Toronto wine restaurants and bars
The Toronto wine scene has seen ups and downs in the city’s long history but now we think it’s definitely up! There are long-established wine venues with deep lists offering many back vintages, as well as the new-comers which showcase the latest trends in wine tastes. Whether it is a dedicated wine bar, restaurant, hotel lobby bar or otherwise, here is a guide of wine venues in the city that put the wine lover first and offer a great wine experience – in alphabetical order.
Phone: +1 416-362-5411
Address: 301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6, Canada
360 Restaurant atop the CN Tower in Toronto is home to the world’s highest wine cellar. At 351 metres, the cellar has a 9,000 bottle capacity complete with climate controls. The wine offering is coupled with a breathtaking view. Although the focus of the 360 Restaurant wine list is Canada first, there are plenty of other wine regions for wine lovers who are not afraid of heights.
Phone: +1 416-260-2222
Address: 163 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2L6
Voted as Canada’s Top Restaurant (2018) and a recent entry on the Best 50 top 100 list, Alo is a contemporary French restaurant and cocktail bar. Head chef Patrick Kriss serves blind multi-course tasting menus while veteran Toronto sommelier Chris Sealy runs the wine program and is tasked with pairing wines with the ever-changing offerings.
Phone: +1 647-748-0909
Address: 909 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V9, Kanada
Archive is a casual Toronto wine bar with small plates for sharing. The wine list is constantly changing with a wide range of regions from small local Ontario producers to Jura, Morgon, Niederösterreich and Barbaresco. Wine lovers have fun and try the blind flight or periodic mystery wine challenge on Instagram.
Phone: (416) 532-2222
Address: 797 College Street, Toronto
The restaurant that started Toronto’s Iberian revolution is located on the edge of College Street’s Little Italy neighborhood. Warm wood and colourful glass accent the bustling room where reservations are bragged about among diners who know. The ever-evolving menu features big flavours, many smaller tapas dishes and balanced larger plates. Spanish titles dominate the wine list, with both benchmarks and lesser-known gems from exciting producers on offer. The list is rounded out by well thought out old-world offerings, as well as some of the sommelier’s preferred Canadian wines.
Phone: (416) 597-0335
Address: 7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1
Barberian’s steakhouse is a Toronto institution with charcoal grilled favourites like the Ribeye that should not be missed. The wine list is deep with top producers and vintages across Bordeaux, Rhone, Burgundy, Italy and California. If you get the chance, book the private cellar table overlooking the massive wine cellar in the restaurant.
Address: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8
The restaurant BlueBlood Steakhouse resides in the historic castle Casa Loma in midtown Toronto and is fast becoming a steakhouse destination in Toronto. The wine list at BlueBlood Steakhouse is extensive with a focus on France, Italy and California and several large format choices.
Phone: +1 416-804-6066
Address: 1240 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5R 2A7
Brothers is a small food and wine bar located just outside the Bay subway station in Toronto. Brothers is focusing on tasty small plates and a well curated short list of wines.
Phone: +1 416-777-1144
Address: 66 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5K 1M6
Since 2002, Bymark has been established as a wine-drinking hotspot in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. The restaurant serves contemporary food with a classic touch around an active and bustling bar, A large patio allows for a chance to slow-down amongst the crowd, have a glass of wine and enjoy a round of people-watching. The well-balanced wine list at Bymark offers a selection of California Cabernet verticals.
Phone: (647) 341-3100
Address: 89 Harbord Street, Toronto
Pink and pastels reign supreme at Harbord Street’s restaurant Café Cancan in Toronto. With flamingo accents and confetti-speckled floors, the bright yet warm room has a unique, inviting ambiance. The wine list is smart and concise, leaning towards French, with a nod towards Burgundy; which pair expertly with the restaurant's take on classic French fare.
Phone: +1 416-703-4222
Address: 169 Niagara St, Toronto, ON M5V 1C9
Edulis restaurant in Toronto offers 5 or 7 course meals chosen from seasonal ingredients and is served in a cozy and welcoming setting. The food is largely seafood & vegetable inspired and there is a special black & white truffle menu when truffles are in season. The wine list is old-world based with several new world (Ontario) wines shown. There is a good selection of grower Champagnes as well as Sherry/Port/Madeira to match the rotating cheese selections.
Phone: +1 647-351-1552
Address: 199 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4
Grey Gardens is a wine bar in Kensington Market in Toronto with small and medium sized dishes of international cuisine. The wine list has diverse selections from well known regions like Burgundy, Rhone and Loire to lesser known regions like Jura and Canary Islands with a focus on natural wines.
Phone: (416) 964-0606
Address: 972 College Street West, Toronto
This sleek Italian restaurant sits on the west end of Toronto’s College Street strip. The Roman-inspired menu will please even the staunchest traditionalist. Sitting at the kitchen bar is the best way to watch the chef’s control and precision in action. The smart wine list leans towards Italy and dares you to take a chance and trust the sommelier team’s deft pairing touch, while at the same time allowing you to stay within your known favourites.
Phone: +1 416-366-0200
Address: 12 Brant St, Toronto, ON M5V 2M1
Jacobs & Co is an elegantly decorated fine dining steakhouse restaurant in Toronto. In addition to the temperature controlled wine cellar, Jacobs & Co also has an in-house dry-aging room for their steaks. A very extensive and deep wine list accompanies the menu at Jacobs & Co, with everything from DRC and Bordeaux to Barolo and California. And for the very thirsty, the large-format selection on the wine list has a fair amount of 6L and 12L offerings.
Phone: +1 416-929-4900
Address: 492 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B2
La Palette is a casual and cozy French bistro restaurant in Toronto that serves classic dishes as a great neighborhood spot. The wine list at La Palette rotates quickly and leans toward French wines with a focus on wines by the glass as well as by the bottle.
Phone: +1 647-351-4747
Address: 100 Yonge St #100, Toronto, ON M5C 2W1
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Phone: +1 416-596-6405
Address: 432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1E3
Toronto restaurant Le Sélect serves classic French bistro fare in a beautiful Parisian inspired interior. You can pair classic dishes like steak tartare, cassoulet and confit de canard with wines from one of the most extensive wine lists in Toronto. The wine list at Le Sélect has great depth in the selection across France from Bordeaux, Burgundy to Loire and Rhone with other great options from US, Italy and Spain.
Phone: +1 (647) 345 7005
Address: 1434 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1Y7
Midfield is a relaxed and casual Toronto wine bar focusing on small plates, cheese and charcuterie to complement the interesting and always changing wine list. The wine list at Midfield Wine bar & tavern focuses on smaller producers ranging from classic old world regions like the Loire Valley, Burgundy, Piedmont to Burgenland and Catalonia.
Phone: +1 647-253-6227
Address: 190 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5H 0A3
Kōjin is the newest addition to Momofuku Toronto. Located on the 3rd floor, Kōjin combines Colombian inspired wood fired cooking techniques with local Ontario meats and produce. The menu and offerings change daily based on freshness and availability. The Kōjin wine list has a wide range of wines from places such as Champagne and Canada to Loire and New Zealand. (What Kōjin means? It’s the Japanese god of fire, the hearth and the kitchen). Corkage fee: $30 per 750 mls for the first two bottles and $50 for each subsequent bottle.
Phone: +1 416-921-3105
Address: 37 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B2
Opus restaurant in Toronto resides in the affluent Yorkville neighborhood with European inspired cuisine and top notch service. Brother’s Tony and Mario Amaro built a massive 52,000 bottle wine list at Opus with breadth and vintage depth across old world classics and icon wines like DRC, Petrus, Mouton Rothschild and Sassicaia.
Phone: (647) 348-1300
Address: 121 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
One of the most authentic pubs in Toronto sits in an old house in the chic Yorkville neighbourhood. Dark, worn wood, and deep earthy colours make the room feel like it was transported straight from England, as does the chef’s authentic pub fare. This however, is no ordinary public house, as the wine culture here rules the roost. The wine list is well balanced, and sorted by colour, weight and style. Remember to ask the Sommelier for the handwritten reserve list, which is stocked with hidden, well-priced gems.
Phone: +1 416-535-5656
Address: 1161 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X4
The Toronto wine bar Paris Paris offers patrons to enjoy wine in a fun, unpretentious setting (Rock and Pop classics from the 1990s fill the room). The food menu has some original gems showing French/Chinese influence. The wine list at Paris Paris focuses on natural, organic and biodynamic producers with often 20+ by-the-glass selections each night.
Phone: +1 416-572-8008
Address: 181 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G7
TOCA restaurant is located in Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton hotel and offers Italian cuisine from local ingredients. The wine list at TOCA follows suit with a good coverage of Italian regions, styles and producers. France and Ontario are also well represented on the wine list. Don’t forget to check out the Cheese Cave to find something to pair with your wine!
Phone: (416) 964-8686
Address: 134 Avenue Road, Toronto
An institution in Toronto’s chic Yorkville neighborhood, L’Unita has been satisfying Toronto’s most discerning palates for over a decade. The exposed brick walls are lit indirectly, and the row of Edison bulbs create an inviting warmth. The menu changes seasonally, but always features the chef’s twist on Italian classics. The wine list carries some of Italy’s most important titles, as well as a selection of Canada’s finest wines that will appeal to all levels of wine enthusiasts.
Phone: +1 416-622-6677
Address: 1750 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5H5
Via Allegro Ristorante is a fine Italian dining restaurant in Etobicoke, west of Toronto. With a well-established reputation for its wine service, Via Allegro’s wine list is 5,000 references strong.
Phone: (416) 351-3311
Address: 155 Wellington Street West, Toronto
Located in downtown Toronto, on the edge of the entertainment and financial districts, The Shore Club restaurant is a haven for Canadian Prime Beef and Seafood. The well-balanced wine list is home to approximately 140 listings, which compliment the chef’s traditional menu. The wine list is primarily French, Italian, Californian with a touch of Canadian content. Glass pours are smart and diverse, and are available as six or nine ounces. The Shore Club also range into a premium selection poured via Coravin. There is something for everyone here, from comforting Californian Cabernet and classic Ch...
Phone: (416) 551-9221
Address: 304 Richmond Street West, Toronto
From the mind of Master Sommelier Bruce Wallner comes Grand Cru Deli. In an unassuming house, on the cusp of Toronto’s trendy Queen Street and Entertainment districts comes the love child of a Wine bar and a Deli. Where else could you get a beef cheek pastrami sandwich, with a side of caviar and a bottle of grower champagne? Very reasonable wine markups encourage patrons to order a bottle with their lunch or dinner. The expertly created wine list also features rotating daily ‘by the glass’ options, that the sommelier team is more than happy to pour blind. With Mr. Wallner’s ‘Sommelier Factor...
Phone: (416) 551-6263
Address: 227 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
On Toronto’s Ossington Avenue there is no shortage of great places to eat and drink, none better suited for special occasions than La Banane. Chef/Patron Brandon Olsen has put all of himself into the space, which can be best described as a marriage of Art Deco and glamorous Brasserie. The kitchen’s forte is in precise French fare, but the piece de resistance has to be one of the city’s finest raw bars serving beautiful shellfish towers. What better way to pair these delicacies than with a wine list with a focus on grower Champagnes! The list is rounded out with carefully selected, predominan...