If the measure of a view is height above the ground, then you can't top the truly astonishing panorama here. Gently revolving about two thirds of the ... More
360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower
If the measure of a view is height above the ground, then you can't top the truly astonishing panorama here. Gently revolving about two thirds of the way up the 550-meter CN Tower, you can enjoy breathtaking views and award-winning cuisine. Add flawless service and you can understand why this restaurant is booked weeks in advance. Canadian influences dominate the menu with choices such as Roast Rack of Lamb with Braised Leeks and Pork Chops in Smoked Barbecue Sauce. You can also choose from over 400 varieties of wine.
Go for the view and romantic atmospher, don't expect much from the food
By A Yahoo Contributor, 1/3/06
I read a few reviews here before making a reservation on New Year's Eve Dec 31, 2005. The atmosphere was great and very romantic. Service was pretty good. We selected a fix price for $48 giving a choice of apetizer, main course and dessert. The soup (Bisque) was great. Salmon was overcooked and tasted terrible so I coudln't finish. Chicken also didn't taste that great. The cheescake was not very good either. The food was served a little be too fast. I mean as soon as we finished one course, they already brought the next one. Despite that the food is very expensive and is not the best, the experience was great.
I certainly can't brag about the food (much like other reviewers), but the setting and service is definitely great, particularly if you are on a romantic dinner date and have lots to talk about. If, on the other hand, you are short on time or otherwise impatient, you may feel that the service is inadequate. I felt that it was perfectly acceptable - helpful but not intrusive. Some parts of the restaurant could definitely use a new coat of paint or what have you... it was not terribly impressive from a maintenance standpoint.
But again, the view sells. I would go back again, even though the bill for two people runs about $150-$200 if you aren't a cheapskate.
On October 1st, 2005 my family of five had dinner at the 360 restaurant at the CN Tower. We were shocked at the quality of the food that we were served. We each ordered a different dish and all of the dishes were horrible! The baked chicken was tough and leathery and the mashed potatoes tasted like it was taken out of a plastic bag! The grilled salmon was also tough and tasted like it was cooked a few days before and reheated! the lamb was also disgusting and the rib dish was a nightmare, it appeared to have been burnt. The veal tasted like it was previously cooked and reheated which made it very leathery!
My family would have loved to return to the 360 restaurant only because the view is astounding, however, with such absolutely terrible food, and with the restaurant insisting that everyone has to order a main dish we will not be returning to that restaurant! I feel that this restaurant is relying simply on the view to catch its customers and feel that it is not important to serve even average dishes.
The food at the 360 restaurant stinks, so if you visit the restaurant you can be sure to be quite satisfied with the astounding view but do not expect anything good from the food. It is absolutely horrible! The service was also horrible. We allowed ourselves 3 hours to sit and have our dinner, it took the waiter one hour before he could even take our order! unbelievable!
I loved the view. I enjoyed my dinner. The Prim Rib was just excellent. We paid $160 for 2 people and that included a 1/2 bottle of wine, and no other drinks. One set menu at $67 and one Cezar salad + prim rib.
It was delicous but expensive. However, the view was spectacular throughout the evening. Alive and magical, It was worth it. but for this cost, we 'd only go on very special occaisions.
Our hotel helped us make a reservation on Friday morning for the same day. We arrived late morning (app. 11:30 AM) and received a window seat. There were very few people there (the restaurant was less than half full at the maximum during our entire time there - probably 1/3 full at most). We probably didn't need a reservation (however, I'm told that dinner reservations would probably be strongly suggested - our concierge told us that dinner reservations are very difficult to get... weekend lunch reservations would be suggested, too.) I'm fairly confident that non-holiday weekday lunches won't require reservations. The dress code for lunch is also very casual - we saw people arriving in shorts and sandals (so there is no need for any formal wear during lunch - dinner is another story - we were told that at least smart casual is suggested for dinner).
Anyway, the view was spectacular. You could definitely see the entire Toronto skyline. It was just absolutely gorgeous. The price of the lunch is worth the ride up. You should note that your price of lunch (if you order a main course for each individual) includes a ticket to the observation tower (i.e. look out + glass floor) which by itself is $19.99. If you want to go to the Skypod, they will charge you an extra $9 or so. So you might as well go up to the restaurant if you're going to visit the observation deck. There is a cafe on the observation deck, but the cafe does not revolve and the cafe food is quite expensive (it'll probably cost you as much as going to the restaurant if you take into account the observation experience ticket price)... Now, enough of the good stuff...
The food was terribly disappointing. We had better food on our Via 1 rail ride from Montreal to Toronto (seriously). We ordered one lunch prix fixe (steamed Prince Edward Island mussels, pan roasted Atlantic salmon on summer vegetables, and chocolate hazelnut torte) and prosciutto wrapped monk fish. Though we received a somewhat large helping, the steamed mussels were only luke warm (bordering on cold) and were bland. The salmon was horrible. It had a very strong fishy flavor, was not hot, and was a bit dry. It just seemed as though someone had pan seared it at home and then garnished it... Also, the vegetable liquids were overflowing my plate. The monk fish was slightly better. However, it was very salty and still nothing special at all. The chocolate hazelnut torte was the best part of the meal. It was nicely decorated and had a very good flavor. Nevertheless, it was still not that special - it's something that you could get (and better) in a good French cafe. The bread that they passed out also was decent, though somewhat cold and certainly not made just beforehand.
The service was nothing to write home about. I've had better service at California Pizza kitchen. Like the other reviewer, it was a little difficult to get the attention of the waiter. The waiter was not very impressive either. The attention to detail was not there. The level of service rivaled that of an average California Pizza Kitchen or Cheesecake Factory. It was quite disappointing because he wasn't serving many tables.
All in all, it was a worthwhile experience. Again, the views were worth the price of admission. The meal cost us $91 (forgot to mention we also had a cup of tea) and with tip it was $105.
This is a must see if you are visiting Toronto. A little pricey, but worth it. Go at sunset, but you will need reservations. Even on a clear night, when the moon is out. Surprisingly friendly staff as well (I say surprisingly because you may expect them to be snobby, but they aren't!)
This was the highlight of my trip.
Even if you don't want to spend $$$, go late in the afternoon for a snack after visiting the viewing deck.
This restaurant could not have been a better choice to celebrate our 7 year anniversary. The ambiance and the view were un-comparable to any other restaurant in the Toronto area. The food was exceptional, also the service was excellant, the only thing was as soon as you were done one course, immidiately the other course would be brought out, to slow this down, just slow down eating each course, then they get the hint your not in a rush. Otherwise the 360' is Superb and I highly recommend to anyone looking for a memorable evening with a view you will never forget.