Hopgood's Foodliner
Hopgood's Foodliner

Hopgood's Foodliner

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hopgoodsfoodliner.com/
  • Phone: 4165332723x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Closed Tuesday : 5:30 PM - Close
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Geoff Hopgood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Private Party Facilities: Hopgood"s Foodliner is proud to offer guests the opportunity to host special events of 10 - 18 people in our very own Oyster Shack. Feature seafood feasts or Chef's tasting menu customized to your party! Please give us a call for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Edward 4165332723

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grenadier Road
  • Public Transit: Street car - Grenadier
    Subway - Dundas west
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is easily found on Roncesvalles or many of the surrounding side streets.
A word from Hopgood's Foodliner
Hopgood's Foodliner is a contemporary east coast restaurant located in the beautiful Roncesvalles area of Toronto.
Chef Geoff Hopgood strives to source the freshest and highest quality seafood from Canada's Maritime Coast. He also works closely with local organic farmers to bring our guests naturally raised meats and vegetables, the best Ontario has to offer!
Hopgoods takes great pride in serving naturally made wines, from ancient European vines, and boasts a cocktail list reminiscent of the pre prohibition era.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Hopgood's Foodliner reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (97)neighborhood gem (85)special occasion (42)hot spot (39)good for groups (23)romantic (20)notable wine list (13)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Delicious food, warm service...
    TheLastSupper
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was the perfect spot to bring a friend from New York to catch-up. The room is very comfortable and the food was dynamite (still fantasizing about the lobster spaghetti), a terrific variety of tasty sharable dishes ranging from comfort food to adventurous. The cocktail/wine menu had some nice surprises and our friendly server did a lovely job of guiding us through making choices. A minor heads up – there was a bit of a wait (about 20-30 minutes) between the courses we ordered (I'm assuming this was because we were lounging at the bar and our server smartly decided to pace the meal). Next time I go to Hopgoods (which will happen soon!), I'll request dishes to arrive as a collective, or ask for some bread at the start of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food , great presentation, Wine menu needs to be tweaked in price and selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I never write reviews, but I'd been looking forward to going to HF. Overall, it was disappointing. A very limited menu. The food was ok. We waited 50 minutes between our app course and main course and the seats were very uncomfortable. I was sitting on a wooden bench and the backrest was the wall. Basically, the quality of the experience was not consistent with the level of pricing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hunk of cheese
    girlsnightout
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food and the service were great. My only comment was that when I ordered a cheese selection from their menu--Australian blue cheese which was delicious and a very generous portion--I was asked if I wanted bread to go with it at an extra charge!! I order cheese plates in most restaurants and it usually comes with either crackers, dried fruit or something to put the cheese on. I have never been given just a chunk of cheese (with candied almonds).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit mediocre
    LocalSocializer
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We went because this restaurant was identified as one of the best new places in the city and it was just okay. Service and servers were quite casual and the price point for dinner was not - service level didn't seem to match the menu options or prices... the food itself was a bit hit and miss... the cheese appetizer was one wedge with no accompaniment and the pickle one only had 2 slices of pickles... the lobster spaghetti came out looking like a tiny portion of kids mac and cheese but the bowl was a funny shape and so it was actually a good sized portion and quite tasty... the wine list was quite expensive... I'm not sure we'd go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we returned
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had visited Hopgood 3 times previously but had not been there for at least one year. We enjoyed every course and the service was excellent. The sharing plate concept works very well and allows you to taste a variety of dishes. The food is unique without being so over the top that you are not interested. Only flaw was lukewarm coffee but this was immediately replaced. We will definitely return/
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food Adventure
    PilsieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Many elements of Hopgood's were amazing, Crostini, Cauliflower and clams and then green bean salad with pigs ear. Some other items albeit tasty were recycled from other restaurants; this disappoints. The foie gras with the peanut butter and jelly was an obvious theft from Canoe and numerous other trendy places, 5 years ago. The Halifax donar is tasty however fiercely dependent on the sauce as the rest of the creation is based on the processed donar meat from costco. Hopgood is on the cusp of becoming "great" I hope this review steers them to where they need to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh & Scrumptious ...
    WestSideLisa
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    High expectations were not disappointed. Had the snow crab & lobster spaghetti, with molasses bread & hush puppies to start. Everything was incredibly good. To be honest, we should've picked the donairs over the puppies (they were a little heavy given our other choices), but the crab was, in all honestly, the freshest & most delicious I have ever had. The drinks were pricey ($17 a pop) but very well concocted. The only downfall? We arrived for a later reservation (8:30) and every single one of the specials was not available by the time we ordered. The vibe was fun and engaging and we re definitely hitting up this little gem again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    food was very good and the service was fabulous. Try the homemade ice tea if you get a chance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is my second time there, and I still enjoy the food very much. I had a late dinner there with 2 others with a 8:45 reservations. It was unfortunate by that time all the specials were sold out and even the veggie dip as well! They opened the front window and it was a cool summery night, and the fresh air was great as we had dinner a few tables away from the front window. The servers were great. The chocolate bar presentation was rather a surprise, wish it was at least on a plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm and attentive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The meal was excellent - and the food aesthetic so clear. But we were especially happy with the service – we were treated so well, all the staff were so attentive and warm. They really cared for us, and wanted us to enjoy the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional food to share.
    Senior2
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Surprisingly all the seafood items on the menu were from the shellfish family. The noise level was almost intolerable. The waiter added a $ 65. bottle of wine to our bill which we did not order. When this error was pointed out to him, he was inadequately contrite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Take on Seafood
    Brandon
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I have eaten here twice in the last month and I was impressed on both occasions. Everything served from the bar or kitchen is spectacular. I'm not sure it's even possible to make a bad decision with the menu. The cocktails list is not overly exotic but the execution is perfect. The food options can be a bit cryptic (it's not entirely clear how the ingredients are going to be prepared) but I think that adds to the allure of this place and as I mentioned before it's difficult to make a wrong decision. One thing I will say is that the portions are quite small so you should expect to order a few of the entrees for dinner which makes this spot a tad expensive. Perfect spot for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Huey
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We just wish it was closer to our home, then we would become regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    brownies4breakfast
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food was creative and delicious. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. We ordered many plates to share and loved them all. Great drink menu, the lobster Sammy is a fun take on the classic and not to be missed. It was a wonderful night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ik2u
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was my third visit within a year, and on each occasion I was truly impressed by the food and by the excellent service. This is one of the rare places where they pay meticulous attention to the execution of every meal: there is both lightness and precision to the meals. Always fun, surprising, elegantly understated. We had chicken hearts embellished with elderflowers (very tender and juicy), scallop crudo with cherries and black olives tasting after nuts, the best dish being home made blood sausage with wild mushrooms (literally dissolving in mouth), and a couple more other gems, including a funky cocktail. The most pleasant part of the visit is the service: attentive but not intrusive, and highly knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharing plates
    spanky
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Wonderful food. Share all your food with the table to sample more items. The ham with hushpuppies is outstanding. Everything I had was great. The servers can describe the menu in detail which will help you make your choices. Dessert was awesome (toffee). It was very loud in there, and cold. I would recommend for sure, great menu!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but inconsistent sizes
    darklord263
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was wonderful, had a variety of dishes.They recommend 4-5 dishes but they are all different sizes so 4 large ones would be too much and 5 small ones would be too little. When we go back we will definitely ask about sizes so we don't end up over stuffed again. Also the drinks, while excellent, are very expensive. Will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Stephbaushore
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food was creative, and delicious. Great service too - would go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd visit - loved it again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great neighborhood gem indeed. Love the food choice, fun East coast selection-- every dish is curious - I wanted to try everything. Need to go back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great addition for Hipster foodies
    xmtler
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    HF delivers in bringing a delicious eclectic menu with an East coast influence to Toronto in the West end. The staff and staff were great. A $35 corkage fee is also reasonable for those who prefer to bring their own wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great "hidden gem"
    silvyguy
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I say "hidden gem" in quotations because I never heard of it before going there. It was great food, great service...no excellent service, and just an overall awesome experience. I've been looking for alternatives to the snobby, expensive, disappointing restaurants I've been too lately, and this fit the bill perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service brings down the experience
    sadandhungry
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food is incredible. Sadly, the lack of great service overshadows the food and maybe a reason not to come back. I called in and they asked me to go online to make the reservation vs. helping me book something. They never smiled and greeted us as we walked in.... it took many minutes of standing beside us, on their computer, before acknowledging us. Then they couldn't seat us at the empty tables b/c they were too busy to set them up... we were asked to come back in 10 mins. Our empty water flasks were never refilled (empty since half way through dinner) and yes, we did order alcohol. And they noticeably forgot to give us our bill... and instead hung out behind the bar. When they SERVED us it was good. But too many moments of none.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and fun vibe
    mel2
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Hot weather makes me want summertime food - seafood, and Hopgood's is the perfect place for seafood. Fresh oysters and clams were delicious and high quality. The selection of cocktails, beer and wine made for a great bar scene too! I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had reservations at 9pm and weren't served our mains until 1050! There were only two of us. The food was excellent but took forever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Great Meal
    geoffrey1969
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is a great find in Roncesvalles - the food is spectacular and the wine list is interesting and short - I mean that in a good way enough choice but it's not a book. My partner says this is the only place in Toronto that makes an "authentic" Halifax donair. I don't really understand that but if you do, then you're in the know! Fresh and succulent oysters, great snow crab. I miss the chicken with maple and bacon sauce, dish, but it's spring and the snow crab is lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but overpriced
    Burb
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Good food and tasty. small plates added up, a bit overpriced for the amount of food. Great service throughout night. Staff was accommodating to group of 6 ppl arriving separately over a 1-hour period. Small plates with a group made it easy to share and try all different. Has about 8 plates plus 3 dessert, 9 alc drinks and 2 teas and bill was close to $345 + tip. Drinks a bit $. I was still a bit hungry afterwards but others were full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More lobster please!
    moondata
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The lobster spaghetti was seriously amazing. i could have eaten 2 plates...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • East Coast delicious
    debbersdining
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We were out to HopGood's for a birthday celebration. Food was delicious and service was good. We hadn't expected the tasting plates style, but definitely liked the way that the items were brought one at a time for us to sample. The server's suggestion to leave the donairs until last because of the strong flavour was appreciated. Some of the plates were a little expensive. They need a good salad or veggie dish. The 'peppers' dish was the only dish we did not love. The only downside - drinks took too long to be delivered, we got them after we were well into our food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Although the food was very good with some traditional takes on Maritime dishes, the service was very poor. We had to ask for our drink order after 30 minutes. We had to ask for our bill twice. We had to ask for the complementary bread. Two servers asked to take our drink order. At least one other table received their meal before we did even though they got there about 10 minutes after us. It was incredibly noisy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OMG!! Flavour Bursts!
    Faabee
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Each dish lwas amazing with its own unusual twist and gloriously presented. Seared barely cooked sea scallops & asparagus, with intensely flavoured morels in beurre blanc, preserved lemon reduction - swoon worthy. Crispy pigs ears (think crisp hickory bacon) on smoky, sweet, potato salad - intriguingly delicious. Spicy Ahi tuna hand rolled in Nori - smooth. Spotted shrimp with chili peppers - sweet. Grand finale - seared foie gras on brioche with macadamia nut and contrasting reduction. In the same class as the great chefs: Michael Städtlander, Jamie Kennedy, Susur Lee, David Chang - plus add in hip & quirkily experimental. Vibrant yet intimate atmosphere with down-home, unpretentious service. Just magical!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why is this in top ten?
    Love2cook
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    chef can cook seafood well - the spot prawns & their sauce were superb - the menu is strange. Evidently salads are too much trouble, ditto most vegetables. The two desserts were laughable & provenance on the oysters would be nice. An 8pm reservation should mean at least a cocktail in less than the 70 minutes it took for ours to arrive! The noise level was appalling, everyone yelling to hear each other. I realise they are aiming at a younger demographic than ours but our 40's son & his partner were equally unimpressed. It is obvious that they need to hire more kitchen & wait staff.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud
    brunelloVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was very loud hard to hear my guests across the table
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Seafood Experience
    constanttraveller
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My third visit to this restaurant and continuing good service, creative menu and great atmosphere. As a foodie, I appreciate all of the above greatly. However, one cautionary note - the music is extremely loud and almost impossible to carry on a conversation if you are seated in the bar section of the restaurant. Being of a certain age, I still value actually hearing what my dinner companions are saying. There is another room at the back and perhaps that would be a better choice. Check ahead with the staff if you are making a reservation and would prefer to dial it down on atmosphere. Otherwise, a great experience. If you like scallops, you will be in Scallop Heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just keeps getting better
    BmanVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We love Hopgood's! We relocated from Montreal to Toronto in November, and this was our 4th visit, and they just keep getting better! Some great new items on the menu that were 1st rate - my scallops with asparagus were outstanding. Interesting wine list, and servers that are amazing - they know the menu, make great recommendations, and make you want to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    whitejacket
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food is terrific. We started with oysters and snow crab, then had the creole shrimp and ceasar Brussel sprouts and potato salad. The oysters were outstanding, as was the crab. The shrimp was flavourful and delicious. The only disappointment was the potato salad. It was undistinguished and the portion was far too large. The service, however, was sketchy. It took a half hour to get a glass of bubbly and manhattan.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    marktorontoVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    First time here. Great inventive menu. Great flavourful food. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    First time at Hopgood's - what a terrific experience. Ambience, service and food were all excellent. One of the best experiences we've had in awhile. Only minor complain was pricing - it seems a tad expensive, and with wine prices starting at $50, the overall bill was on the high side. Nonetheless, would recommend Hopgood's without question.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kiki
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    As soon as we arrived and sat down the service went downhill from there. We were virtually ignored all night and constantly had to flag down any passing employee for what we needed and even had to ask for things multiple times (a chiller for the wine). It didn't seem they were short staffed, just didn't have the right staff which left a bad taste in our mouths despite the great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a keeper!
    FoodyVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This was our first but not our last time. Has just become one of my favorite restaurants in Toronto. Our waitress was excellent and was great in explaining everything to us. We had the scallops, shrimp dish, lobster pasta, and lastly, the Halifax donair. Everyone had raved about the donair but it was actually an odd combination after all the other seafood dishes in the evening. The seafood was elegant and refine. The donair while very good, was just another streetfood fare so the dinner ended on a plain note. Too stuffed for desert though so we'll have to save that for another time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate