Grey Gardens

4.8
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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary American
You can never be all things to all people, but you can make a restaurant that meets all your needs, and maybe other people's too. That's really what Grey Gardens is, a place that at first glance seems like a vibrant room – full of people happily slurping wine and oysters and scraping the last of a buttery black truffle sauce off a hand crafted ceramic plate (that's somehow, just the right plate for a sauce of this consistency) – but it's really whatever you want it to be, within that vibrancy. It's a wine bar, where you bring new dates or hang with old friends (is this a Kelsey's website??) with a really great cider list (and a secret sake menu), it's the fancy anniversary dinner you reserved a month in advance, it's your once a week drop-in spot (you always get the same thing).
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4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
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K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was lovely, the service was swift and kind.

T
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Just great - lived up to expectations
Great wine list too

RH
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience4

Very frustrating experience. I had made reservations for a table of two for a birthday on a Tuesday. When we arrived, the hostess directed us to sit at the bar. There were a few regular tables available and I asked if we could have one of those. She said they had been reserved. I responded that when I made the reservation I assumed it would be for a regular table; she suggested that I should have explicitly requested a table if that's what I wanted, which I found unusual.

She sounded annoyed by the conversation and said we could have a table, but only for 75 minutes and if we weren't done by then would have to move to the bar. I said that should be fine and then she repeated the time constraint when we sat down. This wasn't a great way to start our dinner. Our actual waitress was very professional and the food was well prepared, but partway through the dinner when the hostess came by to refill our water she repeated that we only had 40 or so minutes to finish our meal or we'd have to move to the bar. This was entirely unnecessary and made us feel quite rushed in eating our meal.

When we finally finished our meal (with a precious 15 minutes to spare) and settled our bill, the hostess went to get our coats and somewhat snidely reminded me to request a regular table next time I made a reservation with them. We have absolutely no intention of going back if that's the way they're going to treat their customers. Unless this is addressed by the management I would not recommend dining here.

BH
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

FABULOUS! Loved it. Every bite was a taste sensation. Returning next month.

JR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always spot-on and the friendliest and most knowledgable wait-staff - always love coming here. They also really know their wines and suggest great pairings. A favorite!

HC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of Toronto's gems. The food is exquisite and inventive. Who knew that humble cabbage could become a culinary adventure? Excellent wine pairings and a civilized atmosphere conducive to conversation and relaxed enjoyment

BR
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and food with the exception of the dessert tart which was soggy and unfortunate.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The place is really amazing! Food is always tasty, fresh and so good. You have to be prepared to wait a bit for your order but it's worth to do it. The service is also great! We went there for our anniversary and we got welcoming Prosecco glasses!

DC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and wines. Beautiful space and a fantastic playlist! Highly recommend.

FT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and attention to detail, best dining experience I've had in Toronto in a long time.

JG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another EPIC experience! Will go back for sure! Service was impeccable, and food matched!

Z
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Simply outstanding, from the first bite to the last. Stellar service, in an innovative and exciting menu will keep you coming back for more.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful place. All the food was wonderful, if a little full of salt.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious martini, multiple olive refills.
Thanks for being so kind to my daughter.

NM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved the unique options on the menu, the assistance of our server in trying to decide what to order and the quality of the food. We loved it so much, we made plans to return the next night!

FT
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal, excellent staff, warm ambiance as always. We had our favourite seats at the kitchen counter - it's so much more comfortable and better for talking. The kitchen has a knack for making me fall in love with ingredients I usually loathe. Yesterday was kohlrabi paired with a sea bass crudo; I wanted to cancel everything else and order 10 more plates of it. Last year it was rutabaga in a salad I will never forget. And I was delighted with the Tempier Bandol rosé we had and that we'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. That's what I love about this place: nothing and nobody there is generic and boring.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing experience where the wait staff created half sized portions and off the menu wine tasting options for a reasonable price. Great establishment.

AM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Special night

EW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent food and service. we bypassed this place so many times and not spotting it until recommended by our friend recently. definitely will return.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a wonderful experience. Our server Kayla was friendly and gave great recommendations. We were served a glass of champagne to celebrate our anniversary which was a really nice touch. The food was delicious, portions were a bit on the small side so order more than you think you would need if you are sharing, which they do recommend. We sat at the chefs table (the counter overlooking the kitchen) which was great, as we got it see the chefs at work. We will definitely go back! Great food, great wine list, great vibe.

R
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grey Gardens is consistently one of the best places to eat out in Toronto. The combinations of flavours coming from the kitchen and options for wine curated by Jake is top notch and the room is beautiful.

LD
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent and there was a very extensive wine menu.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Staff went out of their way to make the night perfect

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Eat everything on the menu. One of my best dining experiences.

JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Epic food, epic service! Very accommodating, and the food was incredible!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I loved my dinner at Grey Gardens. Beautiful room. The service and kitchen were a tightly run ship. Low key but all smiles, our experience came with an effervescent seventies soundtrack. Many diners around the room were humming. Good vibes. The food was delicious and interesting, playing with a balance of flavours in almost every dish. One of my companions thought they'd erred on the sweet side. He said he felt like he'd eaten a *candied* dinner! In some respects I might agree but it was never boring. They had a nice wine list. My cocktail was wonderful. Dessert, churros with strawberries was a little on the meh side. Maybe I chose the wrong thing. All told, GG is a very nice place to have a very nice time with good friends

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grey Gardens is a classy, modern place with excellent cocktails, a great wine list, and superb food.

In my most recent visit I had stuffed zucchini blossoms and a corn-infused ravioli. Both were delicious. The ravioli was extra special.

Service here is top-notch.

If you can, plan to arrive early to beat the crowd and claim a prime seat at the kitchen counter or cocktail bar.

CS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were amazing. Great experience.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved the ambiance—very cool. I took my friend for her birthday and we ordered a few plates to share and a couple of drinks. The waiter was friendly and attentive, and I appreciated his help in selecting menu items that fit within my friend’s many dietary restrictions. We were a little disappointed that there was no dairy free pasta option (we love love love pasta), BUT, everything we ordered was so flavourful and cooked perfectly. I’m sure if we had ordered the pasta, it would have been bliss (I was drooling at the sound of them, all with butter).

Despite the extensive wine list, we started with the spritz cocktails, which I recommend (especially the mint flavour). During our meal, our waiter recommended a wine and it went very well with our first dishes. For food, we ordered: oysters, the beans (with shaved foie... the most unique dish and one of my favourites), mackerel (spicy, so my friend wasn’t a fan, but I thought it was okay—really needed that sauce though otherwise it was a bit bland), shrimp and spinach (yum), and the lamb (!!!!!!). That lamb deserves a round of applause.


Overall, we had a wonderful dining experience and I would go back (though perhaps with someone who can eat dairy!).

O
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic menu and service. The cocktails were a taste sensation so was the food.

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food. Really interesting wine list and staff who actually know the wines. Great experience

LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best culinary experience by far. Exceptional service. Thinking about going back to Toronto for the restaurant alone.

P
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This restaurant is a surprisingly well kept secret. Great flavors consistently well prepared, and an intriguing wine list. One of the best restaurants in the city.

c
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food Amazing experience! Will be back for sure!

HJ
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal, great ambiance

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An all around fabulous experience.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really good food, excellent price point! Very crowded night, and I booked the reservation on the wrong day, but they managed to fit us in anyways; was saying goodbye to my friend as I'm moving, so I'm grateful I got the opportunity to eat at GG and tick off all Hoofland establishments.

The team made delicious food, water was always full and the bill didn't kill me. I'll be missing this food while I'm gone, but I'm thankful for all the wonderful memories these restaurants have given me over the years.

TO
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A quaint little spot in the middle of the bustling Kensington market. The food is superb. My friend and I shared 5-6 plates and were stuffed for days. An incredible wine selection to pick from, but slightly above average in terms of costs. Will definitely go back again and again.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! They made our anniversary so special, and we will return again soon!

PK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I spent our 3 year anniversary dinner at Grey Gardens. The server was outstanding, she was tentative patient and even gave us a congratulatory glass of champagne, right as we sat down.

The food was amazing, we honestly could of kept eating all night. The atmosphere was excellent, inviting and engaging. We will definitely enjoy another night out at Grey Gardens.

Thanks for the great food, excellent service and providing us with a thoughtful experience.

Patrick and Stephanie