The Spend A Lot list is Joanne’s sky’s-the-limit guide to dining in the big city.

#31 Canoe


An edible hymn to Canada, 54 floors above downtown, with a wraparound view of the lake at sunset, as autumnal dusk turns the sky the magical deep blue that dreams are made of. This is the kind of restaurant where big statements are made. Oliver & Bonacini’s flagship is a magical mystery tour of modern Canadiana, from mountain cranberries to balsam fir crème fraîche. Canoe sources the absolute best in local ingredients and treats them with total respect. Who else offers pheasant from Owen Sound, moist and savoury, with grain porridge flavoured with foie gras, braised celeriac and tiny onion cups cradling lightly pickled mountain cranberries? A gorgeous hunk of fork-tender red venison with Swiss chard, dehydrated grapes, ice wine jus and Jerusalem artichoke chips? Deconstructed butter tart for dessert? This is serious edible Canadiana.

  • Canoe
  • 66 Wellington Street W., 54th floor, Toronto (map)
  • 416-364-0054

  • Chef: Anthony Walsh, John Horne
  • Sous Chef: Coulson Armstrong
  • Cuisine: Canadian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $225
  • Hours: Monday to Friday, Lunch 11:45 am-2:30 pm, Dinner 5 pm-10:30 pm
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: No
  • Wines available: 550
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $45
  • Private party area: Two private rooms
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Validate parking after 5 p.m.
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