Modus Ristorante

4.6
354 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Business Meals
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
In the heart of the Finacial District, Modus Ristorante is Toronto's plush spot for refined Italian cuisine.

Modus might serve Italian food, but refreshingly, no one’s anxious to label it “rustic.” Modus’s menu takes recognizable Italian classics and re-creates them as fine-dining fares.

The restaurant offers an extensive 300-bottle wine program, with seasonally selected wine by the glass. A focus on Italian, Californian and South American wines provides excellent pairing for a fine dining experience.

Behind Modus is Sam Genkov, owner of the 23-year-old District favourite Bravi Ristorante.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Phone number
(416) 861-9977
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Brett Turnbull
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Cross Street
York Street
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Parking Details
Underground Parking Available
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Public Transit
St. Andrew's Station
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Modus Ristorante has two Private Dining Rooms that can accommodate parties up to 20, 50 and 70 people. AV equipment is also available upon request. Perfect for your next special occasion or business function whether it is personal or professional, Modus Ristorante can accomodate all your needs.

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What 354 People Are Saying
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4.7
Service
4.4
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4.1
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Denver
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had a wonderful combination of a special appetizer- mussels fra diavolo filled by the watermelon salad. Great balance and lovely service.

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M
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Solid across the key buckets. Well done. Group of 11 all had good meals, were served well, left happy.

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V
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been coming to Modus since it opened and I have never been disappointed.
Food is creative , fresh and tasting very good. Always excellent daily specials. Never been disappointed. Service is top notch, friendly , professional service with knowledgeable staff. Great ambience, and great experience. I would recommend this rwstaurant for any occasion and lunch and dinner.

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EB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Booked this restaurant sight unseen based on the reviews and it did not disappoint. The event planner was easy to work with; the staff was accomodating. We arrived on the evening of the event and our room was ideal. The setting was lovely. The meal was OUTSTANDING. All of our guests commented on how delicious the meal was; the wine list had everything that we could have wanted; the service was superb. Kudos to the staff at Modus Ristorante for making the dinner celebrating the wedding of my son and daughter-in-law such an effortless and memorable event. As an aside, if you don't know what to choose from their dessert menu, try the tiramisu--fabulous.

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MG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is amazing. All the ladies loved the food, service and atmosphere. We will definitely go again.

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RJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite restaurant - I highly recommend Modus for top notch food and service!

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SM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We were a large international group in Toronto at an international conference. it was wonderful to discover
the Modus restaurant, conveniently located not far from the Conference Centre that could accommodate our large group. The food, all agreed, was excellent -- fresh, delightfully seasoned and nicely presented. We all enjoyed it a lot.

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Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We actually ate there on Wednesday, June 27. I had originally made a reservation for 7:30 on June 27 but wanted to change it to 7:00. Somehow I changed the reservation to 7:00 on Thursday, June 28 by mistake. The food was very good, the service was excellent. My negroni was outstanding.

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HN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Modern and tastefully decorated. Outstanding waitstaff. Wonderful food.

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DZ
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

They allowed a loud group of 4 on the patio to ruin the experience. Loud groups belong across the street at Earl's. This place should maintain its standard image as a classy understated low-key well-located destination for quiet dinner and/or drinks

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FP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The waiter and the staff were generally good. I almost couldn't eat my dish because it was so spicy hot. When I told the waiter, there was no reaction. My wife's dish was fine as was the recommended wine choice.

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great spot for a lunch meeting. Fish specials are always great.

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BS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The occasion was a get together with family from out of town.
We had a leisurely dinner over three hours. Our waiters were very patient and helpful.
We arrived after the pre baseball game crowd.
The food was very good as usual.
We sat outside and there were a few flies early in the evening but they left as the air cooled.
All in all a very good experience.

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BH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As a family of four,we were attending the symphony and it was also a celebration of my wife's birthday. We very much enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere . We will be back!

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s
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service by Jim Stubbs

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MM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

really good food, good service. nice for conversation with your guests.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good food and were attentive to need to leave on time for a show.

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was very good and so was the service initially. No pricing was provided for the specials, so the $69 for an elk steak was quite a surprise when the bill eventually came. After the first course the waiter basically disappeared. He had to be searched out each time for the desert menus, the desert order and the bill.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service very good. Room was very loud.

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PG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

This is my third time at Modus for a business lunch. Not sure if their kitchen is too small for the seating capacity, but so far the track record is perfect for late food. For a 12pm business lunch, meals coming out at 1:15pm causes unnecessary downtime and rushing a delicious meal down to get everyone to their afternoon obligations.

Service was excellent, food was tasty, good location and ambiance, but the consistent lateness of meals makes it difficult to go back for a business luncheon. For this reason, this is a last-resort spot for us.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Well appointed, excellent food and service. Nice atmosphere without being too noisy for a conversation

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CK
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

I've dined at Modus many many times and I would have rated the food in most of those intances, a 4 star. But the branzinino was just okay and the mixed green salad (instead of vedge) was quite pathetic. The service was also not up to the usual standard.
I'm treating this as a one-off situation, so I will be back.

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JL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants in the financial district, never disappoints, first rate and makes a good impression on my business guests.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Had a good time, I only wish that it was written on Open Table that there was a set menu for Valentines Day. I made reservations here looking forward to certain pasta dishes and when we arrived there were only two options, ravioli or spaghetti which weren't very adventurous. Good food, seemed it was a busy night as we had several servers throughout the night and each of them had no idea where we were in our meal. Will try again on a less busy evening.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Our server wasn’t personable at all. The restaurant wasn’t as busy as we had expected for Valentine’s and maybe she was having a bad day? My date mentioned that she felt uncomfortable by how we were being talked to. The food was good, although the portions could have been slightly larger. Some tables were getting bread while they waited for their food. We waited for a while but we didn’t get any.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

Service was excellent. Food just ok and overpriced. Pint of draft beer decent but overpriced at $11. Crab cake appetizer not bad but way overpriced at $20. Swordfish main just ok. Fish portion small (thin and dry). Risotto side tasty. Plate otherwise uninspiring. Coffee and desert normal. Not much vibe or ambiance in the large, tired room. Wasn't very busy (not surprising). Overall, other than the excellent service (likely due to the place being almost empty), a sub-par experience when taste, portion size, price and ambiance all factored in. Would not go back there until changes are made. Too many other better options at same or lower price point. Bring in Restaurant Makeover!

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NW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very welcoming, service professional, unobtrusive to invisible yet amazingly able to predict needs. Which allowed for a fluid and productive business meeting. Food is always top quality.

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GD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The service and food was great. The feature duck appetizer was delicious. Good portion size and a great wine list too.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend arrived late for a pre-theatre dinner, but service was friendly and efficient so we were able to finish in good time. Main dining room is an elegant , softly lit space and tables are spaced appropriately to allow for easy conversation. Food was flavourful and well prepared, and served reasonably quickly . My friend raved about her butternut squash soup ( gluten free and served with or without addition of maple bacon butter) . Arctic Char was also excellent .

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d
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

Supremely rude hostess. Food quality was very good but the service from the kitchen and the bar was very slow. This is a restaurant that is used to being busy so the excuses from our server that they were slammed was not helpful.

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G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

Went for a birthday dinner for two, but there was a party happening in the lobby, which was really loud and you had to work your way thru crowd to get to restaurant. The divider curtain does nothing for the noise,but closes visability. Food was ok, for the price point, over hundred dollars and that was without drinks. Had to wait awhile for the coat check to return with coats.

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

I ordered the Seafood Pasta with squid ink. It was so SALTY! I forced myself to eat half but can no longer tolerate it! The waiter asked the chef to prepare a new one for me but it was just as salty! I couldn’t eat it at all! I suspect the entire batch of Squid Ink Pasta was over salted during preparation. I then ordered Sorbetto for dessert, so I could have something to eat. It was soooooo sweet. Way too much sugar! I took one spoonful and couldn’t continue. I basically left the entire Sorbetto untouched. Very bad experience! The Entree too salty, the dessert too sweet.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 1

I don't mind paying 5 star prices when I receive 5 star food. This, was not even close. Two things that stood out above the freshness and actual cooking issues, there was little or no sauce in accompaniment of the mains and the vegetables were overpowered with garlic.

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K
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Nice, typical Toronto restaurant. Nothing outstanding.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was in Toronto to write an important exam so I was dining alone. I selected this restaurant to have a safe but pleasant place to dine with excellent food and I was not disappointed.
I was put at a table in the middle of the restaurant and it was a bit of an awkward spot, something cozier would have been nice, but other than that no complaints.
The service was exceptional, as was the wine and the Arctic Char. I would definitely go back.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

It was good, but not exceptional. Not a place I would order recommend ordering steak. The pasta dish I had was, again, just good, but almost too much pesto. The old standard traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs was very good!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Business dinner - was great!

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J
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

50th bday lunch

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MM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, polite and attentive. We had the buffala mozzarella which was really good. Mains were the seared tuna and the rigatoni. Very tasty. My client liked it. Said it was delicious. Will be back again soon.

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MD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service in the evening time, well managed, attentive staff and Manager visible and engaging, top notch Chef and team. get a patio table!

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