Canoe Restaurant and Bar
Canoe Restaurant and Bar

Canoe Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Canoe.aspx
  • Phone: (416) 364-0054
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45- 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental
  • Executive Chef: John Horne
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bay and Wellington Streets
  • Public Transit: King and Bay
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking is available after 5:30pm. Parking is available in the Toronto Dominion Centre at 66 Wellington St. W. It is the TD Centre parking lot, situated on the North side of Wellington, before York St.
A word from Canoe Restaurant and Bar
Critically acclaimed to be among Canada’s best restaurants, Canoe's unique location high atop the TD Bank Tower affords a breathtaking view of the city and Lake Ontario. The design, originally conceptualized by noted designers Yabu Pushelberg and most recently refreshed by Anacleto Design, is clean and simple, yet absolutely stylish - a brilliant reflection of Canada's rich raw environment. That same brilliance is captured through the flavours and textures of Chef John Horne's inspired regional Canadian cuisine. The menu showcases the freshest and finest Canadian fish, game and produce, as well as an outstanding selection of Canadian vintages. "All that is Canadian defines Canoe." Florence Fabricant, The New York Times
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Canoe Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
293 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (254)special occasion (227)fit for foodies (166)romantic (156)notable wine list (108)hot spot (67)good for groups (58)great for lunch (53)vibrant bar scene (27)late-night find (24)neighborhood gem (22)great for outdoor dining (10)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Great celebration location
    YumYum
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Over the years I heard a lot about Canoe and I was not disappointed in every respect except that is was noisier than I expected. This made conversation a little difficult, particularly for my 'older' ears. As for a place to celebrate a special occasion it was just perfect. Food and service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Halloum
    Halloumi
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    My guests and I loved Canoe. For information, a 3 course meal costed me $55 per person (inclusive of tip); which is reasonable. 21 November 2014.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Feelings
    KMP1VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We were a table of 5 with my wife and I taking out 3 of my clients. The view was spectacular and the room looked amazing. The service was pretty good, but not outstanding: took a long time for our drinks to come and then we waited noticeably for our mains. The oysters and ceviche were both excellent. The mains were a disappointment for me and my wife. I had the pork which was overcooked and underseasoned. My wife had the lamb which was so tough it was almost inedible. The 3 clients said they were very happy with their mains. The standard is set very high for Canoe and I have had superb meals in the past. On this occasion, the bar was not met.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get together with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner with friends! Food and service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I have expected
    NCL1
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    First time visit. Based on my friends' previous experiences I didn't expect a lot, but I always wanted to try this place. Unfortunately, my experience was exactly as they described - small menu, good quality food and lack of service. Probably a good place for business events (because of the location), or for tourists (because of the view). But there a plenty of other great restaurants in the city that offer you much better experience. Sorry.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Always look forward to a meal at canoe as it offers scrumptious food that cannot be found elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caboe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food was excellent and the service impeccable. Our waiter took special care of one of our guests who had particular dietary needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Ambiance and Dinner, perfect date night
    cookie
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food was providing a 'wow' factors with every bite!! The breath taking view was second only to the amazing service staff...I really wasn't expecting such a great experience, but it was all around great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ! Had a wonderful time.
    Happycust
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Staff was wonderful. In my reservation I requested a table with a view and I believe I got the best in the house.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    When booking, I had asked for a window table. Repeated the request when I got there. Was told there was none available. Sat and stared at an empty table at the window through the entire evening. Irritating.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    tippysippy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Had a good time at Canoe. Nice view, good food, good wine, great service. Would come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay
    HungrySailorVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This is my second time at Canoe and somehow, I remember it being better. It's been a few years between visits but I expected more. The ambiance was rather noisy and it was a little difficult to hold a conversation. Service was okay again but not stellar. For the price of the meals and wines, I really hoped for tablecloths. To me, it makes a big difference and would have helped to hold down the noise level. Food again, was ok. My guest seemed to enjoy herself (thankfully) but I was a bit disappointed. The lamb I ordered was rather tough and I ended up not finishing it. All in all... It was okay. It will likely be another few years before I return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The lamb I had was tough and difficult to eat and therefore not an enjoyable entre
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treat for a birthday
    Happy
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Somewhere to go for a treat. A little too noisy for my liking, but this is the usual in a modern big restaurant. Enjoyed the food,just enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We went to the Canoe Restaurant for the first time to cerebrate my boyfriends birthday. The food was excellent and some of the dishes had such unique flavours. The staff and chef were also very accommodating to my vegetarian diet. Great place, great view, we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noiser than Expected
    Vince
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    There was some sort of function going on so it seemed like service may have been slower than usual. Restaurant was much noisier than expected, but most likely due to the event. Skin on cornish hen was very salty but meat was good. Steak was underwhelming while the onion soup, and dessert were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 24acat
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Tastiest food we may have ever experienced and we have eaten out for manyyyyyyy years! Great ariel view of Toronto harbour, Island and Banking district.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food, View & Service
    JohnAndBeth
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Took a client to Canoe for dinner. Everyone was wowed by the awesome food (I had the best pork dish of my life), view of Toronto from the 54th floor and the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glorious Food, Superb Service
    FoodMaven13
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Canoe has been one of the true gems of Toronto fine dining for many years now. It defies the general rule that a restaurant with a great view cannot be bothered to serve great food. When I travel from Michigan, I try to visit Canoe at least once a year, and it never disappoints. The food is amazingly creative and brilliantly executed. Flavor combinations and food stuffs are always surprising, unique, unusual, yet there is never a mis-step. Everything the chef puts on the plate becomes part of a complimentary whole. I love the focus on Canadian product and solid selection of Canadian wines. And every server I've had has been knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and gracious. If you want a perfect intro to Toronto dining, eat hear.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing view, excellent service
    SouthFLfoodies
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Priceless view of entire city and CN Tower. Service was excellent and attentive. We enjoyed fabulous creative dishes. Great for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing once again!
    Citydwellers
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We have visited this restaurant several times and always found it to be outstanding! This visit was no exception. Apart from the amazing view, sublime service, heavenly food and attention to detail, this restaurant has a very talented team of people running the show! Although all the food is very special, the one item I keep going back for is the St. Honore cheese from Quebec. My all time favourite end to a fantastic meal, with a glass of port of course. In one word this place is in my opinion outstanding and we shall return at every possible opportunity!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Canoe Review
    Itsmetaphorfool
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had received the worst seat at the restaurant-near the cash till , and the sun was shining right on my face. I could not enjoy my food and it was absolutely heated and terrible. For the food itself, I would rate it a 4.5/10 (Strip Loin Steak, and Lamb Lasagna) Also, the waiter who served us had a very unpleasant (stuck up) attitude and expression- as if he did not want to serve us. However the hostess were very welcoming. Lastly, the view was probably the only good thing about the restaurant. Overall the experience was not as satisfying as I had expected. With that said, I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • What an introduction to Toronto!
    macnycVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We had our first-ever meal in Toronto here, and now we've set the bar very high! We had a wonderful meal in a wonderful setting, featuring many local ingredients, including 2 fantastic Canadian red wines. The food was beautifully presented and the service professional and relaxed. This is definitely a special-occasion destination and one for whenever the budget allows. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful!
    TheWholeTruth
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We hadn't been there in years, but had the opportunity to invite someone special from Kelowna, who, though raised in TO, had never been to Canoe. We were not disappointed! We loved the service - our waiter, Sarah, was superb - the food was exquisite, and the ambiance, though a tad loud, was near-perfect. Our guest had mentioned coming to his colleagues that day, and he was looking forward to it as they all gave great reviews. He was more than satisfied with the reviews, and the restaurant. We all will come again, she we are in Toronto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Restaurant
    LG599
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Had a fantastic dinner at Canoe with my wife for our anniversary. Couldn't find anything that dissatisfied. The food, service, ambiance, were all exceptional. Will definitely visit again. Highly recommend for special events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would go again!
    wannabegourmet
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Salmon was delicious! Definitely good for special events. Price point is above average but worth it! Foggy day for us but the view would have been amazing otherwise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely lunch
    MR416
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Thanks again to everyone who made my 'long lunch' with out of town relatives very special. Service and food were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Glonine
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We love the restaurant the food was delicious with excellent service. The chef were very proffestional and took care of our special requirement for that occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    BurnsFoodies
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My husband and I dined at Canoe for a late lunch before going to watch a Curque du Soliel show. The view was over looking the island airport and the service and food was spectacular. Dining here's is pricey but for a special night out without the kids it was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes!!
    MizzVizz
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The service was so outstanding I'm still wondering if they mistook me for a food critic. Or someone famous. Or royalty. The food is so good it is to be enjoyed with closed eyes. Absolutely delicious! I had a creamy lobster bisque and a decadent tourtière with a side of sweet bacon chutney. Bacon chutney people!!! And I finished with the butter tarte, a beautiful and surprisingly tasty number. The smoked vanilla cream decoration could stand out as a dessert on its own. The view of Toronto from Canoe is breathtaking, but if you want a real show, ask if a kitchen front seat is available. It's quite noisy, but as spectacular as a game of hockey! And if you're lucky, the chef might bring you a little treat. What a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice surprise
    Vail77VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    It was our first time here and for Toronto, I was impressed with the level of service that we experienced at Canoe. The staff was attentive and friendly, the wait staff were knowledgeable, smart and funny; and the food was just absolutely delicious! Thank you for a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Corey and his staff made our 20 anniversary a perfect evening. The service, food and view were amazing. The manager Corey and our server went out of their way to made us feel extremely welcomed and special for our occasion. The food was inventive, unique and exceptional. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Freeeeezing
    Helen
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Unfortunately the thing that I will remember most clearly is that the restaurant was freezing cold. I actually ate with my coat draped over my shoulder. The waiter was powerless because the temp was controlled from somewhere 54 floors down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing But The Best
    jonathancgbright
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    There's literally nothing bad that we can say about this restaurant. We try to be as close to "regulars" as we can get (within our limited budget!), but we had never before tried any of Chef Horne's exquisite tasting menus. This season's menu goes by the name of "Taste Ontario" and is, without question, one of the best meals I've ever had. In addition, we were lucky enough to have chosen one of the clearest nights in recent memory, as the view from our (perfectly located) window table included the lights of St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and, 153 kilometres away, Rochester NY: an absolutely sublime view across the lake. Finally, Michael (our server for several visits to Canoe) and Imogen (the new manager!) were an absolute delight. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bailing water at Canoe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Our server was pleasant but cool. After being served water, we had to prompt him to order a bottle of wine. Everyone ordered the taste of Ontario option. Three of the courses were served communal, but no serving utensils supplied. When the final course was presented (homemade doughnuts) we didn't even have side plates. For the main, my husband and I chose the fish - walleye (pickerel). My husband's was perfect, but mine was overcooked. Our daughter had the steak - very nice. It was our daughter's 21st birthday- and a special effort to commemorate was made with the dessert. I found the dessert itself (cream cheese/yogurt mousse)to be quite bland and disappointing. Our daughter, however (culinary grad) was very impressed with the entire meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food and service were absolutely terrific. Great atmosphere for entertaining clients.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once in a lifetime was enough
    Betty
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The menu was interesting and the entrees were delicious. We had a very fine waiter. But, in general, this place does not live up to its billing. The fact that we had a reservation of some duration seemed to make no difference in terms of where we were seated. Futher, reception was rude--not appreciated since we arrived from out of a cold windstorm. The general layout was ok and at least the tables were not close together so you could have a conversation. But--if you do not get a window, the view is mostly of extremely casually dressed diners. We had an excellent entree but the soup and desserts were definitely so-so. Very tasteless martini with dried=up olives in my case but my friend said her scotch was fine.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful view, exceptional food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We went with the tasting menu and were very happy we did. Everything was superb including our waiter and staff. Of course, you can't beat the view from the 54th floor! Very nice evening....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch
    MigCote
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Service level was up to premier standards, but the courtesy of the staff was beyond expectations. They know how to cater to all walks of life. We had our 10 and 11 year old with us and they adapted their approach in a manner that engaged not only the adults but even moreso the kids. Our children felt like they belonged here and could really have fun and fully engage in the dinning experience. Canoe topped it off with a visit of the Kitchen in full swing of things - Absolutelly amazing standards and process. They immersed us from start to send off. Staff, ambiance team and overall atmosphere was stellar... Beyond being professional and passionate about food and the culinary arts, these people trully enjoy their work and it shows !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time goer for wife's 30th bday
    Eric
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This was our first time at Canoe and our experience far exceeded our expectations. The food, the ambiance, and especially the service made this a magical night for my wife and I.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet