Rosewater
Rosewater

Rosewater

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.libertygroup.com/rosewater/
  • Phone: (416) 214-5888
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner -Tuesday to Saturday: 5:30pm

    December 1st – 19th
    Lunch – Monday – Friday: 11.30am-2.00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International
  • Executive Chef: Dale Meek
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events: Rosewater Tuesdays & Thursdays - Life After Work. Every Tuesday & Thursday 5pm-8pm. Features + Specials on classic cocktails, draft beers and select wines by the glass or by the bottle.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Adelaide
  • Public Transit: The Rosewater is two short blocks east and one north of King subway station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the street or at several nearby above and below ground parking lots.
A word from Rosewater
Minutes from Toronto's Financial and Theatre districts, the Rosewater offers a fresh and unique dining experience. From the intimate setting of the upper mezzanine level, which overlooks the main dining room, to the self-contained supper club on the lower level, this building lends an air of romance and casual decadence when dining on a fusion of modern classics.
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Rosewater reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (33)romantic (25)fit for foodies (22)good for groups (18)notable wine list (15)vibrant bar scene (9)neighborhood gem (6)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Not special enough for the price
    Food4JimandSofia
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It was a very quiet Saturday evening dining experience at the Rosewater which is perhaps why this big grand dining room felt a bit cold and lonely. I love the architecture of this great building but parts of it, especially the downstairs (washrooms) needs a bit of updating. Appetizers were very small and expensive but quite good (scallops for me and shrimp for my wife). I love lamb but the waiter steered me away from it as "many people return it!" Why is it still on the menu? The steak was very good as were the special potato's. The molten chocolate cake was very poor, came out of a plastic wrapper I thought. I could not recommend this restaurant to friends as there are many better dining experiences for the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thursday After Work
    BebeDollDines
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    It's a busy scene at the bar. We are cattled through a sea of people at the After Work special at the bar to get to the dining room on a Thursday evening. The dining room is busier than expect the host tells me. We are greeted immediately and the Waiter gives us time to wait for the rest of our party. Vito is so kind a humble. Most definitely accommodating. Loved the service. We ordered the full size Seared scallops with risotto, which comes out great to share. (previously it has not been consistent) Meat and cheese board is ok for what it is and the tuna tartar is underwhelming - but beautifully presented the lotus root chips. Overall a great atmosphere on Thursdays is you are seeking great service, fun vibe and a taste of class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our romantic dinner in October
    Meela
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a nice dinner for two on my birthday. It was booked on Friday @ 7:30 pm. Free parking was available just across the restaurant. Quiet environment is what we needed to enjoy conversation and food. With no alcohol we had a very well prepared meal for 100 dollars, including gratitude. Our compliments go to the restaurant's Chef and our waitresses. Well done, indeed! We obviously will go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special dinner
    culinaryseeker
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a nice experience to spend the evening with friends. Food was good, service was great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, service needs improving
    JRoR8s
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I ate at Rosewater on Saturday night. The food was good. The Korean BBQ pork was particularly tasty. For a place that was a little quiet, our waiter was noticeably absent. For example, he filled our water glasses at the beginning.....and end of the meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • cool but horid door man
    felifel
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    He thought my stockings were sweatpants for some reason and almost refused me entry. I think I was targeted bc I wasn't one of thier usual suit and tie clientelle. VERY LOUD bc we went on one of the after work cheap drink days unaware. We wanted to sit in the dining room whic was pretty much empty dispite the packed bar. EXCELENT FOOD!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice & Quiet
    AZHoosier1
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Took a small business group to the Rosewater for dinner... Overall it was perfect. It was not overly croweded, quaint and had a great wine list. It was so good that I took another group of business clients there the very next night. Food was delicious both the first and second time. Would definately go there again my next trip to Toronto.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food, friendly service!
    ktmow
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My friends and I were quite impressed with the roasted hen, the duck and the Korean pork belly. The prosciutto/cheese appetizer was also very lovely. I could tell that heart and care were put into every dish. All of our servers were also very attentive and friendly. We were very pleased with our experience and will be returning to Rosewater soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our dinner. One of the best
    marklenlovestoeat
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We celebrated our 12 years Anniversary. Dinner was good, we had a bottle of wine - turned out to be one of our best date nights. My husband enjoy the sirloin steak. We both enjoyed the appetizer (prosciutto, salami, cheese and etc). Our server was nice to gave me option to taste the wine that would be suited for my liking. We were given free champagne during our dessert. Will definitely come back as we had a great night and awesome dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a class act
    CouponSally
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    On the few times we have been to the Rosewater Supper club, we have never been disappointed. The food and ambiance is top notch and the service is outstanding. Even if we have a coupon or gift card, we are treated like royalty by the serving staff. Sometimes it gets a little loud but that just shows you that everyone there, is having a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not up to par
    JDG3
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our pre-concert dinner at Rosewater was a disappointment both in timeliness of service and quality of food. Seemed they were understaffed and when the food arrived, one of the meals was cold and the lamb entree was poor quality.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We had a lovely evening, definitely will return. We were there on a Thursday evening and the bar was jammed and quite loud but from where we were sitting we were far enough away that we could still carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    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.
  • What a find!!!
    BirdieVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    There were 7 people in our group and from the moment we walked in, we were treated to a superb evening of delicious food and great service. Our waiter was most helpful with recommendations and took care of all of us. A very impressive dining experience. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Restaurant
    hungryhippo
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is the place to go for fine dining. The food, service and ambiance is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing
    Poohsreviews
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As it was my husband's birthday I wanted to take him somewhere special. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out as I had hoped. We started off with salads, my husbands was a beet salad and mine was with mushrooms. When the waiter brought them out, they looked EXACTLY the same, with tons of "spring garden mix" and on the bottom, I found a couple of mushrooms, and on my husbands, also at the bottom, he found a few cut up pieces of beets. His entree was a steak. He asked for it to be medium, it arrived after 25 minutes from when we finished our salads, and it was now medium well. My tuna was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    Mirela91
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The service was excellent. The server we had was very well mannered and he came to our table often to ask if we needed anything else. We came here to celebrate our 5th year anniversary. They even gave us a little dessert plate wishing us a Happy Anniversary which I thought was very thoughtful. I would definitely come here again in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining
    TODinerVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Rosewater is housed in an old building that exudes history and charm. The service was impeccable from the reception to the servers. The food was amazing. The beef was melt in your mouth tender. A great spot for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place for dinner
    Stefan
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Good wines and food, friendly waiters, nice ambiente, we had a pleasant evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If romance, ask for the two person high backed twin couch seats
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sampireVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
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    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The meal, service and overall experience was above my expectations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wonderful dinner. Food was outstanding. Great restaurant to celebrate a special occasion
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lalala99
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was delicious, especially the scallop appetizer - yum! There was very little ambiance in the restaurant though - only 5 other tables during prime time on a Friday night which made it feel slightly depressing. Despite only a few other tables in the restaurant, it took an incredibly long time for our server to come back on the floor after serving our coffee/dessert to check on us so we could get our bill. Food was good, but overall experience was average.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 940 reviews are from the Rosewater reviews archive.
  • suprise
    mandy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Thanks to summerlicious, if not i will never notice this amazing place. Wasn't expecting much but no harm to try with the $20 lunch menu. and OMG, it's suprisingly good, the food that we ordered are so good. Will definitely come back and try the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upstairs at the Rosewater
    Gayle
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    One of my favourite restaurants, I am drawn by both the great food and the lovely surroundings. This time, we were seated upstairs. I will not do that again as it is dim and really set up for groups. As a table of two, we got lost in the shuffle of the wait crew focussing their attention on the bigger groups. Downstairs is much better for smaller tables. Suggest the restaurant reserve upstairs ecxclusively for groups of 6+
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Declined food quality
    Lola
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Service was attentive, albeit slow as they were busy. Good quality declined. The snapper was very fishy and heavily salted to mask the flavour. The hen was too greasy. Dessert was average.
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  • Delightful gem
    alatariel
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It was a pleasure dining at Rosewater. It was my first time at this establishment and my friend and I decided on their summerlicious menu. I ordered the wild mushroom cappuccino which was perfect. The soup was creamy while not too heavy, nicely complementing the flavour of the mushrooms, in other words, quite perfect. For the entree, I chose the grilled spiced hen which certainly did not disappoint. The hen was tender, and every bite afforded a delightful burst of flavour, which was complemented very well by the pea risotto. I had peach crumble to finish my meal. Probably one of the best restaurants I've been to during summerlicious where restaurants are known to not live up to their name. Would definitely come back for their regular menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GR8EAT
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My first time dining at Rosewater was amazing. I had heard many good things so I was hoping for a pleasant experience and was not disappointed. In fact, the meal, the ambiance, the location and the food exceeded my expectations. I would recommend Rosewater to anyone looking to plan a special event, to celebrate a milestone, or for a romantic evening. It truly was wonderful. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu & ambiance!
    CarlyVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I came here for Summerlicious and the menu was great! My steak was cooked perfectly. Delicious peach crumble. The restaurant has a lot of private dining areas it seems and it would be perfect for a party! Looking forward to coming back to try the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable meal
    Jade38VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We went there for Summerlicious and enjoyed our meal. I ordered the Mushroom Cappuccino (a soup), followed by the Spicy Cornish Hen and Peach Crumble. My hubby ordered the Shrimp Appetizer, Grilled Snapper as his Main course, followed by a trio of Sherbet. Both Main Courses were very good and tasty. The soup was lukewarm though which I was not too crazy about. Overall, the meal was very enjoyable and services were very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious not so licious
    kmb1046
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Had previously gone to Rosewater for Winterlicious and the meal was outstanding. Unfortunately Summerlicious was a huge disappointment. The appetizer (shrimp) was incredibly oversalted, almsost to the point of being inedible. It was described as "Passion Fruit Glazed Tiger Shrimp, Asian Vegetable Slaw, Tangerine Dressing" but was actually a few shrimp with stirfried peppers. You couldn't taste the passion fruit or the tangerine, only salt. The entrée (hen) was surprisingly bland and flavourless. The chicken was good but the risotto tasted like something from a frozen TV dinner. The dessert and service were excellent, but overall, the experience was a let down.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Went here for summerlicious and left wanting more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great venue. Decent food
    FoodieL
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Went here for Summerlicious. Service was attentive and personable. Great atmosphere. I liked that they didn't rush you out. Had tiger shrimp starter which was pretty decent but didn't knock my socks off. Steak was pretty tender and delish. My friend's fish was a bit lacking. Dessert (raspberry trifle) was AMAZING. Margarita had too much salt on the rim, my drink tasted like the ocean. Great spot, but not a must-see.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I was disappointed. The Trifle was not up to par.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Summerlicious 2014
    mfec
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Excellent Summerlicious lunch, with very good service. We were accommodated on the mezzanine after we asked for a quieter table - the main floor was very noisy. The starter of torched Woolwich goat cheese with grilled summer vegetable antipasto, basil vinaigrette was particularly lovely.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicioius
    DivaKaren
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I went to the Rosewater for lunch for summerlicious. The service was excellent and the food was nice. However, I was disappointed that the fish I had was a bit rubbery and the dessert (peach crumble) although tasty didn't wow me. It was also very noisey and hard to hear my lunch companion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very nice find!
    SavorThyFood
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We were a group of first-timers and people who dined at Rosewater many years ago, we dined for 2014 Summerlicious lunch. Everyone was pleased with their lunch selections, the food tasted great, portions were generous. The dining room was nicely decorated, the grey high-backed benches were stunning. Wait staff was friendly and accomodating. We would return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for dates
    Torontofoodie
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I came to know this restaurant through summerlicious. Been here 3 times and was never disappointed! The atmosphere is perfect for a special romantic date or a one on one date with a girlfriend. The service is top notch, from the time you step into the door you are instantly greeted and have your coat checked in if wearing one. Once seated you are brought over a bread platter with whipped butter and infused olive oil, then recommend some drinks. When the meal arrives, they explain it to you in such a way it gets you excited to eat (the food is always beautifully plated and the taste NEVER disappointed me yet!). During the meal my server never failed to come by to ask how the dish is! You feel welcomed and leave satisfied!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Setting
    Girlsnightout
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    we thourougly enjoyed the Summerlicious menu, lots of great choices and it was all very tasty. well done and we will definately return for another occassion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Westiemom
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was my first visit to Rosewater, for Summerlicious. The ambiance was lovely but the food and service was a disappointment. The starter, Truffle Taleggio Croquette was o.k., but the entree, B.C. Snapper was rubbery and the skin could not be removed...it appear that it had been made ahead and then reheated. The service was very slow and the restaurant was not overly busy, Rosewater was a total disappointment.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate