10 best deals for Summerlicious 2018

Toronto’s three-course prix fixe restaurant promotion starts July 6. Here’s where to make a reservation


Summerlicious is back from July 6 to 22. This year, nearly 200 restaurants are participating in the dining extravaganza, where three-course prix fixe menus mean diners can access high-end spots on a budget. Lunch menus are priced at $23, $28 or $33, while dinner sets you back $33, $43 or $53. Reservations open June 21. For a full list of participating restaurants, click here.

Café Boulud

Treat yourself at Daniel Boulud’s brasserie inside the Four Seasons, where a $33 lunch and $53 dinner are available. Both menus offer three options for each course, including fresh oysters and chicken liver mousse to start, and a fish, meat or vegetarian option as the main. Save room for dessert – it’ll be hard to choose between chocolate cake, cherry parfait and apricot financier. (Menu / reservation)

Northern Maverick

Step inside one of the city’s largest beer halls for a $23 lunch or $33 dinner. The menus include vegan options as well as the restaurant’s signature burger made with dry-aged, house-ground chuck, house-made bacon and house-smoked cheese. Ice-cream or fruit salad are served to finish the meal, although we bet you’ll be staying for at least another round of beers. (Menu / reservation)

Ufficio

This mainly seafood and pasta joint on Dundas West has been pleasing crowds for years. See what everyone’s talking about with chef Ivana Raca’s $43 dinner menu. The seabream crudo to start can be made vegan with heirloom tomatoes instead, and two of the pastas offered as mains – cavatoni and agnolotti – are plant-based as well. End the meal with rum-soaked sponge cake, Italian cheeses or sorbet. (Menu / reservation)

Kasa Moto

Enjoy an izakaya-style meal in a contemporary Japanese setting in Yorkville, where a $33 lunch and $53 dinner are offered. A shrimp tempura roll and panko-crusted chicken katsu are available at lunch, while an assortment of sushi and plum-infused pork belly are for dinner. Order the matcha cheesecake for dessert. (Menu / reservation)

Montgomery’s

Chef and co-owner Guy Rawlings’s minimalist Queen West restaurant has been dishing out high-end Canadian cuisine since 2016. If you’ve never been, make a reservation for dinner, where $43 gets you shrimp, pâté or kale salad to start trout, steak or marinated mushrooms as a main and apple tarte Tatin, apricot sorbet or a cheese plate to finish. (Menu / reservation)

La Société

This classic French bistro feels like a slice of Paris in Toronto. Roasted arctic char and ratatouille appear on both the lunch ($33) and dinner ($53) menus, but in the evening, steak frites and chicken coq au vin are also an option alongside luxuries like trout caviar and seared foie gras. Finish the meal with classic crème brûlée, lemon tart or chocolate delice. (Menu / reservation)

Parts & Labour

Chef Matty Matheson’s Parkdale spot is known for dishes that stick to your ribs. Stop in for the $43 dinner menu, where vegetarian dishes are offered for starters, with pork tenderloin, grilled flat-iron steak or vegan risotto to follow. End with your choice of a cherry cheesecake sundae doughnut, Rocky Road flourless torte or grilled peach and maple crumble. (Menu / reservation)

Oretta

This Instagrammable Italian restaurant on King West has $28 lunch and $43 dinner menus, which may be worth it to some just with the promise of burrata. Following the cheese dish, dine on pan-seared squash risotto, grilled calamari or peppery steak, then choose from three classic Italian desserts: tiramisu, panna cotta and coppa alle fragole. (Menu / reservation)

Leña

Sample flavours from Argentina at chef Anthony Walsh’s art deco-inspired restaurant for lunch ($28) and dinner ($43). Start with tuna ceviche or shaved Spanish ham served with melon, mint and marmalade. Then dive into red-pepper-glazed roasted salmon, smoky grilled chicken thighs or grilled beef topped with chimichurri sauce. Dessert includes a choice of local strawberries, almond cake or warm doughnuts drizzled with spiced chocolate. (Menu / reservation)

AGO Bistro

After feasting your eyes on the expansive Tunirrusiangit exhibit of Inuit art, satiate your appetite at the AGO’s Frank Gehry-designed bistro. Lunch ($28) and dinner ($43) menus feature local, seasonal fare, with vegetarian and vegan options. Meat-eaters should start with the housemade terrine and pâté served with pickled watermelon rind, mustard greens, charred shallots and a black currant gastrique. Main options include buttermilk-fried Cornish hen, wild boar sausage and a vegetarian poke bowl made with tofu. Finish your meal with a bergamot tart or white chocolate mousse.

Still making your reservations? Check out our list of last-minute Summerlicious 2018 options!

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