It’s that time of year again: Summerlicious returns to Toronto July 8-24 in all of its foodie-filled glory.
Summerlicious, of course, involves three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus served at more than 220 of Toronto’s top restaurants.
This allows you to indulge in an assortment of delicious dishes in one sitting without dipping into your summer music festival and vacation fund.
Naturally, you’ll want to take full advantage of the summer sun and hit a patio in the process – might we suggest one of these seven gems:
Located in the TIFF Lightbox, Luma Restaurant is a self-proclaimed “international hub for food innovation” – making the stylish spot a no-brainer Summerlicious option. Aside from the memorable cuisine, the best part about Luma is its breezy upper-level terrace, overlooking the King Street West strip. Here, you’ll find all the right ingredients: the view, the vibe (it’s often full of the city’s vibrant film industry set), and food worth talking about.
Located in the heart of Yorkville, Kasa Moto is home to arguably Toronto’s best piece of patio real estate (formerly Remys). The see-and-be-seen place pays tribute to Japanese culture, taking on both traditional and contemporary styles of cuisine. The airy patio makes for a quality date night option, especially since most of the dishes are sharable.
Fresh off a renovation earlier this year, O&B’s beloved Front Street spot is alive in all its bustling Parisian-infused summertime goodness. Here, you’ll find quality French fare, with a specialty in classic bistro favourites and handcrafted cocktails, which can be enjoy al fresco. Full of charm, the breezy street-side patio is inspired by those found in Paris, making it the next best thing to a European vacation.
If you have a thing for intimate meals, simplicity, wine, and cheese, you may want to make a reservation at Caren’s Rosedale. The spot serves up fine but approachable French fare, an assortment of global cheeses you’ll crave for weeks to come, and a variety of wines. Its charming patio seats only eight, but that’s what makes it a cozy option for date night.
Located in the heart of Entertainment District, Montecito offers quality California-inspired cuisine with some notable Hollywood nods. Owned by famed Canadian director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), the sizeable restaurant has a strong focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. A cold glass of white wine on their patio is the perfect complement to a standout meal.
Another option, recognized for quality and vibrancy, is longtime financial district staple Jump Restaurant. Aside from the distinctive New York City vibe, sleek décor, and some of Toronto’s finest Italian-influenced modern North American cuisine, one of the biggest draws to Jump is the restaurant’s hidden gem of a patio, located away from the crowds in the courtyard. If you’re looking for a spot to impress clients, this is it.
La Societe, Yorkville’s go-to French bistro, opens its well-decorated doors for Summerlicious. The restaurant serves up rich, comforting goodness that’s inspired by all regions of France. The patio not only offers a chance to unwind as you would in Paris, but to people watch as some of Yorkville’s finest stroll Bloor St.
Now, get on that reservation before it’s too late.