Local Kitchen and Wine Bar

Price guide: Mid-range

1710 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 1B3

Price guide: Mid-range

By Aefa Mulholland, your Toronto expert

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#24 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Toronto
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4.1
4.1
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
3.5
3.5
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Trendiness

Expert review of Local Kitchen and Wine Bar

Italian wine bar on the edge of the Polish Village.

It's first come, first served at this atmospheric  Italian-influenced eaterie and salumerie on the far west side of downtown Toronto.

Food and drink: 

Small plates, salumi, traditional home cooking — if you were brought up by a pair of incredible Italian chefs. Ingredients sourced from Ontario are rustled into Italian classics, such as Ontario Berkshire Pancetta, Lardo stuffed cappelletti pasta or the $50 salumi tasing menu.

Recommended dishes: 

The salumi tasting menu is the big news here — but it doesn't come cheap. The pastas are excellent and entrees (which change regularly) are impeccable - I loved the Kolapore Springs trout, served with fennel, leeks, olive marmellate and caperberries - at $15 it seems a better deal than the salumi.

Ambience: 

Cosy, bustling, boisterous.

Service: 

Down to earth, friendly.

Location: 

The dowdier end of Queen West, just before it hits Roncesavlles. Very close to Sunnyside Beach, though, if you want to combine the two one day.

Tables to book: 

If you reserve the chef's table (the only table you can reserve), there's are two sittings for meat eaters — 6:30pm and 9pm — and the meal is $50 without drinks.

More information on Local Kitchen and Wine Bar:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant, Wine bar
Food:
Italian
Address:
1710 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 1B3
Telephone:
+1 416 534 6700
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Tue-Wed 6pm-10pm, Thu-Sat 6pm-11pm, Sun 6pm-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

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