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Alma, Toronto, ON
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Alma

CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Asian
Alma is a restaurant based on the tastes and experiences of our kitchen team focusing on modern Chinese cuisine headed by Chef/Owner Anna Chen.
We are built around food that uses fresh, simple, quality ingredients and our focus is to create a unique dining experience.
Our beverage program is focused on Natural Wines curated by Sommeliers Kate Densmore and Ben Dalton.
As of September 2022, Alma has been recognized by the Michelin Guide as a recipient of the Bib Gourmand award.
We hope to see you soon!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today

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Why we love it

Executive chef: Anna Chen

  • Award icon

    MICHELIN Bib Gourmand

    2022

Alma means “kind” or “nourishing” in Latin, a fitting description for its homey vibe and chef Anna Chen’s heartfelt cooking. Dishes like curried squid, which draw on Chen’s Hakka Chinese heritage and Indian upbringing, have the inventive power to land the restaurant a MICHELIN nod, yet are approachable enough for Alma to earn local favourite status.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Asian, Contemporary Canadian, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (647) 346-1881
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    We would be happy to host your special event! We can accommodate a maximum of 30 guests for seated dinners. For a full restaurant buyout Fridays and Saturdays cost $5000 and Sunday-Thursdays are $4000, not including tax and 20% gratuity.Please inquire at info@almatoronto.com for current canapes and set menus.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighbourhood
    Koreatown
  • Cross Street
    Bloor & Dufferin
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Dufferin Station within walking distance
  • Additional
    Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 379 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

379 Reviews
  1. SimonW

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best Toronto has to offer. Top natural wine list too!

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  2. KassandraM

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alma is consistently incredible! One of mine and my husbands favourite place to eat.

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  3. ClaytonT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every dish had Incredible flavours and there was a very knowledgeable staff!

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  4. SamanthaA

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible meal and dining experience all around. Highly recommend!

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  5. omnivore

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service and food were fantastic. The setting was pleasant, sort of high end casual. It was fairly noisy. Definitely worth the trip!

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  6. PetraP

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wine list is terrible. Could stand an overhaul. We tried three bottles and the first two were awful, the third only passable. .

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  7. KateE

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and good! Thanks, Ben for being awesome.

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  8. RobL

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our third time to Alma and, while the food has always been excellent, this time it was extra special. Every dish we had was exquisite. I like the small plates—it's almost like tapas—so you get to taste many different things. We started with the radish cake, the endive salad, and the trout tartare. Each was special. For the mains, we went with the potato dumplings (maybe my favourite, though everything was so good, it is hard to choose), the shrimp fried rice, and the pork steak. This was enough for three, though I almost wish we had had time to try one more dish and desert. Unfortunately, we were running late for a concert, so had to leave quickly. The service matches the food—with very friendly, helpful, and attentive staff. And Anna Chen (the chef and owner) came out to say hello (she served us the endive salad). The restaurant while small, and a bit loud when crowded, feels very welcoming. We really love this restaurant—the food is unique, delicious, and well presented. We highly recommend Alma.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was incredible and service was impeccable! Thank you so much ! We had a lovely night!

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  10. SKIPPERAL

    Toronto

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ms. Chen provides subtle layers, textures and tastes with every dish enjoyed at our table. Service was attentive, professional and unobtrusive. We will be back soon!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is amazing, the menu is limited but everything is great

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  12. LuisS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Focused on delivering high quality gastronomy, zero pretentious and relaxed. Chinese fusioned perfectly with innovative combinations of best of worlds gastronomy ingredients. Will be coming back! I recommend the potato dumplings with maitake mushrooms.

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  13. BrittanyT

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal and service, will definitely be back!

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  14. Clare

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food - every dish was deep with flavour and cooked perfectly! Such amazing service by our waiter. I will definitely be back.

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  15. RosaS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience in our first time at Alma's!

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  16. SMBCP

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing cute little restaurant. We really enjoyed the cod and the potatoes dumplings. The new take on the beef tartare was incredible. Would 100% recommend for a cute date!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The somilier was terrible. Kept recommending wines we didn’t like. Eventually we just said yes.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service was amazing, if you’re going for a quiet date night this place is LOUD. They keep the music pretty loud and people talking over that makes it hard to hear the people sat at your table.

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  19. SharonL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Too much hype. Mediocre at best. Flavours are overwhelming and there is no finesse. Many of the dishes were extremely over salted, and excessive oil. Would strongly recommend against. There are many stand out authentic Chinese restaurants at a fraction of the price.

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  20. Melo25

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered the pork wonton and noodles in soy and black pepper. Noodles weren't overdone and had some al dente crunch to it which was greatly appreciated. The taste in itself was just enough umami without being too salty. The pork wontons were done perfectly to compliment the noodles. My husband ordered the cha Siu steak. That was pretty good too, maybe slightly rough in texture than what we're used to, but the taste was nothing less than exquisite. The choy side, although simple, was a delight to chow down on and brought back nostalgic moments of classic Chinese dinner meals. Overall really enjoyed my time at Alma!

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  21. Foodiegirl

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything we ordered was so good. My favourites were the radish cake and pork wonton noodles! They provided such a memorable dining experience for me and my friends.

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  22. JacksonM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The bao was out of control delicious. And while the char siu pork was the best I've ever had, nothing really elevated it beyond that. The service was amazing and the atmosphere inside is great

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  23. NickG

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Such a wonderful dinner and great service. It is I quite a splurge though.

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  24. Cchin1010

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Ambience and service are great. Food is over priced and on the salty side.

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  25. LauraG

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always wonderful to dine at Alma! The food and service were lovely

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  26. GeorgeC

    Toronto

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, decent pricing, good ambiance. We ordered 2-3 apps and 3 entrees with only two of us at the table, we had LOTS of food to take home. We wanted to try everything and it really was delicious!

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  27. PratimaK

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time visiting Alma. I must say the staff were friendly, welcoming and very helpful to explain about the menu. I was disappointed because I tried to make reservation for 3 people and it did not allow me to do that. I was only allowed to do for 2 people. We had the reservation for 5 pm and we were the first one. The second group came with three family members. I left my son at the mall and had to pack the rest of the order to go. I should have called the restaurant to check the seat availability since there was plenty of seatings.

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  28. TommasoD

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An exceptional experience at Alma. Food was innovative and delicious. I especially loved the tartare, squid fried rice and cod. The service was super professional and warm. We got some great wine recommendations from our waiter. Super from start to finish!

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  29. StephanieG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a special experience, amazing service and atmosphere, and above all fantastic food. Can’t wait to be back again soon!!

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  30. MaherW

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! The servers exceeded what I thought was possible. Beyond attentive, super cordial, and we even overstayed the closing time and never once did they pressure us to leave. The food was delicious with lots of unique flavours and high-end presentation. Simply a must.

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  31. AshleyB

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing and unique food. Great wine! Have been twice and will def be back!

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  32. loungefly

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I liked the place until I was informed we had to leave before we had time for dessert.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A visit to Toronto is not complete without a meal at Alma. From the greating at the door until you leave you feel like the most important people in the resturant. Fantastic recommendations for both food and beverage are spot on and result in a evening filled with wonderful flavors and service. Don't miss out on Alma....you will not be disappointed!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Restaurant. Anna, Ben and Baya were incredibly hospitable. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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  35. DeborahB

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Alma. I always come for the food. It is fantastic. The service is excellent. The ambiance is great. The noise level is perfect. It always feels good in there. My only complaint is the wine list. I've been to Alma a few times, and I just can't get behind the wines there. However, the staff is knowledgable about them, and I am sure some people like them. However, I just drink beer.

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  36. DShe

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic fusion restaurant where the word 'fusion' is not a dirty word. Great blends of French and Italian Cuisine with key Sichuan and Hong Kong-style mainstays that make each dish pop and stay on your tongue as memorable spotlights in your dinner date. Absolutely recommended for people who love Asian food but want to be surprised by how you can escalate things you know well into something new and exciting.

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  37. OTdiner

    Toronto

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good , ambience nice and simple. At one point, the chef came out and served one of the dishes, a lovely touch. My issue was the male server. I was interested in white wine, and he immediately said "I have something you will like." He disappeared and came back with a fully-poured glass of Pét-nat. I thought he was going to show me the bottle and give me a taster, or at least tell me something about the wine. If he'd asked, he would've known I don't like Pét-nat at all. It was presumptuous on his part, but I let it go. When I ordered my second glass of wine, I told him I didn't like the first one and to tell me about other options. Again ... he disappeared and did another full pour. Another Pét-nat. I realize it was busy, and he was one of only 2 servers. Still, there is no excuse for making assumptions about the type of wine a patron likes without even asking. When I choose to pay for a meal in a restaurant, I want to get what I like, not what the server assumes I will like. A lesson in humility would be helpful for him.

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  38. ErinE

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favourite restaurants in the city. Amazing food in a chilled out atmosphere with the best service. Can't be beat.

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  39. JagdeepS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unbelievable service and the food was incredible. I had the Char Siu Pork and my wife had the Pork Wonton Noodles. Easy enough to share amongst one another which we did.

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  40. Nana

    Toronto

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always very tasty!!! Service is very high quality. Extremely comfortable.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Alma using the Order Online button. Alma also offers delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. Alma also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 346-1881.

Alma is rated 4.7 stars by 379 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Alma

1194 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N2

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross Street
    Bloor & Dufferin
  • Neighbourhood
    Koreatown
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Asian, Contemporary Canadian, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Dufferin Station within walking distance
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (647) 346-1881
  • Private party facilities
    We would be happy to host your special event! We can accommodate a maximum of 30 guests for seated dinners. For a full restaurant buyout Fridays and Saturdays cost $5000 and Sunday-Thursdays are $4000, not including tax and 20% gratuity.Please inquire at info@almatoronto.com for current canapes and set menus.
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