Rosewater

4.0
1278 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Minutes from Toronto's Financial and Theatre districts, the Rosewater offers a fresh and unique dining experience. From the intimate setting of the upper mezzanine level, which overlooks the main dining room, to the self-contained supper club on the lower level, this building lends an air of romance and casual decadence when dining on a fusion of modern classics.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
International
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Hours of operation
Dinner -Tuesday to Saturday: 5:30pm

December 1st – 19th
Lunch – Monday – Friday: 11.30am-2.00pm
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Phone number
(416) 214-5888
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Dale Meek
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Private party facilities
From the intimate setting of the upper mezzanine level, which overlooks the main dining room, to the self-contained supper club and white room on the lower level, this building lends an air of romance and casual decadence when dining on a fusion of modern classics.
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Private party contact
Jeannie DesRoches: (416) 214-5888
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Cross street
Adelaide
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Parking details
Parking is available on the street or at several nearby above and below ground parking lots.
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Public transit
The Rosewater is two short blocks east and one north of King subway station
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Special events & promotions
Rosewater Tuesdays & Thursdays - Life After Work. Every Tuesday & Thursday 5pm-8pm. Features + Specials on classic cocktails, draft beers and select wines by the glass or by the bottle.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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food
4.2
service
4.1
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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Very empty restaurant which was odd for a Saturday night. Sound track was a distracting set of Christmas songs. Service was slow (despite empty restaurant) and missed an item on our order. Food was fine but a little uninspired.

m
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We hit the jackpot on date night. The hostess was kind and helpful, our waitress was genuine and fantastic! I had cod with beet risotto and it was AMAZING. I stole a bite of the beef tournade (sp) and it was so tender and flavourful.
The only thing lacking was it seemed like it was getting dated, or old in there - washrooms had dirt/rust in them, and there was a good layer of dust on the sideboard we were seated next to by the window. I was kind of surprised!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Haven’t been to the Rosewater in years- I won’t go back! The food was not enjoyable at all. All five of us left a good portion on our plates because we all felt the same. Coffee was serviced warm not hot and spilled down the side of the cup. A big disappointment especially given the price point. The restaurant is large and was very empty- now I know why...

J
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the tuna and lamb. Excellent quality of tuna and meat. The chocolate cake was warm and so yum! The overall food presentation was great and so was the service!

S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were greeted by an excellent hostess who took our coats and brought us to our table. The waiter was friendly, and assisted us with our wine preferences very adeptly. For appetizers we got the pan-seared scallops and an endive salad. The scallops were cooked nicely, and served on a risotto bed which was pleasant. The endive salad was very heavy in olive oil and we couldn't taste any pumpkin seed vinaigrette at all - it was unfortunate because it took away from the excellent fresh greens and wild mushrooms that were used in the salad - we didn't have more than a bite or two. There was no fixing this because the kitchen preps their vinaigrette earlier in the evening, so they took it off of our bill instead since there were no other green salad options available from what we could see.

Our mains were the beef tournedos and the rack of lamb. We ordered and correctly received them medium rare. The rack of lamb was served with asparagus and a small couscous dish, and the glaze was a pomegranate blend which gave a nice hint of sweetness to the lamb. The tournedos were served alongside some fingerling potatoes with goat cheese and their own glaze, which flavour did not stand out as much as the rack of lamb's glaze.

Overall we found the service to be excellent but the food to not match up to our expectations of an upscale dinner out. However, we found that the pricing was reasonable considering the adequate portions and excellent service received. We would consider returning again, but will be continuing our hunt for a restaurant that simply amazes us in both quality and flavour.

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We came to Rosewater for our friends birthday. The food was delicious, however the service was one of the worst experiences I have had. Our server did not check up on us, and we were constantly having to ask random staff for things like drinks, eta of food etc. Our drinks took at least 15 minutes to come to the table, and that’s after the long wait just to take our drink orders. One of our friends meals was not punched in, so she waited over an hour and a half for her meal, and was only comped a drink. It just felt like we were completely overlooked, and I am very disappointed with the experience.

SP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff was extra nice and welcoming
Food was good, the duck is outstanding
Price was surprisingly moderate ... 1 starter and a main course accompanied with 1/2 bottle Canadian bubble was almost 100cad

CS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rosewater never disappoints! Great food and great service, in a beautiful atmosphere.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The French Onion Soup was a big disappointment for all of us.
The wine was not the greatest neither. Hostess was friendly

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I highly enjoyed my dining experience at Rosewater. The server was great and I received great costumer service. The food was great and we did not wait too long.

S
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely meal in all respects. The restaurant is spacious and equipped for private dinners and groups. Service was personable and very attentive. My wife had beef tournado cooked to her wishes and I had onion soup followed by Cornish game hen. Portions were very ample and the chef is clearly skilled and talented. The staff is enthusiastic about the restaurant's food choices, which speaks well of the team work and quality of food generally. This met our expectations and we would recommend Rosewater.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Rosewater is exceptional. I've been there on many occasions and just keep going back. Service and the atmosphere is good. I have recommended this place to many who have gone and enjoyed themselves. My favorite restaurant in TO.

SB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have wanted to go here for a while and finally used a family birthday as the reason. The restaurant's ambiance was wonderful. Had reservations for 7:30 but due to a change in schedules, we were able to arrive at 6:30 and were immediately seated. I was surprised with the lack of patrons throughout the night. We were seated at a table against the wall that had a banquet that wrapped around like a Queen Anne chair and would have afforded privacy from a variety of sight lines. The upstairs lounge, and private dining room along with the meeting room in the basement which made me think of a perfect place for a bride to make final touches before revealing herself to her guests above. The columns and crown details were just a few things that caught our attention and enhanced the setting.

Our server, Kelly, was wonderful.

The French Onion Soup has become one of my favourites of all time. Great flavour, not too many onions and the Molten Brie Fondue which is presented on the side for the guest to pour into their bowl is something I would definitely order again.

All three of us had different mains, all of which were very satisfying.

The prices were very fair for what was received.

I would like to see this restaurant get the level of clientele they deserve, and do recommend it.

AJ
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Went for my husband's birthday. Summerlicious. His appetizer of supposed crab and lobster arancini balls was a big disappointment. Very bland. Didn't taste the seafood in them. Our main course of duck was cooked well and had nice bean salad however the polenta looked like it was slopped under the duck. A bit runny... his dessert was good dolce leche. I had a trio of sorbets which were not presented well in a much too big bowl. Presentation lacks here but word did get out to the manager via our waitress re: the unappetizing starter. She quickly rectified this for us offering us digestifs on the house. Shame the food isn't as good as the server we had and manager.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i WENT WITH MY DAUGHTER AND WE HAD A VERY PLEASURABLE DINING EXPERIENCE. WE HAD THE CRAB ARRANCINI AND THE DIVER SCALLOP WITH PORK BELLY TO START - BOTH WERE EXCEPTIONAL PARTICULARLY THE LATTER. MAINS WERE DUCK BREAST AND LEG WITH FIGS AND AN ORANGE SAUCE - OUTSTANDING, AND VEAL TWO WAYS - EXCELLENT. WERE VERY HAPPY TO TRY PANNACOTTA FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH A CARAMEL FOAM. VERY ELEGANT DINING ROOM. GREAT VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY WITH SUMMERLICIOUS; PORTIONS WERE GENEROUS.

J
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, service, and elegant interior. However noise level was incredibly high. We were there Thursday evening when they have special deal for drinks. People were crowded at the bar so it was even difficult for us to go to washroom, and I had to yell at my friends cus they couldn't hear.

l
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although very noisy and crowded at the front, with many standing and drinking, once in the back there was less noise, incredible food and a lovely ambience. Service was fantastic. Great find, close walk to Mirvish theatre.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We came back to the Rosewater after many years. We absolutely loved our Summerlicious dinner. It was beautifully presented, delicious, and more than enough food for the money. The service was excellent and the restaurant itself wonderful. We did not appreciate the very large group at the bar as it was extremely loud, almost impossible to have a conversation, and the group made it hard to even get to the restrooms. We would return but perhaps on a calmer night!

EB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We found the restaurant very noisy. It was so noisy it was difficult to talk to each other. Even the wait staff had difficulty hearing our orders. We will not be back.

K
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Presentation of food is not good.
They gave us the amount we're supposed to pay. Didn't give breakdown.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great value for the Summerlicious price we paid! Portions were larger and much more filling than at most Summerlicious places.

The confit of duck breast was a little too rare for my taste, and I have to wonder if it was truly prepared like a confit should be, but it was still well prepared and tasty, as was the rest of the meal.

The service was everything it should be - quick, well trained and well informed, courteous and considerate, but not intrusive.

F
Toronto
47 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Checked out Rosewater for Summerlicious 2017. We had the arrancini and scallops with pork belly for apps and they were both delicious! For the mains, we had the duck and duo veal. The duck was fantastic and cooked perfectly! The veal was seasoned well but one of the veal-stuffed ravioli was on the dry side. For dessert, the panna cotta was definitely the best choice. The sorbet and strawberries were nothing special and lacked in presentation. Service was mediocre (took a long time for them to take our order and get our bill). It is a very lively environment and loud so be prepared to have to yell across the table on a busy night.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for the summerlicious menu - there were lots of $7 cocktail specials. Duck confit and scallop starter were delicious! Excellent value for $38/person

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for Summerlicious. We liked it very much.

SF
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazingly attentive waitress and solid summerlicious menu. Came with a group of 4 people and all 4 of us left feeling pleased with our meal. Cocktails tasted amazing, atmosphere was on point, and our particular seating placement was very very comfortable. Will definitely come again.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere, tables are not to too close together, food was excellent and the service was great.

A
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

the meal was great.........Amy, our hostess, was most gracious!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

We went to summerlicious. We tried three sets, only one of the appetizer is good. The environment is very noisy and there is a fly around us all the time. Don't go...

f
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly waiter and good food. Nice decor and modern design.

K
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Went for summerlicious with a friend. Great food though our duck main could've been half the size. Nice but pricey wine list. Classy, upscale decor and lots of private rooms for groups. Service was friendly and we weren't rushed. Would definitely go again to try the regular menu.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and service, very laud on Thursdays!!

They should inform about it, too loud!!!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rosewater was a great experience and they quickly accommodated the special occasion. Very sincere, friendly and down to earth. I would recommend this restaurant.

MG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went with some friends to try out the Summerlicious Menu. The service was great and so was the food for the most part. I loved the panna cotta. The only critique I would have for this visit is that the pasta dough for the veal raviolis was kind of dry and tough.

T
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything good. Nice place with friendly and helful staff. Worth value.

CC
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in Toronto, food is delicious too!

Such a nice and grand restaurant in Toronto, we've been summerlicious there for the first time and absolutely will go back next time!!

Great atmosphere, great service, delicious food and easy to find parking around!

HK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance, food & service. Wife was very impressed.

JR
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Visited Rosewater for Summerlicious 2017. Once again the food was outstanding. Service was good however, there was a delay on receiving our main course (food was received at 1:30 for a noon reservation) and one of our friends had to return to work before she could enjoy her meal.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I was entertaining two colleagues from the US. I was referred to Rosewater by a friend in sales who knows every restaurant in town. My guests commented on the superb food. I found the price, no-fuss service, and vibe of the place perfect for the occasion.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fantastic wine

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 5

Horrible food good ambiance

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