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

Vertical Restaurant & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.verticalrestaurant.ca
  • Phone: (416) 214-2252
  • 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: Italian, Continental, Seafood
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Love the patio, great service. Good for a business meeting."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I work at first Canadian and this is a great spot for lunch. Service is great and so is the food!"
    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"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food was okay but lacking in favour. The services was slow."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Average food, good ambience for friday afternoon in the financial district. Drinks too expensive for what they are!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Drinks on the pricey side but attracts a professional respectable crowd. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Great business lunch restaurant, and bar is great as well. Service courteous and prompt!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "perfect portion of food , convenient location and quick lunch."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The interior and service of this restaurant is outstanding. The food however is lacklustre dispite interesting concoctions."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I love lunches/client dinners at Vertical. Besides it being conveniently located, the service and the menu is always inspiring."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Thanks for yet another lovely lunch... the Branzino is brilliant"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Excellent service and great food. Enjoyable location for lunch."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I heard great things about Vertical and was expecting the same. It was a quiet and slow Monday night. Decor is nice. Service was appropriate and never too imposing. The food was okay but no wows and the Risotto may have been a bit undercooked while the lavender pudding anglaise too dry."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "This was a great Winterlicious lunch. Fantastic food, excellent service. We were a group of six and managed to get seated in one of the private rooms which was a special treat! The room was very cold, and asked if the heat could be turned up. There was a problem with the heat so they brought us a heater within a few minutes. We all loved our Winterlicious experience and will definitely be enjoying another lunch at Vertical."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Very dissapointed with the Winterlicious lunch. The portion sizes were small. The steak and frites option was very small and left you hungry. I have been to this restaurant and tried their regular menu and have had a much better experience. I'm surprised they didn't try harder to showcase their restaurant."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I went to Vertical with 2 colleagues for Winterlicious lunch. We were shown to our table by a very gracious hostess. The menus and wine list were already there when we sat down, but when we looked at the menu, there was no reference to the Winterlicious offerings we had seen on line. When we asked our server about it, he pursed his lips, walked away and brought back the Winterlicious menu. We each ordered a non-alcoholic beverage and our 3-course menu items. While the server was professional, he wasn't warm or engaging. It begs the question - if restaurants don't want their patrons to choose the Winterlicious menu, as evidenced by it not being anywhere on the tablewhen we were seated, why do they participate?"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "For our Winterlicious lunch, we tried the sardines as appetizers (bony so I wouldn't suggest it), lunch of flank steak was nicely presented and the taste, though not complex, was expected so no wow surprises but good enough. The dessert which was a coffee cake served in a mason jar was inventive but much like the other meals was not surprising."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "I have dined many times at this restaurant before and the food has never been amazing but decent for me to come back. I booked lunch here with some clients, not only did the food taste bad but it took forever for them to bring anything to us. The lunch cost $200 which is what you would expect to pay at an upscale restaurant in the financial district, but in order to charge those prices the restaurant has a responsibility to make sure the quality of the food is upheld to a certain level. I will not return to this restaurant if I have the choice."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My dish was very good and the chardonnay from Washington was excellent. The service was very good. We were lucky to get a reservation at the last minute for NYE for that we were happy but wasn't ideal in terms of atmosphere not a great buzz for the occasion but still OK.... considering our fault for leaving our plans to last minute."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Went for New Years dinner with another couple. I ordered the gnocchi which came with a tasteful serving of buffalo mozzarella and was tasty but not overly notable. My boyfriend ordered the lobster pasta which came with a large amount of lobster and tasted delish. A friend ordered the boar pasta, as recommended by the chef, and he enjoyed it although said the portion size could be a little larger. Service was great and the server matched a wine suggestion perfectly for our tastes."
    Dined on 12/31/2013