I recently visited Luma with three guests, before seeing Les Miserables at the Princess of Wales theater. Overall the experience was very good. The food and service were on par with other Oliver and Bonacini restaurants I have visited, which is to say very good.
The decor of the restaurant is modern, with a New York city feel to it (large room, high ceiling), which creates a very sophisticated urban atmosphere. It should impress out of town visitors.
The strength of the menu are the seafood selections (all of the seafood entres look good). I had the marinated tuna as an appetizer and it was perfect. Just amazing flavour. My guests had the arctic char and the lingcod and were very satisfied with their selections.
Dinner for four came to roughly $385 including tax, tip and 3 alcoholic drinks and 3 mocktails.All four of us had an appetizer and entree. Three of us had desserts and coffee. Plus we shared the duck lettuce rolls (which are highly recommended). While this amount may seem over expensive, for the quality of the meal and the level of service I thought it was good value. We all left the restaurant having thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would certainly recommend Luma to anyone seeking to dine downtown, especially if attending at a TIFF event, the Princess of Wales or Royal Alex theaters.
Criticisms are minor: I thought the lighting was too bright, particularly for a cold December night. Turning down the lights may have made the restaurant look warmer and more intimate.The female serving staff were wearing purple tops (perhaps linen) but they all seemed wrinkled, which made them seem out of place. Dessert selection was limited and nothing stood out or was particularly unique, though they were good.
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