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Splendido Bar & Grill

#381 of 7,071 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
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Contemporary, Canadian
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88 Harbord St, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1G6, Canada (Spadina)
Bloor and Spadina
+1 416-929-7788
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings
Description: With over 20 years of storied culinary history, it is no coincidence that...
With over 20 years of storied culinary history, it is no coincidence that Splendido is consistently ranked as one of Toronto's most sought-after dining destinations.

Under the guidance of owner Chef Victor Barry, Splendido strives to provide our guests with an imaginative dining experience.

We encourage our guests to place their trust in our creative kitchen brigade and polished service team for a superior gastronomic adventure.

Expecting to see you soon.
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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
good tasting menu

I came here with a couple of friends for dinner (it's very close to University of Toronto's business school) and we all opted for the multiple course tasting menu. I remember after the first three dishes thinking I would never be full given the tiny portions but after another three courses (we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
Rohk19
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I came here with a couple of friends for dinner (it's very close to University of Toronto's business school) and we all opted for the multiple course tasting menu. I remember after the first three dishes thinking I would never be full given the tiny portions but after another three courses (we received at least 2-3 dishes courtesy of the... More 

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Thank Rohk19
toronto
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97 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

This post is about Splendido's recent Alba White Truffle dinner. We drank complimentary champagne; 2013 Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer and 1982 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou - Saint-Julien. We ate: white chocolate and Jerusalem artichoke tart; smoked butter poached quail egg, caviar, brioche purée; British Columbia sea urchin - white truffle chawanmushi; roasted maitake mushroom - unami paste, shaved maitake, split chicken jus; butter... More 

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Thank p t
Toronto, Canada
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98 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

The service is top notch. The food is very good...worth $180? Not in my opinion but its one of those "try it for yourself" restaurants

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Thank Sophie F
Cincinnati, Ohio
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Visited for a business dinner. The lobster liguini was killer. The desert was excellent, as well. The steak was not up to par with the balance of the meal. It was well prepared, but not that good a cut of meat.

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Thank XU8792
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

I've worked in the restaurant industry for 20 years, mainly as a chef and currently as an instructor. I can say with confidence that Splendido has a team of highly-trained, experienced professionals working together in perfect harmony. There were at least a dozen special little touches that made the experience memorable. The service was impeccable without a trace of pretension.... More 

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1 Thank Erica T
Toronto
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Great idea for a tasting experience but when four people try and send back 6-7 of courses because they were awful, someone should have come out to discuss. I believe in tring new tastes but did they all have to have a slimy texture, even the 85 day old steak.

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Thank Ann S
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Alright, you find out that you’ll drop $180 per person for the tasting menu and then add another $85 for the wine pairing. That and the name of the chef is the only information that Splendido gives the unwary customer to this culinary mess of a restaurant. Too much to ask to be told what you are going to get.... More 

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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

One of the problems with having a favourite restaurant that serves a multicourse meal is that the time frame between menu changes is about six months. Splendido has embraced change but that time frame still exists. Chef Victor Barry has been owner/executive chef for a couple of years. The restaurant has had many owners and chefs over the twenty odd... More 

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1 Thank p t
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Fabulous food with great service. However, my vegan daughter probably got three or four mediocre courses. My son and I enjoyed every bite and each and every course that was served elegantly by their staff. A wonderful place to go and the pairings where spot on.

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Thank AndrewXYZ T
Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Food was ok, but none of the 16 dishes have a wow effect. When you charge 180 pp, you need to have at least 30-40% of your dishes that leaves an impression to your sophisticated guests but not here. Also all the dishes are very mediocre so normal male might need a late night snack. Servers are also trying to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 88 Harbord St, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1G6, Canada
    (Spadina)
  • Public Transportation: Bloor and Spadina
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-929-7788

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 72 - 144
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings

Description

With over 20 years of storied culinary history, it is no coincidence that Splendido is consistently ranked as one of Toronto's most sought-after dining destinations.

Under the guidance of owner Chef Victor Barry, Splendido strives to provide our guests with an imaginative dining experience.

We encourage our guests to place their trust in our creative kitchen brigade and polished service team for a superior gastronomic adventure.

Expecting to see you soon.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

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