LaVinia

4.8
224 reviews
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After training and studying at the internationally recognized Lausanne Cooking Academy in Switzerland, opening up Prego in Spain, and Bolero in San Francisco, Chef Fernando Garcia brings Spanish food and culture to Toronto with LaVinia.



This visit to Spain via The Lakeshore, not far from the water, includes tapas dishes such as Piquilo Peppers Stuffed with a Seafood Mousse and Anisete cream, and Fine Ibérico Spanish Ham. Choose from a large range of slow-cooked paellas, fresh pastas, fish including Basque Style Codfish Stew, and lamb or steak for the meat lovers for your meal.



LaVinia is open for dinner from Tuesday until Sunday.
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PK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another Fantastic meal prepared with passion by owner/chef Fernando. Warm friendly atmosphere and welcomed us with open arms.

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l
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our date night, and it was excellent. We had 4 different tapas dishes between us, and split a dessert. Our waiter was excellent- attentive, but not in your face, with a personality. The chef came out to see chat with us before we left. I highly recommend La Vinia.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience again! Kudos chef Fernando & Jamie

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OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to go here for our 10th anniversary dinner. We were delighted by the welcoming atmosphere, but even more happy with the level of service, which was top-notch. The appetizers and paella were so tasty, with large portions for the paella- one serving would probably would do for two. The service was very attentive, and we had the pleasure of meeting the chef Fernando personally as did the other guests – he also sent us a piece of delicious mango cheesecake because of our anniversary :-) we will definitely be coming here again and consider this a gem in our Lakeshore neighborhood!

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SR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a business meeting and the food was terrific! The noise level was a bit loud at times but not so loud we couldn’t hear each other. Chef came out to check if we enjoyed the food! Would definitely go back again!

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The staff were super helpful and especially appreciated the chef coming to our table not once but twice. All the food was excellent and really enjoyed the wine. It is a small restaurant and tables felt a little too close together but this is a minor matter to me. The food and service are the most important.

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SM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

On our last visit I was able to introduce 4 colleagues to LaVinia who had never been. As it was an evening where we wanted to be able to converse without yelling and I had a diverse group of eaters but knew that they all loved good food LaVinia immediately came to mind. We ordered a broad range of plates for sharing as Spanish food is setup perfectly to do. Their seafood is never overcooked, simple seasoning that lets the quality of the product shine through and as one guest commented, she hasn't had Spanish like this since she was last in Spain. Enough said. Everything was a hit, service as always, professional and impeccable. Chef....ever charming and somehow managing to keep that kitchen flowing with only 2 bodies and never an uncomfortable delay between courses. While I should use it as a go to restaurant far more often than I do (caveat, I don't leave anywhere close to the neighbourhood however it is always worth the drive) this last evening reminded me we need to going more often. Thank you all for a truly excellent evening. One small note, when the back door opens, you can smoke break...but I know that is a winter issue many restaurants face.

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m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service - great food - beautiful energy / thank You Fernando and Family

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BA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 1st time at La Vinia and we thourly enjoyed our evening. Will definatley recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a great place to try Spanish fiod

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WT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

A pretty awful experience on Valentine’s Day. Staff was very rude right from arrival. Told me I was 10 minutes early for my reservation so I had to wait even though I saw 4 tables open. In the next 10 minutes no on arrived but I still got seated 10 mins even after that.
Ordered crab cakes, they were quite good. Shrimp was very over cooked. Scallop was raw inside and cold. Paella was bland and over cooked and seafood was chewy.
In the end an awful Valentine’s Day experience. Service was awful. One friendly female waitress who got yelled at for not being formal enough by another waiter... what an experience im not willing to repeat.

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s
Toronto
84 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant!
Fernando Garcia is a master chef!

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9
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service at LaVinia is exceptional. The atmosphere is lovely. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Have the chocolate creme caramel for dessert - you will not regret it.

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BM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a special occasion at LaVinia, our first time there ---it had been recommended by friends. The food was beautifully prepared, succulent and the portions were appropriate for us. we had a Caesar, an appetizer and a main , as well as sharing a dessert. The Caesar salad was amongst the best we've ever had. It had light and crispy croutons and was perfectly dressed. the fish special was salmon and was truly memorable. The lamb was prepared perfectly, medium rare and the dessert was simply amazing. It was called fried milk ... very light yet creamy , almost gossamer like with a crispy cinnamon/sugar crust ... very creative and unique in our experience. Our only complaint is that the room can be very noisy, especially if you are next to a rambunctious table and the room is full. The wait staff was very attentive but not obtrusive. This is a very well-run place, frequented on this Saturday night by many Spanish speaking people ... always a good sign!

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DD
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, atmosphere and service. Will be returning

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The food and service was excellent. Great ambiance with good, low volume music that allowed us to carry a normal conversation.
We highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely return. Thank you

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MO
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s Birthday and they treated her like gold!

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PR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine, served by pros. Will recommend to others and return.

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G
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant as always

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NG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At Lavinia, you will find the best Spanish Paella. In general authentic Spanish food! I love this place!!

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent Spanish tapas and paella! Reminded us of being in Barcelona again!
The servers were exceptional- real professionals with class!

Restaurant space is modest, small and unpretentious.

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GM
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding as usual.

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FM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. It was our first time to experience LaVinia and we were not disappointed! The service was impeccable, the ambiance warm and inviting, and the food was delicious and authentic! We ordered 3 tapas and 1 paella to share... perfect! A visit from Fernando and delicious flan and cappuccino topped off a most memorable dining experience!

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RG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting the restaurant and won’t be our last. Wonderful food and such attentive service.

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JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like delicious, authentic Spanish tapas, seafood and paella then you will love Lavinia
They have an excellent wine list, warm and stylish decor and exceptional service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great time especially bc Fernando and his son are so kind

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AK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go several times a year and everyone is special. Service is always outstanding ...the menu changes so there is always something that we haven't tried yet...best selection of Spanish wines in the city. This time they had for dessert, grape sorbet, not enough superlatives in the English language to describe it.
Congrats to Fernando and team!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were terrific. I found the restaurant to be quite noisy when were first seated, then as the restaurant emptied it became quieter. Overall I would give it 4.5 stars if I could.

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RK
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We stumbled across this restaurant shortly after we purchased our condo in Mimico ... and WOW !!! The food is amazing normally we just graze on the Tapas but make sure you explore the entire menu.

They also have an amazing selection of Spanish wines.

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a
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a pleasure dining at la vinia. This family run authentic Spanish restaurant met all expectations. Exceptional service, quaint intimate atmosphere, great wine list and top notch menu. The croquettes were delectable and the paellas delicious . Definitely recommended!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint with personal service. Recommend the paella.

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YK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Paella was great and the service was also excellent, would recommend to friends.

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JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent neighbourhood spot with delicious food and great service

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RP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic, the service was incapable, the only peeve I have is the space between tables, other than that I'll definitely be back 👍

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SN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service- wish we had tried earlier!

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G
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hesitated to write a positive review, not because they didn’t deserve it, (they certainly do) but I fear they will get so busy and the place is so small, I’ll never be able to secure a table when I want one. The food, ambience and service were all magnificent. Will definitely return

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A
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best authentic Spanish food you can get in Ontario. Great service I hope to continue visiting La Vinia for the foreseeable future.

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DC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb authentic Spanish food and amazing service. We came here for our anniversary dinner and shared a handful of tapas and sangria. The chef came out to greet all the diners, and service was very professional and attentive. Highly recommended, and most definitely will be back.

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LW
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very capable staff, and Chef from Madrid, Fernando who knows much about "doing it right" and a very personal interest and concern he and his staff are very professional and doing their best in all things regarding a meal. I was very impressed with the service, first rate.

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MP
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has everything you would want in a resturant: excellent food (particularly, the paella), courteous waiters & chef, and an overall pleasant atmosphere.

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