LaVinia

4.8
200 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Spanish
Top tags:
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
After training and studying at the internationally recognized Lausanne Cooking Academy in Switzerland, opening up Prego in Spain, and Bolero in San Francisco, Chef Fernando Garcia brings Spanish food and culture to Toronto with LaVinia.



This visit to Spain via The Lakeshore, not far from the water, includes tapas dishes such as Piquilo Peppers Stuffed with a Seafood Mousse and Anisete cream, and Fine Ibérico Spanish Ham. Choose from a large range of slow-cooked paellas, fresh pastas, fish including Basque Style Codfish Stew, and lamb or steak for the meat lovers for your meal.



LaVinia is open for dinner from Tuesday until Sunday.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(647) 748-2350
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Fernando Garcia
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Albert Ave
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine
What 200 People Are Saying
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JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you like delicious, authentic Spanish tapas, seafood and paella then you will love Lavinia
They have an excellent wine list, warm and stylish decor and exceptional service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great time especially bc Fernando and his son are so kind

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AK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We go several times a year and everyone is special. Service is always outstanding ...the menu changes so there is always something that we haven't tried yet...best selection of Spanish wines in the city. This time they had for dessert, grape sorbet, not enough superlatives in the English language to describe it.
Congrats to Fernando and team!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service were terrific. I found the restaurant to be quite noisy when were first seated, then as the restaurant emptied it became quieter. Overall I would give it 4.5 stars if I could.

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RK
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We stumbled across this restaurant shortly after we purchased our condo in Mimico ... and WOW !!! The food is amazing normally we just graze on the Tapas but make sure you explore the entire menu.

They also have an amazing selection of Spanish wines.

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a
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was a pleasure dining at la vinia. This family run authentic Spanish restaurant met all expectations. Exceptional service, quaint intimate atmosphere, great wine list and top notch menu. The croquettes were delectable and the paellas delicious . Definitely recommended!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quaint with personal service. Recommend the paella.

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YK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Paella was great and the service was also excellent, would recommend to friends.

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent neighbourhood spot with delicious food and great service

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RP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was fantastic, the service was incapable, the only peeve I have is the space between tables, other than that I'll definitely be back 👍

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SN
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service- wish we had tried earlier!

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G
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I hesitated to write a positive review, not because they didn’t deserve it, (they certainly do) but I fear they will get so busy and the place is so small, I’ll never be able to secure a table when I want one. The food, ambience and service were all magnificent. Will definitely return

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A
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best authentic Spanish food you can get in Ontario. Great service I hope to continue visiting La Vinia for the foreseeable future.

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DC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Superb authentic Spanish food and amazing service. We came here for our anniversary dinner and shared a handful of tapas and sangria. The chef came out to greet all the diners, and service was very professional and attentive. Highly recommended, and most definitely will be back.

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LW
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very capable staff, and Chef from Madrid, Fernando who knows much about "doing it right" and a very personal interest and concern he and his staff are very professional and doing their best in all things regarding a meal. I was very impressed with the service, first rate.

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MP
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It has everything you would want in a resturant: excellent food (particularly, the paella), courteous waiters & chef, and an overall pleasant atmosphere.

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SR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff was very attentive and food was outstanding, especially the duck liver special. Should be a staple on the menu.

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GS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food was excellent - great taste and flavor - outstanding.
Unfortunately the noise level was unbearable. We ate very fast to leave.

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N
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal. Greeted nicely by our servers and chef, excellent touch. Wonderfully prepared. Tapas a little small vs price value however delicious. Paella was plentiful and well presented. Overall a great meal. Seating not quite as we would have enjoyed as we felt we were part of the party next to us and overheard their entire conversation. Somewhat intrusive however too notch quality.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous paella!!!

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The spanish food is authentic, the services were outstanding. I booked the reservation at 8:30, but they don’t have a table to seat for three, so we waited for a little bit. But the server brought us the drink and apologized profusely for the inconvenience. The mongo cheese cake was so good, they offered another slice for us without charge. The owner came out and chatted woth us twice to check if the food was good! Highly recommended this place.

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LE
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent dining
Excellent service
Excelent view
Excellent wine
Excellent, excellent, we come back

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C
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Family operated restaurant with authentic Spanish tapas. Delicious food and a friendly neighbourhood spot that deserves applause for their culinary mastery!

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FA
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. Service was excellent and the paella was outstanding. We will definitely return to enjoy other menu items.

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RT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my daughter for dinner to LaVinia. She was visiting from N.Y. and I knew she loves the spanish food. In my opinion they have the best tapas in town. They didn't disappointed us. Still ...the best.

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CA
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Authentic Spanish paella. Chorizo is amazing .

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ED
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service, knowledgeable servers, chef came around to the tables to see how everyone's food was which was a nice touch. If you have a chance to eat here, do it, you wont be disappointed.

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E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Servers were attentive and friendly . Family owned and they waited on us . Food was fresh and amazing ! Worth the drive from Downtown .

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D
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic! The food is absolutley amazing (so fresh) and the service is impecable. Everyone at LaVinia knows how to make you feel special. The chef always comes out to greet you.
It is a true neighbourhood gem!

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RK
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

La Vinia is truly a gem and an excellent place to visit. Whether you wish to enjoy grazing through the Tapis menu or partake in enjoying the daily specials you will not be disappointed. Paired with excellent hosting you will leave full and feeling that you have been pampered.

Enjoy!!!

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

After many years eating Spanish food in many countries including Spain, I will rate this place with the top of the tops. The tapas were outstanding, brought to the table one by one just out of the kitchen, perfectly cooked and in the right order for maximum appreciation and enjoyment. Service was perfect. No doubt a place to go back.

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IW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful time dining in at this unassuming gem of a restaurant. My friends and I loves to eat and don’t mind traveling for hours to get there. Dining to this restaurant made the long drive to Toronto even better. The owner/chef Jamie Garcia provide a superb service and deliver well with the dishes he serves to his patrons. This type of spanish cuisine is so hard to find outside of Spain. I definitely highly recommended this restaurant. A must try!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service. Authentic Spanish ingredients. Great ambience and value.

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GB
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was Perfect.
Spectacular food.
We'll be back as soon to savor the deliciously food.

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been there several times and it never disapppoints! My favorite restaurant in the city. Excellent service and amazing food!

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T
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We heard this restaurant had the best Spanish food in all of the Toronto area and it didn't disappoint! The service was incredible. best we have had in many years. Food was so tasty. Appetizers were fantastic...Chorizo con setas was my favourite. The cook came out to talk with us and make sure we were happy with the food. Super place to get together with friends or a date. Loved it!

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n
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we had tapas and the salmon and saffron special.. amazing food and the fact is it’s s family run restaurant and they care about every detail of your dining experience.

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g
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time there and we loved it. Great food and phenomenal wait staff.

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F
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding. The appetizer ham was amazing as was the seafood paella.

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L
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again we had a fabulous meal. From the pesto to the tapas to the entree, everything was full of flavour. Interesting combinations make dining an experience. Staff are a delight and make you feel valued and appreciated.

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