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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.

145 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 1J8
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Cross Street:
York Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 861-9977

Website:
http://modusristorante.com/

Parking Details:
Underground Parking Available

Public Transit:
St. Andrew's Station

Executive Chef:
Brett Turnbull

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (Toronto)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Nice, typical Toronto restaurant. Nothing outstanding.

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·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·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!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Business dinner - was great!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 18, 2017

50th bday lunch

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great service, polite and attentive. We had the buffala mozzarella which was really good. Mains were the seared tuna and the rigatoni. Very tasty. My client liked it. Said it was delicious. Will be back again soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Wonderful service in the evening time, well managed, attentive staff and Manager visible and engaging, top notch Chef and team. get a patio table!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on June 22, 2017

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 !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 13, 2017

I have been to modus quite many times and I have not been disappointed. We had a great server ( but I don't remember his name).

Thanks for great service and great good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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 (Montreal)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Very good food, nice flavors, very good service in a quiet environment.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 17, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 2, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants for business meetings in the city. Amazing food and atmosphere and great facilities!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Sam was very attentive. He made sure we enjoyed our meal and had time to get to our 7:30pm show time.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on March 15, 2017

$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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Great service.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The Valentine course meal was decent but not worth the price. The dessert was especially disappointing.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great food. My wife and I really enjoyed our evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Top notch service and food. One of Toronto's best fine dining restaurants.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Sorry but I feel the Valentines prix fixe was highly over priced for the rather average food offering. Also the 18 % service charge that's automatically added to the bill is less than acceptable if you feel that the service was average at best.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Overall, not a great experience. The beer we ordered was not cold, the pasta that we were served was undercooked, and the service was received was rather disappointing.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 20, 2017

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!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 12, 2017

Had a great time service and food was great. Will be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Its comfortable seating, elegant ambience, superior service and outstanding Food are some of the excellent reasons for me to recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (東京)·Dined on December 22, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Service is impeccable!!! Staff are very attentive and friendly.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 21, 2016

We particularly appreciate being able to have a conversation over dinner and being able to hear one another without loud music or kitchen noise.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Servers had no personality or warmth. Service was slow . Did not smile once it was clear
They would rather be anywhere else. The attitude of the servers interfered with the enjoyment of the evening .

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Jimmy our waiter was amazing. We will be back again soon!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Service was great. Portions could be a little more generous and a wider selection of desserts. (Non-dairy) or alternatives.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Modus was very busy and the noise level was very high. My companion had not finished his starter when the main arrived and he felt very rushed and didn't finish his appetizer. I food was good but very poor value with such high prices.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 13, 2016

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Admittedly our visit was during the holiday rush, but . . . the service was pushy, the food came out so fast you knew it was prepared that morning and, as with previous experiences, the food was largely tasteless (LCD, I guess)

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 23, 2016

Great food and service was quick and was able to have a business lunch in an hour.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Great find for a special meal! We found This diner through Open Table during our stay at the Shangri-La and what a great find it was. The ambiance is classy and inviting; great service and delicious meal. We will definitely be back at this wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Service was a little slow for lunch. Staff was very pleasant and the food was great! Good place for business lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 2, 2016

A long wait for the main course - very expensive
Almost forced to leave an 18% tip as machine did not offer a range of percentages.

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