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The Best Manicure in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / September 22, 2011

Best Manicure TorontoThe best manicure in Toronto, first and foremost, is determined by the quality of the treatment. You can be lavished with bottomless mugs of rosemary tea and swathed in the soothing sounds of the latest in generic jazz, but if you don't walk out with your nails looking top-notch, you're inevitably going to feel as though you've wasted your money.

Customers of the following nail salons know no such sentiments. While they all have stellar reputations when it comes to their manicures and pedicures, many go above and beyond in creating relaxing atmospheres where you really feel like you're being pampered. Floating rose petals can have powerful effects, it seems.

Here is where to get the best manicure and pedicure in Toronto.

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Tips Nail Bar

Tips Nail Bar

There is no shortage of reasons why Tips Nail Bar on the Danforth is one of the best places to go for a mani/pedi in Toronto. Its polish selection is fantastic, its space is warm and relaxing, and the quality of service is bar none. Some repeat customers say their manicures can last for weeks, though my affinity for guitar hand strumming usually puts this claim to the test. In retrospect, not the best choice of activity after a professional manicure ($25). More »

Beauty Line Nail Spa (King West)

Beauty Line Nail Spa (King West)

Beauty Line Nail Spa has two Toronto locations, but its King and Bathurst spa is the one that's particularly rave-worthy. While it's not unusually to find $30 mani/pedi deals at nail places around the city, Beauty Line's summer offering is a definite steal considering the quality of its treatments. More »

The Ten Spot

The Ten Spot

The Ten Spot (with locations on West Queen West and in Leslieville) touts the anti-spa experience that comes with its manicures and pedicures. That is, no footbath jets, no clunky massage chairs, and no honey-lavender-aroma-therapy treatment or anything else you don't really need for a mani/pedi on the go. It's quick, easy, and a quality job at $60 for a pair of quickies. More »

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley in Little Italy, on the other hand, is more about the little spa pleasures. Delicate decor, a view of the front Palmerston garden, and leather and teak chairs in which to recline as you're pampered. Manicurists are known to take their time, but usually it's well worth it. A mani/pedi at Lily of the Valley is $65. More »

Stillwater Spa

Stillwater Spa

And then, there's total luxury. The Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt goes beyond the conventional manicure and pedicure to offer specific, personalized treatments. There's its Age-Smart Manicure for, uh, well-worn hands ($83), its River Stone Pedicure with Latin American riverbed stones ($97), and its City Foot Rescue for damaged feet (sign me up, and get out the blade) for $105. More »

Fabulous Manicure Bar

Fabulous Manicure Bar

Fabulous Manicure Bar excels in ambiance and friendliness, and even I have trouble scoffing at a basin full of floating rose petals. Fabulous is one of those places where someone is quick to offer you a tea or terrible gossip magazine (yes please) before you sink into one of its chairs and soil the rose petals with your toes. Manicures and pedicures are in the $20 and $40 ranges respectively. More »

Cozy Nails

Cozy Nails

I love Cozy Nails for its smoothies, so forgive me if I tend to pay more attention to my drink than my nails. But the end product usually is quite satisfying, and definitely on the low end of the cost scale at just $15 for a manicure and $28 for a pedicure (or $40 together). The Yonge and Lawrence spa operates like a well-oiled machine. More »

Noir Nail Bar

Noir Nail Bar

Noir Nail Bar in Liberty Village is very hip and trendy, and offers free WiFi which is generally just a bonus if you aren't getting a manicure. The place is very sleek with cool lighting fixtures and wall art, and the mani/pedis are reasonably priced at $30 and $45. More »

Discussion

32 Comments

hewl / September 22, 2011 at 11:40 am
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Beauty Line nail spa is not very good. they rush through the job and are barely a step above do it yourself- avoid this place.
Jessica / September 22, 2011 at 02:45 pm
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Totally agree with all the Beauty Line comments - Beware. Lucy Nails in the Junction is a really good cheapie place (maybe the best?)
MrsPotato / September 22, 2011 at 03:31 pm
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Beauty Line is cheap, if you don't fall for the very subtle up selling. It's a terrible mani/pedi.
It's fast and sloppy.
Emily / September 22, 2011 at 05:57 pm
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B&N (Beauty) Nails at Church and Hayden is great and SUPER cheap without being sketchy. Nailsense on Yonge between Eglinton and Lawrence is probably my favourite!
Tina / September 22, 2011 at 09:30 pm
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I agree with everyone here. Beauty Line is the worst nail salon in Toronto.
Miroslav Glavic / September 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm
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Just so you know, not all your readers live in the downtown area or/and Yonge Street Corridor. So when you do these BEST OF....in Toronto things...please do go east of Victoria Park Avenue and West of Humber River.
Agatha / September 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm
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ARE YOU KIDDING ME? BEAUTY LINE IS TERRIBLE! It should've been part of the best "cheap" nails list, or maybe the last one in this list, but not #2... cmon...
Cynthia / September 23, 2011 at 05:59 pm
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Yonge/Eglinton area favorite is Cozy Nails and Nailsense. I have not been to the King street Beauty Line but the other location is terrible. Avoid Beauty Line at all cost.
Pamela replying to a comment from Emily / September 26, 2011 at 02:05 am
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Nail sense is the greatest!!! Reasonably priced as well
Julia / October 8, 2011 at 10:46 pm
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I got fake nails done at Beauty Line and they totally ripped me off. I was told that the $50 "seaweed" ones were better for my nails, lasted longer and looked better. My nails turned out chunky looking and super fake.
jhan / November 10, 2011 at 02:52 pm
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Noir nail bar is absolutely terrible! went there to get mani & pedi done for my wedding and i came out super disappointed! probably could've done a better job myself. don't be fooled by the nice interior.
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Garmin Reviews / January 13, 2012 at 02:04 pm
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My spouse and I stumbled over here different website and thought I should check things out.
Sher / January 16, 2012 at 04:21 pm
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Check out Tiffany at Kandi Apple Nails if you are ever in the Brampton area and want an amazing Mani/Pedi experience. She also does awesome nail art. The prices are fairly low, they just opened Nov 2011. This past weekend they ran a promotion offering gel nails for the price of acrylic..the place was packed! Excellent place and excellent service.
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Ashley replying to a comment from Julia / July 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm
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Beauty line is terrible they sold me on the seaweed nails too and what a waste of money they are scam artists
Maple_Girl / July 31, 2012 at 11:56 am
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I went to the Fabulous Manicure Bar and they weren't exactly friendly. I also remember when I went I used a Groupon, which said complimentary tea and cookies. None of these items were offered to me. It was an ok experience, but I even found my Groupon to be over-priced, I'd never go there for a regular fee.
Sarahhage / August 23, 2012 at 01:43 pm
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Thanks so much for this, I tried Cozy Nails and they were so good to me, very affordable but still amazing service. If it wasn't for your advice I would have never gone there. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
Disappointed / September 8, 2012 at 02:44 pm
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Fabulous Manicure Bar is decidedly un-fabulous. They are rarely open even during their advertised business hours, they offer perhaps one or two open spots a week, if you are lucky (so make sure to book weeks in advance if you do want to go here), and when I finally did arrive for my long awaited mani/pedi, the staff did not show up. I waited outside a closed nail salon for some time before giving up and going home. It was 6 hrs later when someone finally returned my call, and they made no effort to reschedule.
Anna / September 18, 2012 at 10:54 am
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Has anyone used Featuring You Spa, at Bathurst and Eglinton?
Former Customer / September 19, 2012 at 02:08 pm
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To add to what Disappointed said I agree with what they said. Fabulous Manicure Bar was far from fabulous. They were not open during their business hours and I spent a lot of time trying to contact them to book an appointment for a Groupon I had. I had to book way in advance as well to go and my appointment was today. Once I called and their voice mailbox was full so I emailed and finally someone called back but they barely had any open slots. This is likely because they were only showing up sometimes, as Disappointed said.

Why all the past tense you wonder? Because last night I got a phone call telling me that Fabulous Manicure Bar has closed down. Rightfully so, the service was bad and they did not do anything to try to keep customers. We need to do more against bad customer service, luckily in this case they got what they deserved for their terrible customer service.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm
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I agree with everyone here. Beauty Line is the worst nail salon in Toronto.
Venessa / November 2, 2012 at 10:59 am
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My Friend to me about serene MedSpa In the dufferin and Lawrence area, amazing service, Joyce was comforting and friendly she did my manicure and pedicure and then applied my makeup for the evening, I couldn't believe the all the compliments I received.

Venessa
Silvia / November 12, 2012 at 08:33 am
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For a few years now I have been going to this fabulous place / hidden gem in Toronto to get my gel nails. THE NAIL PLACE at Young and Saint Clair (Kathy) proved to be the absolute best place for this type of nails. I used to chew them for years and years and now with this gel treatment I can hardly recognize my hand not to mention the pleasure of wearing fancy ring and no longer hiding or being embarrassed by my ugly bitten nails.
You have to try it...it changed my life
LB / January 14, 2013 at 01:43 pm
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I am sure these places are all fantastic but there is nowhere better than Pinky Nails on Church street. It is on par with other nail places but these girls take their time, the massage chairs are incredible and they even give you a neck massage as your nails dry! I have been again and again and STRONGLY recommend you test it out. A hidden gem!
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pedicure spa / June 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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Dina Meri 2316 PEDI ROLL-EX Pedicure Station,
Pedicure Stool. 2.6 out of 5 stars (5) ... Hydraulic Pedicure chair White or Black
w / bowl. 1.0 out of 5 stars (1).
Gabriela / July 21, 2013 at 10:26 am
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For those of you living in or around Richmond Hill, I highly recommend Bobos Spa & Nails for manicures and pedicures (I can't speak to their massage or waxing services).

I found this article extremely disappointing after reading all of the responses. I moved to the Waterfront area last year and am still driving out to the suburbs to have my nails done. Unfortunately, the two "spas" I've tried in the Liberty Village area were horrible (Nice One Nails and X-Nail & Spa). I would appreciate any suggestions!
Timthenailman / October 16, 2013 at 01:36 pm
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Gel Nails and awesome nail art - Tessa Janes Nails.
NO TIPS
NO SOAKING
NO PAIN
NO DAMAGE
Sculptured Gel nails that last 3 weeks - GUARANTEED!
Spaddict / March 4, 2014 at 09:35 pm
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Please, please, please... stop calling places "The Best of". First of all, you do not research well all the corners of Toronto. I bet you go to the places once, like it or not and select it or not. Most of the times, you miss good or excellent places that are well worthy of praises because you stick to the obvious, the famous (for what reason?), or simply the easiest for you. So then, why don't you call your reviews :
"Among the Best (in our opinion)"

Let me tell you about nail SPA's. We've tried many, paid nothing or too much and there is NO CONSISTENCY!

There is one many celebrities love and I must say, my whole family goes there VERY often: Jade (on Yonge at Davenport). OK, not attractive. OK, not the cleanest. OK, the girls all talk non-stop in Vietnamese (maybe making fun of all customers!) OK, the TV being turned on is a nuisance. Now that I've described it to you, Jade, being the owner, does a very good job (I did not say "perfect" though) and that place is not "THE BEST". Why? Because she hires newcomers to Canada with ZERO experience (LIKE MOST OF THE PLACES YOU DESCRIBE!!!!) and when we go there, we are often upset, disappointed and angry for allowing anyone BUT Jade take care of our nails.

I only have my nails cleaned and trimmed. Nothing else. So I expect a very nice trim and cuticle cleaning! not much to ask for between $15 and $35 depending on the salon!

So, here you are: It all depends on the person who services you. Not the place! It seems that all these young girls from South East Asia are working in these salons that are sprouting like weed at every corner of our city.

And the smell! It should be unlawful to allow these people in tiny enclosed places working with such chemicals that must be causing cancer. One piece of advice: I despise it so much that I always try and be the first one in the morning. Poor girls!

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