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Where the stars ate during TIFF 2016

Now that there’s a full lid on TIFF, it’s time to take stock of where—and what—the stars ate in between press events and premiere parties. Here’s the 411 on which kitchens served the most celebs.


11 Duncan St., 647-660-0909,

The cast of Their Finest (Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton) stopped by Byblos after their cast party. Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and the rest of the cast of Manchester by the Sea came by for dinner as well, to toast the premiere of their film. Affleck requested a vegan menu, opting for dishes like falafel salad and seared cauliflower.  

Soho House

192 Adelaide St. W., 416-599-7646,

The private club hosted plenty of after-parties on its ground floor lounge, but Wakefield stars Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner also chose to host a familial buffet dinner in its pantry on to fete their premiere with the rest of the film’s cast and crew. And Ron Perlman took some of his team there for lunch as well.  


309 Spadina Ave., 416-977-0601

Jason Momoa took a break from fancy film-fest dining to check out this Chinatown favourite.  


299 Adelaide St. W., 416-599-0299,

It was here that Gabrille Union, Aja Naomi King and Armie Hammer kicked off Montecito’s TIFF season, and the restaurant experienced a revolving door of star power from then on. Elisabeth Moss, Paul Haggis and Maria Bello eventually stopped by, and the venue also hosted a joint party for Universal Studios and Focus Features, guests of which included Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Hudson, Tori Kelly, Joel Edgerton and Nick Kroll.  


155 Yorkville Ave.,

Yorkville’s newest steakhouse may not be open to the public yet but it definitely opened up for Hollywood: it hosted The Creative Coalition Annual Spotlight Initiative Awards Gala, which brought out Jennifer Connelly, Maria Bello, Nick Cannon, Parker Posey, Jonathan Demme, Uzo Aduba, Dakota Fanning and Jim Sheridan.  


627 King St. W., 647-347-9353,


This posh new rooftop lounge had its fair share of celebrity—it hosted premiere parties for both Snowden and La La Land. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zachary Quinto and Melissa Leo sat down for beef sliders during their visit, while Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone chose to forgo their meals, mingling with fans instead. Masai Ujiri of the Raptors popped by on the final weekend of the festival to show some love to the cast members of Giants of Africa.  

Calii Love

367 King St. W., @caliiloveco

When it came to fast food or hot coffee, King West’s soon-to-open poké place, Calii Love, dominated the scene. Jane Lynch, Parker Posey and Sandra Oh all sampled the restaurant’s signature (and oh-so-trendy) fish dishes (the spot’s “adventurous”, “confident” and “hopeful” poke bowls, respectively); Gerard Butler and Nick Cannon opted for smoothies; and Anne Hathaway, Rami Malek and Amy Adams just grabbed some joe.  


19 Toronto St., 416-214-5888,

Vanessa Redgrave enjoyed a private dinner at the Toronto Street supper club to celebrate A Secret Scripture, and Billy Magnussen, Chinese actress Qu Jingjing and Hong Kong’s Philip Ng also held their after party for Birth of the Dragon there.  

Cibo Wine Bar

522 King St. W, 416-504-3939,

Richard Gere grabbed a cocktail at Cibo before the screening of Norman, while Gemma Arterton stopped by to dine with the team of The Girl with All the Gifts.  


181 Wellington St. W., 416-572-8008,

Gere also grabbed a bite at Toca, where he gave his regards to the chef.  

Bar Fancy

1070 Queen St. W.,


Olivia Wilde—as she did during the NBA All-Star Games—ventured off the beaten path, this time to Bar Fancy.  


46 Blue Jays Way, 416-489-8922,

And we can only assume that, during a visit to his family-run restaurant, Mark Wahlberg ate a burger.


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