Taste the many varied flavors of Toronto in one dining experience at TOCA at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. The restaurant — whose very name pays homage to its hometown of Toronto, Canada — blends together influential tastes from the multitude of cultures that make this famously diverse city a culinary melting pot.

With a menu that runs the gamut from Quebec poutine to fattoush salad, a global wine list specializing in bottles from neighboring Niagara, a modern open-concept dining area and a relaxed atmosphere, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant delivers a trifecta of fine food, casual ambience and celebrated culture.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Half-moon booths, abstract light fixtures and sporadic chalkboard walls surround the restaurant’s main event: the cheese cave. Situated in the middle of the dining room, the cheese cave is surrounded by glass walls and holds a myriad of gourmet cheeses from all over the world.

• Perhaps the most endearing quality of TOCA, though, is the hand-painted charger plates. Designed by the hotel’s resident artist, Jacqueline Poirier, each plate is one-of-a-kind and adds to the already quirky character of the restaurant.

• Because of its convenient location, the Four-Star restaurant serves as the perfect dinner spot before enjoying the city’s nightlife or walking to the theater district to experience Toronto’s thriving cultural scene.

• TOCA offers handcrafted Italian cuisine complemented by seasonal flavors and locally-sourced produce.

• The scene at TOCA is young and hip meets elegant and classy. The same can be said for The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, the hotel in which the Four-Star restaurant sits, and the relaxed atmosphere of both will put you at ease while still delivering a fine dining experience.
Things to Know
• Poirier’s unique, hand-painted charger plates found on each table vary from bold-colored produce to Toronto’s iconic street signs to abstract forests, and even include silhouetted portraits of The Beatles.

• The Toronto restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner all throughout the week. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m. On Saturdays, breakfast is served between 7 and 11:30 a.m., and on Sundays, from 7 to 11 a.m.

• The Four-Star restaurant also offers a decadent prix fixe Sunday brunch — complete with a seafood bar and an all-inclusive mimosa and Bellini bar — from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Lunch is only served during the week, perfect for client meetings, from Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is served every day of the week from 5:30 to 10 p.m., accommodating both after-work bites and late-night eats.

• In keeping with its relaxed atmosphere, TOCA at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto does not have a formal dress code in place. The attire of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant’s patrons varies from very casual to more formal, such as a shirt and tie or a nice dress.
The Food
• Be sure to try the offerings in the Toronto restaurant’s signature cheese cave. Salt Spring Island goat cheese from British Columbia and mimolette from France are just a couple of the varieties you’ll be hard-pressed to pass up.

• The Four-Star restaurant is a hot spot for people of all ages looking to enjoy a great meal of shareable plates (Ontario cheese croquettes, Alberta beef tartare) or more substantial dishes (filet mignon, piri-piri organic Cornish hen).

• If you happen to be dining at the Toronto restaurant on a Friday night, opt for chef Daniele’s pasta tasting menu. This four-course experience features a variety of house-made pastas like signature ravioli caprese and beef mezze maniche.

• An all-new Saturday brunch offers Italian favorites  like muesli, lemon ricotta pancakes an eggs Benedict with Niagara Prosciutto and tomato hollandaise.
The Chef
• Chef de cuisine Daniele Trivero hails from Italy where he attended culinary school before joining the team at le Jules Verne-Eiffel Tower in Paris.

• After being discovered by world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse, chef Trivero held several positions within Ducasse’s extensive network of highly acclaimed restaurants.

• Trivero has enjoyed an international career across Europe and Asia, most recently at Mariott Singapore Tang Plaza and as part of the opening team at the JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity.

• Toca’s chef de cuisine describes his style as “simplicity at its freshest,” making him a perfect fit to create TOCA’s classic Italian fare.
Getting There
181 Wellington Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3G7
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