Summerlicious 2014 Best Bets

We're serving up the full menu of best restaurants to try during Summerlicious 2014.

Summerlicious is in full swing with over 200 great Toronto restaurants offering affordable and delicious prix fixe menus. For our Summerlicious Best Bets, we broke it down by neighbourhood, making it easy to check out some good cuisine close to home.

If you’re looking for something more specific, let’s say vegan near the Annex, or Indian in the West end, check out Summerlicious’ easy-to-navigate website.

Here are some of this years’ Summerlicious best bets. If you have a good recommendation, let us know in the comments.

Bon appetit!
 

Annex

Lunch – Insomnia $15
Nestled in the heart of Toronto’s Annex, Insomnia Restaurant & Lounge is a neighbourhood favourite known for its great food and warm service, combining a menu of international comfort foods with over 50 unique martinis and cocktails.

Dinner – Loire $35
Loire offers French inspired, innovative cuisine using local and seasonal ingredients. A nicely selected wine list, charming service, and a comfortable atmosphere complete your dining experience.
 

Danforth/Greek Town

Lunch – Globe Bistro $20
Globe Bistro offers global flavour through fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. Featuring a wine bar, a chef’s table and new dining room.

 

Dinner – Ouzeri $25
Capturing the culinary style of authentic Greek cooking, Ouzeri’s menu offers a wonderful myriad of tastes and textures from their famous saganaki to succulent roast lamb and fresh seafood.
 

Downtown

Lunch – Fred’s Not Here $20
This casual neighbourhood steakhouse in the heart of the theatre district specializes in wood grilled steaks and seafood.

Dinner – Nota Bene $45
In the heart of downtown, Nota Bene offers smart sophisticaion, effortless service and fresh, seasonal Canadian cuisine.

 

East Toronto

Lunch – Edward’s $20
The cushioned banquettes, candlelight and warm atmosphere of Edward Levesque’s Kitchen create a comfortable and intimate dining experience. The menu combines innovation with simplicity to create well-made farm fresh Mediterranean based comfort food.

 

Dinner – Veloute Bistro $35
Encompassing fine, old world French and Italian cuisine infused with new and innovative styles of cooking.
 

Entertainment District

Lunch – Cibo Wine Bar $15
This Italian eatery and wine bar, created by the Liberty Entertainment Group, offers both traditional classics and modern staples in a relaxed atmosphere. This rustic elegance makes Cibo ideal for a casual relaxed meal yet sophisticated enough for a special night out.

 

Dinner – Estiatorio VOLOS $35
Modern twists on traditional Greek dishes and Greek twists on local Canadian ingredients create a contemporary culinary experience rooted in authenticity. The restaurant sources the highest quality local produce, superior quality cuts of meat and the best fish, delivered daily.
 

Financial District

Lunch – Momofuku Daishō $25
Daishō’s lunch menu inlcudes dishes to share, individually plated dishes, and a 3-course meal while dinner features a raw bar, as well as cuts of meat, seafood, large format meals, and sides.

Dinner – Canoe $35
Critically acclaimed to be among Canada’s best restaurants, Canoe’s unique location high atop the TD Bank Tower affords a breathtaking view of the city and Lake Ontario. Brilliance is captured through the flavours and textures of Chef Anthony Walsh and Chef John Horne’s inspired regional Canadian cuisine.

 

Liberty Village

Lunch – Bar Vespa $15
Bar Vespa located in Liberty Village, is serving classic Italian cuisine. With their casual tavern, Bar Vespa is the place where you can get together with your family and friends to enjoy antipasti with wine, a plate of paste or an Italian feast.

Dinner – Church Aperitivo Bar $35
Located in an old church at Queen and Dovercourt, Church Aperitivo Bar celebrates the occasion to gather with friends and family over delicious and inventive Italian food, paired with the perfect aperitivo cocktail
 

Midtown

Lunch – Celestin $25
Housed within the walls of a historic 1920’s bank building, Célestin is an elegant and intimate spot offering Chef Ivan Tarazona’s innovative take on modern French cuisine with a touch of Basque. The menu is complemented by an extensive wine line.

Dinner- Copa Cabana $35
Enjoy authentic Brazilian Rodizio at Copa Cabana with mouthwatering food, exceptional service and an invigorating atmosphere. Patrons can chose from a variety of perfectly seasoned and grilled meats, carved tableside.

 

North Toronto

Lunch – Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill $15
Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill Bayview Village is the first of O&B’s casual dining restaurants. This large urban space feels very downtown despite its North Toronto location. The menu offers something for everyone, including fresh, made-from-scratch soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and fire-roasted pizzas.

Dinner – Monkey Bar & Grill $25
The Monkey Bar & Grill is a favourite neighbourhood bistro and destination dining spot.
 

West Toronto

Lunch – Old Mill
Original flagstone floors, beamed ceilings and glowing fireplaces create a warm and relaxed atmosphere at the Old Mill. Focusing on Old English world charm, this restored and rebuilt mill is now a boutique inn featuring a fresh menu that reflects the changing of the seasons.

Dinner – Bloom $35
Nestled in the heart of Bloor West village, Bloom delivers a warm, casual and inviting atmosphere. Perfectly polished service is paired with a menu inspired by contemporary Latin American influenced dishes.

 

Yorkville

Lunch – Blu Ristorante $20
Warmly lit stone walls and grand mirrors, cozy leather seating and white tablecloths and a casual bar which leads to an upscale dining room with an inviting ambience and authentic Italian cuisine.

Dinner- Mistura $45
Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra puts his passion and expertise into the contemporary Italian menu served in Mistura’s newly renovated dining room. Chic and elegant but with a relaxed atmosphere.