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Spice Route

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Downtown Toronto
Chinese, Asian, Thai, Pan-Asian
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499 King St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5A 1L9, Canada (King and Spadina)
Spadina Streetcar at King St West. or King West Streetcar at Brant St.
+1 416-542-3789
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Today
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Wed 4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Thu 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri 4:30 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: King Street West's chicest bistro-bar, Spice Route, is Liberty and Ink's...
King Street West's chicest bistro-bar, Spice Route, is Liberty and Ink's most recent undertaking. Impressive in scope, marvelously detailed, laced with drama; the Spice Route pays homage to a phenomemon shrouded in mystery. The experience at Spice Route is sheer bliss. From the moment one enters, the design is relaxing and indulging. The mixture of eclectic Asian decor, mesmerizing music, and distinctive cuisine is the soul of this spot. Rare and immediately captivating, yet subdued in style, meticulous in service yet unpretentious, refined in its culinary approach while offering something to satisfy everyone.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Seems like a high class place but has average food

The waiters are pretty poshy and the food was average. They have only group menus for larger groups and this doesn't necessarily work well for people who don't eat meat; especially that the waiters, even knowing about such individuals, didn't inform clearly what they brought. Too much fuzz, too... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
Bartek W
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Krakow, Poland
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
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Krakow, Poland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The waiters are pretty poshy and the food was average. They have only group menus for larger groups and this doesn't necessarily work well for people who don't eat meat; especially that the waiters, even knowing about such individuals, didn't inform clearly what they brought. Too much fuzz, too little taste. PS Desserts were great!

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

Went here with a bunch of friends for some drinks and appetizers. We order the Zen-gria, "dynamite roll" and the lettus wrapped duck. What showed up has go to be the worst joke played on our senses. The "dynamite roll" was a seaweed wrapped roll of rice with a small sliver of tuna inside. Then, it was deep fried in... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Our family chose this restaurant because it was close to the financial district. The food was good and service attentive. We would definately recommmend this to friends

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I treated my boyfriend to this restaurant for his birthday and we both enjoyed it very much! The outside decor looked very nice and the inside looked even better. It was very modern yet traditional and provided a great ambiance to dine in. It was fancy but also laid back. The washrooms were awesome as they had top to bottom... More 

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LibertyEntertainment, Public Relations Manager at Spice Route, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting us at Spice Route and for sharing your review! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience and we hope that you will join us again soon! More 

Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

You can always tell which restaurants are big in Toronto when you have to reserve a week out! As many have mentioned, decor is stunning (really cool bathrooms) and the place is buzzing with share-style food. Food is good, and plenty of options for all taste. Dishes aren't made to be for one person, so only go if your in... More 

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LibertyEntertainment, Public Relations Manager at Spice Route, responded to this review

Thanks so much for joining us at Spice Route & for sharing your review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon! More 

Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I came here to celebrate my birthday and they didn't disappoint. Great sharing menu and service!! Sorry to see the view from the washrooms has been reduced...always a conversation piece. Took my family there to see the top rated washroom design people talk about!

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London, Canada
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed the decor as well as the meal. We started with vegetable pakoras. I had the peking duck, and my husband had the prawn curry claypot. Both meals were delicious. My husband asked that the curry be made a little spicier, and they came through. The service was very good. It was very busy after 7pm,... More 

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LibertyEntertainment, Public Relations Manager at Spice Route, responded to this review

Thanks so much for sharing your review of Spice Route - we're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
177 reviews 177 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This has to be one of the best venues on King Street West. The decor is fantastic, their booths are located along a wall and almost enjoy a semi private ambiance, and the have a private room (The Red Room) for private parties. We ended up booking the Red Room for a graduation party and we loved it! You have... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

First thing is first absolutely stunning decor ! What a beautiful restaurant that i presume becomes more a lounge at night ( when we came at least). This is place is huge, the moment you come in the ceiling is so high up, and so many tables and a bar in the middle. This definitely has a lounge/club layout but... More 

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

Looks the real deal when you walk in although a bit cold and draughty in places. But I like the feel of the room and the lighting but the food was disappointing. I had hoped for spice and chilli heat. We got neither. Curry prawns were bland watered down. Satays were cold and the sauces bland again. Dumplings and sushi... More 

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LibertyEntertainment, Public Relations Manager at Spice Route, responded to this review

Thanks for taking a moment to share your feedback on Spice Route. We're sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience. We have passed your feedback on to our Chef and appreciate you taking a moment to share this with us - it is important as we strive to continually improve. We hope you will give us another opportunity... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 499 King St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5A 1L9, Canada
    (King and Spadina)
  • Public Transportation: Spadina Streetcar at King St West. or King West Streetcar at Brant St.
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown Toronto
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
  • Phone Number: +1 416-542-3789

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Thai, Pan-Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene

Description

King Street West's chicest bistro-bar, Spice Route, is Liberty and Ink's most recent undertaking. Impressive in scope, marvelously detailed, laced with drama; the Spice Route pays homage to a phenomemon shrouded in mystery. The experience at Spice Route is sheer bliss. From the moment one enters, the design is relaxing and indulging. The mixture of eclectic Asian decor, mesmerizing music, and distinctive cuisine is the soul of this spot. Rare and immediately captivating, yet subdued in style, meticulous in service yet unpretentious, refined in its culinary approach while offering something to satisfy everyone.
Open Hours
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
4:30 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?