Splendido's (moderated) Splendour
Splendido is said to have cut back: obviously, the champagne cart no longer runs round the room and, slightly less obviously, there seems to be a somewhat less wide range of dishes than in the unbridled past. But what is offered is very good,,cooked skilfully and presented elegantly. Perhaps the wine list has fewer bottles under $100 than in there used to be past but, for those fortunate enough not to be worried by such a barrier, the range of choice is as wide as ever and very impressive. For most people this is bound to be a restaurant for special occasions but, as long as one bears that in mind, this is a restaurant that does what it set out to do and provides a worthwhile version of "fine dining."
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty food works wonder with wine
The taste of the food is strong enough not to be overcame by the wine, they complement each other well. Without the wine, you may need more bubbly water to dilute the after taste before your next course. Excellent services, timely and friendly. Like a slight twist from the regular food preparation and presentation, but not gone far, it will delight you. If you drive, do plan time to locate a spot..
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time at Splendido and the food was excellent, the service was first class. Would highly recommend it
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was excellent and had creative flair. Without taking anything away from the primary focus of the meal itself, what really struck me as outstanding was the service, starting with a telephone callback to enquire whether our group had food allergies or was celebrating a special event, to the unobstrusive attentiveness through the brunch service and ending with beautifully packaged parting treats. Impressively thoughtful and professional.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still at the top of my list
Still at the top of my list of Toronto's best restaurants. Splendido can rightfully claim it has no equal when it comes to food quality and service.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very friendly staff! Food was great and nice ambience! Would definitely go back for special occasions.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to splendido several
I have been to splendido several times, this was my first for brunch and it did not disappoint. My only cautionary note would be that while the "spread" which accompanies the brunch (charcuterie) is fantastic much of the meat was pork based which was not so great for my guests. In fairness, when they called to confirm the reservation they asked if there were any allergies, I should clarified the dietary restriction
Also I find the Reno/redecorate has left the room very cold
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lived up to expectations
With exception of dessert ,which was disappointing. Dinner lived up to but did exceed expectations. Service silent, patient - perfect. Sea bream - so, so. Fish of the delightful surprise. Veal steak excellent.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delightful dinner - June 2013
Amazing food and amazing service, with just the right level of cool. Unlike many fine-dining establishments, where you leave feeling that the lofty prices were not justified by the meal and service, we felt that Splendido excelled. Of course, dining here is not for the faint of heart (over $300 for a couple with a relatively inexpensive bottle of wine). Definitely worth it!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and amazing staff provide a fantastic night out
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lives up to expectations
We had heard about Splendido and finally decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed, from the attentive and knowledgeable staff, to the mouth watering food, every detail was executed to perfection. As we were heading out to a late night cub gig we were not very swankily dressed and still could not have been treated any better. We will definitely be back!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Splendido never fails to dazzle with some new, unique culinary adventure . This menu's addition was a wonderful
salad with a predominately stilton flavour offset with unusual herbal tones, and a variety of textures. Who would
believe that the quotidian lettuce leaf could be given new powers. The rest of the meal maintained Splendido's usual high
standards. Precisely cooked veal chop, paired well with an Argentinian pinot noir . Chocolate coated Blueberries added
to the mousse at desert. Always worth the price .
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved the spread of croissants, terrine and pate leading up to my perfectly cooked lobster sandwich. The house Caesar (cocktail)was nice and spicy just the way I like it.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my second trip to Spendido and it was as great as the first time! The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The menu is always changing with the seasons and dimply outstanding. Be prepared to drop a pretty penny on the experience but get ready for dining adventure. It's true - you DO get what you pay for!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for adults and
Great place for adults and having great food -- menu is a little limited so not suitable for children - must do for couples who love good food:))
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely a special occasion spot
The menu is creative and the fixed price three course menu for $45.00 is a true bargain. Tables are not on top of each other and the service is attentive and professional, a cut above many other local restaurants. I'm slightly put off by being presented upon sitting with the bar menu. I don't do before dinner drinks and am eager to see the FOOD menu. I'm a little out of sorts that it doesn't match their latest menu on their website. The wine list is impressive, but there's not one reasonably priced red half bottle.
The food looks good and tastes just fine. I'd return anytime.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining! Chef was gracious & offered select amuse bouche! The selection of non alcoholic drinks were seasonally refreshing. The aperitifs were delicious. I highly recommend the frogs legs with garlic foam and swirled avocado starter! The Arctic char was seasoned and cooked to perfection just a slightly small portion but the deconstructed strawberry shortcake was fabulous finish .
The only disappointment was that the hostess failed to inform the sever of the separate cheques important request made upon arrival as some had drinks and other did not so one bill was a disaster and lead to awkward moments. She needs to be a little more diligent and mindful in her duties.
The lovely artisanal gifts a partir sealed a lovely evening.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to Splendido on a Saturday night and had amazing service and one of the top three meals we have ever eaten! Sat at the bar after dinner and had a great time with Karen as she crafted some amazing cocktails. Loved it so much we went back for brunch, which again was phenomenal! The spread of rolls, pate's, meats and jams that came out before our main meal was worth the price of admission... Everything made fresh on premises and even though the price is high, you feel no pain because everything is so worth it. Almost would move to Toronto just so we go to Splendido more often! Enjoy
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My visit was in mid-week as part of a threesome. This is clearly a top-level establishment: superior chef, excellent table service, well-mannered and knowledgeable staff who are appropriately attentive to the requirements of guests; pricey, but classy - good value.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
An excellent retaurant
Even though Splendido has been around forever, this was our first visit.
The amuses bouches were very interesting and full of flavour. My wife had the halibut with roast pork belly while I had the flank steak with corn succotash. The chef took the time to answer my questions on the sous vide cooking process he used on the steak - I often find 'sous vide' meats to be mushy and bland, but not at Splendido! The succotash was particularly sweet and very nicely done - showcasing the best of the local produce this year. The selection of wines by the glass was small and the price a little high, but of very high quality and definitely not uncorked yesterday! With taxes included, at $100 each, plus tip, the meal was reasonable value.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a very pampering restaurant with great attention to detail. Both of us opted for the prix fix menu. Appetizers only included raw fish or meat selections, they happily agreed to substitue another item from the regular menu, an amazing heirloom tomato salad. The sea bass in parchment paper was tastefully enhanced with fennel. The steak was somewhat stringy and tough, disappointing. Desserts were beautifully presented and very tasty, nice touch of lavender.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a really nice place for a special brunch! We were celebrating a family event and it was perfect. They don't rush you at all and it is a really enjoyable experience. It is a lot of food but it is all delicious ( I tried some of everyone's meal!) and there are yummy healthy (egg white omelette was wonderful!) and not so healthy options (decadent french toast) so something for everyone. Definitely not an every week place for brunch but great for something special.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing service and great
Amazing service and great food keeps us coming back. A little pricey but you get what you pay for.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb Service & Scruptuous Food
An excellent dining experience overall! The food is always scruptuous and the service cannot be beat! A memorable experience - you will not be disappointed!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved it!
Visited Toronto from NYC and feel Splendido stacks up against New York's best!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our wedding
We celebrated our wedding anniversary and we both felt that the service and food was among the best we have ever had. Just a wonderful evening.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant in Toronto!
Service was best I've ever had in my life. Was my wife's birthday and they couldn't have made it more special. They even remembered to bring out a dessert with a candle (something I added to the comments of my open table reservation) which I didn't think they'd even read. Food was phenomenal - tasty, fresh, and the presentation was great. Can't say enough great things about this place.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
There was nothing about our
There was nothing about our evening that wasn't perfect from the bar to the food to the servicethis has got to be Toronto's best restaurant.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday celebration meal
We went to Splendido after a long hunt for somewhere special to celebrate the big 3-0. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and not too crowded. The staff were friendly but not overly intrusive, although at a couple of points during the evening i thought they had forgotten us. The food was excellent and came in good time, beautifully presented and tasted amazing. Overall, it was a great evening, the wine list was a tad expensive for my liking and I didn't really understand why I got a stool to put my purse on but it was all part of the experience. Overall, a lovely meal and great for a special occasion.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My fiancé and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary at Splendido on Friday, September 6th, and it was the most fantastic culinary experience that we have ever experienced in Toronto! The staff wonderful, the service impeccable, and the food was beyond delicious and creative. Thank you to the staff at Splendido for making this such a memorable occasion for us!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a fantastic dining experience we had at Splendido! The service is exceptional and welcoming and the room itself is gorgeous. The tables are spaced out nicely and the music is upbeat without being noisy or overbearing. So everything is great and then there's the FOOD! EVERYTHING was delicious and full of several distinct and wonderful flavours, making it an unforgettable dining experience that myself and my girlfriend won't soon forget.
Splendido is not cheap, but it is, without a doubt, worth every penny. I can't recommend this place highly enough!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
best of toronto!
Splendido was the best dining experience I have ever had in Toronto!
Service was top notch.....the staff were perfect. The food was unbelievable We will definitely be coming back!!!!!!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I picked Splendido as the spot to celebrate our 15th Anniversary, and, it was a decision well made!! The level of service and attention would challenge any restaurant that I have experienced anywhere!! That is alot of cities and or countries worldwide. The food is well thought out and the flexibility they provide with accomodating the guest and their menu is impressive.
(my wife is vegetarian.. and was well looked after). I would recommend to anyone to take the chance to experience this gem.
Like many of the finer things in life... It will be on the pricier end of the dining experience but you only get what you pay for! Enjoy!!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'd been to Splendido two times before but never for brunch. The service was outstanding as was the brunch and overall experience. I can't wait to go back.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ranking as a Top 5 restaurant
Ranking as a Top 5 restaurant on Toronto's best restaurants is well deserved.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always wanted to go as I heard a lot of good reviews. The food was amazing and the service was outstanding.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was very attentive
Service was very attentive down to the personalized menu and take home cookies for our special anniversary dinner. Food was very delicious.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated my BDay at Splendido. I had the croque madame and it was the best one I have ever eaten.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated our anniversary
My wife and I had a great dining experience at Splendido. Everything was very good, including the food, people and ambience. I would definitely recommend and come back in the future.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very special place
No other restaurant in Toronto provides such attention to service!! From the moment you walk in, greeted at the door, coats removed , seated at your table with a stand for your purse, you know the evening will be exceptional.
Our food was delicious , hot, and artistically plated. All staff was attentive to any possible need. Timing of courses was perfect to allow us to enjoy our wine.
Just to remind you of your unforgettable meal, you are presented with small boxes of house made cookies to take home!!,
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although the food was excellent the thing that sets splendido apart is their incredibly attentive and well trained service staff. They made the meal enjoyable because it.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was incredible! The food was so flavourful! ( The pasta in a truffle oil was to die for!) Lovely ambience as well. The staff was very accomodating and attentive.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Modern and original flavors
Definitely the most exquisite flavors I've tasted in Toronto. We had the truffle menu along with a couple of appetizers and every bite came with an explosion of original sensations and flavors with bold personality and perfect execution. Service was outstanding as well.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Service in Toronto
Service here is absolutely amazing, food is very good. Chef comes out and makes sure everyone is enjoying food. Great place for special events.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
excellent food, impeccable service
Splendido is an excellent restaurant suitable for any special occasion. My husband and I enjoyed our last fancy dinner out before the birth of our first child and from the moment we stepped inside, we were treated like special guests. The menu is varied, exciting and infinitely customizable. Portions are generous, presentation beautiful and service absolutely outstanding. The prices mean it's not going to become a regular dining spot for us, but for a special occasion it can't be beat.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
outstanding in all areas of
outstanding in all areas of service and food
loved the fall menu and the truffle experience
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a delight. Everything was perfect. We enjoyed the black truffle dinner- pure luxury. We are recommending this place to all our friends that visit Toronto.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food, ambience and service at it's
A friend was taking me for a birthday dinner and it couldn't have been better. The restaurant phoned in advance to confirm the reservation and inquired if it was a special occasion -- nice touch. I had the candied salmon with citrus to start and the pumpkin ravioli for my main. Both were excellent -- complex flavours and perfectly prepared and presented. The wine list, although a bit pricey, had some very good options. And service was friendly and very professional.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic service. Food is
Fantastic service. Food is good although i found it on the heavy side so don't attempt to eat three courses plus dessert. They clearly have good design as i never found it noisy despite all tables occupied.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
EXcellent service from beginning
EXcellent service from beginning to end. Food was amazing, staff were excellent!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM