During my trip to Toronto in August 2016, I loved many aspects of staying Downtown in the Church and Wellesley Village neighborhood (aka the gayborhood), but there was a surprising lack of high-quality dining options. So, I was lucky to find Smith Restaurant, which was not even 5 minutes from the apartment. This restaurant was heaven-sent. I am not the only person who was impressed by this place. There is a 4-star rating on TripAdvisor, 4.4-star rating on OpenTable, and 3.5-star rating on Yelp. I was surprised by the lower rating on Yelp, but it seems that their newest ratings are higher and most people seem to be complaining about the cost. I should get that out of the way and let you know it is going to run you about CA$30 to 50 for dinner.
Oh, but the experience!
First, I should warn you that the place does not look like much from the outside, as you can see above. But step inside and there are three floors with two patios. We went on a Saturday night, so the place was packed. Even though we didn’t have a reservation, we were able to sit on their back patio. The back patio is decorated to the max, so you don’t, at all, feel like you are sitting in a back alley. Trust me here, it is much cooler than it sounds. Inside and out, the design is an expertly done mishmash of eclectic style. From the exposed white brick to the unique light fixtures that evoke a collection of twigs to the polished concrete floors, I was left feeling like I was in a New York Style loft.
I went to Smith with a friend after a long day on the beach, so we just ordered drinks and dinner. I wish that I was able to come back and experience their DJ and dance floor on the third floor. Another regret is that I didn’t learn my lesson, and tried to come back for brunch on Sunday, but their place was beyond packed. I hear great things about their brunch, so lesson learned… get a reservation! The final regret is that I do not remember the name of our server. She was awesome and attentive, but not in a way that felt like she was hovering over us.
Delicious Dinner at Smith Restaurant
As for the food and drink. Their menu seems to be focused on comfort food with a balance between Canadian and French classics. See for yourself here. They serve up staples like Charcuterie (CA$21) and French Onion Soup ($11), but also have different twists on the classics. For example, my Steak Frites ($27) came with chimichurri butter, jus, and crispy onion. I apologize for you not being able to see all this goodness as I was starving and just took a picture quickly. Everything was cooked to perfection. I feel like a lot of places either get the steak right or the fries, but the chef at Smith was able to master both.
I really enjoyed myself at Smith. Their food, service, and atmosphere were the perfect ending to a nice relaxing day on the beach. Below you can find their basic information. I also added some images from their carefully curated Instagram feed as I was too hungry to take many of my own.
Please let me know if you give Smith in Toronto a try!
553 Church St,
Toronto, ON M4Y 2E2
Wellesley stop on the TTC
CA$30-50 for Dinner
Reservations are highly suggested