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11 of Toronto’s outstanding spots for celebrating special occasions

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by Jessica Huras
Updated April 27, 2023

Torontonians come from all corners of the world. So it’s only natural that the special occasion restaurants in Canada’s largest city have global sensibilities.

Celebrate a relationship milestone at a hidden French countryside escape in Midtown. Take a group gathering to a lively King West karaoke spot with Sichuan-inspired plates. For an epic birthday dinner, head to a Harbourfront Italian icon that was just awarded a MICHELIN star.

Queen City’s restaurants are ready to host your next anniversary, family reunion, or promotion. Read on for a list of Toronto's top 11 special occasion spots to book now.

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4.9
4.9 (438)
CAN$51 and over
European
Yorkville
About the restaurant
The dining experience at Enigma wows from start to finish. It begins with the striking interiors, lined with mosaic tiles that glitter like tiny jewels. Dishes feature seasonal ingredients, European techniques, and exquisite plating—all while showcasing chef Quinton Bennett’s passion for molecular gastronomy. The blind format tasting menu means that diners are treated to delightful surprises emerging from the restaurant’s open kitchen. Plates might include British Columbia king salmon with pickled wild coho salmon roe, Tajima wagyu with shiitake and kelp, and matcha and pistachio opera cake. Bennett’s imaginative culinary approach earned the restaurant a MICHELIN star this September.
Top review
WillC
Dined 5 days ago
They deserve their place in the Michelin Guide with at least 1 star. Best of luck in their pursuit for 2 and 3. Everything was wonderful: the ambience, the service, the wine parings, the overall atmosphere. Thank you for a wonderful experience. Definitely will return
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4.7
4.7 (5145)
CAN$51 and over
French
Midtown / Uptown
About the restaurant
This lush and quaint haven was once a pair of woodcutter’s cottages that date back to the 1860s. Today, the upscale French restaurant, a special occasion gem, remains a hidden paradise in an otherwise nondescript pocket of midtown Toronto. The rustic and homey decor is enhanced by pristine French fare that can be enjoyed a la carte or via a tasting menu. Decadent, celebration-worthy creations include Dungeness crab with celeriac consomme, sablefish with black rice, and yuzu, lemon, and white chocolate mousse for dessert.
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KeiH
Dined 6 days ago
Frequent guest from time to time and always enjoy the hospitality here. I found the cuisine to be a bit salty this time around and wonder if the Chef has changed or new Spring menu offerings and is still adjusting. Hope they make things less saltier as I wish to see this restaurant achieve a Michelin Star.
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4.5
4.5 (1203)
CAN$30 and under
Latin American
King West
About the restaurant
The flavors of South America, from Colombia to Argentina, are on display at this fiesta of a restaurant. Baro spans four festive floors: at the ground-level dining room, order à la carte or from the chef’s recommended spread including the “big ass steak,” pollo asado (half-roasted chicken), duck chaufa, and more. After dinner, head upstairs for some cocktails in the speakeasy. The rooftop patio exudes liveliness and serves a more shareable menu, ideal for group gatherings.
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NicolaPvip
Dined 1 day ago
We had a fantastic experience at Baro. Sam’s service was top-notch and the food was absolutely delicious. Will definitely go back. Thank you!
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4.6
4.6 (5931)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Financial District
About the restaurant
Woo someone special with the views of the Toronto skyline at this fine-dining restaurant on the 54th floor of the TD tower. Canoe, a decades-old spot that recently underwent a $2 million dollar facelift, has established itself as a special occasions stalwart. Snag a seat by the window facing the CN Tower to watch the sunset and feast on dishes that showcase Canadian-sourced ingredients. Top choices include tender wild Pacific halibut and Atlantic salmon with short rib and smoked mussel-stuffed squid. Up the ante on a special evening by choosing the seasonally rotating tasting menu and wine pairing option.
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AshH
Dined 7 days ago
Wow. Canoe Team, you have outdone yourself. Thank you for the hospitality ❤️
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4.8
4.8 (719)
CAN$51 and over
Mexican
Little Italy / College St.
About the restaurant
A 28-foot wood-fire grill is at the heart of both the menu and the space at Quetzal, a restaurant made for special birthdays and anniversaries. Quetzal recently acquired a MICHELIN star and much of the credit for the honor goes to owner Grant Van Gameren executive chef Steven Molnar, who previously worked at Bar Raval and Bar Isabel. Quetzal’s impeccable menu draws on diverse Mexican culinary influences to offer sikil pak, a Mayan pumpkin seed dip; tlayuda, a crunchy, housemade tortilla topped with chorizo; and whole sea bream with salsa roja.
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KateH
Dined 3 days ago
Absolutely top quality food, original and delicious. We had the curated menu and everything was amazing, from the raw fish to the scallops and shrimp with bone marrow and Mexican chocolate mousse dessert. Great cocktails and wonderful service. Deserves its Michelin star. Will go back.
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4.3
4.3 (830)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Asian
King West
About the restaurant
Conceived by award-winning chef Akira Back, this sprawling space evokes the chic vibes of a Chinatown speakeasy. Dasha’s second-floor karaoke rooms are especially well-suited for celebrations. Dine on juicy Peking duck with wafer-thin crispy skin, wasabi prawns, and “millionaire” fried rice with lobster and truffle. The whimsical cocktails are also noteworthy, as is the extensive range of wines, Champagne, spirits, and beer.
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AtotheG
Dined 5 days ago
Our server was personable, professional and so easy to talk to. Our service and attention to detail was great. The best part of our meal was the skirt steak, and the duck fried rice and very tasty mocktails. Overall ambiance was great! The one thing I will say is the restaurant may need to put a sign by the door that reads “ENTRANCE” or “enter here” as 9/10 of your customers walk to the other side of the door and then double back after not immediately seeing how to get in. The handle is not prominent nor is it very easy to tell that is the entrance. Alternatively you could put a camera up and watch the shenanigans ensue. I sat by the window and had to wave a few people in. Just a suggestion.
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4.7
4.7 (1950)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Italian
Harbourfront
About the restaurant
Don Alfonso’s original MICHELIN-starred location on Italy’s Amalfi Coast is headed by acclaimed chefs Alfonso and Ernesto Iaccarino. The restaurant’s celebrated Toronto outpost was recently recognized with its own MICHELIN star. With its luxurious dining room, sophisticated Mediterranean menu, and much-lauded tasting menu, Don Alfonso 1890 delivers everything you could ask for on a celebratory night out. Views dazzle diners from all sides: the Toronto skyline charms from the floor-to-ceiling windows; in the open kitchen, spot executive chef Daniele Corona artfully preparing dishes such as seared Quebec Muscovy duck breast and risotto with veal shank and Iranian saffron broth.
Top review
Anonymous
Dined 2 days ago
This evening spent at Don Alfonso 1890 was like a journey into la DOLCE VITA, elegant and refined decor as well as in the care of the dishes, Carpaccio, Raviolo, Il Pacchero and Il Maialino all stunning in plays of contrasts with solid roots in Italian cuisine. Well deserved the Michelin star perhaps more.
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4.4
4.4 (2267)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary American
Financial District
About the restaurant
This restaurant, ideal for a splashy night out, is unabashedly luxe with its gilded accents, whiskey-inspired ceiling mural, and pristine marble bar. On the 31st floor of The St. Regis hotel, the space exudes opulence and the dishes follow suit. The food is a modernist blend of new French and American cuisines, displayed in plates such as burrata with roasted apricot, wagyu steak with parsley and garlic fingerling potatoes, and whole truffle chicken served two ways with truffle jus. Saving room for dessert is a requirement here: the 13-layer chocolate cake with hazelnut praline buttercream, is a straight-up show stopper.
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YewandeF
Dined 3 days ago
Had a great experience and the food was so good. It is also a kid friendly restaurant. I will definitely visit again.
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4.7
4.7 (749)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Yorkville
About the restaurant
After perfecting their refined approach to Italian cuisine through previous ventures such as Giulietta, executive chef Rob Rossi and restaurateur David Minicucci received a MICHELIN nod for their latest restaurant, Osteria Giulia. The two bring elegance to both Giulia’s menu and interiors (light-filled, lots of clean lines) with delicate northern Italian dishes including burrata drizzled with asfodelo honey and hand-braided pasta with wild squid and bay scallops. Drinks are as delicious as the food—another reason why this spot deserves a place on your special occasions list. Osteria Giulia offers a lengthy list of top-notch Italian wines and expertly executed cocktails that draw influence from the flavors of the Italian countryside.
Top review
JosephFvip
Dined 5 days ago
The best restaurant in Toronto.
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5.0
5 (319)
CAN$51 and over
Japanese
Yonge–Eglinton
About the restaurant
Yukashi has flown under the radar since quietly opening in 2018. But thanks to a recent star from MICHELIN, flocks will now head to this Japanese stunner. Led by chef Daisuke Izutsu, who cooked for the Japanese royal family, among other world leaders and celebrities, Yukashi is a hushed spot ideal for intimate occasions. Izutsu’s nine-course tasting menu celebrates seasonality, and he pays as much attention to plating as he does to ingredient selection, resulting in visually striking dishes with layers of rich, nuanced flavors.
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AvnerL
Dined 2 days ago
We had a great experience sitting at the counter, watching Chef and his team prepare our meal. Counter seats are comfortable and there is just enough room between the diners. Chef is very friendly, puts you at ease, and explains the various dishes. The presentation and plating are beautiful. Our favourite dish was the seared beef, urchin and fois gras wrapped up in a shiso leaf - perfection! What we did not understand were the two younger couples who spent all of their time on their phones, looking at various apps. What a waste of an evening - and very rude to Chef.
A photo of Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York restaurant
4.8
4.8 (649)
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
Financial District
About the restaurant
Set in the Fairmont Royal York hotel (one of Toronto’s grandest dames), the Library Bar regained its status as an iconic celebration spot after a 2021 makeover. Overflowing with the rich textures of velvet, marble, and leather, the Art Deco interiors nod to the hotel’s heritage. The refreshed food menu also pays homage to the Fairmont’s origins with nostalgic dishes such as chicken liver pâté and cape d’or salmon with beluga lentils. The Birdbath Martini is a must-order: made with gin or vodka distilled exclusively for the hotel and served tableside with pickled red onions and olives, it’s a cocktail that amplifies any special occasion.
Top review
JamesD
Dined 7 days ago
The Library stands alone and is excellent in every respect.
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