Whether you’re celebrating five or 25 years of marriage, it’s always worth doing a little something extra special to commemorate the occasion. Luckily, anniversary restaurants in Toronto aren’t shy of the atmosphere you’re looking for. Here are five of the best places for top-notch cuisine and a mood that’s just right for the occasion.
From the 54th floor of Toronto’s TD Centre in the heart of the Financial District, Canoe has one of the best views in the city, and a well-deserved reputation as one of its finest restaurants. With top-notch service, a to-die-for wine list, and sophisticated cuisine, it’s certainly worth the trip if you’re looking for an anniversary you’ll remember. Behind the food, executive chef John Horne and chef de cuisine Coulson Armstrong create innovative cuisine using Canadian ingredients like Quebec St-Canut pork, B.C. rockfish, or Alberta lamb. The tasting menu is also a nice option for a special occasion, with dishes like the delicious Northern Woods Mushroom Soup, with toasted camelina seeds, and the smokey Venison Tartare.
Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse
Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse boasts a selection of nearly two dozen juicy options, sourced from as nearby as Guelph to Alberta, PEI (or internationally from the US to Japan), with cuts including bone-in striploin, porterhouse, California, and tenderloin. It’s heaven for carnivores and one of the city’s top steakhouses, making it a top pick for anniversary restaurants in Toronto. The evening starts with a celebratory cocktail at the piano bar, followed by an escort into the dining room where you can begin your meal with a tableside Caesar salad service and oysters before the main course. Sides of potato gratin or sautéed rapini serve a crispiness that complements the cook of your steak. While you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stop in for a quick pre- or post-dinner drink at Cibo Wine Bar on the patio, overlooking King West.
Just a 20-minute drive west of the downtown Toronto core, Sushi Kaji has been one of the city’s best-kept secrets for the Japanese culinary experience. With the Kaji Tasting Course Menu, you can enjoy a multiple-course menu that includes everything, from sashimi, to soup and noodles, to spectacular sushi rolls, followed by an equally unique dessert. With dish after dish, the care and attention to detail is what sets Kaji apart as a must for sushi-lovers.
An oldie but a goodie, Scaramouche, just north of the downtown core, sits comfortably in Toronto’s affluent Forest Hill neighbourhood. For over 35 years, this restaurant has seen its share of proposals, wedding celebrations, and anniversaries alike, sealed off with a slice of its legendary coconut cream pie. Chef Keith Froggett’s menu offers sophisticated dishes like lobster salad or homemade ricotta ravioli to start, along with venison loin or filet mignon as your main course. Of course, the view of the Toronto skyline facing south isn’t a bad way to raise a couple of champagne flutes for a romantic celebration.
Head to Yorkville for your anniversary, book a room at the Four Seasons Toronto or Hazelton Hotel, and indulge in a meal at chef Mark McEwan’s ONE Restaurant. The trendy Yorkville space offers contemporary cuisine that isn’t overly fussy: seared scallops, miso black cod, a six-ounce USDA Prime burger, or homepade pasta—all enjoyable in ONE’s dining room or outside on the patio, where people- and luxury-car-watching is an experience of its own.