Food & Drink in Toronto

$29 for Italian Cuisine at Paganelli's Risotteria ($50 Value)

Paganelli's Risotteria

Downtown Toronto

Chef recreates the cuisine of his Northern Italy home with handmade pizzas, pastas, plus charcuterie plates and Italian wines

C$50 C$29

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$15 for $30 Worth of Indian Asian Fusion Cuisine at Sutra

Sutra

Toronto

Chefs make a lineup of Indian and Asian specialities that spans the dietary spectrum, from meaty tandoori dishes to vegan-friendly curries

C$30 C$15

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Three-Course Italian Dinner for Two or $30 for $50 Worth of Takeout at Il Mulino Restaurant

Il Mulino Restaurant

Lytton Park

Refined Italian cuisine such as gnocchi in a four-cheese sauce and Mediterranean sea bass with lemon

C$194.80 C$89

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$59 for a Three-Course Italian Prix Fixe Meal at Il Posto ($122 Value)

Il Posto

The Annex

Upscale Italian eatery serves crispy salads, house-made pasta, fresh seafood, and tender meats in an elegant dining room

C$122 C$59

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Hypnotist Dave Curran Show for Two or Four at The Revival Theatre (Up to 55% Off)

Hypnotist Dave Curran

The Revival Theatre

The "Bad Boy of Hypnosis" mesmerizes audiences with adult-themed comedic hypnosis

C$40 C$19

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$9 for Two Design-Your-Own Deli Sandwiches at Druxy's Famous Deli ($15.82 Value)

Druxy's Famous Deli

Multiple Locations

Design two deli sandwiches with a wide variety of proteins, veggies, and cheeses; one for you, and one for a friend, spouse, or coworker

C$15.82 C$9

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Tapas or Paella Dinner with Dessert Wine and Flamenco Dancing for Two at Tapas at Embrujo (Up to 42% Off)

Tapas at Embrujo

Riverdale

Bacon-wrapped dates and black Angus sirloin strips with three house-prepared sauces join seafood paella while flamenco dancers twirl

C$84 C$49

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Four-Course Prix Fixe Teppanyaki Dinner for One or Two at Benihana Japanese Steakhouse (Up to 45% Off)

Benihana Japanese Steakhouse

Downtown Toronto

Chefs put on an elaborate show while preparing teppanyaki chicken, steak, seafood, and veggies in celebration of Benihana’s 50th anniversary

C$90 C$50

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Nightclub Entry and Drinks for Two, Four, or Six at Gravity Soundbar (Up to 54% Off)

Gravity Soundbar

Toronto

The DJs spin everything from hip-hop and house music to Top 40 and EDM and '90s hits in 3 different rooms with 3 different sounds

$54 $27

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four at John's Italian Caffe (Up to 52% Off)

John's Italian Caffe

Downtown Toronto

Signature pesto sauce covers pasta, pizzas, and sandwiches at Italian eatery stationed inside historic building with 105-year history

C$30 C$15

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$15 for $30 Worth of Chinese Cuisine and Drinks at Pearl King

Pearl King

Downtown Toronto

Diners dig into a variety of dim sum, such as bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms

C$30 C$15

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Gastro-Pub Food at Habits Gastropub (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Habits Gastropub

Little Italy

Octopus with shitake mushrooms and confit tomatoes, burger stuffed with brie, and mac 'n' cheese with double-smoked bacon and black truffles

C$139 C$69

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Vegetarian Indian Buffet for Two or Four at Govinda's (Up to 41% Off)

Govinda's Restaurant

Yorkville

Crisp salads, Indian breads, rich curries, and other buffet dishes, served in an elegant dining hall with crimson draperies

C$20 C$12

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Three-Course Dinner for Two or Four at The Junction Kitchen and Bar (Up to 52% Off)

The Junction Kitchen and Bar

Hillcrest Village

Chefs pile plates with comforting food such as poutine, nachos, and chicken wings, and top thin-crust pizzas with veggies or pulled pork

C$78 C$39

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$11 for $20 Worth of All-Day Food and Drinks at Eggspectation

Eggspectation

Bell Trinity Square In Downtown Toronto

Eggs benedict prepared more than 10 ways, brioche french toast, mac n' cheese, burgers, salads and more

C$20 C$11

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$29 for $50 Worth of Italian Food and Drinks at PAESE

PAESE

Multiple Locations

Classic Italian pizzas, pastas, and meat dishes cooked with fresh ingredients harvested from an urban garden

C$50 C$29

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Indian Cuisine for Two or Four at Chef of India (Up to 50% Off)

Chef of India

Chef of India

Tandoor clay oven cooks marinated fish, tiger prawns, and chicken tikka; other Indian options include veggie pakora and lamb masala

C$40 C$22

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Barely Buzzed Cheese, Truffle Goat Cheese & Half or Full Wheel of Truffle Brie – Cheese Emporium (Up to 46% Off)

Cheese Emporium

Multiple Locations

Cheese assortment showcases varieties including award-winning Barely Buzzed, which has a bold flavor thanks in part to a ground-coffee rub

C$54 C$29

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$30 for $60 Worth of Italian and French Dishes at La Stella

La Stella

Toronto

Chefs draw inspiration from classic French and Italian dishes to serve up fresh seafood, steaks, and pastas

C$60 C$30

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$10 for $20 Worth of Burgers, Fries, and Funnel Cake at Big Moe's Burgers

Big Moe's Burgers

Toronto

Fresh-made burgers, which are also completely halal, are topped with slices of gooey cheese and served up alongside hand-cut fries

C$20 C$10

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$79 for a Premium Winemaking Experience at Sheppard Wine Works ($159 Value)

Sheppard Wine Works

Willowdale

Select a wine to make, from chardonnay to sangria, before staffers ferment & help bottle up to 23 litres of wine to receive 4–6 weeks later

C$159 C$79

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Silver-Menu Dining Package for Two or Four at National Restaurant & Banquet Hall (Up to 37% Off)

National Restaurant & Banquet Hall

York University Heights

One-stop party place with live music and cabaret performances, dancing, and fine dining, including Caviar, shish-kebabs, and chicken kiev

C$150 C$97

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$27.50 for Tea Time for Two at Ruelo Patisserie ($51.98 Value)

Ruelo Patisserie

Multiple Locations

Pairs eat petite sandwiches and classic tea time delights with tea or coffee, followed by French-style desserts

C$51.98 C$27.50

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$65 for a Four-Course Italian Dinner for Two at Mirto Italian Restaurant (Up to $134 Total Value)

Mirto Italian Restaurant

Downtown Toronto

Seasonal produce and imported Italian ingredients appear throughout a menu of classic Old World dishes

C$134 C$65

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$10 for $20 Worth of Indian Food at Bombay Palace

Bombay Palace

Downtown Toronto

Executive Chef Sanjiv Malhotra prepares authentic curries, grilled meats, and vegan dishes at this casually elegant restaurant

C$20 C$10

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$10 for $20 Worth of Burgers, Fries, and Funnel Cake at Big Moe's Burgers

Big Moe's Burgers

Toronto

Towering double burgers, sugar-dusted funnel cake, and hand-cut russet potato fries fill bellies at this fast-casual restaurant

C$20 C$10

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One New Breakfast Item with a Cappuccino or Latte or Five Smoothies or Shakes at L-eat Express (Up to 51% Off)

L-Eat Express

Downtown Toronto

Sip on a latte paired with banana french toast, or stop in five times to sample the different shakes and smoothies

C$10.25 C$5

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$12 for a Nordic-Style Afternoon Tea for Two at Karelia Kitchen ($24.40 Value)

Karelia Kitchen

Bloordale Village

Saffron-and-pistachio coffee cake or macadamia-nut-shortbread cookies fuel teatime, along with organic coffee and loose-leaf teas

C$24.40 C$12

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Prix Fixe Meal with Appetizers and Entrees for Two or Four at House of Moments (Up to 49% Off)

House of Moments

Leslieville

Innovative menu fuses Eastern and Middle Eastern cuisine into sushi rolls and seafood plates inside a sprawling art-gallery space

C$88 C$49

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$15 for $30 Worth of Ethiopian Cuisine and Drinks at Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

Little Italy

Vegetable and meat stews served with spongy injera bread at an eatery with murals and hanging lanterns

C$30 C$15

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Italian Dinner on Monday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday for Two at Giorgio D. Ristorante (Up to 61% Off)

Giorgio D. Ristorante

Black Creek

Seafood linguine and veal chops complement the Italian eatery's black-tiger shrimp and new york steak

C$104 C$41

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Indian Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers and Desserts at 5th Elementt Restaurant (Up to 51% Off)

5th Elementt Restaurant

Downtown Toronto

Indian dishes with a contemporary twist include pan-grilled salmon, lobster and shrimp moilee in a coconut curry sauce, and lamb shanks

C$78.95 C$39

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$15 for One X-Large 18-Inch Classic Pizza at Amato ($25.40 Value)

Amato

Downtown Toronto

Fresh ingredients and classic toppings scattered across massive pies made according to traditional techniques

C$25.40 C$15

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$99 for a Three-Course Chef-Created Prix Fixe Dinner for Two at Epic Restaurant (Up to $186 Value)

Epic Restaurant

Fairmont Royal York

Locally sourced ingredients—including honey from the 14th-floor rooftop hives—flavor sustainable and seasonal cuisine

C$186 C$99

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Salutè Piano Bar (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Salutè Piano Bar

Yorkville

Appetizers such as calamari, entrees such as fettuccine alfredo and fondue, and wine such as Argento Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon.

C$54.97 C$27

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Vegetarian Comfort Food for Dinner at Sadie's Diner (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Sadie's Diner

Toronto

Vegetarian entrees that can be made vegan range from burritos to shepherd’s pies and all-day breakfast dishes, such as buckwheat pancakes

C$20 C$10

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Three-Course Prix Fixe Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Sabatino's Ristorante (Up to 56% Off)

Sabatino’s Ristorante

Lytton Park

Extensive options include fried calamari, veal medallions, and chocolate-raspberry tartufo for dessert

C$124 C$59

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$17 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Cuisine for Two or More at Sushi Kai

Sushi Kai

Midtown Toronto

Skilled chefs roll 25 types of maki and stir up classic offerings of Japanese curry, teriyaki-slathered entrees, and vegetarian dishes

C$40 C$17

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$10 for $20 Worth of Breakfast and Lunch Fare at Sunnyside Grill

Sunnyside Grill

Multiple Locations

Cooks use farm-fresh ingredients to whip up breakfast and lunch items, including pancakes, Southern-style omelettes, and gourmet burgers

C$20 C$10

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$15 for $30 Worth of Vitamins and Supplements at Popeye's Supplements

Popeye's Supplements

Multiple Locations

Knowledgeable staff at national retailer decks shelves with over 800 vitamins, high-octane supplements, powders, protein bars, and shakes

C$30 C$15

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Four-Course Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Portobello Restaurant & Bar (Up to 62% Off)

Portobello Restaurant & Bar

Downtown Toronto

Menu includes refined versions of Italian comfort foods, such as tricolor tortellini stuffed with spinach and ricotta in an alfredo sauce

C$106 C$45

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Two Hours of Bartending Services or a Two-Hour Cocktail Show from Canadian Bar Company (Up to 61% Off)

Canadian Bar Company

Forest Hill south

Professional bartenders set up full bars and mix cocktails for parties and cocktail workshops that teach guests how to make their own drinks

C$60 C$28

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$12 for $20 Worth of Tex-Mex Food at Burrito Burrito

Burrito Burrito

Liberty Village

24 oz. steak, chicken, or seafood burritos, as well as quesadillas and gluten-free tacos

C$20 C$12

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One or Two 500 mL Bottles of Organic Olive Oil at Grecian Harvest (Up to 68% Off)

Grecian Harvest

Multiple Locations

Organic olive oil extracted from young olives in the mountains of southern Greece

C$60 C$22

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$16 for Tea, Scones, Finger Sandwiches, and More at Iron Rose Tea Gallery ($27 Value)

Iron Rose Tea Gallery

Downtown Toronto

Teas service for two includes scones, finger sandwiches, and a choice of two ice creams or pastries

C$27 C$16

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$20 for $40 Worth of Thai Cuisine at Pi-Tom's Thai Cuisine

Pi-Tom's Thai Cuisine

Downtown Toronto

Authentic pad thai, thai spicy noodle, lemograss chicken, and and thom kha coconut soup are some of the Thai specialities on the menu

C$40 C$20

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Two or Four Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Candies and Nuts at Belly Treats (50% Off)

Belly Treats

Downtown Toronto

More than 500 varieties of chocolates, dried fruits, jellybeans, and nuts

C$12 C$6

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Prix Fixe Italian Dinner for One, Two, or Four at Focaccia Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Focaccia Restaurant

Downtown Toronto

Chicken and mushrooms swim in a tomato cream sauce, spicy sausage pairs with leafy rapini, and smoked bacon enlivens the spaghetti carbonara

C$20 C$11

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Three-Course Prix Fixe Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Caffino Ristorante (Up to 54% Off)

Caffino Ristorante

Liberty Village

Tucked-away Italian restaurant continues family traditions with locally sourced meals of penne pasta, risotto, pizza, and fresh garden salad

C$98 C$49.99

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Indian Cuisine and Drinks for Two or Four at Kamasutra Indian Restaurant & Wine Bar (Up to 51% Off)

Kamasutra Indian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Davisville

Soft lighting and a romantic atmosphere sets the stage for spicy Indian dishes cooked in a traditional clay oven

C$50 C$25

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$5 for $10 Worth of Liquid-Nitrogen Ice Cream at Extreme Cream

Extreme Cream

Multiple Locations

Ice-cream-smiths use unique flash-freezing process, utilizing -321-degree liquid nitrogen, to create super-fresh treats in just 20 seconds

C$10 C$5

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$15.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Cafe Food at College Station Cafe ($30 Total Value)

College Station Cafe

Downtown Toronto

Wide variety of sandwiches served on fresh-baked bread as well as quiches, pastries, and fresh coffee during breakfast hours

C$10 C$5.33

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Extra-Large Pizza with Garlic Bread and Optional Salad, Drinks, and Dipping Sauce at Sbarro (Up to 46% Off)

Sbarro

Multiple Locations

Mozzarella cheese and a signature sauce made with plum tomatoes coat hand-stretched dough

C$24.98 C$13.50

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$13 for Gourmet Truffle Centres from craftmychocolate.com ($26.95 Value)

craftmychocolate.com

Forest Hill south

Gourmet truffle centres, which are created fresh to order, delight taste buds with their milk-, white-, and dark-chocolate flavours

C$26.95 C$13

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Breakfast and Drinks at Fourno (Up to 44% Off). Two Options Available.

Fourno

Toronto

Eatery offers local fare including breakfast croissants, fruit salads, and rye panini

C$8 C$4.50

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$20 for $40 Worth of Bistro and Pub Fusion at The Flying Beaver Pubaret

The Flying Beaver Pubaret

Downtown Toronto

Entrees range from fish and chips to herb-crusted salmon at a pub and cabaret crossover, which often hosts stand-up acts and live music

C$40 C$20

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$10 for $20 Worth of Filipino Food for Lunch or Dinner at Casa Manila

Casa Manila

Sunnybrook - York Mills

Chefs prepare Filipino fare, steeping seafood, beef, and veggies in coconut milk, curries, and tamarind-based broth

C$20 C$10

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$39 for Two Meals Each for Two People from Fresh Canteen ($80 Value)

Fresh Canteen

Redeem from Home

Fresh, delicious gourmet meals such as cold poached salmon and eggplant gnocchi arrive at clients' doors; meals take 35 minutes to prepare

C$80 C$39

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$12.50 for $25 Worth of Asian Cuisine and Drinks at Sushi & Thai

Sushi & Thai

Swansea

Spicy Thai-style curries, stir-fried seafood dishes, and 30 varieties of sushi and sashimi served amid orchids and red, geometric accents

C$25 C$12.50

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mediterranean Food at Pita Lite ($30 Value)

Pita Lite

Willowdale

In a casual restaurant with an open kitchen, customers enjoy Mediterranean favorites such as gyros, falafel, and chicken souvlaki made fresh

C$10 C$5

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$20 for $40 Worth of Indian Cuisine at Amaya Bread Bar

Amaya Bread Bar

Bedford Park

Chefs create signature curries with flavors that range from creamy sauce made with tomatoes and onion puree or ground almonds and cashews

C$40 C$20

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Deli Food for Lunch or Dinner or Catering Services at Yitz's Deli & Catering (Up to 52% Off)

Yitz's Deli & Catering

Lytton Park

Dine-in on fine deli fare and specialties amid vintage photos and posters, or feed a crowd with catering services

C$20 C$10

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Three-Course-Course Dinner for Two or Four with Wine at DV bar I bistro (Up to 47% Off)

DV bar I bistro

Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites

Chefs with a flair for the international whip up a wide range of dishes from various culinary traditions

C$108 C$59

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Carryout or Dine-In for Two or Four at Madhus Cafe (Up to 50% Off)

Madhus Cafe

Upper Beaches

Handcrafted espresso drinks and award-winning Pilot coffee alongside healthy made-to-order Fresh Boxes and cookies baked in-house

C$20 C$12

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Four-Course Italian Meal for Two or Four at Luci Restaurant (Up to 54% Off)

Luci Restaurant

Stonegate - Queensway

Pasta made from scratch in-house headlines the menu at restaurant specializing in contemporary Italian cuisine

C$119.50 C$59

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$11 for $20 Worth of Homestyle Food at Golden Griddle Family Restaurants

Golden Griddle Family Restaurants

Multiple Locations

Comforting favourites, such as steak and eggs with buckwheat pancakes, English-style fish and chips, and homestyle meat loaf in beef gravy

C$20 C$11

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Indian Food at Bindia Indian Bistro (Up to 42% Off). Four Options Available.

Bindia Indian Bistro

Toronto

Karahi lamb curry, butter chicken, palak paneer, mint tikka, tandoori lobster tail, lamb vindaloo, and biryani

C$50 C$29

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Four-Course Dinner with Wine for Two or Four at Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar North York (Up to 51% Off)

Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar North York

North York

Starters such as escargot precede entrees such as barbecue ribs and New York striploin, ending with torte, creme brulee, or berry cake

C$179 C$89

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Three-Course Italian Dinner for Two or Four at La Risata Ristorante (Up to 57% Off)

La Risata Ristorante

York University Heights

This prix fixe dinner includes entrees such as homemade lobster ravioli, Ontario lamb chops with port reduction, and wild Pacific salmon

C$110 C$49

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$28 for Three-Course Dinner for Two at Takara Bune Japanese Restaurant ($55.70 Value)

Takara Bune Japanese Restaurant

Pleasant View

Enjoy grilled fresh Atlantic salmon, veggie tempura, or barbecue eel teriyaki along with appetizers and ice cream

C$55.70 C$28

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6 or 12 Cupcakes at Pink Lemon Bakeshop (Up to 50% Off)

Pink Lemon Bakeshop

Pink Lemon Bakeshop

The Bakers whip up hand-made, nut-free cupcakes in flavors such as s'mores, banana creme pie, lemon creme, and 24-carot

C$16 C$8

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Russian Dinner for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at Mirage Restaurant (Up to 56% Off)

Mirage Restaurant

Vaughan

Experience a full course Eastern European dinner in a nightclub-like atmosphere with a large dance floor and live entertainment

C$140 C$75

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Dine-In or Take-Out Tacos, Tortilla Pizzas, and Burgers at Yo Amo Tacos (Up to 50% Off)

Yo Amo Tacos

Vaughan

Tacos filled with fried avocado, shrimp, or marinated pork join five sauces, anchoring a menu of Mexican comfort food

C$20 C$11

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Artisan Turkish Cuisine at Taste of Istanbul Grill (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Taste of Istanbul Grill

Vaughan

Sample the kitchen’s signature dishes with six-course tasting menus full of slow-cooked meats, seafood, and veggies

C$110.28 C$55

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Italian Cuisine at Vinsanto Ristorante (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Vinsanto Ristorante

Vaughan

Traditional Italian dishes updated with modern techniques, such as dry-aged Angus strip loin and linguine with Nova Scotia lobster

C$65 C$29

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Small Five-Topping Pizza with Breadsticks and Soda, or 20-Inch Five-Topping Pizza at Gino's Pizza (Up to 48% Off)

Gino's Pizza

Preston Heights

Freshly baked pizza covered with toppings such as pepperoni, salami, ham, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese

C$34.94 C$18

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice Cream and Burgers at Milky Lane Canada ($30 Value)

Milky Lane Canada

Richmond Hill

Burgers and balony sandwiches add a savoury spin to a menu of milkshakes, waffles, and ice cream

C$10 C$5

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Fresh-Grilled Singapore-Style Jerky at Oriental Recipes (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Oriental Recipes

Markham

Preservative-free jerky is grilled on-site and comes in a rotating selection of flavours including sesame pork and hot five spice beef

C$25 C$15

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Small Ice Cream Cake, Large Layered Ice Cream Cake, or 6 Ice Cream Cones from Marble Slab Creamery (Up to 33% Off)

Marble Slab Creamery

Markham

Freshly made ice cream cakes in flavours such as Choco-Peanut Butter Blast and Red Velvet and Brownies

C$27.95 C$18.95

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Chiado: A User’s Guide

Progressive Portuguese Cuisine and Tapas | Fresh Seafood | Portuguese Wine List | Acclaimed Restaurateur

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: sardines marinated in lemon, parsley, and olive oil
  • Tapas dish: carpaccio of grouper
  • Entree: herb-crusted pheasant crusted with garlic mashed potatoes, madeira wine, and caramelized citrus sauce
  • Dessert: chocolate mousse with espresso crème anglaise and raspberries

    What to Drink: Chiado boasts an extensive wine that spotlights vintages from Portugal. The sommelier also curates a concise list of his favourite suggestions, making it easier for diners to discover the perfect pairing for their meal.

The Vibe: In the dining room, dark oak wainscoting offsets pale-yellow walls. Paintings of wild Spanish street scenes punctuate the space, including one large piece with vibrantly rendered street performers, jugglers, and onlookers that lends an unexpected dose of whimsy to the otherwise sophisticated ambience.

Fun Fact: In 2003, the President of Portugal knighted Chiado’s owner, Albino Silva, with the Commander Order of Merit for promoting Portuguese gastronomy and culture in Canada.

While You're in the Neighbourhood: Dance the night away with a beer in hand at The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), a divey music joint with regular live acts.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Check out Adega Restaurante (33 Elm Street), restaurateur Albino Silva’s foray into Spanish-Portuguese fusion cuisine.

864 College St
Toronto,
ON
CA

As Justin Lussier traveled through Naples in 2005, he decided to stop for the city's famous pizza at a small street-side eatery bearing the sign Pizzeria Sorbillo. He loved his traditional thin-crust pie so much that he rushed to a pay phone and called his friends Christian Bullock and Jason Allard to tell them that he wanted to make that same pizza. When Justin returned to Canada, the trio travelled to confer with the culinary experts at Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) in order to uncover what truly makes a pizza Neapolitan. Two years later, the friends set out to open Famoso.

Famoso's chefs all follow strict guidelines set by the AVPN—they only use OO Caputo flour imported from Naples, and they hand mill tomatoes imported from the foot of Mount Vesuvius, where each crop is grown in soil enriched by volcanic ash and sung to daily by volcanologists. Chefs top the crust with local fior di latte mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, and pecorino romano cheese. They then spread dough into wafer-thin disks, which they blast-fire at 900 degrees for 90 seconds inside imported Italian bell-shaped ovens. Pizzas are also topped with ingredients such as soppressata, oven-roasted Italian sausage, kalamata olives, and truffle oil.

Famoso Baristas can pair many of these pies, some of which are reinvented twice each year, with a mix of local and international wines—including vintages from Italy and Canada—and hand-crafted gelato. At each restaurant, they ferry dishes and drinks through rustic and inviting interiors, each of which reflects the unique style of its neighbourhood, though all are united by accents of exposed brick and wood, wine-bottle art, and sculptural pizza-box displays.

386 Bloor St W
Toronto,
ON
CA

Though Mrs. Biederhof, Monty, and Veda play central roles in the world of Mildred Pierce, in Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, they’re covered in sauce and served on shared plates. Restaurateurs Donna Dooher and Kevin Gallagher discovered their mutual love for the classic novel and film when working in an upscale restaurant in Ottawa. Their shared passion for local, approachable cuisine led them to open their warehouse-district eatery in 1989, though they eventually settled in Liberty Village, where they continue to serve their character-inspired dishes with the aid of a diverse team of chefs.

Their chefs draw from a range of culinary backgrounds to reinvent classic dishes with global twists, such as gnocchi poutine, Sri Lankan–style shrimp and crab cakes, and chicken biryani. Though many of their menu items change seasonally, some have been menu mainstays since the beginning, including burgers hand-ground in house, profiteroles infused with Lindt chocolate, and pancakes hand-raised on a farm. To ensure each dish lives up to its potential, staff members seek out the freshest potatoes, asparagus, strawberries, and other produce on twice-weekly visits to the Ontario Food Market and use only Ocean Wise–certified fish.

Servers ferry dishes to small tables and a large, communal harvest table in the contemporary dining space, where hardwood floors contribute a rustic aesthetic and railroad-side windows spill in natural light while keeping out engine noises and railway bandits. A slightly raised, open kitchen lets diners watch their chefs prepare the meal, and an outdoor patio lets them bask in warmer weather.

85 Hanna Ave
Toronto,
ON
CA

Cuisine Type: Gastropub

Most popular offering: Habits burger, mac 'n' cheese, and nachos

Reservations: Recommended

Delivery / Take-out Available: No

Alcohol: Full bar

Number of Tables: 11?25

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Established: 2011

Parking: Metered street parking

Handicap Accessible: No

Pro Tip: When making reservations, please advise of any allergies. Also be advised that groups of six and more have one bill and 18% gratuity.

Q&A with the Owner

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

Pub-style with a twist. We offer fresh ingredients in all of our menu items, but we tie everything to the "comfort-style" nostalgia that we all know and love in bars.

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

We infuse alcohols with our own favourite flavours in-house. We have also made custom infusions for private events. We are the third-largest whisky bar in the city.

Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem?not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?

We change our menu often, so this is a difficult question to answer. I recommend asking servers for the "hidden gem" instead of "what's popular"?you may surprise yourself.

928 College St
Toronto,
ON
CA

Smoked meat. Albacore tuna and sockeye salmon salad. Pear, mango, avocado, and brie. For more than 38 years, staff members at Druxy's more than 45 locations have built traditional, deli-style sandwiches based entirely on their customers’ requests, no matter how unorthodox or how difficult it becomes to eat the resulting masterpiece. A roster of 11 breads and more than 50 toppings means that each sandwich is someone's personal favorite. Staff members are also willing to go big; if a regular sandwich can’t fill your appetite, they'll gladly add as much meat as you would like for a nominal extra charge (the current heavyweight champion is a 42 oz. corned beef on rye).

At the heart of the operation are Druxy's delicatessen roots, still apparent in the steaming hot meats sliced to order and the kosher dill pickle wedges served with each sandwich. In addition to their deli favorites, Druxy's can meet any craving; their menu includes everything from a design your own salad bar to comforting grilled cheese sandwiches and more than 30 soups.

While corned beef and grilled cheese might not sound like the definition of healthy eating, Druxy's salads, along with four sandwiches and six soups, are Healthier Options with less fat and sodium and more protein and fibre. Druxy's also carries on this dedication to healthy nutrition by crafting gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan options for diners with food sensitivities.

4025 Yonge St.
Toronto,
ON
CA

Low lights, wood detailing, and comfortable chairs create a casual lounge vibe at Insomnia, which fosters its namesake with a late-night atmosphere, drinks, and internationally-inspired comfort fare. Contemporary American and European fare populates the menu with dishes such as an 8-oz. ribeye steak in a red wine mushroom reduction. Crispy pizzas call out local locales such as the Queen Street topped with pesto, smoked salmon, and chèvre, or the Annex with grilled eggplant, roasted garlic, and portobello mushrooms. Dozens of martinis give patrons a reason to linger, with sips of innovative Rivera martinis or top-shelf martinis such as a classic preparation with Hendrick's cucumber-infused gin. A cluster of fairy lights twinkles above the bar and guides patrons to their tables, which are often occupied by complimentary imaginary friends. Against one of the exposed brick walls, paintings from monthly featured artists hang above a long wooden banquette faced with tables.

On weekends, Insomnia serves brunch garnished with mimosas and martinis. Multiple variations on eggs benedict feature house-made hollandaise sauce and a Heaven on Earth french-toast sandwich channels dulcet divinity with a filling of wild berries and cream cheese drizzled in Canadian maple syrup.

563 Bloor St W
Toronto,
ON
CA