Fantastic dinner experience,
Fantastic dinner experience, don't miss this restaurant!!
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the moment we sat down on the patio we knew it was going to be a great night out. The food, the staff and the service were excellent.
I look forward to going back to Origin the next time we are in the city.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Business associates were visiting from Atlanta and we took them to Origin for dinner. everything about the experience was positive. Great food, (oysters were awesome and two different varieties of the mozzarella) fabulous wine, attentive and fun server, great ambiance. I will definitely go again and would recommend it to friends!
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Found out about this from an acquaintance of mine. Online reviews were so so but one suggested that if you are dining alone, chose a seat at the bar which I did. I found that a very entertaining way to watch and engage with other patrons. The bar staff were attentive and provided excellent suggestions for food choices.
The raw cheese bar selection was okay. Can't recall what i had. So it wasn't very memorable. But the duck was exquisite! All the food comes tapas style so ideal if you want to sample. the Dulce leche dessert was devine.
I would definitely go back and highly recommend this little gem
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great dinner @ Origin. Would recommend, love tappas and variety of dishes. Delish!!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious as always
For the first time, we couldn't finish our meal! The culprit was the Beet Salad which was absolutely delicious but very substantial. I will definitely have the Beet Salad again but will adjust the ordering accordingly.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A foodie adventure
The menu is fusion tapas and is very eclectic with a twist. I really enjoyed the Bufala mozzarella with confit tomato, basil and the preserved lemon gave a subtle twist. The beef tenderloin sizzling hot plate with spiced squash,bok choy, miso butter and ponzu was moist, tender and remarkably flavourful. The dessert, glazed banana with vanilla custard, hazelnut cereal and chocolate sorbet, would be something I would go back for. The service staff was quite attentive. We sat at the bar and if you are a curious foodie, that might be a good place to sit and observe. Enjoy!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to Origin many times, and have always wanted to try their brunch. I was not disappointed! Myself and my two dining partners all ordered a different dish. I had the shredded pork with crispy eggs, soy and ginger... It was even more amazing than I could have possibly imagined. The flavours are still singing in my mouth two days later. OMG. I saw many other brunches come out, and they all looked beautiful and interesting.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious as usual
Great food, great for sharing, everything is delicious
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try it All!
go with a group so you can try a little bit of everything - its a collection of all the foods you love from around the world, prepared a little different but so delicious.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service
Great food, great service - eating outside is a bonus on their lovely patio.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food but not well paced
Since there were 9 of us, we are required to have a tasting tour so we opted for the Deluxe menu. There was an Asian menu option but our menu was primarily Asian inspired anyway. The truffle popcorn, salted sugar snaps, ceviche and tuna were all terrific. But then, things got a little one note. The salads were all the same vinegar/pickling composition and I really wanted something more. Alone, these salads would have been amazing, just not over three consecutive courses. The duck wrap was almost inedible as the duck was really salty and the wrap was a dry tortilla. LOVED the steak and the desserts but by that time, we were so full! At Colborne Lane, the gastronomic journey was composed and thoughtful. I wish this was the case here.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Feelin' all inclusive
Nice spot for a casual summer patio evening to relax after work. We had reservations and were seated under the patio canopy.
The seating is not squeezed together sardine-ish so that you can carry on a conversation without yelling and avoid overhearing the details your neighbours'. Service is attentive but not overbearing without the sense of being processed, pushed out. Suggestions were appreciated and we didn't experience the aloofness that other web customer reviews reported. Tapas portions are just right for 2 on a desire for a light meal without the heaviness. Recommend the Japanese style tuna salad and Chinois duck if you like fowl for mains. Had an enjoyable weekday evening dinner.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was disappointing!
The food was delicous but service left a lot to be desired.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice diverse menu, equally
Nice diverse menu, equally friendly to carnivores and ovo-lacto-vegetarians as well as having the BEST Manhattan in Toronto.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
I will definitley eat there
I will definitley eat there again! It was amazing!!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
the presentation of each plate was exquisite and the flavors were excellent
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great night out at Origin!
I've always been a huge fan of Claudio and Origin since it first opened a few years back. They brought back the Miso Cod which is one of my all time favourites. Food is always fantastic, our server was lovely and had great recommendations on wine and which dishes to try. My only con is to say that the music was a bit too loud and it was hard to hear the person sitting across from me. Other than that it was fabulous and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a nice night out!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great night
Our family arrived for an early meal before the theatre. The regular waiters weren't yet flying around so the bartender was our host, and he has superb. He really put a special effort out to make new fruit drinks for the kids and was a wonderful host for mom and dad. We have been at this Origins before, but for later seatings, when it is NOT kid friendly and that's what we liked about it. But if you go early enough, before the crowds, the staff and food were exceptional. We'll be back again ... same goes for Origins Gun Factory.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything is amazing!
From the amazing food to the outstanding service (ask for Morgan!), Origin hit it out of the park. The menu is filled with signature items that will keep you cominng back for more... The service was outstanding - attentive, consistent...
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Origin never disappoints.
Origin never disappoints. Go with a group in order to try lots of different dishes. Be sure to try the Spanish fries and the duck tacos!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and I discovered Origin a few years ago, and have loved it ever since. We were having a family gathering and suggested our favourite restaurant as an option. And again Origin delivered. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. We had a great time and Origin enhanced that beautifully. Thanks!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabolous food... as always
I returned to Origin restaurant last week after not having been there for a few months. The food was fantastic and the service was attentive and friendly. It is a busy place and some would surely complain that the noise level is high. This is true, no doubt, but it is a great place for a lively evening, excellent drinks, a good wine list, and tasty food with flavors from around the globe. I've been there many times in the past and will surely return.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
stumbled across this gem of a restaurant on a 24 hr layover in Toronto 1.5 yrs ago & went back again last week on another layover. wow... still amazing. worth every penny. chefs , servers etc are all top notch. best food We've had this year!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night with friends. Ordered bit by bit - food kept coming and was amazing.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Arguably the best dinner EVER
We try and get out to try new restaurants often and Origin is the best find in years. The service was incredible and the food is absolutely unbelievable.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Booked the reservation and
Booked the reservation and was running late. We were going to TIFF and the restaurant understood and accomodated our tardiness and tight schedule. My wife did all the ordering (4 people) so food just kept coming!!! It was awesome!! Duck Taco's are a must!!! Team of servers were very friendly
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food but way too expensive
Food was above average to good but the bill for 2 people was about $160 all included. We had to send back out lattes because they were not hot enough and they came back luke warm :(
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing and the place had a great ambience. Service was also good. We were there for our friend's birthday and they gave her a candle to blow on. Overall it was a wonderful experience--except for the music which was a bit too loud (we had to yell at each other otherwise we couldn't hear what the other was saying)!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Big fan of Origin. Food is creative and well prepared. Servers were fun.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Maybe it was because we were all very hungry, but I found the good to be exceptional!! everything was incredibly flavourful and just delicious - each dish was a great gastronomic surpirse, compliments to the chef(s).
looking forward to my return visit!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food!!!!! Get the
Amazing food!!!!! Get the tuna hand roll and the scallops. The chicken is amazing too and I don't even like chicken!! Very spicy and flavorful. Beautiful decor and good service. Only thing I didn't like was that they started windexing our table while we were still sitting down. A bit rude. Otherwise loved it!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place
I've been here 4 or 5 times now and every time I love it even more. I tried the duck on the soft taco shells this time and they were SO good! The beet salad was excellent and the mozzarella bar is always a must when I go. I highly recommend this place. Food is delicious!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant was busy but not too full. The wait staff was friendly and very accommodating. They do not have iced tea on the menu, but they brewed it fresh and chilled it for me. Great service. Definitely a place to go back to. Try the defiled eggs!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Toronto Hot Spot
Went here with my wife because I was told this was the "Toronto" thing to do by the concierge in our hotel. While it did not turn out to be a romantic dinner, it was vibrant and the food was very good. No regrets! I would definitely go back next time I'm in town.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
You can see the detail the chefs put into the food
It's really not tapas portions. Quite larger in my opinion.
The waitress should have mentioned this as it was excessive the amount we ordered based on her suggestion.
Was nice to try lots of stuff but unnecessarily over indulged
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience
Went there for a work lunch and it was great. Food tasted exceptional and service was above average (Had the lobster sandwich with the Spanish fries). Would highly recommend it to friends and colleagues.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service reminded me of a New
Service reminded me of a New York restaurant. Staff were happy to see you, knowledgeable, understood how to make a respectful recommendation, flexible and very hip. Menu was interesting and the food was impressive. Would go back in a heartbeat.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I think I had high expectations for Origins, so I was underwhelmed when I sampled the dishes that friends had recommended. The deviled eggs that most of us ate were over-salted. Only the last two eggs were fine, but nothing to write home about. The truffled popcorn tasted mostly of butter, but not worth the asking price. The crispy calamari was good, and so was the chicken tostada. The music in the restaurant was quite loud, almost as loud as a night club, so it was difficult to talk to your group. Song choices were similar to that of a night club as well. Servers were friendly, professional and attentive.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious food, interesting gourmet twists on some classics, amazing coffee. a little pricey but worth it for a different brunch experience
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Missing the dessert
Love this restaurant, and the Origin in Liberty Village location, though we started coming to this one specifically because of the dessert (caramelized banana with chocolate cereal). Sadly, this was removed from the menu. PLEASE bring it back!
All other dishes were wonderful! Personal Favorites are the devilled eggs, Bufala Mozz with preserved lemon and Spanish Fries.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed every single morsel!! Will definitely be going back... often.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for client lunches
I liked everything about the food- but I thought the appetizers were lacking. As a table, we all ordered the special. None of the appetizers complemented our food choice.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A friend and I came to Origin for a late meal after work on a Monday, so it was naturally quieter than usual since it was past the usual dinner rush. It was our first time here- the food was great and a nice meld of cultures. We sat next to the chefs in the middle of the restaurant, which kept things fun.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best selection of brunch items
Best selection of brunch items I've seen in the city. And each one we tried was a stand out.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Go for it!
Good fusion between cooked and raw dishes on the menu, which are kind of hard to find usually. Usually there's amazing contemporary music that essentially goes very well with the ambience, decor and staff of the restaurant. It's a cool place for sure. One of our top favorites in Toronto!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Walked by this restaurant for a long time before venturing, it always seemed so busy. In the last two weeks dined there twice. Sundays are a little more cozy than during the week. I have to admit it's a bit noisy during the week but still fun. The food is fun and tasty. Great place to share a number of dishes and savor. I highly recommend this place and it's a nice place to cathedral gaze.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still a great destination
It's been a couple of years since we've been here, but it's great to see Origin hasn't lost the ability to deliver a great meal. Food was again fantastic, and service was great. Will happily go back again.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The chef, the chef!
I used to be a fan of Colbourne Lane. Now I am a fan of Origin. Food is delicious, imaginative flavours. Restaurant ambiance is great. Looks like a great outdoor terrace in fairer weather.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent for brunch with
Excellent for brunch with a wide array of sweet and savoury options. Impressive presentation and wonderful execution of dishes. Highly recommended.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM