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Monk Kitchen
Monk Kitchen
  • Address:
    348 Adelaide St West
    Toronto, ON M5V 1R7
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown/ Financial District
  • Cuisine:
    Global, International
    Price: CAN$51 and over

Monk Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.templarhotel.com
  • Email: chef@templarhotel.com
  • Phone: (647) 933-5546
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:30am
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Continental, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Fracchioni
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Monk Food Services
    Bespoke Catering for 2 to 300
  • Private Party Facilities: Entertain like it is your own private dining room with your own private chefs.
    Media Previews | Product Launches | Private dinners | Receptions | Closing dinners.
  • Private Party Contact: Andrew Van Buskirk (647) 933-5546

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Peter St
  • Public Transit: Peter | Soho Queen Line | Blue Jays Way | Peter King Line
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking $35.00 | $45.00 overnight Many area surface lots adjacent.
A word from Monk Kitchen
The Templar Hotel, "Toronto's Secret Hotel", opened in 2012 to widespread acclaim, receiving many notable awards including “One of the 10 Best Design Hotels in the World” by London newspaper, The Guardian and runner-up in the “Best New Hotels” by Wallpaper Magazine.

Like all kitchens, Monk Kitchen is the heart of our home. Whether guests choose to dine at the chef’s table while engaging directly with our chefs, the culinary creations prepared by Monk Kitchen can be enjoyed anywhere in the hotel, including the dining room, Monk Lounge, the lobby, or our sidewalk table.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Dinner started great and went downhill. Poor/no wine selection. Two unknown reds. Flank steak was flank steak. Kitchen seating interesting but not to be revisited. Three staff struggled to manage 10 guests. Waitress is in the wrong line of work. Was not value for the $300 bill. Former reviewers must not go out a lot."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "This was a grossly overpriced and more or less underwhelming experience. I would recommend that others take a pass."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was very good and the experience unique. The chef was very personable and talked to the 4 diners in a very relaxed way throughout the evening. Very reasonably priced and well worth a visit."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The very idea to allow guests for dinner into the compact kitchen of a lovely downtown boutique hotel to have a superb dining experience in a totally relaxed atmosphere is pioneering for Toronto. Everybody is lovely, welcoming, funny, outrageous and .... A reason to return as soon as possible. A lovely dining experience indeed, and we were very grateful for being looked after and entertained so well."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had the 7 course tasting menu and wine pairings served in the kitchen. The food was phenomenal and the wines were divine. We enjoyed chatting with chef Roberto and with our servers very much, they were so accommodating to our interests and they made it an unforgettable evening. It is very pricey at over $200/person, but it's worth it for a one of a kind, memorable experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "dinning in a kitchen turned out to be a bit too weird for us, but the meals are great!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This place is amazing! We were at the chef's table and it was fun interacting with the chefs as we ate out meals. They couldn't have been any nicer and came to the table with each course to explain and discuss what was being served. Not only were they friendly and casual but the food exceeded or expectations. We chose the wine pairing which didn't suit everyone's palate but you can't always satisfy the entire group if ther are six different opinions. I would go back again if I was looking for a memorable evening."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Hi this was a very special occasion and we dressed up, however the server was dressed like she should be working in a bar. Cords and a long sleeve t-shirt. She didn't remove my empty wine glasses and once the chef told her to, so our pictures have empty glasses in front of us. The food came to quickly and the stereo was playing rap,"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Eating in a restaurant kitchen is a unique experience every foodie should try. (The kitchen is casual so don't dress up too much if eating there, the restaurant is small intimate and beautifully designed if you want to dress up.) The staff are pros who are seriously passionate about food. Definitely recommend if you want to try something new but be ready that your bill will come in around $200/head."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The hotel entrance was innocuous; the main lobby, front desk and lobby bar were starkly minimalist; the elevator opens right into the kitchen - the tables were industrial kitchen counter and the 'stools' were not great for a 3 hour meal. HMMM --- Very interesting! The chefs, sommelier and server were gracious and made us feel most welcome. The 7 course chefs' table tasting menu and wine pairings were excellent although I wished for and requested (but never got) a listing of our courses with wine that was paired. It would have been nice to track our progress - I couldn't actually describe any dish now ... They all ran together. All up - an interesting one-time experience."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great evening excellent food, wine pairing, service Staff were very friendly great to be in the Kitchen with all the action one of the most unique dining experiences that we have had"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The no menus/chefs intro was a neat concept and we enjoyed the interactions with the Chef. Food was generally very good with some really good courses but a few misses. The pasta and fish were both fantastic. The fried chicken was a clear miss, with bland flavour and tough consistency (how do you make chicken thigh tough?) and the entree-sized flat-iron steak an odd choice at the end of a 7 course tasting menu. I'm always skeptical of the "boutique hotel vibe", but the restaurant was nicely done. It was a Tuesday so there were only two couples in that night. More guests likely would have improved the ambience. The Chef and the waitstaff were very personable and attentive."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Not much more to say. This is hands down the best restaurant in Toronto. Roberto Fracchioni is brilliant."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Wanted a special lunch on New Year's eve day after an early movie at TIFF. Couldn't find anything open in the Entertainment District and finally found this on Open Table. They actually had meant to be closed for lunch but hadn't closed off the lunch time slot. However, despite being the only people in the restaurant, they said they were happy to cook for us. We figured, why not and sat at one of the kitchen tables. Spent the next 2 hours thoroughly enjoying great food and conversation with the chef and sous-chef. The wonderful 4 course meal, including dessert, wine and coffee was $144. It's not often that you have a restaurant all to yourselves and we never felt the least bit awkward. A great way to spend a freezing cold day!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Came with little expetations left feeling very happy with every thing!! Will tell all my friends about this place !"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "I've been there 3 times now and each time was better than the last! I love not having to think about what to order, and I trust Chef Roberto 100% with what he prepares! Everything is delicious and the wine pairing is just perfect. The food and wine gets me just a touch outside my comfort zone (which I love). I can't say enough good things about Monk Kitchen. If you can, try to sit at the Chef's table, it really enhances the Monk Kitchen experience!"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Great idea to have no menu and allow the chef to design his food based on availability of ingredients. Wonderful experience with excellent wine paring. Perfect portion sizes. We found the cost to be reasonable for the service and offering however would recommend some indication of price in advance."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Inventive cuisine, terrific touch from the affiable chef - highly recommended for a unique, memorable dining experience. Budget 3 hours to get through it."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Service was attentive. Chef was friendly and welcoming. Food was great! A must for foodies. Hidden gem indeed."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "I'm glad that other reviewers noted the obscure location for this restaurant, because I never would have found it. We were greeted immediately upon entering the unmarked building and escorted to the bar to select our beverage and then down into the kitchen for dinner. To our surprise, we were the only reservation for the rest of the evening. Our menu for the evening included an amuse of "grilled cheese," "fish and chips" of beet cured fish, orecchiette with bolognese, a beautiful fish and mushroom dish, duck with roasted root vegetables, and a generous assortment of mini desserts. Everything was elegantly presented and delicious. Our banter with the chef and hostess was friendly without being too much. I definitely will return."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Hanging out at the kitchen table with the chef, eating flights of delicious food paired with great wine, made for one of the more memorable evenings ever. Our guests from the UK were delighted by the experience."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "We took the 7 course dinner. Good food, although a bit pricey. Very warm and open service. Nice experience. Main chef was not there."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "The restaurant is in the basement of the Templar Hotel, where we were allowed to choose our seats. Options were in the kitchen on bar stools or in very modern community dining room. We chose the dining room setting, possibly a mistake. It would have been fun to sit in the kitchen and watch the food being prepared. The chef asked about likes and dislikes, explained everything would be prepared fresh for us, paired with the wine of their choosing, and we should relax and enjoy. Every course was fabulous, beautifully presented and delicious. Service excellent and all questions about ingredients, preparation and where grown were answered. We expected to have an excellent meal and this exceeded our expectations."
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "Dining on great food in the midst of talented chefs preparing a meal with Chef Roberto entertaining is an experience that's hard to beat. Really good fun and good food."
    Dined on 9/18/2013