Toronto HOTEL HOT SPOTS
Popular Locations for Meeting + Dining
There was a time back in the 70’s and 80’s when you could find a disco club in many of the hotels. Restaurants and Cafes including the lobby bars were the areas to hang out before going into the club or for a quick late night bite at the end of the night. Times have really changed. The discos or dance clubs are for the most part gone. Fine dining restaurants, martini bars, lounges, bars and cafes are taking over. Anyone can experience these ‘hot spots’ without having to check into the hotel. Some are more seasonal than others especially those that are located on rooftops or have extended patios such as The Drake and InterContinental Yorkville. There is still dancing going on as well as live entertainment at some of the locations including The Old Mill Inn & Spa and Stage West All-Suites Hotel.
Here are some of our recommended picks of HOTEL HOT SPOTS in the GTA and surrounding areas.
A casual atmosphere perfect for lunch or dinner. Unwind after a long day with a cocktail and good conversation at this nostalgic location – a long time favourite spot for Toronto’s legal community.
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE
The largest upscale steak house in the world, Ruth’s Chris specializes in aged, USDA Prime beef, broiled at high temperature to sear in the natural flavour and served sizzling on a heated plate to keep each steak hot and juicy to the last bite.
TUNDRA BAR AND RESTAURANT
Prepare yourself for a dining experience where the decor is inspired by Canada and the award-winning cuisine inspired by the world. Tundra, Toronto’s hottest new Canadian -concept restaurant, is open daily from 6:30 am to 11:30 am for breakfast, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm Monday to Friday for lunch and nightly from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm for dinner.
PROOF Bar holds a prominent position in Yorkville’s night scene. Urban professionals and hotel guests mix and mingle in a modern setting punctuated by ultra suede lounges, a 12-person communal table and a pure white granite bar encased in cork. More than 40 vodkas, traditional and herb-infused martinis, champagnes and fine wines headline the drink menu, accompanied by sophisticated light bites.
Toronto’s own multicultural neighbourhoods inspire the ever-changing menu in Signatures, a global fusion restaurant just off the lobby. Chef Joe Rabba’s culinary artistry can be sampled at breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main dining room or the less formal lower level. As interesting as the gourmet cuisine are the photographs of Toronto’s landmark neighbourhoods lining the walls.
Skylounge redefines patio dining with an elegant oasis found just steps from bustling Bloor Street West. Sleek sofas intermingle with Brazilian wood tables, where Executive Chef Christopher Perera’s Mediterranean tapas-style menu offers smaller portions ideal for sharing. Prosciutto Wrapped Figs and Grilled Sea Bream Fillet are favourite “teasers,” while Grilled Lamb Chops and Moroccan Spiced Boneless Cornish Hen satisfy healthier appetites. Open May to October, weather permitting.
Victor Restaurant and Lounge specializes in social dining, creating dishes inspired by the ethnic mosaic that is unique to Toronto. It’s your opportunity to enjoy the best seasonal produce: bold salads, roasts, vegetables, fish and game. The dishes are served “family style” letting the joys of sharing and the pleasures of the senses free.
The chef’s creations take the form of “plates to share” and highlight the use of organically sourced and sustainable seasonal produce, notably from farms and individuals who respect the environment.
Contemporary architecture and decor that blend style, warmth and a welcoming atmosphere.
David Chrystian, recognized by The National Post as one of Toronto’s top 10 chefs.
PROOF VODKA BAR
Enjoy a meal or a drink at one of Toronto’s best restaurants. Conveniently located in the Intercontinental Hotel in the heart of the Financial and Entertainment districts, the Azure Restaurant is your destination for a business lunch, after dinner drinks, or a
romantic night of fine dining.
With live Jazz music and an exquisite menu, the Azure restaurant is an elegant place for a professional get-together or a relaxing personal evening.
Rich gold and plum decor hints at the sumptuous cuisine and chic atmosphere of Annona Restaurant, aptly named for the Roman goddess of harvest. Soft lighting and intimate banquettes contribute to the solitude that many of the hotel’s celebrity guests and
professionals seek. The cuisine of Annona Restaurant rivals its fashionable Yorkville neighborhood. Award-winning executive chef Joan Monfaredi turns out awe-inspiring dishes like Seafood Risotto and Grilled Angus Filet.
Begin your day with a decadent breakfast of scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and capers. Linger over a leisurely Sunday brunch. Solidify a deal during a lunch of succulently plump crab cakes with an avocado salsa, aged balsamic reduction and organic
seedlings. Take a brief respite for the frenetic pace of life with afternoon tea. Spy a well-known celebrity in town for the Toronto International Film Festival as you dine on Grilled Lobster with Tomato and Olive Relish. Indulge in a sumptuous Caramelized Pineapple Tart with Rum Ice Cream for dessert. The culinary feats from the kosher kitchen are complemented by soothing music from the Bang & Olufsen sound system.
MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE
Expect incomparable service and impeccably prepared fare in the handsome setting of this Yorkville restaurant. Morton’s – The Steakhouse has long been renowned for its prime cuts of aged American Angus beef. The attractive decor heightens the tableside
service and extensive menu. Commence the evening with sweet Bluepoint Oysters on the Half Shell or Broiled Sea Scallops Wrapped in Bacon with an Apricot Chutney. Order one of the restaurant’s signature beef entrees like the Double Cut Filet Mignon with Sauce Bearnaise. Deviate from the norm and select a blackened swordfish. Accompany your Porterhouse steak or veal chops with a fresh Maine lobster. Save room for one of our Yorkville Toronto restaurant’s decadent desserts such as the Chocolate Velvet Cake or a souffle available in one of four flavours.
THE ROOF LOUNGE
Located on the 18th floor, The Roof Lounge has earned a reputation as one of the best bars in the world. It is favoured equally by locals and celebrities. Order a vintage Pinot Noir and sit by the inviting fireplace of this downtown Toronto lounge on a crisp fall
evening. Make your way out to the summer terrace with a refreshing Cosmopolitan and stunning views of this vibrant city. Stave off hunger with selections from the light bar menu. Enjoy a light lunch, retro-style. Meet friends for one of The Roof Lounge’s
The Fairmont Royal York has created a dining experience that will redefine every notion of a hotel restaurant. EPIC is characterized by an exciting juxtaposition of old and new, evident in every facet of this innovative restaurant. EPIC is a dynamic, fluid, and contemporary room, contrasting effectively with the traditional grandeur that is The Fairmont Royal York. The menu offers a scintillating combination of fresh local ingredients preparedwith the classic French touches that distinguish Chef de Cuisine Jean-CharlesDupoire’s culinary heritage. Every diner is cared for by the energetic staff who make food service their profession. EPIC is a proud recipient of the 2007 VQA Restaurant Award of Excellence from the Wine Council of Ontario.
Located adjacent to the famous Imperial Room in The Fairmont Royal York, the Library Bar is the ideal venue for pre-dinner or theatre beverages, business lunches or evening cocktails. The atmosphere will transport you back to the era that saw the opening of the Library Bar. The warm club feel is highlighted by rich fabrics, floor to ceiling wood paneling with book-lined walls and comfortable sofas for your lounging pleasure. Ratedthe number one martinis in the city, the Library Bar will continue its well established reputation of serving Toronto’s best. The newbeveragelistincludes classic favorites along with creative new cocktails. Featuring a live classical guitarist, Friday and Saturday evenings, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
BENIHANA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE
Benihana is a fabulous Japanese steakhouse experience in the heart of Toronto – enjoy the excitement of teppan cooking right at your table.
Instead of using conventional kitchens, Benihana’s highly skilled chefs present and prepare all entrées at a ‘hibachi’ table (a flat 4′ X 3′ grill), around which, up to seven guests are seated. A fast-paced performance of chopping and juggling creates an exciting teppanyaki-style dining experience for guests of all ages. Benihana is a unique experience for special occasions, tours, and office parties.
Teppan cooking is Benihana’s specialty, but guests are also invited to venture their taste buds into more exotic foods from our sushi and sashimi menus.
Piper’s Gastropub is a great place for sports. Its proximity to Air Canada Center and the Rogers Center makes Piper’s an ideal location for drinks before and after the game. Piper’s is also an ideal setting for your next informal office gathering. Please call for more details on hosting a group experience in Piper’s.
Drake’s Corner Café is a neighbourhood destination. Known as the go-to spot by day within the ‘hood, we offer home-baked goodies, a full menu, fresh juice, awesome coffee and a fully licensed bar. Begin your day in the Café and hook up to our complimentary wireless network, where you can catch up with work or just surf while sipping on a tasty espresso.
Our Corner Café offers a parallel identity at night with a cozy, candlelit bistro providing refuge for locals and travellers alike. In the summertime, giant garage doors open onto the boulevard Café patio, where you can dine or sip on a fine glass of wine under the stars.
Drake’s signature room re-envisions a bygone era, the mid-century lounge experience. Hear your favourite songs blend with new music to complement classic cocktails, best enjoyed with friends. Take in a live music performance, an inspired DJ or set the mood with food.
Overlooking Queen Street West, the Lounge is a destination all its own. Recently remodelled, new additions include leather booths and banquettes, artist-commissioned mica chandeliers, brass bar tops and two lush murals by Joe Becker that blend classic painting and contemporary influences with stunning results.
We invite you to unwind after work, relax before dinner or ‘dress the part’ for an evening out that stretches into the wee hours; all the while, share some tantalizing appetizers and sip on a seven-hour martini with old friends or new lovers. You’ll be glad you stopped by.
Drake’s rooftop offers a unique year round covered patio experience. Join in for a nightly party, complete with bold colours, bamboo overhangs, douglas fir tables, laid-back seating and communal tables. Offbeat performance art takes place in the adjoining yoga den on Monday and Friday evenings. Smoking is permitted.
Drake’s entertainment room has been redesigned with one thing in mind: creative flexibility. This spacious venue features a modular stage, 3 digital projectors, newly installed dance floor lighting, and state of the art 5.1 Surround Sound PA system manned by experienced technical staff. The space has welcomed major darlings of indie music scene, dance parties, art happenings, video game tournaments and more.
Drake’s rolled out the carpet for venerable legends Carole Pope, Burton Cummings and Negativeland, rubbed shoulders with local rock royalty Broken Social Scene, Metric and Stars, and shone with rising stars Gogol Bordello, Living Things, Wolfmother, MIA, KT Tunstall and We Are Wolves. The Undergound is a cutting edge venue for a rockin’ crowd.
Drake knows good Food and Wine. It’s free-spirited menu includes lovingly concocted international cuisine and reinterpreted classics. Executive Chef Anthony Rose and Sous Chef Cory Vitiello present unique menus culled from their combined talents. Anthony brings his passion for classic, simple and ingredient driven food. Back from eight years in the food Meccas of New York and San Francisco, Anthony brings Drake his love of world cuisine and food experimentation, while Sous Chef Cory (ex. Scaramouche) has been an anchor in the Drake kitchen since the very early days. Featured is a 200+ bottle wine list including
cult favourites, small production gems and odds that are a pleasure to see, smell and sip.
A perfect nook for hosting private affairs, Room 222 is available day and night for decadent dinner parties, creative collaborations or company brainstorming sessions. Room 222 sits at the edge of the action on the second floor with an optional view of the Sky Yard for prime people watching.
The roots of live entertainment and dancing at The Old Mill began in 1921, with the duo combination of pianist Nelson Hatch and violinist Cec Ryder in the Print Room. After the completion of the new dance hall in 1929 with it’s spacious dance floor, the successful duo expanded to a nine piece orchestra.
Dinner and dancing have been part of the social fabric of the city of Toronto ever since. While regrettably it has not retained the social dominance of yesteryear, The Old Mill Restaurant has continued the tradition of offering popular bands for your listening
and dancing pleasure. Be part of the dinner and dancing experience which has truly been part of many, many special and happy memories over the years.
Refer to the band schedule on the official website www.oldmilltoronto.com and call to make your reservations for your memorable night out.
If variety is the spice of life, then your taste buds are going to be a tingling! Enjoy any or all of the on-site restaurants, each offering a different atmosphere and cuisine. Spice it up at The Katsura, one of Toronto’s most popular and authentic Japanese
restaurants where you can choose from a variety of dining options – Teppenyaki Tables, private Tatami Rooms, a Sushi Bar, a Robata Bar and a main dining area.
SEASONS AT THE PRINCE
Feed your soul at the newly renovated Seasons at the Prince Restaurant. Relax while overlooking the lush natural surroundings or rejuvenate by the sleek fireplace. Their culinary team will delight your senses with savory menu items featuring the freshest local and regional ingredients along with Super foods to fuel your well-being.
Unwind at the end of a busy day with our nourishing bites menu while sipping on one of our signature cocktails. Make the transformation from day to night in a modern and sophisticated atmosphere at The Westin Prince Toronto.
While staying at Toronto’s most luxurious hotel, you can experience fine dining at the Courtyard Cafe. Adjacent to the lobby, you will notice the elegant dining room beautifully wrought with elegant textures reminiscent of the late romantic era. Whether it’s a formal business setting you require or a warm and intimate dinner for two, the beauty of the Courtyard Cafe isn’t only skin deep. For beyond the impeccable wait staff, a brilliant dining experience awaits you.
LOUNGE TWENTY TWO
Take advantage of Lounge Twenty Two’s cocktail hour. After a day of serious shopping, kick back with a fabulous martini and celebrate the day’s purchases. Lounge Twenty Two’s cocktail hour offers the perfect opportunity to meet and greet, cap off a business meeting, or share a drink with your date before dining at The Courtyard Cafe.
PRIME STEAK HOUSE
Prime is a modern steakhouse, its burning fireplace lighting two rooms of tan leather, dark wood and a collection of paintings by Canadian artist Charles Pachter.
In the kitchen, certified dry-aged Kobe, organic lamb and beef steaks are prepared in an 1,800 ½ infra-red broiler.
Prime’s wine program features a selection of the world’s finest. We are honored and humbled to have received the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator for the past two years. Private wine lockers are available.