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485 King St. W.,
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1K4
43.644902 -79.396937
Chef Steve Gonzalez has turned Valdez, his too-loud street-food party on King West, into a polished Latin American restaurant that suits the 40-plus crowd, as well as the neighbourhood’s young, moneyed partiers. The three-storey space is now one of the strip’s most inviting. As for the menu, Gonzalez amped up the raw seafood selection and refined the mains, which are satisfying Latin staples with Italian or Asian flourishes (though dishes dappled with nori and edamame can be skipped). A flight of five ceviches includes a subtle and sweet concoction of shrimp, mayo, ketchup, horseradish, avocado and lime. Ropa nueva, a Cuban classic, is tender braised beef in chili-kicked jus alongside a heroic square of creamy yuca gratin. Tropical-tinged cocktails, like the Baro Sour, made with two kinds of pisco, are a lot of fun—especially with a bowl of house-made chips and guac.


Neighbourhood: King West

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Vegetarian options: No

Licensed: Yes

Bring your own bottle: No

Kitchen open late: Yes

Outdoor dining: Yes

Private/bookable room: Yes

Delivery: No

Take out: Yes

Takes reservations: Yes

Caters: Yes

Free Wi-Fi: Yes

Good for: Kids, Groups, Business

Serves: Dinner, Late Night Eats

Payment methods: Visa, Amex, MasterCard, Interac, Cash

Days Closed: none