Origin Restaurant
Origin Restaurant

Origin Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.origintoronto.com/
  • Phone: (416) 603-8009
  • Hours of Operation:
    Weekday Lunch 11:30am-3pm Brunch (Coming soon..) 11:30am-3pm Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Claudio Aprile
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Special Events: contact: events@origintoronto.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church Street
  • Public Transit: Subway: King
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Origin Restaurant
Welcome to Origin, Chef Claudio Aprile's highly anticipated new restaurant. Origin is located in the historic King East neighbourhood. Origin was born out of Chef Aprile's desire to create a spontaneous, high energy restaurant that serves ingredients at the height of their season.
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Origin Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (88)hot spot (41)special occasion (39)good for groups (35)great for outdoor dining (26)great for brunch (26)neighborhood gem (23)great for lunch (22)romantic (20)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (9)notable wine list (7)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great food but a little pricy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Great good for sharing, small portions. A big guy would probably want two mains if he didn't get any apps. The waiter was amazing, great service. Only thing is that for 5 ppl it is a little expensive, and they only do wine by glass or bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food
    DanC
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We were so impressed with the looks, taste and originality in the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    Foodlover
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We heard a lot about this restaurant and decided to give it a try. The service was average and the food was a disappointment. Nothing special and we had to pay quite a bit for simple dishes. We ordered devil eggs which were absolutely bland. Our pork belly fried rice was the same as the fried rice we might get from any Chinese restaurant. The french toast was the same. Origin burger came with a burger alone in a small plate. We would not go back since we did not justify to pay for that food.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience
    mber
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Out for a birthday dinner with friends...vibrant atmosphere in the main area (where the open kitchen is). A little louder than we expected but we had a table by the window so were not in the middle of the noise. The service was well timed (not rushed), our waiter gave good recommendations and was attentive to guests with food allergies. We split 2 appetizers and loved both: deep fried stuffed olives and guacamole with tostones. We all enjoyed our meals: tenderloin (melt in your mouth tender), eggplant with hummus and naan (flavourful) and blackened cod (well seasoned and tender). Would definitely return to try some of their other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • simply superb
    howiedidit
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Mouth watering combinations of tastes and flavours served just about perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    As in Toronto restaurant the prices were expensive but I belive Origin takes it to new high. 6 people, 2 beers, i bottle of wine($70) and two mixed drinks. Everyone got two appetisers and the bill comes to $462.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great spot. The Spanish fries were ok but too much filler. We should have focused on less heavy but more flavourful choices. But we did had a couple and they were fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food...except the oysters
    DininginTO
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Love Origin and continue to go back for their excellent food and ambiance. I have to say that I have ordered oysters there 3 times and they have not been up to standard. At least 4 of the dozen have had an "off" taste and I'm super disappointed to say that because they arrive with such nice presentation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vegetarian options a plenty
    NomaVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    There were 6 of us, one gluten free, 2 vegetarians, and one picky meat eater and we all had plenty to eat. The menu is great, the food was fantastic, and the vegetarian dishes were so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ignore the Hype
    RoxyR
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I have heard about Origin for what seems like forever, so I expected some memorable or at least discuss-able to friends the next day. Origin was entirely forgettable - except for the terrible, rude service. The octopus was soggy. The deviled eggs were bland. The duck was nothing to write a review about. Our waitress ignored us the entire meal - we ended up ordering all our drinks and dishes from the hostess - until it was time to pay. Origin has seen its heyday come and go. There are no lack of expensive restaurants in Toronto where a couple can pay $200 for a meal. You can be sure that I won't be going back to Origin to put down that cash.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    TOdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Maybe it's just me, but although I love Origin for dinner I find their brunch a little 'underwhelming'. I've been a couple of times and neither really wowed me as dinner has in the past. My last dinner there was not quite up to past dinners either, so maybe it's a staffing thing. I'd still recommend it, especially since other friends have been recently and still raved about it. But it's not going to be high on the brunch list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not for birthdays
    kriss
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    After booking a table via the website with a special request for my partner's birthday, they obviously did not read their own the special request box on the form they designed. Very disappointing when you want to make a nice surprise without having to remind discreetly the waiter...food was good though
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I didn't know that they had a bruch menu on the weekends, so expected the same amazing seafood thst I had during lunch time on the weekday. Overall, great presentation, immaculate service and a very rustic cozy atmosphere. Will definately recommend it to even the most picky foodie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed
    gourmand
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I was referred to this restaurant but it was a big disappointment. We ordered appetizers and the only one that was spectacular was the fleur de latte mozzarella. Nothing special in the Spanish fries. Portions were small. Dessert was bad. I ordered apple crumble, i.e.baked caramelized apples with granola (?!?!?!) and soft serve ice cream. I could have done that myself and save the $$$. Prices of the food were not bad but the prices of cocktails ridiculously expensive and small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yvette
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food is quite tasty but it is expensve and very noisy. The service was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dinner for
    MrAndMrsM
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My husband and I made a reservation for my birthday dinner. As first time visitors to Origin, we were definitely impressed with the menu. It had just the right amount of options to please anyone's pallet. Small plate dining so you really do need 2-3 dishes per person - and why wouldn't you want to sample as much as you can! I found our server to be a bit dry. He was pleasant but didn't have an extremely approachable demeanor about him. A woman, who seemed to be a floor manager perhaps, was a very rushed person thereby making us feel rushed to finish our transaction and leave. The hostess was super nice though and made us feel welcome from the start. Overall, the food was great and we'll go back because there are many other items to try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refined Brunch
    Sammers
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    All the food and drinks were great. Service could have been better though. It seemed like the staff (including the hostess, servers, and manager) were a bit frazzled. A few things got forgotten (cream for coffee, extra napkin, more water, etc.), but they were not game changers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as I remember for the $
    stofferg
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I remember going to Origin a few years ago and my memory of that experience was much better. The food is still very good but the prices seem out of line with the portion sizes. The $34 sizzling beef plate was overcooked. Oysters were delicious. Service was slow but friendly. I would try somewhere else next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nailed it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Lunch at Origin was awesome - friendly staff, great table on the patio and delicious food...what more can a hungry/fancy/fun girl ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Origin
    Luv2Eat
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great food, very vibrant restaurant perfect for the you foody or anyone looking to branch out. All around great atmosphere and dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Booked last minute, before a play. It was perfect. Great menu options. Quality, service, ambience all outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neratzi
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Engaging and surprising menu, smooth service, definitely a place to return often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    Origins
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I have had the pleasure of several visits to Origins and each and every time I have enjoyed my fabulous dishes. Each are unique and presented as artistic works. The staff are pleasant and knowledgeable on their wine offerings. At my last visit, I had the oysters, the Cornish hen adobo + plantain + mole, Bufala mozzarella + pear + rosemary oil + pinenuts + honey, and for dessert we had Glazed banana + hazelnut crunch + Bavarian cream + chocolate sorbet. Each dish offers flavors that are often surprising to the palette and yet delicious. A truly enjoyable place and I highly recommend at least one visit for the experience. Kudos to Claudio Aprile!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is amazing!
    Linda
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Highly recommend you try this restaurant! Great atmosphere, amazing food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I went for a birthday brunch. We thought the overall service was slow. We had one female server who seemed annoyed everytime someone asked for something. On the other hand one waiter was amazing at taking our drink order (for a group of 12)! The food was delicious! We did a pre-fixed menu and it was well worth it!! I would definitely recommend this for brunch!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch
    GregAndJonas
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had a great meal here with 5 friends. The food was so good and everyone cleaned their plates. Service was also great and the staff seemed well trained as well as polite, knowledgeable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Customer Care
    MsBizWizVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Always the right degree of attention makes our dining experience wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful brunch venue.
    LilyF
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is a fantastic place for brunch. The French toast with duck confit is the work of an evil genius. Really great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food but atmosphere fair
    happycouple
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We went to this restaurant to sample chef Claudio's food so went with high expectations. The food does not disappoint. I had the lobster ceviche, the beet salad, and the seared scallops. All of these would impress even the most discerning. The service was excellent, knowledgable and attentive. We were a bit surprised at was the atmosphere. The tables were very close together so it would not be a good choice for romance. There are limited tables of two and couples are often seated at the chef' stable. Also it was not as fancy as I would have expected given the high quality of the food. The food definitely outdoes the restaurant, but that being said, I would go again if I am in Toronto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best!
    woodsrupVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Probably one of the best restaurants that I have been to improve Toronto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food is always good but they did not have our reservation even though we booked on open table. They were somewhat rude bout finding us a table without our reservation.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was unnaturally slow
    Sakka
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Been here a few times. Worst service this time. It was slow and the whole meal for 4 people took over 2 and half hours to finish. And generally the staff appeared inattentive tonight. Food was great. The curried shrimp and the desserts were amazing :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience!
    Fifine
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I often come for brunch at Origin but this is my first time having dinner on the patio of Origin. I loved it!!! Great surrounding, great food, very attentive waiters. I am happy Origin is in my neighbourhood!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Luncd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had a great lunch there with clients and they loved it. Loved the décor and the interesting menu. We will all be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch at Origin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Nice patio. Service was top-notch. Food is fantastic but save room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was terrific. Same name as Origin north but there's no comparison. Try the grilled corn if it's available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and tasty
    CeloP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Origin is a lovely restaurant with outdoor space to enjoy dining in fine weather. It's not your typical restaurant offering the usual dishes most would be familiar with. Everything you order is a surprise both in presentation and taste. During our recent short trip to Toronto we visited Origin twice; once for dinner and once for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Babswashere1962
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We were on the patio and it was lovely. Plenty of space between tables.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    JustPablo
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Adrienne was superb. She's a natural and very efficient waitress. Location was great. I will come back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, outstandining service
    evak
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had great time in this restaurant. The staff was very attentive and accommodating to our group which was half vegetarian and half meat eaters. The only downside are the prices which are on the high side. the bill for our group of 5 with one bottle of wine was $400.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.