Warm and inviting, Luma’s dining room and bar are designed with rich woods, leather and stone, and the cozy lounge is filled with plush sofas and eye-catching artwork. Luma’s second floor location in the TIFF Bell Lightbox and its floor-to-ceiling windows offer outstanding views of King Street West and the downtown action.
From 4pm to 9pm, join us for $6 drink features in the Luma lounge, including flavoured martinis, Manhattans and Grolsch (Note: Magic Hour will not be available from September 6 - 17)
The food was above average but the service was lacking. For an higher end place service should be significantly better. Especially given that the restaurant wasn't full
Food was "meh" but service was excellent. It was a Summerlicous menu, so maybe the quality is lower? The menu stated "breast of chicken supreme", but in fact, it was a simple boneless breast.
We were the last reservation for the night. The staff were amazing. Even though it was their closing time we weren't rushed at all. The food was great but the attitude of the staff made our experience so much better.
Food was great, staff was not.
After being seating, it took close to 15 minutes for a waitress to come by to offer water or ask for drinks. After we ordered, an entirely new table was sat, served drinks and received their appetizers before ours had arrived.
After the apps had been cleared, it took an additional 15 minutes prior to the entree being served. When I inquired as to the delays, she responded with we are really busy tonight - except the restaurant was less than half full. I was displeased with the service and wouldn’t go back based on that.
The food however was phenomenal, and I’d give a kudos to the chefs for quality !
Amazing service and lovely ambience. Would go back for these two things alone.
Both my friend and I had the Summerlicious menu. Our appetizer was good but both of us had the steak and it was tough and very hard to eat. The profiteroles were soggy.
We did tell the waiter about the meat but we had a show and not enough time to wait for another main course. Disappointed. Music level was too loud for comfortable conversation and we asked if it could be turned down.
Not an inexpensive place so we expected better.
Food was a little salty, and the portion was small. Still loved it though.
Summerlicious is here finally! And Luma served up a gastronomical storm of delight to us 😊
The Stuffed Squid appetizer and Roast Moroccan Chicken Spreme entré were definitely the highlights. I had a Zucchini pasta for entré - very unique and interesting flavors! Luma never disappoints 😍
We when for 60th birthday celebration. When i review the menu the food sound delicacies. The chicken tasted like cardboard and all was so salty , we where disappointed.
Good food. Portions where small. Service was great. Overall you pay for the environment.
Summerlicious program provided an interesting choice of items all of which sounded very good. Very convenient to Mirvish theatres. We dined after a matinee show on their outdoor area and enjoyed good weather (although it rained intermittently), good food and a good waiter. Thought the overall experience was very good and would go again.
Dinner was good. Service could have been more attentive
Went for summerlicious and the food was great. However, the service was a bit slow given that the restaurant wasn't very busy.
Foods are not attractive as they are supposed to be. Other than that, no complaints.
It’s my birthday dinner and we were seated at the inner corner right by the entrance. After i requested to move to the window seats i was told only table of 4 can sit there. But there are a couple sitting right by the window. I was offered to move to one of the tables but it was in the middle of existing tables. So we stayed where we were to keep the noise level around us low. However, they seated another table right by us shortly after. I didn’t understand, coz there are so many other tables available. Foodwise, We’ve ordered Tuna sashimi, its fresh and flavorful. However, the main course we got steak and whole octopus, plain taste. Nothing special. The truffle fries are actually comparably more delicious. The house made ice cream is great! The only plus during this dinner.
A great restaurant with some neat menu ideas! Service is good, convenient location, pricing a little on the steep side for someone not used to eating in the city!
Food was nothing special. Seafood platter was way overpriced for product served. No crackers or starch with a smoked mousse? Pasta dish lacked flavour. Halibut special was cooked well but boring and lacked flavour.
Food was great. We had a show to attend and they served our food in time. Thank you
All very nice, quick service to get us to our show ontime!
Excellent restaurant. Service was amazing and the meals were very good. There is a lot of seafood on the menu however there is a choice of some pasta and a steak. Highly recommend this place if you are planning to see a show. Give yourself at least 60-90 minutes so that you’re not rushed.
This was far from my first time at LUMA, which says something from the start. Although I work in the neighbourhood, it's not exactly a "lunch" kind of place. In fact I'm not even certain they are open for lunch.
I'm also not a regular TIFF patron, so it's unlikely I would ever book a table for before or aprez cinema. I've probably been there ten times in the past five years. I've frequented the second-floor bar -- just outside the restaurant -- more frequently. And I enjoyed even more frequent eating/drinking encounters downstairs, in the somewhat less pretentious O&B Canteen.
I should also probably admit that it was a VERY strange day. The Raptors "Victory" parade took the downtown core of Toronto hostage. When we arrived, shortly after 5:00 pm, there was nobody else on the outside terrace -- except for a group that was occupying the corner on the SE corner, which we had specifically requested....
It was very windy. There were too many sirens. But this "meeting" with three colleagues, for a friendly annual reunion, has been happening at LUMA for five or six years now, and we have no intention of abandoning the tradition. We'll be back next year, despite whatever follows.
The wine was horrendously overpriced! (I mean it, $19 for a glass of mediocre Pinot Grigio!?!?)
...but on to the food:
Two of us ordered the $32 cod/scallop soup. The fish was offensively over-cooked.... (The cod had been boiled beyond recognition....)
The broth was almost as interesting as dish-water.... Yes, it was spicey, as advertised, and as could be expected, as a result of the sad shreds of hot pepper that were floating therein.... I suspect there might also have been a few dashes of last-minute Tasbasco....
The third person ordered lamb. I didn't try any -- even though she opted to take at least half of it home in a doggy bag...
We three then split our "traditional" chocolate dessert.... It was wonderful, comme toujours!
The censors prevent me from continuing....
The HIGHEST recommendation!! Came here for our one year anniversary and we were blown away! Our server was Kevin and he was the most thoughtful, considerate and friendly server my husband and I have ever had. We were treated so warmly and made to feel so special. The food was incredible as well! We had kampachi ceviche, seared calamari and the tater tots. It was all delicious. We were also treated to red snapper ceviche to start and the luma chocolate bar for dessert. The luma chocolate bar was so decadent and the combination of the chocolate with peanut butter ice cream and caramelized bananas was unlike anything I’ve ever had before. I cannot recommend this place enough. Thank you to Kevin and the Luma staff for making our one year anniversary dinner an occasion we will never forget!!
Great service, outstanding food, and catered to us needing to make it to a show.
Had their buck a shuck oysters which were phenomenal, and one of us had the salmon while the other had the lamb special.
Great wine selection, and very friendly server.
The food has declined in quality and flavour in the past few years. It’s disappointing. Service is average.
Our waitress was amazing! So helpful and attentive
Hi there! Thanks so much for letting us know! :) We hope to see you soon! All the best, Luma Management
Beautiful, casual elegant restaurant with great view of King Street West, the food is exceptional, great service.
Good afternoon Del007, Thanks so much for your review! We appreciate you taking the time to write one, and absolutely agree with you- the view of King Street West is wonderful. We look forward to having you visit us again soon! All the best, Luma Management
It was a great birthday dinner.
Seafood was great.
Ambiance was good.
Staff waa excellenet.
Serving size and wait time was good.
Hi KerriJ, Thank you for your review. Your feedback is very valuable! We are so glad you had a good time. Hope to see you soon! Have a great day, Luma Management
Our server was very attentive initially, but after placing our food order we didn’t see him again. I was disappointed in my lobster and shrimp burger, I couldn’t taste any lobster, however, the French fries were excellent. I had to ask for our wine glasses to be refilled.
So while I didn’t have a terrible meal, I was disappointed (in the food).
Hello Margaret, Thank you kindly for taking the time to write you review. We are disappointed to hear about your time spent with us and would love an opportunity to speak directly with you about your experience. I will be sending my e-mail to you privately in hopes of hearing from you soon. All the best, Luma Management
I've eaten here numerous times, and always enjoyed the experience, so I recommended LUMA for an office lunch recognizing a colleague. I chose LUMA because the environment is so pleasant and the room is quiet, so we could all talk and hear one another. The second-storey view of King Street is a perfect urban perch. Everyone enjoyed their meal--from the adventurous octopus to the sophisticated salad.
Hello! Thank you so much for your review. We are thrilled to know you have consistently enjoyed your experiences with us! We very much look forward to having you again. :) All the best, Luma Management
Personally really miss the old menu. Might be a good choice for fish lovers, but our party only ordered non-seafood dishes and they were only average. Luma was our favourite place for dinner before theatre but we will have to find a new joint. If you are going for their bar- HIGHLY RECOMMEND. The drinks and bar food here are just wonderful and never disappoint.
Hello Steph, We are so sorry to hear about your disappointment with our new Oceanwise fish and seafood menu. We are making some changes to the menu very shortly, and would love for you to give it a try. Otherwise, we'll see you at Magic Hour! :) Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. Your feedback is invaluable. All the best, Luma Management
Our waiter was very knowledgeable - the food was amazing-a perfect evening highy recommend
Hello Samantha! Thank you so much for taking the time to send in a review! We are so glad to know you had such a lovely time with us. We hope to see you again soon! :) All the best, Luma Management
Amazing service and food! Loved it!!!
Thank you so much for your review! :) Hope to see you soon! Luma Management
The service and ambiance was incredible. Very beautiful restaurant. Wine and cocktails were delicious. Most of the food was great (oysters, calamari, seared tuna, truffle fries) but the shrimp pasta wasn’t great (shrimp over cooked, dish was salty) especially for the price, and actually made me quite sick later in the evening.
Hello LindsayC, While we are very pleased to know how much you enjoyed the ambiance, wine and cocktails, we are disappointed to hear about your experience with our shrimp pasta. We are incredibly passionate about cooking amazing food with the freshest ingredients and would love to speak to you personally in order to ensure this does not happen again. My personal contact will be provided to you via private message shortly. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know. Luma Management
The seafood lovers loved the meal. Having more than one vegetarian main dish would have made this even better.
Hello JaneD, Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review! Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us. We will absolutely take that into consideration and hope to see you again very soon. Luma Management
Very nice place. We only sat in the bar area. The furniture has seen better days. Might be time for a little reno.
The martini specials are well worth it!
Hi LucyM, Thank you so much for your feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed our martini specials. :) With regards to our well-loved furniture, we agree with you! It's time for a change. There may be some new and exciting things coming to the TIFF lounge in the very near future. We look forward to hearing what our guests think! Thanks again for joining us and we hope to see you again soon. Luma Management
Our server (Megan) was amazing; very helpful and considerate and totally understanding when we were unimpressed with the quality of food.
The food was pretty bad, but to be fair, they don’t normally open for brunch so perhaps it’s just not their strong suit.
Been in for dinner and it was pretty good.
Would go back just because our server saved our experience.
Hello Anonymous, First and foremost, thank you for taking the time out of your day to provide us with this feedback. Megan is a valued member of our team and I am so glad she took such great care of you! With that said, it truly is disappointing to hear about your experience with our brunch menu. If you would like to discuss further or make a reservation with us, please contact us directly and ask for the manager on duty. Thank you again, Luma Management
We came here for Mothers Day brunch and had a wonderful time at Luma! We would definitely recommend this place to others
Hello "NeilK", Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy to hear about your wonderful time with us on such an important occasion. We look forward to seeing you again :) Luma Management
Mother’s Day with kids
First time at this restaurant and we were very impressed with the experience. The food was exceptional and just the right quantity to fill you for a late night dinner. Would definitely go again when I'm in the mood for fresh fish to eat.
Hi MarioM, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are very to happy to hear of your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again! :) Luma Management
From start to finish, it was a most enjoyable evening. From the martinis at Magic Hour to Buck A Shuck. The perfect way to spend my birthday eve!