Senator Brulee tart
Photo by: Kayla Rocca

The Senator Restaurant is known as one of Toronto’s oldest restaurants dating back to the 1920s.  After 90 years of continuous operation, things are looking up (quite literally), as they expand their legacy as one of the oldest hospitality destinations in Canada with the opening of The Senator Winebar.

Described as an upscale French Bistro and wine bar, this new addition will sit directly above the original restaurant on Victoria Street offering dinner service, brunch and a robust live music program.  Guests can enjoy dinner until 10pm after which the room will turn into an old fashioned, late night speakeasy.

THE PLACE

The Senator Winebar
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The quaint and intimate 24 seat space is furnished with carefully selected vintage pieces and furnishings including a Prohibition-period bar and classic 1920’s Heintzman upright piano.  Authentic period pieces selected from around the world give the space a warm, classic and welcoming vibe.

THE FOOD

The Senator Winebar
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The food by Chef Paul Laforet is something to look forward to at The Senator Winebar. Formerly a sous-chef at Ursa and The Drake Hotel, Laforet’s menu is inspired by classic French cuisine and will aim to highlight both local produce and seasonal flavours. Some dishes foodies can expect to see included are Duck Liver Mousse, Cavatelli Gorgonzola and Braised Veal Cheeks all ranging from $16 – $32.

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Dessert lovers will get to appease their sweet tooth with a Brûlée Lemon Tart or a Tarte Tatin with crème Anglais, both for $10.   The plan is to change the selection of desserts regularly so we highly recommend making your way over sooner than later.

THE DRINKS

The Senator Winebar
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What’s a night out without a couple of cocktails? At The Senator Winebar, you can choose from a selection of old world, French themed cocktails all for the price of $14.  Alongside these beautifully crafted drinks there will also be a range of cognacs and liqueurs and specialty drinks like the Caffé Del Marinaio and the Top o’ The Senator.

THE VIBE

The Senator Winebar
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You can expect a mix of good eats and smooth tunes whenever you step foot into The Senator Winebar.  On opening night, diners can expect the flavours of their meals to be complemented by live music from resident pianist and Juno award winning Julian Fauth. Past opening night, there will be a rotating and diverse roster of performances every Friday and Saturday night.

For more information you can visit thesenator.com.