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Spice Route Asian Bistro & Bar
Spice Route Asian Bistro & Bar

Spice Route Asian Bistro & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spiceroute.ca
  • Phone: (416) 849-1808
  • Hours of Operation: Monday: CLOSED
    Tuesday: 4:30 – 1:00am
    Wednesday: 4:30 – 1:00am
    Thursday: 4:00 – 2:00am
    Friday: 4:30 – 2:00am
    Saturday: 5:00 – 2:00am
    Sunday: 5:00 – 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Executive Chef: Sam Chao
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Fusing celebrated classic Asian dishes with a trendy urban atmosphere, Spice Route's resident DJs mix hypnotic sounds of deep, funky, electro disco and house.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: King and Spadina
  • Public Transit: Spadina Streetcar at King St West.
    or King West Streetcar at Brant St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet parking on weekends.
    Street parking during specified times.
    Five parking lots within 3 block radius.
A word from Spice Route Asian Bistro & Bar
Impressive in scope, marvelously detailed, laced with drama; the Spice Route pays homage to a phenomenon shrouded in mystery.

The experience at Spice Route is sheer bliss. From the moment one enters, the design is relaxing and indulging. The mixture of eclectic Asian decor, mesmerizing music, and distinctive cuisine is the soul of this spot.

Rare and immediately captivating, yet subdued in style; meticulous in service yet unpretentious; refined in its culinary approach while offering something to satisfy everyone.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Wanted someplace special for an anniversary dinner and Spice Route fit the bill. Service was excellent, as was the food and the portions were just right. Thanks for a special evening!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Spice Route is one of my favorite restaurants in Toronto - beautiful space (indoor and out! the patio - gorgeous!), fantastic food, fun and energetic vibe... it's great! Although it can be quite pricey. My girlfriends and I go on THURSDAYS - their delicious sushi is $1 for a piece or $4-6 for rolls. The Red Hot roll is TO DIE FOR! Also their spiked tea is delicious and very unique, I would highly recommend trying their hot ones or their new Lemonade one for summer."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "One of the few places around the downtown area where the staff always had a smile on their face. Food being great only made it better. Definitely coming back!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Cool enough place, and they know how to mix a drink. Food was tasty, with ample sized portions. What I realized just as I was leaving was that the service was sublime. Our server, Danny, was friendly and knowledgeable - without being over the top, totally unobtrusive, yet seemingly always there just as I realized I needed something. THAT'S SERVICE."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I went to Spice Route for dinner after a recommendation based on the atmosphere and experience, and I was not disappointed. The decor is impressive, the staff were very hospitable and the food options are many. The food ordered by our group was enjoyed by all. Lastly our group of 9 was easily accommodated in one of the many large booths. I definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food, service and bistro was a big hit. We all enjoyed the evening. Thanks to our server Joseph who made sure we were attended to with all our request! Kodos to Joseph!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food was horrible. The service was subpar. The only thing that caught my interest was maybe the interior of the place. But, that wasn't even sufficient enough to make up for the food. Mind you, the "asian" cuisine they serve here are not authentic; they serve fusion dishes that combine a mix of Asian and American. As such, their food did not appeal to me and I felt like I would rather go to a Chinese take-out place than go here. Also, I felt the dishes were too overpriced for their quality, which really made me upset, as I had high expectations when I first came in. Even the service wasn't that great, as I had to constantly ask the waitress to come over and attend our needs... Overall, I don't want to go back here again."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Good presentation but barely a full meal. Sticky rice was hard despite telling server; dessert made of deep fried glutinous rice disguised as "Tempura Banana" dessert, artery blockage! Again, mentioned to server, but ignored to offer a different choice!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Spice Route and I absolutely loved it! The indoor decor was marvelous and I couldn't stop simply admiring it! The food was also delicious and the staff was very attentive and friendly. Everything was reasonably priced as well. I would definitely recommend to everyone!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Spice Route has great ambience. Very large and airy venue the patio outdoor dining is fun. The service was not as stellar as I would have liked no suggestions, no excitement on the part of the staff just doing their job."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant on numerous occasions and it never disappoints. Just recently went for a summerlicious dinner and definitely worth the amazing price! Great ambiance, food and service.. strongly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I went here for summerlicious. We waited an hour and a half for our appetizer, our main was thirty minutes and same with our dessert. Our waiter was not busy as the restaurant was quite and the food did not make up for the lack of service. The steak was over cooked and too chewy."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I came for my 4th year wedding anniversary. I was not asked if I would like a second drink, the waitress mostly forgot us except when I tried to make eye contact with her. She also forgot about my dessert completely. There were two other groups who came after us and left before because their food arrived on time. Overall a very unpleasant experience because I wanted to ask if my noodles were vegetarian, I strongly suspected fish sauce. However, since she barely came around I ended up not eating it and giving it to my husband. Would strongly recommend the waitress check in and make sure she gets the order correctly. Instead of apologizing 45 minutes later."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "These guys were friendly, made great suggestion, service was timely and effective."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Excellent food; we went for Summerlicious. Although we ate inside, the patio looked inviting also. The restaurant also has great ambience and decor; the only problem is that service is quite slow and we kept wondering if the wait staff had forgotten about us..."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Very trendy restaurant with great food and great service. Server was awesome and suggested sharing bigger plates (thank goodness because the portions were huge)"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "There were four of us ladies in the party. We all did Summerlicious. The food was great. The portion size was perfect. The price was reasonable. The service was great. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Superb ambience and open-air relaxation on a summer weekend in Toronto. Summerlicious fare was enjoyable and service A1."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I went with my Husband on a Friday night for the summerlicious deal. Portions were really small and as the night progressed the music got so loud, I couldn't even speak to my Husband who was sitting next to me! I usually love this place for the food and ambience, but would never recommend summerlicious deal!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I've been to spice route on a few occasions for drinks and have always enjoyed the causal upscale atmosphere. The decor is beautiful and original, you must visit the washrooms at spice route! The food is Asian fusion, its tasty and presented well. Service was a bit slow when we dined at spice route however our waitress did apologize for the slow service and explained the restaurant was busy due to summerlicious and two major concerts in the city that night. Would recommend this restaurant to foodies and couples looking to spice up their date night."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Five of us went to Spice Route for Summerlicious as none of us had eaten there before but had heard good things. The busboys kept forgetting to clear our table, so the manager had to come and do so at least twice. Once the busboy saw this and came running over - he started to clear cutlery but the manager told him not to so he put the cutlery (which had already been put on a presumably dirty tray) back on the table without offering a new set. The food left much to be desired - Vegetarian Singapore Noodles had no veggies, they didnt ask how to cook my steak and the salmon didnt taste like anything. The dessert was fine, but overall I'm not in a rush to go back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "From the moment we entered the restaurant we were impressed. It was as if we had entered a whole new world. The ambience, the food, the service were exceptional. The food portions were large and great for sharing. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We came with friends for a Summerlicious dinner. Enjoyed the decor and the ambience - lovely and interesting setting. However, the food was adequate, but not memorable. Portions especially for the main course were rather small (we had lemon chicken and the salmon). Desert and appetizer portions were good. Food lacked flavour."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Went here for the first time with a group 0f 6. Food was great, good crowd. The only bad thing was our table was very small for a group of 6(we had reso). We felt like we were squished at a 4 person table. There was a small table for 2 empty beside us all night. Would have appreciated if they had pulled that over to give us more room... but first time experience overall was great. I would visit this place again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was spectacular, and the service was impeccable. The decor of the restaurant (and even the washrooms!) are gorgeous. The location was close to pretty much everything. Loved it, will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Beautiful place but the bill will come to your table before you finish eating."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
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    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was above average but nothing special, ambiance is the high point. Service left something to work on."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Went on a Thursday when it was dollar sushi, which proved to be a good value. Cool ambiance, bathrooms are also great. Sangria was good, but felt like there barley taste any alcohol even after agreeing to add an extra vodka shot."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and the ambience. Very pleasant staff and good service. Reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "There was 4 in our party 3 of us had never been including myself, heard over whelming comments about the restaurant and i must say that I was more impress upon arrival. We had a late reservation which could have been a dissater, but we wre welcomed as if it was the beginning of the evening. The food was beauitful presented mined you i found the table to be to small for four, the wait staff was fun and accommediating and to top it off someone that looked like senior management came over as we were leaving to make sure everything was to our liking. Neither one of us could fine anything wrong not that we were looking. Loved the place and will be back..."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I've dined at Spice Route a few times now. It's one of my favorite spots to visit when I'm in town. After raving about my last experiences, my friends wanted to try it. The food was cold, the server was absent, dishes we ordered were never brought to the table. We had to track down our server to inquire about our last course as it took quite a long time. I'm hoping this was a fluke because I've always enjoyed dining there. My three friends who were all first time diners said they would not go back."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This place has excellent decor that is enough to make you stop and stare at all the interesting decor. It doesn't take long to realize that if you value your hearing, you won't want to be here too long as despite it being a dinner place (at the time, i heard it turns into a dance place?) they have the music at near "club" volume. The service and everything was fair but the food isn't that good... I'm more impressed by mandarin to be honest. I had the pad thai and it was over the top sour as if someone had spilled a bit too much vinegar. It's nothing special really, I wouldn't go again, it's fine to try it once but the pickle barrel does way better food if mandarin is not your choice."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The drinks and atmosphere at spice route were amazing. However, the food was very disappointing. Although our appetizers were good the main dishes were not flavourful at all. In fact the vegetarian Thai curry had zero flavour and the sauce was gelatinous- a horrible texture. I would only come back to spice route for drinks and appetizers but not for the main course. The wait staff were all very friendly and helpful and the atmosphere again was absolutely gorgeous. I would work on the menu to make it more authentic or just more flavorful."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The atmosphere was good for a bar scene but if you want to go for dinner after a show I do not recommend as the music was so load that we couldn't have a conversation. The sushi rolls were good but the mains dishes not so much. We had kung poa chicken which was way too sweet and not good at all and the Cantonese chow mein which was also horrible that a sauce that was slimy and tasteless. I will not be returning for the food that's for sure. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My friend and I sat on the lovely patio at Spice Route, and enjoyed dragon rolls, dim sum platter, and seafood chowmein before hitting the theatre (Royal Alex). Great experience - ambience, service, and food. Definitely a destination place near the Entertainment district. Sophisticated yet relaxed. Not too crowded, just perfect."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The food that we received was very flavorful. We were slightly disappointed with the server. He forget one of the dishes we ordered and our table had to ask at least 3x before we got it. By the time we got the kimchi rice ,we had already eaten all of our sides and had no meat left to enjoy it. Overall great decor and ambiance."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I recently had my birthday dinner here, it was great! I had a small party of about 6 people. The food was awesome everyone enjoyed every dish that came out. It was Sunday so everyone par took in the all you can eat Asian food. I have a severe gluten allergy and they were very accommodating to that and brought me a gluten free menu and also told me which dishes that came out were safe for me to eat. I had a wonderful dining experience and my guests really enjoyed themselves. The services for drinks was a bit slow but it was understandable because the place was busy and it is quite big. I would highly recommend this place and will be returning! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We came here on a Sunday while they have a $24 all you can eat special, what an amazing deal. It was not a buffet, you ordered off a menu that had something for everyone. We loved everything we ordered, will definitely be going back again for this!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food was good and what I have come to expect from Spice Route. The drinks are always amazing. Unfortunately the service was slow this time around. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014