KATSURA From lunch prepared in front of you to more traditional dining in private tatam rooms, this upscale dining spot provides plenty of options for business people grabbing a bite between meetings, and dinner guests looking to savour fresh Japanese cuisine. Lunch $20, dinner $35. 900 York Mills Rd., 416-444-2511.
5TH ELEMENTT The expansive dining room and patio helped make this the restaurant of choice at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Hollywood’s A-listers rubbed shoulders while taking in the Indian and Mediterranean fusion cuisine. Lunch $15, dinner $25. 1033 Bay St., 416-923-8159.
CZEHOSKI This creatively luxe lounge boasts an interior that nods to its Polish-butcher roots. Come for dinner and stay for the hip late-night vibe. Lunch $20, dinner $35. 678 Queen St. W., 416-366-6787.
LE TROU NORMAND Foodies who know their French cuisine are repeat visitors to this Yorkville staple. Whether on the quaint patio or at a table in one of three intimate rooms, an award-winning wine list and specialty dishes encourage lingering to the last bite. Lunch $15, dinner $25. 90 Yorkville Ave., 416-967-5956.
TRUFFLES Consistent ratings are the marks of unrivalled quality at this contemporary French restaurant. Set inside the Four Seasons Hotel, elegant bay windows and lofty ceilings create a stately ambiance for indulging the palate. Dinner $35. 21 Avenue Rd., 416-964-0411.
FLOW RESTAURANT + LOUNGE Floor-to-ceiling windows and smooth service set the scene for a menu that encompasses pasta to pan-Asian dishes. Dinner $35. 133 Yorkville Ave., 416-925-2143.
HABITAT LOUNGE Between the sleek bar at the front and an open kitchen at the back, this Art and Design District feeding ground is a magnet for an eclectic crowd. Dinner $35. 735 Queen St. W., 416-860-1551.
MILDRED PIERECE RESTAURANT The menu’s exotic influences skim from all corners of the world, leaving little to be desired for a curious palate. But it’s the talented bar staff and the incredible service that make dining here most memorable. Lunch $20, dinner $35. 99 Sudbury St., 416-588-5695.
AUBERGE DU POMMIER Whether outside on the garden terrace or inside amid aged-stone walls and the glow of wood-burning fireplaces, this formal ode to modern French dining does justice to country’s passion for fine food. Lunch $20, dinner $35. 4150 Yonge St., 416-222-2220.
XACUTTI Describing this restaurant’s adventurously creative cuisine as ‘new Indian’ is an understatement. Chef Brad Moore’s cross-cultural menu promises an original dining experience with a unique blend of culinary influences. Dinner $35. 503 College St., 416-323-3957.
For more about the Summerlicious dining program, see Summer Feast.