15 restaurants you have to try during Summerlicious this month

Summer in the city just got a lot tastier with Summerlicious. From Aug. 12 to 28 you can enjoy three-course prix fixe menus at more than 200 restaurants in Toronto at six price points for lunch or dinner.

We know, we know – with so many options to choose in a rich culinary city like Toronto, it’s overwhelming. That’s why we’ve taken the leg work out of choosing a place to eat by rounding up the top 15 lunch and dinner spots ranging from the $34 – $55 price range.

Now all you have to do is book the reservation and enjoy.

$27 Lunch | $35 Dinner

Tapas at Embrujo

97 Danforth Ave.

Tapas at Embrujo brings the tastes and sounds of Spain to Toronto. A hot bed for Flamenco, Spanish arts and cuisine you can snag mall plates of Spanish cuisine, sip from a lengthy sherry list, plus catch flamenco shows every Thursday to Sunday.

Popa Burmese Kitchen

2901 Bayview Ave.

Once an active volcano located in Burma, Mount Popa has transformed into a sacred site with many temples and relics atop the mountain. The restaurant aims to pay tribute to this iconic destination with inspiring dishes that transport diners through the regional scenery. Popa is a contemporary spot offering a modern take on Burmese traditions and food. Patrons can expect to sample food that fuses Indian and Chinese flavours.

The Arkadia House

2007 Eglinton Ave. E.

This family-run eatery features Greek delicacies, steak and seafood in warm, classic surroundings. Step in and experience authentic flavours of Greece right in your own backyard. Think loukaniko (homemade sausage), souvlakis, pan-fried calamari and much, much more.

Hotel Ocho Bar & Restaurant

195 Spadina Ave.

Ocho is a gastro-pub restaurant and bar that offers delicious French fare, located in the heart of downtown Toronto. Patrons can dine like they’re in Paris with options including seared scallops with Grand Marnier reduction, French beans and toasted brioche or Filet Mignon de Boeuf: beef tenderloin topped with thyme and brandy paté, on carrot purée with a casis cranberry compote.

Indian Spice Room

717 Queen St. E.

Indian Spice Room is a relaxed eatery with simple decor serving familiar vegetarian dishes from Northern and Southern India, including popular street foods like Samosa Chaat, two fried Indian pastries stuffed with flavoured potatoes served with chickpea and mint/tamarind chutney. Taste the flavours of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Bangalore, Goa, Pune and Gujrat right here in Toronto’s east end.


19 Baldwin St.

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto in beautiful Baldwin village, Valens offers a broad selection of fusion foods from around the globe. Summerlicious patrons can expect a variety of lunch and dinner options ranging from salads, seafood and aged steaks to grilled sandwiches and homemade desserts – all in generous portions.

$34 Lunch | $45 Dinner

Pai Uptown

2335 Yonge St.

The latest outpost of this popular eatery, Pai, has opened up shop at Yonge and Eglinton and is offering the same contemporary salads, curries and other Thai classics in the laid-back environment you know and love from its mainstay downtown spot.


778 St Clair Ave. W.

Pukka brings aromatic and bold Indian flavour in a trendy, exposed-brick setting with modernized fusion dishes, served family-style, plus an array of fine wines. Come for shareable plates that pack full-size flavour.

Atai Bistro 

3047 Dundas St. W.

Atai Bistro is new-ish junction outpost that fuses Moroccan cuisine with French flair to create an expansive menu boasting bold North African flavour and French cooking techniques. Backed by the team that brought King West the fine-dining Peruvian restaurant MIRA, this spot promises something for everyone with a selection of creative cocktails, small plates and shareables and delicious dinner entrees.

Rosalinda Restaurant

133 Richmond St. W.

Rosalinda is a vibrant, plant-based restaurant where lively wines and seasonal produce come together to deliver delicious Latin American, Mexican cuisine that will satisfy vegans and non-vegans alike.

California Restaurant

914 Pape Ave.

Come to California Restaurant for lunch or dinner inspired by Macedonian cuisine, capturing the spirit of Europe through home-style dishes and diverse wine pairings from various European countries.

$41 Lunch | $55 Dinner


100 Cumberland St.

Sassafraz is a Yorkville staple serving up contemporary Canadian cuisine set in an array of Victorian row houses on the trendy Cumberland strip. Choose from a broad range of entrees and appetizers like oysters, burgers, lamb rack and B.C. Halibut.

Lai Wah Heen

108 Chestnut St., 2nd Floor 

Lai Wah Heen translates to “luxurious meeting place,” and the name aptly describes the vibes of this Chinese restaurant located inside the Double Tree by Hilton. Come for the Summerlicious prix fixe menu and enjoy upscale Chinese food like pan-seared foie gras in dark vinegar sauce, Peking duck and Imperial bird’s nest soup with minced chicken and shredded cured ham.

Oretta King

633 King St. W.

Come for the traditional Italian dishes and stay for the ultra-Instagrammable art deco–style interior. The menu consists of many authentic Italian classics from various regions of Italy using fresh ingredients, all prepared with modern-day flare.

Chop Steakhouse & Bar

801 Dixon Rd.

Head to Etobicoke’s Steakhouse this Summerlicious and dine on all the typical steakhouse dishes like Caesar salad, prime rib with golden mashed potatoes and of course: steak. Chop has a full range of beer, wine and cocktails to wash it down.

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