El Tenedor

4.9
135 reviews
CAN$51 and over
Spanish
Our tasting menu is based on seasonality and proximity of ingredients with an option for wine pairings and our day to day a la carte menu has a personal and modern approach to traditional recipes from Spain and France.

We serve tables of 2 so you will receive a personal dining experience in a quiet intimate and romantic space. For tables of 4 please contact us directly.

We are conveniently located in the East Side of Yonge Street, 1 block south of Rosedale Subway station and 5 mins away from Bloor, Yorkville and Summerhill.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 135 People Are Saying
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4.9
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abassin
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was the best service I have ever received in my life. The chef came over to us specifically to talk to us and the appetizer of artichokes and honey was delectable. When we weren’t sure about the vermouth the chef let us try and the sangria was amazing

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AsraaS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing service and delicious food. will definitely go back soon

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Red1963
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! Quiet intimate place. Would highly recommend you try the tasting menu, very inventive.

HJ
vipHJMC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesar never ceases to amaze us with his creations.

MD
MarinaD
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Chef! Great wine selection. Will come again:-))

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Red1963
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet intimate restaurant, a hidden gem in the neighbourhood. Outstanding flavours in all dishes. Chef Cesar is truly innovative and creative, a sweet and savoury dessert, wonderful!

JP
JodyP
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our (day after) Valentine's Day dinner at El Tenedor and highly recommend to anyone looking for a quiet, romantic and delicious place to have dinner.

The restaurant itself is small, only 7 tables if I remember correctly, so reservations are recommended. They offer a tasting menu and include a wine pairing option although they can do some substitutions; I would always recommend trusting the chef with their choices...it's why they are the professionals right?We did the wine pairing and really enjoyed all of the options we were presented.

Service was top notch and did include the chef coming down and checking on us and the other diners.

As mentioned - we highly recommend and will definitely be back

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vipKennethF
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my wife’s birthday. Everything was fantastic. From the personalized service to the great tasting food it was all perfect. Chef topped the evening off with a special desert for my wife! Definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great food and very intimate.

DA
DAVIDT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most unique and enjoyable dining experiences my wife and I have ever had. The food was so different, so flavorsome, and so beautifully prepared and presented. The staff were fantastic. Do not be put off by the restaurant only having 4 tables.......we felt it was like having your food prepared by your own private chef. We should highly recommend.it has to be experienced!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, wonderful flavours, a great wine choice and fabulous atmosphere. We LOVE going to dinner here.

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vipAKCouple
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Excellent cozy restaurant. Family type restaurant and service. Very friendly.

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vipJaniceF
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about this place! Food is exceptional and creative. Cesar and the team create a unique dining experience that is memorable. Ambiance in the restaurant is lovely

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vipAHGonOT
Toronto
71 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a small restaurant with a big impact - only three tables of four - and two staff ( the chef and the server) - they overwhelmingly provide delicious creative food coupled with a good wine selection and excellent friendly service . Cannot wait to go back and show other friends this little gem on Yonge Street.

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spanish restaurant in the city. Hands down top 5 restaurants in Toronto.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We selected El Tenedor’s tasting and wine pairing menu. From start to finish the meal was excellent, creative and unexpected. The food was delicious and flavourful. It is a small restaurant and is ideal for a special occasion or if you enjoy attentive personal service.

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. It brought us back to meals we enjoyed in Spain.

If you’re looking for a creative, flavourful and enjoyable meal, come here. We will be back again.

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vipLovetoEat
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is so friendly! The chef /owner takes the time to greet everyone and answer any questions about the food and wine, and the servers are on the ball, making suggestions and willing to go the extra mile to meet your requests. The food matches the impeccable service, extremely tasty and the menu is well thought out.

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Red1963
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience, the food is outstanding as is the service and ambience. Chef Cesar is very talented and food is not only delicious but imaginative. Atmosphere is quiet, great for having a wonderful meal with conversation and great wine.

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Steve
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The menu is a bit misleading. This is not a tapas restaurant, they say that themselves, and indeed the "small plates" are too expensive for that. But the small plates are very small, and should then be called appetizers. We did not order any big plates, with hindsight we should have ordered big plates.

CB
ClarissaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, very creative and beautifully plated. The service was so attentive and the chef/owner is very friendly and welcoming. Our server for the night was wonderful and took excellent care of our table.

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Herve
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my wife birthday there. We felt like the meal, the drink , the service was perfectly tailored to us. It was an amazing experience, she absolutely loved it, what a delight!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sickest place for confit!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambiance with incredibly welcoming and caring staff.
Would recommend for any occasion, one of my favourite dining experiences in Toronto.

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VitorM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Personal and wonderful menu!

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vipparajoloco
Toronto
140 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very special tasting menu with wine pairing! Sophisticated and elegant presentation and flavour! Ee especially enjoyed the tomatoes warm beet and goat cheese salads Try it, you will not be disappointed!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
45 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I go fairly regularly to El Tenedor. It is suitable for any of the occasions listed.

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KeithM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my 3rd visit to Toronto in 5 months and I’ve been to quite a few restaurants here, including CN Tower twice. El Tenedor is without doubt the best food I have eaten. Fantastic imagination and gorgeous flavour from the chef coupled with a very warm and pleasing service.
It’s the first place I will book on my next visit !

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honestone
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was perfectly delicious and the service impeccable.

JR
JohnR
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I are self-admitted foodies and there are few restaurants in the Toronto restaurant scene which have it all; service, ambiance, elegance, and every course of the meal was spectacular. One of the best dining experiences we’ve had in any city.

JB
JerryB
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very small restaurant with only 5-6 tables. Space is intimate and attractive- almost like dining in a private room. Chef is very creative with Spanish and Basque recipes. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, fantastic food and service thank you

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Red1963
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and wine. The cured salmon with potatoe icecream is so clever and delicious. Cesar is an amazing chef

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Essy
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time we go to El Tenedor and we love absolutely everything! From the wonderful Chef Cesar to the calming ambience and soft background music. Only a few tables which makes it very intimate and quite. I cannot talk about the food as it is a must to try it. Difficult to express the perfection of the presentation to the delicate taste of their incredible dishes. One of the times we tried the “menu de degustación” and I regret not pairing it with the wines they suggested as my husband did. Superb! Just with the start of the evening with a warm sourdough bread and exquisites butters to the light and no so sweet desserts. We are fortunate this hidden jewel is relatively close to our home to make it our monthly treat :)
Can’t wait for next time!!!

HJ
vipHJMC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a creative menu with great flavours. It’s been a well kept secret long enough! Word needs to get out about how good it is.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food. Portion size a little small, however being fine dining I completely understand. Definitely going back to try some other items on the menu

JH
JanetH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little restaurant, a quiet oasis, seeking out local ingredients. Chef and staff obviously care deeply about the food they prepare and serve. Interesting flavours. Beef cheeks were awesome.

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The experience at el Tenedor was outstanding, the service was excellent and I really enjoyed the cuisine. Reminded me of a European dining experience with a blend of Spanish and French influence.

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RajS
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very intimate place, limited seating book reservation in advance. Very pleasant staff. Food was excellent , attractive presentation. Did the wine pairing option, it was well worth it. Will be going back .

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vipSunitD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had dinner at El Tenedor this past weekend. We had a lovely meal. The restaurant is small but comfortable. We were greeted to the chef and own, who attended to us throughout. For appetizers, we had artichoke with goats cheese and honey, salmon with caviar, and scallops in a tomato-base sauce and bonito flakes. For our main courses, we had a beef cheek stew and bacalao and potatoes. We finished with a lovely sherry and bread pudding. Wow! We will be back. Thank you, chef.

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Red1963
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding as is the service. This is the third time we have visited this restaurant and it just gets better every time. Chef Cesar is very creative and every morsel if so flavourful. This is an absolutely charming intimate find, a real neighbourhood gem, just outside the noise of Yorkville. Would highly recommend.

FAQs

El Tenedor offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 923-8888.

El Tenedor is rated 4.9 stars by 135 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.