Far Niente
Far Niente

Far Niente

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://farnienterestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4162149922x
  • 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: Jun Geem
  • 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 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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Far Niente reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (60)special occasion (42)fit for foodies (35)good for groups (27)romantic (22)notable wine list (18)neighborhood gem (9)great for brunch (7)great for outdoor dining (7)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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  • Quiet Friday Dinner
    hostesswiththemostess
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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
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    romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Businesss Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Good food, good service, very expensive! OK for a business lunch but would not go there otherwise.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Neota01
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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!!
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    great for lunch
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  • good evening but music to loud
    IngridVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 80 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 696 reviews are from the Far Niente reviews archive.
  • Cabbie said it was a gem and it was
    Judy
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Urban decor, booths, really excellent food and service. What more could you ask.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Dinner with Friends
    lindacc
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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!
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great lunch at Far Niente
    happydiner
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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  • Delicious in every way
    Cinnie
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch!
    NameVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Great lunch experience, food was excellent and service was very attentive.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing before the game
    Datenight
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unremarkable
    Annie
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    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.
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  • Not a great vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.