LaVinia

4.8
214 reviews
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Spanish
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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WT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
82 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant!
Fernando Garcia is a master chef!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 31, 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 17, 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 20, 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 5, 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
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding as usual.

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FM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 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 17, 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 9, 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 3, 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
1 review
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 20, 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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SR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very attentive and food was outstanding, especially the duck liver special. Should be a staple on the menu.

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GS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent - great taste and flavor - outstanding.
Unfortunately the noise level was unbearable. We ate very fast to leave.

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N
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Greeted nicely by our servers and chef, excellent touch. Wonderfully prepared. Tapas a little small vs price value however delicious. Paella was plentiful and well presented. Overall a great meal. Seating not quite as we would have enjoyed as we felt we were part of the party next to us and overheard their entire conversation. Somewhat intrusive however too notch quality.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous paella!!!

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The spanish food is authentic, the services were outstanding. I booked the reservation at 8:30, but they don’t have a table to seat for three, so we waited for a little bit. But the server brought us the drink and apologized profusely for the inconvenience. The mongo cheese cake was so good, they offered another slice for us without charge. The owner came out and chatted woth us twice to check if the food was good! Highly recommended this place.

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LE
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent dining
Excellent service
Excelent view
Excellent wine
Excellent, excellent, we come back

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C
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family operated restaurant with authentic Spanish tapas. Delicious food and a friendly neighbourhood spot that deserves applause for their culinary mastery!

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FA
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. Service was excellent and the paella was outstanding. We will definitely return to enjoy other menu items.

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RT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my daughter for dinner to LaVinia. She was visiting from N.Y. and I knew she loves the spanish food. In my opinion they have the best tapas in town. They didn't disappointed us. Still ...the best.

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CA
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Authentic Spanish paella. Chorizo is amazing .

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