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Trinity Taverna

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Listed on August 21, 2013 / review policy

Trinity Taverna TorontoTrinity Taverna is now open in the east end and the patio boasts a killer view of Toronto's sandy Woodbine Beach. The restaurant offers 350 al fresco seats alone and then there's a two floor Mediterranean villa-inspired interior complete with water feature and vaulted, branch-cover ceilings.

Trinity Taverna TorontoOn entering there are oysters and whole fish displayed on ice and slabs of meat sizzling away on a rotating spit. If you're lucky you'll witness fiery, Montreal restaurateur, Peter Morentzos (of La Queue de Cheval) yelling profanities in the kitchen. Don't take offense. Just consider it part of the kitchen theatre philosophy that Morentzos and partner Danny Foulidis embrace.

The menu lists familiar Greek fare though it's more compelling than just the standard gyro and souvlaki offerings. When hiring the kitchen staff, the restaurant advertised for Greek yiayias and so there's three elderly grandmas in the back working phyllo and old world recipes alongside French chef Pierre Restvo.

From the bar I sample the mojito which is muddled with mint, lime and Skinos Mastiha which is less sweet and smoother than rum. The wine list highlights numerous indigenous Greek and Mediterranean wines starting at about $45 a bottle.

Trinity Taverna TorontoI sample cold mezze like Melitzanosalata ($8), an eggplant caviar made with dates, pine nuts and a heavy hand of truffle (I suspect oil), as well as, the Tarama ($8) which is akin to taramasalata but made with smoked salmon (instead of caviar) and topped with roe. The eggplant is especially delicious; smoky and garlicky but balanced by the sweetness of dates. The out-sourced pita was the only real shortcoming of the night; it was a pity for the eggplant to have to slum it with such dry bread.

Trinity Taverna TorontoThe carpaccio ($12) of sea bass is topped with chiffonade herb salad and crunchy kataïfi. It's almost too salty on its own, but our server offers a pro tip as he sets it down and with just a squeeze of lemon it all sings.

Trinity Taverna TorontoThe Tuna Tataki ($15) is served gloriously raw and unworked, garnished with a fresh micro village salad. I love this dish even though the locavore in me is screaming tuna is evil. I console myself thinking that at least it's been treated with due respect. It's hardly enough to share.

I could have left happy and in a spa-like bliss after just the mezze, but the smell of meat in this place is a seductive force. I'll warn you: it's not cheap, but if you care to indulge there is the option to have a whole fish served to the table or to share in slabs of spit-fired lamb ($38/lb), suckling pork ($33/lb) or baby goat ($39/lb) served with roasted potatoes that are naturally basted with meat drippings as they're finished in the bottom of the rotisserie.

Trinity TavernaThe Veal Cheek Moussaka ($32) reconstructs the traditional dish with ultra rich brûléed béchamel and Kefalotiri cheese sauce smothered over scalloped potatoes, roasted eggplant caviar, braised meat and rich tomato confit sauce.

Trinity TavernaThe are more than a half dozen desserts too but good luck getting there. Despite being a total sucker for salted caramel, I only managed a bite of the Feta Cheesecake ($14) paired with caramelized figs.

Trinity Taverna TorontoGo hungry and bring reinforcements (and someone else's credit card if you can). Trinity is open from 11:30am to midnight daily. There is a private lounge upstairs for weddings and events and the restaurant takes reservations.

Trinity Taverna TorontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

49 Comments

Joseph / August 21, 2013 at 09:15 am
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You might want to mention that the The Veal Cheek Moussaka ($32) is "Served in cast iron pan for Two ( 2 )" as it says in their menu. Unless you were there fore lunch, where the one-person Veal Cheek Moussaka is only $18.
kooch / August 21, 2013 at 09:20 am
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Gosh, it looks so beautiful and expensive!
CaligulaJones / August 21, 2013 at 09:41 am
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How much $ to reserve the Sandra Bussin Room?
MA / August 21, 2013 at 09:48 am
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Terrible service and highly over priced!
EC / August 21, 2013 at 10:02 am
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Looks like cargo shorts are allowed !
lol / August 21, 2013 at 10:17 am
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What a joke this place is! With those prices it wont last the winter... People living in the beach dont support places like this and nobody from outside the neighbourhood comes to the beaches in the fall or the winter.. Total waste of a great space
ddt / August 21, 2013 at 10:24 am
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Those prices for Greek food?
wally / August 21, 2013 at 10:44 am
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great looking space...and the food looks delicious!

unfortunately this is the wrong location for a resto like this

the beach needs something more casual and approachable for the average joe

too bad
nope / August 21, 2013 at 10:52 am
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Anyone who goes to the beach has their hibatchi in tow with their 19 family members for some urban bbq-ing.

They aint going to no glorified Mr. Greek.
jameson / August 21, 2013 at 10:52 am
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There's tons of money by the Beaches, I really wonder what planet you guys are living on. It might be somewhat isolated, but with good media reviews they can draw from far beyond just locals.

This place looks amazing.
jon / August 21, 2013 at 10:54 am
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Went there last week and had a great time. It looks fancy but I wore cargo shorts and a t-shirt and was not out of place. We walked down and it was a nice night. Thought it would be expensive, but after several drinks, 3 apps and 3 shared rotisserie meats (market price) the bill came to $150. I was expecting a lot more given that we totally over ordered and walked away with a bunch of leftovers. Keep in mind that a lot of the menu is family style and meant to be shared. We had a great waiter named Vasilli. He walked us through the menu and was absolutely great for the time we were there. Anyway, just thought I would share our experience. We liked it.
errrr / August 21, 2013 at 11:17 am
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the chairs are sooooooooooooo uncomfortable!
Chris / August 21, 2013 at 11:59 am
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I live in the beaches and went there last fri, walked across the beach to the Taverna. A great dining experience almost felt like we were in the Mediterranean. Food, wine & atmosphere was spot on. Yes expensive but worth it. The beaches defiantly does not need any more low end burger bars.
heathercheryl / August 21, 2013 at 01:16 pm
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Too bad they went crazy with the prices. When we stop for something to eat in that area we want "casual" prices. That restaurant won't be around for long.
Adam Roseland - Appetizing Sites / August 21, 2013 at 03:51 pm
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Looks like they have really great presentation of both their food and their restaurant. If the food tastes as good as it looks, the sky is the limit!
beach bum / August 21, 2013 at 11:26 pm
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You guys must be nuts. This place can't last past this winter at those prices. Even if you lived in the area and walked over to eat there how often can you afford to go at $150 a pop?

We are in a recessionary doldrum right now and some idiot decides to open this fancy dancy place in the beaches of all location? Too much money and too little brain.
Lloyed / August 22, 2013 at 08:10 am
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OVER PRICED.
Albin / August 22, 2013 at 10:52 am
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Walked to it early p.m. expecting the old pub. Cargos and teva sandals, no problem. Mezzes (with herbed bread basket) and beer were great, especially the carpaccio, and didn't blow out the wallet. Will go for dinner some time.
Trinity Taverna replying to a comment from MA / August 22, 2013 at 01:13 pm
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Although pricing is another conversation in itself, Trinity would like to apologize for the poor service and would love to have you back to show you an evening you will never forget.

Trinity Taverna replying to a comment from errrr / August 22, 2013 at 01:15 pm
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Which chairs are you speaking of? Maybe we could make some changes if everyone feels the same way, we have just opened and are very excited to make improvements for our guests at any chance we get.
jon replying to a comment from beach bum / August 22, 2013 at 01:24 pm
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Hey BB

Sorry to be confusing. My point was that $150 was a good deal considering we ordered way too much. Given that most things are shared I would say that the average person wouldn't pay nearly that much.
Runner / August 23, 2013 at 11:18 am
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If you're LUCKY you will see Peter morentzos' theatrics? This man is clearly an undignified bully. NOBODY wants to sit and listen to others be berated while paying for overpriced food and drinks. With the rumor in the beach of unpaid wages, high staff turnover due to unprofessionalism of ownership and management, you're going to need a lot more than a beautiful atmosphere and pretentious menu items.
Dare / August 25, 2013 at 10:48 am
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Went there yesterday - absolutely gorgeous, incredible decor, atmosphere and music. Great servers and delicious food!
john / August 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm
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i just visited Trinity Last night and have to say it will be my last. over priced food. terrible service. and the owner is the most ignorant man you will ever meet. it did not seem to me as if they had enough staff and waiters to run the restaurant properly on a saturday night.
Zena / August 25, 2013 at 10:33 pm
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Great food, not always consistent but the service is terrible. There is one waiter in particular who should not be a waiter, hardly came to our table, hardly said two words to us like how are you and seemed to forget we were his table. Seemed more annoyed than anything that he had to work there. I would recommend the restaurant pay more attention to who they hire, it really makes or breaks a customers experience
Mike / September 2, 2013 at 07:56 pm
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Food was overpriced and service was horrible. Waiters were rude and useless. Such a good location s**ti staff. Won't recommend and will not going back there.
Robert / September 2, 2013 at 08:04 pm
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We went there twice. Once they did not let us sit because we were in shorts and running shoes and the other time that we went there it was the worst experience ever. They gave us the menu after 20 minutes and also the staff were terribly rude. After that awful service the waiter was aggressively asking for 15% tip...
never ever go there again.
Jackson / September 3, 2013 at 11:14 am
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terrible terrible service!!! won't go there even if I was invited
phil / September 4, 2013 at 09:42 am
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i hope this works...we have shit restaurants in the beach because everyone is so bloody cheap and won t support quality. quality costs money sometimes.....or go back to eating burgers and wings redneck beachers.
Zuppnazzi replying to a comment from Jackson / September 4, 2013 at 10:10 am
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To any servers with attitude: NO TIP FOR YOU!!!DEAL WITH IT, FOOLS.
Mark / September 4, 2013 at 04:04 pm
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This place looks amazing inside and might have one of the best patio views in the city. The problem is this restaurant is right across from 100 or so volley ball nets that have leagues playing all summer.
A simple pub that people can relax at in shorts and flip flops would have been the smart way to go.

Sara / September 4, 2013 at 08:52 pm
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Worst restaurant experience ever ! We had the rudest sever possible and a terribly slow service. Although we had booked our table before going, had to wait for half an hour before anyone even offered us a glass of water. Food was ok but over priced, it took them two hours to bring it to our table !! In the end the server told me that i HAVE TO pay at least 15% tip and when I left a lesser amount he very rudely commented that he will refund it to me and that I needed it more than him !

Will never set foot in that place again, a total waste of location.

kostas / September 9, 2013 at 11:58 pm
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Very simple I just want to answer to all this people with the bad comments:
Finally the Greek community should be proud because to my experience this is one of the nicest Greek restaurant in North America, so it would be nice if we stop being jealous and try to support these restaurant, I had dinner there and I thought everything was unbelievable tasty big portions, and prices very good, for type and quality of food they serve, unless You like to eat at Mr. Greek and Astoria
I own a restaurant for 40 years I travel around the world and I have quite of experience on restaurants. So be nice and give this people support because now We Greek!!!!! people !!!!!!
can be proud they have a beautiful Greek restaurant.

Thank you
Runner replying to a comment from kostas / September 11, 2013 at 09:46 pm
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You're kidding, right? Are you high? Did trinity pay you, as an employee, to write this? Oh probably not because apparently paying employees is not what they are known for. Idiot.
Daniela / September 12, 2013 at 05:11 pm
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This restaurant was such a disappointment. First, I was supposed to get a text message from the host letting me know that my table was ready. I never got the text. Once I was finally seated I really just wanted to have a nice dinner but I was really naive. Our waiter was nice enough, what was not nice was having another waiter come to our table and ask us: you are not having any more drinks?! I thought to myself: I would have another drink if it wasn't for the fact that I just ordered a fish that was apparently flown in from Greece and is charged by the pound!! I did not know how much I was going to end up spending. Turns out that the fish was $50 dollars. Oh, and of course who could forget the group of ladies seating next to us singing Bon Jovi and other top 40 like songs so loud that for a couple of seconds I felt like I was at a club instead of a restaurant. My recommendation: if you want to go to a restaurant to relax don't come here.
Maryam / September 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm
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Had dinner there on Saturday night - we live midtown but drove down and it was totally worth it, can't wait to go back.... the food was amazing, ordered 2 whole fish (sea bass and red snapper) - highly recommended.
KMS / September 25, 2013 at 06:39 pm
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The Foulidis brothers took their local beach pub and didn't just renovate it - they transformed it into something epic.Along with Peter Morentzos they created a most magnificent gem that stands stoically along the lakeshore. You don't know what awaits you until you open the impressive doors, stepping into the heart and soul of a vibrant, extremely beautiful Greek Taverna. It exudes a feeling that we've arrived not only to a restaurant but a destination. Our family has eaten here just under a dozen times or so and each time seems just as exciting as the first. The food is creative and absolutely delectable. We have savoured almost everything on the menu. Sadly, Trinity is compared to Danforth where the North American push for profit is souvlaki, souvlaki, souvlaki. Trinity's focus is on authentic Greek cuisine with a wonderful modern twist. They have a well thought out menu that boasts many items hand made on a daily basis with fresh ingredients so at times they will have run out of for example Baklava (filo infused with salmon mousse) or the sardines which are a big hit with my husband, and that is indicative of fresh not frozen. Their fish is uber fresh and prominently displayed on a mountain of ice for customers to choose - not thrown into a freezer that exists in the basement to be served up a month later as other establishments do. Once the fish is gone its gone until the next shipment. Their meats are mouth watering and their sweetbreads are perfectly pan seared. As for the pleasure principle:the servers are extremely attentive and jovial; the Sommelier is extremely knowledgeable and great to talk to and management is keenly aware of its customers and their requests. The ambiance emanates a fantastic energy and I have never seen more beautiful people in one spot. Seriously I have never seen so many beautiful Torontonians-men and women-coming in droves to eat and have a great time. My husband and I have been fortunate to sit and chat with Dan and Peter and what you get are hard working, savvy restaurateurs bent on pleasing their patrons with nothing but perfection, no exceptions, and who have certainly upped the ante by creating a stellar venue like no other to be found in Toronto.
TaMatakia / November 1, 2013 at 05:33 pm
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Oh here we go again! Unfortunately greek food is now going to be comparable to Mr Greek and any other fast type imitation greek restaurant. I'm sick and tired of those people (yeah, I said it, "those people") that try to bring down an authentic greek restaurant with great quality food that is fresh and very close to the Mediterranean style of cooking. Just because it's a greek restaurant yes, you should be paying more for good quality fresh fish! Hello?! Yes you should be paying more for great quality real greek food. Why not! I will always praise those that bring great food to this country no matter who they are. Maybe you should too! Great greek food IS worth it. Damn it. I bet you, you would pay top money to eat MY homemade greek food and even more for my mothers. Get a grip, eat great greek food and pay more! It's about freakin time!
Marilyn / November 5, 2013 at 03:04 pm
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Too "sterile" looking, not a lot of character. Music way too loud - could not hear each other or our special guest - we asked for the speaker above our heads to be turned down - we think it got turned up instead. Expensive for food that was not all that tasty - I prefer Montfort or Souvlaki Hut! The waitress was quite attentive until it got a little busy. Serving staff great.
mtl guy / November 8, 2013 at 01:42 am
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you guys from toronto don't know the background of the owner peter morentzos this guys is a scammer he has owned a few restaurant in montreal pulled a few bankruptcies for example queue de cheval his reputation will eventually follow him in toronto don't worry what goes around will come around ohhh before i forget ask him about throwing tomatoes in the kitchen at hiss staff at le pois penche another restaurant that he has also had ... merci mon ami bonne chance :)!!!
hilario / January 16, 2014 at 08:17 pm
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this place is a lot of nationality i am suggeting to food some asian food not only a greek food. you know in kiffisia,athens a lot of greek people eating asian food there even in casino so i think its time to mixed your menu. ill be the one to convince my friend to go there trinity taverna a good place for dating.
Santers / March 23, 2014 at 03:53 pm
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Too Expensive!!!

This place is not recomended for anyone in the middle class.

I give it a year or two before it folds :(
Chris Mcgraw replying to a comment from mtl guy / March 31, 2014 at 01:31 pm
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Dear MTL Guy,

MRG Concepts is no longer with us at Trinity Taverna, and Peter Morentzos is no longer the owner of the operation, we hope you will consider coming by and checking out the new management!

Thanks,

Chris
Rob / April 21, 2014 at 10:01 pm
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When we first arrived we were very excited by the décor and general atmosphere of the restaurant. The menu had many great options that were very expensive, which is fine if the service and food are high quality. The problem here is that the food is only slightly above average and the service is very much below average.
- 1 person got their food 15 minutes after everyone else
- When there was a problem with a dish they made me feel bad about it and forced to to explain the problem of over cooked meet to 2 different people. Their solution after basically saying I was wrong was to give me an extra half portion of food. The extra half portion came after the entire table had been cleared.
- Charged $24 for extra pita bread, absurd
- charged $8 for 1 glass of sparking water
- Half of the dishes were over cooked and we didn't want to say anything out of fear we would embarrassingly have to explain the problem to several different people
They were just over all not accommodating and the manager spoke in an arrogant manner that made us feel like we were not important and that he was right and we were wrong. When I go to a restaurant where 6 people spend over $550 I expect to get good food and get served with respect.
thediner / June 9, 2014 at 09:56 pm
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what a let down. I had heard a few good things about this place. maybe I went on an "off night". I booked my Saturday night reservation a week in advance. I should have known something was up when I called to confirm my reservation the night before and to my surprise the name of the restaurant has changed. Who changes a name of a restaurant in it's first year? especially from something easy to remember like trinity taverna to whatever they are calling it now. I am choosing to call it " closed within a year" . The only reasoning I can see for the name change is that there must have been a falling out between business partners. Obviously the partner who left was the one who actually knew how to run and manage a restaurant.

We were there for a special occasion and asked to have a nice table. we were given an "ok" table. when asked to get moved to an outside table by one of the propane heaters we were told they didn't work. 5 minutes later they were on and we were still inside.

The service was extremely slow, it took about 15 minutes before someone asked if we would like a drink. When it cam time to order the waitress came back twice to tell us they didn't have the items we ordered on the menu. keep in mind this is 8:45. it's not like we had a 10pm reservation. the third time the manager actually came to our table to tell us another one of our entrées we ordered was not available.

They didn't comp us anything, not a drink or a dessert... nothing. This place has no idea how to run a restaurant and not the faintest idea what customer service is all about.

I would absolutely NOT recommend anyone go here. Their are much better places for seafood and greek in the city. Not to mention the view isn't great and the patio gets to dark you cannot see the menu or your food.

do not go here.

Sincerely,

thediner
thediner / June 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm
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did I mention what we were able to order was overpriced and tiny portions? the red snapper looked like a guppy ($65). I ordered a coke ($5), little babay lamb chops ($47). As bad as the waitress was I actually felt bad for her. and yes the owner/manager ( big guy, bald) was extremely arrogant.
thediner replying to a comment from kostas / June 9, 2014 at 10:02 pm
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this guy must be talking about a different restaurant than the one we went to.
Joan / June 23, 2014 at 02:37 am
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Service not good, food was a disappointment. Too much fennel s everything. Prices would be fine if the food was good. 6 of us in the party and only one person was happy with their food. Steak was over cooked when the manager came over instead of taking it back he kept insisting it was fine. Gorgeous restaurant IF we go agin it will be for a drink. Will not spend my money there gain for their food. It's a same I was really looking forward to going to this place! Save your money, go to the Danforth instead, much better food. Too bad for the owners, they need to smarten up and make sure their food is coming as it should be.
Lillith / July 2, 2014 at 03:11 pm
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May I ask what the new name of this resto is, please? I'd like to call and make a reservation.
Thanks~

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