360 Restaurant at CN Tower kindly invited Torontonicity to experience a complimentary lunch at the revolving restaurant and I could not refuse. Like many Toronto residents, I had not been up the CN Tower in years so I was excited to see how the restaurant had changed. When you arrive at the CN Tower, you have to allow about 10 minutes to get through security before being directed to the elevators to take you to 360 Restaurant. Then you are on your way.
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When we arrived at 360 Restaurant, we were impressed by the light and airy decor. We were seated at a window seat and our immediate view was of Harbour Castle and Harbourfront.
The forecast was calling for sun/cloud and when we arrived at 12:15 p.m., it was still sunny. The lake glistened and sparkled below…breathtaking!
Our very gracious server brought us some water and gave us the menus to peruse. We ordered from the three course prix fixe menu, which is $74 per person (the two course prix fixe is $60 per person). There is also an a la carte menu featuring rib eyes, striploins and tenderloins aged 45 years.
For starters, my dining partner (my mom!) ordered the Housemade Country Terrine while I ordered Local Beet & Buffalo Mozzarella Salad. My mother also ordered a glass of Angel’s Gate ‘Sussreserve’ Riesling ($15 for 6 oz.) to enjoy. Thankfully, our appetizers did not arrive right away and we were able to enjoy the unsurpassed view of Toronto, while taking a slew of photos. It’s incredible to see the sea of condos from up above and I even spotted my old condo at Wellington Street West and Strachan Avenue. We also had an amazing view of the Financial District.
My mom enjoyed the Housemade Country Terrine, which was dressed with a sweet/sour/salty marinade. The terrine was served with both Enoki mushrooms and another type of mushroom.
My Beet and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad was delicious. Buffalo Mozzarella is much lighter than regular Mozzarella…it almost shreds when you stick a fork in it! The yellow and red beets were lightly cooked and featured a similar sweet/salty marinade as the terrine. The sweetness of the beets complemented the mild flavour of the Buffalo Mozzarella. A beautifully executed dish!
For entrees, my mom ordered the Atlantic Salmon Filet while I ordered the Fogo Island Cod. Both dishes were served with the fish placed on top of delicately prepared vegetables. Serving the fish like this is a great way to keep the veggies warm. The Atlantic Salmon was cooked to perfection – beautifully moist – and the sweet corn puree was the perfect complement to the fish. Julienne butternut squash not only looked lovely on top of the salmon, but provided a contrasting soft yet chewy texture.
My Fogo Island Cod was tender and I loved the fish’s spicy accompaniment of the cilantro & scallion puree. Strands of yellow and green zucchini were cooked perfectly al dente. The Salt Cod and Yukon Gold potato croquettes were outstanding and provided the perfect crispy texture to the soft textures of the fish and zucchini.
My mom ordered the Dark Chocolate Lava Cake, but had secretly been thinking of having the Warm Maple & Almond Pound Cake with Sour Cherries. Our server read her mind and brought her both desserts! The Dark Chocolate Lava Cake was moist, sweet and delicious, but the Warm Maple & Almond Pound Cake was a revelation. My mom loved the combination of sweet maple with sour cherries and the almonds provided a needed nutty balance. There was no way she could finish both desserts so our server bagged them so that she could take them home.
During our lunch, the restaurant revolved almost two whole times; when our lunch ended, we were almost facing the lake again.
We decided to walk down to the Lookout Level. Although the views are impressive, it did not beat the experience that we had just enjoyed at 360 Restaurant. We also walked down to see the glass floor. It was impossible to get a proper photo of the glass floor as people were lying splayed out on the floor taking selfies, but here is a photo showing the top of Ripley’s Aquarium. It’s a long way down…
Once you take the elevator down to the bottom, you have to exit through the CN Tower Gift Store. Take a look inside. I saw a really cute Toronto tee in pink featuring a map of the city that was only $18. Is it too kitschy to wear a Toronto tee when you are from Toronto? I didn’t buy it, but I might next time.
Lunch at 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower was an extraordinary experience. The food and service were exceptional and the views outstanding. We both agreed that we would be hard-pressed to find another dining experience that would beat it. While you’re in the area, you might want to visit Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, which is next door to the CN Tower.
360 Restaurant at the CN Tower, 301 Front Street West, 416-362-5411.
That’s making my stomach rumble! The food looks amazing and the views, wow!!!
Yes, I haven’t seen better views from anywhere else in Toronto…unless from a plane, of course. Cheers, Lori
The food looks great but the views are fantastic. What an awesome place to dine in. I wish I lived close, I would have joined the sweepstakes if I did!
The food is actually really good and of course the views are amazing. Hopefully, you will get to visit in the future. Cheers, Lori
when I went to Toronto quite a while back we did this as it was a great experience and way to see the views. I don’t remember too much about the food but yours looks so tasty x
The food at 360 Restaurant is superb. We had no complaints. I’m glad that you visited the CN Tower when you were in Toronto. Cheers, Lori
Maple and almond pound cake and the view of 360 restaurant. I can wait for as long as the view of restaurant is so pleasing.
The view is incredible and the maple and almond pound cake is pretty darn delicious too! Cheers, Lori
This is a must visit restaurant. I have been to some place similar and it was an experience to remember. I’d make sure we remember to drop by the next time we are in Toronto.
I agree. I can’t think of a more exciting restaurant to visit in Toronto. Yes, I’m sure there are other restaurants around the world with a similarly spectacular view. Cheers, Lori
Such a great and fun experience you had. I’ve been to Toronto so many times but never got a chance to go to CN Tower.
Yes, we had an amazing time. Even though I live in Toronto, I have been up the CN Tower only three times!! Cheers, Lori
Wow! Such a beautiful view. We would love to visit and have lunch at this restaurant in the future. I can imagine myself enjoying some ribeye and red wine. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience.
I hope you get a chance to visit 360 Restaurant. The food and views are spectacular! Cheers, Lori
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