Grey Gardens

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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary American
You can never be all things to all people, but you can make a restaurant that meets all your needs, and maybe other people's too. That's really what Grey Gardens is, a place that at first glance seems like a vibrant room – full of people happily slurping wine and oysters and scraping the last of a buttery black truffle sauce off a hand crafted ceramic plate (that's somehow, just the right plate for a sauce of this consistency) – but it's really whatever you want it to be, within that vibrancy. It's a wine bar, where you bring new dates or hang with old friends (is this a Kelsey's website??) with a really great cider list (and a secret sake menu), it's the fancy anniversary dinner you reserved a month in advance, it's your once a week drop-in spot (you always get the same thing).
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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful place. All the food was wonderful, if a little full of salt.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious martini, multiple olive refills.
Thanks for being so kind to my daughter.

NM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the unique options on the menu, the assistance of our server in trying to decide what to order and the quality of the food. We loved it so much, we made plans to return the next night!

FT
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, excellent staff, warm ambiance as always. We had our favourite seats at the kitchen counter - it's so much more comfortable and better for talking. The kitchen has a knack for making me fall in love with ingredients I usually loathe. Yesterday was kohlrabi paired with a sea bass crudo; I wanted to cancel everything else and order 10 more plates of it. Last year it was rutabaga in a salad I will never forget. And I was delighted with the Tempier Bandol rosé we had and that we'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. That's what I love about this place: nothing and nobody there is generic and boring.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience where the wait staff created half sized portions and off the menu wine tasting options for a reasonable price. Great establishment.

AM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special night

EW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service. we bypassed this place so many times and not spotting it until recommended by our friend recently. definitely will return.

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

It was a wonderful experience. Our server Kayla was friendly and gave great recommendations. We were served a glass of champagne to celebrate our anniversary which was a really nice touch. The food was delicious, portions were a bit on the small side so order more than you think you would need if you are sharing, which they do recommend. We sat at the chefs table (the counter overlooking the kitchen) which was great, as we got it see the chefs at work. We will definitely go back! Great food, great wine list, great vibe.

R
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grey Gardens is consistently one of the best places to eat out in Toronto. The combinations of flavours coming from the kitchen and options for wine curated by Jake is top notch and the room is beautiful.

LD
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and there was a very extensive wine menu.

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

Staff went out of their way to make the night perfect

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Eat everything on the menu. One of my best dining experiences.

JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Epic food, epic service! Very accommodating, and the food was incredible!

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

I loved my dinner at Grey Gardens. Beautiful room. The service and kitchen were a tightly run ship. Low key but all smiles, our experience came with an effervescent seventies soundtrack. Many diners around the room were humming. Good vibes. The food was delicious and interesting, playing with a balance of flavours in almost every dish. One of my companions thought they'd erred on the sweet side. He said he felt like he'd eaten a *candied* dinner! In some respects I might agree but it was never boring. They had a nice wine list. My cocktail was wonderful. Dessert, churros with strawberries was a little on the meh side. Maybe I chose the wrong thing. All told, GG is a very nice place to have a very nice time with good friends

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grey Gardens is a classy, modern place with excellent cocktails, a great wine list, and superb food.

In my most recent visit I had stuffed zucchini blossoms and a corn-infused ravioli. Both were delicious. The ravioli was extra special.

Service here is top-notch.

If you can, plan to arrive early to beat the crowd and claim a prime seat at the kitchen counter or cocktail bar.

CS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing. Great experience.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance—very cool. I took my friend for her birthday and we ordered a few plates to share and a couple of drinks. The waiter was friendly and attentive, and I appreciated his help in selecting menu items that fit within my friend’s many dietary restrictions. We were a little disappointed that there was no dairy free pasta option (we love love love pasta), BUT, everything we ordered was so flavourful and cooked perfectly. I’m sure if we had ordered the pasta, it would have been bliss (I was drooling at the sound of them, all with butter).

Despite the extensive wine list, we started with the spritz cocktails, which I recommend (especially the mint flavour). During our meal, our waiter recommended a wine and it went very well with our first dishes. For food, we ordered: oysters, the beans (with shaved foie... the most unique dish and one of my favourites), mackerel (spicy, so my friend wasn’t a fan, but I thought it was okay—really needed that sauce though otherwise it was a bit bland), shrimp and spinach (yum), and the lamb (!!!!!!). That lamb deserves a round of applause.


Overall, we had a wonderful dining experience and I would go back (though perhaps with someone who can eat dairy!).

O
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic menu and service. The cocktails were a taste sensation so was the food.

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Really interesting wine list and staff who actually know the wines. Great experience

LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best culinary experience by far. Exceptional service. Thinking about going back to Toronto for the restaurant alone.

P
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is a surprisingly well kept secret. Great flavors consistently well prepared, and an intriguing wine list. One of the best restaurants in the city.

c
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food Amazing experience! Will be back for sure!

HJ
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great ambiance

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An all around fabulous experience.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really good food, excellent price point! Very crowded night, and I booked the reservation on the wrong day, but they managed to fit us in anyways; was saying goodbye to my friend as I'm moving, so I'm grateful I got the opportunity to eat at GG and tick off all Hoofland establishments.

The team made delicious food, water was always full and the bill didn't kill me. I'll be missing this food while I'm gone, but I'm thankful for all the wonderful memories these restaurants have given me over the years.

TO
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quaint little spot in the middle of the bustling Kensington market. The food is superb. My friend and I shared 5-6 plates and were stuffed for days. An incredible wine selection to pick from, but slightly above average in terms of costs. Will definitely go back again and again.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! They made our anniversary so special, and we will return again soon!

PK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I spent our 3 year anniversary dinner at Grey Gardens. The server was outstanding, she was tentative patient and even gave us a congratulatory glass of champagne, right as we sat down.

The food was amazing, we honestly could of kept eating all night. The atmosphere was excellent, inviting and engaging. We will definitely enjoy another night out at Grey Gardens.

Thanks for the great food, excellent service and providing us with a thoughtful experience.

Patrick and Stephanie

AS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, creative food in an endearingly casual environment. Great fun to sit at the food bar and watch the amazing chefs work their magic.

T
Toronto
76 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! The service, the food and wine recommendations. I’m raving about this place. We had the mushroom salad (not called mushrooms on the menu), so yummy. The Oysters! If you love oysters, you must visit!!! The ravioli, makeral- all so good! I highly recommend. It is pricey but worth every penny.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Sharing 4 - 6 small dishes per couple is the way to go. We had 5 and all were delicious. Allow two hours to dine. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, and great conversation with the wine bar attendant.

GT
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great INTERESTING food, good vibes, will return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible - each dish was so unique and flavourful. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and helped us create delicious wine pairings for each dish. My boyfriend and I both agreed this was the best dining experience we’ve had in a very long time. We will definitely be recommending it to all of our friends and will definitely be going back!

KJ
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

It’s a cool place with good food and great energy. I would go here again. With that being said I cant said it was the best food I have ever eaten but it did the job!

MH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have made this a stop whenever we are in Toronto. This place never disappoints!!

SI
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We totaly enjoyed the entire experience. The sharing was fun and the tastes were all so special and delicious. The bread was amazing. Garlic butter was yummy as was the chicken fat dipping dressing. We had 5 different things and all were great. Loved the salmon with fresh English peas.

JP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were equally superb. Not one bad note in every dish we tried. Would 100% recommend this restaurant to people who love food. Go with a big group and try everything.

CK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful recommendations from a great server. Lovely to sit in the patio and watch Kensington market go by! The zucchini blossoms were the best ever!

AM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you!