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4.5 stars 52 reviews


97 Harbord St
Toronto, ON  M5S 1G4

(416) 920-2186

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February 26, 2010

When I opened Messis twelve years ago, I wanted to create the kind of restaurant that I eat at in Europe - accessible to everybody - yet I wanted to be fine dining. I worked many years in exclusive restaurants with dedicated cooks who could not afford to eat the food they were creating. I wanted to create that restaurant. The gamble was successful ... more

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4.5 star rating
June 12, 2012

Nearly 20 years old, this simple bistro is Eugene Shewchuk's vision realized: He wanted to create an accessible and pleasant spot with good food and fair prices, a place where cooks can happily eat. The menu changes frequently, keeping as its mainstays Italian pastas and Mediterranean meat dishes, and ranging into Asia, too. Thin-crust pizzas are kept simple, and mains tend to stick to a small... more

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Toronto Life
February 03, 2012

In this Zen-like room, soothing planes of earth tones serve as backdrops for signature still lifes of fruit. A... more

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March 02, 2011

'Great value' makes this 'festive', 'upscale' chef-owned eatery in South... more

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4.5 star rating
Good food and wine with friendly service
July 09, 2013

Fantastic value! I've enjoyed every meal I've had here (and there have been many). Suitable for couples or large groups. Delicious! Can't wait to go back.

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4.5 star rating
Great meal, great service. We'll be back
January 16, 2013

We took our Montreal visitors there for a meal over the holidays and everyone raved about it. We were a group of 11 people and the waiter was extremely attentive. The food was amazing. My husband and I are from Toronto, and we hadn't been there in a while and after our meal, we wondered why. The food was incredible,... more

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4.5 star rating
Excellent value nr. University of Toronto
December 29, 2012

We enjoyed a memorable meal at Messis - food, service and ambiance were
outstanding. It was a special occasion, as we were meeting old friends we'd not see for years. Longtime residents of the Toronto area, they were not familiar with this restaurant, but had nothing but praise for it as well. Our entrées were well prepared, tasty and imaginative.... more

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November 04, 2013

The concept behind Messis in Harbord Village was inspired by the restaurants of Europe – fine dining that’s accessible to everyone. The fusion menu features dishes such as grilled soya-orange marinated calamari, curried coconut risotto with jumbo shrimp, free-ranged Quebec Cornish hen and ginger crème brulee. An extensive wine list features by-the-glass and bottle selections. The contemporary... more

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August 29, 2013

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January 15, 2010

A warm, friendly atmosphere and modest decor render Messis a comfortable restaurant. Influences range from Asian to American, with an emphasis on Italian cuisine, all carefully prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The delicious gourmet menu includes parmesan-crusted leg of lamb over polenta, along with inventive pastas and pizzas. Some of the city's most popular chefs began their careers... more

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