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CLAY, Toronto, ON

CLAY

4.5
4.5
105 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
An original in-house restaurant at Gardiner Museum. Offering seasonal menus of fresh, local fare, inspired design that's deeply connected to the Museum's ceramic focus, and a seamless continuation of the impeccable service clients have to expect from the museum. Clay breathes new life into Yorkville's fine dining community.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Fusion / Eclectic, International

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 586-8086

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Yorkville

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 105 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto

    Great for Lunch

  • Toronto

    Contemporary Canadian

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  1. MM

    MickeyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Hamburger with fries was fabulous but no bun nor cheese —due to sensitivity cost ~ $30. And 8oz wine at $20! I loved the place but too pricey for my budget. Alas, not likely to return for a long time.
  2. AM

    AlexM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and delicious food with an amazing ambiance. Also love to see the fully accessible gender neutral bathrooms.
  3. PV

    PaulV

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food is just okay. It’s a very nice place, but the food isn’t special enough for the prices.
  4. MC

    MCGM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The executive chef has compiled a thoughtful and seasonal menu that is delicious. Clay is a beautiful space in a wonderful museum and the service is always delightful.
  5. MD

    MaryD

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    The gnocchi that I ordered was disappointing. It appeared to perhaps have been frozen, lacked flavour and was served with a “pesto rosso” that may have been from a jar and did nothing to enhance the dish. Friends made more successful choice with the Swedish Pancakes.
  6. R

    Rsreviews

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambience. Worth the prices.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was personable and excellent.
  8. HM

    HalaM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been before and like the whole experience starting with the positive vibe to the menu and last but not least the professional, cheerful and friendly staff. The spacious restaurant area offers conversational privacy. Each time I invite someone new to the place, my guests ends up planning to come back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always
  10. RT

    RobertT

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lunch at Clay was a very pleasant experience. Lovely food, room, and service.
  11. K

    Kulz

    Toronto

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! It was very different and enjoyable !
  12. VG

    VincenzoG

    Toronto

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, great atmosphere, delicious food! Will definitely return!
  13. SM

    SandraM

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Clay has a calm ambiance with plenty of seating near the window. We didn’t wait long for service on a Sunday at noon and the food was very good although there was little selection.
  14. K

    Kulz

    Toronto

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience by Food Dudes and beautiful spot!
  15. l

    local

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent lunch with great service. The background music was a bit loud for conversation, which is unusual at Clay, but we had an excellent time and it remains a favourite place for lunch with friends.
  16. E

    Erskine

    Toronto

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    As a frequent diner at CLAY, I find the decor and ambience friendly and inviting. The service was good. I would like to see a change in the menu though the fish and chips are always tasty. I preferred the quiche rather than the omelette and would like to see some local produce on the menu.
  17. LG

    LGALGALGALGALGALGALGALGA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous place in a peaceful setting. Good variety
  18. G

    George

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So many of these categories I want to make 6/5. For me, it is just the best value in the city - I know no better, and I have been around. Thank you
  19. J

    Jane

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful spacious dining room. Lovely outdoor balcony seating though limited seating outdoors. Creative, delicious menu items, with fresh ingredients. Interesting. Not overpriced for what they offer. Respectful, efficient service.
  20. MH

    MattHoltz

    Toronto

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I would definitely go back and bring more friends to experience the venue.
  21. CR

    CarlzRamlo

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I celebrated my birthday here. They were very accommodating & professional.
  22. l

    local

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Clay is a very nice, attractive restaurant; and it's more Covid-proof than many, given the separation of tables (although the staff aren't masked.) The menu is small but has interesting items on it.
  23. VM

    VirginiaM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambience, a favourite spot to take visitors to the city.
  24. KA

    KerriA

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Only complaint is that is was very chilly in the restaurant, many of the female diners had jackets on and was I'm comfortably cool the entire time. Perhaps an adjustment to the air conditioning for future.
  25. RL

    RichardL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The location and ambience are excellent. Service was attentive but not consistently informative. As a result one diner ended up with an appetizer and a 'catch of the day' that both were ceviche - one with shrimp, the other with small scallops - neither particularly tasty. The gnocchi was delicious. Dessert was okay but not delicious. Overall a pleasant experience and would recommend to a friend with qualifications.
  26. J

    Jjl29

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with cozy trees and skyline view. Took my aunt here for her birthday and it was a quiet lovely lunch.
  27. A

    Alice

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was very good, and so was the service. The only problem with Clay is the noise level. Unfortunately nearby patrons were enjoying themselves in a somewhat raucous manner, which meant we could hardly hear each other. Otherwise our experience was good.
  28. A

    Ali0123

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was incredible and the servers and managers were wonderfully attentive. I’m excited to come back!
  29. I

    Itwasbad

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Food was terrible. Very small potions, too. Soba with very dried chashu with too sour carrot pickles and men tsuyu was no dashi in it. Dessert of Yuzu lemon tart was extremely sweet. Didn’t even taste lemon or yuzu. Server delivered dessert before we finished our main. And he was taking away plates before we finish. Never go back again.
  30. M

    Maria

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, exquisite flavours, lots of choice. Great service, a beautiful place.
  31. VG

    VincenzoG

    Toronto

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fantastic view, excellent service. Will definitely return!
  32. D

    Dori

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    I always love to go to Clay, the room is beautiful. The food is very good. One can sense the quality, creativity and care. The staff is very attentive and also very caring. the only place if comes up short is the service, they can tend to overlook things but maybe we can attribute that in part to staffing and training issues die to cover and everything getting back to the new normal. Overall I do enjoy going to Clay. Thank you
  33. JW

    JamesW

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed the food and the attentive service. However, there was some odd music on when we arrived which wasn’t very appealing. We asked to have it turned down and it was.
  34. ND

    NobaharD

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I would say overall everything was very good at Clay… only issue I had was when I walked into the restaurant the hostess mentioned they were fully booked - and there was not one person in the restaurant. She said it will get busier in 30 mins. So we left and that’s when I checked Open Table and there was at least 5 time slots available. As I walked back to the hostess; she disappeared and the server assisted us. Again everything was wonderful however I’m not sure why the trend of “we’re fully booked - when in reality we are not” is becoming a trend within the restaurants of Toronto.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    This is Summerlious tasting. The shrimp appetizer was so salty. I had the fish and chip. The desserts was ok. There were flies going around. My table top was not secured, I had my elbow down and the table almost flipped. It happened twice. The experience was quite disappointed.
  36. BS

    BettyS

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Taking adult grandkids to lunch
  37. A

    Ailin

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    If you do the summerlicious menu, you'll have to pay 18% tips. Service was slow (no one came to take our order until we waved at them more than half an hour in) and food was on the saltier side but the environment was nice.
  38. B

    Bella

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The menu is not my favourite. I don’t eat meat so it does reduce my options. The table collapsed while we were eating yesterday as it was not latched correctly underneath. My friends omelette and wine almost ended up in her lap as the table top tilted towards her. I managed to hold on to it just in time. Maybe check the latch under the table before you start eating. The servers were all great and very friendly.
  39. n

    nooooooo

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Never order the Shrimp ceviche. Never order the Soba Noodles. Both awful.
  40. AS

    AngelaS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience4
    The menu is good but uneven - small dishes versus large plates (hamburger, fish and chips). It would be nice if there were more medium size options. Wine is pricey.

FAQs

CLAY is rated 4.5 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for CLAY

111 Queen's Pk 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Yorkville

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Fusion / Eclectic, International

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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