The Elm Tree

4.6
660 reviews
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Mediterranean
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Quiet Conversation
The Elm Tree is a family-run modern Mediterranean restaurant. Using fresh and high-quality products, the menu focuses on using familiar ingredients while delivering unique and comforting food. The restaurant prides itself on having a casual, friendly ambiance where customers can relax.



Inspired by their father’s and uncle’s restaurants, brothers Ben and Jonathan Mishaev created The Elm Tree restaurant as a fresh and modern twist to their family roots. Growing up surrounded by a perfect mix of food and hospitality, their passions were obvious from a young age.

Ben’s passion for cooking and Jonathan’s interest in beverage programs and hospitality has created the perfect combination of delicious, unique food and welcoming, homey atmosphere. To Ben and Jonathan, each guest who enters the restaurant is like someone who comes into their home. The brothers strive to make them happy, treat them well and ensure they leave satisfied.
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SN
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

delicious food with very generous portions, space is very nice with a cute patio in the front as well. service is perfect!

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PA
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Unfortunately, there was nothing available to accommodate my dairy and gluten free Grandson for dessert.
Menu is limited

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DL
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was tasty and fresh - loved the beet salad appetizer. Vegetarian friendly. Server was top-notch! Would return given the opportunity.

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VZ
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've always loved the food and the service. Enjoy it every time! Good for couples and small groups. Definitely will come again.

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CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Always enjoy my visit. The table right next to the front door is not optimal. Service and food made up for this

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AB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, excellent service. Very generous servings. A little close to other diners, distracted by their conversations. The restaurant quiet so could have been more space between.
Would go back and will recommend!

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Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A perfect evening.

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a
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place never disappoints. Delicious, healthy and creative food and always friendly service.

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LB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Elm Tree is absolutely fantastic! We were so thrilled with the food, the service, and the overall dining experience, we went back for a second night. It's centrally located on a side street so it's quiet and the outdoor cafe area is perfect on a summer night. Every dish we ordered was amazing, an exquisite blend of spices and flavors. If you're looking for a memorable evening out, we highly recommend this hidden gem.

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LM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The servers were incredibly attentive without being overbearing. The food was excellent and it arrived quickly after being ordered. The beer/wine list had a little bit of everything and finally, the value for the meals (we shared the fig and ricotta salad as well as the Brussels sprouts, with the octopus and lamb as our mains) is not found in many places around the city. Can’t wait to return!

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T
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food...loved the charred octopus. With it's ambiance, excellent service and very good food what could we complain about? The whole experience was rushed. We arrived with a reservation and were seated with menus. Within seconds we were asked if we wanted to order. I ordered the wine. As soon as it arrived we were asked if we would order our food. I ordered 2 appetizers., my companion one. They arrived within minutes. Most people will tell the restaurant if they are in a hurry to get someplace else. We weren't. We ended up going to another restaurant after we left to have a relaxing cognac and coffee.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time with my girl friends, food was excellent and service was great! 🥰

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Food not Mediterranean at all. Server was rude and overall was a very disappointing experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Octopus was fabulous!

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AM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food in the Elm Tree is divine. We had eight different dishes, and all were exceptional. Their Chef is excellent, plate display work of art and selection of wines respectful.

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DO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good experience. Food was great and service friendly.

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Service not attentive. Wine was served only after reminder. Mains followed immediately after starters... last bite of salad still on plate! Not acceptable for such a high-ranking restaurant! Food was of mixed quality. Duck Confit leg too dry! Lamb was okay, but mashed purée was cold!

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OT
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great resto!!! Second time here ... highly recommend.. good food and and heat ambiance

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s
Oxford
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent, service very good indeed and we really enjoyed our meal

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VZ
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were surprised, such an amazing place for family dinner or a date. Definitely come back

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A
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is such an amazing restaurant for so many reasons. The food is fantastic, the servers are friendly and attentive, and the space is quiet and comfortable but still lively. I have been here on multiple occasions and the quality and value are incomparable in the downtown core. We ordered the brussel sprouts, fried cauliflower, charred eggplant, grilled octopus, and cured salmon to start. I had the lamb chops which was a huge portion and full of amazing fresh flavours! My friends had the green pea risotto and the burger and everyone was very very happy. We shared the Malabi, rose water ice cream, and pistachio mascarpone for dessert and all three were so delicious and the perfect end to our meal!! Can’t recommend this place enough!

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SS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unfortunately with our large group we were pretty loud so those around us might have rated this restaurant rated it lower. Sorry but we had a great time.

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KW
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Best dessert I’ve ever had, and overall a great experience. Much quieter dining experience than the U.S. What a delightful change!

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DT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Appetizers were great! Lamb shank dinner ok. Service excellent.

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BF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I really enjoyed my visit at the Elm Tree. My Salad was delicious and fresh. Service was excellent and discreet. I was there on a blind date.

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s
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Pleasant atmosphere. Very much liked the appetizers. Main courses were interesting but lacking just a bit of flavour.

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious!!! Wonderful service!!! Going back again next week!

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TM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Perfect. The blend of flavours is amazing. This is a go to that will please everyone.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Highly recommended. Fantastic menu. Best Kohlrabi salad ever! Both fish dishes were excellent. Menu has something for everybody.

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JF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive servers, quiet environment. Highly recommend.

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JV
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good (not good enough to recommend) and overpriced for the serving size. Limited menu selections. The salads offered were unique but pricey.
Best thing about the restaurant was that it was a decent restaurant near the Chelsea Hotel where one patron was staying.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious.
Generous portion sizes and excellent service.
Will definitely come back again!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great experience. We had 2 starters and a main. All good except the octopus was over cooked. I would come back.

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HT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, high-quality dishes that were unique. Would recommend to anyone

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AA
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and wine choices, we were able to access a wine no longer on the wine list but there were extra bottles!

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TT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional Service, delicious food, and well priced items! Could not have asked for a better dinner.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went as a group of eight to celebrate a special friend's birthday. It was a great choice for our event! The service was fantastic and we had a great night. Table favourites were the appetizers we shared as a starter: the Brussel sprouts, figs and ricotta, octopus and eggplant were fabulous. I would definitely go back and would consider a tapas-style meal of only appetizers, they were so delicious!

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RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful fusion of flavors. We tried nearly every app & found them exquisitely prepared and EXTREMELY rewarding. Our waiter Kanin was engaging, funny and very helpful. I wish I didn't have to travel 450 miles to eat there!

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q
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Good food. Poor service. The restaurant closes at 11. But the staff showed an attitude that they wanted customers to leave at 10.

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CP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner - they were able to accommodate my allergy to garlic very well. We will be back!

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