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Far Niente
Far Niente
  • Address:
    187 Bay Street
    Toronto, ON M5L 1G5
    Downtown/ Financial District
  • Cuisine:
    Price: CAN$31 to CAN$50

Far Niente Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://farnienterestaurant.com
  • Email: farniente@sircorp.com
  • Phone: (416) 214-9922
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Friday: 5:00pm –10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental
  • Executive Chef: Pat Riley
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wellington Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking at Commerce Court after 5:30pm.
A word from Far Niente
Located in Toronto's energetic Financial District, Far Niente features an atmosphere of relaxed elegance and style with an impressive blend of open space dining that also offers easy intimacy. Executive Chef Pat Riley's vibrant New World-inspired cuisine presents a blend of seasonal artisan products, intense flavors, and stunning presentations. Far Niente offers professional, gracious service that accommodates every guest's need. Far Niente has once again been acclaimed as one of the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNa). Far Niente offers complimentary parking after 5:30pm at Commerce Court, and is centrally located to all financial, theatre and concert centres.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "From the time I walked in till the time I left, I found everything about Far Niente to be delicious...the service, the food, the ambience and especially the quiet (I am weary of noisy restaurants). I thought the menu choices were well varied and appealing and both my dining partner and I enjoyed the diverse offerings and tastes."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great lunch experience, food was excellent and service was very attentive."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The host was very cheerful and informative. The service was spot on and the food was light and mouth watering.The sea scallops and harvest salad were just what we were hoping for."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It always surprises me that restaurants that position themselves as a bit higher level don't provide the service to match the pricing! I got in with my bulky winter coat - the place was mostly empty, no one offered to take my coat so I through it in the booth beside me. My companion who arrived a bit late sat on a booth that was basically falling apart and he had to get up several times to move the seat cushion back. Service was inattentive - asked for pepper several times and no one came back. To get them to fill our water seemed a confusing request. Supper was lackluster - had the grouper which was rubbery and not that flavorful. Grouper should be sweet and flaky. Overcooked for sure. Overall, unimpressed for the price."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Had a bad table location. Looked like a room with a removable wall that would make a private room. Didn't hey a feel for the restaurant"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Food and noise good for business. You should add category to number 2 for 'good for business""
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We ordered the cheese platter. The person that delivered it to us told us that the piece of Brie was "a Brie style cheese". When we asked for clarification she was very good at finding out all of the information about all of the cheeses - however it was very small."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were at Far Niente for a relaxing and romantic dinner, DID NOT have any. No ambience, very average food, ok service and to top it all over priced, so no we Would never recommend to anyone. Please read testimonials before booking."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Three friends and I went to Far Niente for dinner for Winterlicious 2014. The service we received was absolutely terrible. The waiter was rude, slow, unfriendly and not helpful. He was even rude to one of his own colleagues in front of us. About 2nd minutes after ordering the selection from the menu one of us asked to change our dessert order and he made it seem like it was impossible and the biggest task in the world. When I complained to management it was clear that this wasn't the first complaint that they had received about this particular waiter (Nick) but yet management did nothing to rectify the situation. Portions size were very small however the steak was cooked well Chocolate brownie for dessert was dry and tiny."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Love the fish cake, and the main. Not the dessert though - I chose the pear tartlette and I didn't like it at all."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Enjoyed everything about the restaurant. The service was great and the food was melt in your mouth delicious. Would love to go back again and will definitely bring friends to enjoy the food and atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I think Far Niente is good for a business gathering but not great for couples dining. It's loud, and we ended up with multiple servers over the course of the evening. I think the service level could have been better."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Portions were large and delicious. The special for the day was the pan seared snapper. I was surprised with the portion, it was a regular 1 serving size snapper with couscous, sun dried tomatoes, and Chinese green veggies....delicious! I thoroughly enjoyed my vday lunch. My husband had the steak with frites. The steak was so juicy, tender, and sliced off easily. The frites were nothing special, we ordered it as a recommendation by our waiter, but it tasted like any normal homemade fries. The only warning I would have is if ordering water, be clear on whether you want tap or mineral water. The waiter will offer mineral water and assumes it's mineral water when you ask for just water. The water is Eska 750 ml for $7.50."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very expensive, but average food. Do not order the pasta... It is essentially regular pasta in a bowl for $22. Service was slow, it would sometimes take 10 minutes to get a glass of wine after ordering it. The restaurant was probably 30% full and the music was so soft all you heard was dishes clashing. I would not go back to this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Far Niente is really nice. The food was great (off their Valentines Day menu). It was everything I could ask for in a restaurant for a date. Expensive... but it was worth it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was Valentine's Day and our waitress seemed overburdened with tables but there were several empty at the time She was very polite though. My guest and I sat several minutes at the table with water only before being asked about drinks. The food was very good and overall the warmth of the restaurant and the server... ambience, atmosphere etc made this first time experience a good one indeed."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our server was very pleasant (unfortunately his name escapes me). We were definitely the youngest couple there and the server didn't give us any less attention because of our age. Perfect timing between courses. Dessert was exceptional. Thank you Far Niente!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have been to Far Niente twice this year for Winterlicious. Both occasions have been wonderful. The fish cake was superb and a generous serving for an appetizer - I liked the combinations of different fish. The steak was perfectly done for me - medium rare. Every person on the staff was pleasant, patient, courteous and always had a smile. I definitely plan to have lunch there again."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Once again we enjoyed a wonderful Winterlicious lunch at Far Niente. We are never disappointed."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "My second time going there for Winterlicious as this is close to work. I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised but unfortunately, I would say it was closer to average. I had the fish cake, not bad actually, then the grouper a bit dry and lacking vegetables and the pear tartelette for dessert (not sure what the blue cheese adds so took it off). Overall, nothing that blew me away, just a good lunch. I did however appreciate the fact that they bring bread and butter!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I have dined here before and found the service to be impecable. I know that winterlicous is a busy time but I couldn't help thinking that perhaps not selecting from the main menu was a factor in the lack of attention we received from our server. There was less attention overall from our server than on any previous visit (including prior lunchtime rush). As winterlicous is a chance for people to try new places I wouldn't be inclined to return based on the service we recived on Tuesday. We were not even asked if we wanted coffee with our desert, perhaps this was a result of us prefering water to ordering a beverage with our meal!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We went for Winterlicious. The server was wonderful. He was very personable and knew how to be there when needed without hovering. We were given ample time to decide what to order and were able to enjoy our drinks. The appetizer we chose was the trout, which was delicious. For the main, I had the chicken, which was very dry and the yogurt marinade was burned by the grilling. My guest had the steak frites, but for some reason was never asked how she wanted the steak cooked. It was just presented medium rare. The deserts were great. All things considered, it was good and I might go back again."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Very nice overall. I've been here before with friends, both in the 'licious program and otherwise. This time the ambience was nice as usual, the appetizers were fabulous, the desserts were very nice, and the main courses were good but not outstanding. The red snapper was a little less delicate than usual, and the Thai green curry was okay but not particulalry zesty or creative, which was a bit disappointing. So overall very nice but the mains could have been better and were not up to par. Service was superb; we were pampered."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I have now experienced both Summerlicious and Winterlicious lunches at Far Niente. What a treat! The food is spectacular, the service is professional yet friendly and the decor or fabulous. I will be back for sure."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I normally encourage the people i work with to go for winterlicious or summerlious so that they can try different menus and stuff. We enjoyed the food we had and the atmosphere, the sevice is a bit slow this time. Just want to say thank Far Niente to be part of the winterlicious. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed trying out the Winterlicious menu. This was our first time at FN. We were not disappointed. Food, ambience, service, timing between courses was just right."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The service was excellent! Our waitress was attentive and knew the menu very well. Her recommendations were bang on. The food was very good but I felt the menu itself was quite limited. Lots of seafood options however. Also expect the bill to be $$$."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I decided to celebrate my birthday at Far Niente. We had a 6 p.m. reservations for 7 people. We didn't feel pinched in as the restaurant is spacious. I would recommend this restaurants for group dinners. Our waiter was wonderful. He didn't leave us stranded and he wasn't all up in the mix. My group enjoyed their food. I had the Snapper dish and I felt it was a little too light for my palate. I enjoy heavier flavours but the rest of my table LOVED their dish and said it was one of the best restaurants we have ever been to for Winterlicious or Summerlicious. I was not disappointed with my experience and would definitely recommend this restaurant to foodies and real restauranteurs."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The service was great, prompt and courteous. They showed flexibility in waiting with the table for 30 minutes while we were out looking for parking. The server was prompt to take the orders and the food arrived shortly after, there was no unreasonable wait time. The food was above average in both taste and presentation. While nothing memorable, I would not hesitate to go back again and try the full menu instead of Winterlicious."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I attended Far Niente for Winterlicious and was very pleased with my meal. The salad good, the steak frite was amazing, tender, and very flavorful."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Far Niente had pristine, excellent wait staff and delectable, prime food and cocktails. I ate every bite I could. Not one aspect failed to impress me. I felt well taken care of, important, but never pestered. The food was top notch. It was the elegant, enjoyable experience I was looking for to treat my friend for her special occasion. This is a very classy, high end restaurant. However, I can't speak enough to their excellent service as we were never snobbed or made to feel out of place. I was recommended this restaurant and am glad I can continue the recommendation."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "-the staff were lovely -the winterlious menu had many choices -food was great -our children who are 11 and 15 were the only ones I saw but the staff treated them as adults -overall a very nice dinner I will check out this restaurant for other occasions."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Would have been better if the table we were in was not at the far end of the restaurant which looks alot like a lobby to the summer patio. With that in mind, the room wasnt warm whatsoever which made the dining experience less great that what it could have been. Aside from the location and the temperature, food was exceptional."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Food was tasty, no delay in food delivery, took sometime at the beginning for somebody to come and take our orders."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We had the Winterlicious menu. Appetizer and main were excellent, dessert took a bit too long to be served, but very good as well. We both had steak & frites, and the waiter suggested we share a poutine which we did, but we thought he meant instead of the frites, not over and above, and at a price of $7, we would not have had both had we know. Otherwise, great experience."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We tried the Winterlicious menu for lunch. The food was spectacular, however the service was really slow. Although our server greeted us when we sat down, she didnt bring our drink order right away and we waited 25 mins for her to come back to actually take our food order. Thankfully the food was excellent and beyond delicious that it was worth the wait. However I would not book there for lunch again, probably dinner when we have more time. Overall we arrived at 12:10pm and left at 2pm, right after finishing our dessert."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Was in town for convention, this restaurant recommended because close to hotel. Found the prices very expensive for food served. Hummus was labeled as 'mediterranean dip' and was $9-$10! There was another side which had a french name, but was basically french fries with gravy. Food did not seem appropriate for atmosphere. Also a bit of an identity crisis - the waiter told us this was an Italian rest. but they served Thai curry, isreali couscous and steak -along with the french fries as a side. Meals were quite small. Waitstaff very hard to understand (English not first language) even when asked questions and tried to clarify dining options. Would not eat there again. Went back to hotel and had cheese and crackers to fill up after meal!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Can't figure out why they are busy other than convenience & perhaps living on their laurels. This the third time i have been there in the last two months. Think I would learn, but it is convenient for meeting a business associate. We used to go to downstairs affiliated restaurant - Four & abandoned as well for same reason - so much to pay, for so little food, blandly prepared."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Far Niente is a reliable place to take clients for lunch. A variety of food and an upscale atmosphere work well here. The Fish and Chips were great!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "I found our waiter to be quite rude - I don't know if it was because no one order alcohol - but he was less than attentive, quick to clear the table when we were still eating. Not a very good dining experience - this is the second time that I felt the service was definitely lacking. I do not like a waiter who feels he is superior in any way. Equals yes but don't snub your nose at me or my guests."
    Dined on 12/12/2013