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Aera, Toronto, ON

Aera

4.3
4.3
663 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Steakhouse
A stylish steakhouse, sushi counter and cocktail bar with panoramic views of downtown Toronto, Aera celebrates the art of contemporary American cuisine. Presenting a range of superior steaks and chops, a seasonal raw bar, and creative reimaginings of beloved comfort dishes, Aera promises peak indulgence 38 floors above the city.

Please note that all reservations from 2:30–5pm from Monday to Friday, after 10pm from Monday to Wednesday, and after 11pm from Thursday to Saturday will be offered our bar bites menu. For our full à la carte lunch and dinner menus, please make a reservation during our regular dining hours.

For bottle-service, please contact us via aerarestaurant.com

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2 people

11:00 p.m.


Booked 103 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Japanese
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 am Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (647) 258-5207
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Binit Pandey
  • Private party facilities
    Elevating gastronomy to new heights, Aera features two spacious private dining spaces and a 4,500-square-foot open-air terrace. Bringing a fresh elegance to Toronto’s fine dining scene, Aera’s superior design and exquisite setting are the idyllic backdrop for intimate occasions, corporate gatherings, and lively celebrations.
  • Neighbourhood
    King West
  • Cross Street
    The restaurant is located at Front Street and Spadina Avenue.<br />
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Public Transit
    Accessible via the King and Spadina streetcar routes. The nearest subway station is Union.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wine

Experiences

  • Bar Bites + Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Whether you're seeking a midweek escape, a noteworthy meeting spot, or an easy excuse to indulge, enjoy sky-high sips with Happy Hour at Aera. Unwind with $15 signature cocktails, $9 Sapporo on draught, $12 select wines and more. Hungry? Try our mouthwatering bar bites: the exclusive menu offering served daily from 2:30–5pm. Take Happy Hour to new heights and join us today! Please note: During the hours of 2:30–5pm, our bar bites menu is the sole menu on offer. Guests seeking a full array of menu offerings are invited to reserve Happy Hour during dinner or weekend brunch hours.
    Bar Bites + Happy Hour photo
  • Aera Lounge

    Multiple dates available
    Indulge in late night sips and sky high views from our southwest corner on the 38th floor. Join us Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11pm and enjoy drinks and small bites with music from our weekly rotating DJ. Savour one of the city’s most picturesque spots for a romantic nightcap, after hours cocktail, or celebratory bubbles, and in case you get hungry, our shareable menu of bar bites makes for the perfect late night snack. Please note: bottle service requests can be made through our website (aerarestaurant.com).
  • Weekend Brunch

    Multiple dates available
    Join us on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am to 2:30pm and enjoy our menu of elevated brunch favourites sprinkled with artfully assembled sushi house staples. Whether you’re raising a glass to the weekend with our luxuriously crafted cocktails, enjoying some of the city’s best steak and eggs, or basking in the sun over a plate of griddled cornbread with maple syrup, every moment at Aera celebrates the beauty of brunch above the clouds.

Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.,Mon - Fri - 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.,Sat - 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Whether you're seeking a midweek escape, a noteworthy meeting spot, or an easy excuse to indulge, elevate your afternoon with Happy Hour at Aera. Join us Monday to Friday from 2:30–6pm, Saturdays from 11:30am–6pm and Sundays from 11:30am–10pm and unwind with specially priced drinks as you soak in panoramic city views from our 38th floor oasis. From select $9 beer to select $12 glasses of wine (5oz) and $15 martinis and signature cocktails, our sky-high drink features take Happy Hour to new heights. Hungry? Savour our curated bar bites menu, available exclusively during Happy Hour. Please note: only bar bites will be available during Happy Hour. Diners seeking a full menu of offerings are invited to reserve during lunch or dinner hours.

    Happy Hour photo

What 663 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Most Booked

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Toronto

    Great for scenic views

  • Toronto

    Most Booked

  • Toronto

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

663 Reviews
  1. RoboSukh

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service! Pricey but we will go back for special occasions or with out of town guests.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service poor, didn't get served at all. Had to go to the bar myself to order a drink and pay the bill. The Chilli chicken was overcooked just edible, the drinks were okay. Ambiance is amazing, but the poor service is a huge turnoff. I went during Happy Hour, not many people, menu option is low too.

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  3. Hcds

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing views of downtown toronto and the lake. The brunch food was a bit disappointing/uninspired though.

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  4. KatherineR

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    While the space itself was definitely a showstopper, given the prices and upscale nature of the restaurant, the service was extremely disappointing and the food was not above and beyond elsewhere in the city. We often felt like our server either forgot about us or forgot to fire our orders given the amount of time it took to get our food, drinks, or even have our dirty plates cleared. While the views were stunning for the price tag i definitely would not be back or recommend it to others.

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  5. MichelleN

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went here for our anniversary and they gave us a table with a wonderful view. The restaurant and bar are absolutely beautiful. Service was amazing. I had the sushi that was on special and it was some of the best I’ve had. The dinning can be expensive but it was excellent and worth it.

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  6. RabeaT

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    For what I paid for my meal- the service was absolutely horrible. Would not return

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  7. AndreaB

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    First, let me say the food was excellent. The foie gras with peanut butter and concord grape was literally one of the best dishes I’ve ever had in my life. Also, we absolutely adored our table right by the window which had an amazing view of the CN tower. Where we have to dock points is the service. It appears at the restaurant is severely understaffed. There is one waiter for an entire section. We often had empty glasses and at one point we had a table full of dirty plates that were left unattended. What was really disappointing was when we left the restaurant they were three hostesses at the entrance and we said goodbye to them, but they refused to raise their heads and even acknowledge us rather just kept looking at their phones. Really left a bad taste in her mouth.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The venue is beautiful, the views are spectacular. I came with my wife for our anniversary. When we walked in the restaurant was filled with smoke. The hood vents or HVAC weren't working. We asked the server why it was so smokey and she let us know they were working on having it fixed. For the first half of our time their the restaurant was very smokey. My wife's eyes were burning. We even instructed the server and the manager to hold back our main course, as we wouldn't be able to stay unless the issue was resolved. The issue was resolved, and everything returned to normal. However, at a fine restaurant like this, when the whole place is filled with smoke and it is clearly disturbing the patrons, the restaurant should at minimum buy us a round of drinks or comp an appetizer or something. They knew it was our anniversary and didn't bring dessert or do anything special. Not my kind of service, especially when spending the kind of money to dine here.

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  9. JasonG

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing atmosphere, Service and INCREDIBLE food. Great work

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  10. JohnD

    Toronto

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my fourth time hosting a business dinner here. I will NOT be returning. The room and the view are EXCELLENT. The front door staff are excellent. The bartender is excellent. The food is very good, but not excellent. However, out of four experiences here I have had one excellent waiter, one waiter that was fine and two that were not acceptable. Given that the tip on a $1000 business dinner is $200, I require better service than we received. HERE IS THE TOP PROBLEM: I booked a business dinner for four on a Monday night at 7:30pm. On the actual reservation it states that the table is until 10pm. We were half way through our main course at 9pm when the waiter brought me the cheque and told me they were now closed and we had just a few minutes to pay, finish eating and leave. No dessert, no coffee, a full hour before the time of our reservation was to expire. This is OUTRAGEOUS. First, when I made the reservation I agreed to a deposit and the restaurant offered a reasonable time to dine, but that was not honoured. Second, we were not told this when we sat down or we would have ordered all at once and right away. Also, had I known this was the policy I would have either made an earlier reservation, or I would have booked a different restaurant. None of this information was ever relayed, and the waiter was quite impatient about the entire situation. So I paid the $600 bill (what we had ordered up to that point) between bites and left the restaurant even before I was finished eating my main. In all my years of fine dining on five continents I have never been forced out of a fine dining restaurant after 90 min even before the mains were finished. I might have cocktails up there in the future, as the bartenders are excellent and the view is superb, but I’ll never book a $1000 dinner there again. With so many options in the downtown core, who needs the aggravation?

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FAQs

Aera is rated 4.3 stars by 663 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 p.m.


Booked 103 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Aera

8 Spadina Ave. suite 3800, Toronto, ON M5V 2H6

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    The restaurant is located at Front Street and Spadina Avenue.<br />
  • Neighbourhood
    King West
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 am Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Japanese
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Public Transit
    Accessible via the King and Spadina streetcar routes. The nearest subway station is Union.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Binit Pandey
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wine
  • Phone number
    (647) 258-5207
  • Private party facilities
    Elevating gastronomy to new heights, Aera features two spacious private dining spaces and a 4,500-square-foot open-air terrace. Bringing a fresh elegance to Toronto’s fine dining scene, Aera’s superior design and exquisite setting are the idyllic backdrop for intimate occasions, corporate gatherings, and lively celebrations.
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