Luma

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Global, International

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Luma is a contemporary restaurant that pays homage to Toronto’s rich, multicultural landscape. Globally inspired and locally sourced, Executive Chef Michael Wilson’s menu showcases fresh, artisanal dishes, which feature the finest regional ingredients and reflect our city’s diversity. Luma is also known for its diverse wine list and hand-crafted cocktails.

Warm and inviting, Luma’s dining room and bar are designed with rich woods, leather and stone, and the cozy lounge is filled with plush sofas and eye-catching artwork. Luma’s second floor location in the TIFF Bell Lightbox and its floor-to-ceiling windows offer outstanding views of King Street West and the downtown action.

From 4pm to 9pm, join us for $6 drink features in the Luma lounge, including flavoured martinis, Manhattans and Grolsch (Note: Magic Hour will not be available from September 6 - 17)
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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our host Ben was very friendly and welcoming. He made my mom feel very special on her first visit to Toronto. Our server Megan was outstanding. She checked with the chef to make sure my mom’s onion allergy was not a problem for several dishes. Overall, tonight was a huge 5 stars for the service and kindness the Luma team showed my mom on her first visit to Canada.

MF
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a Birthday celebration and LUMA did not disappoint. Our Server Kevin is the best-from answering all our questions and accommodated my last minute request to put together a special fruit bowl for the Birthday boy. He executed in a friendly and professional manner. Seafood platter was as fresh as you can get. Fish were cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth.

The assistant manager on duty (sorry did not get his name) was also very pleasant and accommodating. Absolute world class hospitality!

I am already planning to go back to try their lunch menu.

MP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous and the service great. They had us out in time for our show at The Royal Alex.

D
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

No paper towel in washrooms—had to go into the one with a hand dryer. Staff didn’t care...four of us mentioned it.

Service was less than average. Server focused on other tables when we only ordered one bottle of wine. We had to top up our own glasses when he disappeared.

Food was excellent. Table was badly chipped... I honestly expected better from O&B.

T
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Service was really poor. We felt rushed all the time. My tuna salad was missing the avocado and when asked the server implied that I was making a big deal about that. We were never informed about the specials. My friend ordered espresso but had to ask for the sugar after waiting and realizing that it’s not coming.
I was very surprised and disappointed with this level of service for an Oliver Bonacini restaurant

SM
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks again for the wonderful service Kevin! Everything was perfect from start to finish.

b
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit back to Luma since the new seafood menu was put in place, and everything was delicious! Our party of four started with Luma’s take on a caprese salad, which combined various heirloom tomatoes and large chunks of cheese in a very nice pesto based dressing. Not the normal presentation, but absolutely flavourful and good for sharing. Our mains included the miso cod, seared tuna, and shrimp tagliatelle dishes. Everything was perfectly prepared and artfully presented and most importantly, delicious.

Service was excellent throughout our meal, attentive but not intrusive.

Definitely worth a visit.

VF
Toronto
36 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre-concert dining experience. Lobster roll and oysters were excellent.

ND
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was slow to come and server wasn't welcoming of food adaptations, but otherwise, quite good!

P
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I downgraded the ambience, because it was Sunday, the end of TIFF and they didn't open the restaurant - rather put us in the Founders Lounge with the same menu and service. We usually eat at Luma on the last day of TIFF and this was the first time the restaurant was off limits. Still, it's a great place, great food, and will go again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The food is mediocre
Another over priced toronto restaurant which elevates form
Over substance and caters largely to unsuspecting tourists
You would experience better flavour quality and value at an ethnic restaurant
Don’t waste your money

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I never go to the trouble of writing a bad review but we were honestly very disappointed with our experience at Luma. We went for a date night before a TIFF movie and while the reviews were so-so, many other restaurants were booked up in the area due to TIFF and we both love seafood so we thought - why not? The many reasons became apparent, primarily the food.

We ordered oysters, a kale caesar, the octopus and the shrimp pasta. The oysters were just fine, as most are. However, the kale salad was embarrassing. It was literally a bed of what looked to be romaine lettuce (though, when I raised it, I was told it was made of bitter greens?) with a couple small pieces of wilted kale, store-bought creamy dressing, cheap croutons and an anchovy slapped on top. It reminded me of what you might get at the Holiday Inn. When I raised a concern, I was told it was made of bitter greens and, to be fair, the server did ask if I’d like them to go and make another salad with just kale. I said no because I could see it wasn’t going to get any better and I hate waste. We picked at it but made it pretty clear that we weren’t impressed. The salad, of course, showed up on the bill anyways. We then waited about 45 minutes before our mains arrived, which meant that we had about 10 minutes to scarf it down before our movie started. My pasta was so-so, but the $35 price tag for four shrimp on a bed of fairly plain pasta was pretty annoying. The octopus was very over-cooked and sort of mushy.

There are few things I hate more than spending a bunch of money and getting little in return. We were less than impressed with the food and didn’t even get to enjoy our mains in the end due to the long wait. The restaurant was far from packed. Our server was kind but did nothing about the salad, nor did she check in on us to ask if we’d like another drink. We had one beer each over the 1.5 hours we were at the restaurant. $160 later, I’d give it 1.5 stars.

v
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tiff pre movie dinner with my spouse

RP
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Three out of four of us had the soup. It was not hot.
The main courses were passable. One of us had halibut and he was ill all night.
Services was good. However this was the second mediocre meal here in the past few months, the last time being in July. Will not return. Food quality is not there.

SA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here a few times. It is always excellent - consistent quality and frequent changes to the menu keep it interesting.

P
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Luma was ok. The oysters were good, ceaser kale salad was mediocre. The mains were good but not great value for 2/3 of them. Overall ok place but definitely not outstanding.

VC
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not my first tome visiting and I always enjoy Luma

S
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

There was a delay
One of the two main meals the Entrée arrived first so we shared it.
The appetizer my guest ordered arrived later !
Then my Entrée which we shared as well


Anyway the food was very good

C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Busy time for Luma but we had a great meal and evening. Menu is still very interesting and very well priced for the location and quality. Good, affordable wine list. Well done Luma for remaining a great spot to go on King West.

SH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good place to grab a nice meal before a show at the Bell Lightbox. Nicely prepared food, open atmosphere. Decor is slightly dated.

KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Everything besides the food was amazing. LUMA menu use to be amazing! I am not sure why you changed to a seafood restaurant. Please bring back lamb, duck, and steak!

TM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Yummy and a lovely space

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner after a movie at TIFF. Lobster roll and tacos were excellent. We loved the truffle fries. Blankets at the outdoor tables is a nice touch.

E
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Tuna salad tasted off, over cooked and an unhealthy colour .. when I told my waiter he said the tuna is always that grey colour ... ???.. he did offer to bring me another meal.. chose fish tacos ... very mediocre ... my appetizer - octopus good but pretty oily .. overall ? Meh

l
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a delicious meal and good service up to dessert. Our dessert order was taken and our server seemed to have disappear. We sat for a lengthy period with no dessert and no server. When our server appeared he asked if we’d received our dessert, and we responded that we had not and at that point did not have time to wait further for it. A disappointing end to an otherwise lovely dinner.

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

Anniversary

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Our group was seated for dinner at 6pm and ordered drinks and appetizers, which arrived but they were told they would not have time for dinner (they had a 2 hour window and the restaurant was not very full). Not
Impressed. - Pierre Bois - TIFF Loyalty

F
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Luma has switched to a predominantly seafood menu.
We love seafood so it was great.

NS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

For some reason the restaurant was empty! There were 3 tables being used. Very odd. The food was good, however the restaurant was eerily dead.

SB
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for the first time with a small group and our experience was fantastic. Food was wonderful and service was quick, management and staff was very friendly and accommodating. I would gladly go back and recommend this restaurant.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious oysters and lobster roll! Beautiful patio seating. Quiet Friday night of a long weekend.

BN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal! they were accommodating of dietary restrictions and very nice.

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always pleasing, good food, good service. The ambience is a winner for us.

D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Normally the food and service is good but the day was rainy so hardly any patrons but the service was horrible and food even worse. Clam carbonara was not seasoned at all. I called to give feedback and the hostess had no interest in taking feedback. Will not return with any further clients unless reached out by GM to explain.

RV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and service. Kevin our server was attentive and helpful! Loved every minute of our dining experience!

l
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive, timely and friendly service. Great food and drinks!

MC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Waited long to be seated, ended up seating ourselves. Told our server we had an open table reservation but they neglected to confirm our reservation, resulted in a email from open table about promptness and how it affects the restaurant.. service was poor. Do not recommend as this was our second poor experience here. Food/drinks were good, however.

EM
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing night! Brought my co-workers and the loved the food! The menu has changed substantially since I first came 5 years ago. It wasn’t too busy on a Friday night and we well- cared by our server. Loved Buck-a-shuck oysters with a bottle of wine. The crab cake appetizer was delicious as well as the grilled octopus for the main. Would highly recommend.

M
Toronto
84 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were 6 friends who haven’t seen each other in 30 years. Upon arrival I checked in with the front desk, and was very warmly greeted and we were escorted to our table and seated. A very nice touch was that the table already had menus set out for each of us.

Service, as usual, was exemplary, and our apps and meals were fantastic.

The restaurant was pretty much empty, except for diners at 3 tables, and our server, Kevin, explained that there were no shows playing this Friday night at the adjacent theatres. On the upside, this meant that we received incredible attention from the entire staff.

Luma has always been consistently outstanding. My wife and I have been here many times, and we were somewhat surprised to see the new menu focused on seafood. But everyone raved about their meals, and I especially loved my halibut fish & chips.

Highly recommended!

CD
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for a bday dinner. Meals were delicious, service was fantastic and they even brought some special wine for our celebration. They also noted that a person was gluten-free so the bday dessert they brought was something everyone could enjoy. Looking forward to dining again soon.

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