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Spice Route

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499 King St E, Toronto, Ontario M5A 1L9, Canada (King and Spadina)
+1 416-849-1808
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16:30 - 02:00
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Hours:
Thu 16:00 - 02:00
Fri 16:30 - 02:00
Sat 17:00 - 02:00
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Toronto, Canada
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There's a well known expression: "you only get one chance at a first impression". Sadly, this pretentious place with really poor service and the most luckluster food I've had while eating out in a long while, blew any chance of ever seeing me, or my money, again. The food taste, composition (hello, so called "sushi roll") and quality is insulting... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Went for a Summerlicious dinner. Maybe the full menu options are better, but highly overpriced. The actual restaurant and atmosphere is great. The food is just bland and you could find something way more worth the money that will be delicious with better service in the 2 km radius.

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Thank khrys_2117
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

From entering to leaving my experience was unparalleled. The hostess was amazing! Very attentive to ensure guest are taken care of. I asked the waiter to choose the dishes and with absolute pleasure it was to what my guest and I desired. The venue is relatively a good size. Decor is beautifully put together and attention to detail was mastered... More 

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1 Thank Roberto R
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

I took my wife to Spice Route for dinner and dancing this past Saturday night. Our table was amazing, overlooking the entire bar and dance floor. Our servers, Jennifer and Joseph, were total gems. Smart, funny, professional, and personable. The food was fantastic. We had 3 dishes to share, and two incredible desserts.(you must try the cheesecake ball) The General... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

We booked a table for a birthday dinner and the food and service were nowhere near those of an upscale restaurant. Our friend who made the reservation was never told that they did not do individual billing. When she asked the waiter about it his reply was: "Well we don't do it that's why they didn't tell you about it"...What?... More 

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Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We had a group of 15 and they don't allow for individual billing, minimum spend is $1000 for a group. At the end of the evening we had to tell the waiter what we had to drink, add the $60 per person charge and he deducted it from the total bill which ended up being $2000 (quick math, $133 per... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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108 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We were here solely for drinks, but their menu looked very appetizing as well and I know from previous visits that their food is tasty. This is a great place for all-in-one - you can start off with dinner and then continue with drinks until the place turns into a lounge/club around 11pm. Such a natural transition! There will be... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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64 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Though the selection is very very slim (and I assume on rotation) spice route has offered some of the best maki sushi I have ever had. And I know sushi. The remaining fusion cuisine items are relatively common place, though. The restaurant setup is also strangely open concept, maybe because it sometimes doubles as a club after hours, but it... More 

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Thank MDlysko
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92 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Wow..it's a must visit gem on King Street West!!! Got reservation at the last minute, without any hustle, which is difficult on Saturday to find in downtown! Great customer service! The place looks like a Fort from outside, with the heavy wooden doors, and when u step in it's a gorgeous, high class very chic two level restaurant, with private... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

We went there for Canada Day thinking it would be crowded, but surprisingly we were able to get booking. Food was great and atmosphere was just perfect. Our host made accommodations to alter our menu items a little.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Cuisine
Asian, Chinese, Sushi, Thai
Meals
Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Private Dining, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Thursday
16:00 - 02:00
Friday
16:30 - 02:00
Saturday
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 499 King St E, Toronto, Ontario M5A 1L9, Canada
    (King and Spadina)
  • Public Transportation: Spadina Streetcar at King St West. or King West Streetcar at Brant St.
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown West
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown West
  • Phone Number: +1 416-849-1808
Description
King Street West's chicest bistro-bar, Spice Route, is Liberty and Ink's most recent undertaking. Impressive in scope, marvelously detailed, laced with drama; the Spice Route pays homage to a phenomemon shrouded in mystery. The experience at Spice Route is sheer bliss. From the moment one enters, the design is relaxing and indulging. The mixture of eclectic Asian decor, mesmerizing music, and distinctive cuisine is the soul of this spot. Rare and immediately captivating, yet subdued in style, meticulous in service yet unpretentious, refined in its culinary approach while offering something to satisfy everyone.

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Downtown West
Downtown West is home to Toronto's gorgeous Inner Harbor, and is a must-visit for lovers of art and the outdoors. The area's rich cultural heritage is celebrated by a number of monuments and museums, giving the neighborhood a mature feel. As a premier destination for modern art, people here stroll through the cool contemporary pieces at the Power Plant, enjoy the outdoor installations along Queen's Quay and Canoe Landing, and picnic among the zany designs of the Toronto Music Garden. The waterfront itself is often suffused with bikers and joggers, and the harbor is always packed with classic ships with masts raised. The vintage boats and ferries to the Toronto Islands make for a charming contrast against Downtown West's backdrop of skyscrapers, condos, and food trucks serving up hot, fresh fare to locals on the go. The area has a peaceful energy, and is popular with tourists and Torontonians alike.
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