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…? (Updated Jan. 22nd, 2019)
Check out our Top 25 Restaurant Picks For Valentine’s Day in Toronto
If Spanish tapas is what turns you and your honey on, look no further than this Spanish gem on Queen West. While they’re not offering a special Valentine’s Day menu (which can be refreshing), their tapas menu is the perfect blend of spice to entice your date for the evening. Looking for an unexpected must try? The fried green tomatoes – one of our fave dishes in Toronto. We know, who woulda’ thunk it, right?
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.
Eat your heart out this Valentine’s Day (but save room for dessert). Wine & dine at Estia and then treat you and yours to petit fours from their Pastry Chefs to end off your evening. Sharing dishes inspired by Greece, Southern Italy & Southern Spain at $85 for a 3-course prix fix including signature halloumi, lamb cutlets & eggplant moussaka, served in this swanky, sexy setting.
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 😉
This refined and sophisticated Greek restaurant, located downtown on Richmond Street West, is one experience not to be missed. If you’re in the mood to take your sweetie on a romantic Greek journey, try Volos. Their dedication to great food, a lively vibe and satisfied guests is what makes the affair here so special.
The FRILU concept is to have your senses fully immersed in the meal and to be fully present with what you’re eating. The Valentine’s Day menu is predominantly seafood delicacies such as fatty tuna, cod roe, black cod, and monkfish liver. 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.
Montecito is not an eatery that goes unnoticed and always has something exciting going on. At the helm, is Chef Martin Hendrie and their lovely sommelier Heather McDougall, will be there on Valentine‘s Day to help guests with their dinner wine pairings. There’ll be a 4-course menu for $85 at this super cool and fun restaurant concept.
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, beef carpaccio & of course their signature sushi selection. You can’t ever go wrong with the Sushi at Miku.
With some of the most beautiful design features the city has to offer and soaring windows, FIGO is the perfect spot to spend V Day! This year, serving up a $75 3-course prix fix, which includes truffle honey ricotta, spaghetti a limone and ora king salmon.
Portland Variety’s tapas menu is both enticing and delicious, offering unique share plates that appeal to many. We swear their octopus might be one of the best in the city and the eggplant biyaldi is a must try if you’re into eggplants. Their cocktail menu goes above and beyond and the service is always on point here.
If you’re treating him for a V-Day dinner, then Carbon Bar is the way into your boothang’s heart — especially with their special Valentine’s Day 5-course prix-fixe menu at $85 per person. Including their famous K.F.C (Korean fried cauliflower) and Pit Master Platter, it features a selection of pork ribs, beef brisket, hot smoked turkey and dill pickles. Just have him thank us (and you) later…
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.
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.
No date on V Day, fellas? Be(er) mine & celebrate your true love with some buddies! They’ll be serving up all your fave craft brews, plus a prix fixe menu with beer pairing options. Who needs a date when you got beer and friends, right?
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.
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.