Far Niente
Far Niente

Far Niente

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://farnienterestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (416) 214-9922
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Friday: 5:00pm –9:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental
  • Executive Chef: Jun Geem
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout
  • Private Party Facilities: Far Niente is an award-winning, fine dining restaurant located at the corner of Bay and Wellington Streets in the heart of Toronto’s financial district.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer Brenner 6476327556x

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 Jun Geem'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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContinental
Far Niente reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (31)fit for foodies (19)good for groups (18)special occasion (17)notable wine list (10)neighborhood gem (8)romantic (7)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Service stood out
    Businessluncher
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Great food served by talented staff. Will definitely return and recommend. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Client lunch venue
    foodfan
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Convenient location and excellent food for client lunches.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Daily Fish Special was dry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I think it was Cod. It was crusted and very, very dry. Not that great a choice on my part.
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  • Always excellent!
    Samuel
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Far Niente remains true to itself and offers a great atmoshere and excellent cuisine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    al927
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Our server was excellent and he attended to all our special requests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Service was excellent from the time you walk in the door making us feel special. All the staff were very friendly, always smiling and seemed to genuinely love their job. Lucy, our waitress, was very efficient and made very good recommendations for drinks. We all enjoyed our meal and parking was free after 5PM!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm, inviting atmosphere
    FoodLoveLife
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We had lentil soup and halibut for dinner which was delicious! The wine list is good, although sparkling options are limited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good business restaurant
    SmartAlec
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Table size allows you to present material while enjoying lunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Run
    Eadzie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This place is very busy and it is a very large restaurant and the crush of diners for lunch is big. Despite that, we had great service (food was remarkably well timed) and the food was prepared perfectly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome
    Matt
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Experience and food was pretty good..would definitely recommend others to come here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable experience
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Far Niente was a good choice for our purposes, we needed a quiet place and there was only one other group in the place, I dont know if its busier for the lunch crowd. The service was excellent. The food was fair to very good. My husband had the duck and thought it was just ok. I had the special which was char, which was very tasty cooked perfectly with the combination of the sides it was very good. I would give it a try again.
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  • Dinner after the theatre
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is my second time dining at Far Niente. The food and service are excellent. My husband tried the duck and he was very pleased. I love the fingerling potatoes. The restaurant is quiet enough to have a conversation and the ambiance is very calming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 729 reviews are from the Far Niente reviews archive.
  • Not what I expected
    SuzeAtWork
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We have had business lunches at Far Niente in the past and found it to be quite good. This time, however, I was very disappointed. The cobb salad - was not at all what I expected. It consisted of mostly iceberg lettuce drowning in dressing with a small representation of other ingredients normally in cobb salad. The glazed halibut was difficult to eat due to the cut of the vegetables. Our waiter offered our table water and then didn't return to take another order for drinks. I expected an opportunity to order something in addition to water. Overall, the restaurant is pleasant - it was easy to carry on a conversation, even as the room filled with people. Perhaps different menu choices would improve the experience.
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  • Great Atmosphere, Okay Food
    yoyoyo111
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I wouldn't come back here unless it was on a corporate account. I ordered Asian Pear Salad and it tasted like glorified coleslaw. The desert tasted curdled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    enjoythemomentVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went there for winterlicious & summerlicious events and each time the food is superb... from starter to main course to dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular dining experience!
    foodiefan
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The guest service experience was phenomenal by all staff acknowledging, chatting and smiling with us, which I appreciated the warm welcoming attitude from. The menu selections were delicious, authentic and very unique. I was actually surprised by the delivery of the ingredients used in my meal selection, it was a mouthful of exotic and spicy flavors. Vivek, our server recommended some great wine suggestions which topped our dine and wine pairing even more.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Very expensive. Great presentation but food is a bit too greasy for my taste.
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  • food was delicious
    lex1nguy3n6984
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Everything was great! Food was phenomenal however service could have been a bit better.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is great, but a little crowded
    FoodieAtYorkvilleVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food recommendation: chilled soup, quinoa salmon, chocolate mousse (don't really like the steak, too thick for a Korean BBQ) A bit crowded, tables are too close to each other so we can always overhear from others...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressed
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Far Niente was great! The customer service was excellent. My friend and I had a most enjoyable evening. Thank You Far Niente!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Great food and service
    Sarah
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food was delicious. I usually don't like steak too rare and it was just right! Not medium, but not too rare! My water glass was never empty. They were so on top of refilling it! Only downside was it took awhile for our entree to arrive, but maybe because it was summerlicious or maybe we should have let them know we only had an hour versus an hour and a half. Nice staff, delicious food!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Allergies...no problem
    Dane2eat
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My cousin is allergic to Dairy/Nuts/Eggs, we were there for Summerlicious with a set menu and substitutions would normally be extra charged. They gladly accommodated her menu!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and Food
    Consumedwithrelish
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Went here for lunch with co-workers. Had a delicious meal with great service. Food is traditional with inventive elements. The dessert I ordered was not my favourite, but I'm thinking that was a personal taste thing and not the dessert itself!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big expectations, big letdown
    VeeGee
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We went here for Summerlicious. The starters were great. The main (vegetable pad thai) was a let down for such a high end restaurant. The rice noodles were overcooked, the sauce was watery and lacked flavour and the vegetables were overcooked and chewy. For dessert I got the peach upside down cake with salted caramel sauce. It looked and sounded amazing, but tasted dry and lacked a real "peachy" flavour. Overall, I would not come back to this restaurant. With such a large bill coming at the end, you'd expect much better food. I was disappointed.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal!
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Wow! Went there for Summerlicious. The quinoa crusted salmon was phenomenal. The appetizer and dessert were amazing, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Summerlicious
    Foodie1
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had dinner and overall food and service was great! The Asian salad was very nice and the Korean BBQ steak tasted nice as well,no issue. My friend enjoyed the seafood/salad appetizer and quinoa salmon which she enjoyed as well. Great to be able to experience it through summerlicious, would go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd week at Far Niente
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It is our second week here for Summerlicious, food was great, very attentive service. We requested that we only have 1 hour to spare for lunch and they got us covered!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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  • Excellent dining experience!
    Audreyh19
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great meal here; - cocktails to start (dark & stormy- spiced rum, ginger beer and lime) delicious and full of flavour and some pre-appetizer munchies; A huge bowl of warm olives with roasted lemon rind along with edamame dressed in butter, citrus and sesame seeds. Note that anything under "pre-appetizer" is designed to share with many people- not just two. We ordered off of the regular menu despite it being summerlicious as some items caught our eye. I had scallops- OK- and capellini with shrimp for main- good, but too salty & my husband had lamb pogos to start- great- but so many! And tuna as main- perfect. Great selection of wine, beer and scotch. Dessert menu looked good, but we were full! Excellent service- all male staff were attentive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food/great service
    FoodJunkie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Had lunch here recently from the Summerlicious menu. It was great value and very original and delicious dishes. I would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • summerlicious lunch
    foodiegoodie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    went for summerlicious...service was great...food was good...the only miss i'd say was the korean bbq steak (meat was tough as per my friend)....other than that, had a great dining experience, would come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diner1
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was really good. Desserts and starters can be improved. The quinoa crusted Salmon is excellent
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  • Delicious meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Went last week with my daughter and ordered from the Summerlicious menu. The Asian salad was really nice and the quinoa crusted salmon was superb. Big portion sizes. Would definitely return to this restaurant and would also recommend to people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    As always had a great meal at Far Niente. Food was very good but the service was just adequate this time (usually very good)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CDS2
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Suggest to indicate the level of hot/spicy beside the course in the menu Coffee could have been better; very blend; no taste of coffee
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under-whelmed
    armchairgourmet
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    For being located in the high rent district of TO you would think the owners would put every effort into delivering on the dinning experience. Not so. I had a business meeting with three others - when we walked in two things struck you - the over powering smell of bad seafood and how hot am humid it was inside - bad combo! Food was at best passable but certainly nothing worth going back for. My chicken dish with Indian spices was ok but the rice mush and pickled cauliflower were simply horrible. Come to think of it maybe this is why the place was almost completely empty. truly disappointing experience.
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  • Nice ambience, good food
    Rene
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I've been to Far Niente several times and each time has been a pleasant experience. The food is good and sometimes inspired. It's a nice place to go for an enjoyable, not-too-expensive meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    Foodforthought
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Our waiters forgot we were on the planet. While the food was very good the service was very bad
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  • Dinner with Friends
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Went with a group of friends from work and we had a wonderful time. The restaurant was quiet and we were able to have a conversation with everyone at the table. Our server was attentive but not intrusive and the menu was was varied enough so all of our group found something on the menu to fit their tastes. We all enjoyed the food we ordered from the main to the dessert. We did not feel rushed by the wait staff and we lingered over our coffee and dessert talking away as some of us had not seen each other for quite some time. The restaurant was in the perfect location for those travelling by Go bus or TTC. We will definitely have our next group dinner there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They looked after me and my Client
    Shadyman
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Had a tight deadline and the place was busy but they looked after us and got us out after an excellent meal
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We had fish and chips.The batter you use is very heavy.Can it be thinned out -perhaps with beer?
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