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Summerlicious 2014: the 67 restaurants that have our stamp of approval

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As any ‘Licious veteran knows, the prix-fixe festival’s discount meals can feel like an amazing deal or a terrible scam, depending on where you end up. That’s why we took the time to examine the 2014 master list of participants, which includes over 200 Toronto restaurants, and whittle it down to a much more manageable 67 spots—all of which have been tried and tested by Toronto Life reviewers. Restaurants start taking reservations on Thursday, June 19, and it’s important to go in with a game plan. With that in mind, here it is: your Summerlicious shortlist, complete with menus, maps and links to Toronto Life reviews.

Summerlicious 2014: Downtown North
(Image: La Société/Facebook)
(Image: La Société/Facebook)

As in previous years, the northern chunk of downtown, which includes Yorkville and Harbord Village, packs the chi-chiest dining rooms on this year’s Summerlicious map. The list includes the ever-swanky Café Boulud, celeb hangout La Société and fine-dining destination Splendido, which is debuting a new prix-fixe lunch option.

93 Harbord 93 Harbord St., 416-922-5914 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $25

Byzantium 499 Church St., 416-922-3859 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $25

Café Boulud 60 Yorkville Ave., 416-963-6000 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $45

Chiado 864 College St., 416-538-1910 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

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Crème Brasserie 162 Cumberland St., 416-962-7363 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

John & Sons Oyster House 1 Balmoral Ave., 416-515-0551 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

L’Unita 134 Avenue Rd., 416-964-8686 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $35

La Société 131 Bloor St. W., 416-551-9929 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Loire 119 Harbord St., 416-850-8330 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $35

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Mideastro Yorkville 27 Yorkville Ave., 416-477-2427 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $35

Mistura 265 Davenport Rd., 416-515-0009 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $45

Museum Tavern 208 Bloor St., 416-920-0110 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

One 116 Yorkville Ave., 416-961-9600 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Pukka 778 St Clair Ave. W., 416-342-1906 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

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Sassafraz 100 Cumberland St., 416-964-2222 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Splendido 88 Harbord St., 416-929-7788 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45


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Summerlicious 2014: Downtown South
Both Noodle Bar and Daishō are participating in this year’s fest (Image: Momofuku/Facebook)
Momofuku Noodle Bar and Daishō are participating in this year’s fest. (Image: Momofuku/Facebook)

The options in King West and the Financial District—prime territory for tourists and business-lunchers alike—are once again predictably plentiful. Many of the restaurants on the map are longtime ‘Licious participants (including Canoe, always an excellent choice). This year, they’re joined by Momofuku Daishō and Noodle Bar, as well as Weslodge, nightlife king Charles Khabouth’s clubby King West pub.

Azure 225 Front St. W., 416-597-8142 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Bangkok Garden 18 Elm St., 416-977-6748 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

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Bannock 401 Bay St., 416-861-6996 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Biagio 155 King St. E., 416-366-4040 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Brassaii 461 King St. W., 416-598-4730 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner $45

Bymark 66 Wellington St. W., 417-777-1144 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Canoe 66 Wellington St. W., 416-364-0054 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

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O&B Canteen 330 King St. W., 647-288-2710 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner $25

Oro 45 Elm St., 416-597-0155 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner $45

Crush Wine Bar 455 King St. W., 416-977-1234 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Epic 100 Front St., 416-860-6949 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Estiatorio Volos 133 Richmond St., 416-861-1211 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

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Frank 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6688 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Lee 601 King St. W., 416-504-7867 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $45

Little Anthony’s 121 Richmond St. W., 416-368-2223 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Luma 350 King St. W., 647-288-4715 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Matahari Grill 39 Baldwin St., 416-596-2832 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

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Momofuku Daishō 190 University Ave., 647-253-8000 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Momofuku Noodle Bar 190 University Ave., 647-253-8000 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Nota Bene 180 Queen St. W., 416-977-6400 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Stock 325 Bay St., 31st Floor, 416-637-5550 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

The Fifth Grill and Terrace 225 Richmond St., 416-979-3005 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $45

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Tutti Matti 364 Adelaide St. W., 416-597-8839 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Weslodge 480 King St. W., 416-274-8766 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35


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Summerlicious 2014: East
(Image: Globe Bistro/Facebook)
(Image: Globe Bistro/Facebook)

For some reason, east-end restaurants continue to be poorly represented on the Summerlicious map, despite Queen East’s transformation from a sleepy, rundown strip to a dining destination. Here are two stand-out spots among the few participating restaurants east of the DVP.

Globe Bistro 124 Danforth Ave., 416-466-2000 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Pan on the Danforth 516 Danforth Ave., 416-466-8158 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

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Summerlicious 2014: West
(Image: Renée Suen)
Rock Lobster is a Summerlicious newbie. (Image: Renée Suen)

While most west-end restaurants remain Summerlicious-shy, there are some new joiners this year, including L’Ouvrier on Dundas West and Rock Lobster on the Ossington strip. Susur Lee’s Bent is participating again this year, as is Parts and Labour in Parkdale.

Bent 777 Dundas St. W., 647-352-0092 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $35

Lamesa 669 Queen St. W., 647-346-2377 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $25

L’Ouvrier 791 Dundas St. W., 416-901-9581 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $35

Maialino Enoteca 1688 Queen St. W., 416-551-5251 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $25

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Merlot 2994 Bloor St. W., 416-236-0081 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

Parts and Labour 1566 Queen St. W., 416-588-7750 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $35

Quinta 1282 Dundas St. W., 416-534-0407 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $25

Southern Accent 595 Markham St., 416-536-3211 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $25

Rock Lobster 110 Ossington Ave., 416-533-1800 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $25

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Summerlicious 2014: Uptown
(Auberge du Pommier/Facebook)
(Auberge du Pommier/Facebook)

This year’s uptown options include a familiar mix of special occasion spots—Auberge du Pommier, North 44—and more casual eateries, like cozy trattoria L’il Baci and Mark McEwan’s Fabbrica.

Amaya Bread Bar 3305 Yonge St., 416-487-1100 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Amaya: The Indian Room 1701 Bayview Ave., 416-322-3270 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Auberge du Pommier 4150 Yonge St., 416-222-2220 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

Celestin 623 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-544-9035 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $25 | Dinner: $45

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Fabbrica 49 Karl Fraser Rd., 416-391-0307 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $25

Five Doors North 2088 Yonge St., 416-480-6234 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $25

Frida 999 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-787-2221 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $25

Il Mulino 1060 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-780-1173 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $45

Katsura 900 York Mills Rd., 416-444-2511 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

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Lil’ Baci Yonge 2013 Yonge St., 647-748-6300 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

North 44 2537 Yonge St., 416-487-4897 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $45

Origin North 2901 Bayview Ave., 416-479-8833 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Pizza e Pazzi 1182 St. Clair W., 647-352-7882 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Quince 2110 Yonge St., 416-488-2110 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $20 | Dinner: $35

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Tabülé 2009 Yonge St., 416-483-3747 Read our review | See the menu Lunch: $15 | Dinner: $25

Zucca 2150 Yonge St., 416-488-5774 Read our review | See the menu Dinner: $35


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