Have you heard? #LiciousTO is back! Summerlicious is taking over Toronto until July 21. With over 200 participating restaurants offering delicious deals at three different price-point tiers, it’s the best time to explore all the unique and flavourful eateries across the Toronto Entertainment District. Whether these restaurants are among your trusted go-to’s or something entirely new, here are our recommendations for booking your Summerlicious reservations if you haven’t already!
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$: Lunch $23 | Dinner $33
Ricarda’s – Lunch $23 | Dinner $33
Ricarda’s is designed for any time of day and offers some of the most thoughtful service in the city. Inspired by the Mediterranean way of life, the charming hospitality at Ricarda’s is matched only by its menu. With simple preparation, Ricarda’s uses the best ingredients to create divine dishes for any time of day. Not sure where to start? The knowledgeable staff can help you navigate the food and drink options, including Spanish, Italian, French, Greek and Canadian cuisine
- Address: 134 Peter St, Toronto, ON M5V 2H2
- Phone: (416) 304-9134
- Cuisine: Contemporary, Mediterranean
Lunch: Chilled Green Peas and Truffle Oil Velouté (asparagus and pomegranate seeds)
Dinner: Octopus Saffron Risotto (PEI mussel, white wine, chorizo sausage, piquillos, baby spinach)
O&B Canteen – Lunch $23 | Dinner $33
Located in the heart of the Entertainment District at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, this spacious & bright all-day eatery offers the perfect blend of classic sandwiches, seafood and meat, with a diverse selection of vegetable-driven dishes as well. Enjoy the spirit of the downtown core on its street-side patio or inside the chic, modern dining room. Canteen’s menu is creative & balanced, making it the ideal destination for summer dining.
- Address: 330 King St W, TIFF Bell Lightbox
- Phone: 647-288-4710
- Cuisine: Continental, International
Lunch: Whitefish Tostada (grilled pineapple, cabbage, jalapeño, lime, herb crema, cilantro)
Dinner: Vegan Tofu Rice Bowl (vegetarian/vegan) – brown basmati rice, kale, Napa cabbage, charred broccoli, smoked tempeh, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, tamari & ginger sauce, crispy tofu
$$: Lunch $28 | Dinner $43
FIGO – $28 Lunch | $43 Dinner
This stylish Italian eatery offers classic dishes made with distinct, contemporary techniques. Using the freshest ingredients possible, some of FIGO’s signature dishes include made-from-scratch pastas, house-made ricotta and wood-fired pizza.
- Address: 295 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7
- Phone: (647) 748-3446
- Cuisine: Italian
Lunch: Muffuletta Panini (mortadella, capicollo, antipasto, provolone, focaccia)
Dinner: Wood Fired Cornish Hen (heirloom cherry tomato conserva, fried bread, saba, basil, pickled shallots)
Tutti Matti – $28 Lunch | $43 Dinner
Tutti Matti is a guaranteed hit for every occasion, from first dates to after work soirees. Everything on the seasonal menu is made in-house, from pastas to desserts. Using only fresh ingredients from local farmers, Alida Solomon, chef and owner of Tutti Matti, serves up seasonal traditional and authentic Tuscan cuisine in this classic Adelaide hideaway. Plus, Tutti Matti was ranked as the 11th best restaurant in Joanne Kate’s top 100 Toronto Restaurants in 2014, so you know it’s going to be good.
- Address: 364 Adelaide St W
- Phone: 416-597-8839
- Cuisine: Italian
Lunch: Carpaccio di Manzo (raw beef, capers, parmigiano, arugula, toasted sourdough)
Dinner: Tagliatelle (eggplant, tomato, zucchini, peppers, capers and olives)
$$$: Lunch $33 | Dinner $53
TOCA – Lunch $33 | Dinner $53
TOCA at the Ritz-Carlton is famed for its handcrafted Italian cuisine, complemented by seasonal flavours and locally-sourced produce. Plus, it has a cheese cave. Yes, a cave made of cheese. Chef Daniele Trivero creates “simplicity at its freshest,” in collaboration with Chef Oliver Glowig, one of Rome’s most celebrated culinary leaders. The result is a masterful meeting of Northern and Southern Italian cuisine, creating a truly memorable dining experience.
- Address: 181 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G7
- Phone: (416) 572-8008
- Cuisine: Italian
Lunch: Terrina (Country Side Pork Terrine, Sweetbread, Chicken & Foie Grass)
Dinner: Manzo (Skirt Steak, Swiss Chard, Potato, Salsa Verde) OR Orata (Grilled Sea Bream, Tomato, Olive, Chickpea)
The Shore Club – Lunch $33 | Dinner $53
Seafood, steak and cocktails. While the specialties at The Shore Club sound simple, its one of the most unique and vibrant dining experiences in Toronto. Located near Roy Thompson Hall, the interior of The Shore Club is designed as a contemporary homage to art deco ocean liners. Cool blues and green hues illuminated by impressive, soaring ceilings and original artwork create a memorable and immersive atmosphere at The Shore Club, transcendent of its surroundings in the heart of the Toronto Entertainment District. Its also renowned for its professional service and outstanding cuisine, like the classic Branzino dish.
- Address: 155 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3H1
- Phone: (416) 351-3311
- Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
Lunch: Harissa Spiced Ontario Pork Chop (local) – chickpea spaetzle, piccalilli relish, chickpea salad
Dinner: Branzino (red wine braised cabbage, blistered cherry tomato, salsa verde)
The Fifth & Terrace – Dinner only – $53
Vegetarians, rejoice! The Fifth & Terrace is your little city oasis. With eclectic décor and fireside sofas, the romantic ambiance is heightened by stunning city views of downtown Toronto. This year, French Master Chef Didier Leroy created the restaurant’s elegant Summerlicious menu with divine vegetarian-friendly options! The rooftop terrace is also a perfect hideaway for long summer nights. We have a feeling one trip won’t be enough!
- Address: 225 Richmond St W Suite 501b, Toronto, ON M5V 1W2
- Phone: (416) 979-3005
- Cuisine: Contemporary, French
Tartare of Organic Scottish Salmon with cucumber salad
Summer Risotto (peas, beans, asparagus), Rosé 2018, Saint Roch Côtes de Roussillon, France
Lavender Crème Brûlée (vegetarian)
Summerlicious is the perfect opportunity to explore the Toronto Entertainment District and experience some of the best food in Toronto – and these restaurants are bustling! Make sure you book your reservations ahead of time so you don’t miss out. We can’t wait to see what you try!