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Permanently Closed - Far Niente

917 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Far Niente serves contemporary Canadian and New American cuisine in an upscale, yet casual, dining room. The wait staff are friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. There is an extensive domestic and international wine list; order a vintage to complement your meal. Groups can order family style side dishes to share. All dishes are made to order and are beautifully presented.

Start with an appetizer like the East Coast crab slaw, mushroom soup or the sea scallops and pork belly. For the main course, order the crispy chicken sandwich, seared branzino, ricotta ravioli or the spicy seafood spaghetti. If you are feeling fancy, order Far Niente's 1855 prime sirloin steak. There are plenty of sides to choose from as well including the farm fresh vegetables, pomme puree, green salad or the wild mushrooms. Far Niente is good for small and large groups and other special occasions.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday –Saturday: 5:00pm –9:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 214-9922
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jun Geem
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Private party facilities
Far Niente is an award-winning, fine dining restaurant located at the corner of Bay and Wellington Streets in the heart of Toronto’s financial district.
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Private party contact
Jennifer Brenner: (647) 632-7556
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Cross street
Wellington Street
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Parking details
Complimentary parking at Commerce Court after 5:30pm.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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2SatisfiedCanadians (London)
3.0  Dined on October 3, 2016

A very disappointing experience. The food was very average and the sever could initially think to ask the kitchen for vegan options and when he did coordinate with the kitchen it was very uninspiring.
Not a place I will return to in a hurry

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on September 29, 2016

Food was ordinary and not worth the price. The special of the day was not clearly defined and described and was not to my liking

vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on September 29, 2016

Had a good experience as always

RissaG (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2016

Went to Far Niente for a business lunch and it was great-the service was really fast and the waiterr was really knowledgeable

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on September 20, 2016

Food was good Service was slow and below par. Room to improve

happydiner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on September 12, 2016

We ordered the cod luncheon special, which was delicious. The gnocchi within it added another dimension and enhanced the taste. The bread served before hand was light and tasty and did not spoil the main course. Dessert was also delicious, and included a caramel berry crumble with vanilla ice cream. Server was friendly and attentive but not overly present and brought the cheque promptly upon the conclusion of our meal. Great value for dollar and a place I continue to recommend. I am a non-drinker so I can't comment on the wine list, other than the list is extensive. After nearly 20 years of lunching there, each experience there has been memorable in both service and meal quality categories. It's long been my first choice for a first-class business luncheon in downtown TO.

Londoner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2016

Far Niente was recommended to us as a very nice place to celebrate our anniversary. My wife and I were very pleased with the quality of everything from the greeting at the door, accommodating our seating requests, and the waiter's attention to details. We were very happy with our meal and the recommendations made to us by our waiter. We were in Toronto for 5 nights and Far Niente was the nicest of the places we chose to eat at. We would highly recommend Far Niente to anyone wishing to celebrate a special occasion. Although we did not have difficulty making our reservation, I would recommend reserving in advance.

OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

The cocktails were excellently made. A real steal on the old fashioned considering they make it with Knob Creek. The food was also well done - the fish of the day was splendid and all the garnishing was beautiful.

TrinaM (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on July 19, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed our Summerlicious dinner. Would go back for dinner again!

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on July 19, 2016

My husband and I had a lovely lunch in your beautiful restaurant this week. From the moment I walked in (my husband arrived a few minutes later), I was made to feel like a welcome guest. The server was just terrific (I believe his name was Mike), friendly but not too friendly, explained different choices and made good suggestions. A really lovely experience. The only very slight flaw was that when our food arrived arrived it was more on the lukewarm side than in the hot range. However, since we were there for "Summerlicious" your restaurant was truly busy so to have received such lovely attention through our time with you made up for this small deficiency.

Great (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on July 19, 2016

Food was okay. Nothing to write home about. Had better meals at previous visits to Far Niente

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2016

I always thoroughly enjoy eating at this restaurant. The service is outstanding and the seafood tastes great (and is cooked perfectly -- I am fussy about this point).

vipWill (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

Watch out! They might not recognize your OpenTable reservation!

JRSWebDining (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

Summerlicious 2016 menu was another hit. As a group of 4, we each managed to try most of the items from the menu. Service was excellent and food wonderful. The tiramisu melted in my mouth – with just the right amount of mascarpone. Booths are perfect for lunch time conversation.

DanielaR (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2016

Had a lovely lunch at Far Niente. Recommended by a friend and both of us could not stop raving about how perfectly everything was cooked. It was a great lunch time experience and I am eager to see how their dinner's match up.