Neruda

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Neruda, a high-end restaurant with 400-person capacity, is located in the city of Toronto’s bustling Beaches neighbourhood. Our emphasis is on using top local and organic ingredients, run by some of the industry’s top professionals. The vibrant unique menu pays homage to Latin, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours and showcases an elevated take on cuisine from these regions. Bold in flavor and diverse in inspiration, Neruda is Toronto’s newest culinary destination.
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1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I had such an incredible experience at Neruda Thursday evening. The service and staff were incredible. The food?! AMAZING, rich with flavour. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great evening out. Can’t wait to go back.

PD
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Excellent service. Celebrated a birthday. Just great!

MJ
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to this restaurant for brunch and were wowed. All the food was phenomenal (especially the pancakes and the steak & eggs) and the service was exceptional. We will definitely be returning and recommend that everyone try this place!

DN
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch! Best pancakes we have ever had! Highly recommended

CG
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Neruda is a big restaurant great for large parties or special events. We had a brunch buffet that was fresh and filling. The servers are friendly. In the summertime, the terrace is fantastic and right on the beach. You feel like you are on vacation. The menu is upscale and a bit expensive but I haven't tried dinner. It's worth checking out.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing time great food , the head chef was really kind he gave us suggestions on what steaks to get and he even made us his very own in house chimichurri. I would recommend Neruda to anyone and I can’t wait to visit again.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time visiting Neruda, and we will definitely be back soon. Our waiter Anesti was phenomenal, and such a pleasant man to speak with. The food was mouthwatering, we were more impressed with every bite, even the herbed potatoes were out of this world. I recommended everyone try this place at least once, you will not regret it, worth every penny!

MG
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went last Wednesday for our 3rd wedding anniversary - I had booked though open table and notified them it was a special night.

We were greeted by Andrew I believe - nice young man - and he quickly gave us a nice private table by the window, followed by a complimentary rose champagne.

ordered a really nice mixed drink each to start off - old fashioned and margarita - then a nice bottle of cab-sauv Wade. we wanted a dry aged steak so went with the bone in rib. wife ordered the grilled octopus.

had the beef tar tare - very nice - suggested a little more onion and herbs, maybe a little vinegar too.

We were served a beautiful meal on a wood bock board, and to our surprise they included all the trimmings, cesar, broccolini, potatoes, black rice, bread, etc. was nice of them to put together a full meal for us so we could try almost everything - Including a wagu steak on top! -and all the deserts they had to offer.

We were thrilled - took about 3 hours and we enjoyed our time, food, wine and great service - definitely recommend - only some small words of advice, octopus portion was small, we were excepting Danforth size grilled tentacles, grilled cesar needs to be served warm and charred, but other then that great meal and experience.

Dry aged steaks have a totally different taste then what you might be use to - great flavour with the aged meat - nutty - not bloody - but still nice and med rare full of flavour.

OA
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Price is for fine dining; ambience is cheap bar. Service was okay and the food was okay but very pricey. Would not go back

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

- Ambiance is not great. Attached to a Tim Hortons and a Booster Juice. Had a neon OPEN sign, despite being not very busy, were seated right near the entrance instead of near the Beach. Generally, felt as if I was in an Etobicoke strip mall, not an upscale restaurant in the Beaches.

- High prices were fair for the food quality, but terrible for the ambiance and atmosphere

- Ordered a Club Soda and was given a can of Schweppes. Don’t care that it was Schweppes probably tastes better than fountain pop, but at least put it in a glass with some lime.

- Hostess asked us if we had been served yet midway thru our meal (how else would we have gotten our food?)


- Group of students was seated next to us who were wearing flip flops and shorts, JUULing at the table, and taking shots. All for a good time but ruined the ambiance even further and again made it feel like an Etobicoke strip mall.

OT
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always total value for the price, beautiful view worth the drive to the east end

RB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

great location nd setting, meal are overpriced , mall portions, did not receive all of our item ordered, desert election is very limited... full of piders hanging from ceiling. Beef was great but lobster ize and price were very disappointing.. I will not return

t
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neruda was fantastic. I’ve been for both dinner and their all-you-can-eat brunch special. The brunch special is by far my favourite. It’s great bang for your buck and delicious! I would definitely go back and I hope they have more brunch specials in the future!

S
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect steak and seafood platters, server did mess up our payment and led to a little confusion, but overall excellent service and courteous/friendly!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The decor inside is was tasteful yet simple, had a decent ambience about it. We had a very attentive server, she never let a drink go empty and always asked if we needed anything. The appetizers were better than the meal, my partner and I weren’t very fond of the aged steak. Aged steak is definitely an acquired taste, we also found the steak to be on the pricey side. Glad we tried it but probably won’t go back.

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Anastasio our server was great. Greeted us with a smile and made some recommendations that enticed us.
He was very knowledgeable on the product offerings I can tell he enjoys his career.

As for the food:
-Wood fired charred Caesar Salad: seasoned well but lacked the char! Cut the wedges in quarters and char them on that beautiful grill!!

-Whole Orata: Nice char but lacked flavour.

-USDA dry aged striploin: Sweet in flavour but chewy and dry in texture. I was surprised because the steak was marbled so beautifully. Not sure it should have been like this???
I’ve had aged porterhouse in the past and it remained moist. Perhaps not as long and it was I who decided on an aged strip. I’ll stick to young aged meats. I want that juicy steak.

-Wood Fired Broccolini !!!!!!!!! Perfect!

- Sautéed Mushrooms: dry and tasteless. Poor execution.

Drinks!!!! Great

I was so hoping to love this place. Not sure I’ll be back.

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

The best for meat lovers
Good place and recommend it to everyone

VN
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We originally came in for brunch, but there was no brunch food and we were slightly disappointed. All the options available for 11:30am were foods more for dinner. We ordered the platter of smoked meats, which were good but they came out warm.

The location and ambiance were really nice. Also, our server was great and very friendly!

WH
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Price too expensive for chicken tenders!
And was super cold!!!! Patio door was open, was windy and AC was on! Very uncomfortable! Was only few tables occupied and not busy at all

DT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upstanding food in a fantastic setting. Nothing missed exceeded all expectations

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

Such a special place to have in the city. Loved being able to watch the buzz on the beach while enjoying an amazing seafood platter. We will be back for sure!

DT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The lamb riblets are all fat... I was expecting a tasty lamb dish, but I couldn't eat most of what was served since it certainly wouldn't sit well in anyone's stomach. The ambiance is great and service was friendly.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Evening! A wonderful meal - salad, steak and fish dishes and lovely pastries in a box for dessert. Service was topnotch. Wine - prosseco, chardonnay and malbec - were lovely complements to our meals and personal taste.

Francesca the pastry chef came out for a chat during dessert - she has worked in 3 Michelin starred restaurants in Europe and has now come home. Very special treats beautifully presented and delicious!

I currently have a mobility issue and restaurant staff were completely on top of making things easy for me.

Location is beautiful and sitting on the terrace overlooking lake ontario on a lovely evening made it perfect.

You must go!

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here last night for my partner’s birthday and everything was simply fantastic — food, service, ambience. We’ll be back.

P
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Ambience is good and noise level good as 4 of us able to converse.
Meat dishes very good. Salmon dish overcooked and not tasty at all even though we asked that it be done medium;

BS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Went on a hot evening and the ambiance was great. The food and presentation was great.
The restaurant was not busy but the staff appeared rushed and some were even running. Need better coordination between staff.

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very pricey for what it was. Steaks very expensive and not much else to choose from.

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

Unfortunately not a professionally run restaurant - there is no voicemail set up, no one answers the phone and no email address for the restaurant. Further, management is either very green OR has no authority to make judgment calls on how to handle a sub-par and potentially life-threatening experience. We attended this establishment (my 2nd time), my companion's first time who has an allergy to gluten and dairy, which we disclosed to our server right away. We ordered the green salad, shishito peppers, octopus, oysters and 2 bottles of the super Tuscan red. We were told everything we ordered was fine for allergies however, the green salad we ordered came with kamut (a grain that contains gluten) but we were told it was Walnuts; to be fair, the server told us the salad came with walnuts prior to a recent change to the ingredient. We informed our server after eating some and noticing that it had kamut vs. walnuts which she unfortunately did not know until double-checking with the kitchen that the salad now comes with kamut. Sent it back, got a new one, but the lettuce was brown and unappealing. The manager checked in with us. We had hoped the 3rd time would be a charm - NOPE - same brown lettuce, so we gave up on the salad. Our server was the most pleasant and cheerful person I've ever met. Unfortunately, she, all the other servers and manager need to be proactive in double-checking menu item changes and the others who run food for each other should probably ensure quality of food being run to each table and for allergies. My companion got sick that evening and had this been an anaphylactic allergy she would have been toast. My recommendation - do NOT attend if you have allergies, product knowledge is sub-par across the board. In the end, we got comped a $14 salad. Would I attend here again, not likely. There are many other places in Toronto to get quality food at that price point but with staff/management who have proper food knowledge and quality execution.

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

Delicious food, great service!
Perfect wine.
Octopus was amazing!!

GG
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anastasio was our server and he was truly incredibly. He knew good wine pairings, and suggestions about what to order, and the type of steaks.

His service made the experience as great as it was.

Thank you !!

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant and incredible food. Steaks were perfectly cooked and beyond flavourful. Grilling food on wood gives it flavour like no other. The owner was extremely nice and even made time to came by to introduce himself and offered to give us a tour of the kitchen and their dry aging facility. The head chef explained to us meat grilling and aging process which was very interesting and educational. My husband and I were so impressed and above all appreciative of Neruda’s high standards of food and their support of our local farms. Overall we had a beautiful dinner and beautiful experience. Let’s not forget our server Anastasio who went above and beyond to make our night special. We will be definitely coming back soon.

r
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been there many times. Great food nice atmosphere Service is a little slow and always has been. Having said that we are back again twice this month.

TH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The waitress forgot my companions drink but mine came; I think she didn't ring it in. She wasn't able to give recommendations about most of the menu whether drinks or food. She didn't follow up after very well. Waitress was not young either; as a career waitress she should be a lot better.

The food wasn't great either; we order a striplion steak (medium rare and it came medium at best) and definitely not a great. I have better steaks at The Keg. The sides were actually good. We had mushrooms and mac and cheese. They were the highlight of the meal.
We also order the Salmon which was asked for medium and it came dry and more on the well done side.

The story behind the restaurant was a nice one on the website but the delivery wasn't there at all. Based on the prices you want to charge you need to step it up in all categories in my opinion.

F
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The experience and the ambiance at Neruda were great! I’d definitely recommend the restaurant to friends.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday. Beautiful view and great food! The staff was wonderful!

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

Wow. Wow to how amazing their staff is. Wow to how amazing the place itself is. Wow to how amazing the chef is.

My first experience at Neruda's restaurant surpassed every expectation. They served incredible vegetarian dishes such as the smoke tofu with spicy sauce and the calamari side dish. They completely topped themselves when they brought out the sea food platter. Full lobsters! When you drizzle over warm butter it beats anything else you have ever eaten.

If you are looking for a nice place to eat I highly suggest neruda's restaurant. Not only for the food but the story behind it.

Did you know that it use to be an old bowling alley? When the owner found out that it was being torn down, he stepped in and took it over. Sure, a restuarant is nothing like a bowling alley but he made sure parts of it were including in his new designed. For example, the table we were sitting at was part of the bowling alley floor! As of today, its 97 years old!

Support this restaurant because of the quality, the localization, the character, the hospitality, the generosity, and because you havent stopped thinking about that full size lobster since I mentioned it!

-Alyssa Cutler
Miss world canada delegate 2019

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

This is ultimately my favourite dining place here in Toronto! The food is amazing, no preservatives, fresh ingredients, amazing staff who really take care of you! I’m glad to have eaten here during my visit! I can honestly say that my glass was never empty, the waiters/waitresses always had my glass filled which I truest appreciate when at a restaurant! Would definitely come here again with these amazing sceneries and food!

- Neisha Ghanie

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best steak house I have ever been to. The atmosphere as well as the staff was amazing! Beautiful location as well. I would 110% recommend this restaurant to anyone. It also has something for everyone, from vegan to vegetarian or any allergies- they make sure you're happy/satisfied!

OB
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the athmosphere and amazing food ! Thank you for having us !

CV
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience the other night! There's nothing much better than being greeted with a tall glass and full communication and description of our meal! So very impressed by the smiles, presentation, and incredible taste!

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