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

Spice Route Asian Bistro & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spiceroute.ca/
  • Phone: 4168491808
  • 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
Spice Route Asian Bistro & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (69)special occasion (53)great for outdoor dining (46)hot spot (45)romantic (42)vibrant bar scene (38)late-night find (33)fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (20)scenic view (7)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • wonderful
    stylishandtasty
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The manager Tom went out of his way to accommodate us as it was our anniversary. We had a great night. thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday Celebration
    MineolaGals
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I highly recommend this restaurant, it was fun, great outdoor patio atmosphere. We were 5 well travelled women, who enjoy cooking and when it comes to dining out, it better be good. Everything we ordered, from sushi to noodles was delicious. The server, Victoria, had unbelievable high energy, talkative, explained what could be had on the drink and food menu...and the best part was, we got there just before happy hour ended. A selection of mixed drinks and wine, along with a variety of sushi was definitely on the happy hour price list which ended at 8 pm. We all enjoyed ourselves and definitely would like to return on a regular basis,even though we live in Port Credit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avoid the food.
    Explorer
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Intrestind decor but food which was not even on par with a microwave dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Experience
    exoticbeauty
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Spice Route has a great ambiance, beautiful inside. However I was quite disappointed due to a few reasons: I was going to be charged $3 per plate EXTRA to cut a cake I had brought from home (never had to do that at any other restaurant Ive dined at, what a rip off!) I ended up cutting the darn thing in a PARKING LOT! HOW CLASSY! - It was ridiculously hot in the area where I had my dinner party. I would say if you're looking for somewhere that has a pretty great view check it out other than that.. not worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow Server vs Fast Cook
    HinbyeVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We sat down at the table and has to wait for 15 mins before our server came to bring us the water. Then she came back another 15 mins. to take our order but the foods came out pretty fast --- doesn't matter if they are appetizers or main courses, they all came out at the same time once it is cooked. So if the chef's speed is faster than the eating speed of the customers, you could end up all three courses on the table at the same time! Only 1 woman's washroom's door could be locked!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    foodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Spice route was a positive experience. The service was good and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Lilbob
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Nice restaurant with excellent food. Great dishes for sharing. Was hoping to dine outside but weather was a little cold, will go back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Someplace special
    GastroGnomes
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thursdays at Spice Route
    Jessicalovesfood
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Staff!
    Fp06
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was top notch!
    ughtoomanyrules
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dining experience
    Phoenix49
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out with family
    Huangteam
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best dining experience
    disappointed
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • IF YOU ARE ON A DIET!
    IMPECCABLE
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing place!
    peariwinkle
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot for summer evening meal
    Fairreviews
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints!
    Luluz2
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sampireVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    Siva
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank You
    Special
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    These guys were friendly, made great suggestion, service was timely and effective.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the food, not the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very trendy restaurant with great food and great service. Server was awesome and suggested sharing bigger plates (thank goodness because the portions were huge)
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Summerlicious Find
    LadiesLoveSummerlicious
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer Weekend Find
    good4eats
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Superb ambience and open-air relaxation on a summer weekend in Toronto. Summerlicious fare was enjoyable and service A1.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful place but way too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful decor
    VanessaVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Summerlicious, Meh.
    nhs87
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bonnie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere!
    SheEats
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    s2ml
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, awful service
    Mlop
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Beautiful place but the bill will come to your table before you finish eating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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    Dined on 6/7/2014
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    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Asian Fusion
    BlvnFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was above average but nothing special, ambiance is the high point. Service left something to work on.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good evening
    bevi
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We enjoyed the food and the ambience. Very pleasant staff and good service. Reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Most amazing evening
    SMARTBOY
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Return diner, disappointing visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's more about the looks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic