LaVinia

4.6
275 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Spanish
After training and studying at the internationally recognized Lausanne Cooking Academy in Switzerland, opening up Prego in Spain, and Bolero in San Francisco, Chef Fernando Garcia brings Spanish food and culture to Toronto with LaVinia.



This visit to Spain via The Lakeshore, not far from the water, includes tapas dishes such as Piquilo Peppers Stuffed with a Seafood Mousse and Anisete cream, and Fine Ibérico Spanish Ham. Choose from a large range of slow-cooked paellas, fresh pastas, fish including Basque Style Codfish Stew, and lamb or steak for the meat lovers for your meal.



LaVinia is open for dinner from Tuesday until Sunday.
What 275 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my third trip to this restaurant and I have yet to be disappointed. From the appetizers to the main course to the dessert it is all artfully prepared and incredibly delicious and flavorful.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Simple recipe. I believe that they cook fresh fish and sea food. Not frozen. Servers are kind and nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a pleasure to dine here. The food was tasty and the service was great! I will definitely be back here

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DaveG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We shared 4 appetizers and a bottle of wine. Flavours were great and quantity was perfect to satisfy. Sevice was excellent and our glasses were always filled. A wonderful evening.

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BruceM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful little spot in Mimico, highly recommend!

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Nathan
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They have amazing Spanish dishes that range from Rizzo to to fish to pasta as well as appetizers. Their dessert are also very good!

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DinoC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always outstanding. Family owned and operated quaint restaurant that truly provides an authentic Castilian culinary experience. The paella is the best in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Chef came to the table to see how everything was, loved that! Amazing! Garlic shrimp = delicious, poached octopus = pretty good, Paella = enough to feed 3. The server was great and the overall experience was great. I could hear the server interacting with people, he knew their names, you could tell they had many regulars. Overall really great.

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ChristinaC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious mouth watering food
Amazing service
One of our best experiences ever at a restaurant
Fav Spanish in toronto

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vipIrina26
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We come with my husband to spend time together. Food was good. The service was excellent. May recommend for quiet environment and delicious food.

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vipEmptyNester
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It has been a while since we have been in the neighborhood but it was a joy to reconnect with this restaurant. The food remains amazing.

We shared a seafood paella which had a generous and nicely varied melody of shrimp calamari fish clams mussels etc. Loved that they ensure it is cooked long enough to get some of the rice on the bottom nice a chrunchy from the heat of the pan.

We shared a selection of tapas for the balance of the meal. We let the chef choose them for us. A lovely assortment from light and chilled anchovies with cheese through croquettes and a feature sweat breads. The chef was also flexible to adjust the offering for a food allergy. Thanks so much.

Staff are all very attentive professional and friendly.

Will visit again when we are in town.

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vipNasP
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Going to La Vinia feels like you are going over to your neighbour’s house who happens to be an excellent cook with a great wine cellar. Warm, intimate and friendly, this has become our go-to spot for special occasions. The food is always excellent, the service authentic and we always walk away feeling well looked after.

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vipvandasp
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the best Spanish meal we have had in Toronto. Small and cozy neighbourhood feel, family run, outstanding food and service. We have been wanting to try it out for a while. Were lucky enough to get a reservation for my husband’s birthday. We enjoyed a number of tapas items and a main course. The meal was perfectly paced. Book in advance! You won’t be disappointed.

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RichardF
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome as always! Family owned & run. Exceptional in every way!

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional preparation of true Spanish food, food was delicious, the place is nicely decorated and quiet.

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luiss
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Food was absolutely horrendous. Wasnt fresh and wasnt seasoned properly. The crab croquettes werent fresh you can tell they were frozen and just dumped into the fryer. If this place claims to be the closest resemblance to barcelona seafood then I never wanna go to barcelona. We got the paella and it was more rice then seafood. Barely any seafood at all and it all tasted the damn same. Service was good but the food is awful. Never going there again.

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BjoernK
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks to the high ratings here we tried this place for the first time this week. Although a Wednesday, it was packed. Between 7 and 9 pm we continuously saw tables emptying and filling up again right away - for many good reasons. The service is excellent, the waiter's knowledge about the wines on the menu was at par with European Sommelier level. The chef came out to talk to each person several times. The quality of the food was excellent, both lamb and duck melted in our mouths. You can't escape the insufficient quality of North American dairy products but the outstanding cooking skills compensated for most of it. The Caramel Choc Flan was one of my best chocolate indulgences in years. We will be back!

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vipsweetie
Toronto
90 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent in all ways.

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MursalN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Outstanding service.

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IngoT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice place.
Food was excellent. Don’t forget about the daily specials.
Service was top. The chef came out several times to check on us.
Music at very comfortable level. Conversations can be done and normal voice level.
Lightings are very good to read the menu and see your meal.
Will recommend to friends.

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vipFleming
Saskatoon
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is exceptional fantastic and worth every cents they treat u the way I treat yourself at home

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful service! Will be coming back here to dine again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time here, and the food, wine and service were amazing! We shared a number of different delicious tapas, and they offered an amazing Rioja by the glass that wasn’t on the by the glass list. Really wonderful restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Great service until we wanted to leave. It took too long to pay them. Croquettes best part paella not overly flavourful. Mussels small but tasty. Casual friendly Spanish decor and ambience.

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DavidL
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite Tapas location!

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vipJosephineP
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Every menu item ordered is very tasty. Friendly staff and management.

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BrunoM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious!

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vipCarmen
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service is excellent as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience2

First time there. Tables far too close to one another. My wife couldnt even get between them and she’s quite petite. Food was ok. Service was excellent but i probably wouldn’t return.

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JockS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Wonderful Spanish restaurant on Lakeshore Blvd in the Park Lawn area. Excellent, authentic Spanish cuisine, attentive staff including an owner who regularly strolls the tables to engage directly with his patrons. The wine list is limited all while providing a good cross section of relevant Spanish selections. Reservations are recommended based on our experience: the place is "jumpin".
The one downside is the volume level: this is an intimate space hosting tables quite close to one anther with little in the way of noise dampening elements (curtains, soft walls or other). Be prepared to get to know your fellow patrons and speak loudly.

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JohnnyL
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

This place used to be one of my favourite restaurants not just for Spanish food but for all food. The service is amazing but I’ve found the quality of food to have deteriorated a lot since last year when I came. The clams with chorizo and white beans had sand in them and the paella really lacked the soccarat (crust formed at the bottom) which defeats the purpose of having paella in my opinion. Also the squid and chicken were very dry/tough and not seasoned at all. Overall the taste was good, but you would expect more attention to detail from a restaurant of this price range

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Weekend get away to Toronto from El Paso , Tx

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very delicious, my favorite

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Mariano
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best paella I’ve tried in years, service was very friendly!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was good, but i found that price for alcohol is very expensive. 50$ for 1 litre of sangria is way too much!

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BrigitteM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I would recommend, but tell that they need to check if a big group is booked. Our visit was unfortunately spoiled by a very noisy big group of young adults. Granted, the restaurant is small and the surfaces are all hard, so no noise can be dampened. Fernando, the amazing and so proper chef/owner Fernando was aware of our dissatisfaction as we could not talk or hear each other, so he offered us an aperitif after dinner which was very much appreciated. Next time, we'll call the restaurant directly and check if any groups are scheduled. Food is outstanding !!!! Service....terrific!!!

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FabioG
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great and service was outstanding. Music was at a good level. The only thing is that I was blindsided by the cost of the dish of the day.

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DUNKNHYNES
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The Paella Valenciana was outstanding as before, and my avocado salad was equally good.
My dining companion enjoyed the organic greens and scampi.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent tapas, wine selection. Overall a great spot in Mimico. Service is great and the chef’s the best!

FAQs

LaVinia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 748-2350.

LaVinia is rated 4.6 stars by 275 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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