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Hopgood's Foodliner
Hopgood's Foodliner

Hopgood's Foodliner Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hopgoodsfoodliner.com
  • Phone: (416) 533-2723
  • 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 (416) 533-2723

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food was creative, and delicious. Great service too - would go back in a heartbeat!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The lobster spaghetti was seriously amazing. i could have eaten 2 plates..."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "It was very loud hard to hear my guests across the table"
    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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "food appeared interesting and fun, but execution fell a little flat at times. heart tartare was just ok, lobster pasta was pretty shy on lobster. donair, shrimp bun and crispy toffee were all awesome. wine list was very limited and overpriced - wish we could have brought our own and paid corkage. overall, for the cost (about $350 per couple) it was not as high quality as other top restaurants in the city. this was our second time and seem to have been a better experience the first time."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "First time here. Great inventive menu. Great flavourful food. We will be back!"
    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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Creative remaining of Canadian seafood. Lively, but cozy ambiance and friendly, knowledgeable staff. If you aren't looking for a Red Lobster or fish 'n chips experience, this is for you! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Everything from the Brussels sprouts Caesar to the Halifax donair to the seared scallops had unique flavours. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and took the time to explain details about the ingredients. He was friendly and personable."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great maritime fare and ambiance. The donairs were authentic to down home and the atmosphere was fun and energetic. Really enjoyed the small maritime breweries. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Excellent food. Service was friendly and very familiar with menu but 3 hours for dinner is a bit long. Could have taken order/transitioned between courses faster."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "From the outside this place doesn’t look all that great… But once you step inside it’s like a whole new world!! This place is vibrant, energetic, and full of life. We were seated right away and within a few minutes we were introduced to our fantastic waitress. She took the time to explain the formalities of the restaurant and even gave us her picks from each section.. The food was fresh, thoughtful and delicious… A definite must try are the donairs…We will definitely be coming back for more.. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Had an absolutely delicious dinner at Hopgoods. Food and drinks outstanding. Seafood was all prepared perfectly. Unique dishes. Service was not efficient and timely, but food overcame that. A definite must!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "If you like seafood this is a must go place, the atmosphere is very pleasant, everything was delicious, even the oysters (something that I really don´t mind) were incredibly fresh and had an amazing taste, I highly recommend the mussels and the scallops, the service was perfect, the attendant was very kind, we decided to place another dish after the kitchen was closed, he did everything that he could to make it possible. I definitely will be back."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Usually a restaurant has 1-2 standout dishes, but Hopgood's Foodliner had so many that we were arguing over which one was the best -- an excellent problem to have! We were lucky to be there on a Monday for their buck-a-shuck and I really loved all the sauces and condiments especially the crab. Other standouts for me: steamed clams, chicken fried lobster, the remix, donair and the crispy toffee bar for dessert."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I like the maritime food but would like to see a few more traditional dishes..."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Great food and nice ambiance, especially appreciate the thought of putting together a nice meal progression from what we ordered."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Great place to share a few dishes. Was disappointed in the 2 snow crab legs for $20.00 but the Brussel Sprout ceasar was a pleasant surprise!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We have dined at Hopgood's Foodliner on a number of occasions. The food is consistently good and the menu is interesting with unique and exquisite choices. We particularly enjoyed the beef heart tartar and the scallops with bone marrow. If you have never tried them, the Halifax donairs are a must! On our last visit the service was particularly slow and inattentive. Hopefully, this was just an off night. It demands attention for the restaurant to thrive, despite the fantastic food. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great experience at Hopsgood Foodliner. Service was fantastic from the second we entered. I have celiac disease and the waitress was incredibly thorough to make sure I did not have anything with even the slightest amount of gluten. The drinks were delicious, the food even better, in particular the crab, nothing overly complicated, just really good food. Best dessert I have had in ages, and I am not a dessert person. I will be back for sure."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This small sea oriented restaurant was definitely worth the trek across town. We had a late night reservation after a long delayed flight and they were very accommodating and understanding. The menu is great and the specials were genius! The service was amazing, with the waiter hailing us a cab without a problem or a question! 100% recommend."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I've really appreciate the quality and the presentation of the plates. The waiter took the time to explain and suggest different items on the menu on my own. It was my first visit and will repeat the experience !"
    Dined on 4/11/2014