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Wine Bar

9 Church Street
Toronto, ON  M5E 1M2

(416) 504-9463

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April 12, 2013

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February 23, 2013

Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar, with its warm and casual atmosphere, emerged on the Toronto dining scene in November 2003. With its tasting-size portions and 3oz glasses of wine, patrons are encouraged to explore a wide array of food and wine combinations. Dinner and Lunch reservations are taken online 1 week in advance. Lunch reservations are taken up to one month in advance by speaking to the... more

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September 08, 2012

Welcome to the Wine Bar at 9 Church Street, a hotspot on the Toronto culinary scene! vintages exclusive to us and every bottle handpicked by our Sommelier.But you haven’t taken in the full experience until you have watched your meal being prepared – right in front of you -- by leading Toronto Chef Bryan Burke.You can expect Bryan to inform and entertain you while he expertly cooks your meal... more

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4 star rating
M T Toronto February 09, 2011
Great Artisan Kitchen

Wine bar is a great date spot. Amazing atmosphere and really good food. Check it out

4 star rating
Jessie November 27, 2010
Savoury food

Wine bar has a huge selection of wine and the food was delicious! I had a great time with my good friends and will make sure to come back with my boyfriend for an intimate evening for two. I really enjoyed sharing plates for the chance to try many different dishes!

4 star rating
myshell Toronto, Ontario September 11, 2010
Think Again

If you don't read anything else, read this statement: the vast majority of reviews are of the previous incarnation, when this place was Jamie Kennedy's Wine Bar. I have been three times since the changeover, and every time the experience has been worse. After the last meal (six of us, all of whom had been coming to Jamie's since the first year it opened) we all swore that was the last time we'd set foot inside - not that it is terrible now, but there are just too many other options providing a better experience for the same cost.

That's not to say it doesn't have its merits - the food remains good, with occasional great dishes. The wine list remains broad and reasonably priced (especially for the small pours, which are the same proportionate cost as a full glass so you can try a little of a lot of wines).

The menu is not quite as wide as in JKWB days, nor does it change anywhere near as often - but those were probably factors in Jamie having to sell up, so at least the new folks might stay around longer... If, and that is a BIG if, they can get their service staff organized.

The biggest issue is service - far too many new faces, and far too few of them on at any given time. We were one of three tables in use during our last meal, and still our server disappeared and left us hanging, waiting to order more food & wine.

In short, while I never had any hesitation recommending Jamie's I simply cannot in good conscience recommend The Wine Bar

Editorial Reviews from the web
4 star rating
November 09, 2011

Wine Bar is the re-branded Church St. restaurant that used to be known as Jamie Kennedy's Wine Bar before financial troubles forced him to sell it. The menu, though, still places a strong emphasis on local, seasonal fare and poutine (a braised beef cheek version) remains a crowd pleaser.

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4 star rating
December 11, 2010

His name may be all over anything organic and local, but you wouldn't be able tell from the seasonal menu that he slips you his principles through his namesake restaurant - the Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar. You'll find half of the kitchen staff in the back curing, smoking and preserving carefully picked ingredients while the chef's bar out front puts on the show. Definitely the best seats in the... more

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4 star rating
Great place for tapas style dining
July 30, 2014

Enjoyed the food - great version of poutine, rice balls, duck confit, hanger steak.
Portions are fit for sharing for two but would have appreciated more frank advice to order two of everything for a table of four. Too fussy and awkward and small to share anything by 4.
Had the cheapest pinot noir at $50 and it was outstanding and not available at LCBO.
Great spot - recommend it

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4 star rating
Great wine bar with excellent food
July 19, 2014

The price fix menu was above and beyond what I expected! The wine prices are very reasonable. Great friendly staff and a nice crowd. Techno music kind of place so it is very hip. Loved it and will go back as its high on the list. Very reasonable prices for the city!

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4 star rating
I would come back
July 14, 2014

Servers were politele, engaged and relatively knowledgeable about the wine selection. Ambience was very mellow, with some sort of trance or deep house playing in the background. Great for a romantic date I guess. Price points were spot on in terms of Summerlicious.

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August 29, 2014

Small plates of locally sourced fare from an open kitchen, complemented by a list of over 200 wines.

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August 25, 2013

Visit us just once and you will instantly see why there’s nothing quite like the dining experience at The Wine Bar.Some prefer our cozy, intimate tables for two. But you haven’t taken in the full experience until you have watched your meal being prepared – right in front of you -- by leading Toronto Chef Bryan Burke.You can expect Bryan to inform and entertain you while he expertly cooks your... more

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May 29, 2013

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