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About Canoe Restaurant and Bar

Critically acclaimed to be among Canada’s best restaurants, Canoe's unique location high atop the TD Bank Tower affords a breathtaking view of the city and Lake Ontario. The design, originally conceptualized by noted designers Yabu Pushelberg and most recently refreshed by Anacleto Design, is clean and simple, yet absolutely stylish - a brilliant reflection of Canada's rich raw environment. That same brilliance is captured through the flavours and textures of Chef John Horne's inspired regional Canadian cuisine. The menu showcases the freshest and finest Canadian fish, game and produce, as well as an outstanding selection of Canadian vintages. "All that is Canadian defines Canoe." Florence Fabricant, The New York Times

66 Wellington Street West
54th Floor TD Bank Tower
Toronto, ON M5K 1H6
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Continental

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45- 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Bay and Wellington Streets

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$51 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 364-0054

Website:
http://www.canoerestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Validated parking is available after 5:30pm. Parking is available in the Toronto Dominion Centre at 66 Wellington St. W. It is the TD Centre parking lot, situated on the North side of Wellington, before York St.

Public Transit:
King and Bay

Executive Chef:
John Horne

Private Party Facilities:
Canoe offers two exclusive private dining rooms accommodating groups up to 60, featuring breathtaking lakeside views. Canoe is also available for full buy-outs on weekends, an exquisite choice for weddings and special gatherings.

Private Party Contact:
Oliver & Bonacini Events and Private Dining: (888) 449-3959

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Canoe Restaurant and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (113)
Special Occasion (88)
Good for Anniversaries (78)
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Good for a Date (69)
Romantic (57)
Creative Cuisine (57)
Business Meals (53)
Fit for Foodies (53)
Notable Wine List (46)
Tasting Menu (43)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Local Ingredients (24)
Worth the Drive (22)
Authentic (22)
Waterfront (20)
Great for Lunch (18)
Cozy (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Fun (12)
Seasonal (12)
People Watching (10)
Healthy (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Casual (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

A very special dining experience. The presentation is amazing, service is great and the food tastes almost as good as it looks. Only problem was that I mentioned in my reservation that the occasion was for a birthday which they totally ignored! I thought that wasn't really nice on their part but the wine helped me forget! It was a near perfect experience otherwise.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

We had the chef’s tasting menu. A MUST!
It was one of the best meals I have ever eaten.
The combination of flavors with the presentation blows your tastebuds and eyes. The service was impeccable as well.
Highly recommend!
Exceptional food and service! The view is not bad either.

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·Dined 4 days ago

With respect to the appetizers, stag tartare would of been better without the charcoal flavoring. As well, the Ontario buratta was lacking any sort of flavour. However, main courses and desserts were excellent. Service was exceptional which we appreciated. Phenomenal view.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Regularly visit this restaurant. Service is fast and efficient, food is delicious, staff are always professional, ambience great and views inspiring

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Scenic View
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·Dined 6 days ago

The service was absolutely terrific. Amazing staff. Our server was very kind and helped us decide on a dish. However the food wasn’t our style, so the meal itself probably was the only downside to the restaurant. Everything else was a top knotch experience.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Seasonal
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

Very good food and nicely presented.
Waiter very friendly and helpful with explaining the dishes.
Price was expected for good food.
View very nice.
Could use some signs at bottom of floor in building to direct you to restaurant.
Maitre'd or hostess could have been more welcoming when we arrived.
Overall great experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined 6 days ago

Super small portion of food, service was bad. Food is salty. Also it is overprized. Don't bother

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 (Glasgow)·Dined 7 days ago

Outstanding views and superb food. Well worth visiting

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

The view of the city is spectacular. Service is terrific.
Food choices not my personal preference. I am vegan and found this very difficult. My colleagues said it was a bit oily. Prices are a bit crazy, but paying for the experience and location.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great view, good for the business crowd but an average meal.

Decided to check out Canoe after a 15 year hiatus. Unfortunately my experience was mediocre, average at best. Started out with the mushroom soup which was reminiscent of the soup I had at Malaparte recently and was delicious. Chose the Halibut as my main but my fish was chalky. The flavour was fine but had a very mushy consistency like cheap fish and chips. Ended the meal with an apple terrine which was alright but nothing exciting.

Canoe may have been at the forefront 15 years ago when there were much less options in Toronto to enjoy creative and seasonal dishes but now there are many great places from Richmond Stn to Alo and many in between dependent on your budget.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 5, 2018

One of the best dining experiences we've ever had...anywhere in the world. We did the tasting menu with pairings which I highly recommend. Got to experience local food paired with Canadian wine, which was a treat being from the US. Our server, Stephen M., was spectacular. Took time to answer questions and was very engaging. The s'mores foie gras was wonderful as was the stag tartare. A must go to if you love good food...view didn't stink either.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We went to Canoe for lunch. Great service and great food. The menu is a little limited. The views at 54 stories up are amazing. We highly recommend.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Authentic, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent location for my husband’s birthday dinner. Server Silvio was excellent.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Terrible for the price. Food was beyond small and flavorless. I told them the service was slow but nobody seemed to care. Not recommended

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Fantastic view, food was great and wine was superb. Will definatly be going back

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2018

There was nothing I ate that night that I would order again. Everything was just okay and dishes that were meant to be served hot were luke warm. I had high hopes and was looking forward to trying Canoe for years. I didn't live up. I left with the thought, I've had better and paid way less.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The View was spectacular! Service was Top notch, 10/10. We did not have to ask or wait for anything. The servers were on it. The presentation of the food was interesting. Food is ok...not great.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was beautifully presented and perfected paired with wine choices. Most amazing flavors! Service was top notch

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had an amazing first experience together from start to finish. Service was impeccable and friendly. We brought our own bottle of wine and did the tasting menu. Each dish was unique and presentation artistic to go along with our amazing window seat. The only dish that wasn't as balanced as the others was the dessert which was a unique tarragon sorbet palette cleanser. Personally we'd both request another dish in substitution of this. In hindsight if we'd mixed it we would have appreciated it more.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Yesterday Dec 29 at night we went to this place for a private family occasion but despite reserving one month ago and reminding 24 hour ago one more time for a window table for three people they showed a table that I was facing service table. When I reminded my request waiter ignored. I sat for the sake of my wife and daughter. They watch you as a regular table customer only. Mushroom soup was poor, tea smoked duct breast was ok but not for $$$$. You can find much better taste somewhere else in Toronto. Meanwhile when you drop your coat they give you a number and when you give your number back while leaving despite it is a number they may not find your coat. Then you have to go back and look for your coat yourself. Unbelievable.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The expectation was high because of its reputation but the food was just ok. If they didn't have the view, I don't think they'd be as popular.
The lobster sandwich was unimpressive. Why would you grill the bread - which masked the taste and texture of the lobster. Maybe it's because it was skimpy on the lobster meat.
The mushroom soup and pasta special were tasty, albeit a bit on the heavy, oily side.

They try hard to provide excellent service. They were attentive for the most part, but the staff seemed uptight.

I noticed that they didn't change or clean the table mats. They just shook off the crumbs, set them aside while they cleaned the table, then placed them back on the table. They should at least wipe them down... you can't be sure if the previous person drooled or sneezed over the place mats.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Experienced the tasting menu with wine pairings , great choice and amazing service

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were disappointed this time. Restaurant decor has not changed for a while and looks too simple for the type of restaurant. We were surprised that the person who poured the wine, different from our server took the bootle to the side and tasted the wine himself, he said to see if it was in good condition. Never experienced something like it. We couldn’t finish the bottle, my husband and I both got headaches and we can tell it was the wine. We expected top quality at everything. Our server was fantastic though.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The service was great! The food was good, some plate settings were quite unique. Loved the view.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Everything was ok as usual otherwise we wouldn’t come back every year...but no mention or candle for our wedding anniversary was quite a surprise. I usually don’t give these things any importance but I noticed my wife was a little disappointed by not having anyone notice this (it was a note we wrote in our reso).
Nevertheless this still remains one of our top favorites of To.
Server was really good and most probably he wasn’t informed about our anniversary (even if usually ppl are asked if it’s a special occasion or something).
No harm though...just a little advice: be more careful about reso notes. Canoe can’t afford to lose points on such a little oversight.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food and excellent view. Service was standard - specific requests in reservation were ignored.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful food that always delights! Views are spectacular and service is first class.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Overall it was the quality of food was disappointing compared to my previous experiences eating here. The food was a bit too salty. The lamb was too dry. The bread was undercooked. The centre of the bread was raw and could be balled into dough ball. The service was great as always!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Took my friend’s young daughter (vegetarian) for lunch. View as always, very good, so was service. We had carrot soup - tasted a lot of butter, no carrot. She ordered the Egg Frittata, could not eat it - too much butter and oil. I ordered the lamb, which was fine, but very rich. It is a nice restaurant with good service.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

At first it was a little disappointing to not be seated at the window, when we did put in a request for that. Luckily the food was outstanding and while we were waiting to be changed to a window table for dessert, we got an extra glass of (free) wine which made the wait a little more comfortable. Very happy how this was handled by the staff and we got the nice view in the end too. The food is very very good and an interesting combination of elements and tastes. Thank you for the wonderful experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Simply fabulous! Delicious and presentation of food was superior.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

A great dining experience with a fantastic view. I am so glad I went with this option instead of the CN Tower!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Apres the Nutcracker with our daughter :)

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

From the moment we approached the restaurant the service was phenomenal. We had quick and courteous service,along with an amazing view from our seats. We order the tasting menu and every dish brought out was explained to us in detail and presented impeccably. I would highly recommend Canoe to anyone else!

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

My boyfriend and I come here every time we are in Toronto. I believe this is our fifth trip back here and it’s always a wonderful place to dine in at. We always get the tartar and the foie gras. By far my favorite place in Chicago!

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Overpriced and overrated. Terrible service if you're not dropping stacks.
We arrived and the host staff were very friendly and helpful.
Once we were seated our server brought us water and when we told him we didn't want any drinks his face dropped and he left for over 10 minutes without returning. We could see him in the back chatting with his coworkers. A new table arrived a few minutes after us and the same server took their drink orders. They were having alcohol and we noticed an immediate change in the service compared to ours. Their drinks were brought to them within a couple minutes, he took their food orders and bread was even brought to their table before ours. All this took place without him returning to our table once. This place caters to the expense accounts of the many bankers that inhabit it, and if you're not going to be dropping big money then you're not going to get good service.

For starters we had the burrata and green bean salad to start which were lackluster. The green bean salad vinaigrette was tasty.
For dinner we had the pickeral and rib eye which were both quite tasty but overall not very memorable. The presentation was very delicate and visually pleasing.

Overall, forget this place. Outdated decor, ugly bathrooms, gross furry chairs and you're mostly surrounded by entitled, pretentious businessmen. The terrible service described above trumped all the other negative factors. Regardless of the somewhat tasty food, this restaurant left a bad taste in our mouth.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had the chef's taster's menu. Food was superb. Service was pretty good. Worth the extra cost.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Canoe was excellent ! We are vegetarians and Canoe made every effort to accommodate us. Our server was very good as well and the view is fantastic ! We will absolutely return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

My wife and I had a wonderful meal.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent food, great service and fantastic view of the city

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual
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