If you go to Toronto, and talk badly about Wayne Gretzky, it is about on par with going to London and bad-mouthing the Queen. It may be even worse. Get on board by getting your sports fix at Wayne Gretzky's in the heart of the entertainment district. Wayne's has 32 HD televisions that play "all sports, all the time." A great selection of beers, along with Martinis that sometimes use Wayne's personal ice wine as a flavour enhancer (who better to create ice wine than a hockey player?). Food also serves as a tribute with "The Great One's Burger" with the number 99 (his jersey number) seared onto the bun. The oasis rooftop patio is quite popular in the summer months, with square couches dusted with pillows. A welcome escape from an ice hockey rink.
Recommended for Restaurants near Rogers Centre because: If the Roger's Centre is your playground, Wayne Gretzky is the best playmate. When he's in town, he can often be seen in his restaurant.
Courtney's expert tip: The cabana style rooftop patio is considered one of the best in town, with a faux waterfall that will wash all your cares away (and failing that, lots of liquor will do the same).
It is rare to find a restaurant that will satisfy a craving for a hot dog and provide you with sommelier approved wine. E11even is located right near the Rogers Centre and has style without sacrificing friendliness. The food classifies as gourmet comfort food, with choices like the aforementioned hot dog, which is all beef and arrives with devilled eggs and coleslaw. You can also indulge in crab cakes, lobster cobb salad or a very Canadian maple burger. 40 wines are on offer by the glass and the enormous wine cellar holds 3200 bottles. There is also a private dining room for special events and an enormous patio to soak in the fleeting summer rays.
Recommended for Restaurants near Rogers Centre because: The E11even menu is sport-fan approved but just fancy enough to reward you for a day of exploration in Toronto.
Courtney's expert tip: We know that in the carb free craze of late, the bread basket is often neglected. Make an exception this once, as the warm rolls will knock your socks off.
There are a million ways we can get pizza at home, whether it be homemade, delivered or fresh from the freezer. However, it just tastes better when it comes from a wood oven straight to your lips. Pizza Rustica is great at thin crust pizzas, slightly blistered and smoky from hot oven temperatures and covered with toppings that range from gourmet to traditional. Asparagus and goat cheese pizza guarantees vegetarian happiness, while meat lovers can revel in everything from scallops to hot organic sausage. Italian favourites such as pasta, salads and wine are also available if you would like to deviate from the norm. Portions are enormous. Pace yourself.
Recommended for Restaurants near Rogers Centre because: Whether you take pizza to go for the game or stay in the restaurant, Pizza Rustica is the perfect restaurant pairing for the Roger's Centre.
Courtney's expert tip: Even though you may be swayed by the pizzas, the salads are worth trying. Caprese comes stacked in a giant tower of cheese and tomato, and the vegan taco salad comes with faux cheese that does a pretty great impersonation of the real deal.
Le Select takes the meticulousness of French cooking and knocks it out of the park in the heart of downtown Toronto. Dishes are diligently prepared with accents as pronounced as the one in the restaurant name. Most ingredients are organic and local, making exquisite flavours like steak tartare made with grass fed beef even more lavish. Stepping into Le Select is a way to visit Paris without the plane ticket. The duck confit and bacon wrapped rabbit is exclamation mark worthy. Should you wish to do food first, tourist attractions later, the Le Select Bistro brunch is definitely worth making reservations for. Mais oui.
Recommended for Restaurants near Rogers Centre because: Five star service after a day of walking. It may help to bring a change of clothes to fit in with the white linens.
Courtney's expert tip: Le Select has one of those rare and powerful touches in Toronto: complimentary parking. Add that to their exquisite brunch and we are hard pressed to find a reason not to go.
How many restaurants can offer you a main with a side of a glass floor view? The CN Tower's 360 restaurant is a splurge, but it offers a genuine reason to get dressed up for dinner. The restaurant revolves slowly as you dine, so you get more than a fixed view of Toronto. Make your reservations online and check the weather a few days before, as having your view fogged out won't make it worth your while. Menus are seasonal, with steakhouse favourites and vegetarian mains that are garnished with fancy touches like foraged wild mushrooms and truffled beurre blanc. The prefixe menu is worth choosing if you have arrived with an appetite. The desserts come strongly recommended.
Recommended for Restaurants near Rogers Centre because: With the CN Tower a mere 5 minute walk from the Roger's Centre, knock two prime tourist experiences off your list in one go.
Courtney's expert tip: If you go to the bathroom, be certain to make note of what is around you. With the restaurant revolving, it can be hard to find your table again.
Located inside the Renaissance Hotel in the Roger's Centre, dining out at Arriba is the most upscale way to enjoy the game. There are menus that are designed for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, kids and more, so there is always time to get some food in your belly in between roaring with fellow baseball fans. Floor to ceiling windows provide amazing views of the Roger's Centre and the menu items are often rich and hearty. Canadian specialties with a twist include the duck confit poutine and portobello flatbread which comes garnished with pesto and goat cheese. If you like your baseball with a side of spectacular eats, Arriba is the place to go.
Recommended for Restaurants near Rogers Centre because: If you can't get enough of the Roger's Centre, the view of the stadium from Arriba Restaurant can't be beat.
Courtney's expert tip: Reserve early if you are going during game time. It may just be the best seat in the house.
It is not often that you can go to a restaurant in downtown Toronto and be as connected to your food as you are at Hush. Order a burger and be aware of the local beef farmer that is behind your first bite. Locally sourced honey, produce, goat cheese and potatoes round out the experience. This modern restaurant has old-fashioned values and comfort food classics. Try the lobster grilled cheese sandwich that arrives dripping with brie. Or splurge on some haddock and chips, with bacon and apple coleslaw complementing the Canadian flavours. During the summer, the patio is ideal for small groups.
Recommended for Restaurants near Rogers Centre because: Hush will satisfy every crispy, crunchy and gooey craving that you have. And you don't have to travel far from the Roger's Centre.
Courtney's expert tip: The S'mores will not only rekindle your childhood, but also remind you that simple is best when it comes to food. With your own open flame, you can brown or blacken your marshmallow to your desired shade and allow it to melt some creamy Lindt chocolate. Heaven in the city.
Some people have been to Italy and fondly remember the flavours. For others, the closest they have come is watching Under the Tuscan Sun on the W Network. In either case, going to Tutti Matti is a flavour experience that is rare in downtown Toronto. Chef Alida Solomon trained in Tuscany and her succinct menu celebrates Tuscan flavours. Her kitchen is open concept in the middle of the restaurant. Meals are robust, like wild boar ragu that may make you lose the ability to speak for a moment. The appetizers are equally luscious and well proportioned, like the toscano board that comes with gooey cheese, salumi and house made terrine. You may not want to stuff yourself, but it will be hard not to try to cram as much of this perfectly balanced food into your mouth.
Recommended for Restaurants near Rogers Centre because: Made-from-scratch ingredients with a reasonable price tag, right in the heart of downtown Toronto. Sure beats a hot dog.
Courtney's expert tip: Don't come here expecting a chicken dish. Tuscans don't do chicken. Believe us: you aren't missing out.
While most produce and meat sources dwindle in the wintertime, it is a happy truth that seafood, specifically oysters, thrive. Therefore, visiting or living in Canada during the colder months of the year can be seen as a happy circumstance. Rodney's Oyster House has some of the freshest seafood year-round. Although their international and domestic oysters are some of the best aphrodisiacs in town, they also specialize in fresh lobster and king crab. The Lobster Club (with 3/4 pound of lobster and bacon) and New England Clam Chowder are hearty and delicious. Craft beers and fine wine round out the experience. Bib up.
Recommended for Restaurants near Rogers Centre because: You don't have to travel far for fresh seafood in Toronto. Sit at the bar and watch your oysters be shucked in front of you.
Courtney's expert tip: If you are an oyster aficionado, then sign up for Rodney's email list, which will keep you afloat of what is arriving at the Oyster House.