Words cannot explain how great this restaurant is. It is an amazing experience that is hard to compare to any other we've been to. This is truly one of the best restaurants in Toronto (if not the very best). I tried countless times to get into Alo, after all these attempts my wife was able to miraculously get us a booking to this restaurant for my birthday, and I am overjoyed we did. From the moment you get into Alo until the second you leave you are whisked away into a dining paradise. It is not just about the food it is the experience. You wouldn't suspect it entering Alo, but once you get upstairs the wonder begins. I wanted to wait a few months before reviewing this one to see if I felt the same way, and the feeling has not subsided. If ever, the time has made me appreciate Alo even more. As we go to other restaurants we leave them with a void, feeling like they have not done enough and inevitably comparing them to our experience at Alo. The service was absolutely tremendous. At no point did we have to wait for our needs to be taken care of. There was always multiple people there to pick up for each other. Every item we tasted was stupendous and topped what we have tasted in the past. The buttermilk bread was the softest, most delectable I have ever tasted. I particularly enjoyed our protein part of the dinner. The menu is ever evolving and ever changing so what you eat may not be the same as what but I doubt that you would be disappointed once you visit, everything is absolutely sumptuous. The price was quite reasonable for what you get and I would not be surprised if the rates increase given the incomparable quality of this restaurant. We can only compare Toronto to what we have been to and, so far, this is the best experience we have had in Toronto so far! Try your best to visit Alo as soon as possible!
Impeccable service and delicious food!
It was a good experience and the food was unique. They were able to accommodate all the food I can't eat and modified it for me as I was pregnant. Service was top notch and would recommend people to try as they always change their menu.
Went for my boyfriend’s birthday. Was treated exceptionally well during confirmation of my reservation and throughout my visit. Each bite is full of flavour. The staff are attentive. The meal was absolutely amazing.
Way overhyped so it wasn’t as outstanding as I had expected. Was very good but not incredible. The service was the best part, although our table was late therefor we were told our drinks from the bar would be comped, but they charged us for them anyways, which was disappointing.
Such a wonderful experience at Alo. From choosing the colour of your napkin, to the outstanding service, to the food. Choose the wine pairings with your meal, it's worth every cent to experience new types of wines and their process.
Very unique combination of food. The restuarant and servers are the most attentive i ever seen. Definitely would recommend it to anyone for a special occasion.
Simply Perfection! Every dish was piece of art, unexpected and full of flavor!
Exceptional food only paired with truly exceptional, friendly and personable service. I encourage everyone to try a special night out and try a truly enjoyable dining experience at alo.
Went for friend's birthday - had the tasting menu. Amazing food and amazing service! Staff were attentive and very friendly. Food presentation was incredible. Each dish tasted exceptional - nice balance in flavours and richness from one course to the next. Pacing of the dishes was also well done. Finally the sommelier did an excellent job in not only describing the wines and their regions, but also how best to pair it with each dish. Can't wait to go again!
One of the best restaurants in the city. The price tag is a little steep but the food is fantastic.
Very happy that we have a restaurant like this in Toronto. It was the true definition of great service and amazing food. Everything was perfect from start to finish, the wine pairings were amazing and everyone really knew what they were doing. Less of a dinner and more of an experience. Definitely worth a visit (or 2) and the wait to get a reservation
We booked a month in advance and managed to secure a Saturday night seating at 9pm. On arrival it’s almost like a speak easy, tucked away on Spadina Avenue, great little location. We arrived and had seats with a great view in the window ledge at the bar and ordered some cocktails which were delicious! Then we were brought to our table and allowed ample and more time to take in the surroundings before the canapés arrived. We chose the wine pairing with the tasting menu which the sommelier knew inside and out and his relaxed approach allowed for inquisitive snippets of conversation in between courses. The scallops were a show stopper for me with the aged ribeye a close second. But the dining experience is one that we will never forget. Absolutely stunning Alo. Can’t recommend it enough!
The menu was fantastic. Every dish outstanding, but especially the pasta. One of the diners in my group had the vegetarian menu, which was delicious. We were impressed when staff wanted feedback on one of the vegetarian dishes, as it was something new they were just trying out that night. One lovely final touch: my mum really wanted a chocolate dessert and I asked the server if that were possible (the desserts that were part of the menu were not chocolate that evening). She brought out the cutest little chocolate cake. Fabulous. We have an amazing experience at Alo every single time we dine there. I can’t wait to go again.
The wine pairings were fantastic -took the meal to the next level.
Just great. Barely have such wonderful experience. Blind menu makes every dish a surprise! No doubt i will recommend this wonderful restaurant to my friends!
I honestly don't know by where to start. This was by far, the best experience of my life. From getting into the elevator that brings you to Alo, from leaving this beautiful restaurant, i've never experienced anything like this in my whole life. The staff was simply amazing, just like the food. Service was WAY beyond all expectations. Every time I was leaving for the bathroom, someone was waiting for me to pull my chair. Every drop of water on the table was cleaned a few seconds after. You can choose your own napkin color, which was folded back the way it was originally every time I left the table. Perfect timing for the wine and the food. And the food... wow... every one of the 8 courses we're simply amazing. Wine was awesome too! We came all the way from Montreal to enjoy this dinner, and it was worth every single penny invested in that trip. I tried all the top 5 restaurant in Canada, which are all amazing too, but nothing comes even close to Alo. You are treated like you are someone special, and this is what makes this place so awesome. Alo, we truely thank you for the time we had there! We'll be back there soon for sure! Truely hope you'll get that Michelin Star, cause you really deserved it! I still can't believed how amazing it was. Still have goosebumbs from it, and it was 4 days ago!
Loved the food and experience at Alo, can't wait to return. Thanks for allowing people to book via open table so dedicated people can put in effort to book at the designated time. I hope this won't change in the future as demand for your seat increases
Beckys phone game was on point.
Sommelier Christopher is a gem. Very knowledgeable.
Food flavor profile was amazing.
Thank you Alo team for a wonderful experience.
Our second visit to Alo was equally as wonderful as the first.
The food, the service, the drinks are all excellent and memorable.
The wine pairings stand out as very well selected, introducing lesser known wine regions with excellent quality.
If only we could get a reservation that was not a late seating on a weeknight.........one day perhaps.
It was good
I've been meaning to dine at Alo since they opened in 2015. Reservations are tough to get but it was worth the wait. I was thrilled to be there. The ambiance was chic, sexy and elegant. The FOOD...ooohhhh the food! It was an unbelievable journey for your taste buds - the dishes were simply...exquisite. The appreciation for the food and all of its fine nuances was especially apparent in the assembly and plating. And of course the service! The best service I have ever received in a restaurant. I felt like I was transported to a sexy gastronomic parallel world. It's no wonder they are the No.1 restaurant in Canada. I can't wait to dine there again soon!
Excellent wine pairings, a creamy aspect for most items showed the French influence, not all dishes were as flavourful as expected. Eyelash in one dish.
We enjoyed the experience tremendously. The service was truly exceptional. Food was creatively crafted and presented. We did find the chicken stew was over salted and the steak was good but not great, which are the reasons for the 4 star for food. The desserts were divine.
Food was excellent. The ambiance is quite loud and hectic.
Menu dégustation et accord met vin exceptionnel! Nous avons goûté plusieurs menu dégustation dans plusieurs restaurants réputés dans différents pays, Alo est de loin le meilleur rapport qualité prix!!!
Highlight of the night was that I found a piece of dish scrub in the dessert and my dinner was free.
Amazing service and delicious food. My family and I were very impressed with everything even when we went past the 3 hour seating time. It was hard to pick a favourite dish but the salmon was just perfect! Would recommend to everyone!
The tasting menu and wine pairings were excellent. The cocktails were expensive but very good nonetheless.
The wait staff are an attentive, coordinated and organized machine. Even when mistakes are made they are fast to apologize and provide a special treat to reinforce their apology
Would definitely recommend the experience for at least 1 visit.
Having dined at many restaurants previously, Alo is up there with the best. From the amazing food to the outstanding service. Could not have asked for a better experience.
Most impeccable service I've ever received! Staff were super attentive--they let you select the colour of the napkin which was kind of interesting. The food was seasoned just right so that you can taste each dish's ingredient in their purest form. The only things I didn't love were the Chaterelles potatoes because they were too salty and the pain au lait had way too much butter and the extra sea salt on top made it super salty. Everything else was fantastic. Thank you for a lovely evening Alo.
will definitely do it again, and recommend to our friends...
From start to finish an awesome experience.
Absolutely one of the best restaurants in Toronto. Cannot wait to go back!
Overall I was very pleased with my meal at Alo. The flavours were clean and expertly prepared. I would definitely go back to dine there again. I'm not one to point out things that I found "wrong" on a public form but I think there is room for improvement as well. Alo was rated best in Canada for good reason. It makes me happy knowing that Alo is around.
We spontaneously came across Alo and it was a 2 month reservation that we've booked on Open Table . The attire we wore was casual . I saw people in every day clothing and most people were in business casual .
We've got the tasting menu which was overall really good . Every dish that came out was explained to us by the servers. Food itself was very interesting and fun to eat --- not to mention it was really really good.
Upon being seated , we were given the option of choosing a white or blue-ish towel . That alone was already " wow " .
We received new cuterly upon every dish and any mess we made , even a water drop, the server would come by and clean it . The service Alo provides is beyond exceptional , 10/10 .
The atmosphere was very calm yet professional . When entering , the host/hostess would ask if you have a reservation and if so , he or she would ring the elevator so you can head up . Once upstairs , you're taken to your seats . Even when I ask to go to the bathroom , I was escorted there . 10/10 service .
Overall I'd highly recommend for anyone to try this place whether they are a foodie person or not . It's definitely somewhere to try.
Holy smokes! Top 2 meals I've had in my life, anywhere in the world! AMAZING!