The Best Restaurants for a Business Lunch in Toronto
The best restaurants for a business lunch in Toronto have you covered when it comes to ambiance. These spots are pros when it comes to serving business patrons, leaving screaming babies and hokey dish names to the guys next door. Many of these restaurants offer smart wine lists and sophisticated seasonal menu options (allowing you to show off your food and drink savvy, of course) and let you book a lunch table ahead of time to avoid a last-minute business lunch scramble.
Here is the list of the best restaurants for a business lunch in Toronto.
This place just feels like big business. Maybe it’s the view off the 54th floor or the company of the professional and smartly dressed, but it’s clear that many a deal has been signed over a lobster clubhouse or roasted Alberta lamb. Just hope you’re not the one unfortunate patron who shows up in jeans during the lunch hour. More »
Sleek but certainly not stuffy, Reds Wine Tavern has revealed itself anew after a recent renovation. A shuffleboard area, bare tables, and eclectic furniture tell you it’s ok to undo your top button, while pads and pencils on the tables and premium options on the menu serve to remind of that handshake you’re after. More »
Buca on King West boasts an impressive wine list, allowing you to woo your dining partners with your recently Googled knowledge of Italian wines. Many Toronto chefs rank this as one of their favourite places to eat in the city and after sampling Rob Gentile's innovative rustic Italian menu you're bound to see why. More »
Excellent service and a winning patio make Bymark an easy call for movers and shakers on Wellington. The infamous $35 Bymark burger might serve well as an icebreaker, while the extensive wine list will surely help lubricate the conversation. The décor speaks to a more sophisticated crowd, while the lobster grilled cheese offers a (jazzed up) take on nostalgia. More »
Nota Bene during lunch is not uniformly made up of Bay Street banker types, allowing for some ladies-who-lunch comic relief and artsy professional types to break up the scene. The menu of seasonal, familiar options offers a little something for everyone, while the $20 mains ensure that Queen West teens playing hookey generally saunter on by. Steps from Osgoode Station is an accessibility boon. More »
Innovation was built into the plans for Hawthorne Food + Drink, so it’s no wonder that Richmond Street business types dine here to break bread over a little innovation of their own. Designed by Chef Eric Wood and with a mandate for incubating local chef talent, the not-too-pricey menu here includes plenty of sharing plates and Chef Wood’s signature "four square" meal. More »
A bit of an anomaly in the heart of Chinatown, Strada 241 offers a more casual (entry-level, budget-friendly) option for a downtown business meeting. With a long communal table for groups and a simple menu of rustic Italian favourites, Strada keeps the atmosphere laid-back in a way that housemade crunchy peanut caramel corn often can. More »
If you’re in the mood for sushi and don’t think your dining partner will be impressed with soy sauce stains on the menu, Asuka is a great choice. Enveloped in a sea of suits during the weekday lunch, this always packed spot is the place to go for Sexy Rolls and Rainbow Rolls before returning to the office. Better yet - they take reservations and there's always a tatami room if you need a bit of privacy. More »
Steps from Summerhill Station, this Terroni caters to a more upscale crowd over its Queen West sister, but the Panino Vincenzino is delicious all the same. Terroni Bar Centrale does take reservations, allowing you to avoid that awkward business-meeting-shuffle when you show up to find the lineup out the door. And nothing says “let’s make a deal” like mascarpone crème brulé split between acquaintances, right? More »
Leaf fans will surely feel at home hashing out business at the MLSE owned E11even. The drink list arrives on an iPad (because paper is very 2005), the service is prompt and attentive, and the screens showing game recaps will surely help to lubricate the conversation. The business diner wanting to convey seriousness, however, should probably steer clear of the $16 Kosher frank. More »
If you want to seduce your acquaintances with a charming Tuscan-style lunch, Tutti Matti is your best bet. Right in the midst of the Entertainment District, those in the know opt for Tutti Matti’s $17 prix fixe lunch, which offers three courses of insalata mista, pasta al ragu, and other restaurant favourites. Good value and great quality. More »
For an upbeat business lunch that can tolerate a little noise. John & Sons on Temperance (formerly Rodney's by Bay) is a little more intimate than its midtown counterpart, but it seems to garner the same lively atmosphere that accompanies lobster poutine and shared cheese plates. Just off Richmond and Bay, reservations here are welcome. More »
Swan is not just for brunch! Granted, Swan Restaurant is a far cry from the sleek sophistication of some of the other spots on the list, but if your business lunch is casual enough to call for booth seating and braised short ribs, you won’t be disappointed. Its spot right by Trinity Bellwoods Park means you’re apt to encounter a pretty diverse crowd. Reservations accepted. More »