Although we are smack in the middle of January winter weather, something to heat us up is around the corner. The most romantic day of the year is coming soon – Wednesday, February 14, 2024. Yes, it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day plans! Perhaps you want to have an intimate dinner at home this year? If you are planning on taking your partner out for dinner on Valentine’s Day, it’s a good time to make a reservation now. Keep reading to learn about romantic restaurants in Toronto for Valentine’s Day 2024.
If you want to go full out on Valentine’s Day and impress your loved one, making a reservation at Casa Madera should do the trick. Owned by the Noble 33 hospitality group, this lively Mexican-Mediterranean restaurant features an inclusive menu that will please every palate, including vegan and gluten-free regimes. Seafood lovers will enjoy the oysters, scallops, Dover Sole and tuna on the menu while carnivores will be delighted by the Wagyu Beef. This is not a restaurant to whisper sweet nothings into your partner’s ear as the volume can get thunderous from musicians performing invigorating Latin-Middle Eastern music. Casa Madera is located at 550 Wellington Street West. Read my review of Casa Madera.
Perhaps you are looking for a smaller, intimate restaurant for a Valentine’s Day meal? Baldini is a quaint, charming bistro-like restaurant serving Italian cuisine in Toronto’s Leslieville where you won’t have to shout to be heard. You’ll find plentiful seafood, beef, veal and chicken entrées on the menu, as well as risotto, pasta and pizza. Baldini Restaurant is located at 1012 Queen Street East (just east of Carlaw Avenue).
Myth Restaurant is another of the best restaurants in Toronto for Valentine’s Day if your goal is to impress your date. This luxurious, expansive space will transport you to the Aegean Sea. The soothing decor features light neutrals and big lanterns. Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine such as souvlaki, spanakopita, Magiatiko (yellowtail sashimi), Tiropita (cheese pie), Briam (Greek-style ratatouille) and Psari Sto Alati (salt-crusted sea bass). For added drama, order the Saganaki, (fried Graviera cheese) that is flambéed at your table. Myth Restaurant is located at 522 King Street West at Brant Street.
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Zitto Zitto Taverna, sister of neighbouring Sotto Voce, offers a very romantic atmosphere for Valentine’s Day. Featuring Italian cuisine that puts lots of emphasis on seafood and original pasta dishes, you can’t go wrong whether you’re seated in the jewel-tone-decorated dining room overlooking Clinton Street or the elegant centre room, a traditional room with a gorgeous oak table, chandelier and a wine fridge spanning the width of the room, as well as its own sound system. Zitto Zitto Taverna is located at 593 College Street.
This King Street West steakhouse has built its reputation on the impeccable service and food they consistently deliver. A romantic ambiance is created by traditional dark wood furnishings accentuated with contemporary touches such as drop lights. For discerning palates who appreciate the finer cuts of beef, you’ll be torn between the Australian Wagyu and the A5 Kobe steaks. Other noteworthy dishes include Bass Ceviche, A5 Black Wagyu Carpaccio, European Sea Bass, Chilled or Warm Seafood Tower and Australian Lamb. It goes without saying that the exceptional service and food does not come cheap, but if you want to guarantee that your evening goes off without a hitch, make a reservation at Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse. Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse is located at 12 Brant Street.
If you are looking for old world elegance for your Valentine’s Day dinner in Toronto, look no further than Chiado Restaurant. With dark walnut wainscotting, oval-back dining chairs and original artwork adorning their walls, Chiado has maintained its outstanding reputation for fine dining for several decades. Featuring Portuguese cuisine at its finest overseen by Executive Chef Albino Silva, Chiado offers a seafood-dominated menu with appetizers such as Lobster & Shrimp Bisque, Steamed Clams with garlic, coriander and white wine, and Grilled Squid with fresh coriander, lemon and garlic. Mains include Pan Seared Sea Bass, Nova Scotia Lobster, Assorda (dry soup) with monkfish, lobster, shrimp and clams, Grilled Octopus with roasted sweet pepper salsa, and Roasted Australian Rack of Lamb. Fresh fish is flown in from Portugal. Chiado Restaurant is located at 864 College Street West.
If you are looking for a romantic Toronto restaurant that serves fine Indian cuisine, Pukka is a great choice! Traditional Indian fare has been transformed into lighter, more modern dishes that are served as shared plates. The contemporary, intimate room with a vibrant green and orange colour scheme is more subdued at night for a romantic meal. Start with Sweet Potato Samosas or Eggplant Tartare and continue with Boatman’s Fish and Prawns in a lemon-coconut broth; Pickerel in a red pepper curry with sautéed mushrooms or Lamb Lollipops featuring grilled chops with mint, fenugreek and turmeric curry. Pukka is located at 778 St. Clair Avenue West.
I hope you found your perfect choice for romantic restaurants in Toronto for Valentine’s Day 2024. Have a wonderful dinner!