Epic Restaurant- The Royal York Hotel
Epic Restaurant- The Royal York Hotel

Epic Restaurant- The Royal York Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.epicrestaurant.ca/
  • Phone: 416-860-6949x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am;
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 7:00am - 2:00pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Daily 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Joshua Dyer
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: In the Private Dining Room, you can trust our experienced staff to make your event stand apart. Whether it"s an important business dinner, a small wedding or a group of friends getting together for a wine tasting, we can take care of all of the details.
  • Private Party Contact: Julie Dunsmuir 416-860-6949x
  • Special Events: Private dining room is available for groups of 6 - 14.
    Please reserve in advance; reservations are subject to availability.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Directly across the street from Union Station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The City of Toronto is completing major roadwork in the surrounding area. Please visit our website:

    http://www.fairmont.com/royal-york-toronto/map/mapanddirections/

    for the most up to date information for directions and closures, note that guests arriving by car must use our Front and East (Valet) entrances (West entrance is available for pedestrian access only).

    Complimentary valet parking offered with dinner reservations.
A word from Epic Restaurant- The Royal York Hotel
EPIC takes a reputation for innovation and quality and infuses it with premium quality regional elements. EPIC"s fluid, contemporary design is an effective backdrop for a menu that features the best of Ontario's growers.Seasonally, hand-nurtured herbs from the rooftop garden, 15 stories above Front Street brighten each dish. Desserts are flavoured with hand-harvested roof top honey. And as a certified Ocean Wise restaurant, EPIC's fish and shellfish choices contribute to sustainable oceans for generations to come.

The City of Toronto is completing major roadwork in the surrounding area. Please visit our website:

http://www.fairmont.com/royal-york-toronto/map/mapanddirections/

for the most up to date information for directions and closures, note that guests arriving by car must use our Front and East (Valet) entrances (West entrance is available for pedestrian access only).

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContinental
Epic Restaurant- The Royal York Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (70)romantic (46)great for lunch (42)fit for foodies (39)great for brunch (34)notable wine list (30)good for groups (28)kid-friendly (10)neighborhood gem (9)hot spot (5)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • A regular
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have been eating at this particular spot for several years and a regular. Front desk are staff, greet you by name, and always try to have my favorite table available with the food consistently of good quality. My last visit had service levels a little below my normally acceptable level but pleased to say that on this occasion the service was back to a good standard
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat business
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I have used this place for breakfast meetings forever (over 10 years) and i must say the one thing I consistently liked was the attentive service, however on this occasion it was absent and slow. The food quality was there, the front desk staff attentive but either due to summer vacations or hotel being full, but the service did not meet its regular level.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My daughter was married in Toronto and our small wedding party have dinner at the Epic. The food was excellent, great variety and well presented. The staff couldn't have been more pleasant, the desserts were yummy and we were very pleased. The evening was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Diner49
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is the third time my husband and I have dined at Epic. It is a beautiful restaurant with tables set meticulously and formally. A great place for special occasions. Tables are well spaced so you do not hear others' conversation. Some waitstaff were very professional and others were a bit "lazy". We have had better service so not sure because it was a slow night that some of the waitstaff were talking when they should be more attentive to their customers. Food was delish and well presented as always. All in all we enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+
    Beuxb33
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food service are EPIC! Unquestionably will come again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two Epic thumbs up !
    RoyaltyatYork
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    A wonderful dining experience - the food was flawless. The seafood chowder was the best I have ever tasted and the venison tenderloin tasty and tender.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was the best ever received
    Dancingsuperstar
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was good, not the best ever, and on the pricier side of things but the service was worth more than 5 stars. More than one server knew each of out first names and we were constantly being assisted at all the appropriate times. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    ReTa
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were very well treated by the staff and the quality of the food was excellent. A wonderful place to celebrate a milestone with loved ones.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunshine22
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The fresh rosemary plant at our table was exquisite! The meals were deliciously infused with herbs and spices grown right on the rooftop of the Royal York Hotel...what a novel idea. The staff were very friendly and attentive. We were very comfortable and felt welcomed. The decor of the ceilings caught my eye and I appreciated how unconventional the shapes were. Delicious food. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Regular meeting place
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This has become a regular place for me to use for breakfast (or snack type) meetings. The staff know me by first name, they always when possible give me my preferred table. The service is attentive, flexible and quick. The food hits the spot and lots of options to choose from.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A regular
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Always attentive staff, the front desk is highly efficient and polite. Servers actively seeking to please and find ways to get you the food you want. Food of great quality and taste
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Breakfast Buffet
    sidv22VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had the breakfast buffet and it was outstanding. You fill out a card and choose options for a made to order omelette and can also request pancakes and waffles from the chef. There are plenty of other options from fruit to oatmeal to tomatoes to mushrooms. The service was outstanding. Our coffee was constantly refilled.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mandy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    went for summerlicious dinner, was driving around the area to find a parking spot and then realized that they provide 3 hours free valet parking after i called them for advice. when i was about to sit down, i realized that my phone has left in the car and i was told that they will get it for me and brought it in to the restaurant. The food is so good, and the potion is great. Both me and my boyfriend couldn't finish it and other than the 3 courses on the menu, they even brought us a beef teriyaki to try in the beginning and some sweet treat after the dessert. For some reason, they didn't charge the coffee.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Simply superb !! My first time writing a dining experience review with an overall outstanding comment.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious Lunch
    Katy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Where do you take a visitor from England for lunch? I recently had this opportunity and decided as she was travelling into Toronto by train to go to the Royal York. The service throughout the entire hotel is always outstanding and I knew we could be comfortable in Epic. We enjoyed a delicious three-course Summerlicious menu and superb service. We were seated right away and were not rushed - spending nearly 3 hours catching up! This is a great place to relax while enjoying great food and great service in a classic hotel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great ambience
    crmb
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Was greeted promptly at the front desk and was led to a table immediately. The waiter was on a first-name basis with us, which personalized the experience more. Food came out promptly after ordering and was delicious. Didn't expect so much food, even for a Summerlicious meal! Couldn't finish dessert because of it, but it was still a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Lovely dinner - very friendly staff. We had a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good atmosphere
    MacFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great atmosphere but the food is over priced - why pay $22 for a plate of rabbit food with a few pieces of chicken tossed in.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time Summerlicious experience
    cxlc
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The service is great. My friend and I chose to go there and try their Summerlicious menu because the descriptions sounded very delicious. We ordered the salad and cooked veggies as appetizers. The appetizers were very plain, the plate settings were not appealing. The taste was okay, very normal ingredients, nothing special. Mains: we ordered the Wild mushroom ravioli and chicken. Both garnishes were the same (peas, mini wild mushrooms and some greens). The ravioli I had was not hot, only the plate was warm and the sauce was soupy - I was expecting some sort of thicker sauce. However, the ravioli filling tasted good. The chicken was bland tasting and mushy in texture. The desserts, flourless chocolate cake and Canadian tarts, were divine.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food and service!
    Elaine
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I find Epic to be a great place for lunch as it is quiet and you can actually have a conversation. The food was great also. Started with a salad with Huckleberry seeds and candied walnuts (yummm...), then mushroom ravioli for the main and blueberry cheesecake for dessert, followed by cappuccino. The service was outstanding as well. It is still my favourite place for lunch in the financial district.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a private meal
    ewingchange
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I take clients and others to Epic because it is central (in the Royal York Hotel) and you can have a conversation without feeling you are going to be overheard and at the same time you are rarely specifically aware of conversations from other tables. The tables are spaced nicely. The food is amazing and has a great menu for meat lovers as well as vegetarians and fish lovers. It never disappoints. The wait staff have all been there for multiple years and really seem to enjoy their work. Very warm, very welcoming. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent for business meetings
    Kirk
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Excellent service. Quiet enough to have meaningful business discussions. Menu needs to be updated/ expanded.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Setting for a Date
    Happy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely glass of wine on a Friday evening while being serenaded by a pianist and lovely female lounge singer. It was the perfect type of entertainment for the setting. Very classy. The next morning we enjoyed a breakfast buffet as part of our Groupon deal. The service was wonderful but had it not been included I would have considered it far too expensive for breakfast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    Yuki
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    service is not attentive as expected on such pricey dining restaurant. Kinda disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good overall
    ylime
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    the steak, ravioli and chowder were excellent. we received wine recommendations for OK wine but these were surprisingly insanely expensive per glass. Dessert was not good. Chocolate cake and cheesecake nothing special at all. great service
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PERFECT
    foodie4ever
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    One of the best meal I've ever had. Everything is so well balanced and the portions are just right. The best service I've ever had (the waiter called Jesus is the most thoughtful, kind, well mannered and lovely waiter of all times). I will be going back for the food, and will ask to be seated in Jesus section ;-) Definitely worth every penny, and certainly felt like Royalty while eating there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely reunion dinner
    stargaze
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My out of town guests were very impressed with the quality, flavor, and intricate plating of the food. Pan seared foie gras was especially exquisite. Lamb, prime beef and seafood were cooked to perfect temperature, and unlike other pretentious places with the same price range, food here were artistically plated with fancy vegetables and tasty starch. There were plentiful selection of wine by the glass, cocktails and mocktails so everyone could pick their own fancy. Most importantly, they remembered to bring a birthday plate to celebrate my cousin's birthday as I requested. Amazing team work there from the reception to the finesse of the dishes and service! I certainly will go back and especially for special occasion treats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good service, nice enviroment
    Prinecess
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was good, my steak was cooked perfectly as I ordered. The waiter was courteous and attentive. They understand and communicate with the customer well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing summerlicious meal
    Yan520
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The service was bad, At least not what you would expect from a restaurant located inside a hotel. The server didn't even ask if we wanted drinks, just started us off with water. Food took very long. Finished all the food and wanted the bill but he was no where to be seen. When he appeared at the table next to us, made eye contact but that was it, did not bother to come over and ask if we were finished or if we needed anything else. The food was okay, but not worth $45. Many better choices in this price range, some even in the $35 range. The atmosphere wasn't great either. Will not recommend.
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  • Happy b-day to me
    Pjindover
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I was treated to a lovely birthday lunch by two of my friends. It was made special by our servers making an extra effort with a decorated slice of cake and a resonating version of Happy Birthday. Thank you so much for a wonderful birthday lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious 2014
    fidcas
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I came to Epic for lunch for Summerlicious. The food presentation was one of the most beautiful I had ever seen. I had the asparagus salad which was crisp and the vinagrette was nice and tart. The grilled lettuce was a little over cooked and had an unpleasant gray tone to it. The main course was Ravioli. There was an abundance of peas on top of the pasta which was all right, but the butter sauce took on the flavour of the peas and it was overwhelming. The dessert of maple tarts was delicious. The berries and sauce was a nice complement to the tart. I would go back for dessert for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    George was the best! Very friendly, and he gave us a few free extras! He made us feel very welcome and we would definitely return for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good dining experience
    Fraticellastic
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great place for a decent but not crazily expensive dinner. The cheesecake was a little too sour for me though, but the steak and the skate fish were made to beyond my expectation. Soup was great and service was good. I like their wine list as well. The only disappointment is the bread because we were here 2 years ago for summerlicious and the bread we had was warm, tastier and went well with the butter/magerine. This time the bread was not as good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    TorontoMom
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We went to Epic for our anniversary. It was quiet enough to enjoy each other's company. Food was delicious with interesting and creative dishes. Service was excellent. They even gave an extra dessert sampling plate in honour of our anniversary. Very kind and generous of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
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    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service and wine, ok food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Fantastic service, wine list was good, the sommelier recommended a great wine which was delicious. Food was ok but I expected better for the price. Decor was a bit dated.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An EPIC disappointment
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We have been to Toronto and enjoyed some truly remarkable meals. But this time... we did not. Although they were attentive in bringing the flowers that I had delivered for her, the rest of the service and meal were no more than what one might expect of a typical "hotel" restaurant. We waited for ~15 minutes after being seated before anyone took a drink order, and we had to point the drinks out on the menu as the waiter did not speak enough English to understand our order. Then, after waiting for 20 minutes more and giving a few opportunities for "redemption", we had to inquire before they were retrieved from the bar and served. Appetizers - cold. Entrees - mediocre. Service - amateur. Skipped dessert. Our advice - go elsewhere.
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  • Great for a business lunch
    CAT58VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    You can have a conversation without shouting and the menu is diverse enough for everyone. Love the emphasis on local/Canadian food & wine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was a regular customer
    Elaine
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    It is hard to review my recent dining experience. I am (was) a regular customer at Epic and usually give them 5 stars. I was treating some of my staff to lunch and was bragging about how excellent the service and food was. My recent experience however made me wonder if I will ever go back. It started with an extremely rude waiter then declined further when I received my lunch. I ordered risotto and scallops. The 3 scallops were excellent, but the risotto was awful, dry and not creamy or cheesy and I couldn't eat it. The only reason I gave 3 stars was that a new waiter took over and his service was excellent, also I wasn't charged for my lunch. my companions all enjoyed their meals, but not the service from the first rude waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food and Wait Staff
    CCGirl9
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    It's not always the food that makes for an outstanding experience at a restaurant. We were celebrating our 33rd Wedding Anniversary and everyone from the Hostess to the Wait Staff excelled above and beyond. A wonderful night. The food as expected was amazing but the experience was outstanding. Ertha and Robert D'Anna
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet