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24 Sep 2017


By Gracie Carroll

17 of The Best Restaurants in Toronto to Try During Summerlicious 2017

By Gracie Carroll

Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

Always wanted to try TO’s hottest hot spots but not looking forward to the bill arriving? Say no more! Summerlicious is literally Christmas in the summer for foodies¬†and food lovers so start making your resos NOW¬†because all the fun starts TODAY!

We love Summerlicious because it gives everyone a chance to try out some of the city’s best fine dining restaurants; with a massive variety of cuisines, price and innovative menus, you’re bound to find a new fave resto to visit all year round. With over 220 amazing restaurants on the list this year, we’re sharing our Top 17 picks for Summerlicious 2017 to help make determining where to go a little bit easier. See our faves below!


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

With unique Spanish and Italian influences, Le√Īa’s¬†¬†‘LisciousTO menu boasts bold flavours, bright colours and punchy cocktails. We can’t wait to sink our teeth into their¬†orecchiette (pictured above) with¬†guanciale and seared squid. This instagrammable hot spot is def one to book early! ($28 Lunch | $48 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

A Toronto fave, Momofuku Daisho is Momofuku’s take on a steakhouse with burgers, steaks, salads and amazing seafood on the menu! The menu is constantly changing based on what’s in season so make sure you get in ASAP¬†to try it out.¬†Their Summerlicious menu sounds seriously delish with their grilled zucchini with black garlic and¬†strawberry shortcake dessert with goat yogurt.¬†Don’t let daisho¬†pass you by! ($28 Lunch | $48 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

Our favourite super-chic BBQ¬†restaurant, The Carbon Bar is known for turning out classic US dishes with a unique spin. Their Summerlicious menu is all about brisket with coleslaw and we imagine that their¬†eggplant tacos are everything that’s¬†missing from all of our¬†lives! ($38 Dinner)

lbs. Restaurant

Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

In the middle of the downtown core surrounded by theatres and skyscrapers you can find the¬†lbs. Restaurant¬†that’s¬†known for super fresh and expertly prepared seafood, along with¬†a¬†stellar cocktail menu.¬†lbs. Restaurant is turning out dishes like cured tuna with dill and rainbow trout with farro in a parsley broth¬†for Summerlicious and we’re definitely planning to stay¬†for dessert with housemade crullers on the menu! ($23 Lunch | $38 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

A crown jewel of the Dundas West neighbourhood, Ufficio is an Italian pescatarian’s dream come true! Their Summerlicious ’17 menu is bright, colourful and fresh which is exactly what summer-dining should be all about. Using ingredients that epitomize summer like corn, peaches, heirloom tomatoes and radishes, this is one meal we can’t wait to have! ($38 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

With influences coming straight from the UK, it’s hard to resist the Summerlicious menu at Weslodge.¬†This refined saloon is¬†sophisticated but relaxed with warm lighting, dark wood accents and comfy leather booths to sink into. We can’t wait to dive into their scotch egg with truffled red onion jam (OMG!) and for dessert we want it all with their sticky toffee pud, banoffee pie and strawberry trifle.¬†We’ll take one of EVERYTHING,¬†please! ($38 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

With an eclectic energy and open kitchen set-up, Chef Rob Gentile’s Bar Buca is one of King Streets premier Italian hot spots. Their Summerlicious menu is full of flavourful bites like their caprese salad with creamy burrata and their¬†PEI blue mussels with n’duja.¬†We love that they’re committed to sourcing only fresh and authentic ingredients — YUM! ($18 Lunch | $28 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

Located in the heart of downtown’s¬†Fashion District, Marben is offering up a menu that’s jam-packed with exciting features!¬†We¬†can’t wait to tuck into their fried cauliflower app with lime aioli, and¬†for dessert, we wish you luck choosing between their chocolate cheesecake with preserved cherries, the delectable pavlova with strawberries and pistachio and their stone fruit crumble. ($38 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

Looking to dine like 1% of the population? Enter Café Boulud by Chef Daniel Boulud at the ultra glam Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville! Treat yourself to their expert French classics on the menu like cantaloupe melon with cured duck breast and the sea bream with romesco sauce with toasted almond. #SWOON! ($28 Lunch | $48 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

One of our favourites, Colette Grand¬†Caf√© is the epitome of French glamour and serious¬†sophistication! The atmosphere is bright, modern and the decor is serious #goals.¬†We’re super into their lamb tartare with green harissa and their carrot juice cavatelli with peas and turmeric (it’s vegan too BTW!) Leave room for dessert we’re pretty sure you’ll¬†need to try¬†the cherry clafoutis and summer fruit pavlova.¬†($28 Lunch | $48 Dinner)


parts and labour summerlicious 2017

This Parkdale institution, Parts & Labour is known for haute cuisine in a cool and uncomplicated atmosphere.¬†Chef Matty Matheson‘s delicious pairings are stellar with octopus escabeche with red chilies and crunchy taro chips, along with the spice cured pork tenderloin with green bean relish. ¬†($38 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

Found next to¬†the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), Frank ¬†might be in an unexpected location¬†but that’s no reason to overlook the delicious fare you’ll find there. Their Summerlicious menu offers up a pork terrine with johnnycakes and a house-made mustard that we can’t wait to try! Did we mention¬†their za’atar roasted eggplant¬†with¬†vegan walnut yogurt and coriander pur√©e? ($23 Lunch | $38 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

The perfect mix of American diner and contemporary classics, Rose & Sons is a fave all around YYZ because of the simplicity and fun that’s delivered through their food and atmosphere. Their Summerlicious menu is true to that with their tri-tip steak sandwich with ancho BBQ¬†sauce,¬†sweet pea mac and cheese and the ultimate indulgent dessert with their PB&J sundae.¬†($23 Lunch | $38 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

Yorkville’s gem, La¬†Soci√©t√© is known for their incredible decor and¬†classic French dishes created¬†with a fresh and¬†lighter¬†take. This year for Summerlicious, they’re featuring a rosted steelhead trout on a bed of couscous with blistered tomatoes and¬†charmoula.¬†The classics are continuous¬†through to dessert with dark chocolate mousse, peach tart tatin and their¬†LS¬†cr√®me br√Ľl√©e! ($28 Lunch | $48 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

Inspired by the relationship shared by land and sea, Toronto’s Lee¬†restaurant by Chef Susur Lee is known as one of the top restaurants in the city. Also owned by the celebrity chef¬†is¬†Luckee and¬†Fring’s, which happens to be¬†co-owned by¬†our boy Drake! We LIVE¬†for Lee’s cheeseburger spring rolls and the signature Singaporean style slaw; this is sure to be a meal that will be the highlight of your summer! ($48 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

As the signature restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bosk is luxury at it’s finest with their¬†menu¬†boasting the freshest produce and their kitchen turning out delicious cuisine with¬†an Asian flair. We love how they utilize simple ingredients in not-so-simple ways like making a foam out of honey lager for their broccoli soup! We can’t wait to dig into their Summerlicious menu, especially their dessert of¬†flourless chocolate biscuit with¬†crunchy nougatine.¬†($28 Lunch | $48 Dinner)


Summerlicious Toronto 2017 Best Restaurants

One of Chef Mark McEwan‘s most beloved restaurants, Bymark is seriously one of the Financial District’s best dining spots.¬†Boasting classic contemporary cuisine, you know you can expect only the best¬†in service and¬†fresh¬†ingredients. With a duck liver parfait, roasted lamb ravioli, and a s’mores tart on the menu (plus their massive new outdoor patio) this is one Summerlicious spot you don’t want to miss out on.¬†($28 Lunch | $48 Dinner)

Happy Eating, Everyone!



(Story by Assistant Editor, Blair Stutz)

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