Your Guide to Winterlicious 2020

Make the most of this much-anticipated, city-wide culinary event with a fool-proof Winterlicious strategy.

When life hands you winter, you simply have to make it delicious. Winterlicious, to be specific. This year, more than 200 restaurants will open their doors to Toronto foodies with incredible three-course, prix fixe lunch and dinner menus from January 31 to February 13, 2020.

Indulge your palate while keeping apace with Toronto’s ever-evolving culinary scene. Embrace the chance to dine at places you’ve always wanted to try, using these top tips below.

Braised Lamb Shoulder at KOST Winterlicious 2020
Try the Braised Lamb Shoulder at KOST this Winterlicious

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Reservations will be accepted from January 16. Starting January 31, check out the Today’s Reservations Availability list for last-minute reservations. Taxes and gratuities are not included in the prices below. Note that some participating restaurants may not offer the lunch promotion on the weekends. All menus are subject to change.

Book your Winterlicious reservation as early as possible.

Nail down your plans promptly to avoid disappointment. As you would expect, the more popular restaurants sell out fast.

One to Try: KOST

With its panoramic view of the city from the 44th floor of the luxurious Bisha Hotel, KOST is one of the most sought-after Winterlicious reservations. Fresh flavours here are coastal-inspired, with a mix of Baja Peninsula and Californian cuisine arriving to wooden tables from a busy open kitchen. Blond wood is absolutely everywhere, even on the ceiling, punched up with quirky art.

80 Blue Jays Way

$28 Lunch | $43 Dinner

Winterlicious at KOST - Chocolate Banana
Indulge your sweet tooth after your Winterlicious meal at KOST

Opt for a later reservation.

An after-prime-time experience may be more comfortable, as the crowd will be thinner and the service less turbulent.

One to Try: ONE Restaurant

The flagship restaurant of The Hazelton Hotel is also a Winterlicious favourite, celebrity chef Mark McEwan’s contemporary cuisine winning over fans since it opened in 2008. Classic French and Italian flavours are paired with the best ingredients Ontario has to offer. The fringe benefit of eating later here is the people-watching: the post-dinner cocktail crowd is both fun and fascinating.

116 Yorkville Avenue

$33 Lunch | $53 Dinner

Go for a Winterlicious lunch instead.

Avoid the evening crush by treating yourself to an indulgent noon-hour thrill. Better yet, go by yourself and don’t tell anyone.

One to Try: Piano Piano

Elevated Italian fare is always a comfort at lunch—the perfect fuel for a busy afternoon ahead. Piano Piano fits that bill nicely, it’s black-and-white seating and puffy chandeliers creating the perfect scenario for a soulful and sensual meal, just like Nonna used to make.

88 Harbord Street

$28 Lunch | $43 Dinner

Step outside the taste-bud box.

Rather than caving to the comfort factor of a familiar style of food, branch out a bit and go for something new.

One to Try: Leña

Inspired by his Argentinian mother-in-law, Chef Anthony Walsh highlights the soul of South American cooking. Injected with Spanish and Italian influences, the Argentinian dishes here are rooted in a mix of traditions, all anchored to fresh seafood, rich meats and warm hospitality.

176 Yonge Street

$28 Lunch | $43 Dinner

Veer off the beaten path.

In addition to experiencing a new-to-you cuisine, visit a part of town you never seem to get to. Make Winterlicious an adventure.

One to Try: Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

When was the last time you were in Liberty Village? This little enclave still sings with praise for Mildred’s, its simple food philosophy and made-from-scratch credo winning both hearts and awards. Head to the neighbourhood early to pop into West Elm or EQ3, or to check out the fashion at Naked Red.

85 Hanna Avenue, Suite 104

$23 Lunch | $33 Dinner

Mildred's Temple Kitchen Winterlicious

Review (and admire) the wine list in advance.

Factor the restaurant’s wine cellar into your decision-making. Saving on the meal lets you splurge on an amazing bottle of wine.

One to Try: Chiado

Old-world charm meets ultra-fresh ingredients at this Portuguese restaurant icon. The wine list is robust with multiple reds and from Douro and Alentejo, among other regions, at varying price-points. Find 13 wines by the glass. Have the fish—and finish up with a glass of white port.

864 College Street

$33 Lunch | $53 Dinner

Narrow down your Winterlicious wishlist based on the décor.

Winterlicious is a full sensory experience. Treat it as such by selecting an environment with a sumptuous interior.

One to Try: Arthur’s Restaurant

Two thousand square metres of elegance, Arthur’s props up its classic, signature American bar and grill fare with buttery leather seating in muted tan and yellow, soft lighting and wooden floors. The three-dimensional coffered ceiling is meant to mimic the bottom of a crystal cocktail glass.

12 St. Clair Avenue East

$28 Lunch | $43 Dinner

About the Author

Fun at parties, light on loafers, veteran international travel writer and photographer Doug Wallace can be found beside buffet tables, on massage tables and table-hopping around the world. Visit TravelRight.Today to make every holiday minute count.

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