Vertical Restaurant & Bar
Vertical Restaurant & Bar
  • Address:
    100 King West / First Canadian Place
    Toronto, ON M5X 1E1
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown/ Financial District
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: CAN$31 to CAN$50

Vertical Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.verticalrestaurant.ca/
  • Phone: 4162142252x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday - Available for Private Events
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Continental, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giacomo Pasquini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please Call 416-214-2252 for details.
  • Special Events: Vertical is available for large private events on Saturdays & Sundays.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bay Street
  • Public Transit: St. Andrew or King Street Subway Station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking is available in First Canadian Place from 5pm daily for dinner guests. Parking is accessed from York Street north of King or Adelaide Street east of York
A word from Vertical Restaurant & Bar
Situated in the heart of the Financial District, Vertical is located on the mezzanine level of Canada's tallest building, First Canadian Place. Vertical features a 75 seat dining room, two private dining rooms and a separate bar|lounge featuring a stunning 40-foot sandstone bar top. The gorgeous patio overlooks the King Street parkette and waterfall.

The ingredient-driven seasonal menus of Chef Giacomo Pasquini draw inspiration from the diverse regions of Italy. Fresh handmade pasta, whole grilled fish, and naturally raised local beef are specialties of Vertical. The wine list is a compilation of passionate producers who we feel grow varietals that best express their region. The list is focused in Italy, complemented by the New World regions of Canada, Australia, Argentina, California and New Zealand.

Complimentary parking for dinner guests is available in First Canadian Place after 5pm. Take the elevator to the 'mezzanine level'.
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Vertical Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (38)great for outdoor dining (36)special occasion (23)good for groups (22)fit for foodies (22)vibrant bar scene (13)notable wine list (13)hot spot (11)neighborhood gem (9)romantic (8)late-night find (6)scenic view (4)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Monday night retreat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My wife and I met for dinner after a late day meeting and were surprised by the variety in the menu items. My wife had the arctic char and she said it was excellent. I had the wild boar papardelle and I would have it again, it was that good! Our server, Shawn was very attentive and made an excellent wine selection for us. We'll definitely go back..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business dinner...
    richardr
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The menu was interesting, the food was well-prepared and tasty with an accent on fish. Service seemed rushed although the restaurant never got filled - we were at a business dinner for three and had lots to discuss so the meal itself wasn't 'front and centre' but our server seemed in a hurry to get our drinks, announce the specials, and take our meal order. It wasn't a great combination and a more engaged, relaxed manner would have been helpful. We weren't eating at Swiss Chalet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, odd charges
    OccasionalGourmet
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Went for lunch. Everything was delicious. Got charged $10 for water for the table of 3 from a carafe. No problem paying triple than the food court next door for excellent food, but seriously... charging for water?
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprise
    2dineornot
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I have been telling my friends about the dining experience at Vertical and encouraging them to experience it for themselves.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DEBP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Vertical is a spot that we keep going back to simply because the food and service is absolute perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    TOgirl
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Overall was enjoyable. Service was good and our server was friendly. They sold out of the fish special which I had ordered so I needed to select another entrée after we ate our appetizers. Notable since this has happened to me twice at this restaurant. It was explained that it had to do with their system, server keyed in the apps and later the entrées to stager the kitchen and during that time ran out of the special. It was fine, but it wasn't that busy and we had a 12:15pm reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chris
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent food at a reasonable cost. Service is friendly and attentive. The noise is a problem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to chill
    Katifanko
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Love the patio, great service. Good for a business meeting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good service, good good.
    Edward
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The service was prompt and not overbearing and all of the food came out as ordered and delivered to the right person with the server having to ask who it belonged to. The food was good, everyone enjoyed the lunch meal but it's a rad pricy for the quality. Lunch for 3, no apps, no drinks or dessert for $96 after tax. It could easily ring up double if a bottle of wine and dessert was added in. But the location is very convenient for lunch, in and out in an hour and 20 minutes and loud, but not so loud that we couldn't have a decent conversation. Tables are set far enough apart to have a conversation without being overheard. So good for business.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I work at first Canadian and this is a great spot for lunch. Service is great and so is the food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great service and food
    JanB
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We have been holding employee welcome lunches (small group) over the past few months and have found the service and quality of the food to be very consistent and of high quality all around. A must try dessert option is the Afrogatto! Yum
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was not great, but good place for an outdoor drink on the patio
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • datenight
    datenight
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food, outdoor dining, and ambiance was good but the service was poor. Although the restaurant was not very busy, the waitress seemed uninterested and had missed some orders. For a party of three and a bill over $400, if the service was better the food which was good would taste even better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Downtown Place
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Really enjoyed the entire experience at Vertical. We tried it outside on the awesome patio but were chased inside with the less than ideal weather. Food was awesome - wild boar was delicious. Wait staff were attentive and fun to interact with. Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    gfunk
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The lamb meatballs were an excellent appetizer. The scallop pasta was only OK (a bit bland) I usually expect more at this price point. Good service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was okay but lacking in favour. The services was slow.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful outdoor space
    Heidi
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We were on vacation in Toronto and this restaurant was recommended by our tour guide. We are glad we took her suggestion - excellent food, great outdoor space and good service. We started with the burrata appetizer then I had the lamb and my mom had a pasta with asparagus. They were all excellent. Dessert was the only slight disappointment. I had something with a lemon curd that was excellent, but my mom had a dessert that had an espresso mixture that you were supposed to pour on ice cream and the espresso was so strong it over powered the dish. All in all, though it was a great meal and I definitely recommend the restaurant. Just realize it is seems to be more of an after-work hangout than a destination restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    VegDiner
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Although the vegetarian options are bit limited, the staff were professional and friendly, and made some great recommendations. I was hosting a colleague from out of town and he was also very happy with everything. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Vince
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The waiter recommended the carpaccio and it was the best I ever had. The view was very nice amidst the tall buildings and the food was very good and more than enough. The service by our waiter was excellent and he was very knowledgeable and friendly. We are definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive
    Var84
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Average food, good ambience for friday afternoon in the financial district. Drinks too expensive for what they are!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful oasis
    jerica
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Vertical is a delightful surprise - an oasis in the financial district that doesn't define itself as a dark, quiet, businessmen's venue. Though it's probably a good spot for conducting business, non-business folks, or probably better said that business folks wishing to avoid a 'business lunch' will find it an oasis in a part of town typically consisting of fast food or overpriced business account dining. The service is wonderful and staff make the experience easy, relaxing and never formal. Food is nicely prepared and the wine list is good - again, prices are less than you'd expect from the area and the care with which Vertical has been designed and organized.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great patio, great service
    citygal
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Nice ambiance and great view on the patio. A definite gem for outdoor lunches in the neighbourhood. The menu looked interesting, but I wouldn't say the food was the highlight. Customer service was flawless.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The place was extremely empty on a Friday night. The server Shawn McMahon was awful and judgmental. Would not recommend this place especially if you get him as a waiter.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    Sbadhwar
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Drinks on the pricey side but attracts a professional respectable crowd.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 386 reviews are from the Vertical Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • Good food but booking problems
    sandy
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I booked a table for a business dinner, but an hour before my reservation, Vertical called to inform me that the entire restaurant was booked and we were being seated in the lounge. Too late to reach my out-of-town colleagues to change plans, I reluctantly accepted but we had a someone noisier and less professional experience than I was expecting. Although the lounge staff were very accommodating, I would have expected reservations to know that the entire restaurant was booked a day or two in advance to give me adequate time to reconsider.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TMacVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Great business lunch restaurant, and bar is great as well. Service courteous and prompt!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Excellent
    Kroy
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The atmosphere is engaging, the menu is innovative and the food is expertly prepared. I had the Branzino. Fantastic. I always enjoy my visits to Vertical.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food is always great when we dine here. It's really convenient for pre-theatre and there's underground parking included. We tried the octopus, pappardelle, sirloin burger and lemon tostada. All items were nicely prepared and very tasty. The wine is reasonable and selections have some depth.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for business lunch
    Goodwish
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    perfect portion of food , convenient location and quick lunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful interior w moderate food
    SpaGirl
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The interior and service of this restaurant is outstanding. The food however is lacklustre dispite interesting concoctions.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal for an out of town group
    RJ1809
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Traveled to Toronto for work and was pleasantly surprised to find Vertical. Food was excellent and the service was top notch. Small but mighty drink menu, but what was on there was delicious. Our server was excellent, great personality and brought the good and drinks out in a timely fashion. My only concern is that the restaurant is attached to a shopping mall and we would have never found it if I had not asked two locals on the street for help. Luckily, they were heading somewhere close by and my group and I were able to follow them towards the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food was really good, simple and good flavors. Pasta is a must to try, great selection of meat and fish as well. We got a great and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An enjoyable evening Downtown
    Katmtm
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I had dinner with visitors from New York and England. It was very convenient to be able to from their hotel to the restaurant via the underground PATH, as it was pouring outside. The service was excellent, the food was delicious and we had a lovely evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient and classy
    gdapostrophe
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I love lunches/client dinners at Vertical. Besides it being conveniently located, the service and the menu is always inspiring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing dining experience
    qtpi
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I truly enjoy the food! The service is outstanding; servers are very friendly and informative. The atmosphere is so relaxed that it's a perfect place to meet up with friends. The warm doughnuts are the best!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Bad
    Underwhelmed
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Went there for our anniversary dinner. Our server was great and very friendly - even gave us dessert on the house. The food was mediocre. I got the chittara - which was lobster spaghetti essentially - the flavors were just Ok, the spaghetti was a little tough and way too little lobster on my plate. My husband had the artic char steak, which just lacked in flavour over all. Their foccaccia bread was good and the scallops appetizer was great. Wanted to go to a fancy place for anniversary, didn't think this place quite hit the mark. Probably won't go again.
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  • Such a disappointment!
    BirdieVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Ater searching , we finally found Vertical. We were the second table to sit on a Friday night. Friendly and helpful waiter took our orders, served wine etc. twenty minutes passed, and he returned to tell us a main dish we ordered was not available. It took that long for the kitchen to relate the infor. or to realize they were out of food?.? To replace the unavailable entree, an order of ravioli was chosen. These were delicious , but 4 average size for $25.00????? So dinner was delayed. We had ordered a side and it was forgotten. Sad part was that the food we received was delicious, we feel for the chef, trying to make a name for himself. There is a huge need for organization with the kitchen, manager and wait staff. Manager was useless!!
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  • Excellent as always
    woburn
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Thanks for yet another lovely lunch... the Branzino is brilliant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and great
    Merv
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Excellent service and great food. Enjoyable location for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Winterlicious Meal!
    CenaVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    The entrance to Vertical is somewhat strange. One has to walk through the food court to get there. The decor is very corporate-like. The food, however, was great! The starters were very delicious. Both the main dishes (braised beef cheek and pickerel) were extremely tasty. The desserts were excellent - especially the coffee cake. They also have a great wine list. I will high recommend this resto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.