Moliceiro

4.5
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Moliceiro Restaurant sits right in the heart of Toronto's most vibrant
restaurant scene, Ossington Avenue.

At Moliceiro we not only celebrate the food and flavours of Portugal, but
also the Portuguese spirit to sit, relax and enjoy the meal.

Our guests return regularly for the comfort of a home-cooked meal and a
friendly atmosphere. We are open for lunch and dinner daily.

Looking for a place to hold a private party or function? We have a large
dining space that's the perfect fit.

Paired with our exceptionally fresh and high quality catering menu, we're sure to make it a memorable night for everyone.
What 105 People Are Saying
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TJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grilled Octopus is fire and fantastic wine 👌🏼

EG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way!!!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner

NN
Toronto
50 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

A great place if you don't want to converse in your indoor voice. The long narrow room with no sound absorbent material creates a situation ill suited to conversation if there are more than a few customers in the place. it was about 3/4 full when we were there and the noise was ear splitting.
The 4 top at which we were seated was on the small side and the crockery, cutlery, and wine and water glasses were packed onto the table. The food was mediocre. The tomato crostini was topped with rock hard tomatoes which also turned up as veg with several of the mains . It would be smart not to use them when not in season as they have no taste. The trio of rapini, tomatoes and "salt crust roasted potatoes" which appeared boiled and salted rather than roasted, showed up on too many of the mains. Little evidence of creativity in the kitchen. My wife's sardines were fairly fishy smelling and we always expect them to be a little strong, these were more so than usual. The fried calamari was nicely done, however. The octopus was pretty good, but at $32 for 1 decent sized tentacle, it seemed a little too pricey, more so when you consider the lackluster accompaniments. I am probably spoiled by having eaten the octopus starter at Ferro which is the best value octopus dish i have seen anywhere. At $ 16 including potatoes, green veg and romesco sauce, it makes a very filling meal. And you can enjoy a comparable noise level at Ferro as well.

OT
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good value.

AH
Toronto
61 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Portuguese food and service that reminds one of being there - solidly prepared mains and innovative tasty shareable starters coupled with a good wine list and delicious deserts - a very good hot coffee ...with friendly attentive service ...on the Ossington strip - should be a weekly destination !

MS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great wait staff and above average cuisine. Great location right off a main street witih no parking issues. well decorated and a nice comfortable ambience.

PR
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Simple, traditional Portuguese cuisine with a great choice of starters, good choice of fish mains and a few for meat lovers. The desserts were limited but traditional and delicious. The full menu is published on their website. Very pleasantly presented and descent size portions. Attentive and engaging staff. A good selection of regional Portuguese wines fairly priced. The decor was somewhat basic but the restaurant was very clean and tidy. A restaurant appealing to both couples and families. We Look forward to returning.

B
Frankfurt Area
92 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Just average at best. Has the octopus. Entirely forgettable. Service pleasant but severely understaffed.

JL
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a great place for meeting friends or having a date night. Service was super warm and friendly. Food was great. We really enjoyed the Porgugees flavour.
The Ossington location was also convenient.

RS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moliceiro has become a go-to for a delicious yet affordable dinner. A bottle of (good) wine, two entrees, and no one leaving hungry for under $100 is nearly impossible to find in Toronto. Would specifically recommend any of the seafood dishes.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food !!! Great location!!!

JH
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Very well prepared and presented. Informed server. Comfortable chairs.

LM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was ok. My cod was over cooked and a bit dry, it took our server 45 minutes to clear appetizer dishes (he kept bypassing us until I finally directly asked him to clean off dirty empty plates) and there was no lime at the bar, which is bizarre for a fully stocked bar. Gin and tonic came with lemon as my request for lime couldn’t be accommodated.

GF
Toronto
52 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

This is a great find and a neighbourhood gem! Casual, vibrant atmosphere. Feels like mom's cooking in the kitchen - cozy, homecook Portuguese dishes. Love the spicy clams! Shared dishes encourage conversation and exchange of food preferences. Mostly Portuguese wines and some Spanish - good selections! Great value for a wonderful meal! We'll be back!

G
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic; the food was phenomenal, and the prices we amazing.
The service was great, and we had our bottle of wine within a minute after ordering on a Friday night.
We have found a new place to come back to!

S
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great home made food! Great service. Definitely would return to try more dishes.

R
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Food was awful - squid, octopus and rapini where almost uneatable

FS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it... Elevated Portuguese and good value. Loved it.

J
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really pleasant experience- food was great! The fish, perfectly grilled. Highly recommended!

ND
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Moliceiro was really cute, the service was great and the value was amazing, the wine was very affordable.

I would definitely recommend this to friends.

JC
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. The food was really tasty. I loved the bass but am used to not having a whole fish and found there were too many little bones which were hard to see. My friend who is used to whole fish did not have the same issue. The shrimp appetizer was great. We were going to a play so did not try the desserts.

LM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Moliceiro to celebrate a birthday. I chose it because of the emphasis on Fish in a Portuguese restaurant and it did not disappoint. We had the seafood pasta with piri-piri and the grilled squid. The latter was really tender. We will go back.

MI
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing meal! The food and service were fantastic. Ambiance was great. Server was knowledgeable and recommended great apps and wine. The clams and shrimp are must haves. Would come back again!

M
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All four people in our party loved their food. Everything was delicious and portion sizes were good, the atmosphere was lovely, and the noise level was low so we could easily chat and hear one another. We'll be back!

N
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Our clams in a butter sauce were really good, although our mains and dessert were really disappointing. We got chicken piri piri and pasta with shrimps. My pasta was floating in a bath of a mixture of tomato sauce and oil, while the chicken was dry and bland. We got a chocolate mouse dessert to finish, but even that was bland, and unappealing by the look. Service was good and we got the dessert off from the final check.

KQ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing meal and outstanding service. Definitely recommend!

A
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I went for the first time last weekend to celebrate my husband's birthday. I loved the place, the food was very tasty and the service was excellent.
The only suggestion I would do is to include more vegetarian options on the menu, I just found two main vegetarian dishes, although the risotto was very good is always nice to have different options to choose.
Good place fare prices, excellent service.

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delightful discovery and genuinely like being in Portugal!! Having dined in Lisbon, Porto, on the Azores in the Douro wine region this was a wonderful deja vu experience.

MH
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Second time we've been there prior to going to the theatre and the food and service are excellent - all I can say is that you need to try the octopus!

TF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was expecting a bigger restaurant and live music based on what I had read on line. Very small area, and noisy. The food was good and reasonably priced. I was hoping for a broader menu with more choices outside the typical portuguese entrees that every Portuguese restaurant offers

EG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in all aspects of our dining experience. I worked in the restaurant industry for years so I am overly critical. We will definitely be going back and I highly recommend this restaurant!!

DB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and wine list. Good service, friendly, welcoming and attentive. Felt casual and relaxed but still elegant...except for the pop music that was playing. We will return...Hope to hear some fado, jazz or something more conducive to dining next time.

PB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great vibe, great staff. Chorizo and wine was great

JP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent Portuguese menu. The ameijoas and arroz de marisco were very good. So was the vinho verde Muralhas de Moncao

v
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place! Excellent qualities! Food was delicious! Definitely recommend the caldo verde soup & the arroz de marisco! Love the traditional Portuguese decor as well!

K
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up with my friend here. Seafood was fresh and portions are great - still had food to take home after. We’re definitely coming back! Thank you for the great experience.

TH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Ambiance in restaurant was cozy and service attentive but food was disappointing. The sea bass was very salty, oily and and not de-boned. Would not recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Great food!

PT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The octopus was great and the house white is excellent.
Its a small, quiet restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. perfect for an early dinner then head into town.