It’s the most wonderful time of the year – well for you, the frugal restaurant consumer. With more than 200 restaurants participating in this year’s Summerlicious event, the reservation lines are open and ready for you to book in during either lunch or dinner. From hidden gems to hot tickets, don’t fret about your choices – we’ve got them all sorted out for you.
You already know which restaurants to avoid. Here are the top 2017 Summerlicious picks for lunch and dinner between July 7 and 23:
Lunch – $18
2009 Yonge St
If you’ve never been here, Tabülè offers up their take on middle eastern cuisine. With familiar dishes like lamb sausage, hummus and falafel on the menu, you can’t go wrong. Another thing to note: all portion sizes are significant so lunch time here will be well worth it.
Momofuku Noodle Bar
190 University Ave
Everyone dreams of checking out Momofuku Noodle Bar – it’s kind of legendary. Their broth is out of this world. But who would have thought that lunch would be so cheap! Book in immediately before it’s too late and grab an order of their tantan ramen. Mmm.
777 Queen Street West
If you’re looking for beautifully made Iranian food, then Banu is the place for you. If you work along Queen West, pop into here to try it out for yourself. The baklava is out of this world. Trust us!
Lunch – $28
Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive
This beautiful restaurant curated by Chef Mark McEwan sits in the middle of the Aga Khan Museum and offers a menu from the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Have you made your reservation yet? Because I have!
180 Queen Street West
Every meal at Nota Bene has been top-notch and outstanding. From their fresh offerings and huge focus on local, you’ll fall in love with the menu just as much as we have. Order the Nova Scotia Lobster Tom Yum Soup for us, won’t you?
176 Yonge Street
We can’t get enough of this Argentinian-inspired restaurant from Chef Anthony Walsh and if you haven’t been, we think you won’t either. Rooted in tradition, these bites will have you craving more.
Dinner – $38
620 Queen Street West
If you’ve never eaten a meal by Chef Dave Mottershall, you’re missing out. His food is crazy good and Loka is a manifestation of that goodness. From locally sourced meats to seafood, you’ll leave happier than a clam.
3 Charles Street East
The atmosphere is romantic and charming. The food is delightful. If you’re planning a date, this would be my top choice. But don’t take my word for it, decide for yourself.
The Chase Fish & Oyster
10 Temperance Street
With a strong focus on offering sustainable seafood dishes, The Chase is always a good bet. Plus, their rooftop offers one of the best views in the city – hands down! Order the shrimp and grits, you will not be disappointed.
134 Richmond Street
For a taste of elevated Mediterranean cuisine, Ricarda’s is the place to go. They serve top-notch dishes using quality ingredients, prepared with labour and dedication. With an array of textures, colours and bold flavours on one plate, not only is it a feast for the stomach, but a feast for the eyes, too.
Dinner – $48
TOCA Restaurant at the Ritz Carlton
181 Wellington St West
If you’ve ever wanted to have a ‘treat yourself’ meal, then this is the place. It’s beautifully done Italian. Plus, while it’s not on the Summerlicious menu – if you ask really nicely – they may let you tour (and order from) their Cheese Cave.
60 Yorkville Ave
What can we say about Cafe Boulud that we haven’t already said before? It’s good, real good. The dishes are timeless and the restaurant is worth visiting, time and time again. Plus, with the amount of times that Daniel Boulud visits, it’s entirely possible you may spot him walking through the restaurant.
66 Wellington St W, 54th Floor
Every top chef in the city has made their way (at some point or another) through the kitchens at Canoe. With a beautiful view of the city, Chef John Horne offers an inspired menu of Canadian cuisine. You must experience dinner here at least once in your life.
Did we miss any of the top restaurants to try during Summerlicious 2017? Let us know in the comment section or tweet us at @ViewtheVibe.