Who said that food is the path to a person’s a heart? Well, whoever they were, they weren’t wrong judging by 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…?
Check out our Top 25 Restaurant Picks For Valentine’s Day in Toronto
If romance at a lakefront space is what’s on your mind, look no further than Pétros82 at Hotel X Toronto. Celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day with their prix fixe, three-course Romance Menu for $200 per couple, featuring romantic food items and wine pairings. It includes a blend of beautiful dishes including Baked Feta, Black Cod, Pétros’ Loukoumades (traditional Greek Beignets with Amber honey syrup) and Cornish Hen (stuffed and roasted hen). Each dish comes with a unique twist, courtesy of Executive Chef Richard Andino.
If your luv is a steakhouse lover, Michael’s on Simcoe should be your first choice. Not only is the food flawless, the vibe has a very cool, Miami feel to it. Deemed an Italian steakhouse, the offerings not only include hand-picked steaks by Michael himself, but also creative and lighter dishes that will wow the pickiest of foodies.
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, there won’t be a prix fix, however there will be a few special items as well as the regular menu being served all night.
This buzz Italian pescatarian restaurant has got us in a tizzy. Chef Ivana Raca has created a $85 per person, 3-course set menu. For the romantic evening which includes a glass of organic prosecco, here’s what’s on the menu – Chef’s famous salad, Trout Crudo (above photo) and Bucatini (house made stracciatella, shaved Bottarga, Branzino, Ontario Burrata, orange polenta cake). Vegan options available for all courses. The menu was clearly designed to entice all your senses and make sure you’re not too full to get lucky.
Estia offers an escape to the Mediterranean this Valentine’s Day. Located in the heart of Yorkville, Estia is serving a menu for two with an optional wine pairing. Signature plates include halloumi, lamb adana, charred peppers and a Turkish crisp dessert, with an optional wine pairing. The menu is priced at $85 per person.
Without a doubt, this place is the new Valentines 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 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 10-course tasting menu including some special menu additions from the chef. 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, executed in unfamiliar ways so expect conversation pieces in a zen-like environment perfect for a 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 available, which includes Japanese and house-made teas, fresh-pressed juices and herbal tinctures.
The perfect place to treat your partner to an evening of luxury with a fine-dining experience. Tables set with white linens and candle light 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 5-course kaiseki menu includes fresh Oysters, & of course 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. Special for the occasion, a three-course sharing menu with beef carpaccio, mushroom pizza, oven-roasted hen, and a lemon olive oil cake will be available. The menu for two is set at $75 per person.
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, they’re 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 include m’taabal, lamb rack, chargrilled cornish hen and black truffle rice at $85 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 + live entertainment, with a generous dose of humble hospitality and a sense of understated luxury.
Yorkville’s newest addition, Aburi Hana is Miku’s new sister restaurant (part of Aburi Restaurant group) 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.
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. On February 14th, treat your sweetheart to a special four-course prix-fixe menu featuring artichoke and truffle, grass-fed NY steak and cherry and chocolate mousse, offered at $135 per person. 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.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Kōjin with a prix fixe lunch and chef’s tasting menu at dinner on Thursday, February 14, plus menu specials throughout the weekend. Kōjin is located on the third floor of Momofuku Toronto. A warm retreat that brings the outdoors in, Kōjin is inspired by Executive Chef Paula Navarrete’s childhood in Colombia spent around the grill, combined with her passion for Ontario’s meat and produce. Kōjin’s menu is constantly evolving and highlights the bounty of local meats and produce available from Ontario farmers and purveyors, all cooked over an open flame.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Corktown’s newest hotspot, and be transported to what feels like dinner at a tropical rainforest — what better than that in the middle of winter. This greenery themed restaurants offers Mediterranean-inspired food. It’s a stylish spot known for their innovative snacks and fun cocktails. The menu features items like the lamb baklava, salmon tartare and grilled octopus.
If you’re on the lookout for a casual and sophisticated dining space for Valentines Day all rolled into one, then you can’t go wrong with Piano Piano. Having transitioned from Splendido, Chef Victor Barry’s newest 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.
Could there be a better pairing for Valentine’s Day than champagne and oysters? As they do every year, Le Select Bistro knows how to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Chef Laura Maxwell has prepared a very special (and extensive selection) prix fixe menu. At $69 per person, the menu is filled with both innovative and classic French dishes all created with the day of love in mind. Reservations go quickly at this famous Toronto staple so book your table soon.