LaVinia

4.5
243 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Worth the Drive
  • Good for Anniversaries
After training and studying at the internationally recognized Lausanne Cooking Academy in Switzerland, opening up Prego in Spain, and Bolero in San Francisco, Chef Fernando Garcia brings Spanish food and culture to Toronto with LaVinia.



This visit to Spain via The Lakeshore, not far from the water, includes tapas dishes such as Piquilo Peppers Stuffed with a Seafood Mousse and Anisete cream, and Fine Ibérico Spanish Ham. Choose from a large range of slow-cooked paellas, fresh pastas, fish including Basque Style Codfish Stew, and lamb or steak for the meat lovers for your meal.



LaVinia is open for dinner from Tuesday until Sunday.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Weekend get away to Toronto from El Paso , Tx

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very delicious, my favorite

M
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best paella I’ve tried in years, service was very friendly!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, but i found that price for alcohol is very expensive. 50$ for 1 litre of sangria is way too much!

BM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I would recommend, but tell that they need to check if a big group is booked. Our visit was unfortunately spoiled by a very noisy big group of young adults. Granted, the restaurant is small and the surfaces are all hard, so no noise can be dampened. Fernando, the amazing and so proper chef/owner Fernando was aware of our dissatisfaction as we could not talk or hear each other, so he offered us an aperitif after dinner which was very much appreciated. Next time, we'll call the restaurant directly and check if any groups are scheduled. Food is outstanding !!!! Service....terrific!!!

FG
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and service was outstanding. Music was at a good level. The only thing is that I was blindsided by the cost of the dish of the day.

DU
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Paella Valenciana was outstanding as before, and my avocado salad was equally good.
My dining companion enjoyed the organic greens and scampi.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Great food.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tapas, wine selection. Overall a great spot in Mimico. Service is great and the chef’s the best!

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time. The food was delicious! Loved it from beginning to end. Thank you!!

SP
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Spanish food, Ribera del Duero wine and attentive service.

RF
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Amazing! Service. Food. Ambience! 5 Stars. Chef Fernando & son Jamie are exceptional

M
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We were disappointed since we had high expectations based on ratings and reviews by others. I had hoped that the food would be extraordinarily good. My dish was barely edible. I had the Paella Valenciana. The serving on the plate was barely warm and the rest waiting on the pan had also cooled down. I don't know where it had been but most of it was overcooked, so that reheating it may not have been a good option either. The pieces of chicken, the shrimp and the tiny clams were all dry and overdone. It was not a dish which tastes good cold. The taste of the saffron in the rice had also disappeared.
The other diner had the daily meat special, a veal chop for $38. It came with a few tasteless carrot pieces and a small amount of zucchini. A large bone covered most of the plate. The problem was cutting the meat off the bone, since the supposedly sharp knife was not sharp enough for the job. The meat did not have an unusual or interesting flavour, as expected. It just had an ordinary smoky taste, which was OK, but nothing special. Considering the price, it was not a good value.
The staff came often to refill our glasses and they tried to be attentive, though it wasn't necessary to refill our water glasses after every sip because it became distracting.
Overall, disappointing.

GF
Toronto
45 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Neighbourhood gem with authentic Spanish dishes! Enjoyable dishes like - Gambas al Ajillo (sauteed shrimp with garlic), Jamón & Lomo Ibérico, Croquetas de Pollo, Paella Valenciana (with Chorizo, Chicken and Seafood) - food so good that makes you feel like you are dining at a local restaurant in Barcelona!

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time tasting spanish food!! Amazing experience!

DD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great venue, we arrived early and the 3 staff were excellent, they waited all of the tables between them. All were very friendly. The food was excellent and we will definatley return.

The chef came out to talk to us as well, really nice touch. Best meal we have had in a long time.

DL
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant. As I had hoped for based on other reviews. Nice touch to have the chef(owner?) come by to say hi and ensure all was well . This small gesture always makes a client feel special and appreciated and costs nothing. Very nice experience. Thank you!

JW
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is wonderful. This time we had tapas only. There isn’t a bad tapas but our favorites tonight were the mussels, shrimp and mushroom dishes. Also you can’t go wrong ordering any of the croquettes. I always appreciate when the chef makes an appearance which happens at LaVinia. Highly recommend this restaurant.

TR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic evening at LaVinia. 😘

PK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another Fantastic meal prepared with passion by owner/chef Fernando. Warm friendly atmosphere and welcomed us with open arms.

l
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our date night, and it was excellent. We had 4 different tapas dishes between us, and split a dessert. Our waiter was excellent- attentive, but not in your face, with a personality. The chef came out to see chat with us before we left. I highly recommend La Vinia.

RF
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience again! Kudos chef Fernando & Jamie

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to go here for our 10th anniversary dinner. We were delighted by the welcoming atmosphere, but even more happy with the level of service, which was top-notch. The appetizers and paella were so tasty, with large portions for the paella- one serving would probably would do for two. The service was very attentive, and we had the pleasure of meeting the chef Fernando personally as did the other guests – he also sent us a piece of delicious mango cheesecake because of our anniversary :-) we will definitely be coming here again and consider this a gem in our Lakeshore neighborhood!

SR
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a business meeting and the food was terrific! The noise level was a bit loud at times but not so loud we couldn’t hear each other. Chef came out to check if we enjoyed the food! Would definitely go back again!

BB
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The staff were super helpful and especially appreciated the chef coming to our table not once but twice. All the food was excellent and really enjoyed the wine. It is a small restaurant and tables felt a little too close together but this is a minor matter to me. The food and service are the most important.

SM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

On our last visit I was able to introduce 4 colleagues to LaVinia who had never been. As it was an evening where we wanted to be able to converse without yelling and I had a diverse group of eaters but knew that they all loved good food LaVinia immediately came to mind. We ordered a broad range of plates for sharing as Spanish food is setup perfectly to do. Their seafood is never overcooked, simple seasoning that lets the quality of the product shine through and as one guest commented, she hasn't had Spanish like this since she was last in Spain. Enough said. Everything was a hit, service as always, professional and impeccable. Chef....ever charming and somehow managing to keep that kitchen flowing with only 2 bodies and never an uncomfortable delay between courses. While I should use it as a go to restaurant far more often than I do (caveat, I don't leave anywhere close to the neighbourhood however it is always worth the drive) this last evening reminded me we need to going more often. Thank you all for a truly excellent evening. One small note, when the back door opens, you can smoke break...but I know that is a winter issue many restaurants face.

m
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service - great food - beautiful energy / thank You Fernando and Family

BA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 1st time at La Vinia and we thourly enjoyed our evening. Will definatley recommend.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a great place to try Spanish fiod

WT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

A pretty awful experience on Valentine’s Day. Staff was very rude right from arrival. Told me I was 10 minutes early for my reservation so I had to wait even though I saw 4 tables open. In the next 10 minutes no on arrived but I still got seated 10 mins even after that.
Ordered crab cakes, they were quite good. Shrimp was very over cooked. Scallop was raw inside and cold. Paella was bland and over cooked and seafood was chewy.
In the end an awful Valentine’s Day experience. Service was awful. One friendly female waitress who got yelled at for not being formal enough by another waiter... what an experience im not willing to repeat.

s
Toronto
85 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant!
Fernando Garcia is a master chef!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service at LaVinia is exceptional. The atmosphere is lovely. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Have the chocolate creme caramel for dessert - you will not regret it.

BM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a special occasion at LaVinia, our first time there ---it had been recommended by friends. The food was beautifully prepared, succulent and the portions were appropriate for us. we had a Caesar, an appetizer and a main , as well as sharing a dessert. The Caesar salad was amongst the best we've ever had. It had light and crispy croutons and was perfectly dressed. the fish special was salmon and was truly memorable. The lamb was prepared perfectly, medium rare and the dessert was simply amazing. It was called fried milk ... very light yet creamy , almost gossamer like with a crispy cinnamon/sugar crust ... very creative and unique in our experience. Our only complaint is that the room can be very noisy, especially if you are next to a rambunctious table and the room is full. The wait staff was very attentive but not obtrusive. This is a very well-run place, frequented on this Saturday night by many Spanish speaking people ... always a good sign!

DD
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, atmosphere and service. Will be returning

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The food and service was excellent. Great ambiance with good, low volume music that allowed us to carry a normal conversation.
We highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely return. Thank you

MO
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s Birthday and they treated her like gold!

PR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine, served by pros. Will recommend to others and return.

G
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant as always

NG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At Lavinia, you will find the best Spanish Paella. In general authentic Spanish food! I love this place!!

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent Spanish tapas and paella! Reminded us of being in Barcelona again!
The servers were exceptional- real professionals with class!

Restaurant space is modest, small and unpretentious.

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