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The 12 most romantic restaurants in Toronto for every type of date

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by Jessica Huras
Updated February 03, 2023

Toronto’s signature diversity infuses many aspects of its food scene, including its batch of romantic restaurants. For some couples, date night means crisp white tablecloths, fine wine, and exceptional service. Others lust after buzzy hotspots that encourage them to lean in close for intimate conversations. Fortunately, the Queen City is well-stocked with both kinds of places—and everything in between.

In North York, a decades-old French landmark, known for its flower-filled patio, is sure to impress even the choosiest date. A Trinidadian chef serves up inspired Caribbean cuisine and dreamy getaway vibes at a rustic Queen West restaurant. Shareable small plates pair well with flirty banter at a beloved tapas joint in Little Italy.

Whether you’re wooing a new crush or celebrating your 10th wedding anniversary, Toronto has a table for you. Read on for a guide to 12 of the city’s most romantic restaurants, poised for every type of date.

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4.5
4.5 (1417)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Japanese
King West
About the restaurant

Turn up the heat—quite literally—on your first date. Flame-seared sushi is the name of the game at Minami, the fourth Toronto location for the Aburi Restaurants group. Another date-night star is the wagyu, served on a sizzling stone hot plate alongside black garlic miso, truffle kimizu (egg and rice vinegar sauce), and seasonal vegetables. Minami’s award-winning interiors, which feature illuminated arched screens made from glazed fabrics and a mural by Japanese painter Hideki Kimura, will give you and your companion plenty to talk about, should there be a lull in conversation.


Top review
00L00
Dined 6 days ago
Our server was amazing. That area lost power during our meal and it didn’t impact our experience at all. The food was a delight. Soooo glad we ate here! A wonderful memory for us
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4.8
4.8 (1845)
CAN$51 and over
Spanish
Little Italy / College St.
About the restaurant

Shareable Spanish plates make great companions for flirty, first-date banter at this easygoing Little Italy spot. The charming space hums with conversation, evoking an old-world European ambiance with curved wooden archways and sexy red lighting. Order as many dishes as you can cram on the restaurant’s petite, bistro-style tables; the menu reflects chef Grant van Gameren’s passion for nose-to-tail cooking, featuring platters of tender jamón and whole-grilled octopus, best paired with house-baked bread. An exceptionally well-curated beer, wine, and cocktail selection attracts seasoned drinks aficionados.


Top review
cjhnycvip
Dined today
GREAT food and service, but very noisy. Of course, the Basque Cake is amazing.
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4.6
4.6 (390)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Asian
Koreatown
About the restaurant

With first-date jitters out of the way, take things up a notch at this homey but modern Chinese spot. Executive chef Anna Chen’s inviting Bloordale restaurant combines inspiration from her Hakka Chinese and Indian roots with her French and Italian culinary training. The food selection is thoughtful, seasonal, and ever-changing but includes a few constant favourites, including housemade stracciatella cheese, which appears in dishes such as scallion flatbread and bao. The small and large plate menu gives plenty of options to couples looking to sample a little bit of everything, as well as those who believe that separate entrees are the secret to a harmonious relationship.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Incredible food, the wine selection is amazing, service was *chef’s kiss* — 1000% will eat there again.
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4.8
4.8 (805)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Yorkville
About the restaurant

The follow-up to chef Rob Rossi and restaurateur David Minicucci’s critically acclaimed restaurant Giulietta is as special occasion-worthy as its predecessor. Osteria Giulia’s northern Italian dishes, such as hand-braided pasta with wild squid and bay scallops and burrata tossed in preserved peach vinaigrette, are fresh, simple, and sophisticated. The restaurant’s minimalist interior is an extension of the menu’s refined touch. All clean lines and neutral colours, the setting is a dream for couples who go giddy over a Scandi-style aesthetic, featuring blond oak tables, Italian limestone accents, and a wood-paneled bar.


Top review
Jackievip
Dined 4 days ago
Osteria Giulia is a restaurant that needs to be on your “must visit” list. We had a lovely experience. An extensive wine selection and our sommelier made an excellent choice for our meal. Food was incredible. We chose the Indivia e Pera (sooo good - vinaigrette is delicious) and Insalata di Pomodori as our starters. We shared our mains which were the Grilled Market Seafood and Tortelloni ai Funghi - both were outstanding. Service and ambience were top notch. Highly recommend.
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4.6
4.6 (2248)
CAN$51 and over
Steakhouse
Financial District
About the restaurant

With a grand setting in the restored, turn-of-the-century Harbour Commission building and a menu centered on USDA prime beef, Harbour Sixty stands out as a quintessential celebration spot. The seductive, three-floor space is decked out in a rich palette of plum, black, and cream. From the Italian crystal lights in the formal dining room to a bar with mother-of-pearl wall details, the restaurant is filled with ornate accents. The menu offers old-school steakhouse standbys such as seafood towers, New York strip, and wagyu steaks, along with more contemporary sides including lobster mashed potato and white truffle mac and cheese.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 2, 2024
Very Good food and service.
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4.7
4.7 (5257)
CAN$51 and over
French
Midtown / Uptown
About the restaurant

Auberge du Pommier has remained a north Toronto charmer since it opened in a connected pair of 19th-century cottages in 1987. Specializing in modern French fare, the restaurant reflects classic candlelit-dining at its best—ideal for momentous occasions. Over the years, some of the city’s best chefs have passed through this landmark spot, so there’s always something new and inventive on the menu. Executive chef Doug Penfold puts an emphasis on fresh ingredients and playful textures. The a la carte menu, which features dishes such as seared foie gras with honey-roasted pear and Dungeness crab with celeriac consommé, is consistently excellent. Though if you’re here to pop the big question, the multi-course tasting menu is the way to go.


Top review
Silvy
Dined 4 days ago
The food and the service at Auberge are always outstanding with a great array of flavours and attention to detail. As a suggestion, couches need to be updated as customers are quite low in regard to the table, when sitting on it.
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4.6
4.6 (190)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
Leslieville / Riverdale
About the restaurant

This group-friendly East End brewpub focuses on fresh Canadian fare, with many ingredients grown onsite in a 4,000-square-foot rooftop garden and an in-house butcher making sausage and charcuterie. The hyper-local bounty enhances a menu of casual, approachable dishes, made for sharing. Feast on the wild BC sidestripe shrimp toast and a selection of other imaginative dishes designed to complement Avling’s house-brewed beers, many of which rotate seasonally. Avling’s high-ceiled space is painted in lovely pastel hues, softening more industrial elements such as polished terrazzo floors. Colourful murals by Toronto artist Madison van Rijn serve as top-notch conversation starters, and the circular central bar is awash in deep blue.


Top review
Kato
Dined on Dec 11, 2022
Avling offers an array of delectable farm to table dishes. Under the Avling label, beer choices include all time faves and always new blends. Has a neat Queen East vibe and is a great place to dine with friends and family any time.
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4.5
4.5 (1271)
CAN$30 and under
Latin American
King West
About the restaurant

This lively King West restaurant hosts many group hangouts in its multi-level space—some of which are geared more towards partying than dining. The plant-fringed main dining room, with soft lighting and cozy booths, is where the romance potential is the strongest. The menu draws inspiration from all across Latin America. Many of the dishes are shareable, including the reimagined OG duck chaufa, a riff on the Peruvian dish arroz chaufa, featuring delicately caramelized fried rice mixed with duck confit, edamame, and chile, served in a heated stone bowl. The drinks menu includes classic cocktails, as well as creative house concoctions that mirror the food’s Latin American flavours.


Top review
HeatherT
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Our waitress was excellent! Friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time. The food was delicious but portions a little on the smaller side for sharing. Would recommend to add some frozen drink options to the menu.
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4.5
4.5 (55)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Tapas / Small Plates
Niagara
About the restaurant

At Chadon Beni, Trinidadian chef Ross Milne dishes up Caribbean-influenced fare in a beach getaway-inspired setting. The rotating small plates menu features dishes with vibrant flavours such as wild boar sliders with bacon and pineapple and conch fritters with tamarind and mango chutney. Many dishes incorporate the restaurant’s namesake herb, a citrus-forward ingredient commonly used in Caribbean cooking. Rum headlines the cocktail menu, with drinks such as the Trini Rum Punch, a white rum, orange-pineapple, soda, bitters, lime, and nutmeg concoction that sets the tropical vacation mood. A heated patio adds to the far-flung feel.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 23, 2023
Excellent food and excellent service.
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4.9
4.9 (1152)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary American
Chinatown / Kensington Market
About the restaurant

This Kensington Market wine bar-cum-restaurant from well-known Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg features an outstanding vino selection. Agg is known for vibe curation, and with artfully vintage interiors, Grey Gardens is no exception. The front bar area is devoted to walk-ins, while reservations are available in the cozy, 30-seat main dining room. The wine list will wow enthusiasts, but the restaurant is also approachable for newbies thanks to straightforward tasting notes. The food menu is divided into shareable plates, such as smoked fish dip, plus heartier noodle dishes diners can linger over, including smoked beef shank bolognese and a standout agnolotti.


Top review
MatthewK
Dined 6 days ago
The staff at Grey Gardens makes it such an enjoyable experience. Made us feel right at home and were very attentive. The menu choices were expertly prepared and very unique. Without hesitation, I'll be back.
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4.6
4.6 (243)
CAN$51 and over
Mediterranean
Niagara
About the restaurant

Casa Madera takes diners on an immersive Mediterranean Mexican culinary jaunt, complete with theatrical presentations with food and drink often served aflame or in unique vessels. The restaurant’s inventive cocktail menu is themed by natural elements and includes well-crafted non-alcoholic options, such as the La Fuente, a mix of coconut water, blue spirulina, spiced demerara sugar, and a citrus blend. Mexico-born chef Olivier Le Calvez draws on his cosmopolitan training for an eclectic menu of hybrid starters—Mexican tabbouleh, anyone?—and seasonal tacos. Depending on the night, your table could be met by a dancer wafting incense or DJs setting the mood with ambient beats.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
It was perfect place to celebrate my anniversary the environment was nice the music was amazing the food was so good
A photo of Gare de l'Est restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1192)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary French
Leslieville / Riverdale
About the restaurant

Gare de L’Est’s name is a nod to Paris’s historic train station and the restaurant’s East End location. The menu, tailor-made for a hushed, romantic rendezvous, brings a local influence to traditional French brasserie fare featuring steak tartare with hand-cut Ontario beef, and moules frites with PEI organic blue mussels. With concrete floors and exposed overhead pipes, the restaurant has a subtly industrial feel that tips a hat to its Parisian namesake. Blue velvet banquettes are perfect for sitting side by side, while an open kitchen, framed by Carrara marble, amplifies the elegance.


Top review
LisaTvip
Dined on Feb 17, 2024
Great spot for pre Théâtre dinner at Crows. Service was excellent. Food and drink were great. Will return for a more leisurely dinner for sure!
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