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CLAY, Toronto, ON

CLAY

4.6
4.6
511 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
An original in-house restaurant at Gardiner Museum. Offering seasonal menus of fresh, local fare, inspired design that's deeply connected to the Museum's ceramic focus, and a seamless continuation of the impeccable service clients have to expect from the museum. Clay breathes new life into Yorkville's fine dining community.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Fusion / Eclectic, International
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 586-8086
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighbourhood
    Yorkville
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mother's Day Prix-Fixe

    $80.00 per person

    May 12, 2024 only
    Come join us for our Mother's Day celebration

What 511 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto

    Contemporary Canadian

511 Reviews
  1. EKTG

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience and the sunny day made the restaurant look alive. It was my second time there and it was just as awesome as the first time. Food was served quickly, it was delicious and the service was great.

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  2. AnneH

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delightful environment with very pleasant and effecient serving staff

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  3. Donna

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely reunion with two friends. The staff was excellent. 2 of our group are hard of hearing so good to hear that you are interested in checking noise levels!

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  4. TracyB

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Super staff. Yummy food. Simple, elegant, and you’re not jammed right up against other tables. Highly recommend.

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  5. RobA

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was a little slow but staff were attentive and pleasant. Fries were bad - overcooked, looked and tasted like they'd been warmed up for a while. Good fries shouldn't be difficult to make. The rest of the food was good. We had a later reservation so noise level was OK.

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  6. SarahH

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve eaten here twice now - first time was good and the second time was underwhelming. Food was mediocre, one dish was undercooked and the service was friendly but inattentive. It’s a gorgeous space and a few of the dishes were tasty. I’d give it another chance.

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  7. HeliaH

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy my experience at Clay, super friendly staff and great food.

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  8. Erskine

    Toronto

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    CLAY is bright, with a friendly atmosphere but on this occasion, it was noisier than usual.

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  9. Edie

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The manager Chris was lovely in helping us select a dessert. Our waiter, Marisa was also absolutely incredible. We ordered the Omelette (added protein), Pavlova dessert, Turmeric Tea Latte, Pancakes, English Tea, and Catch of the Day which was fried pickerel. Hats off to the chef for the dining experience as well!

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  10. Noodlybits

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    CLAY is a delightful restaurant in the Gardiner Museum. It is a great place for lunch.

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  11. Curt

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Longtime customer… winter 2024 menu is not the best but it’s pretty good. Not sure why eggs benny offerings are absent… kind of befuddling considering the Toronto obsession with brunch… Hopefully the spring menu is better! All that said Clay is one of the best dining spaces in the GTA.

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  12. AnnK

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It seems fitting that one of my favourite museums should house one of my favourite restaurants. The food is tasty and imaginative. The service is prompt and thoughtful and it is one of the nicest rooms in the city.

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  13. BriggerT

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was the perfect lunch. We came to celebrate a special occasion with our parents, both using mobility devices. Chris was extremely attentive setting up a perfect table including chairs with arm rests. Food was perfect and delicious! The only thing that would have made it better was accessible parking. We were told we could not use the disabled parking. Thanks you for being the centre point of a special day.

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  14. Anon

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Compliments to our waiter Daniel and everyone associated with this gem of a restaurant.

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  15. DianeT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A favourite place for my friends and I to meet because we are able to have private conversations due to spaced tables, lovely airy bright room and great nutritious food choices/ wondering why you do not have more common fish specials as salmon or Arctic char

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  16. MarkL

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit and were back because we so enjoyed the first visit! The food was spectacular and the service provided by Daniel and the manager, Chris, couldn’t have been better! Highly recommended!

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  17. TracyB

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Lunch. Friendly atmosphere. Great service and food.

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  18. Mendy

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Interesting menu - my friend loved the French Onion Toast. We had a lot of catching up to do and the wait staff made sure we had what we needed but we're not intrusive - for two and a half hours!!! Lovely

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  19. Maria

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food as always. Great service. Wonderful maître di.

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  20. Dusty

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely meal at CLAY today. For someone like me with a dairy allergy I was delighted to see so many options on the menu including a dessert. Melissa is a very good server with such an upbeat personality. My only reason for not giving 5 stars all the way is the noise level. The noise bounces off the walls. Anyone with a hearing impairment will have a difficult time.

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  21. AnneT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, excellent service...and a light, airy restaurant with very high ceilings, so well-ventilated, unlike many restaurants. Tables are spaced well apart.

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  22. ElleTeaTux

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch spot. Food is wonderful as is the service.

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  23. Cavallino905

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The assortment of foods that we chose didn't really tie in with each other. Wonderfully thought up dishes with perhaps. a little too much pepper in the pavlova! The atmosphere is peaceful and walking through the museum is delightful.

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  24. HappyDiner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Clay restaurant staff went over and above to celebrate a birthday. We had a lovely time and the food was delicious. A sunny afternoon spent in a beautiful space. Thank you!

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  25. CamilaPB

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The place is so nice and I expected the food to be great because I have been to other restaurants from this group, but was disappointed with my orders. My son’s kids pasta was so overcooked that kept breaking into little pieces. I had the chopped salad with chicken and the meat was extremely dry. Looked like rotisserie chicken from days before. The focaccia and steak were also ordered and were fine.

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  26. FannyK

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always reliable with excellent menu choices. Love the friendly staff and airy room. Toronto’s best kept secret for brunch.

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  27. Thisplacesucked

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Mains brought out whilst appetizers still being eaten. 1 of 2 desserts came out with said mains. Mains were cold, unenjoyable. Felt immensely rushed and unwelcome. Water refills arent brain surgery. Frankly, for the price and a bill exceeding $200 for 2 people, this should be a crime. Rude and pretentious. Will never come back again nor recommend to anyone ever. Sad bc the museum is beautiful.

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  28. Disappointing

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy the atmosphere and great staff attention at CLAY. The noise was not too much and my guests and I enjoyed a lunch together. My salad was unremarkable, which was disappointing. The copped salad was boring - dry, bland and really had nothing in it that sparkled. Very few pomegranate seed, tomatoes were sludgy and it looked like there might have been a tablespoon of feta in the entire salad. \ I also think that the salad was "off" - it tasted odd/unappealing and when I got home I spent the rest of the day close to a bathroom and very crampy. I should have mentioned it to my server, but didn't. I do hope that nobody else ordered the chopped salad that day. There are so many great lunch places in Toronto - I don't think I'll go back to CLAY.

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  29. SusanF

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chopped salad was a huge success with my friend. I found that the pancakes were quite dry and would recommend more coulis or some other liquid (maple syrup?)

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  30. ZevN

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, staff, atmosphere and overall experience

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  31. JoanM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was great. Very nice and engaging staff. Food was great for winterliscious. A little expensive but I guess everything is now. Also loved the visit to the Gardiner Museum. Overall a great experience.

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  32. marnie

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely and comfortable room. Friendly and accomodating staff. Mimosas delicious and all food served was eaten! Thanx, MR

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  33. PatriciaO

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a beautiful, light-filled space. Top notch service, delicious, nicely presented food. A hidden gem above the street.

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  34. KatA

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Highly recommend the smoked salmon appetizer, delicious! Seated on a nice banquet but the area was quite dark until they raised the blinds halfway through our meal.

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  35. CatherineB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were excellent and very informative about the menu. The food was excellent.

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  36. naomih

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'm currently having a lot of dietary issues and need to follow a strict FODMAP diet. The entire staff at Clay bent over backwards to make sure I was well fed within the guidelines...went above and beyond. Lovely restaurant, lovely atmosphere, lovely staff. Will definitely come back again.

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  37. JoanneM

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Noise level is an issue - it was quite loud - problematic for anyone with hearing issues.

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  38. NadineS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable. Great food Knowledgeable s and friendly service

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super delicious food for moderate prices, the restaurant is beautiful, and service was amazing! Will definitely be going back.

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  40. BarbaraR

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a beautiful space with lovely service . I was disappointed in the fish and chips It seemed overdone and fish inside did not hold together but flaked into little pieces ,not what I expect from a fine dining restaurant

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FAQs

CLAY is rated 4.6 stars by 511 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for CLAY

111 Queen's Pk 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Yorkville
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Fusion / Eclectic, International
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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