Splendido
Splendido

Splendido

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.splendido.ca/
  • Phone: (416) 929-7788
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Brunch: Sunday: 11am - 2pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, European, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Victor Barry
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Splendido offers off-site catering for weddings, private dinners, cocktail parties and corporate functions.
  • Special Events: In our main dining room, we are able to accommodate groups as large as 100 people for business and private sit down dinners. We are a great venue for wedding receptions. We are also able to host 100+ people for cocktail receptions.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spadina
  • Public Transit: Bloor and Spadina
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Splendido
Masters of both traditional and modernist techniques with great attention to presentation as well as connoisseurs of locally sourced produce, Splendido’s kitchen brigade joins a knowledgeable and efficient service team to bring you some of the best dining in the city. Under the guidance of owner Chef Victor Barry and General Manager Jeffrey Graves, Splendido consistently ranks as one of Toronto’s most sought-after dining destinations. We do not accept web reservations for parties of 5 or larger. For more information on Splendido, please visit www.splendido.ca.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Splendido reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)special occasion (38)romantic (23)notable wine list (17)neighborhood gem (10)great for brunch (7)good for groups (3)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Very un-Toronto Experience (which is a good thing)
    Jinny
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Let's say we was tired of paying $250 for a meal with non-chalant hipster service, decor and ambience. We decided to try Splendido for the experience, we just hoped it would be a pleasant outing with great food and attentive, warm service. We chose the tasting menu and there were certain dishes which were outstanding. There's a fine art to serving a $500 meal with a certain professional level of service without it being too formal and pretentious. Splendido does it well. Food is well presented, orignial and carefully prepared. Staff are informed and attentive. The chef was very relaxed and served many of the courses himself with great pride - which was nice and refreshing to see and made the experience very personal. They recognize from the beginning that's its an indulgent and expensive evening for most people and treat it accordingly with humble graciousness and special treatment for all clients (repeat or otherwise). There was not a typical corporate type of Toronto dining experience that is so common these days, you definitely didn't feel like a commodity and it was wonderful. Would definitely return and recommned to all
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Asian elements
    Ahgwor
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I paid $150 for tasting menu, at least 6 of them came as a bite size piece of sashimi or cooked fish, used soya sauce, black bean paste, ginger...etc. these are too common ingredients in asian cuisin. main dishes are roasted carrot, mint sauce potatoes, bite size pigeon, mushroom...none of them are hot,they were nearly warm to cold when served. Excellent service, but took us 3hours to finish all course and had to wait nearly one hour betwn last desert was served till we get the bill. Food not surprisingly great for the value we paid. Paying $150 for Kaji omakaze I am sure getting much better quality of fishes here, and fushion with Origin taste better with surprises.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creativity Mastered
    Elle
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Splendido has always been on my hit list - but with an atmosphere that tends to dictate a `'special`' occasion, I have always pushed it off. Just recently dining there, I finally discovered what I was missing all this time in Toronto. The dishes were creative and elegant with a depth of flavours that almost left you disappointed when you finished the dish. With the hip-wanna be "foodie' restaurants overtaking the city with attempts to do something special - and do it well - Splendido reminds you of what great cooking taste like! Their execution was flawless…scallop infused popcorn!? brilliant and so tasty. I walked away with a renewed faith in toronto Chefs and their artistry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For splurging and bragging rights
    BrokeButHappy
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My date and I went to Splendido on Halloween at night for dinner. We ordered the 14 course tasting menu for $150 per person without caviar, truffles, or wine pairings. The portions were the size you'd expect out of a tasting menu; 2-5 bites (some were more plentiful). The ambience was classy and upscale with a menu to match. All in all, it was a fabulous experience! I would probably come back after I immerse myself more fully into foods to better understand and appreciate the ingredients used in the dishes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Culinary Gem
    Adam
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My lady and I just went for the 12 course tasting for our 5 year anniversary. Had an outstanding dinner, and the service was impeccable. a 3 hour ordeal beautifully timed. Definitely the best restaurant all around if your looking for the 5* experience. Our experience comes from tasting menu's and wine dinners at all the top restaurants in North America from Montreal, NY to Yountville. This place is definitely a Must. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place
    Alwaysdiningout
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Worth every cent spent! The 12 course tasting menu is totally original and provides a whole evening of dining and culinary adventure. We were there from 7pm to 11pm. Wonderful relaxed and friendly staff, all very experienced and the Chef/owner, Victor Barry takes time at the front of the house to chat with diners. Hip fine dining at its best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GTA fine dining at its best
    TheCharles1688
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Amongst the best in Canada, Chef Victor's cuisine is imaginative and often spectacular. Tasting menu option featuring perfectly executed food were visually appealing, possessing great taste, harmony and lovely textural interplay. Service was friendly, attentive and professional. Chef venturing into dining room to greet patrons and exchange pleasantries is a warm and nice touch. Definitely worthy of Michelin stars if ever they come to town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It was a wonderful experience. We were also happy to receive some souvenirs.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food.
    True
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Better than expected. Food and service are very good. Place has a modern look with class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adelina
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Splendido was amazing. My family went for my hubby's b-day and the fixed menu for brunch was fantastic. The restaurant itself has a great cozy and chic feel to it, and the service was impeccable. The food was fresher than fresh and prepared with attention to detail and taste. The topped of the bruch with a b-day candle and card for the b-day boy! Definitely check this place out!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too cute, too expensive
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Not listing the dishes on the 5-course or 24-course menu is snobbish. Too many of the dishes were hickory-smoked or had sweet sauces. The sweetbreads with foam were far more complicated than tasty. Not telling customers about the cost of the paired wines or of the truffle shavings ($40 per person??!!) is rather devious. Altogether, too cute and too expensive for its own good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LinnyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The dining experience was outstanding. The Menu of 9 courses was absolutely delicious ( maybe next time we will try the 15 course Tasting Menu) From beginning to end the food and service was outstanding. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone who considers themselves a "foodie". You cant get any better than this anywhere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • without peer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Spectacular meal and wonderful service. Well worth the splurge for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic evening
    Dakota007
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Four of us did the tasting menu! Outstanding flavours & service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food is very creative but the taste is not good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Splendido is Splendid!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I don't ever fill these reviews out, but my wife and I both agreed that this was one of the best, if not the best, meal we have ever had. We have eaten at a lot of the best restaurants Toronto has to offer and this is definitely top tier. From the service, to the ambience, to the scent of the burning lumber coming from the kitchen...wonderful. Above all, every course is perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Smiling
    SimpleGuy
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It's been 2 days since my g/f and I had our anniversary dinner at Splendido and I can say we are both still smiling about our dining experience. We shared one of each of the Menu (smaller) and Tasting (larger) course menus. I can say that each had it's on unique touch in terms of taste and presentation. I've tried quite a few nicer restaurants in the city and although many have been good, none really have left this sort of impression. The service was great and they took the time to explain each dish and answer any questions we had, yet gave us enough privacy to enjoy our special occasion. I would highly recommend Spendido to those looking a celebrate a special occasion or just looking for really good food. Plan to visit again very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A delight!
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The tasting menu was a delicious gastronomic journey. Well choreographed and presented. The wine pairing complimented the food. Excellent service. Highly recommended.
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  • Lives up to the hype
    Brittany
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    After hearing rave reviews about Splendido since I moved to Toronto, I finally tried it out. Everything was perfect about my dining experience. We tried The Menu instead of the tasting, simply because we were having a later dinner and didn't have enough time for 18 courses. Each one was better than the last. Even my date, who is a much less adventurous eater than I am and was a bit wary of not ordering specific courses, loved every course. I specifically must rave about the service. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and inviting. She had the confidence to direct us with sureness through the menu options and wine list, and made us very comfortable. It's the best fine dining service i have had in Toronto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty Surprise
    Jodi
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Having enjoyed the dinner menu on numerous occasions, we were surprised by the recent tasting menu format not mentioned or advertised. There are tasting menus and then there are menus where chefs strive and succeed. Chef here brought it to the maximum, sending out robust appetizers, starters which entertained the eyes, nose and palate, followed by successful mid-course and final filet grilled to perfection. Only disappointment was carrot medley intermezzo. Unexpected menu successfully executed and exceptionally served with grace and attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place for engagement
    FoodieAtYorkvilleVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My fiancé said he should have chosen this place to propose. Instead, we were there celebrating our engagement. I don't care where he proposed as long as it is him :) Very good food, careful preparation. You can taste the long preparation from the food! You'll know what I mean when you sit there with all the delicious dishes. I love the oyster with smashed potato and caviar most!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Menu or Tasting
    kidfree6
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were a little confused when they asked us if we wanted to see a menu and more confused when they provided one. There is no actual menu, it a choice between 2 dinners, a smaller tasting menu (called Menu) or a larger one (called Tasting). The menu itself is set. The food was delicious and we were definitely full. Service was incredible, very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 661 reviews are from the Splendido reviews archive.
  • Great for a Special Occasion
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have wanted to go to this restaurant for years and after the wait (and chef changeover) it was definitely worth it. The meal was well worth the price and each dish was remarkable. The menu offers a tasting menu, 5 or 10 courses, which is not disclosed until you arrive. And the restaurant was so thoughtful to cater the menu to my pregnancy, offering great substitutes for foods I should avoid. The service was impeccable and the ambience was just right - not loud but not awkwardly silent. I cannot wait to go back after my pregnancy so I can enjoy the full extent of the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid
    AFars
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    One of the best restaurants I have ever been to.Ever. Quit simply amazing food that gets your taste buds screaming for more. The portions are so perfect, you are full by the end but you get to enjoy each of the fantastic plates offered. Make sure you try the drinks too. Gin tonic was amazing. The service was top notch. One small note, The occasion was my wife's birthday as much as I enjoyed the lovely dinner (as you can see from my review). I wish the waiter wasn't too aggressive when offering the higher priced option that was outside my budget. He downplayed the lower priced option a lot, which I ended up choosing anyways but felt a little bit cheap. Just a small point that was a dent in a truly amazing experience
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New dining format at Splendido
    chesterVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Splendido now offers two tasting menus - a 5 course and a 14 course menu. We had the 5 course menu and it was delicious. Every course was inventive and fresh. At $90 per person the meal was a bargain compared to a similar experience at some of the top New York restaurants. We had oysters, fresh salmon tartar, foie gras pate, beef tenderloin, slow roasted carrots and an outstanding dessert, plus "snacks" and petit fours to finish. There is no printed menu so you put yourself in the chef's hands, after a check for allergies. Go now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great but not perfect
    foodieshaak
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    portion sizes were a bit of a disappointment and I didn't appreciate having to purchase sides in addition to the summerlicious menu. Also dessert was tiny :( Food tasted very good but not enough
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good services, tiny portions.
    maruko
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    You would not get better service anywhere else. However, the food on our recent visits didn't produce any "wow" moment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    3RingerVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    First time we've been to Splendido and it won't be the last. The menu is inspired and the service is second to none. The staff are very knowledgeable and eager to please. Most impressive was that the menu is only a suggestion - the chef is willing to do a combination of items or go off menu to please. Dinner for four, five courses plus amuse-bouche and wine was $490. But there was great value in the evening and we left very satisfied that we had eaten well and had a very memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • caymusVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    One of the best meals I've ever had! The work put into each dish is amazing The flavours are like nothing else you've had! Top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative and Delicious!
    Tree603VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This was a wonderful surprise for a business dinner while traveling in Toronto. Very innovative dishes, and certainly works of art.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Service Experience
    kfleming
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I don't believe that I can do this restaurant justice through anything that I say. This was by far the most incredible restaurant that I have ever been to. The food is superb, but what made this the greatest dining experience that I've ever had was the service; the staff are among the most caring people you will ever encounter at a restaurant (or in any service industry really).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Splendido lives up to its name
    JackVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    One of the most superb dining experiences we've ever had - and we've eaten in many fine restaurants around the world. The combination of stellar, imaginative cooking; passionate, attentive, highly knowledgeable but unpretentious service; and a mellow, romantic vibe made this a memorable evening. Can't speak too highly about this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Accountant
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had fabulous evening at Spendido! Our guests described it as just as good, if not better than French Laundry. We tried the 10 course tasting menu and were not disappointed....the dishes were amazing. Service is outstanding. Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS SPECTACULAR SPLENDIDO
    RRWF
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Splendido's culinary innovation and meticulous preparation never fails. Each successive visit re-affirms the memory of the previous meal and provides new triumphs. Quality is always present. Care in cooking results in food that arrives at the table in its optimal state. Service is always attentive and friendly without being over bearing or obtrusive. One pays a lot but does get value for the money. I have been 6-7 times over the last three years and Splendido never fails to exceed my ever increasing expectations. My only worry is how will they keep that record up ?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    foodieatheart
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Splendido's brunch menu may be on the pricey side but it offers two courses and the food was delicious. I wanted to try their desserts so I ordered the mango coulis. When it arrived to our table, it was beautifully presented however, it was tiny. For eight dollars, I had expected a bigger serving. We expressed our disappointment about our dessert serving and the restaurant manager gave us complimentary dessert ice wine to rectify the situation. We were really pleased with the service and food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very enjoyable night
    love4foodVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Every attention to detail is exemplified. Service is by far one of the best in Toronto, and may only be outdone by the food! Atmosphere is elegant, but not pretentious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular
    Kindar
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Chef Victor's tasting menu was phenomenal, as always. His creativity is unusual for Toronto, but it's something we so appreciate. While you may have to break the bank to do it, you simply must try Splendido at least once.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special night out
    MauGar
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Thank you for a splendid evening! We were celebrating our 20th anniversary, and appreciated your recognition and culinary experience. Zero attitude and extremely accommodating, with lots of class and style...quite frankly refreshing! We'll be back!!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favourite in Toronto
    montrealcowboy
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Splendido never fails to impress. The food is imaginative. The presentation is always superb and guests are always treated like they are someone special.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    MichelinStarCollectorVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Splendido is the closest thing to a Michelin Starred restaurant in Toronto. Great food, great service, nice little touches like a take-away snack for tomorrow, and knowledgeable servers... worth at least 1 Michelin Star in New York or Chicago.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.