Michael's on Simcoe
Michael's on Simcoe

Michael's on Simcoe

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.michaelsonsimcoe.com/
  • Phone: 4162605100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Derek Von Raesfeld
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live DJ

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Adelaide
  • Public Transit: King st streetcar #504
    Stop at Simcoe st and walk north one block

    Yonge / University subway line
    One block west of St.Andrew station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking at the door
    Public parking lot (behind building)
    Street parking
A word from Michael's on Simcoe
Michael’s on Simcoe playfully combines the best of contemporary cuisine, featuring USDA prime steak, fresh seafood and authentic homemade pastas. Classic cocktails are re-invented to tantalize your taste buds and our extensive wine list will tempt even those with the most discerning taste. Conveniently located in the heart of the Financial and Entertainment districts, Michael’s on Simcoe brings new life to one of the most energetic districts in downtown Toronto. This restaurant breaks down the barriers of a traditional steakhouse by challenging the overly masculine ambience that has long been the trademark of its genre.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Michael's on Simcoe reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (50)romantic (45)notable wine list (34)fit for foodies (31)good for groups (25)hot spot (14)neighborhood gem (12)great for lunch (11)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Amazing Food, Amazing Service
    LorysaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My boyfriend and I are regulars here as the food and service are both phenomenal. The second ever time we came, the staff remembered both us our and preference for flat water/white wine/etc. As we've continued to come back, the service gets better each time! The kitchen staff are absolutely amazing and produce some of the best food in Toronto (in my opinion). Of all of the amazing restaurants in Toronto for us to choose from, we keep coming back to Michael's because it is simply the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went for special occasion. .beautiful napa wine..the gnocchi was outstanding...the mac and cheese was decadent. ..steak was delicious...fish was slightly overcooked but was flavourful. Great service..I would highly recommend it and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Jerry2033
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had to push our reservation back an hour due to late flights, and they could not have been more hospitable. The food was awesome, and the staff was great. When ever i go to Toronto, i will be back. The bar was very upscale, and the service was prompt. I had a group of a dozen and everyone asked how i found such a great restaurant. A real find
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding food
    Maleks1
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A must try. This place is a hidden gem. The food is amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant evening w/ v good food
    nick
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Gracious pleasant ambiance; accommodated our Open Table request (re seating away from fridge meat display, advance notice about one vegetarian); nice wine & drinks choices; lobster gnocchi & veg risotto both excellent, recommended; all the staff are v professional. Beef choices extensive (and expensive although beef prices are up now), seems to be their specialty - but we were v satisfied with the Italian options. Winning resto when you'd like to be taken care of in a courteous manner indicating that your patronage and experience were valued.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ecellent food & service experience!
    Jenn
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I’m always nervous finding the right restaurant when my colleagues come to Toronto as they are foodies with very high standards, but Michael’s exceeded all of our expectations! There were seven of us for dinner and three have different food allergies (always a tricky situation). Our primary waiter was Kelly and he ensured that every detail was taken care of for our dining experience. The food and wine was excellent and everyone enjoyed the evening. I highly recommend Michael’s!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael's on Simcoe!
    ormond17
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Michael's continues to offer the same impeccable food and service as experienced during earlier visits. Nothing appears to have changed except we found it an even better dining experience than previously! My husband had lamb which he claimed to be the best lamb he has ever had in a restaurant setting. I had the halibut which was fresh, creamy and unbelievably flavourful. My daughter loved the rib steak and her side of macaroni and cheese. One member of our party had the strawberry risotto which we all tasted and loved. The steaks were, as usual, excellent and the service attentive and knowledgeable. We had an assortment of desserts, each and every one of them beautifully presented and exceptional in taste. Lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Food and service
    Gwen
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Exceptional fine dining and outstanding service. I would highly recommend Michael's for everday meal or a special occassion. We celebrated a birthday and the staff made sure to remember the little touches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    JDM53
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This has to be one of the finest restaurants in Toronto. The food was beyond reproach but the service was even better. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • letsgrabdinner
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We went to Michael's for a b'day dinner. It was great and we enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Restaurant
    AfroGirl
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My 3 friends and I had dinner here on a Tuesday night and we absolutely loved it. My corn risotto was lovely and I ordered a perfectly done rib-eye steak and was extremely happy with it. My friends also had steaks and we all felt they were the best steaks we've had in a long time. Great desert menu and wine list. Awesome service, our waiter Kelly could not have been more attentive without being intrusive. The surroundings were lovely and the bathrooms are a treat. I leave you to discover why yourself. All around excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rubber
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved the Ambience, The bar was really cool.Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    lookingforrealfood
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was very good. But the portion size was a bit too small even for a small portion lover. The waiter I found cold and not friendly enough. No small talk, no attempt to sell the daily specials. We were seated in the back corner which I found from a decorating perspective to be extremely boring.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    fitfoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Did lunch at Michael's for summerlicious with a couple co-workers, and we were all pleasantly surprised. Incredibly attentive service, great food, and a very calm ambiance. The dining room was the perfect temperature, nice modern decor, and comfortable chairs. Not sure what the pricing is like on the regular menu, but the summerlicious menu was great value. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious
    LiciousFan
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Two of us went for lunch (first time @ this restaurant) as the menu selection/descriptions appealed to us, but we were disappointed. Appetizers: Tomato sauce for the Calamari was acidic/harsh & the pasta lacking in interesting flavours, although the fennel sausage was tasty. Mains & Dessers: Burger & Orata were okay, but nothing special, as were the Fruit Crumble & Cheese Cake. The breads served prior to the appetizers, as well as the bun for the burger had great texture & were delicious - kudos to the kitchen for the breads if baked inhouse.
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  • Not so much for lunch
    McMc
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Have been for dinner and it was amazing. This time was there for lunch and it was good but not amazing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amanda
    Amanda
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Summerlicious menu was great. Didn't have any sausage left, which was disappointing but what I did have was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Kay1
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We tried out their summerlicious lunch menu, and we weren't disappointed. I work around the area, and didn't notice this gem until we saw it listed as a participating restaurant. I'm sure I'll go back again :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • modern ambiance
    sapnajay
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    lovely ambiance. server was kind of cold and not too friendly. my meal was delicious, but my husband's was only so-so.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Fantastic service, great table. Had the arugula and grilled fruit salad which was average, and the strip loin which was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but Service bad.
    XoXo
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food is good. Service not as expected as a high class restaurant. We requested a candle to put on a slice of cake twice. They didn't put it on eventually. We were disappointed. If the staff doesn't wish to participate the summerlicious program, then the restaurant shouldn't list themselves with the program.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Summerlicious was great!
    FoodFan
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Fast becoming our favourite restaurant in Toronto. Summerlicious Menu was great and the waiters and servers are all friendly amd efficient and look like they enjoy their work. Makes for a great atmosphere for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic attention to detail!
    Unimpressed
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Many other restaurants could learn a thing or two from Michael's: attentive and quick service, 3 attendants to a table, and tablecloths swept clean before every course. Wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Summerlicious Lunch!
    Angelacogs
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I highly enjoyed my summerlicious meal at Michael's. The staff was very attentive and food came out in a timely manner. Had a great time and the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time and the last time
    AlkyVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Went there for Summerlicious and maybe because of that, we got the minimal service you could imagine. We sat at a tiny table next to a big post eventho the place was only half full. Had high expectation on the steak but it came out quite dry on the outside edges. Could have a lot of other choices in the area for much better service and food!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Torontogirl
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Although the food was delightful to see and eat, I'd have to say that it was the outstanding service the servers dealt with that put my mood on top. My family and I decided to try a new restaurant during the summerlicious event, and came across Michael's On Simcoe. The atmosphere was very romantic and soothing, while the servers were inviting. I ordered the grilled fruit salad (delicious! and local), Med-rare steak (should've asked for medium :( ), and the chocolate semifreddo (wonderful). I can confidently say that my dine-in at Michael's on Simcoe was splendid, and wouldn't mind another sit-in at another time. Thank you :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelent food and service.
    VisitingFromToronto
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had the summerlicious menu and a pasta for the kids. All were excellent. We would definitely return here and try the steaks as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant experience
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We came on time for our dinner here for the first time. The staff showed our table. They were attentive but were not really very warm. The receptionist pointed to our table and we walked ourselves towards the direction. Our server came. He was polite but was not really welcoming. We sat and waited for our guests to come. The food was excellent. Overall, we were OK with our experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ppqdh
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Went in for summerlicious. The food wasn't great and overpriced for the quality of food we received. The drinks were unimpressive and unbelievably expensive. I don't mind paying money if the food is great, but this whole experience was just dissapointing. I got the Orata dish and the whole dish was salty. Olives with salty sun dried tomatoes and salty fish. No balance. My brother got the pork tenderloin marinated in honey and oh my god did they ever put honey on it. They had no balance of flavour, the plate was just overpowered by one flavour. It could also be a personal thing because I like flavourful dishes. Try Carmen on Queen St W, went there the next day. Amazing Spanish tapas and totally worth the bucks.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classy
    ChaiTea
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The service was great. And very informative. However, I would have liked a more romantic lunch without some interruption. However the server no doubt was kind and came often when we needed him. Some dishes were a bit over salted which was the reason I didn't give it a 5 star, however the mascarpone was extremely light and delicious. As well as the corn & peach salsa with rosemary polenta fritelle was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    GazandLaura
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We chose Michael's for a family event and couldn't be happier. What a gem of a place. The menu is absolutely fabulous. Great wine list. The staff are extremely attentive. The decor is beautiful. From the appetizers to main course to dessert, everything was flawless. Will definitely go back next time I'm in Toronto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    atots
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was my second time at this restaurant. Both times enjoyed myself very much. Polenta is amazing! and obviously steak delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Michael's on Simcoe
    Elds007
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I went there for an anniversary dinner, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had the lobster gnocci (excellent) and my boyfriend has the steak. Sides were delicious (mac-n-cheese, mushrooms and rapini). I have to say, the fiori di zucca appetizer was my favourite part of the whole meal- very tasty. Also try the Breakfast in Paris cocktail, I enjoyed it. The only very small complaint we had was that our main courses could have been warmer- they were borderline room temperature. Nevertheless, the flavours were there. Service was congenial, and they even treated us to a complimentary anniversary dessert which was such a nice touch. Thank you for the experience, and I would definitely recommed Michael's to a friend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mike
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Good food. Waiter was attentive. Difficult to find the restaurant from the street. Minimal signage
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ricardo
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Our salad came in time, but then we had to wait 45 min for our main course, and when it came my fries was wayyyy over salted and the rappini was plain, we ordered a MEDIUM t-bone steak and it was RARE rare and a GOOD AMOUNT of beef was left on the bone( they slice the meet for you), known as a steak house I was very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Gem
    FoodFinder
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Michael's on Simcoe is a great place for a dinner meeting. Great food, ambience and attentive service. They were very accommodating to my request for a quiet location for our business meeting. It is not easily seen from the street, but well worth the effort to search it out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quality but Expensive
    pretheaterdiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    No issues with the food, service or ambience. However the pricing was very expensive -- mark ups on wine were astronomical and $34 for 3 moderately sized shrimp as an appetizer, no matter how good they were, is ridiculous. Would only go here for a very special occasion.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slightly Disappointed
    SL101
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    After reading all of the glorious reviews, I have to say that I was disappointed with the food and ambiance. I ordered cod because I wanted something light but it was very rich; too rich to enjoy completely which is a shame when the entrees are pricey. On a positive note, this restaurant has the most unusual toilets I've seen in Toronto and the washroom was very clean. The decor is elegant and beautiful and this would be a perfect place for a romantic dinner if it weren't for the very loud patrons at the bar. They were so noisy that it was difficult to hear the conversation at our table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    For an expensive restaurant the service was sub par. First drink came 20 minutes after order. We started with one waiter then suddenly a manager type shows up in a suit and tie basically suggesting we get on with ordering food. Maybe they needed the table for the next party but all in we were only there for an hour and 15 minutes so not sure what that was about. Food was ok.
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  • Fantastic Steaks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Decided it would be nice to have a good meal in advance of a play. Michael's did not disappoint! There are many options to choose from, but this is definitely an upscale restaurant. When we visited, it was not a busy night, so we had extremely attentive service. And yet, it was not overbearing. Although it turned out it was not really needed, turns out that Michael's is designed to support those who came downtown for entertainment. If you drive there, they have included valet service. So you can park your car and they will take you to and from your venue all included with the meal. For us, it was an excellent start to a wonderful evening. Keith
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet