Splendido: Great Expectations


Naming a restaurant Splendido is a bold move, as it challenges guests to have the highest expectations. In this case, though, this contemporary Canadian hot spot lives up to every syllable of its name, making it a perfect spot to celebrate your next date night in Toronto. You’ll notice the romantic ambiance right when you walk in. A curved wooden wall arches over a powder-blue bar, where you can let your sweetheart have the Last Word (Tanqueray gin, green Chartreuse, Luxardo maraschino, and lime) as you sip a locally-brewed Muskoka Harvest Ale. When your table’s ready, you’ll be glad you dressed to the nines. The dining room is among the most elegant in the city, with soaring ceilings, modern art on the walls, and flickering candles. Order a la carte, or let the chef take over with the five course prix-fixe. Depending on the season, it could include smoked oysters, duck confit and foie gras, or arctic char, all prepared using modern techniques and presented like works of art. Everything that comes out of the kitchen has some connection to Canada, right down to tantalizing desserts like frozen Ontario winter berries served with St. Germain, warm white chocolate fondant, and shortbread–too good not to share. For anniversaries and other super-special events, rent out The Cellar, the private dining room downstairs where you’ll be surrounded by fine wines, fine foods, and the love of your life. If that’s not splendido, nothing is.


88 Harbord St Toronto ON M5S 1G6

(416) 929-7788

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