The top 100 romantic restaurants as selected by OpenTable and 14 are in Toronto

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast, and if you haven’t booked your reservation yet, now’s the time to act! OpenTable has just revealed its list of the most romantic restaurants in Canada, with 14 of them located right here in Toronto. Last year, over half of Valentine’s Day reservations were made at least five days before the big day, so don’t wait  — book before February 9th to secure your spot!

Here are the 14 romantic Toronto restaurants that took top spots.

Auberge du Pommier

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On Toronto’s east end, Auberge du Pommier offers an escape to a French cottage. The space feels so much bigger and spacious than the outside suggests, and the white glove service for caviar alongside the champagne experience elevate the French cuisine to a whole new level. An authentic, wood-burning fireplace is lit every winter day to offer guests a cosy, welcoming atmosphere that maintains its upscale elegance, the very atmosphere guests have treasured since 1987. It was built around the vestiges of two cottages from the 1860s to create a sophisticated take on country charm. It is subtle yet romantic, making guests feel like they’re dining in an upscale restaurant in Paris after a day spent being pampered at the spa, a mood only enhanced by the summer’s lush, floral terrace

The Sultan’s Tent

For over 30 years, The Sultan’s Tent & Café Moroc has been a Toronto favorite, located at 49 Front Street East. Offering lush French Moroccan experiences with nightly belly dancing, we’re steps away from iconic landmarks like St. Lawrence Market. Our rich décor, jewel-tone fabrics, and intimate spaces create a warm, cozy atmosphere reminiscent of Casablanca. Indulge in our Moroccan-French and International cuisine, and let our servers recommend wine and cocktail pairings to complete your dining experience.

BlueBlood Steakhouse

It’s a royal affair at the elite and oh-so luxurious Blueblood Steakhouse. Located inside Toronto’s lone castle on a hill, this restaurant is serving up only the most noble fare in a restaurant fit for a king. The exterior of Castle Loma is enough to get you excited for a night of wining and dining at the cit’s most exclusive steak house. Chandeliers drip from the ceiling covered in the most extravagant jewels, and famous works of art hang from the wooden walls. You really feel like royalty entering this place. The menu is in classic steak house fashion, featuring only the best cuts of meat, along with stylish sides like seared Marieville foie gras and diver scallop ceviche.

Pastiche

No signage, just a door open to the curious,” reads the Instagram profile bio for Pastiche, a noshery located at 59 Ossington Ave. Open from “5:00pm to Who Cares” revelers are invited to step behind the red velvet curtains and into an exotic room filled with stained glass. It’s an outlandish space where “norms are challenged.” The blind tasting menu is organized by category: farm (meat dishes), garden (plant-based) and shore (seafood). Cocktails are $15 a piece and include the barrel aged Nonna’s Negroni, and Bramble On! made with gin and elder flower liqueur.

Don Alfonso 1890

Brought to Toronto by Nick Di Donato of the Liberty Entertainment Group, the Don Alfonso brand is recognized worldwide with locations throughout Italy as well as New Zealand, China, and now Toronto. It showcases the fresh flavours of the Amalfi Coast amidst an art-filled decor. It’s housed in the historic Consumer’s Gas Building, with an interior designed to evoke a sense of elegance and sophistication.

La Bartola

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Calling all vegan enthusiasts! La Bartola, led by chef and owner Ivan Castro, is a meatfree haven that’s anything but simple. Drawing culinary inspiration from his mom and grandma, acclaimed as his world-class cooking teachers, Ivan crafted a menu that pays homage to the incredible Mexican women revolutionizing the kitchen. Despite being meatless, La Bartola doesn’t compromise on flavour, offering favourites like herbed guacamole and sweet or savoury tamales.

REIGN

The Fairmont Royal York’s signature restaurant Reign is serving artful plates of French fare in a sophisticated setting. Reign was introduced as the more food-focused half of a two-part redesign meant to mark the historic landmark’s 90th anniversary back in 2019. Its sister restaurant, Clockwork — which got its name from the massive 90th anniversary clock that now towers of the bar — offers champagne and cocktails with small sharing plates for a quick bite.

George Restaurant

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Expect to eat from an inventive tasting menu that highlights locally sourced ingredients and other innovative dishes that celebrate flavours of the world, such as the lobster with artichokes and guanciale. The refined space includes a dreamy private patio, which is one of the reasons, other than the incredible food, why George makes a stunning wedding venue as well.

Via Allegro Ristorante

Via Allegro offers a mix of classic and contemporary Italian dishes. From traditional comfort food to innovative creations, it’s Italian with a modern twist. The warm hospitality matches the diverse interior, featuring bold motifs and modern designs. Alongside our passionate service and flavourful dishes, Via Allegro has earned prestigious awards.

Maison Selby

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Maison Selby is  another hit addition to the Oliver and Bonacini family of fine dining locales, and the project has reinvigorated the historic Gooderham House at Sherbourne and Bloor. You’ll be able to get a little bit of everything here, as the skillful world of French cuisine meets a devotion to serving the multifaceted desires of Toronto patrons. “It’s a beautiful blend of historic charm and modern elegance,” says O&B’s executive chef, John Horne. “There’s something here for everyone, from weekend brunches with the family to late-night cocktails — we’ve captured it all.”

Old Mill Toronto

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Old Mill Toronto offers elegant dining experiences in its historic Dining Room, open Thursday through Sunday. Guests can enjoy Brunch and Dinner Buffet, A La Carte Lunch and Dinner, Afternoon Tea, and the Jazz Lounge for dining and dancing. The Tudor-style space features opulent masonry, wood-burning fireplaces, and rich tapestries, inviting guests to wander and admire the art and photography adorning the halls. Led by Executive Chef Douglas and Executive Pastry Chef Luciana, the Restaurant Team creates delicious menus

Blu Ristorante

Located in downtown Yorkville, Blu Ristorante offers authentic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Led by Chef Eric Bucher and Chef Pradhan Jan, the restaurant boasts a warm, modern ambiance with live music on Sundays. The mezzanine level provides an intimate setting for romantic dinners or events, while a lush patio offers outdoor dining during the summer months.

Scaramouche Restaurant

Scaramouche’s butter poached half lobster

Showstopping skyline views accompany the newly merged dining space (the two rooms including the main dining area and the former pasta bar are now one streamlined whole), nestled in a unique location: the top floors of a condo complex. For its entire 30-year tenure, Scaramouche  has been loved by Torontonians and is considered by many to be the height of culinary sophistication and elegance. The modern French menu boasts thoughtful interpretations and creative spins on classics from land and sea.

The David Duncan House

This North York steak house promises an unforgettable experience that combines exceptionally prepared authentic steak and seafood inside one of Toronto’s most historic landmarks. Located on 4.25 acres of land near the corner of York Mills Road and Don Mills Road, diners have the choice of eating on a scenic outdoor patio, inside the restored Gothic Victorian dining space or reserving one of five chic private rooms.

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