The Elm Tree

4.6
672 reviews
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Mediterranean
The Elm Tree is a family-run modern Mediterranean restaurant. Using fresh and high-quality products, the menu focuses on using familiar ingredients while delivering unique and comforting food. The restaurant prides itself on having a casual, friendly ambiance where customers can relax.



Inspired by their father’s and uncle’s restaurants, brothers Ben and Jonathan Mishaev created The Elm Tree restaurant as a fresh and modern twist to their family roots. Growing up surrounded by a perfect mix of food and hospitality, their passions were obvious from a young age.

Ben’s passion for cooking and Jonathan’s interest in beverage programs and hospitality has created the perfect combination of delicious, unique food and welcoming, homey atmosphere. To Ben and Jonathan, each guest who enters the restaurant is like someone who comes into their home. The brothers strive to make them happy, treat them well and ensure they leave satisfied.
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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been several years ago for lunch and decided to have my birthday dinner here with a large group. Restaurant was able to accommodate us no problem on Friday night. Ambience was nice; not too loud, was able to chat with entire table but not dead quiet. Their Elm 75 cocktail was deliciously balanced. Shared the cauliflower and brussel sprouts appies and duck confit for main. Great flavors and portions were perfect. Finished with a rosewater vanilla ice cream. Service was attentive. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion like a date or dinner with close friends.

j
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal, beautifully presented, with interesting flavors and ingredients. Excellent servce.

JJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch at the Elm Tree. Waiter was friendly and helpful with suggestions. We shared 3 appetizers between 5 of us which was probably a little too much (they also bring delicious sour-dough bread). Crispy Brussel Sprouts - you have to try them. Entrees were superb. I highly recommend it!

P
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food and great service. Salmon, with crispy crust and succulent fish, some of the best I ever had. My husband devoured his lamb shops

PH
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal at The Elm was the best Mediterranean flavour experience I’ve had since visiting Greece. A perfect birthday treat. The service was stellar. The outdoor ambiance was excellent for an enjoyable evening meal prior to seeing Come From Away at the Elgin Theatre. Dining at its best.

We started with the Greek Salad and Charred Octopus, then I had the Confit Duck Leg, my youngest son had the special of Duck Breast with Barley Risotto, my eldest son had the Lamb Shank, and my husband had the Barramundi. Everything was fabulous. So fabulous! We were full, but couldn’t resist the dessert menu... the Rosewater Ice Cream and Pistachio Marscarpone Cream were both divine.

If you want to make your tastebuds sing, this is the place to visit.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful evening at The Elm Tree. We shared a few appetizers to start and were all impressed. Our main dishes were good as well. Gracious service, nice al fresco setting on a quiet street. Great memory.

GB
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We are seniors and appreciated the quiet as well as really fine food and really fine service. Very attentive to our needs.

PB
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Care is taken in preparing high quality Mediterranean fare. Added touches increase the appeal of the meal. E.g. the cherry tomato and olive oil compote that accompanies the fresh baked bread is delicious. Loved the smoked salmon salad.

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

Great food, great service!

f
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff were very attentive. The food was tasty. The wine list needs improvement to have California Chardonnay selections on it. There was only one but it was too dry and acidic for our taste.

LK
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time to The Elm Tree. I went with my husband and in-laws for dinner. The server was very thoughtful in helping make selections and the food was really excellent. The modern take on Mediterranean was lovely. We will definitely go back.

I
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I noticed the restaurant a note for a quite corner for celebrating my wife birthday. However, the customers sit next to us just spoke too loud. I think they were the noisiest table though out the whole restaurant. I could say it's so unlucky. However, the food is fine. It's good to go when you go with family, and the price is reasonable too. It's worth to go for the second time.

SN
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

delicious food with very generous portions, space is very nice with a cute patio in the front as well. service is perfect!

PA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately, there was nothing available to accommodate my dairy and gluten free Grandson for dessert.
Menu is limited

DL
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was tasty and fresh - loved the beet salad appetizer. Vegetarian friendly. Server was top-notch! Would return given the opportunity.

VZ
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always loved the food and the service. Enjoy it every time! Good for couples and small groups. Definitely will come again.

CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy my visit. The table right next to the front door is not optimal. Service and food made up for this

AB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service. Very generous servings. A little close to other diners, distracted by their conversations. The restaurant quiet so could have been more space between.
Would go back and will recommend!

OT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect evening.

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a
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. Delicious, healthy and creative food and always friendly service.

LB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Elm Tree is absolutely fantastic! We were so thrilled with the food, the service, and the overall dining experience, we went back for a second night. It's centrally located on a side street so it's quiet and the outdoor cafe area is perfect on a summer night. Every dish we ordered was amazing, an exquisite blend of spices and flavors. If you're looking for a memorable evening out, we highly recommend this hidden gem.

LM
New England
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The servers were incredibly attentive without being overbearing. The food was excellent and it arrived quickly after being ordered. The beer/wine list had a little bit of everything and finally, the value for the meals (we shared the fig and ricotta salad as well as the Brussels sprouts, with the octopus and lamb as our mains) is not found in many places around the city. Can’t wait to return!

T
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food...loved the charred octopus. With it's ambiance, excellent service and very good food what could we complain about? The whole experience was rushed. We arrived with a reservation and were seated with menus. Within seconds we were asked if we wanted to order. I ordered the wine. As soon as it arrived we were asked if we would order our food. I ordered 2 appetizers., my companion one. They arrived within minutes. Most people will tell the restaurant if they are in a hurry to get someplace else. We weren't. We ended up going to another restaurant after we left to have a relaxing cognac and coffee.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with my girl friends, food was excellent and service was great! 🥰

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

Food not Mediterranean at all. Server was rude and overall was a very disappointing experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Octopus was fabulous!

AM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food in the Elm Tree is divine. We had eight different dishes, and all were exceptional. Their Chef is excellent, plate display work of art and selection of wines respectful.

DO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. Food was great and service friendly.

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Service not attentive. Wine was served only after reminder. Mains followed immediately after starters... last bite of salad still on plate! Not acceptable for such a high-ranking restaurant! Food was of mixed quality. Duck Confit leg too dry! Lamb was okay, but mashed purée was cold!

OT
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great resto!!! Second time here ... highly recommend.. good food and and heat ambiance

s
Oxford
9 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service very good indeed and we really enjoyed our meal

VZ
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were surprised, such an amazing place for family dinner or a date. Definitely come back

A
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such an amazing restaurant for so many reasons. The food is fantastic, the servers are friendly and attentive, and the space is quiet and comfortable but still lively. I have been here on multiple occasions and the quality and value are incomparable in the downtown core. We ordered the brussel sprouts, fried cauliflower, charred eggplant, grilled octopus, and cured salmon to start. I had the lamb chops which was a huge portion and full of amazing fresh flavours! My friends had the green pea risotto and the burger and everyone was very very happy. We shared the Malabi, rose water ice cream, and pistachio mascarpone for dessert and all three were so delicious and the perfect end to our meal!! Can’t recommend this place enough!

SS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately with our large group we were pretty loud so those around us might have rated this restaurant rated it lower. Sorry but we had a great time.

KW
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best dessert I’ve ever had, and overall a great experience. Much quieter dining experience than the U.S. What a delightful change!

DT
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Appetizers were great! Lamb shank dinner ok. Service excellent.

BF
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my visit at the Elm Tree. My Salad was delicious and fresh. Service was excellent and discreet. I was there on a blind date.

s
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant atmosphere. Very much liked the appetizers. Main courses were interesting but lacking just a bit of flavour.

JD
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!! Wonderful service!!! Going back again next week!

TM
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect. The blend of flavours is amazing. This is a go to that will please everyone.

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