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About Modus Ristorante
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.
Toronto, ON M5H 1J8
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Underground Parking Available
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
Modus Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was in town for business and was invited to lunch by client. He wasin a rush so I just ordered the main course, the gnocchi, and it was fantastic. But, I had to come back for the warm octopus salad before I left. So i had dinner the night before returning home. I had the warm octopus salad and it did not disappoint! Nor did the Tuna for the main course, with a great glass of Barolo. Great restaurant and good service. I will be back on my next trip !
Modus patio has been one of my go-tos for lunch on patios during my busy work week. In the past years, I could book a spot on the patio whenever I found time for a decent lunch via Opentable just minutes before I got there. Last week, I did the same via Opentable but when I arrived, I was told I should not do that, when I want a patio seating I have to call the restaurant because the patio was too busy. I did get a table on the patio and the whole time I was there the patio was barely 50% full. It definitely takes away from a other wise good experience
$350 for three people you expect the best. The food was so disappointing. It was a quiet Wednesday night and I was served food that had been prepared in advance and tasted like it. Cold, dry and not special at all. It was like eating left overs, I expected so much more! There was no effort from the kitchen, shame on them. Close on a quiet evening, don't take the reservation.
The service was incredibly slow (we were there after lunch hour rush). Our order was wrong (ordered beef tartare, got carpaccio... very similar and we are not the complaining kind so we ate it). The pasta was alright but way too basic. Tomato sauce, pasta, a few slices of sausage. Meh.
What a gem tucked away in the financial district! We wish we had found it sooner but happy to now say it is our new favourite! The decor is very elegant, relaxing and roomy. Amazing, seamless, attentive and accommodating service by staff from the booking to waiting on our table. Menu and specials of the day had something delicious for everyone. Pricing very comparable to other restaurants of this quality. The only criticism is some portions were a bit smaller than expected. Don't waste money searching for the perfect restaurant, just make your reservation at Modus Ristorante!
Arranged the small private room for a group of 14 at Modus for a Xmas "reunion". Stephanie, the event coordinator was fantastic and made the booking process a breeze. From the moment we arrived to check our coats until we picked them up again on our way out, the service was first class. The waiters were knowledgeable and helpful without being intrusive. We chose to order a la carte rather than having a set group menu, which everyone appreciated. The food was fantastic, with everyone having appetizer, main and dessert. I can personally recommend the calamari appetizer, scallops main course, and mousse cake dessert! And the sommelier helped out with a great red wine suggestion that those who were drinking enjoyed very much. The private room was a bonus - no extra charge as long as you met the food and drink minimum, which we passed easily! All in all a great evening - highly recommended.
The food was great however, the server clearly wished he was somewhere else. Perhaps serving a group six businessmen rather than six women? His demeanour negatively affected my experience as the hostess (partner at a major law firm) of my group Christmas lunch.
Great experience and impressed the attendees. The picture of the woman as you enter the restaurant encouraged really entertaining and interesting conversation.
Would like to see a pic of it on the site or perhaps the name of the artist so that I can look it up.
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