The Drake Dining Room

Price guide: Mid-range

1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1J3

Price guide: Mid-range

By Aefa Mulholland, your Toronto expert

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#23 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Toronto
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.9
3.9
Ambience:
4.3
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Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Design and architecture, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of The Drake Dining Room

Hip heart of West Queen West.

The staff, clientele, room and food all look equally good here, but don't let the seeming pretentious nature of the place put you off - the staff and the food are pretty, but down to earth.

Food and drink: 

It's an eclectic menu with a decent sushi/sashimi section, tasty share plates (such as chili calamari and sweet potato tater tots) and some hefty meat dishes. The Drake has a BBQ shack a few doors along and the daily "platter of smoked goodness" is a contender for the city's best barbecue.

Drinkwise, there are some good sakes, decent beers and some tasty Ontario wines on the list.

Recommended dishes: 

I'm all about the daily BBQ plate, but the basked mac and cheese and Peking pork belly fried rice also make the top three.

Ambience: 

There's always a buzz about this place, so it attracts a mixture of out to be seen folks with Torontonians who just like the place with its beautiful decor and well done drinks and food. Since it's attached to the sceney Drake Hotel, there are often events and launches here, so it's best to call ahead and check everything is open.

Service: 

Much better than you might think on first observing the American Apparel modelesque staff.

Location: 

The epicentre of West Queen West.

Other useful branches: 

If the restaurant is full, the Drake has a cafe on the other side of the hotel and a BBQ shack a few doors east.

More information on The Drake Dining Room:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Café, Restaurant
Food:
American, International, Japanese
Address:
1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1J3
Telephone:
+1 416 531 5042
Website:
http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/dining
Serves:
Brunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thu 6pm-11pm, Fri 6pm-1am, Sat 6pm-1am, Sun 10:30am-4pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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