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About Valdez

Valdez brings Latin America's classic cuisine and drink culture to King West with a global twist. Located in the center of the entertainment district, it serves bold, delicious flavors and tasty cocktails in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The food is an assortment of ceviches, sharing plates and main dishes complimented by a bar full of exclusive and unique Latin American products. The most popular dishes include chori papa, ahi tuna, chaufa and the beef skewers.

Relax by the bar and lounge while quenching your thirst with signature cocktails and cervezas or enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Chef Steve Gonzalez. By using fresh ingredients and creative style, he presents a one-of-a-kind Latino street food experience. An open kitchen and active environment ensure that the experience at Valdez becomes a celebration.

606 King St West
Toronto, ON M5V 1M5
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin American, Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH MON-FRI 11AM-3PM
MON-WED 5PM-10:30PM | BAR 5PM-LATE
THURS-SAT 5PM-12AM | BAR 5PM-2AM
THURS-SAT PATIO 5PM-CLOSE
SUNDAY CLOSED

Cross Street:
Portland & Kings st

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 363-8388

Website:
http://www.valdezrestaurant.com/

Catering:



Executive Chef:
Steven Gonzalez

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

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3.8

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3.7

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4.0

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84% would recommend it to a friend

Hot Spot (139)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (102)
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Special Occasion (33)
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Romantic (22)
Great for Lunch (7)
Scenic View (7)
Great for Brunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 24, 2014

The food was very good and the service was amazing. Was very pleased to discover this new resto on King West.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 28, 2014

What a wonderful evening. Not only was our server spectacular, the food and drinks were amazing. Highly recommend and will be back for the Best Margaritas in TO.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 25, 2014

Reception did not recall a change of 15 minutes in the original reservation. This change was done the day before. They wanted the group of four out in 1.45 hours. When we refused the manager/owner? ran and picked us in the street while we were going to Brassaii.
The service was slow and not personal at all.
Drinks and food were ok, nothing great.
Tips - in the menu they have an option starting with 18% gratuity. I personally don't have a problem leaving that and more if the service is good, but not for that kind of service.


Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 25, 2014

Went to Valdez for ceviche and got great food, original cocktails and great service. There were 6 types of ceviche on the menu and Valdez offers an option of trying them all as a flight course. All of them were super fresh, original and well presented. Tequila based drinks were expertly balanced and matched food exceptionally well. Sitting close to the kitchen and watching Steve Gonzales prepare food was amazing too. We would love to come back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 19, 2014

The Chaufa was definitely the best dish I had, a nice flavored rice topped with duck confit is the must have dish to try and along side with a delicious and refreshing Mojito. The Albacore tuna was a good starter and very fresh, some others that would be worth mentioning would be the mixto (ceviche seafood with squid ink), the croquetas (patato, egg, olives), chori papa (chorizo with patatoes and peppers) and the chuzos al plancha (beef skewers with chimichurri). Great location right on King St vibrant area between Bathurst and Spadina where you'll find some great restaurants like Buca, Lee, Weslodge and many more.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 12, 2014

From the time you walk through the door until you leave, a wonderful experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 4, 2014

My boyfriend and I went to Valdez for a Friday night dinner after many recommendations from friends. The atmosphere was awesome, good food and good night life post 11:30. For a romantic dinner it was a bit too loud as we didn't sit down until 10:00pm. If you went earlier you would probably be fine. Good selection of specialty drinks. Would love to go back to the patio upstairs in the summer. Overall would definitely recommend it for a group of friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 3, 2014

Grabbed a bite a Valdez on King west before the hockey game. Great food, really good waitress and the guests loved the experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 29, 2014

After walking past this place many times before, my boyfriend and I made a reservation. We were greeted by friendly staff and were seated at the back. The food was ALL amazing and we love the Happy Hour drink/appetizer list! The music was upbeat and our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the food on the menu and super attentive.
We loved it so much that we went back almost a week later, bringing my cousin before going to see the broadway musical Chicago! As coincidence would have it, we ended up sitting at the same table as the first time! The food was unbelievable (again) and we noticed that there were a couple of newer items added. The waiter' recommendations were outstanding.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Valdez for great food and drinks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 28, 2014

Wait staff was great and friendly. The hostesses were out to lunch. To young to give an f. The flour manager leaned in the half wall which was attached to our table and Leaned there. And did nothing. Meanwhile our table beside him had finished played for picking up. Hello. The food was very good. Only downside were the ribs and beef skewers. Ribs were deep fried too long there was no meat left and the beef skewers were chewy/tough. For the price and staff....I would not recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on March 27, 2014

First thing's first - get the chaufa. Food was great, but it could be because my friend and I shared the chaufa and guac/chips. My only qualm was the service. Our server was a bit awkward, and didn't seem to know what cabernet sauvignon was. Other than that, Valdez was definitely the place to be on Thursday night.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 8, 2014

Although food was tasty. Very noisy and pricey for what you recieved. Ordered 1 app salad 2 drinks mojitos (overpriced for what should be a pretty common drink)and 1 pot pie and shared empanadas (one order) with tax and tip well over 100.00. So approx 50.00 per person ???????? Many places in area that offer more for ur buck but new so had to try but wont again.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 7, 2014

This is a cool place, nice ambiance and great food. The service is not excellent. Our waitress was great but the person at the front desk took fifteen minutes to find the reservation and this has happened multiple times.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 7, 2014

Food was disappointing -- portion wise and overall taste. The best of all the choices was the seafood pot pie, but there was a piece of spoiled lobster in it.

Our waitress seemed annoyed when we asked about the food. It's a shame Valdez's food isn't better since the decor is good. Lots of hard surfaces so sound bounced off and was really noisy. Would not recommend to friends and probably will not return.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 3, 2014

My friend was driving and I had been on cold meds all day, so we opted for a virgin sour. It was great! We'll have to go back so we can try the proper version.
My friend had the duck dish - it was our fav. I had the fajita special and they were great.
If you make a reservation they only give you the table for two hours. It was fine for us on a Monday as a quick get together, but I wouldn't appreciate being on the clock most other nights.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 21, 2014

Waited for 20 minutes after our reservation time (fine stuff happens), waitresses switched after taking our order for no apparent reason, and then lost our first order from fifteen minutes earlier. We ordered 3 full ceviches, and every appetizer - ceviche was great, and all 9 or so of the appetizers were bland or not nice at all, so we didn't order any mains - although we were full anyway. Wine was good, but that is hardly anything this restaurant can take credit for. Great atmosphere but overpriced below average food.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 21, 2014

Everything about our visit was great. Amazing service, delicious food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 19, 2014

The food was well prepared, though just missing something to push it over the top for flavour.
The Branzino was great, as was the ceviche.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 22, 2014

The food was good. It's different and delicious. I ordered the fish...it was good. But my friends ordered the rice dish, it was amazing! The ceviche is awesome as well. I would recommend this place for a group of friends. It atmosphere is cool and hip. Definitely a place with beautiful people...great for people watching.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 18, 2014

Food was delicious and prices were reasonable. Enjoyed the atmosphere & decor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 14, 2014

Great food and great service! We really enjoyed everything!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 7, 2014

This was a disappointing experience. Empty restaurant for a Tuesday lunch. Feel the ambiance will be a good fit for evening socializing. The portion size for lunch was dismal:- had to order a second dish. I received raving reviews about the food and would rate my experience as fair (Lunch: meatball soup & grouper dishes) - beware of sodium content of the soup.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 26, 2013

The food brought so many great flavors and ingredients together. The ambiance was dimly lit with the most lively salsa music playing that kept your spirits up. The drinks are amazing too and on top of that the servers are very friendly and knowledgable. Definitely recommend this to all foodies and Mexican food lovers!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 11, 2013

Have been here 3 times and like it a lot. Great feel to the place. Comfortable and energetic at the same time. Good wine. Service is decent, but a little slow to come around. I wasn't overly impressed with items from the ceviche menu, but everything else I've tried is great. The Chaufa is fantastic and can feed (and satiate) 2 people easily. Great for a late night + drinks.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2013

Let's start off with the Chaufa. Everyone should honestly order the chaufa at Valdez - it's some sort of a heavenly concoction with fried rice and duck confit. The flavours are there, and it is divine. I came here on a Tuesday night, so it was a bit quieter than usual, but both me and my guest agreed that it would be a lively and awesome place to go for drinks. The service was spot on as well. For the dessert, do try the popsicles, which come with real fruit and are a great way to finish off a meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2013

Great vibe, great food and great service.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 30, 2013

Fantastic food and service! Chaufa, braised ribs, and Aguardiente are must orders...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 30, 2013

Ambiance was great. Food was tasty but was very Expensive and portions were small for the price . Being from Colombia, most of the food on the menu is extremely cheap to make and it looks like extortion when a resto charges more than they should. While tasty, one cannot overcome the loss of value because of overpricing . We will not be back.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 23, 2013

Been here about four times since it's opened. The ambiance has always been very vibrant. It's a cool spot, really nicely designed. It's unique to Toronto.

The food quality keeps going downward. Perhaps it's a cost thing, I don't know, but it's not as good as it used to be. For groups, it doesn't much matter-the ambiance and the vibrant crowd will keep you distracted enough. For a date, though, not such a good idea. Especially not good considering the cost of food.

Great place to hold a birthday party or special event.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2013

From peruvian, to colombian, and some more latin flavours in between, all of them with great quality

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2013

reso for 930 and we didn't get seated until 10. We specifically asked if someone could come get us from escobar in the back when our table was ready and they forgot and actually called my cell, left a message, and additionally sent a text saying we had 10 minutes get the table or we would lose it.

just seemed a little unorganized.

when we did get seated food was excellent and our server was very nice.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 9, 2013

The dining experience at Valdez is a unique journey through what it might be like to eat in Latin America. The menu is exciting and interesting because many of the offerings were things that I had never tried before and I will go back to try more until I have tried everything on the menu. The drink menu is also very inviting, in particular the ITA "strong ale" mexican cerveza. I would suggest this dining experience to anyone whether it be for a date or a group of friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 9, 2013

Valdez is a great place for groups and also to go for a nice and fun date night. The food is fantastic and so is the music and people.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 6, 2013

Worst service I have ever experienced. Started off well but after dinner our waitress simply brought us the bill without asking. We told her we would love a coffee and she actually told us that her manager had been pressing her to give us the bill for the last 45 mins. 'Are you actually asking us to leave?' her response was 'yes, my manager wants your table. There was no one waiting for it. We were not being loud/obnoxious, we spent a fair amount on dinner/drinks. My only guess is we weren't drinking enough. Regardless, unacceptably poor customer service. We will not be back and we WILL tell our friends. Thanks Valdez manager for ruining what was for most of the evening, a great impression.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 1, 2013

Had a great time at Valdez! Food was excellent, chef sent out a couple surprise plates which were excellent. Service was attentive but not hovering. Only complaint was that I found it to be way to hot inside. Will return again and again

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 30, 2013

I'm huge on customer service & Valdez is right on for that. The food was excellent but what really stood out to me was the service. From the moment you walk in to the moment you left. I'll definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 22, 2013

Enjoyed Valdez. Ordered the following:
Guac and chips - guac had too much lime but I eat a lot of guac so am quite particular about it. Varied chips were just amazing. Great touch.
Camaron ceviche - very tasty, loved it

Fajitas - average. I expected a twist but they were very Tex-Mex. please do NOT use plastic portion containers for tbe toppings. I get that it makes it easier to pre-portion during prep but its wasteful and such a bad look with eveything else being so nice.

Chaufa - the best. i would come back just for this. duck was so full of flavour. enjoyed it a lot.

Mojito - very good

Great spot. Will try more ceviche next time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 19, 2013

The food at Valdez was outstanding. I would recommend it to my friends. Very attentive wait staff. Everyone that went by checked to see if we needed anything. The Chef's Choice was outstanding.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 19, 2013

The modern rustic look and feel of Valdez was well executed in the look and presentation of Latin American food. The casual, rustic and Latin feel of the restaurant created a good vibe throughout our meal. The price point is moderate, but I do feel that some of the dishes were over priced especially on apps. The overall the food is good, but there is need for improvement on balance on their seasoning.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 9, 2013

hi. I found the food to be quite salty and was not given any options to swap menu items from the lunch prix fixe offering however the overall service was great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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