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Modus Ristorante

331 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Introducing: Modus Ristorante, the plush new Financial District spot for upscale Italian

Modus Ristorante, a new restaurant in the Financial District, might serve Italian food, but refreshingly, no one’s anxious to label it “rustic.” Behind Modus is Sam Genkov, owner of the 16-year-old District favourite Bravi Ristorante, and chef Bruce Woods, formerly of Brassaii.

No stranger to high-end Italian cuisine, Woods worked at Il Posto in the late ’90s, becoming executive chef and co-owner of Centro after taking over for Marc Thuet. Modus’s menu shows Woods back in his element, re-imagining recognizable Italian classics as fine-dining creations.

Behind the restaurant’s 300-bottle wine program is sommelier Ruben Elmer of Profile Wine Group, who has also previously worked at Canoe and Auberge du Pommier. The list offers 10 reds and eight or nine whites by the glass, with a heavy focus on Italian, Californian and South American wines.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Phone number
(416) 861-9977
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brett Turnbull
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Cross street
York Street
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Parking details
Underground Parking Available
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Public transit
St. Andrew's Station
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 331 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Had a good time, I only wish that it was written on Open Table that there was a set menu for Valentines Day. I made reservations here looking forward to certain pasta dishes and when we arrived there were only two options, ravioli or spaghetti which weren't very adventurous. Good food, seemed it was a busy night as we had several servers throughout the night and each of them had no idea where we were in our meal. Will try again on a less busy evening.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our server wasn’t personable at all. The restaurant wasn’t as busy as we had expected for Valentine’s and maybe she was having a bad day? My date mentioned that she felt uncomfortable by how we were being talked to. The food was good, although the portions could have been slightly larger. Some tables were getting bread while they waited for their food. We waited for a while but we didn’t get any.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Service was excellent. Food just ok and overpriced. Pint of draft beer decent but overpriced at $11. Crab cake appetizer not bad but way overpriced at $20. Swordfish main just ok. Fish portion small (thin and dry). Risotto side tasty. Plate otherwise uninspiring. Coffee and desert normal. Not much vibe or ambiance in the large, tired room. Wasn't very busy (not surprising). Overall, other than the excellent service (likely due to the place being almost empty), a sub-par experience when taste, portion size, price and ambiance all factored in. Would not go back there until changes are made. Too many other better options at same or lower price point. Bring in Restaurant Makeover!

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Very welcoming, service professional, unobtrusive to invisible yet amazingly able to predict needs. Which allowed for a fluid and productive business meeting. Food is always top quality.

Lunchatmodus (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

The service and food was great. The feature duck appetizer was delicious. Good portion size and a great wine list too.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

My friend arrived late for a pre-theatre dinner, but service was friendly and efficient so we were able to finish in good time. Main dining room is an elegant , softly lit space and tables are spaced appropriately to allow for easy conversation. Food was flavourful and well prepared, and served reasonably quickly . My friend raved about her butternut squash soup ( gluten free and served with or without addition of maple bacon butter) . Arctic Char was also excellent .

vipddkk (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Supremely rude hostess. Food quality was very good but the service from the kitchen and the bar was very slow. This is a restaurant that is used to being busy so the excuses from our server that they were slammed was not helpful.

Given (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Went for a birthday dinner for two, but there was a party happening in the lobby, which was really loud and you had to work your way thru crowd to get to restaurant. The divider curtain does nothing for the noise,but closes visability. Food was ok, for the price point, over hundred dollars and that was without drinks. Had to wait awhile for the coat check to return with coats.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

I ordered the Seafood Pasta with squid ink. It was so SALTY! I forced myself to eat half but can no longer tolerate it! The waiter asked the chef to prepare a new one for me but it was just as salty! I couldn’t eat it at all! I suspect the entire batch of Squid Ink Pasta was over salted during preparation. I then ordered Sorbetto for dessert, so I could have something to eat. It was soooooo sweet. Way too much sugar! I took one spoonful and couldn’t continue. I basically left the entire Sorbetto untouched. Very bad experience! The Entree too salty, the dessert too sweet.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

I don't mind paying 5 star prices when I receive 5 star food. This, was not even close. Two things that stood out above the freshness and actual cooking issues, there was little or no sauce in accompaniment of the mains and the vegetables were overpowered with garlic.

vipKathy (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 24, 2017

Nice, typical Toronto restaurant. Nothing outstanding.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on October 17, 2017

I was in Toronto to write an important exam so I was dining alone. I selected this restaurant to have a safe but pleasant place to dine with excellent food and I was not disappointed.
I was put at a table in the middle of the restaurant and it was a bit of an awkward spot, something cozier would have been nice, but other than that no complaints.
The service was exceptional, as was the wine and the Arctic Char. I would definitely go back.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on October 3, 2017

It was good, but not exceptional. Not a place I would order recommend ordering steak. The pasta dish I had was, again, just good, but almost too much pesto. The old standard traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs was very good!

vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2017

Business dinner - was great!

Jess (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

50th bday lunch