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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First timers. My parents frequent this restaurant whenever they go out to eat. It was my mom’s first choice for a Mother’s Day dinner, and I can see why. Service is exceptional. Greeted personally by both Fernando the owner and his gracious son. Food was...really top notch. Delicious, fresh and HOT (temperature) which rarely ever happens these days. We did not feel like a “number”. Wait staff very attentive, wine was outstanding. Everything that we ate on the menu was really very tasty. You can see that a lot of love goes into this place. I watched as the owner (and head chef, I’m guessing) came out to check on each and every one of his patrons. Where does this ever happen nowadays?? Excellent all around. Will be back! Gracias!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 22 October 2023 via mobile

If you want to taste authentic Spanish cuisine, this is the place. The tapas were exquisite. The catch of the day and the paella have the best Iberian flavors. Without being very extensive, the wine list offers very good Spanish labels.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 September 2023 via mobile

Small restaurant with delicious food and incredible service. It’s a bit outside of Toronto but worth the ride if you’re visiting and staying downtown.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 14 March 2023 via mobile

Fantastic experience as always here. Chef Fernando greeted warmly at the door. Braised octopus was once again the star of the show - best in the city. Salmon carpaccio was superb as was shrimp and mushrooms in chili oil. Very Highly Recommended!!!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 23 February 2023 via mobile

Visite this Restaurant on Family day. Maria (Girl from Zakynthos/Greece) made a very good service. But the Restaurant, I'm talking about an Italian restaurant at 7:15, no more bread and no more olive oil. The salad was served dry with no sauce. That's not how...it works. The manager only apologized and didn't apologize. The reason for this was the family day, which is celebrated every year. You can plan that. They also have a pizza oven so you can quickly bake bread. But no, Family Day was to blame. She assured us that next time will be better. But there's no next time for me in these shedsMore

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 20 February 2023 via mobile

Great atmosphere, excellent food, fun wait staff, engaged chef. Looks like a family run operation. Would recommend and would go again!

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 5 October 2022 via mobile

Fernando once again outdid himself Anchovies on toast, best ever braised octopus, real crab croquettes, seafood risotto, and finally fried milk - all delightful and super fresh. Amazing - very Highly Recommended!!!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 18 August 2022 via mobile

Quaint Spanish restaurant- if you love seafood make a stop here. Would highly recommend the paella de Marisco - wonderfully flavoured with a variety of seafood. For appetizers we had the pulpo (octopus) which was quite fresh - soft and only slightly chewy, it had...a heavy smoky taste but quite delicious; and the chorizo with clams and white beans - this was extraordinarily good. Soak up all the sauce with the fresh bread served. If getting the paella would recommend only 1 appetizer as the portions are generous. House red wine was lovely as was the service. We called ahead and got a table for 2 at 8:30pm - but the restaurant was full and we were very lucky - would recommend a reservation.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 26 June 2022

We had dinner here recently after a long absence. The experience was equally as good as in the past. The food is first class and authentic. The chef interacts with all guests to ensure you feel welcome and appreciated. Service is caring but not overbearing....A great tapas menu. Lots of seafood, perfectly prepared. Can't say enough good things. Will be going back on a regular basis.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 5 June 2022

This family owned gem is an amazing experience with wonderful service and food. As close to a Europe experience as you will get without leaving the city! New regular spot for us. Jack

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 26 September 2021 via mobile

Fernando has a way of making everyone feel special at his restaurant. He comes out of the kitchen regularly to greet the patrons, not just to say hi but to have a conversation and thank them. Food and presentation is always spectacular here. Beibg a...Spnaish restaurant, seafood is naturally their specialty. Cured salmon was delicate and flavourful. Braised octopus is by far best I've ever had. Spicy shrimp with garlic had a nice bite. However the seafood paella stole the show. Fried milk dessert was delightful. Best in the city! Very Highly Recommended!!!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 9 September 2021

6 adults and 2 three year olds had dinner last night at LaVinia. We had the patio all to ourselves which was perfect on a warm summer night. None of us had ever been to LaVinia so we weren't sure what to order. We trusted...the chef to whip up a dinner for us that we would all enjoy and he did not disappoint. Everything was delicious from the salads to the main course which was the paella. Even the kids loved it. Every effort was made by the waiter to make our experience enjoyable. We will definitely be returning...More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 3 September 2021 via mobile

Helping our son move into the area we noticed the unassuming restaurant. Our first experience (won't be our last) was simply excellent!! The ambiance was cozy, family run charm. Food and service was exceptional. Best dining experience in Toronto in a long time. Highly recommend...anyone reading this to go check out this gem!!!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 18 July 2021 via mobile

With Covid stage 3, my first dine in restaurant was La Vinia - in fact I couldn't wait to return. Salmon carpaccio was served minutes after there family's red. First time having mussels braised in beer - was fantastic. Shrimp in garlic olive oil were...plump and tasty Best braised octopus in the city! Lemon and raspberry sorbet was a nice way to end the experience. Very Highly Recommended!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 15 January 2021 via mobile

Tastebud tourism at its best! Missing Spain? Head to LaVinia for takeout tapas and be sure to order the calamares a la plancha and the gambas salteadas! Amazing!

Date of visit: January 2021
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Response from Bill B | Reviewed this property |
Asked Jaime (owner) this very question and his response was nice casual is fine for dinner, and jeans with a nice polo ok for men (what I wore). He specifically said no t-shirts, shorts, or.. and he laughed.. flip-flops! We... More
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They take reservations and I would recommend it in high season. They responded to my inquiries within couple hours. So call, e-mail and you get the response.
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LaVinia Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5