492 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON

Reservations:
Tel. (416) 929-4900
or (416) 603-4900

Valentine's Day 2016
02/04/16

On Sunday February 14th we invite you to reserve a table if you plan to come for dinner. We have two seatings that night each with a different menu. 

Romance is the name of the game and in order to ensure you keep your attention on your date, we have a NO CELL PHONE rule that night. No texts, no tweets, no photos - engage your dining companion, your server, and your food in the blissful absence of glowing screens and buzzing pockets. 

1st seating ***bar only & last table by the door / dining room 2 spots at 6:30 ***

$60 per person / 3 courses. Tables are available at 6:00 pm, 6:30 or 7:00 pm for 2 hours. Choose an appetizer, main course, and dessert. In this seating we can accomodate vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diners.

Appetizers - Soup, mussels, salad, escargots, paté, fried camembert, frog legs, oysters, foie gras ($15 supplement)

Mains - Le végétarien, chicken, pound of mussels, whitefish, duck confit, steak/frites, horse, venison ($10 supplement), beef or horse tartare

Desserts - Clafoutis, lemon tart, flourless chocolate cake, crême brûlée, sorbet, ice cream

2nd seating bar and café available / main dining room SOLD OUT ***

$100 per person / 10-15 courses. Tables arrive at 8:00 pm, 8:30, 9:00 and later and you are encouraged to stay as long as you like. This menu will feature both individual portions and shared plates. The dishes will remain a mystery until they are presented, trust the chef and your servers, you will be in good hands.

We can accomodate most food allergies but this seating is not suitable for vegetarians and gluten allergies - come earlier in the first seating.

If and when you decide to join us, please call and confirm your attendance by leaving a credit card number. This is the only day of the year that we would require such a guarantee, but after doing this for 15 years, it's our only way of ensuring tables don't sit empty on the busiest night of the year.

The bar will be open for diners on a first come, first-served basis. Your only way to guarantee a spot at the bar is to commit to a menu. 

We look forward to seeing you!

Party party partizani!
09/19/11
We love to have fun at la Palette and having a beautiful long bar gives us and our customers a chance to get loose as the evening sets in. On occasion at midnight on the weekend as dinner service is winding down, we'll kick the party up a notch as our musician friends come in and play standing ON the bar. You can call to see when the next jam is, but usually we don't know until the last moment.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra - Toronto's only Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk super band will blow your mind with rauccous violin-accordian-tuba-belly-dance madness.
 
Get Rambunctious - 1 drummer and 12 horns gets the crowd shakin' with New Orleans on adrenaline improv, you yell out a song title, they'll make up a song.

 
New Year's Eve Menu
12/26/10
Watch here for New Year's Menu...

We are taking reservations for new year's eve, tables are available earlier in the evening if you are going somewhere else for the big shebang - a la carte menu of our usual great fare plus extra special specials... otherwise we have a many course tasting menu + bubly wine for $100 per person starting at 9 pm...


Hellooo Queen Street...
12/08/10
So our original location in Kensington Market is closed and we are full time down at our new spot on Queen which opened in May.

Thank you all the great customers and new friends that have walked through those doors over the last decade, thank you Kensington Market and all our amazing neighbours there, we'll miss you.

We look forward to everyone visiting us in our beautiful new home!

A bientôt!
La Palette is dead...long live la Palette!
11/03/10

As you may have already heard, the lease is up at our original location and we will be closing our doors there later this month.  Fortunately you will still be able to enjoy our great food and drink, with the same service you have come to expect, in our fabulous new digs.

In the 10 years we have been in Kensington our following has grown along with us.  We have seen first dates blossom into romance, wedding proposals followed up with babies.  We have watched students struggle and celebrate their victories with us.  The conviviality of great conversations over clinking glasses has deepened old friendships while forging new ones alike.  All the while, we honed our abilities to bring you better and better fare delivered with care and pride.

Without ever advertising, La Palette gained recognition through word of mouth and great reviews.  We continually participated in food events and supported charitable organizations. As part of our commitment to culture in our city and our neighbourhood, we grew beyond our doors and gave back to the world with the creation of the much loved Pedestrian Sundays – monthly carfree days that will live beyond our departure. 

Now in our new space on Queens Street, we hope to continue delivering what we always have and more… here, we have a similar cosy dining room, but with a gorgeous open kitchen, a long bar, and a little café area too.  We will open lunches soon and will stay open later and later.

Check back for details around special nights in our closing weeks – November 21st is the last day! Come visit the new place too if you haven't already. Look forward to seeing you soon,

Au revoir,

Le gang at la palette.

New Second Location Open
05/04/10

After 10 years in Kensington Market, we have opened a second location on Queen Street West! 

Stay tuned for updated details on the website - in the meantime, come visit us at 492 Queen Street West - Open Every day at 5 PM 'til as late as it goes and Saturday, Sunday for Brunch from 11 AM  'til 4PM...  

Reservations are recommended for groups of 5 or more, otherwise, just come on down...

Our original location at 256 Augusta is not going anywhere so don't panic! And call if you're coming on the weekend...

See you soon 

 

We're having another one!
04/16/10
You may have heard rumours that we're opening another restaurant on Queen Street West - it's true!

Stay tuned for details on when La Palette will open doors at 492 Queen Street West in the busy strip between Spadina and Bathurst - probably mid to late May for Dinner and Brunch with weekday Lunch beginning in the fall.  The former stable (how ironic that we serve horse there) features a cosy dining room the same size as our original as well as a long bar and an open kitchen - new menu based on old favourites as well as more details about special events and the like coming very, very shortly. 

We have been in Kensington Market for 10 years now and don't plan to abandon our original digs anytime soon so don't panic - the sun is shining and the patio is open for summer!!  Weather permitting of course...
What we do and who we are
08/31/09

La Palette is a cosy, authentic French bistro in Kensington Market, the most culturally vibrant neighbourhood of Toronto.  With great word of mouth and critical acclaim we have come to enjoy a reputation as one of the best restaurants this city and Canada has to offer.

We uphold classic traditions of French Cuisine making all of our food from scratch while sourcing fresh, mostly local, artisenal produce. The seafood and vegetarian options continuously bring regulars back, but we are known for the meat that we serve - the best Duck Confit in town, positively addictive Black Angus Steak/frites, great Canadian game like Bison and Caribou, and even Toronto's first Horse steak!

It is a good idea to book in advance if you are coming for sure, particularly on the weekend or in groups of more than 5. We usually find room for walk-ins, especially with 4 or less people on weekdays, and also have a small bar and patio.

Although we have menus and specials posted here, they might not always be accurate...alas, our work is in the kitchen and dining room, not in front of a computer.

If you have any questions about catering or private functions, or would like to make a reservation, please call 416 929 4900

 

We look forward to seeing you.