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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
  • 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
  • "As always had a great meal at Far Niente. Food was very good but the service was just adequate this time (usually very good)"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "the food and meal were nice but the music was a little loud for discussion at the table group of 5 and with 3 seniors they had trouble as the music was not just back ground level asked for the level of type to be changed to no avail. We were there early as had a show at 7:30pm. This is the only criticism"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Our waiters forgot we were on the planet. While the food was very good the service was very bad"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Had a tight deadline and the place was busy but they looked after us and got us out after an excellent meal"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We had fish and chips.The batter you use is very heavy.Can it be thinned out -perhaps with beer?"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Went here for my boyfriends birthday. The place was a lot classier than i expected when I initially made reservations. Overall, our waiter Sebastian was very knowledgable. He was the only waiter on at the time so he was pretty busy and running around a little. Nevertheless, we were greeted, and there was never a moment where our waters were even half full. He was always there to refill them as soon as he noticed we even had a sip. Our food came quickly and it was pretty good. Be prepared for a very sparse selection on the menu though. I got the Salmon and my boyfriend got the Chicken. His was cooked perfectly. My salmon on the other hand failed to mention the spicy rub both in the menu description or by the waiter. Overall good time"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Good food, good service, very expensive! OK for a business lunch but would not go there otherwise."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I was disappointed in the menu selection - don't know if the restaurant has changed hands but it seems to me and my guests that the menu selection was rather limited. Also I asked for a quiet table in the room I had previously booked but was not given it. Also it is not very convenient to have the restrooms all the way downstairs. Also the host was too friendly!!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Urban decor, booths, really excellent food and service. What more could you ask."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Met some friends we haven't seen in a couple of years, and the 4 of us enjoyed the good service and the delicious food as we caught up! Found it fairly expensive and honestly, a bit more that we would normally spend. However, that said, the meal was delicious and the servers took very good care of us. We particularly liked the atmosphere - was relaxing, yet elegant somehow - very pleasant. Would recommend. Convenient to downtown dwellers or financial district workers!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "As usual, Far Niente delivered in every way at a recent business lunch I hosted there. The fish is always tremendous (I had halibut) and the service is exceptional. A friendly greeting always awaits at the reservation desk, which sets the tone for a great experience. I look forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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