The top 25 restaurants for a wedding in Toronto
Toronto restaurants don't often count weddings among their usual business - so if you decide to go this route for your ceremony, you can experience a very different planning process. Regardless, they are often wonderful and unique spaces that will give your big day a unique charm - and will definitely make any post-wedding meal one to remember.
Here are my picks for the top restaurants for a wedding in Toronto.
George is housed in a former 1850s chocolate factory on Queen East, combining a vintage feel with gilt details, chandeliers and wrought iron window treatments. The restaurant is divided into several rooms, each with a different capacity from 16 to 110 for a seated event or up to 150 for cocktails. The whole restaurant is available only on Saturday afternoons and Sunday and Monday evenings. There is no room rental fee, and minimums range from $250 to $6,500.
Union features exposed brick, bold patterned prints on the chairs, and warm lighting that helps to cultivate a slightly European feel. Menus are typically created on a daily basis at Union so the team works with couples to create a signature menu for their event. The restaurant can host up to about 50 for dinner, but is optimal for about 35. The minimum spends for the space varies based on season and day of the week and ranges from $3,500 to $6,000.
If food is a top priority for your wedding, you'll want to consider Bar Isabel in Little Italy. The unassuming storefront sets the feel for a romantic ambiance in a space that features mismatched furniture, ornate floors and dim lighting. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are not available for a buyout and everything larger than 10 guests needs to be discussed with the restaurant.
Located in a heritage building in Liberty Village, Caffino boasts an elegant feel with exposed brick, large windows, understated decor and polished wood finishes. The venue can fit 150 for a sit down dinne or up to 250 for a cocktail style event. Venue fees are determined by the size of the group. Menus are $55 per person and can be customized with the team. The bar is based on consumption with a minimum of $35 per person.
Found on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower, Canoe features stunning views of the city and the island. The restaurant's private rooms are perfect for smaller parties of up to 64 seated or 100 for a reception, while the whole restaurant capacity is up to 140 seated or 250 for a reception. The minimum spend requirement is $18,000 on Saturdays and $12,000 on Sundays. Packages start at $67 per person for food and bar is charged on consumption.
This Yorkville stalwart is a remarkably diverse event space offering a variety of rooms. The dĂŠcor is simple and modern with light hardwood floors, white leather furniture, glass details and greenery. Meals are available from $50 to $100 and the bar is based on consumption. There is no set rental rate, but there are minimums depending on which space you choose to use, which range from $1,875 to $12,000. Capacity is up to 150 seated or 300 for a cocktail reception.
Mildred's Temple Kitchen
Mildred's Temple Kitchen is no stranger to hosting private parties and events. The warm and inviting environment features unique lighting fixtures, clean-lined seating and simple wood tables. The dining room can accommodate up to 130 guests for a sit-down dinner, or up to 180 guests for a cocktail reception; the patio is also licensed for up to 45 guests. The event cost is based on a minimum spend for food and drink that ranges from $4,000 to $15,000.
Located in the atrium of the TD Towers, Bymark is a space defined by leather, wood and modern finishes. It has several private dining spaces that can accommodate groups of up to 48 for a seated dinner or 100 for a cocktail party, or a buyout of the restaurant is available where you can seat up to 126 or host about 250 guests for a cocktail party. Menus begin at $66 per person and can be customized.
Simple dĂŠcor and a unique arch define the Splendido dining room, while the remainder of the space features modern finishes and warm lighting. There are three spaces available for events - the bar, the dining room and the cellar - accommodating groups of up to 100. Packages range from $8,000 to $17,000 and the venue will work with you to create a package that best suites your needs.
The Rosewater Room is a stunning, traditional space with a ballroom feel. It features an open concept design, cornice molding, chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows, with a built-in bar at one end of the dining room. The space can accommodate up to 200 people seated, or 400 people for a reception. Packages are available and start at $100 per person, including a multi-course meal and a host bar.
The Fifth Social Club
If you're looking for a somewhat rustic feel in the heart of an urban space then the recently-overhauled Fifth complex is a great choice for you. The main event space contains beautiful wood details as well as chandeliers and a fireplace, with the rooftop Fifth Grill and Cabin Five also available. Sit-down menus start at $55 and continue to $90 per person. Rental fees vary based on date and time of year and are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
With dim lighting and a mix of marble, wood and metal the vibe at Church Aperitivo is upscale and urban. The bar spans a significant length of the space and is a beautiful focal point for the room. Menus start around $50 per person and can be customized based on the preferences of every couple. The space can handle an intimately seated reception of 100 guests or 150 to 180 standing guests. There is a minimum spend for the space that ranges from $3,500 to $25,000.
This Financial District spot pairs modern light features and finishes with dark wood details. The private rooms can accommodate from 36 and 54 seated or 40 and 80 for a reception respectively. The entire restaurant can handle 165 seated or 300 for a reception. Packages start at $53 per person for a luncheon and increase from there; beverages are charged based on consumption. There is no rental fee for the space so long as minimums are met, they range, but start at $1,500 for a private room and $5,000 for a full buyout.
The Roncesvalles restaurant features large windows, a spacious bar, restored hardwood flooring, chandeliers, and exposed air ducts. Family-style or fixed-price menus are available and are customized for each couple. Weddings can be held 7 days a week in the private room for groups of up to 36 for a seated dinner or 60 for a cocktail reception without a rental fee. If a couple requires the entire restaurant the buyout cost is $5,000 from Sunday through Thursday; Friday and Saturday are not available for buyouts.
In the heart of the Financial District, Turf Lounge features contemporary design with dark finishes, dark wood and plenty of televisions. High ceilings and large light fixtures are highlights of the space. Smaller parties of 8 to 80 can be hosted or receptions of up to 250. Unique features are the additional services which can incorporated into each event including a wine tasting, scotch tasting or betting tutorial. There are no rental fees as long as minimum expenditures are made and those range from $600 to over $13,000.
This unique Wellington St. space exudes the feel of a French bistro. Ornate details define the location including a beautiful bar, a number of different types of seating, patterned tiles and vibrant artwork. Private rooms can be combined to seat up to 70. Minimum expenditures begin at $1,000 and go up to $3,400 depending on date and time.
Brassai combines architectural history with modern design. Weddings that require the entire space can only be hosted there on Sundays for up to 150 seated guests. There is no rental fee, but the restaurant does require a minimum food and beverage spend of either $10,000 for lunch or $20,000 for dinner. If couples want use of the patio the fee is an additional $5,000. Taxes and gratuities are also charged beyond the minimum spends.
Wvrst is definitely a space for a laid back and relaxed event. The venue offers long tables with benches. A red tiled wall is the highlight of one side of the space, while a long bar is featured on the other side. The bar houses an extensive selection of beers on tap and by the bottle. The space has a capacity of 135 and the minimum spend begins as low as $3,000.
Auberge Du Pommier
This York Mills destination has a seated capacity of 145 or a reception capacity of 200. Private rooms are available or you can use the entire restaurant on Saturdays for lunch or all day Sundays. Packages are available for guests and can be customized with lunches beginning at $15 per person and dinners beginning at $75. Drinks are charged based on consumption. There is no charge to use the space, but minimums are enforced for food and beverages and start at $500 for the private rooms or $6,000 for a buy-out.
This Distillery District spot provides seating for up to 90 people or a standing reception for up to 150. During the warmer months the patio lounge is also licensed. The space is a mix of industrial and romantic with 35-foot ceilings and a candlelit dining room. Stone walls, wooden window frames and historical artifacts scattered throughout the space help to create a comfortable ambiance. Lunch minimums begin at $2,500, while cocktail or sit-down dinner receptions have a minimum spend that starts at $5,000.
Merchants of Green Coffee
With a distinctly rustic feel, this Riverside space has a simple elegance about it that makes it a great option for a wedding. With a capacity of up to 120 people and 3,000 square feet of space, there are plenty of options for event configuration. There's a quality sound system as well as a projector with a white screen available. The rental rate is generally $250 to $300 an hour, and the space is available for ceremonies and receptions.
Another Distillery District option, Archeo features an open plan, high ceilings, concrete floors, exposed brick walls and contemporary furniture. Capacity ranges from 100 to 150. Rental of the facility includes staffing and a coordinator as well as A/V capabilities. Minimum spends range from $3,000 to $13,000 pending day of week and time of year. Dinner packages start at $35 per person for a brunch and increase for dinners.
Balzac's (Distillery District)
Located in a stand-alone building in the Distillery District, Balzac's defines quirky and cozy. Raised ceilings and chandeliers all help provide character to the event space. 40 to 45 people can be accommodated for a seated dinner on each floor, while up to 100 can be held for a cocktail reception. A Special Occasion Permit must be purchased, but there is no corkage fee. The rental rate is $2,800 for exclusive use of the space.
Scaramouche on Avenue Road immediately provides an Intimate and sophisticated feel with its lower ceilings, surrounding windows and simple lighting. Large cushioned chairs draw up to tables covered in white linens helping to set the mood for a more upmarket dining experience. The space is available on Sundays for groups of 60 to 100.
The original Buca has a minimalist feel with little decor but plenty of open space. Highlights of the space include Edison-bulb chandeliers, high ceilings, and leather-backed chairs at dark wood tables. A unique and awesome feature of the space is the open view of the kitchen.
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