Core

4.7
106 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary Canadian
Core is a seasonal, contemporary Canadian bistro in the heart of Leslieville, offering daily changing à la carte, three and five course Chef's menus with optional wine pairings.

Please join us for buck-a-shuck oysters Tuesdays, free corkage Wednesdays and after 9pm rest of the week, and 1/2 priced bottles of wine Thursdays.

Core opens Tuesday to Saturday 5pm-10pm (last seating) for dinner, and the Bar opens till late.

Private events are available 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
For Catering inquiries, please email h@corerestaurant.com

For groups larger than 6 or any inquiries, please contact the restaurant by email us at info@corerestaurant.com or call us at 416-519-8101.
What 106 People Are Saying
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended! Fantastic service and great food!

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e
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and presentation. I did get overcharged on my bill ( A mistake), which I did not take time to study when signing for it.
I will for sure return/call the restaurant when they re-open on Tuesday to get a refund.

Delicious and I will go back for sure.

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j
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the Martinis and the food was awesome .
I had the tasting menu which was tasty and provided intriguing flavours for the palate.
The waitress and staff were very friendly and helpful.

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SL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Core is my favourite restaurant in the 'hood. I was happy to share it with my new girlfriend. We'll be back!! Thanks especially to the service staff for letting us stay late, and close the place. We loved it!
Stewart

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were excellent. My friend has a lot of food allergies and they were very accommodating. Ordered a la carte; My husband and I had the fried oysters appetizer—great. I had the strip loin steak—full of flavour, tender and juicy and he had the cod which he said was very good. We shared the panda cotta dessert—delicious. Next time we will try the five course tasting menu with wine pairings. Will definitely be back!

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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tasting menu with the wine pairing.

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j
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food drinks and service. Start to finish. Can’t wait to go back!

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SR
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

We went to Core for Valentines Day. I’m realizing I’ll need to go back to see what they’re like on a regular night but they had a special set up that I don’t think worked well.

We came in and were sat at a table with another couple - not exactly what you’re looking for on Valentine’s Day. The timing was off with the meal with longer than expected waits between courses. Staff were very friendly but interrupted too often, maybe because there wasn’t a dedicated server but multiple people plus a manager or hostess checking on you. We also waited a long time to get someone’s attention for the bill.

The price May have been elevated due to the holiday but I’ve had much better tasting menus for the same price or less with more courses in Toronto (Canis for example).

Again - not sure if this is a fair assessment of the chef and staff as a whole since it’s a hectic night, but they bit off more than they could chew especially seating two separate couples at a 4 person table.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish this place was exceptional, the food amazing , the service was fantastic, will absolutely be returning

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L
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience overall. I would recommend Core for a very nice meal out but I found the menu a bit limited with only four starters and four mains and the menu was different from the one on the website. However the food was very delicious and you can also choose a 3-course and 5-course tasting menu which is a chef’s surprise. Nice wine list.

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MK
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very surprised by how good this place was. Interesting and delicious flavours, creative and beautiful plating. Decor wasn’t exactly to my tastes but it was nicely put together. There was no one there though. That wasn’t telling of the experience though. Great place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The best scallops in the city!

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f
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Core was amazing in every way. My parents, who are very particular about restaurants, loved it as well. The three course menu is affordable, delicious and delectable, and the chef was able to accommodate a little variety into our blind menus. When we entered, I was greeted by my name, which the reservation was made under. We did not have a single criticism for our meal that night - service, food, ambience were all spot on. We'll definitely be back!

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OT
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quaint restaurant really friendly and knowledgeable staff, the food is beautiful!!!! Loved every minute and the have 1/2 price wine on Wednesday which makes it fair

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BD
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food, service and ambience. Even on a busy Saturday night we never felt ignored or overlooked and the food was, as always, incredible. Seasonal fare done with style. Always at treat in Leslieville!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service

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WW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Everything was absolutely amazing. The food was incredible and unique, great value and portion sizes. Service was friendly and quick. This restaurant is a gem, so glad I found it on here and I highly recommend. We had the 5 course dinner and vegetarian meals. Everything from the presentation and taste of the food was fabulous. Every bite was a different explosion of flavours.

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CM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit and both times we thoroughly enjoyed the Chef's Tasting Menu with wine pairings, absolutely delicious. The service, atmosphere, and the amazing food are all outstanding! I would highly recommend Core to everyone. Love this restaurant, it's is a real gem and a wonderful addition to the neighbourhood.

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and tasting menu with wine pairings! Would highly recommend!

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place with good service. Food is delicious and the menu changes frequently. I have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed.

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RT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service! Thanks for a lovely evening!

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GF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really fantastic experience having their seven course tasting menu. Truly outstanding service!! Highly recommend.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Came here on a Saturday evening in early January and it was pretty nice. Since it was still somewhat early (1800) it wasn’t super busy yet it was quieter but as soon after when the restaurant filled up it got really loud and busy for their front of house staff which cause their speed to take a hit. Considering lack of speed during latter half, front of house staff was still attentive and provided quality service.

I really enjoyed the food. It was well balanced, executed and plated.

I had the foie gras torchon starter and biggest drawback was one of my two slices of brioche was badly burned but staff were able to get me a replacement pretty quick and without a problem. The rest of the dish was great; the richness of the foie gras was offset really well with the tanginess of the apple.

I had the rabbit two ways for entree and thought it was pleasant. Was definitely one of the juicier rabbits I’ve ever had. Great cook on it.

I simply adored the panna cotta with coffee jelly and espresso crumble, the light and silky smooth texture of the panna cotta paired delightfully with the punchy, bitter notes of the coffee and espresso. I’d definitely recommend it for sure!

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond impressed. Fantastic dining experience. Service and Food were perfect.

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F
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time here again great experience. From the foot to the service to the ambiance.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, first time and will be back. This will be our new go to

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R
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with my parents. Food and service was amazing just like the last time I was there 👍

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NC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had a great dinner at Core. Everything from the appetizers to the mains were delicious. Great service. Good wine list. We will definitely go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed an evening out at Core with a party of five and although many aspects were excellent it seemed odd that the restaurant never really became busy despite being a Friday during the Holiday season. The food and service were both excellent beginning with the charcuterie board filled with tasty selections of meats and cheeses. We also tried the Tuna appetizer which was well executed and fresh. For the mains we had one of each dish from the selection of four and all were delicious in their own way. We even had orders of desert- the lemon tart and the chocolate mousse - again both had a nice balance of flavours. Service was great - attentive without being overbearing - and if it wasn’t for the lack of other diners and the cheesy 80s cover songs I would even give the ambience a perfect score too. I don’t usually provide reviews for sites like these, but I felt compelled to do my part in helping to keep an establishment with a talented kitchen staff and well run front of house from closing up shop. I don’t live in the area, but we all need to support places like this if we want our local neighbourhoods vibrant and unique. Enjoy!

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R
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding

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f
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and excellent three course menu. Great that the whole table doesn't have to go in for the three course!

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L
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience! The food was fantastic - we selected the 5 course tasting menu in a Tuesday evening. The restaurant was quiet (which we loved) and the service fantastic. You definitely leave full as the courses are substantial enough.

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our experience did not disappoint! Tasty and delicious. Excellent wine pairings. Wonderful service.

Couldn’t help but notice you had on the same playlist as last time I was there.... but I’m likely the only one who notices these things.

Great night out! Thanks.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and sophisticated ambiance. Wine list is well curated with many exciting choices at various price points. We will have to try the tasting menu with pairings next time!

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LM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Surprise tasting menu was amazing. Good value.

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TM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are vegetarian and enjoyed the stew but would like more veggie options next time please!

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ST
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fall menu has a short rib pappardelle with root vegetables that was the best pasta dish I have had for a while anywhere.

The oysters were as fresh as can be and I was pleased to see the Tuna Crudo got a menu extension from the summer.

The service staff are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and discrete - a perfect accessory to a beautiful food experience.

I try to visit every time I am in Toronto. Its worth the drive to Leslieville.

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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Core, and it was wonderful. We started with martinis, cheese and charcuterie. For mains, one of us had the pappardelle, the other the scallops and soup, and I had the Cornish hen. They were all fantastic. This is honest, accessible fine dining with wonderful service.

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T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited Core for my special occasion and it was way above my expectation! Atmosphere (people & interior decoration) is one of the components that I pay close attention and along with high-quality food, I definitely had a wonderful experience. I will definitely visit again for my next occasion!

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CH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and cocktails were fantastic. The service was impeccable. They were so accommodating to find our likings. We had a great evening and would DEFINITELY recommend everyone to try it. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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