As the film industry descends on Toronto for TIFF – which kicks off on Thursday, September 8 – bars and restaurants across the city are gearing up to serve up some of the world’s most recognizable faces.
Here is our list of the best celebrity restaurants in Toronto!
Celebrity sightings: Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney and Greta Gerwig.
Hotel Bisha’s lobby bar has hosted many pre and post TIFF film parties over the years.
Celebrity sightings: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Located inside the Bisha Hotel, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back’s namesake restaurant offers a blend of modern Japanese cuisine and authentic Korean flavors.
Celebrity sightings: Julia Roberts, Sienna Miller, Christina Hendricks, Halle Berry, Geena Davis and Martin Short
Kost is easily one of Toronto’s most Instagrammable late-night restaurants and bars, with sweeping views and an open-air patio, used regularly for TIFF parties and events.
Celebrity sightings: Jennifer Lopez and Keke Palmer
This unsuspecting fine-dining spot offers Italian cuisine in a luxurious setting, hosting the first Hustlers party of 2019.
Celebrity sightings: Matt Damon, Michelle Williams, Gerard Butler, Dakota Johnson and Jason Segal
Renowned for its authentic Eastern Mediterranean flavors and minutes from Bell Lightbox, it’s a popular spot for all kinds of TIFF events.
Celebrity sightings: Daniel Craig, Ryan Gosling, Jamie Lee Curtis, Joaquin Phoenix or even Justin Trudeau.
Just off King Street West, Patria offers private dining and party experiences for any TIFF event and hosts many premium parties each year.
Celebrity sightings: Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Kiernan Shipka
This Italian hotspot in Adelaide is a local favourite, with a large patio, and is no stranger to hosting star-studded events.
Just steps from the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Chotto Matte is a stargazing hotspot and the perfect place to enjoy a fabulous meal accompanied by a cocktail or two. Treat yourself to the best of Toronto’s Japanese and Peruvian cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere perfect for a TIFF celebration!
Another spot a short walk from the TIFF Bell Lightbox is Soluna, touted as the go-to supper club for spotting celebrities. Soluna’s calendar of events includes private dinners, a gift lounge, and patio parties in the heart of downtown.