Toronto Life Restaurant Reviews Explained
How we do it
• Restaurant bills are paid by Toronto Life, and the reviews have no connection to advertising.
• Reviewers award stars for food and wine quality, as well as presentation, service, atmosphere, ambition and originality.
• All of our restaurant reviews can be found at torontolife.com/restaurants or on our
Toronto Best Restaurants app.
The price rating of a restaurant is determined by the average entrée price, or the average cost of several small or sharing plates. The price rating reflects the cost of meals at dinnertime, unless the restaurant does not serve dinner.
Mains under $10.
$$ MODERATELY PRICED
$$$ SOMEWHAT EXPENSIVE
Mains $30 or more.
What the stars mean
A one-star restaurant offers consistently satisfying food and good value for the money. Ingredients are fresh, dishes are well prepared, the room is clean and comfortable, and the service is efficient
A two-star restaurant displays ambition and occasional flashes of excellence. It strives to be better than its peers, and in many ways it’s succeeding. The kitchen uses creative ingredients and surprising flavour combinations, and there is some attention to decor and ambience. Service is efficient and knowledgeable.
A three-star restaurant stands above its peers. The flavours and ingredients complement and build on each other, and many dishes contain happy surprises. The mood and decor have been carefully planned and executed, and service meets every expectation.
A four-star restaurant presents an exquisite food experience. The food is exciting in taste and presentation, and the chef routinely breaks new ground. Service is impeccable.
The elusive five-star restaurant presents a flawless, original and unparalleled dining experience.