Whoever said that food is a path to a person’s heart wasn’t wrong, especially considering the amount of mouthwatering Toronto restaurants we have to choose from. On Valentine’s Day, eating out (
no pun intended) is the perfect evening activity to release your romantic side and let your appetite roam free. Oh, but where to dine…?
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Without a doubt, this place is a Valentine’s Day date night hotspot on the lower east end of #The6ix. With a very reasonable price point, even with the wine pairing, this place will WOW any date, without breaking the bank. But unlike many other chef’s tastings or fine dining restaurants, bring an appetite. “Casually-classy,” that’s what I’d call it. Stunning details, and food, without too many frills.
If you want to take your date somewhere with a nice view while enjoying Italian food then Don Alfonso is the place to go. Not only was it awarded a Michelin star but it was ranked the second-best Italian restaurant outside of Italy by 50 Top Italy. Located at 1 Harbour Square, they have three different menus you can choose from. This includes a signature tasting menu, a la carte and a lounge menu with dishes by Chef Daniele Corona.
Pizza e Pazzi
Indulge in classic Italian cuisine nestled in the heart of Corso Italia @ St Clair West and take a break from any ‘New Year, new you’ diet restrictions. If ‘Za is your mate’s thing, then they will be smitten over the authentic Neapolitan pizzas cooked to perfection in a natural wood-burning oven. Italian cuisine the way Nona would make it. This year you can choose from Valentine’s Day features or order from the regular menu.
If you haven’t heard about one of the best restaurants in Toronto, you must be livin’ under a rock. Chef and owner Patrick Kriss has wowed the toughest of food critics with his tasting menus. And this year they’re featuring a whopping 7-course tasting menu including some special menu additions from the chef that you can take home! If you’re loved one is a foodie, you’ll definitely score some bonus points with this restaurant. You can thank us later 😉
The FRILU concept is to have your senses fully immersed in the meal and to be fully present with what you’re eating. Familiar items are executed in unfamiliar ways so expect conversation pieces in a zen-like environment perfect for bonding on V-Day. And we know what you’re thinking, Torontonians, but it’s definitely worth the trek up to Thornhill for this farm-to-table experience. Non-alcoholic pairings are available, which include Japanese and house-made teas, fresh-pressed juices and herbal tinctures.
Flor De Sal Restaurant
The perfect place to treat your partner to an evening of luxury with a fine-dining experience. Tables set with white linens and candlelight set the backdrop for a night of opulent romance. With Southern European and Mediterranean influences, Flor de Sal’s menu features upscale, contemporary twists on classic dishes. Lovers can enjoy a perfectly curated selection of romantic dishes from seafood to vegan-friendly options.
Do you and your boo love sushi? Then book a table at Miku for their aphrodisiac-inspired Valentine’s menu – a few bites of sushi leading you straight to the bedroom… nothin’ wrong with that. Their special Valentine’s Day kaiseki menu includes their signature sushi selection. You can’t ever go wrong with the Sushi at Miku.
Floral décor, soft hues and shareable dishes make FIGO the Valentine’s Day destination. This Italian-inspired restaurant is sure to impress your date and the pasta is absolutely to die for.
Bustling with charisma and charm, King West’s Gusto 101 is the perfect hotspot to visit on February 14. While they aren’t offering a prix-fixe menu, their rustic and casual vibe is perfect for a fun Valentine’s dinner. From their regular menu, we recommend, well, pretty much everything — we tend to visit often.
This Greek foodie destination on Ossington is a perfect place for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Their menu features fantastic Greek delicacies and (side note) their brunch is one of the best in the city. Truly, Mamakas Taverna is an idyllic Valentine’s destination that will make your taste buds sing and dance.
Executive chef Ben Heaton never disappoints, no matter what he does. At Byblos, he combines the flavours from the coasts of the Middle East and Europe to deliver a fantastic “Mediterranean” sharing menu. Their newest location Byblos Uptown (Yonge/Eglinton) features items including tuna tartare, lamb chops, duck kibbeh and pavlova at $95 per person for their special Valentine’s Day menu.
Known as the best pizza in the city, Via Mercanti is undoubtedly the best choice if you and your special one are pie lovers. With 4 locations – Kensington Market (seen above), Elm Street, The Beaches and one up in Concord, all places offer romantic settings that take you out of Toronto and into the owner’s hometown of Salerno.
A destination of upper-tier dining, art and entertainment, executive chef Rob Leclair brings to Sofia a fresh, uninhibited approach to Italian cuisine. Committed to sourcing quality ingredients to pay homage to true Italian taste, and offering a fresh and refined approach to Italian cuisine. Set in a gorgeous and exquisitely designed setting and tucked away off the ever-so-charming Yorkville Ave. Showcasing a curated ever-evolving internationally acclaimed art collection + a 3-course $90 prix fixe menu which makes for the perfect Vday in the city.
Yorkville’s Aburi Hana is Miku’s sister restaurant (part of Aburi Restaurant group) and is the perfect ultimate date night experience. Their modern Kyō-Kaiseki dining experience is truly exceptional. Kyō-Kaiseki is a traditional Kyōto-style course menu steeped in history and ritual. Chef Nakagawa’s modern interpretation embodies and elevates the tradition to create a distinctively contemporary experience. Starting with a foundation of the finest Japanese ingredients from the land and sea, he incorporates local produce to reflect the changing seasons. Using both modern and ancient gastronomy techniques, Chef Nakagawa aims to introduce new flavours and textures to each guest. If your partner, spouse, date or plus one has a taste for premium Japanese cuisine, this is definitely the place to go.
A stunning art deco space located in the heart of Toronto’s King West neighbourhood. Serving authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist, the contemporary menu features an assortment of dishes including Antipasti, Paste, Pizze and Secondi, perfect for creating a bella notte.
Ki Modern Japanese + Bar
At Ki, the modern Japanese restaurant at Bay and Wellington, dishes are meant to be shared, with a sensation of flavours brought steadily to the table throughout the meal. The experience flows and the enjoyment unfolds – a fresh take on the Japanese style of leisurely eating and drinking. Check out the vibe above.
Where better to spend Valentine’s Day than at famed Daniel Boulud’s Toronto restaurant? Located in the Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville, the romantic vibe at Café Boulud is bar none. This quintessential French brasserie is an elegant destination for beautifully crafted dishes, creative cocktails and a robust selection of fine wines, worthy of the one you love.
This cozy and chic spot in Yorkville makes a great date night spot for Valentine’s Day. They serve a variety of pastas, pizzas, salads, and desserts for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to try their delicious cocktails that pair well with the food. It’s a great spot for those that want a very small and intimate private dining experience.
Reyna on King
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Corktown’s favourite hotspot, and be transported to what feels like dinner at a tropical rainforest — what’s better than that in the middle of winter? This greenery-themed restaurant offers Mediterranean-inspired food. It’s a stylish spot known for their innovative snacks and fun cocktails. The menu features items like lamb baklava, Lebanese tacos, and grilled octopus.
If you’re on the lookout for a casual and sophisticated dining space for Valentine’s Day all rolled into one, then you can’t go wrong with Piano Piano. Having transitioned from Splendido, Chef Victor Barry’s venture at Harbord Village is just as enticing and welcoming. The restaurant follows the theme of traditional Italian fare starting from the pasta and the pizza to the gelato. The atmosphere is light, fun and casual with some quaint interior artwork that adds to the visual charm.
Fresh on Front
We can’t forget about plant-based lovers! Fresh is hands down one of the best vegan spots in Toronto and Fresh on Front is beautifully designed. With pink and gold tones setting the vibe, this is the perfect place to spend the evening. Finish off the date with a walk around St.Lawrence Market or head down to the harbour!
The Greek spot, which opened on King Street in 2021, serves a variety of dishes inspired by the flavours of Mykonos. They offer sharable plates, a selection of salads, seafood options including a seafood tower, and more. The decor is stunning and the good tunes make for vibes. For those who eat Halal the restaurant also has Halal options.
A recent addition to King West’s culinary scene, Pink Sky’s three-course Valentine’s Day menu is filled with exquisitely fresh seafood dishes, including Truffle Lobster Mac and Cheese, Shrimp Cocktail, Lobster Bisque, and Whole Grilled Branzino. For guests looking for a little extra celebration, the menu also includes a selection of add-ons featuring a Seafood Tower, Shellfish Platter, Oysters, and Caviar. Talk about an epic Vday dinner, right?
Celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day with their specially curated Valentine’s Day menu which features items like Kale Salad, Grilled Halloumi, Prime Rib Brizzola and oysters.