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About The Living Room & Courtyard Cafe- The Windsor Arms Hotel

The Living Room was created to satisfy the needs and comforts of travellers and local Torontonians alike. Windsor Arms’ newest restaurant is opened from 7AM until 2AM every day. We feature over 60 local craft drafts and beers including a new menu full of delectable comfort foods. The Living Room also has a premium international wine selection, which is the proud recipient of the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator for five consecutive years.


Interior designer Jacques Dinel of Dinel Designs brought British influence to the restaurant, setting the atmosphere of luxurious comfort. The Living Room is decorated with original print art from the UK and a formal dining area with original Charles Pachter paintings. Furnished with oversized Chesterfields and comfortable leather seating, The Living Room is perfect for conducting your meetings, get-togethers or hosting formal dining events. Come try our unique self-pour draft table for your use when reserved for parties of 4

18 Saint Thomas St
Toronto, ON M5S 3E7
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Vegan

Hours of Operation:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily: 7:00am - 2:00am

Sunday Brunch seatings at 10:30/11:00am and 12:30/1:00pm

Tea Service: Daily seatings in the Tea Room at 12:30/1:00pm, 3:00/3:30pm and 5:30/6:00pm

Cross Street:
Bloor

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 971-9666

Website:
http://www.windsorarmshotel.com/dining/livingroom/

Public Transit:
Bay Street Subway Station

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact restaurantmgr@windsorarmshotel.com for private dining inquiries.

Private Party Contact:
Guillaume: (416) 971-9666

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

The Living Room & Courtyard Cafe- The Windsor Arms Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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3.6

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3.8

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3.9

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3.5

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82% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (4)
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Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Actually, went to the Windsor Arms Hotel for a Kosher Meal. I was surprised that the Windsor Arms Hotel actually had a Kosher Restaurant.

I was also surprised that the Courtyard Café no longer serves dinner.

Only Sunday Brunch.

In the Living Room Restaurant , you are offered a Fixed Price 3 Course Dinner for $75.00.

If you want a steak, it's an extra $15.00.

If you want a burger, you subtract $10.00.

No a la carte.

The atmosphere is upscale.

The Server brings you the cutlery wrapped in a napkin and sealed with a kosher emblem.

I think you get 2 knives, 3 forks and 2 spoons, all wrapped up.

The food is decent if not quite spectacular.

With the Park Hyatt closed, this is the only upscale kosher restaurant in Downtown Toronto.

I would come back here, I wanted kosher food in an upscale environment.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The turkey was tasteless. There were no lemons provided with the oysters until asked. There was no horseradish provided with the roast beef until asked. The crab legs were not sufficiently cracked. I asked for a nut cracker to remedy this issue and it took the waiter 15 minutes to find a cracker. I suspect there was only one in the dining room that was making its rounds.
My water glass was dirty. I had to request a clean glass. The cutlery was removed by the wait staff as soon as I left my chair to select another course. No cutlery was provided with the plates. I had to request a new set and had to ask the wait staff to not clear the knife & fork. There was a lack of oversight and management of the buffet from the head waiter.

The ladies washroom was filthy. Many of the toilets had not been properly flushed and paper towels were left on the floor. There should have been a staff member checking to ensure the washroom was clean and the toilets flushed.

All in all my Christmas dinner was a disappointment! I expected elegance and better quality food. It was certainly not worth the $100.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Very attentive staff. The portions were a good size. Wine list was extensive. I found the dressing too bland for the Cobb salad but the oysters were delicious.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

This restaurant could use some 'sprucing up' with regards to attention to detail/cleanliness.
There were alot of crumbs on the floor and on the windowsill adjoining our table. The restaurant wasn't busy so I sensed they had been there for awhile. When our waiter noticed them he reached across me to try to wipe them up. He also offered me a soup Spoon from inside his apron :(

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Perfect food, service and ambiance. Will definitely go back.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Great food, friendly service and a nice atmosphere

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Went here for lunch with my GF for summerlicious 2017. My expectations were low and I they were met. Lunch took over an hour - which is fine on a weekend but on a Monday, I need to get back to work. Service was slow to say the least. The food was decent I guess. Had the calamari which was rubbery as an app. The main was the best course though the timing of it from the kitchen perspective could have been better as parts of it were colder than others which is flat out disappointing. The creme brulee was literally directly out of the fridge - they must have put it in the microwave or something to heat it up a bit but the custard was as cold as milk from the fridge. Overall - I thought it was over priced and service was very slow. I have no inclination to ever return.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent location for a special outing. I loved that there were veg/vegan options, as well as fish. We thoroughly enjoyed our Saturday evening there. We didn't know the Summerlicious program was on- might be wise to tell people when they book so they know the menu is somewhat more limited.

We ate at the bar on Sunday and did not have the same experience. We waited 45 mins for our burgers and the waiter didn't even apologize. Very disappointing service and meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

My first time at Windsors Arms. Most charming place. Service was excellent at The Living Room and truly enjoyed the summerlicious lunch.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Delicious summerlicious lunch. Great service except for hostess who gave us a persnickety response when we said we were there for lunch, and replied "no, you're here for summerlicious". Isn't a meal around noon considered lunch? Was not impressed and definitely left a poor first impression. Thankfully food was good, portions generous and service in restaurant excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Casual, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Cozy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Good buffet in a wonderful location. Had fresh oysters and great desserts.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 22, 2017

THE ENVIRONMENT IS VERY NICE AND STYLISH, THE FOOD IS GREAT AND FAST , THE SERVICE IS POLITE AND PROFESSOR. THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WAS EXCELLENT!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 2, 2017

I booked a birthday lunch at the Living Room. The service was very slow and the food was cold when it arrived after an hour long wait. I won't be back.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 30, 2017

It has been years since I visited the Cafe. We invited some European. Visitors for the Sunday brunch. They were blown away by the ambiance, the selection and quality of the brunch. Comparable to some of the classic hotel European places they had visited in France.
We were so pleased they were so happy with our choice. His Cafe is indeed a hidden gem for a buffet brunch

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Worst service I've ever experienced. Food came out incorrectly took an hour for meal when the restaurant was empty. Vegan options on the menu were unavailable

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 9, 2017

A schizophrenic experience - service and ambience good, date's meal (steak) excellent, my meal virtually inedible - vegan tempe steak that could be mistaken for a stale piece of bread. Truffles that turned out to be solid chocolate with a sauce that made them virtually inedible because they could not be cut with a knife and had to be picked up by hand with the sauce running on the fingers. Let's be diplomatic and just say my system has not yet recovered two days later.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 6, 2017

We went for. Winterlicious . Amazing food and ambiance. Service is great .

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Completely outraged at the service level we received at The Livingroom. We were seated in a very tight spot instead of one of the more spacious, less noisy location. It took 15 minutes before a waiter signaled to our designated that we had not been served, and another 10 before he came to our table. The waiter didn't say a word, just looked at us with his note pad which prompted us to give our order. After waiting another 20 minutes to get our appetizer, entirely wrong items were brought to us. Not only did waiter not apologize, he simply didn't say anything at all. At this time we left since this entire experience was not with the $100+ meal.

Never have I ever been treated which such a lack of respect, especially at a highly recommended restaurant.

Complete waste of our time! Strongly do not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2017

When on line reservations were made a week in advance, I was not aware that there was going to be a Winterlicious menu. I didn't find out until the staff called to confirm my reservation a few hours prior to our seating. Not knowing what the Winterlicious menu was offering and not being able to look for another restaurant in that short time, my spouse and I headed down to the restaurant. The Winterlicious was a fixed price and the portions were small. We were left hungry after the meal. I also requested on line a slice of chocolate cheese cake with a birthday candle. That never happened and I wasn't in the mood to remind the server. Otherwise, the ambience was decent and if you arrive early enough (i.e. 6:30 pm on a Friday), there is metered street level parking on Sultan Street for approximately 5 vehicles.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 29, 2017

We were treated like second class citizens by the concierge. They changed our reservation from 12:30 to 1:30 which meant we got the last seating. As a result, several items were no longer available, some were stale and others looked picked over. The only positive was the wait staff. Our waiter, an English guy, was amazing, as were the busser and water girl, who were always nearby, to clear our plates and top up our drinks.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We where looking forward to the meal. We thought the portions where small for the price we paid. The soup was weak, little veggies, the beef hanger steak, was tough and the pumpkin brulee was weak on flavour.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We went for Winterlicious 2017 at lunch time. Had the tone set by beautiful bread and butter that we couldnt leave alone. The salad imaginative and tasty. Fish and chips Unbelievable ! The batter crisp and airy in your mouth, shoestring chips were actually still warm when delivered. Unfortunately the dish was marred by poorly drained fish that left a small pool of grease on my plate. Dessert was pumpkin creme Brule that was delicious.

Definitely worth the visit.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2017

I have not visited the place for a while and a bit dismayed to find half the bldg was made to condos leaving a very small area for hotel/eatery. It has lost its appeal due to the suffocating remaining space. Restaurant is elegant (as it was and should be), but the reception in small front was a bit disconnected. Staff is courteous and attentive but service was very slow. Food is mediocre for the price! Minestrone soup tasted like Campbell's canned soup (sorry but true), luke warm too! Main course/desserts just a tad better. Good presentation but taste was just ok. Bathroom is on the 2nd floor accessible via slow and dated elevator. Overall a fancy name and elegant restaurant. Not bad for a quiet time but price/food not compatible.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2016

The service we received was abysmal. The lowlights include: being ignored by the servers when we arrived, over half the menu was unavailable - this was not made clear at the outset so ordering became rather laborious, waiting 90 minutes for our entrees to be served only to have four of the five plates emerge from the kitchen. The fifth plate did eventually make it out...15 minutes later. There was no apology, explanation or acknowledgement of the poor service in general. This restaurant is the definition of riding on the coattails of its name. It was a disappointment on many levels but perhaps the most egregious is that this dinner was our family Christmas dinner.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 25, 2016

The dinner was a Christmas dinner; the music was quite loud and they played Abba ( not sure why this venue for Christmas day; servers pleasant but not trained to the level expected at the WIndsor Arms; after finishing a bottle of Ripasso Valpolechlo we ordered 3 glasses of the same wine. We felt they were not quite "right" so asked to return them. The employee said we should replace them and we received them - they also seemed off and then the employee started to explain that they needed to breath; in the end too much effort for the 3 glasses -- we left them and paid for them along with the rest of the bill. Not a memorable evening and not one we expected from the Windsor Arms

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 12, 2016

Absolutely stunning - atmosphere was conducive to a business meeting, food was exceptional, service was first-rate. Recommend this restaurant for fine dining and for bringing clients for meetings.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 7, 2016

We very much enjoyed our dining experience. The one suggestion I would make is regarding dessert. For such a high priced meal, one wold think the desserts would be original, varied, and delectable. I have eaten much better desserts, delicious and beautifully served, at more simple and inexpensive restaurants.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Bad food, bad service, bad management, they don't even deserve a half of the star. What a wast of my time to continue with my comments . Highly not recommend to anyone eat there, I rather donate my money to the good cost.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2016

An excellent venue for a quit upscale dinner. The service was impeccable and the food choices were great for us - there were two vegans and one non-vegan dining together and the menu satisfied all three with both vegan and non-vegan choices. Lovely ambience, quiet, well-appointed, and the staff were all very attentive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Second visit, enjoyed both times, food and service very good, have already suggested friends go for dinner. Far too many other restaurants think that we need music - played to loudly at that. If want music stay home or go to a club. Thank you The Living Room, we'll be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 4, 2016

I almost always enjoy the vegan brunch here. The portions of food were particularly small on this visit. That is not usually the case. But the atmosphere is peaceful and the service is top notch.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 26, 2016

They must have been really short staffed because we each got our breakfast 5 minutes apart from each other and there were 5 of us. Otherwise it was very nice

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 21, 2016

When we booked we got distinct impression from the website that we would have a choice (to accommodate our guests)of menu or buffet. When we arrived it was buffet,only. This was a surprise. Notwithstanding that,the food was quite good(not sure$65/person good). Service was reasonably attentive although our guests' omelette order seemed to have gotten lost.

The replenishment of small things(i.e. lemon for fish) was slow and a fly on a dessert was seen.

Room is lovely.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 7, 2016

Great parking around the corner, beautiful sparkling chandelier in the entrance, soft plush velvet chairs, scrumptious brunch including fresh shucked oysters, king crab legs, baked salmon, butter chicken, rack of lamb, short ribs, roast, etc... Had a delicious variety of salads including kale and quinoa along with grilled vegetables, assorted cheeses and baked goods which included a croissant interspersed with chocolate layers, fruit skewers with a chocolate fountain, and a gorgeous chocolate sculpture surrounded by a variety of gourmet mini desserts! The egg in my benedict florentine order was cooked perfectly :-)

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 3, 2016

This night was a very special night for the both of us; our 10yr anniversary. From the greet, to our selected wine to our utmost professional server and to our food was simply divine. We both been to Windsor Arms numerous times long time ago when we weren't together.

We decided to make it our lil secret getaway spot for just the two of us when the occasion suit fits. Thank you Joey and my server for selecting our wine for us. Never seize to amaze us.

Will be back again and again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 23, 2016

The service were really bad. Happened that day had a table was very noisy. I don't understand why the restaurant put on very loud rock music. I believe it should be kind of classical music because this is not a bar or spot restaurant. The waiters never filled up the water for us. If we asked, he just filled one glass even the other glasses were empty. What a ridiculous !!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 20, 2016

We chose the Living Room for a dinner with friends from out of town and we ate from the Summerlicious menu.The sea bass, the chocolate mousse and the mille feuille with strawberries were delicious but the polpettes were dry and tasteless and the chicken cacciatore also lacked flavour.
The waiter, Malachi was very efficient and friendly.
It was not a 'bad' dinner but not memorable.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 18, 2016

A real disappointment. I remember the Windsor Arms Hotel and the Courtyard cafe as a place of great elegance. Though I had booked for lunch [and not cocktails], we were shown into a bar called "The Living Room" [ I suppose the Courtyard cafe no longer exists] The first thing I noticed was a flat screen TV showing weather and news. Yes, the Windsor Arms, at one time one of the city's most elegant places, now strives to emulate a Scarborough sports bar. Even though the room was quite empty we were shown to a table next to a family sitting around a table checking their phones. They weren't dining just sitting there checking and sending texts. I guess they were staying in the hotel. One of the children wandered over to our table and stared at us until I asked him to go away. The staff seemed embarrassed but did nothing. I also changed my seat so I didn't have to look at the TV. The food was tasty but blandly presented in minuscule portions. The whole lunch [a celebratory occasion for a friend] was a great disappointment and frankly, embarrassing. The bright spot was the efficient and friendly waiter.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 14, 2016

Beautiful restaurant, our server was amazing. It was sort of hard to find as it is inside of a hotel and there is no sign or any hint from outside of it being there. We went for the vegan options on there summerlicious menu. Out of the three pricing options, they were the highest. And that would have been ok if the portions weren't so extremely small! And our entre was tofu which is very inexpensive to purchase. Add the $11 pints of beer and the pricing was a little ridiculous to me. The food was good though and our server (an man in his 60's) was extremely friendly, polite and took care of everything we needed. Spending almost $200 for 2 people was, in the end, was a little excessive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 14, 2016

Summerlicious. It was ok. Underwhelming. Dark room and no other diners. So kinda sad.

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