...
    HonestReview613
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The restaurant was really nice along with the food. But I have to say I didn't like being scolded by the staff for not being included with the larger group reservation. The funny thing is that there was more than enough room in the restaurant that I didn't have to be scolded. If the service was less snobby I would have recommended this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun spot in the city
    LadiesDinDin
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Good food. Adequate selection for vegetarians too. Excellent wine selection and great music to finish the night with.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious
    LibbyK
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Went for summerlicious dinner and the menu was really good. The food was great. I had the pork and the caprese salad. The only thing I didn't like was the angel food cake dessert. The Havana cocktail with the cucumber and mint was to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie in the making
    BJSF
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    All I can say is "Amazing"! I took my fiance here for his birthday, and we both absolutely loved it. It is quite expensive, so we wouldn't go back unless it's for another special occasion, but when it is, we'll be there! Nothing bad to say about it. The ambiance was nice (candlelight, dim, romantic), the food was the best we've ever had, and the seasonal special (4 glasses of wine with perfectly paired horderves) was very very good - even when we played around with mixing up the sequence, we could tell that the chef knew what he was doing! Certainly an up-scale hidden gem in Toronto!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Brassaii
    Whalen189
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My wife, daughter and I went on Father's Day for Breakfast/Brunch and it was lovely. The serving staff was the best we have seen in a while, very professional and polished. The food was amazing and the decor quite lovely. Nice bar area near the front the the restaurant and a cozy patio outside make this a real winner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • To expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I would only recommend this place to people who have stable jobs because as a student it is way to expensive!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So, So Disappointing
    Eat4Life
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Out for late birthday dinner with my friend who gets one night a month from her husband & kids to come into the city from Milton so we can go to a lovely dinner and catch up and have a few drinks. Here is what went down: 1. Terrible host (could go into major detail) 2. Food - the price for the quality (halibut and the duck with a side of fries) disappointing. Empty plates and cold fish. 2. Atmosphere - Annoying. Pick what type of restaurant you want to be and stick with it. It's like a lounge, nightclub, "fine-dining" and Patio brasserie all in one. 4. The drink girls - Really? No issue with the concept, but the dresses are horrific and so not classy. Think more cigarette girl style. At least a bit more classy while being ogled by old men.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    Maggy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This place was recommended to me and it did lived up to the hype, really good food, great service, amazing cocktails.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent & Classy
    HighEnd
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I love Brassaii it is classy & more of an older crowd. The food, service & ambiance is excellent. I would highly recommend this place for diner or just a classy night out with some friends or for a date night. Everyone there was friendly, and treated you very well. I am definitely going to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mmmmimosa
    Sweetbreads
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great room…lots of light! Food was delis, service was on the ball! Consistently a great place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mmmother's Day Brunch
    Tylers
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took my mom here for Mother's Day Brunch. We made a reservation but decided to sit on the patio as it was such a beautiful day so we had our pick of tables. The service was top notch. Our waiter was very attentive and didn't miss a beat. I also was impressed with the other staff holding the doors open when we went inside to use the washroom. The food was very good, however my mom's quiche was cold and she had to send it back. Within 5 minutes she had a new quiche and she said it was one of the best she has had. My omelette was delicious and we loved everything else we ate. Overall I was impressed with Brassaii and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect night!
    liv2eat
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great night, perfect service, not one step was out of order. Would recommend Brassaii to anyone looking for Trendy Chique. Food was fantastic. Service was excellent. 10/10
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED it!
    JandJ
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Loved the cocktails, ambience, fantastic service, and the food, oh the food!! Wonderful! Very friendly and attentive staff. Great for a lovely dinner for two on Friday night. Will definitely be back. Will most likely stay later next time to enjoy the music and nightlife as well as the bar and dining room. Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sadly, not as good as it used to be
    Maddasever
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Brassai used to have great food and service, but our last lunch there was a different story. We reserved a patio spot, but when our guest arrived, they were seated indoors. When we arrived & asked to be outside, the person seating us showed us to the side patio, that was in the shade, & just has high tables for two & only lounge seating for more than two. We asked to sit in the larger patio that was in the sun and was told it belonged to the other restaurant. Since we know that's wrong asked her to check. She found out the patio did belong to Brassai, so seated us. This took a lot of time. The waiter was indifferent, borderline curt, and the food wasn't great. The chicken sauce was actually indelible. Bizarre. Used to be great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 549 reviews are from the Brassaii reviews archive.
  • Tasty & Sophisticated
    allycatFoodie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The staff was very friendly and courteous. The food was very tasty and perfectly cooked. I tried the squash soup as an appetizer-and it was a perfect balance of sweet and spicy. I had the scallops and potato puree as my main course, and the scallops were succulent and fresh. The dessert was the best part. The Pavlova (passionfruit & mango semi freddo +brown butter lime cake) was absolutely phenomenal. The combination of flavours and textures was absolutely divine! However, my partner expressed that his main dish: the lamb, was too small of a portion for what he paid. He ended up eating his dessert and some of mine because he was still hungry! Overall, we really enjoyed the sophisticated and fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was just ok...
    Kyle71473
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I went for the brunch and decided on a turkey sandwich. Didn't really taste like much. The service was alright considering we had about 3 different waiters. One waiter made it seem like it was a hassle to ask a simple question. Have a reso for mothers day but maybe thinking about trying somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    KayT
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food was amazing. We were treated so wonderfully by the whole staff. Everything was prompt and perfect.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch
    yvrgirlVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Trendy but non pretentious space, excellent service and food. Upscale food options for lunch and was perfect for a business/friend lunch. Previously been there for cocktails/appys which was also very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice leisurely lunch
    Sisi
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Took my out of town guest to Brassai. I had been there several times before and was never disappointed, and this last visit was no exception. Food was wonderful, service attentive but unobtrusive. I had made a reservation, but the restaurant was quiet and there was plenty of space. In previous visits it was much busier, perhaps it's that way in the evening or weekend brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid Brunch
    LilMeatball
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Sometimes you just have to go all out. We had the cheeseburger, which was nice and juicy and cooked to a perfect medium. The chicken and waffles which again was super juicy yet crunchy on the outside. The french toast had a rice crispy crust with nutella and pecans. Nice one. Will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be better
    Cincyn
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Food is not outstanding. I don't mind fusion dishes, however I find the menu doesn't sound very appetizing. Presentation is beautiful, the flavour of the food just doesn't cut it. Too many weird mixes that are not balanced very well. Ambiance is nice. Cramped space when full (waiters bumping into chairs) Convenient if you want to dance after dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    BuffyP28
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I made dinner reservations for 9pm. When I arrived at 9:03 the front desk told me it would be 15 mins for my table to be ready. After 30 mins I had to follow up on the status of my table. It was just after 10pm that I got my table. Another 40 mins before our dinner came. There was acknowledgment or apologize. Menu should also have more appetizer choices. Very noisy in the restaurant.
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  • excellent!
    thankyou
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Everything was very nice! Exellent service and food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return visit a disappointment
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Having been here before I so looked forward to a special evening celebrating my daughter's 21st birthday, but both of us felt unwelcome and frankly offended by our server's attitude. Luckily he realized that we were unimpressed (or we were ordering a nice meal and bottle of wine) and defrosted a bit, but damage was done. If I ever do recommend Brassaii it will only be to friends who "fit the profile", which apparently we did not. Sad to say that was my last visit there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not great for a date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I went here for a first date on a Saturday night. We were crammed into a tight table and surrounded by other couples in small tables in rows. No privacy! Good for groups though and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    Sharky
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It was my first time at this place and I went to valentines day dinner. I must say their management was quiet ready to handle the vday business .. It took us half an hour to get out reserved table but nevertheless the food was really good and the waiter was extremely entertaining. Good place to go as couples
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Experience
    Bryryy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My boyfriend and I had been to Brassaii once before and loved the food, atmosphere and service. So much so that we had dined there for Valentines day this year. Brassaii has a variety of fine food choices that will appeal to anyone. Everything about Brassaii is great, especially their price point. Their Valentines day 4-course menu was a great way for me to try out the different selection of foods and was the right amount of food to keep me feeling full. I am a little foodie trying out the different restaurants in the city and I would most definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Happy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Only good things to say. Our server was great and the food was definitely worth the price. We ordered the soup, entree and side each but would have been stuffed with an entree and sharing a side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    todiner
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We went for the last day of Winterlicious and had a fantastic time! The food was outstanding and so was the service. I have to make special mention of our server who graciously gave me a second helping of pasta when it was obvious that my portion looked like an appetizer next to my friend's giant lamb shank. All 3 courses were delicious. Thank you for making my experience memorable! We will definitely be back when the weather warms up to hang out on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We were there for the Winterlicious experience and were very disappointed with the quality of the main dish, especially for a restuarant of this caliber. I had the filet of sole which was tasteless and hard due to the breaded exterior. The mussel was overly chewey which is a sign that it was overcooked. My app (crab toast) and my dessert (pastry) were both delicious. My husband had the pasta dish, the pasta was hard and lacked taste. He was unimpressed with his app as there were too many roasted walnuts which took away the flavour as the balance was lost with the savory proscuitto. For his dessert, the chocolate cake did not mix well with the pineapple. The service was excellent, that is why we tipped 18% in spite of the food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Winterlicious Good Choice
    MTWTFSS
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    While the food was good enough, the cocktails were amazing. It took a while to come out but it was worth it. I find that I never expect great food when I go out so when I do go out, it's more for the ambiance. It's a nice place to go with friends or take a date. It was an extremely cold day and I did like the way they draped the doorway from the outside so that wind does not get in when the door is opened. The service was great, with a server even walking me to the washroom instead of pointing in the direction. It's small things like that that make the evening very enjoyable. When I go to an expensive restaurant, this is what should be expected. Otherwise, why don't I spend 1/10 of the money and go to Burger Priest for good food?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.