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“Come for the wine”

Vertical Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #1,386 of 8,715 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown West
Cross street: Bay Street
Transit: St. Andrew or King Street Subway Station.
Reviewed September 15, 2012

Yes, it would be hard to describe vertical as an "Italian" restaurant and yes, the prices are high. But this shouldn't be surprising from a downtown financial district restaurant that is geared toward expense account diners. I enjoyed a good lunch - the fresh trout was fabulous and almost perfectly cooked - but the show stopper for me is trying the restaurant's wines. They have an extensive collection and your best bet is to have the sommelier recommend a wine that is not listed.

In the summer it's hard to beat dinning outside on the terrace.

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Thank John B
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

A truly metropolitan restaurant with great drinks and food. Not an Italian restaurant, but has an Italian flair. All the food is homemade. Have been there several times and have never been disappointed. My recommendation, get the Pappardelle.

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Thank J N
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

My wife and I have been to many Italian restaurants in various Canadian and International cities. Vertical ranks among the most disappointing especially when you consider the fairly high prices.

The arancini we shared as an appetizer was uninspiring at best - little flavour within a breaded shell that was too hard. We chose the same pasta - hand made postage-stamp sized pasta filled with halibut and a tomato sauce with pieces of lobster. Sounded great but like the appetizer - very little flavour. Curiously, we were offered neither freshly ground pepper or parmesan cheese for the pasta (or for our salad for that matter) - a first for us in an Italian restaurant. Further there was no bread offered during the meal.

Anyway, a disappointing meal... we were keen to try out Vertical given some good reviews we had read and a review of their website.

On the plus side, our waitress was pleasant and we had a very nice table on the outdoor terrace.

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1  Thank Steve S
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

I cannot really review the restaurant, as they did not honour our reservation. IT was supposed to be a special birthday celebration and we were anticipating a lovely evening. We received a phone call on the day of the event informing us that they cancelled our reservation because a large group that was booked on the patio, was going to be moved inside because of the the 'possibility' of inclement weather. Although they accommodated this other 'patio group' knowing full well that the weather cannot be guaranteed, but bumped us instead despite the fact that the reservation was made well in advance. I do not like being treated this way and cannot recommend this restaurant as they do not honour reservations.

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3  Thank Mambosalome
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Really amazing service. The construction on the side is a minor nuisance that can't be avoided. The Lamb Spiducci was delicious. Would definitely go back here again.

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Thank gsd1980
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