Hemispheres Restaurant & Bistro

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48 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary American
'NEW lunch concept featuring a healthy-lifestyle; • Healthy and nutritional menu options; Affordable pricing with great value; Quick service with salad boxes served in less than 10 mins. • Take-out option through the online ordering app: RITUAL.
NEW evening concept featuring a seasonally-inspired sharing plates menu as well as an all-new freshly made cocktails and recognizable wine list. •Sharing menu that is great for getting together with friends and colleagues; Cocktails prepared a la minute by our skilled mixologists using fresh ingredients; A balanced wine list with recognizable brands that represent quality wine. •Casual and inviting dining location and the local downtown Toronto market, as an after-work gathering spot.'
What 48 People Are Saying
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.7
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4.0
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3.5
ambience
3.5
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service - attentive and prompt; the food was delicious and fish tacos were divine! So good it's worth a repeat next week

LR
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Reserved for dinner on Saturday night before going to see Ain’t Too Proud at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Got to the restaurant and the formal side of the restaurant was closed, so only seating available was on the Bar/Bistro side. It was noisy, sports playing on the TV. If I had wanted to eat in a bar, I am sure I could have found more reasonable choices. Very disappointed

B
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Did the breakfast buffet. Nice selection of breakfast items. The hot food was all hot and was replenished quickly when necessary. Only complaint was watery scrambled eggs. Danish selection was good and the croissants airy and delicious. Coffee was piping hot with a carafe left on the table. Nice selection of fresh fruit. Service was excellent and prompt.

AD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I made a 7pm reservation for a Sunday night, which wasn’t necessary since the restaurant was almost empty. We were seated quickly and given menus but it took 30 minutes for a waiter to acknowledge our presence. There were 3 waiters on staff, 2 must have been assigned different tables and the third had a friend at the bar he couldn’t tear himself away from. 30 minutes to get water. 30 minutes to take our order. We should have left. The food wasn’t worth the wait.

JJ
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. Excellent food. Needs some new menu items !!

J
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Very patient and accommodating waiter.
A good quiet restaurant for a get together for conversation. Close to the Textike Museum whuchbwas great.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The hostess and server were very nice. Their selection of wines were very limited. The menu was small and I expected more for a new years eve meal.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Positive experience. Good food, great service, nice atmosphere. Good go to place for conversations.

C
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was great. Food was ok. Nothing special. Incredibly over priced.

D
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

I made a reservation expecting to be in the dining area but for some reason they did not have the dining area open at 6:00 pm so four of us were crammed around a small cafe style table for dinner in the bar area.

B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited the restaurant on a number of occasions given we were in Toronto for five nights. One reason we chose to stay at the DoubleTree was the bar and restaurant. We LOVE the bartender, Dennis and the staff. Superb!! 5 STARS!!

MD
Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

After our orders were placed, I never saw our server again until we got the check. Dinner took an hour to be served, during that time, no one stopped in and checked on us or apologized for the wait. Our drinks were never refilled and no one bothered to ask us how our meals were. To top it off, patrons that were seated after us received their meals before us. The food was ok, but not worth the money or the poor service. We felt as though we were on a candid camera TV show, because we couldn't imagine the service could be that bad.

A
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good selection with specials for the particular night. Reasonable wine and beer menu. It was very quiet the night we were there so good for conversation.

M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Great service! Very pleasant surprise. We really enjoyed the evening.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Win terlicious early! lunch with collegue who ordered mushroom soup( very salty and barely warm) salmon pot au feu ( very enjoyable, delicate and balaced in flavour and ingredients, good satisfying portion) and desert which we had to take to go after 90 minutes
At the start my guest ordered hot water with lemon and a teapot and 3 sevments of lemon arrived promptly just as I arrived and asked cor same...what I was brought was a an empty cup, not a pot of hot water or any lemon; did the server decide that One pot and lemon = 2 ?!?
I had the vegetable tart that came with a small frisee salad....very nice presentation and taste, except for crust- thick and heavy, looked store bought, instead od a lighter ,maybe filo or a rolled out mille feuilles to match the delicate frisee lightly seasoned salad
The salmon pot au feu was very good, light,satisfying,most enjoyable
The opera cake was not worth its name
The server was not attentive, short in responding our question and had helitosis
The restaurant is very nice and in the past I 've had good experiences at Hemispheres
If salmon pot au feu is not on the menu, it should be and I would gladly return for that
Thank you for following up and asking for feedback

S
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a first visit - went for lunch during summerlicious. Had the most delicious and imaginative salad made with pickled pears and papaya vinaigrette,. Main course was something new to me - salmon poached in a light broth with vegetables , again delicious. Dessert was opera cake - nice but not made at the restaurant so doesn't really count. Sent the main course back because it wasn't hot despite waiting quite awhile between salad and main course. Got back a beautifully heated replacement with a smile and apology.
Service was friendly, great waiter but needed another person on the floor to cut the wait times. Overall the restaurant left a good impression.

G
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went for Winterlicious lunch on a Saturday. The food was very average. There were not many customers, either. Service was just ok.

CT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was CLOSED - despite having a confirmation # and several reminder emails from open table/hemispheres. So embarrassing. Never again.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was yummy and delivered fast

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a first visit for lunch after seeing an exhibit at the TextileMuseum. The room was well appointed and quiet, and the service prompt and efficient. We all were very pleased with our food choices and will definitely return -- perhaps coupled with a visit to the AGO.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Attentive service by all staff and quiet comfortable atmosphere.

LE
Toronto
36 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Another Centre Street Gem located with the other one in the Double Tree Hotel on Centre Street. Hemisphere is bright and cafe-life with window seating at street level. My Thai Salad with grilled shrimp was fresh and delicious with just the right amount of heat for me. The service was great.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner. Someone from the restaurant called earlier in the day to verify the reservation and was there to greet us when we got there . The evening turned out great, relieving my mind since I had made the reservation and we were all from out of town.

K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

First of all we did enjoy ourselves. I a reservation 2 months in advance for the restaurant. We were sat in the bar. Waiter was really nice. Food was really good. Just a little noisier than I would have liked.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was visiting from Vancouver, stayed at Doubled and had a get together dinner at Hemisphere with family living locally. The restaurant has a lovely ambience, the staff were very friendly and helpful. We all enjoyed the meals we ordered but not wowed by it. A very pleasant evening.
Betty

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I needed a quiet restaurant that was easy to get to from the Textile Museum as I was with a couple of seniors. The University/Dundas area has many restaurants but I wanted to get my companions out of melee for a truly peaceful meal and this was the perfect spot. Plus, the Green P parking under City Hall was just down the road. So perfect for logistics. Plus the food was good - nice fresh ingredients and the usual fare but with a bit of a twist. The service was super friendly and patient.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The food was only just ok. It was a disappointment. I expected better quality. Decor has also dropped from the last time I went there. (A few years ago). Probably won't go back.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Lack of service.
Servers took forever to bring order

E
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, menu, and value.
Always great choices for lunch and the service is great.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant was so bad that me and my boyfriend almost broke up!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good and our main waiter was efficient and very personable, but the atmosphere was lacking and other service staff were not up to the level of class the restaurant was trying to achieve. There was very little wrong with the overall experience, but also nothing to make it stand out.

C
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although the actual restaurant was closed and they were serving dinner in the bar area, the service and food were excellent.

F
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2015
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was slow. Food was decent. Would eat again in a pinch.

RS
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2015
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Waited several minutes to be seated because the sign asked me to....no one came so eventually I just sat myself. I had booked on open table and the waiter said he had no reservations that day (after I wanted to ensure seating myself did not give me a 'no show'). Ordered a Pepsi that took 5 minutes to arrive. I was the only person in the restaurant otherwise 5 minutes would not have been an issue. Waiter then went AWOL and I was in a rush to get back to work. I walked up to the bar and paid for my Pepsi which was $4 and then walked out. Bought a hot dog off the street on the way back to office. I had to give a food score here so I listed it as 'Good' but I did not actually eat

C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked Hemisphere's as we were staying at the Hilton and wanted to eat in-house after a busy day of touring the art gallery etc. We were hoping it would be good but weren't expecting it to be excellent! The dinner menu was outstanding and well priced. Everything prepared and presented to perfection, The wait staff were friendly and attentive and discreet. The Hilton was also outstanding so we were very pleased all round.

t
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dined at the restaurant on a Tuesday night. The place wasn't packed so service was fairly quick.
The monk fish was really good and dessert was awesome. The decor was nice and it's on the ground of a hotel.

S
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2015
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I was really excited to try this place out. The review wasn't bad and it was easy to get to. Overall it wasn't too bad. But a few things were a bit disappointing. For noise level, we were there at the wrong time perhaps but this big group of 10 or so people at the back of the restaurant was very very loud which made everyone in the hall looking at the direction at them but the manager on duty didn't seem to care. The food was actually great. But after appetizers, we had to wait for almost 30 minutes or more and we saw that people who came later than us were actually served with the mains before us. We weren't too thrilled to see that. Otherwise the servers were very friendly. Their bar menu wasn't too extensive. Only Trius for both white and red wine.

AL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's my first visit to Hemisphere for the Winterlicious menu. Very friendly services. The food is tasty and reasonable size. Great presentation. Will come back and recommend to my friends.

T
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The waitstaff were all over us when we arrived and then disappeared. Twice I had to go find someone to help us, to take our order and to collect payment for the cheque.

The food was not of the same quality that I had enjoyed at Xmas. The "roasted"veg. soup tasted like pureed vegetable with no distinct roasted flavour. The quality of the steak in my salad was poor- stringy and the paprika marinade did not add any flavour.

I was disappointed.

V
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The location is good. The menu for the occasion was properly arranged even though some requests were not covered, but that was understandable. What we hope to be improved is price adjustment based on number of guests and possible reward on volume of sale. In all it was a great outing for my family and daughter who celebrated her 18th birthday on the 25th December.

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