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
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4.8
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4.8
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4.5
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75 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is spectacular!

From the moment I called to adjust a reservation Meg, who answered the call, was kind and helpful and able to switch us to an earlier seating at the communal table. My friends and I were pumped to get in, since we booked this reservation late.

The day of our dinner, Meg texts to confirm our res—confirmed!

The res was for four. Two were running late. Myself and one (the bday girl we celebrated) arrived on time, were greeted so warmly and shown to our table—a standard table, not the communal one. I looked at the young lady seating us and asked if she was Meg. It was her! I thanked her for adjusting our res, and then adjusting our seating to a standard one. She was so kind about all of it and out the gate set the tone for our night.

The place is beautiful—chic, warm and welcoming. And the playlist was soooo good! Quiet enough to allow conversation, yet loud enough to be heard and continuously add to our night with awesome songs!

The staff was amazing!! Sweet, helpful, fun! Our server Kayla was awesome!! She was so nice, knew her cocktails, gave us the space we needed to catch up, yet left us feeling so incredibly tended to! She had great suggestions on all things—food & drink—and allowed us to have a fabulous, unrushed dinner.

The food, the food, the food...DELISH! Every single thing we had was amazing! Perfectly seasoned, cooked, presented...just yum! And coursed out beautifully! We had the chips & dip, killer bread & butter, beef carpaccio (one of THE best I’ve had) yummy beats dish and the labneh salad. Two noodles, which were off the hook—the ravioli and the cavatelli!! The scallop...I don’t even like scallops but had to try because the food was so good, and these were equally delicious! We ended the dinner with coffee, the chocolate torte and two rounds of the donut. AHmazing meal!!!

I cannot wait to come back to TO and eat here again. Run, don’t walk for an overall lovely night out!

FS
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A hidden gem excellent service and amazing food

O
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The rutabaga and COD dishes were quite good. Different flavours than usual. We also had the donut. This was more than enough food for 2 females. I found the portions too big for such strong flavours. I like big flavourful food but these combinations really stick with you. The cod was okay and my favourite was the rutabaga. Service was outstanding and unpretentious. Prices a bit too high. Including the $12 donut.

NI
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed the meal. Will be back. Perfect for small sharing plates and great for pescatarians

PH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my fav restaurants in the city and a must visit when we are in town. Entertained local friends there and they said it was hands down the best meal they have had in Toronto. Great ambience, amazing food and impeccable service.

OT
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious!! Ambiance , wait staff incredible!! A must when you are a n Toronto!!!

BM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious and subtle dishes, great wine list, sensitive, attentive service that is not intrusive. Sharing plates and bar seating make for intimate, casual dining.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful, inventive dishes!

l
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We were given two seats at the bar for our dinner, which we love. It was a crowded and fun night. The cooks were busy and happy. When my partner could not decide which wine he wanted, the waiter gave him two complementary tastes in order to make his decision. We loved every dish. We did think the pasta for the ravioli needed to be a little more 'al dente' but other than that, it was a fabulous evening. Thank you Grey Gardens!

F
Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Went here for our anniversary. Staff are superb are really friendly and very accommodating. They can walk you through the menu give you recommendations on what to eat and how many plates to get. I was told to get 5 between 2 of us which is a perfect amount. Really enjoyed the beef carpaccio. Didn't finish our second bottle of wine and we got to bring that home which was great too.

Lovely ambiance, price point is at the higher scale, i would save it for special occasions.

Thanks for a great night

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing all around.

DW
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous wine selection. Enjoyed three new wines to us over the course of the evening. Knowledgeable waitress. Very tasty dishes. Shared 6 dishes and 2 desserts. All unusual and delectable.

BS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Creative dishes, excellent service and impressive wine list. Great place to celebrate special occasions, or simply enjoy a good meal.

The menu is always changing, so you have the opportunity to sample new dishes each visit.

Make sure to order the pasta and save room for dessert. Also, kudos to the Grey Gardens team for elevating the humble donut.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I love this place generally, and it was still great. Off to a bit of a rough start tho as I’d specifically asked to sit at a table when I made the reservation weeks earlier and still they tried to seat us at the bar. Eventually they did give us a table. Food was great, especially the noodle dishes.

DM
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very charming atmosphere; warm service and knowledgable wine service..small delicious plates for sharing..nice welcome from person at front of house. Situated close to transit; would definitely return.

NK
London
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

In one word, INCREDIBLE. Food was the best we have had in a very long time. We also live in New York and London and so far, nothing compares. It is expensive, but aren't all restaurants now days. Our server and I'm sorry I don't have her name, answered every question we had whether it is about the food, the wine or the history of the name of restaurant. I would go back time and time again and would eat there on a regular basis if I could afford it. Thanks to the chefs for creating this masterpiece.

B
Toronto
159 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had to submit another review because we dined at Grey Gardens Saturday night, and had their new winter menu. I'm used to exceptional food at GG, and this new menu may have set a new standard. We only had one old favourite (the chips and mackerel) and had new items for the rest, and every single dish was amazing. The citrus salad is just delicious, as was the scallop main dish. We had two of the new pastas (the ravioli and the spicy one with chili) and they were just so good. We are already planning a return trip to try other dishes we didn't get to. As always, the service was first rate, and I think one of the best curated wine lists in Toronto. Happy to know one of our favourite places is still hitting home runs!

R
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had heard about Grey Gardens from a couple of different friends and decided to try it out on a Friday evening for dinner. It Dustin disappoint, with unassumingly great food and on-point service. Each dish was really well done and the cider and wine we had were also unique and tasted great.

We’ll definitely return!

AB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grey Gardens is one of my favorite restaurants in Toronto! A visit to Grey Gardens always feels like I’m coming to a good friend or family’s house for an incredible meal. The entire staff is so welcoming and kind. The food is divine. And the ambiance and music is fantastic. Would come back and will come back soon!

MW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Grey Gardens’ small-plates approach to dining is imaginative and highly successful. Service was both attentive and helpful. The only drawback: it’s a small, crowded and noisy space. The food made up for it, though.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Way way way too loud.
Cant really come back even though it’s
Otherwise fabulous.

F
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we went for my birthday dinner and let me tell you, i’ve been plenty restos in TO and grey gardens has been my abso-fave experience all the way from the wine to the food to the dessert. i’ll be going back often. the service was excellent. our server, jessica, was a delight. i honestly can’t recommend it enough. the menu is super simple but each dish was subtlety deceptive and layered. OOOF! i cannot wait to go back. (:

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Date night! Amazing food and all around experience!

JV
Toronto
54 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always awesome at Grey Gardens

a
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Interesting dishes and nice environment. Service was great. Gem in Kensington market.

T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful spot in the city to have a great meal with friends!

V
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best places in all of Toronto!

AK
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and exciting wine list. A wonderful way to spend our NYE, thanks!

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience! Food is outstanding and constantly changing. Went twice in one week and both times the food and service was extraordinary!

JV
Toronto
55 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beast! V yum

LS
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and the staff were wonderful! The food was absolutely delicious and interesting flavors!

CH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Alex our waiter was fantastic. He did a great job guiding us through the menu. His recommendations were great. I will definitely come again

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very quirky environment with creative and artful offerings.

JB
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is delicious! Every single dish we ordered was really good. The menu is different from my previous visit, so it’s like coming to a new place again. This time around is even better, I’d say. Service was friendly and she checked in on us quite often, but did not come across as intrusive. Def recommend!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The whole experience was perfect. Excellent food served by Ben who was so engaged and made our evening just superb. He selected an excellent wine and suggested the right assortment and quantity of dishes. All were outstanding!! All the staff are so friendly and obviously very proud of what they do. It was a unique and extremely enjoyable evening. Thank you!!

ML
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just amazing!

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WL
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was second time at Grey Garden and it was amazing.

The dishes were outstanding. We really enjoyed the beef cheeks. So flavourful and tender.

S
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I was there with my 81 year old mother in law and was wondering if she be up for the more adventurous good. I needn’t have worried as she was as effusive as me about the food. Great evening all round - highly recommend.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great! From start to finish, had a fantastic night. Would definitely recommend.

JA
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was fabulous, our waiter was knowledgeable about the food and wine. The only negative was the noise level. The music was just too loud for good conversation. We asked three times to have the music turned down. I suspect he couldn’t hear us.
Would we go back and would we recommend friends go? Yes we would. But we would go with someone we don’t want to have a serious conversation with.
Great place