It’s that time of year again…. TIFF time! We love it and we love to find the best places to eat for both celeb spotting and a good meal when running from film to film. After all, running around trying to catch a glimpse of a celebrity, taking selfies to post on Instagram and finding out who’s wearing what is exhausting! So to make TIFF life easier, we’ve got a list of fabulous restaurants that will help get you through it all!
Here’s Vv Magazine‘s guide to where to eat during TIFF 2015.
Located in the beautiful Four Seasons Toronto, dBar should absolutely be on your dining destination list during TIFF season. Below the soon to open Café Boulud 2.0, this trendy bar serves amazing food, is always buzzing with beautiful people and chances are you might catch a glimpse of Emily Blunt or Jake Gyllenhaal!
On Bloor West, this fashionable French bistro serves fabulous food in a Parisian setting. But it’s the crowd of who’s who that makes it a definite TIFF dining hot spot.
The new modern Japanese restaurant/bar is the newest addition to Yorkville’s facelift. With a rooftop patio and our city’s who’s who cocktailing under the stars, we expect this new hot spot will be a celebrity favourite throughout TIFF 2015.
Located in the Hazelton Hotel, if you want to head over to One, you must absolutely make a reservation. TIFF time for them is crazy time and if stars are what you’re looking for, you will likely be enjoying your pricey dinner next to one. Delicious food, chic vibe and a high price tag make for one helluva TIFF night out.
This Asian steakhouse screams luxury even if you’re just walking by it on Avenue Road. With exclusively sourced cuts of meat from the best producers both locally and globally, the dining experience at NAO is fit for the top A-listers. If you’re not hungry and want to just grab a cocktail on their patio or at the bar, celebrity spotting surely will not be a problem.
The new Ivan Reitman and Jonathan Waxman eatery is the talk of the town having opened last year during TIFF 2014. Looking to celebrity spot and enjoy a good meal after your movie premieres? This place will deliver.
A staple destination during TIFF, Top Chef alum David Christian puts out a creative menu that dazzles even the most well-traveled jet-setters. Located in Le Germain Hotel on Mercer Street, the restaurant will satiate both your appetite and your star-spotting needs.
A tequila lounge located one block from the TIFF Bell Lightbox is an ideal spot to enjoy some tacos and tequila in-between the shows. Cheap and cheerful, don’t miss their Taco Tuesdays where they offer specials all night along with live Mexican music.
Michael’s On Simcoe
The modern Italian steakhouse is home to many celebrities during TIFF and serves one of the best steaks in the city. With a new 100K patio, this spot is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal and celebrity watch with Soho House and the Shangri-La located just across the way. It also helps that owner and passionate restaurateur, Michael Dabic, ensures only the best comes out of the kitchen and that everyone’s night is pure perfection.
Celebrities, they’re just like us. They love dining at the best restaurants also and with Bar Buca being named as a top 10 Toronto restaurant, we expect that this Portland Street hot spot will be jammed with A-listers looking to nibble on the best our city has to offer.
The Drake Hotel
The iconic hotel has been a TIFF destination for years. Whether you’re having a delectable dinner in their lounge (courtesy of Chef Ted Corrado) or sipping on some amazing cocktails on their beautiful rooftop patio or dancing the night way at one of their ‘Underground’ parties, the Drake is definitely one of the hottest joints during TIFF 2015.
The Good Son
Top Chef Canada’s Vittorio Colacitti knows food and he knows it well and with a restaurant themed around multiculturalism, The Good Son is the perfect restaurant to wine and dine at during TIFF. Wine aficionados and fearless foodies alike will definitely find their palates begging for more.
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