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The Best Restaurants for a Business Lunch in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 12, 2014

business lunch torontoThe best restaurants for a business lunch in Toronto are opportune spots to woo clients and close big deals. This portfolio of top tier restaurants makes working through lunch seem like a perk, and for anyone with a highly-coveted expense account, these are the places to give them a workout.

Here is the list of the best restaurants for a business lunch in Toronto.

See also:

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The Chase

The Chase

Conducting business at sister restaurants The Chase or The Chase Fish & Oyster is an easy call thanks to its prime downtown address. The menu caters to Bay St., expense-accounting toting clientele hungry for premium cocktails and surf and turf staples. More »

Drake One Fifty

Drake One Fifty

Slide into a luxurious tufted booth for power lunching at this newly opened offshoot of The Drake Hotel. The daytime menu boasts big baller seafood platters and pizza but seals the deal with rotating daily features like seared duck breast or slow braised short ribs. More »

The Gabardine

The Gabardine

The weekday lunch hour at this sophisticated Bay St. brasserie extends from before noon to 3pm and offers a menu that majors in deluxe comfort foods. Fuel negotiations with snacks like deviled eggs, pate, or tartare, or get down to business with entrees like chicken pot pie or risotto. Note that they don't take reservations. More »

Nota Bene

Nota Bene

This casually elegant Queen West establishment is easily accessible and able to accommodate intimate parties or business meetings on weekday afternoons. Count on prompt service and a practical express menu offering three courses for $33 built on options like tuna sashimi, sea bass, and steak. More »

Richmond Station

Richmond Station

Put yourself and your clients in good hands at this centrally located restaurant where the split level dining room can host discreet dealings. The weekday menu bills Bay St. staples like freshly shucked oysters and innovative entrees. More »

Gusto 101

Gusto 101

A magnet for the professional set near Portland at King, this Italian trattoria is a best bet for sumptuous selections of antipasti and Neapolitan pizzas. House wine on tap is served at a $1 per ounce should negotiations need some lubrication. More »

Canoe

Canoe

Discussing big deals over a midday meal at this sky-high culinary landmark is sure to impress executive lunchers. The weekday menu caters to the corporate elite with options like foie gras terrine and lobster club sandwiches. More »

Terroni Bar Centrale

Terroni Bar Centrale

Located just steps from Summerhill station, reservations are welcome at this midtown Terroni location, meaning that line ups are no risk when trying to woo clients. Cancel the rest of the afternoon to take full advantage of the menu featuring antipasti, panini, pizza, and primi. More »

Reds Wine Tavern

Reds Wine Tavern

Reds in the Financial District is a hub for the smartly dressed looking to loosen ties at lunch. Don't be fooled by the casual menu or shuffleboard tables, this place is all business when it comes to pleasing clients. Salad nicoise and steak frites are reliable options. More »

Buca

Buca

Buca on King West ranks high amongst those looking to wine and dine during the lunch hour. The buzz-worthy restaurant wins points for its innovative rustic Italian menu and top tier selection of imported wines. More »

Tutti Matti

Tutti Matti

Look sharp by scheduling luncheons at this charming Tuscan ristorante in the Club District. Opt for the $20 prix fixe lunch for a great quality meal that will actually stay on budget (if that matters.) More »

Bymark

Bymark

Splash out on clients at Mark McEwan's Financial District restaurant that's known for its ultra-accommodating service and upmarket fare. Even lunch-time staples like the humble grilled cheese sandwich get executive class treatment when topped with lobster, brie, and pancetta. More »

Discussion

21 Comments

Carl Savoy / March 12, 2014 at 11:02 am
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Yup, this is a pretty accurate list.
FORD BRO / March 12, 2014 at 11:45 am
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I prefer the lunchtime ballets near the airport.
Larry / March 12, 2014 at 11:55 am
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When I am doing business in the Annex, I take my clients to Aviv. Healthy delicious lunch with a great wine list.
Tee / March 12, 2014 at 11:58 am
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As much as I love The Gabardine - i would never recommend a restaurant that doesn't take resos for a business lunch.

If you are focussing on downtown, you forgot: Jump, Oliver and Bonacini, Turf Lounge, Mio, Ki, Earl's, The Keg, Bardi's. etc. Not sure what the criteria on this list are...but this is where the business people I know go for lunch.
Tony / March 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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Seal the deal the old school way - BRASS RAIL
v79 replying to a comment from Jinx / March 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm
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Well Jinx, in might be easier to get people to vote for things if they'd for once do a good job of posting the polls. The last one was posted late at night, and by the next morning was pushed to the second page by other new content, meaning it wasn't seen by the vast majority of visitors to the site. BlogTO should really learn to sticky the polls to the top or sidebar to get a larger and more accurate vote. They've also been known to include topics twice in a few months, which begs the question: where all votes counted, or just those from the second poll? For some reason they also can't be bothered to disclaim that all lists are user voted, leading to inevitable "this list is invalid because ..... isn't on it" complaints every single time.
really? / March 12, 2014 at 01:25 pm
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drake 150 is too loud for a good business lunch
Tee / March 12, 2014 at 02:26 pm
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Agree about the user voting system - i get it. However, whenever I go to vote, there is a preset list with an option for write ins. So i would argue that it isn't voter generated.
In a drunken stupor / March 12, 2014 at 03:17 pm
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Some good choices, buddy, but what about the Steak Queen. They do a great steak on a bun and the ambiance is perfect for discussing local politics, policing and where to score your next crack rock
Sportacuss / March 12, 2014 at 03:17 pm
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Gusto 101 is pretty much kept in business by the ad industry creatures who never seem to leave.
Geotoronto / March 12, 2014 at 03:58 pm
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I've seen quite a few deals go down at Tims and Starbucks
Mona Cabinets / March 12, 2014 at 05:46 pm
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Great place to find great shops of all kind!
Kirsten / March 12, 2014 at 07:11 pm
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I would include Woods on this list as well as Edulius.
Kirsten replying to a comment from Kirsten / March 12, 2014 at 07:58 pm
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I meant Modus not Edulis which is too far west for lunch time access from the financial district. Sorry for spelling Edulis incorrectly previously.
ingre Dients / March 12, 2014 at 08:16 pm
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I work for the City Of Toronto and we close all kinds of deals everyday at restaurants. My name is Douglas Ford Junior and these are my top restaurants for business:
5) The hot dog cart by the back entrance to eaton centre. They have the BEST facon bits and the pop cans are always lined with poo droppings. These feel like mustard seeds in my mouth. Yay me!
4) Foxxes Den on the Queensway has a vegetarian burger that tastes like hot wet gold in my throat. I want to shout-out to Enrique and Colorado *wink wink*.
3) Steak Queen. Rob issa chichi maan fer stealin mi thunda. bopbop!
1) Deco labels lunchroom. Umm, I eat here alone because I am a loser with no friends. Well most are actually gay. Enrique and Colorado *sigh*.
Julian / March 12, 2014 at 08:58 pm
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Whatever happened to taking clients out to a strip bar getting them hard, throwing a few Leaf tickets in their pocket and signing the deal. Bring back 70-80's business acumen. Why fascinate on MadMen on TV - you can live it!!! I did and it worked!
chelsea / March 12, 2014 at 10:34 pm
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may I suggest Scallywags on st.clair?
Liam / March 13, 2014 at 07:54 am
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I quite like bosk for my power lunches atbte shangri la hotel
BillyO / March 13, 2014 at 09:17 am
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Modus should be on the list, as should Jump. Otherwise, good list - The Chase is definetly #1 as far as power lunches go
Stu / March 13, 2014 at 09:45 am
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All the best business deals got done in a McDonalds toilet.
BOOOOMMMM! / March 13, 2014 at 10:51 am
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I closed at 25M deal last night at Barberians!!

Damn steak never tasted so good.

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