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Core

4.6
4.6
216 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Contemporary Canadian, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 519-8101

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    H (Hyun Jung) Kim

  • Catering

    Core is available for an off-site catering events. For catering inquires, please email info@corerestaurant.com

  • Private party facilities

    We are able to accommodate a Private party for 50 people seated which would take the entire space, or up to 80 for a stand up cocktail reception.

  • Private party contact

    Alexandria Anthony: (905) 932-2987

  • Neighborhood

    Leslieville / Riverdale

  • Cross street

    Queen and Logan

  • Parking details

    Green P Parking is located on the south of Queen Street East and Logan Ave (or Booth Ave). There is also street parking along Queen street east in front of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Queen streetcar has a stop at the corner of Logan.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 216 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. CB

    CarolB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Core never disappoints. It definitely is one of our favourite go-to’s for a girls night out. Food is consistently great, service the same. Love this place.

  2. l

    lovetoeat

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is a great place for a nice dinner or date. The staff is amazing and the food is fantastic. Core is our new go to eating establishment.

  3. MJ

    MichelleJ

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Expensive for what you get but the food and service was good.

  4. UL

    UniLover

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We're west-enders, so whenever we have any business or affair to attend in the city's east end, we take pleasure in trying out a new restaurant. This time, we tried Core as their menus looked quite interesting. It was a weekend night, so the restaurant was busy, but the atmosphere was relaxed, warm and welcoming. We were seated in a relatively cramped island table for 2 which, to be honest, we didn't care too much but the chairs were comfortable and table itself was not too small like some restaurants have. The server was personable, friendly, quick and attentive. We chose several appetizer dishes plus one main dish to share between us. The service was paced perfectly; we enjoyed our dinner conversation and the noise level was relatively low. A cocktail was a generous size and not too sugary, even though it was a fairly sweet one. The food was simply EXQUISITE! Every dish was aesthetic. Cooked to perfection with a flare. We particularly enjoyed our octopus dish. It was absolutely to-die-for!!! The maitre d' was very agreeable and took time to explain how the kitchen was run. She seems to genuinely care about our dining experience, which we would definitely give a 5-star rating. We both wished this restaurant were in our neighbourhood so that we could dine here more often. Highly recommended.

  5. AM

    AlanM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Our server was a little slow and unattentive, but we were not in a hurry. Everyone was friendy, food was excellent.

  6. SL

    StewartL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s so good that Core has become aN established presence. Not in a staid manner, but in a creative way that continually to contribute to the community. My date and I were lucky to have gone to dinner they day after Valentine’s, when the chef’s creative skills were in full flair. We had combinations from the two fixed price menus. So absolutely delicious!! As a single guy, I’m glad I can count on Core. As someone who has travelled the world, I’m lucky Core is in my neighbourhood!!

  7. SL

    Style4Living

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Date night with hubby. We are foodies and quite like Leslieville.. great place great food great servers!

  8. V

    Vanessa

    Toronto

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came for the Valentine’s Day dinner menu, third time here. Loved every bite the the service is simply over the top.

  9. HM

    HeatherM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing date night experience, staff was extremely attentive despite managing a full restaurant. So glad we found a new local place that makes everyone feel so welcome

  10. m

    madgingerbread

    Toronto

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional neighbourhood gem worth making the journey to if you're from further west of Toronto. Beautiful, intimate space with friendly, unpretentious energy despite the fine dining quality of the food. Came here for Winterlicious. Staff extremely friendly, fast and always attentive. Delicious good sourcing local ingredients and the chef can make the vegetables sing. Very good wine list featuring some of the top players of Ontario, but some interesting international choices as well. Don't discount their post dinner drink menu either. While most of their whiskey selection is standard, they also had a super rare Clynelish that was a delight to try. As I've heard their chef loves rotating the menu regularly, I'd love to come back here on a date.

  11. RG

    RitaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Had a great time eith a friend during winterlicious. Service was excellent we had a very nice waiter and the crowd and ambience is excellent. Beet salad was delicious but my pasta main and the cheese platter were just okay. The service makes up for it. Told the waiter I was on medication and asks for a virgin drink and he had the bartender make me something original! I would definitely come back!

  12. NS

    NeilS

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Friendly service. Winterlicous menu provided excellent choices and was reasonably priced. Food was tasty and we'll prepared. Well worth the visit.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff was friendly, food was delicious, bread and butter was house-made, my family of 5 including 3 kids were thoroughly satisfied and can’t wait to visit again!

  14. D

    Damian

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We came for Winterlicious and CORE did not disappoint. The menu on offer was excellent and the service was great. Would definiteily recommend and we'll happily go back to check out their regular menu.

  15. k

    kiki

    Toronto

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first visit to this two year old establishment, and we will definitely return. The staff are all welcoming and attentive and knowledgeable. The food is carefully prepared, and delicious. Their in house made sourdough bread, butter, and even the ketchup taste fabulous. This is a great neighbourhood find, and although we are not from the immediate area, it was worth the drive for us. Sitting at the bar, we chatted with the delightful bartender. The noise level is not crazy, which we really appreciated, even though the restaurant was fairly busy.

  16. KL

    KarenL

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Good food. Great service. Not too loud so great for a romantic dinner.

  17. l

    lovetoeat

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a great place! Nice small location the food is really good and the staff is next to none. I have been looking for a place like this for some time. The ambiance is quiet so you can actually talk with the people you are dining with, this is very rare these days. I have been back twice and will go again for sure. Their cocktails are also very yummy.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Girls Night

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great meal at Core and superb customer service.

  20. A

    Adrian

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If there was a sixth or seventh star I could give for service, I would! A week before our meal, I sent a complicated list of food allergies/issues that might be difficult for my friend, whose birthday we were celebrating, and the restaurant replied promptly, ensured the kitchen would meet the difficult standards expressed in the list, and memorized it to make the experience seamless in the meal-ordering process. The traditional birthday-song-with-dessert experience was made special by the server, whose gifted voice belongs on Broadway, replacing the tired Happy Birthday with a song from Dear Evan Hansen. Plus, my roast pork dish (part of Winterlicious) was as flavourful a pork dish as I've ever had. Such a wonderful night! Hats off to all at Core.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    My husband and I tried out this restaurant because of Winterlicious which is a set menu. I had the Bershire pork entree and my husband had the steak/frites and both dishes were delicious. The ambience is warm and relaxing plus the staff were great. Great place for a date night or a group outing. We found out that there is a $1/oyster happy hour and 1/2 price wine on Thursdays. We'll definitely be back to try out the other menu items!

  22. SK

    SandeK

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great food and cocktails. Tables very close together.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Attentive waitress, flexible to our needs. Beautiful room, appreciated the exposed brick and artwork. Noise level high , most likely due to brick walls and concrete flooring Food delicious however portions small for our appetites

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    It was a lovely evening. Food was great. And service low key but good.

  25. JP

    JodiP

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, wine and service. Missed seeing Alex there tonight though!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was early on a Friday night, so it didn’t get busy until we left. The staff were quite attentive. The food was excellent.

  27. FN

    FriendsNightOut

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The staff was great. Tasting menu was delicious. Grey cocktails.

  28. SL

    StewartL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Core was excellent, as usual. Great food. Wonderful staff. The neighbourhood is lucky to have this restaurant.

  29. FH

    FredH

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great night at Core. We were seated by the window when we arrive and asked to be relocated which Alex the manager gladly did for us. We had the pairings dinner and it was excellent. Both Richard our server and Alex chatted with us about the pairings and the quality of the dishes (which was fantastic!). The Octopus was spectacular! We will definitely be back and will bring friends:) Thanks for a great evening!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic evening.. great food, great service,great ambience

  31. SS

    SueS

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Enjoyed it.

  32. SB

    SusanB

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I've eaten here a few times, and always enjoy it. The NYE fixed price menu was excellent value and we both were very happy with our choice of Core. Lovely evening all around!

  33. MA

    MARGARETB

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    First time at Core and didn’t know what to expect. It was New Year’s Eve and a fixed menu. We each had the 3 course menu with wine pairings. The food was imaginative and very tasty- a lovely surprise. The place was packed but the service flowed smoothly and the noise level was acceptable. Most enjoyable evening: I look forward to a return visit.

  34. LB

    LynnB

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Nice evening. Second time doing chefs choice and had same menu. Little disappointed but still good.

  35. M

    Mark

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice. Grilled octopus was amazing.

  36. AE

    AlexandraE

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was excellent. I will gladly return! The food and service were amazing

  37. LB

    LynnB

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    It was very nice. We had the tasting menu of 5 courses and it was good. Scallops and octopus (best ever!). Would have been nice to not have two seafood. Then pork and beef. Again. Very similar. And lemon tart Food was very good. Didn’t get asked if we wanted coffee. That’s my only complaint. Will go back for sure.

  38. l

    luv2eat

    Toronto

    54 reviews

    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Recently tried Core over the weekend and had a wonderful experience. We were greeted right away and seated at a lovely table in the front area. Our server Richard was wonderful! Attentive, friendly and informative. We started off with a dozen oysters and cocktails which were part of their happy hour feature - $1 oysters and $10 cocktails and select wines. For appetizers we had the pork belly and the scallops crudo. The scallop dish was fresh, light and seasoned perfectly. The pork belly was cooked perfectly. For mains we had the rib eye which was served with fries and house made ketchup and the honey glazed duck breast. The duck was one of the best duck dishes I have had in the city. The meat was incredibly tender and melted in your mouth like butter while the skin was crispy and all the fat was perfectly rendered. For dessert we had the lemon curd that was served with these delicious sesame crackers. Overall, this is a wonderful restaurant that is preparing delicious food in a warm, casual environment. We will definitely be back and highly recommend it to others.

  39. HC

    HenryC

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and services. Candlelight kept on going out with servers walking past our table.

  40. C

    Chris

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful dinner with friends. Service was spot on and the food was excellent. We truly enjoyed the drinks and the wonderful singing of happy birthday by the bartender. We will definitely come back.

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Core is rated 4.6 stars by 216 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Queen and Logan

  • Neighborhood

    Leslieville / Riverdale

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Contemporary Canadian, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Green P Parking is located on the south of Queen Street East and Logan Ave (or Booth Ave). There is also street parking along Queen street east in front of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Queen streetcar has a stop at the corner of Logan.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    H (Hyun Jung) Kim

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (416) 519-8101

  • Catering

    Core is available for an off-site catering events. For catering inquires, please email info@corerestaurant.com

  • Private party facilities

    We are able to accommodate a Private party for 50 people seated which would take the entire space, or up to 80 for a stand up cocktail reception.

  • Private party contact

    Alexandria Anthony: (905) 932-2987

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