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The Best Chef's Tables in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 19, 2014

chef table torontoThe best chef's tables in Toronto put diners right in the heart of all the action. Sometimes situated inside the kitchen or at a vantage point looking in, a kitchen with a chef's table acknowledges that curious diners want more than just eating: they want a glimpse of the creative process and cooking, with a dash of conversation or a celebrity chef sighting on the side.

Here are the best chef's tables in Toronto.

See also

The Best Tasting Menus in Toronto
The Best Omakase in Toronto

Woodlot

Woodlot

Sure the loft dining room is charming and intimate, but the communal table downstairs radiates with the warmth of the kitchen. Seats are generally available for walk-ins though reservations are encouraged. More »

Richmond Station

Richmond Station

Rail seating looking into the kitchen at this downtown restaurant offers Top Chef Canada fans a chance to witness season two winner Carl Heinrich at work first hand. More »

Ruby WatchCo

Ruby WatchCo

The prized table at this Queen East restaurant is situated directly in front of the kitchen station where each dish gets artfully plated and seasoned to finish. Suitable for pairs and parties of up to six, this table should be reserved a minimum of three weeks in advance. More »

Union

Union

Perched seating for six at a semi-circle high top looks into the kitchen at this popular Ossington spot. See for yourself which dishes look good or chat with the kitchen and let chef offer suggestions. More »

Porzia

Porzia

The four-seat chef rail is considered one of the best seats in the house at this rustic Italian restaurant in Parkdale. Expect a warm reception from the kitchen who genuinely want to see guests enjoy themselves. More »

Hudson Kitchen

Hudson Kitchen

Seating for eight right inside the kitchen makes the chef's table a hot spot for diners who want that special behind the scenes experience. Dine within earshot of every sizzling pan and within a nose of every delicious wafting scent. More »

Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

This all-American inspired restaurant on King West is known to get creative in the kitchen and is happy to give diners a glimpse. Sit at bar stools with a prime view of dishes in the works and let the sights and smells inspire your own selections. More »

The Carbon Bar

The Carbon Bar

Perpendicular to the kitchen, this long high table for 12 lets large parties enjoy a chef's tasting menu accompanied by a little personalized treatment. The table is offered nightly for two seatings and should be booked at least a couple weeks in advance. More »

Campagnolo

Campagnolo

Snag the seats facing the kitchen and let chef serve you directly through the window at this innovative Italian restaurant on Dundas West. Let chef Craig Harding help inform your decision or stick to tried and true favourites like the fresh burrata with roasted grapes. More »

Discussion

8 Comments

Kate / March 19, 2014 at 01:33 pm
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Valdez
Quasimime / March 19, 2014 at 02:14 pm
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I believe Carl Heinrich won season 2 (not 1) of Top Chef Canada.
ThisEndUp / March 19, 2014 at 04:42 pm
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....Cafe Bar Pasta has an unbelievable chef's table as well!
Check out their website if you don't believe me. http://www.cafe-bar-pasta.com/
Rozmin / March 19, 2014 at 06:07 pm
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I really think BlogTO is Anti Marben..One of the best chef's table in the city.. Have any of your staff even been there in the past 12 months and have seen the major changes to the main room or seen The Saloon they have in the downstairs ..It's my go to spot I am a weekly guest and would love for your team to see the changes to it and the menu
Cale / March 19, 2014 at 07:54 pm
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@thisendup Agreed on Cafe Bar Pasta. Front row seat to culinary magic!!!
D'oh! / March 20, 2014 at 12:06 am
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The best Chef table is Kaji. The second is Shoto. Another fail for Blogto :(
James / March 20, 2014 at 04:06 pm
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How is MONK Kitchen in the Templar hotel not on this list!? It's number2 restaurant in all of Toronto on open table!

You guys need to step up your culinary game, Home of The Brave has the rudest staff I've met.
Jug City / March 27, 2014 at 09:05 pm
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I agree with James. Monk kitchen is absolutely insane. an incredible experience to say the least.

Its ridiculous that campagnolo isnt way higher. that place is the real deal. especially being below home of the brave, which i would agree in saying their staff is super rude, and their food isnt even that great. over hyped.

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