Core

4.6
153 reviews
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Neighborhood bistro in the East End, committed to delicious food and drink, 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 and 5 course Family-style dinner menu.

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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GB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
45 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was delicious but our server often seemed confused

S
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Vancouver
32 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised nice find in Leslieville

SB
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal, pleasantly impressed. Wine list reasonable and short menu had enough variety. Bit of a gap before our mains, but other than that it was excellent.

PC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Great food with staff who know both food and wine and how to deliver them. This is a restaurant worth visiting.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Tasting menu was very flat from begining to end. It might have been better to order a la carte.

JG
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant. A true 5 star dining experience nestled in the Toronto's east end. Go, enjoy! And get the steak tartar :)

B
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in the neighbourhood for sure, our new Go To place. Tuesday is amazing, buck a shuck, best oysters hands down. A must try, we love it.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter ‘s bridal shopping day. We all had different main courses. Everyone was very satisfied with portions and all of us loved our dishes. The services was outstanding and the suggested white and red wine suggestions were on point. Thank you for creating a memorable finish to our day!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service fantastic! Everything we ate was soooo good! It’s a small menu, but everything was perfectly executed. I look forward to coming back again!

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venue was beautiful on the inside. It was quiet for a Wednesday but it is so aesthetically appealing that I know for a fact it gets busy. Our server was wonderful continually checking in on us. Wednesday’s is bring your own wine with no corking fees so my friend and I brought a bottle each and had it. The food was lovely and not overpriced with a good amount. Was very filling and delicious. Can’t wait to go back !

IG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place for a romantic dinner

JT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. We've been back more than once.

CS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Found the tasting menu a little repetitive substituting different fish and meat with same sides. Wine list was more marked up than neighborhood restaurants.
Would recommend for a special night but likely wont go back

CJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service way above most restaurants in Toronto. We did the three course chef's menu and the chef was willing to accommodate one of our friends who is pregnant and can't eat raw / undercooked food, certain cheeses, etc. The wine pairings were excellent, but a little overpriced for how much wine you get ($35 for 3 3oz glasses).

BA
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing evening we had ..perfect room, perfect service perfect food & wine ! We had the Chef’s Menu and wine pairing which was so delicious. It was 5 courses which sounds a lot but the portions were great for tastings and pacing was perfect. Dishes looked as incredible as they tasted - the salmon crudo, the foie gras, the halibut , the duck breast ..thank you Core for such an exceptional meal - it’s so great to have you in the neighbourhood !!

D
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service all around. There is always a new variety of excellent choices on a regular basis. We highly recommend CORE...

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really good food, though a smallish menu. Perfect setting for a date night.

OT
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Clean and straight up flavours. Tasting menu was a great way to experience the range of dishes on offer.

SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely service and great food. Attentive and knowledgeable wine steward.

A
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tasting menu and we just loved it!! I’ll definitely suggest this place to my friends!! Service was awesome, also!!!

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