Planta

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 23 reviews )

Upscale, plant-based dining est. 2016. Has private seating area. Brunch on Sunday. Sister restaurant to Nota Bené (non-veg). Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-3:00pm, Mon-Sun 5:00pm-9:30pm, Sun 10:30am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Canadian

23 Reviews

First Review by Vegan GiGi

Amazing food & excellent service! - Edit

This is in the top three best dining experiences I’ve ever had. The service was exceptional, the server was happy to help with ordering and very patient, the atmosphere perfect, music suitable, wine list concise, and THE FOOD! Every dish was perfectly portioned, easily shareable and so well-crafted, beautiful to behold, and deliciously mastered.
We ordered fried mushrooms, truffle fries, crab cakes, habibi salad, coconut ceviche and the chocolate terrarium dessert. Everything was delicious! This is upscale dining so don’t expect anything less.

Pros: all vegan, wine list, service

Cons: location

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Upscale vegan! - Edit

I really enjoyed my dinner at Planta. We came at the tail end of brunch but made reservations online enroute to make sure we had a spot and that wasn't a problem. (Kudos for being able to make brunch reservations!!) They are a large restaurant so it seemed like there was still space available once we arrived anyhow.

I liked the ambiance although it was a tad noisy. The food was delicious. Creative and delicious. The cauliflower tots were our favourite. I am excited to try their regular dinner menu at some point.

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great food, for ‘downtown’ prices - Edit

Loved the food here, great atmosphere, love that people of all ages go here and enjoy the food as much as I did.

Food is a bit pricey, but I guess that’s expected for a restaurant being right downtown. Although other vegan restaurants downtown don’t seem to be so expensive.

Would definitely go again!

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Disappointed - Edit

We got the kimchi spring rolls, burger, the Italian job pizza and a side of fried mushrooms. Extremely underwhelmed by this restaurant. Especially because of the price of the food. The fried mushrooms were the best part and they were a side dish. We also had to wait quite a while because the pizza oven was backed up... Nice atmosphere though. The dessert was good. We had the carrot cake and a cookie. Although they forgot to give it to us with the cake so we took it to go.

Pros: Pretty

Cons: Expensive, not the best food

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Good Vegan Food - Edit

I wish I could have given a better rating, but I was pretty put off when I arrived at 5:50 and was told I'd need to vacate the table by 6:30 pm. It added unneeded stress while visiting here on business. I had to prompt the server at 6:10 to take my order so I could leave the table on time. My order didn't arrive until 6:25 and no one seemed to care by 6:30; so stress for nothing. Food was good; I had a pizza that I enjoyed. Having eaten at many upscale restaurants across Canada, the menu wasn't that impressive. The other customers were great and such enjoyable company. The generally unwelcoming greeting perhaps clouded the rest.

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Super Tasty Food - Edit

100% vegan menu with a good variety and often a monthly special of some sort. Fantastic quality food and a really cool atmosphere.

Pros: Lots of Options, Brunch!

Cons: Often very busy

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always fabulous and delicious! - Edit

Fantastically hip without being pretentious, the ambience and vibe are completely on point. Fab service all the time. The crowd is a wonderful mashup of folks from business dinners to earthy vegans to girls nights outs to quiet duos. The food is always amazing. I've never been disappointed and I visit often. Great cocktails. Wonderful organic and vegan wine list. Every non-vegan I've dined with here has nothing but awesome things to say. A must if you're in the city.

Pros: brunch reservations, ambience, fab for all diverse diets and lifestyles

Cons: walk-ins can be tricky (often busy!)

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Pizza and cauliflower tots so good! - Edit

My review is actually based on a delivery order via UberEats. So I can't actually comment on the restaurant itself. It was really cold out tonight so I decided to order in from Planta. I got the mushroom pizza and cauliflower tots. OMG they were both outstanding! The dip with the tots is delicious! And the pizza was amazing. If I hasn't specifically chosen a vegan restaurant, I would have never guessed! Would definitely recommend.

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Our go-to celebration spot! - Edit

Great bar, atmosphere and yummy food! More upscale so the prices are slightly lifted from your favourite vegan diner. Just go and enjoy.

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Great Food, Stupid Expensive - Edit

I like Planta I should preface, and I get their niche. It's a semi-high-class restaurant so the prices match. But some of their prices are beyond reasonable. Don't expect to leave for less than $100.

Otherwise the food is legitimately good, great even. Plus it's a nice space.

Pros: Top-quality food, Beautiful space

Cons: Very, very expensive, Small portions

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Quite poor, especially the head waitresses - Edit

The head waitresses had to be reminded three times that we waited for a table. Even after they said a table was being prepared for us it took almost 30 minutes before we got it.
The food was bland and quite tasteless. The spring rolls was good though.
Very pricey for the service.

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Interesting dishes - Edit

The ambience/decor was pleasant but the music was way too loud. We tried the Caesar salad (good), chicken-fried oyster mushrooms (AMAZING), carrot dogs (good, but the accompanying french fries were FANTASTIC and tasted just like BBQ potato chips), lasagna (just OK), and crab cakes (nothing special, and not very crabby). The chocolate terrarium dessert was interesting and tasty. My only other gripe besides the noise level was the women's bathroom: of the four stalls, two were missing locks/latches completely, and a third was dark due to a dead bulb. For a classy and pricey place, I thought that was incongruous.

Pros: Some fantastic dishes, Very nice servers

Cons: Loud, Bathrooms not maintained

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best upscale restaurant in toronto - Edit

We recently went here with 2 non vegan friends. They loved it.
We had the pea soup which was amazing.
We then shared the chicken fried mushrooms ,cauliflower tots, truffle fries all were very delicious. 3 of us had the lettuce wraps which were so flavourful with cauliflower tofu and kimchi. And my friend had the crab cakes which he gobbled up.
The restaurant is beautifully done out. And the food was outstanding. We will definitely return.

Pros: great restaurant , great staff, great food

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excellent upscale plant-based fine dining - Edit

Planta's menu is tapas style, 100% plant-based and delicious! Our pizza ranked among the tastiest vegan and gluten free pizzas we have ever had! The wine, beer, and cocktail list is extensive to complement your dining experience. Definitely get a reservation on the weekend. It's a large restaurant but it fills up fast. While expensive, the food is definitely high quality and worth it!

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Finally Upscale Plant-based dining in Toronto! - Edit

Planta is excellent. Fantastic menu, stylish décor and great service. Wonderful selection and price with many interesting items and creative food combinations. Planta is definitely a place you could bring anyone and they would be able to find something enjoyable. My husband and I are both vegans and actually went back twice in two days! So, between the two of us, we tried almost everything on the menu!

I would highly recommend this restaurant, a must for any vegan traveller. For locals, if you want to encourage friends/family to eat a more plant-based diet- take them to Planta...this restaurant makes vegan outreach easy...and tasty!

As its close to Yorkville, Planta has a great looking, well dressed clientele. Definitely, wear your finest vegan attire and fit right in....

Pros: Innovative, flavourful dishes, amazing desserts, Excellent atmosphere, service and price, Great for parties and specials occasions.

Cons: None

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Good Food - Edit

Planta offers good food, especially for brunch, but it's nothing spectacular. The food is overpriced because of the location, but the food is decent, as well as the ambiance of the place.

Pros: nice vibe

Cons: small portions

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Welcome addition to Toronto - Edit

Planta is filling a void in Toronto. It may be pricey, but we needed an upscale option in the city. Planta is funky (such cool decor) and the menu is really inventive. They don't serve fake meat but instead allow vegetables to shine in delicious and creative ways. My non-vegan husband likes it so much he suggested we go back again before I even did.

This is a great place for a date night or to take non-vegans who are skeptical of vegan food.

Pros: Unique dishes, Amazing atmosphere

Cons: Hard to park in Yorkville (not Planta's fault)

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Great food, a bit over rated - Edit

A few great menu items and a few disappointing ones, order wisely and ask your server for help. One server advised me against ordering a couple items because they're not very tasty.

Wonderful and unique cocktail selection. Upscale space which is hard to find with vegan restaurants but the service is on par with your average restaurant, at times worse than your average restaurant (drinks are slow and came after our appetizers, even though we ordered drinks first, dinner came before we were done appetizers). I get that these things happen but when you're paying a premium, there are different service expectations.

Servers were all friendly and helpful and nice, though. Will go back sometime.

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Beautiful Restaurant - Edit

Visited on a Friday lunch time and was glad I had a reservation. It was packed! I had the Italian Job Pizza and it was delicious!! Son had the Curry Pot and he really like it too!

Pros: Great Food, Nice ambiance, Friendly servers

Cons: Freezing cold in restaurant, A bit crowded

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Awesome! - Edit

Thrilled to finally have a phenomenal upscale vegan dining experience in Toronto! The food is outstanding and the ambience is beautiful. Great wine list, (by the bottle or glass), staff is friendly and knowledgeable. This is a must try restaurant for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike. The food is so good, my non vegan friends didn't feel they missed out on anything. Just go!

Pros: Phenomenal food, Upscale, Ambience

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Upscale plant based dining - Edit

A very upscale space that is a pleasure to dine in. Friendly and helpful staff in a hip atmosphere. Creative plant based dishes without the use of fake meats. Delicious dinner.

Pros: beautiful space creative cooking helpful and fri

Cons: pricey but worth it for a special dinner

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Excellent Food and good service .... a little pricey but not excessively so considering the ambiance and service. - Edit

Tried half a dozen dishes. Very tasty, good flavours. Emphasis on Organic. We enjoyed all the dishes, although one was not quite perfectly prepared, it was almost like eating at home!

Presentation was very good and the surroundings were elegant and clean. The only jarring note was the poor quality sound system playing distorted "music".

Excellent organic wine selection!

The dessert we tried (avocado cheesecake) was very good.

As is common in Toronto, the coffee wasn't great - such a shame as it's the last thing many customers consume.

Cost for two with a glass of wine for one $95.00. Our meal consisted of soup, mains and one dessert.

Would we go again? Most definitely - it was the best meal we've had in a restaurant for a long time!

Pros: Good service, High quality food, Clean elegant surroundings

Cons: Noisy distorted music system, Coffee not up to the quality of the food, Somewhat expensive

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AMAZING upscale vegan food. - Edit

Planta's food is quite amazing. It's also quite expensive, though not unexpectedly so. The decor is well-designed, attractive, and modern, and the restaurant is in a nice area of downtown called Yorkville (right at Bay subway station). It is what the Toronto vegan scene needed, ever since its 2 other upscale vegan restaurants (Tori's Bakeshop After Hours and Grasslands) closed down within the last year.

The service at Planta was very friendly and overall good, though they did make a few errors with our drinks. I'll chalk the errors up to them being such a new restaurant though (they opened just a month ago). One other thing to note is that the cocktails may not be all that strong. My lightweight boyfriend had 2 Pear'd up drinks, and he didn't get a buzz at all.

For dinner, there were 4 of us, and we shared most of the items we ordered. So, I got to taste several items, including: beets and grapefruit salad, mushroom and roasted squash salad, Brussels sprouts fried rice, steamed broccoli, coconut ceviche, Frenchie pizza, crab cakes, and no noodle lasagna. Everything was VERY good, and my favorite item was the fried rice. The coconut ceviche and crab cakes were really innovative and delicious too.

For dessert, we shared the chocolate terrarium (with peanut butter cream) and the coconut chia pudding with passion fruit sorbet (served inside a young Thai coconut). Both were delicious, but the coconut pudding was ridiculously good.

Overall, our experience at Planta was wonderful. It is an expensive restaurant, though, so it was really nice to be treated to a meal there by my parents. I don't expect to go back too often because of the cost, but I will be very very excited when I do!!

Pros: delicious food, beautiful decor, all vegan

Cons: expensive

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