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Toronto’s best five restaurants to go for a business lunch

The top five spots to break bread, dent the expense account and sign a deal while you’re at it

Best for a Business Lunch
No. 1
A $1 million facelift loosened the tie of Oliver and Bonacini’s flagship Canoe, while the breathtaking view from the 54th floor never fails to awe. It tops our chart for the expertly executed haute Canadiana and service that’s as polished as the silver. 66 Wellington St. W., 416-364-0054.


No. 2
In summer, Bymark’s coveted patio is prime real estate for discreet people watching and luxury comfort food. Inside or outside, crackerjack servers work the tables like ninjas, making sure no one is late for their two o’clock meeting. 66 Wellington St. W., 416-777-1144.

No. 3
Anchoring the women’s club Verity, George has a feminine vibe that’s a salubrious antidote to Bay Street’s testosterone cacophony. Chef Lorenzo Loseto makes stunning, innovative plates backed by a smart selection of offbeat wines. 111C Queen St. E., 416-863-6006.

No. 4
Reds Bistro and Wine Bar is a magnet for oenophiles, who buzz like fruit flies around the deep cellar and hover over a list that includes 80 wines by the glass. Chef Michael Steh’s legendary charcuterie pleases the large, raucous groups. 77 Adelaide St. W., 416-862-7337.

No. 5
It’s tough to focus on food when the Brothers Dressler’s jaw-dropping wooden sculpture undulates along the lofty ceiling. Aria’s beef carpaccio, homemade pasta and a crisp soave bring your attention back to the plate. 25 York St., 416-363-2742.

(Image: Aria’s red wine–cured beef sirloin carpaccio, arugula and parmigiano, by John Cullen)

  • moles

    Looks and sounds delicious–and expensive. That carpaccio appetizer at Aria is $18.

    Thanks to Toronto Life for once again letting the 99% press our noses to the glass of the restaurants we could never afford, to see how our hard-earned tax dollars are being used to subsidize the tax-deductible business lunches of the 1%.

  • Pedro

    I have eaten in most of these places, trust me, it gets old, fast and secretly, we have our noses to the glass looking at you…

  • Garrack

    Nice Pedro – Nice. I have tried a couple of these – it is amazing to see how some of them have flourished from little starter llcs. They are a bit expensive though.

 

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