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The scene at Café Boulud Toronto varies depending on the time of day you visit. As the signature restaurant of the flagship Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, the restaurant is open for breakfast, dinner and Sunday brunch, meaning a wide range of dishes and experiences is available. Breakfast is a rather quiet time at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star French restaurant, with hotel guests fueling up for their day of meetings or sightseeing, but in the evening, the scene transforms into a buzzing space full of elegantly dressed locals and guests.
As you’re escorted to your seat, you’ll first pass a 14-person communal table likely filled with a convivial group of diners. Throughout the Toronto restaurant, a low candle on each table throws a soft glow on the surrounding modern rolling chairs and luxe gray velvet banquettes. Later — every night of the week except Sunday — soft tunes from a DJ in the Dbar lounge one floor below waft up the floating staircase and into Café Boulud. While the Dbar crowd often seeps into the hotel lobby to see and be seen, dining upstairs is, ultimately, about the food and not the scene. You may forget all about the music and candlelight the moment your duo of Cumbrae beefsteak, your potato-wrapped sea bass or your housemade fettuccine arrives.