Core

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
Core is a neighborhood bistro in the East End, committed to delicious food and drinks, with seasonal, contemporary French-Canadian inspired menus.

In addition to regular a la carte menu, we also offer 5 course 'Trust The Chef' menus with optional wine pairings.

Join us Tuesdays to Fridays between 5-7pm for buck-a-shuck oysters, $10 cocktails, $10 wines by the glass and $5 local craft beers.

Every Tuesday is buck-a-shuck oysters night at Core, Wednesdays $22 steak frites, Thursdays 1/2 priced bottles of wine and $43 3 course prix fixe Sundays.

Core opens Tuesday to Sunday 5pm-10pm (last seating) for dinner, and the Bar opens till late.

Private events are available 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
For Catering inquiries, please email info@corerestaurant.com

For groups larger than 6 or any inquiries, please contact the restaurant by email us at info@corerestaurant.com or call us at 416-519-8101.

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What 213 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
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4.3
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UL
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We're west-enders, so whenever we have any business or affair to attend in the city's east end, we take pleasure in trying out a new restaurant. This time, we tried Core as their menus looked quite interesting.

It was a weekend night, so the restaurant was busy, but the atmosphere was relaxed, warm and welcoming. We were seated in a relatively cramped island table for 2 which, to be honest, we didn't care too much but the chairs were comfortable and table itself was not too small like some restaurants have.

The server was personable, friendly, quick and attentive. We chose several appetizer dishes plus one main dish to share between us. The service was paced perfectly; we enjoyed our dinner conversation and the noise level was relatively low.

A cocktail was a generous size and not too sugary, even though it was a fairly sweet one. The food was simply EXQUISITE! Every dish was aesthetic. Cooked to perfection with a flare. We particularly enjoyed our octopus dish. It was absolutely to-die-for!!!

The maitre d' was very agreeable and took time to explain how the kitchen was run. She seems to genuinely care about our dining experience, which we would definitely give a 5-star rating.

We both wished this restaurant were in our neighbourhood so that we could dine here more often. Highly recommended.

AM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Our server was a little slow and unattentive, but we were not in a hurry. Everyone was friendy, food was excellent.

SL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s so good that Core has become aN established presence. Not in a staid manner, but in a creative way that continually to contribute to the community. My date and I were lucky to have gone to dinner they day after Valentine’s, when the chef’s creative skills were in full flair. We had combinations from the two fixed price menus. So absolutely delicious!! As a single guy, I’m glad I can count on Core. As someone who has travelled the world, I’m lucky Core is in my neighbourhood!!

SL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Date night with hubby. We are foodies and quite like Leslieville.. great place great food great servers!

V
Toronto
36 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came for the Valentine’s Day dinner menu, third time here. Loved every bite the the service is simply over the top.

HM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing date night experience, staff was extremely attentive despite managing a full restaurant. So glad we found a new local place that makes everyone feel so welcome

m
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional neighbourhood gem worth making the journey to if you're from further west of Toronto. Beautiful, intimate space with friendly, unpretentious energy despite the fine dining quality of the food. Came here for Winterlicious. Staff extremely friendly, fast and always attentive. Delicious good sourcing local ingredients and the chef can make the vegetables sing. Very good wine list featuring some of the top players of Ontario, but some interesting international choices as well. Don't discount their post dinner drink menu either. While most of their whiskey selection is standard, they also had a super rare Clynelish that was a delight to try. As I've heard their chef loves rotating the menu regularly, I'd love to come back here on a date.

RG
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Had a great time eith a friend during winterlicious. Service was excellent we had a very nice waiter and the crowd and ambience is excellent. Beet salad was delicious but my pasta main and the cheese platter were just okay. The service makes up for it. Told the waiter I was on medication and asks for a virgin drink and he had the bartender make me something original! I would definitely come back!

NS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Friendly service. Winterlicous menu provided excellent choices and was reasonably priced. Food was tasty and we'll prepared. Well worth the visit.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was friendly, food was delicious, bread and butter was house-made, my family of 5 including 3 kids were thoroughly satisfied and can’t wait to visit again!

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We came for Winterlicious and CORE did not disappoint. The menu on offer was
excellent and the service was great. Would definiteily recommend and we'll happily go back to check out their regular menu.

k
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit to this two year old establishment, and we will definitely return.
The staff are all welcoming and attentive and knowledgeable.
The food is carefully prepared, and delicious. Their in house made sourdough bread, butter, and even the ketchup taste fabulous.
This is a great neighbourhood find, and although we are not from the immediate area, it was worth the drive for us.
Sitting at the bar, we chatted with the delightful bartender.
The noise level is not crazy, which we really appreciated, even though the restaurant was fairly busy.

KL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Good food. Great service. Not too loud so great for a romantic dinner.

l
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a great place! Nice small location the food is really good and the staff is next to none. I have been looking for a place like this for some time. The ambiance is quiet so you can actually talk with the people you are dining with, this is very rare these days. I have been back twice and will go again for sure. Their cocktails are also very yummy.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Girls Night

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great meal at Core and superb customer service.

A
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If there was a sixth or seventh star I could give for service, I would! A week before our meal, I sent a complicated list of food allergies/issues that might be difficult for my friend, whose birthday we were celebrating, and the restaurant replied promptly, ensured the kitchen would meet the difficult standards expressed in the list, and memorized it to make the experience seamless in the meal-ordering process. The traditional birthday-song-with-dessert experience was made special by the server, whose gifted voice belongs on Broadway, replacing the tired Happy Birthday with a song from Dear Evan Hansen. Plus, my roast pork dish (part of Winterlicious) was as flavourful a pork dish as I've ever had. Such a wonderful night! Hats off to all at Core.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My husband and I tried out this restaurant because of Winterlicious which is a set menu. I had the Bershire pork entree and my husband had the steak/frites and both dishes were delicious. The ambience is warm and relaxing plus the staff were great. Great place for a date night or a group outing. We found out that there is a $1/oyster happy hour and 1/2 price wine on Thursdays. We'll definitely be back to try out the other menu items!

SK
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and cocktails. Tables very close together.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Attentive waitress, flexible to our needs.
Beautiful room, appreciated the exposed brick and artwork.
Noise level high , most likely due to brick walls and concrete flooring
Food delicious however portions small for our appetites

OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

It was a lovely evening. Food was great. And service low key but good.

JP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, wine and service. Missed seeing Alex there tonight though!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was early on a Friday night, so it didn’t get busy until we left. The staff were quite attentive. The food was excellent.

FN
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The staff was great. Tasting menu was delicious. Grey cocktails.

SL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Core was excellent, as usual. Great food. Wonderful staff. The neighbourhood is lucky to have this restaurant.

FH
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great night at Core. We were seated by the window when we arrive and asked to be relocated which Alex the manager gladly did for us. We had the pairings dinner and it was excellent. Both Richard our server and Alex chatted with us about the pairings and the quality of the dishes (which was fantastic!). The Octopus was spectacular! We will definitely be back and will bring friends:) Thanks for a great evening!

OT
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic evening.. great food, great service,great ambience

SS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed it.

SB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've eaten here a few times, and always enjoy it. The NYE fixed price menu was excellent value and we both were very happy with our choice of Core. Lovely evening all around!

MA
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time at Core and didn’t know what to expect. It was New Year’s Eve and a fixed menu. We each had the 3 course menu with wine pairings. The food was imaginative and very tasty- a lovely surprise. The place was packed but the service flowed smoothly and the noise level was acceptable. Most enjoyable evening: I look forward to a return visit.

LB
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Nice evening. Second time doing chefs choice and had same menu. Little disappointed but still good.

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice. Grilled octopus was amazing.

AE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent. I will gladly return!
The food and service were amazing

LB
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was very nice. We had the tasting menu of 5 courses and it was good. Scallops and octopus (best ever!). Would have been nice to not have two seafood. Then pork and beef. Again. Very similar. And lemon tart
Food was very good.
Didn’t get asked if we wanted coffee. That’s my only complaint.

Will go back for sure.

l
Toronto
54 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Recently tried Core over the weekend and had a wonderful experience. We were greeted right away and seated at a lovely table in the front area. Our server Richard was wonderful! Attentive, friendly and informative. We started off with a dozen oysters and cocktails which were part of their happy hour feature - $1 oysters and $10 cocktails and select wines. For appetizers we had the pork belly and the scallops crudo. The scallop dish was fresh, light and seasoned perfectly. The pork belly was cooked perfectly. For mains we had the rib eye which was served with fries and house made ketchup and the honey glazed duck breast. The duck was one of the best duck dishes I have had in the city. The meat was incredibly tender and melted in your mouth like butter while the skin was crispy and all the fat was perfectly rendered.
For dessert we had the lemon curd that was served with these delicious sesame crackers.
Overall, this is a wonderful restaurant that is preparing delicious food in a warm, casual environment. We will definitely be back and highly recommend it to others.

HC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and services. Candlelight kept on going out with servers walking past our table.

C
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dinner with friends. Service was spot on and the food was excellent. We truly enjoyed the drinks and the wonderful singing of happy birthday by the bartender. We will definitely come back.

AH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

This was my second time at Core. I love the bread and butter and I will be back again just for that. The steak frites was delicious but I'd love some vegetables on the side. The oysters were good as well. Another sauce to go with them would have made them excellent.

JK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was excellent. Staff was knowledgeable on all menu items and suggested wines to complement dinner. They were friendly and attentive but not overly so. Food was delicious. Rib eye steak done as requested and very tender. Went on a Thursday and appreciated the half price bottles of wine special. Will definitely go back.

LR
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for a date night with my spouse. The food and service were both fantastic! Would definitely go again.