Core

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Core is a neighborhood bistro in the East End, committed to delicious food and drinks, with seasonal, contemporary French-Canadian inspired menus.

In addition to regular a la carte menu, we offer 3 and 5 course 'Trust The Chef' menus with optional wine pairings.

Join us Tuesdays to Saturdays between 5-7pm for buck-a-shuck oysters, $10 cocktails, $10 wines by the glass and $5 local craft beers.

Every Tuesday is buck-a-shuck oysters night at Core, Wednesdays free corkage and Thursdays 1/2 priced bottles of wine.

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 info@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.

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C
London
73 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

First time visit. Small charming restaurant with an attentive waitstaff. Food was good but it could have been served hotter. I like my meal to arrive hot. Cost wise, it is a bit pricy.

k
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st visit as part of Toronto Life Insider promo so thought to try out the unknown spot in Leslieville. Chose 5 course dinner with wine pairing for both of us. Dishes were outstanding (wonderful flavours from tuna to scallops to black cod to breast of duck concluding with two delicious desserts). Wines were perfectly matched and portions nicely balanced to enjoy all portions. Sat at the bar and enjoyed interaction with staff as service was wonderful and paced nicely. First visit but won’t be our last. Loved CORE!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at Core. Due to traffic we had to push our reservation back and they were incredibly accommodating of this request. Service was attentive, but not pushy. The tasting menu is a great value, with generous portions and a good variety of dishes. All very flavourful and had some creative twists to them using local ingredients. They have a decent wine list and the half priced bottles on Thursday’s is a steal! Will definitely be back!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food and service!

B
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Ambiance is very good but music is a tad too loud. Service is excellent as is the food. Food presentation could be better. Overall it's well worth the dining experience.

ST
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The food was excellent but the waiter seemed either new or not well versed about the dishes and unable to suggest accommodations for vegetarians. Would go again!

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date or any other type of occasion. Food was delicious and well made by the chef. Our server made the night extra special by singing happy birthday to my date with a amazing voice.

JR
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you go, you must let the chef decide your menu. Highly recommend. Simply amazing!

JK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the design of the restaurant. Cameron the waiter was so attentive and kind. He sang Happy birthday to us to make our evening special!

LT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and location. Not a big menu but the choices are more than sufficient.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional!

OT
Toronto
77 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First you can actually hear each other. The room is nice, the noise level is low, the service excellent and the $10 martinis perfect. We liked everything about Core and will go back soon. The food is creative and uses fresh, local ingredients. Thursday nights are half price wines by the bottle and the wine list is good. Our server, Cameron was great. He was friendly, knowledgeable and there when needed. We were not rushed at all. A great evening out with friends.

WC
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The 15 min drive from downtown Toronto is totally worth it! In a quaint village of Leslieville, Core is an outstanding new addition to food gastronomy in Toronto. All of the dishes were outstanding, from the fresh oysters (which were $1 per on a Tuesday night) to the Sea Bass which was cooked to perfection with a lovely glazed and crunchy skin to the steak which was tender and juicy. Prices are very reasonable and the service is very friendly and during the nice weather they will open the garage like windows for a nice breeze from the street as you watch the walkers go by. I'll be back!!!

N
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second dining experience at Core. Our first was the end of Summerlicious - which was fantastic. This second visit did not disappoint! We were a bit late for our reservation and when I called to advise of the delay I was told not to worry; no fuss. We enjoyed cocktails and a variety of wines with our appetizers as well as our meal. All meals and drinks were enjoyed and although no one had any room left, the table enjoyed desserts as well. Lovely lingering meal with knowledgable service in a low key but stylish atmosphere. We will be back again.

KC
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved everything about it. We did five courses of chef’s choice. Every course had delicious, subtle flavours.
Waiters were very obliging

BD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous service and food as always, definitely our favourite Leslieville spot to eat. From the starters to the wines everything was perfect.

BA
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had delicious tuna crudo to start with black cod and steelhead all super delicious and cooked to perfection. Great wine list and delighted to find out Thursday is half priced wine night. ! Will be back

KV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful neighborhood spot. Great, friendly service, deliciouse fresh food and ambience excellent. Only draw back was dirty sidewalk outside.
Otherwise, highly recommend and will be going back.

GB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Creative and well executed cuisine in a great Queen East locale. Seat by the (open) front window is a perfect blend of inside and out.

BG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

After meaning to visit for a while, we finally made it to Core. We were there on a Friday night and it was relatively quiet, but felt intimate. The servers were very accommodating, allowing us to switch tables early on so that we could sit by the window, and bringing a second round of the delicious house-made bread and butter. Service was a little slow considering that there weren't many other patrons, but we weren't in a rush so it was alright. Everything we ate and drank was absolutely delicious, full of rich flavours, and well-portioned so that we could even share dessert without feeling too full. It was a pricey night for us, coming to about $180 for three courses (shared dessert) and two drinks each after tax and tip, but it was worth it for a special night. We'll definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Server forgot to place one of our orders and all they did was comp our bottle of sparkling water. I ordered their bone in rib eye for dinner (one of the most expensive items on the menu) and got a sirloin with no mention that they didn’t give me the correct cut. Perhaps they rely on consumer ignorance? With that said, the food itself was all very good.

EM
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food in an off-the-beaten path small restaurant. Staff was fantastic, one of us had scallops that were superb, and other took "chef's surprise 3-course meal" that was also outstanding. Half price bottles of wine helped make it wonderful. Would go again.

BK
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional! Brought in a bottle of wine for the free corkage, drank a few cocktails, ate amazing food!

Service was incredible the decor was outstanding and the food was delish.

We got beef tartare, tuna crudo, duck salad and scallops. All were amazing. Loved the crispyness of the duck skin in the salad so so much.

Thank you to the whole team 👊 we will be back!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was delicious but our server often seemed confused

S
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent in every area, but truly need ice in the jug/serving water...I’m a Travel Agent , and this basic 101. I did ask, then they brought ice in separate little glass for me only, not my husband. This is not reflective on our Server, he was awesome, the restaurant for ice water !!!!!

N
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the service, excellent food and fun decor. Staff were knowledgeable and low key and pleasant. We will be back.

EK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tried the Summerlicious menu. The tuna crudo and duck two ways were divine. Will come back again during a non-summerlicious night.

PP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food is outstanding...
This restaurant would be incredible if the service matched the quality and execution of the dishes they serve.

DH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome foods and service. We had summericious. It was super!!

OT
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for Summerlicious and the overall experience was exceptional. We picked Core as the menu was interesting and it was in an area we hadn’t been before.

The food experience will bring us back again and we have already suggested it to several friends. The quality of the service rivaled the food. And we can’t fault the wine.

The ambiance had a cool vibe. Definitely a neighbourhood feet.

Well worth the trip.

J
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant has delicious food and the service was next level. Attention to detail is what they do very well; the staff were friendly and attentive. Went for Summerlicious and was not disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to CORE for Summerlicious. Very pleased with our experience. Friendly service in a quiet, relaxed setting. Many wine and cocktail options. The price fixe menu was creative and flavorful. The homemade bread and in-house churned butter were especially memorable. The duck and fish options for the main course were not intimidating, very satisfying. I thought the presentation for the fish was a little lacking but didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the dish. The wine our server recommended paired well with both meals. For dessert I suggest trying the panna cotta, very creamy, not too sweet with a crunchy espresso flavored topping. Overall a very nice experience. I would like to go back and try the chefs tasting menu.

J
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Easy to make reservations through OpenTable, as well as modify the times, even down to 15 minutes before reserved time. I think this was mainly due to the fact that the place wasn't full so there were still lots of open slots to change to.

Food was enjoyable but nothing to write home about. We went to try the summerlicious menu. Service was mostly attentive. Housemade sourdough bread was given sparingly; had to ask for a second piece, which they willingly gave, but without topping up the bit of butter that was left on our table. The albacore tuna crudo was swimming in a mix of citrus sauce+oil but otherwise flavourless. The crispy pork belly had dried out and hardened where it was just meat, but the English peas were light, flavourful, and refreshing. The duck was ultra salty, while the trout had good texture and flavours (when eaten with housemade chips and red & yellow peppers with raisins (?) The dessert cheese was delicious while the Haagen-Dazs was too sweet (I don't have a sweet tooth and found it too overwhelming and couldn't finish).

My dinner companion made note that wasn't somewhere they would willingly return to based on our summerlicious dinner.

J
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved it. We tried Core for the first time during summerlicious and unlike some spots that skimp on taste, presentation and service during this mass affair, Core really took the opportunity to impress their new guests. Mission accomplished. We’ll be back often!

LT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Core. The food and service were excellent. The decor is very nice and there is a great bar area where it appears you can also get dinner.
We went for Summerlicious, but I would return here anytime.

n
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was amazing, it was really good value for money, both appetizers were better than many 5 star restaurants i have been to.

S
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. We were here for Summerlicious and the sky dumped rain on us just before we arrived. The staff were thoughtful, offered us a towel and indicated if the fans were too cool for us, they could relocate them. The food was all delicious with well-balanced flavours. Will return!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasantly surprised nice find in Leslieville

SB
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I've eaten at Core once before (the tasting menu) but this was an opportunity to introduce friends to it. Food overall was very good (the panna cotta dessert was amazing), and with it being a Summerlicious offering, prices were excellent.

T
Toronto
53 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Core was a great surprise. A friend who lives in Leslieville recommended it as she had dined there twice already. I though the name sounded like a workout studio and I never go to restaurants during Summerlicious because I believe that the restaurants dumb down / cheapen their regular men to satisfy diners who are too cheap to buy dinner in their restaurant at their usual prices.

Core's décor is comfortable and the service was impeccable from start to finish. The Summerlicious menu was great and I could see that everyone in the room was enjoying their food (Friday night, early dinner @ 6:30 pm). The cocktails were fine, the food was creatively prepared and the service was fabulous and unobtrusive (my favourite kind).

Dinner was a little bit expensive as it was out of the downtown core.

I will definitely go back whenever I'm in the neighbourhood. It's a great addition to an area of town that is obviously going up-scale.