About Opus Restaurant
Since 1992, Opus Restaurant on Prince Arthur has been providing one of Toronto’s most exquisite fine dining experiences. Located on a gracious, tree-lined Victorian street in the heart of Toronto’s exclusive Yorkville, Opus is also just steps away from the luxurious Four Seasons, Park Hyatt hotel, Hotel Intercontinental, the ROM, and the high-end fashion houses.
Toronto, ON M5R 1B2
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Drinks are served until 2:00am
Avenue Road and Bloor Street
CAN$51 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet Parking $12.00
Subway- Bloor Street at St.George- Bedford Street Exit
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
Opus Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Simple, yet Excellent: I'm very much impressed by Opus. Toronto is plagued with failed "cuisine with a modern twist", which is a delicate way of saying "cooks pathetically try to mimic great chefs like Massimo Buratta and Alex Atala by ordering the first 30 herbs they can find from a medical dictionary before throwing them all into one dish". This is not the case with Opus which stays true and narrow to the philosophy of cooking dishes that actually have flavours with simple yet top notch ingredients.
The wine cellar has a very decent collection of wine, from rare vintages of La Tâche to delightful Barolo, that even the head sommelier of Hotel Café Royal in London would not find disagreeable.
Love Opus. Have been there a few times to dine at the bar with my fiance. Saturday I booked table for four and although I booked late, they could accommodate albeit not in the main room. Next time I will be sure to clarify that we are in main room. Our room was fine, but clearly overflow or larger group room...Food is OUTSTANDING. Service is EXCEPTIONAL. Valet parking makes the whole experience lovely.
A Toronto classic that still delivers. The food was amazing and my wife's diet is challenging for most restaurants. Here it was "no problem" and the kitchen made some easy adjustments and the food came out perfect. Lucky Lime oysters were among the best we've ever had, and the scallops were literally melt in your mouth. A great wine suggestion from a true professional waiter. The room was fun with a good vibe but not so loud that you couldn't have a conversation. The service was friendly and very professional. We'll be back again soon. J
This restaurant is way overpriced. There is almost no decor other than 2 or 3 cheap looking pictures on the wall. The lights are very basic. There are no interesting decor features. The food is just ok. Nothing special. The wine menu is hugely marked up vs off licence prices.
This is my second time there and I will be back even though I don't live in Toronto. You are instantly greeted with familiarity and the service is the best part of the meal. It is above excellent. The wine list is completely extensive but don't be intimidated just ask for a recommendation for your table and the perfect bottle of wine will arrive.
The food is always excellent.
The noise level was through the roof. We could hardly hear our waiter announcing the specials, and even having a conversation between two people at our table was difficult.
It was busier than I have seen it before, which is great for their business, but lessened the initmate ambiance of previous vists.
While food quality was good, presentation and flavor were rather bland, portions were tiny and overpriced. Lettuce with 2 veggie chips for $16, Rack of lamb for $45 was 3 small ribs of lamb that would be more suited as an appetizer. Service was competent, however, my empty tap water glass was ignored while the manager and servers made a few rounds to fill the bottled water glasses and wine glasses of other patrons. Overall, nothing really stood out beyond the impressive wine list
The restaurant is super cute and nice, intimate setting but the service is just bad. It shouldn't be an empty night with more wait staff than people eating and I'm waiting ridiculous amounts of time for service. The food was ok, selection is small which would be ok if the food was good. Found a a few fish scales in my food, was not happy to find that in my mouth.
Beautiful restaurant! The owner was very personable and very attentive to our needs. The waitstaff was delightful and well informed of the menu. When we were leaving, the owner told us to wait inside for our Uber, as it was cold! Very thoughtful! The food was fabulous and the atmosphere was perfect. Will most definitely return next time we're in Toronto!
I had requested for a dessert with a candle to mark my boyfriend's birthday. I did not provide them with his name though I did mention it was my boyfriend. So they did an elaborate little dessert that had "HAPPY BIRTHDAY XXX" written; where XXX was my last name, my dads name. (Took a point off). Wish they did pay more attention to detail.
Apart from that the food, ambience and the wine list was amazing.
Service was good and the atmosphere might have been romantic. However, there was a frightful table near us; so loud as to all but kill our conversation. They must have been good regular customers (unlike us) because no attempt was made to rein them in. I hope none of them had to drive a car.
The portion sizes were tiny. One does not expect large portions with fine dining. However, with entrees starting at $41, there should be some measure of satisfied organic need when one leaves the table. (To be sure, the other extreme is worse if you are of the "waste not" persuasion.) Nonetheless, a snack at home was decidedly in order; unusual after one of our anniversary dinners.
Good menu choices and an excellent wine list. Dishes were done perfectly. The seating is comfortable and the clientele is the established Annex crowd. Nice spot for a special occasion or a relaxed meal. Service was very good. My only complaint is the serving sizes are small but I also have to say the taste was exceptionally good. Very satisfied.
Arguably Toronto's best restaurant. Truly a labor of love for the owners, whose staff are equally passionate about what they do. The food is complex, but everything works. The incredible and well-priced wine list is the best in Ontario, perhaps all of Canada. The whole experience is not inexpensive but, for once, you get what you pay for.
There was hair in the foie gras. Our Waiter apologized, dealt with it courteously & professionally and had the kitchen prepare a new portion.
The manager (owner?) however, was so poorly behaved that I will never return and never recommend Opus.
He approached our table and advised that everyone in the kitchen had buzz cuts and that looking around the restaurant, he could see no one with long hair. And that he therefore did not think it came from the kitchen and could not explain its origin. It was abrupt, accusatory in tone and unprofessional. It turned an unfortunate situation (originally addressed by the waiter in a delicate manner) into a horrible dining experience. Unacceptable.
Enjoyed the food it was great
But the lamb could have been a little tastier not much flavour and didn't like the combination that was presented. My wife's duck was a bit dry but the foie gras was amazing from the apps menu
The service was great and the ambiance was really nice, the noice level was loud couldn't really enjoy an romantic dinner with my wife as it was a 5 year anniversary, there were people at the bar making way to much noise, other than it was ok
Amazing wine selection and very good service. The food presentation is lovely as well. We found the food to be very good but definitely overpriced for what you get. The server recommended the strip loin as one of the best steaks in the city and I would say that was a huge disappointment. The quality of the meat was definitely not even NEAR the best in the city. The tuna was excellent though as well as the burrata salad. Ambiance was ok...we sat by a back door so that wasn't very nice. The only GREAT table in the house is overlooking the front window. I would say, save your $$ and go to a newer, more contemporary restaurant. You'll get better food for a better value.
We had a great experience at Opus. You know going in that you will likely be playing a high end price for your experience here, but the food, wine and service justify that price. The wine list is massive, which can be intimidating, making it really important to have a good expert on hand. Opus' resident wine expert led us to a fantastic bottle of wine which we enjoyed to the last drop. The service overall was lovely. We'll be back.
Having dined here for years, I continue to call Opus my go-to high-end restaurant, and for good reason. From the service (perfect and charming), to the ambiance (subtle, low-key elegance, classy and not ostentatious), to the extraordinary food, dining at Opus is so relaxing because the quality is so consistently high that you can just let down your guard and let the experience wash over you.
On this occasion I had the beef tartare, which for my money is the best in the city, then the black-pepper crusted tuna loin on shredded vegetables with green onion beurre blanc. The latter was so delicious my companion and I couldn't figure out how it was done. What they referred to as shredded vegetables tasted like a desert. Simply amazing. My date had the prime striploin with bone marrow; while I'm not a fan of marrow in general, she thought it was phenomenal.
One of the rare restaurants that takes dessert very seriously, so do not skip the dessert. It will invariably knock your socks off. The wine list is the size of a phone book, with something like 3000 bottles in the cellar. And to think this restaurant is a small, family run business and has been for close to 25 years. If I have out of town guests or clients, Opus is where I go, because it never fails to both impress and delight. You're treated like royalty here. Expensive, and worth every darn penny.
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