Summerlicious in Riverside

Summerlicious 2019 is almost here, it features specials from restaurants throughout the city from July 5 – 21! Experience Summerlicious at restaurants in Riverside by indulging in world-class three-course dining, at exceptional prix fixe prices. 

Il Ponte
625 Queen Street East
11:30am-2:30pm & 5pm-10pm (Monday-Friday)
5pm-11pm (Saturday) & (Closed Sunday)

Il Ponte’s fresh thinking on Italian cuisine is present in their seasonal menu and freshly made daily specials. By using local ingredients and importing authentic Italian products, they are able to achieve a unique Summerlicious menu that features modern updates to authentic Italian dishes!

$28/Lunch or $43/Dinner

Make sure you check out their menu and make a reservation!

Prohibition Gastrohouse
696 Queen Street East
11am-2am (Monday-Friday) & 10am-2am (Saturday-Sunday)

This pub is the perfect spot for after-work drinks or catching up with friends. The Summerlicious menu features many vegan and vegetarian dishes like Gazpacho, Kale Caesar, Mediterranean Buddha and one of Toronto’s best Truffle Mac & Cheeses. 

$23/Lunch or $33/Dinner

Make sure you check out their menu and make a reservation!

prohibition gastrohouse

Reservations are officially open! Use #LiciousTO and #RiversideTO to document your foodie adventure in the neighbourhood!

Amazing Sidewalk Sales During Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside

Check out Riverside’s amazing options for shopping while you’re taking in The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside Jazz Festival July 5th to 7th! 

Riverside is home to a number of unique independent shops; while you’re at it be sure to check out the amazing Sidewalk Sales and BBQs happening in Riverside right around the festivities!

711 Queen Street East
Open from 7am – 7pm

This coffee shop is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in Riverside, they will be featuring a number of tasty treats including iced coffee, iced tea, and Craig’s Cookies!


The Opera House Grill 
737 Queen Street East
Open from 11:30am – 9pm (Closed Sunday)

Stop by to try their amazing chicken and pork souvlaki! The grill offers a casual atmosphere with a fully licensed patio and is the only restaurant to offer Greek cuisine in the neighbourhood. 

Opera House Grill BBQ

Eastbound Brewing Co. 
700 Queen Street East
Open from 11am – 12pm

Check our Eastbound for good beer, paired with good food! They will be featuring vinyl music in the afternoon in the Brewpub, bring your vinyl to play and get a pint of Eastbound Beer for $5!Eastbound Bring your own Vinyl

Quince Flowers
660 Queen Street East 
Open from 10am – 6pm (Saturday) & 12pm – 5pm (Sunday)

No matter what you are in the market for, Quince Flowers is worth checking out! Stop by to shop a variety of flower arrangements and their vase sale throughout the weekend.

Arts Market 
790 Queen Street East
Open from 11am – 6pm

With a vast array of products, from jewelry to pottery, from photography to gift cards, the Arts Market is the ideal destination.  Check out local vendor ‘Love at First Blush,’ they will be selling handmade jewelry & accessories on the sidewalk

Ruby Watchco
730 Queen Street East
Open from 6pm – 10pm (Closed Sunday)

Stop by to enjoy a sausage on a bun paired with a refreshing Raspberry Shrub Mocktail on Ruby Watchco’s sidewalk!

Ruby Watchco Drink

With all these great options (and more!) available during The Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside Jazz Festival, it’s definitely hard to pick just one, but not to worry, you’re always welcome back for more!

Be sure to snap and share a picture of your experience in any of our neighbourhood spots with hashtag #‎RiversideTO.

Change is in the Air in Riverside – Summer 2019

Change is in the air and the neighbourhood is getting more and more busy with the beautiful warm weather finally coming along. The neighbourhood has been out enjoying all Riverside has to offer. Continue reading to find out the new places you should try in the neighbourhood!

Oreya Studio (Opening summer 2019!) – 724 1/2 Queen St. E

We’re welcoming another hair salon to Riverside! Oreya Studio is a modern beauty space designed to redefine the traditional salon experience. Their mission is to inspire confidence and good vibes, with a focus on how you feel, not just how you look. We also may have gotten the news that they’ve created their very own Oreya wine… ready for you at every appointment. 

Not only will they have hair professionals, but they’ll also have lash artists and waxing specialists! It’s the perfect one-stop shop; get your hair, lashes, and waxing done in one stop! Whether you’re looking for hair care, hair colouring, hair extensions, hair styling, haircuts, eyelash services, or waxing, Oreya will have someone for you! 

Oreya has already opened up its website to accept bookings. Click here to book your appointment online. They’ll be open every day except Sundays. For more info, make sure you check out their social media listed below!


Riverdale Trading Company (Closed) – 760 Queen St. E

We’re sad to announce that Riverdale Trading Company has closed their doors. They always wanted to get to know the community and even participated in our Wine and Craft Beer Event. We’ve had a great past year getting to know them, and we’re going to miss them in Riverside!

Upstream (Open now!) – 717 Queen Street East (Suite 201)

Upstream is a content creation company. They write, direct and produce memorable and meaningful content across advertising, sports and entertainment. If you’re looking for a strategic and creative approach that will move your audience and your business, Upstream is here for you! To check out some of their awesome past projects and creations, make sure you check out their YouTube


Riverside Square (Moving in soon!) – 667 Queen St. E

Streetcar Developments are doing a great job and working fast. It looks like it really coming along and the move in date of Riverside Square is soon to come! 

Check out some changes from the spring in Riverside here.

Bonjour Brioche – Riverside Business Profile Series

Bonjour Brioche

Bonjour Brioche has been a hotspot for heavenly Parisian inspired pastries and petite des Jeunes in Riverside since 1997. 

bonjour brioche

When Lori Feasson and her pastry chef husband Henri opened their bakery, fresh bread was non-existent anywhere else along Queen Street East and brunch was a thing reserved for Toronto’s west end.

“You would not believe what it was like here 20 years ago,” says Lori. Back then she had a buzzer under the cash register so Henri could run upstairs if there was any sort of danger.

The couple chose the corner of Queen and Degrassi for the location of their cafe mostly because it was, and still is, within walking distance to their home in Leslieville and, says Lori, despite Riverside’s bad rap two decades ago, it’s always had a very neighbourly vibe.

“You can feel it as soon as you get over the bridge.”

With an all-day breakfast and brunch menu featuring the likes of brie and garlic aioli on a fresh baguette and Croque Madam, Bonjour Brioche is now easily one of Toronto’s top brunch spots (with a guaranteed lineup out the door on weekends). 

“There’s nothing here that isn’t started from scratch, which is why the bakers start at midnight on weekends,” says Lori.

In addition to a dedicated and talented staff, she attributes the bakery’s success to its ability to always stay consistent with its hours, products, and service. While Riverside has changed drastically over the years, Lori says Bonjour Brioche is very much still the same.

bonjour brioche

Thank you – Riverside Culinary Walk 2019!

Riverside Walks, free guided walking tours series of Riverside neighbourhood had another great walk this past weekend at the 2019 Culinary Walk! Attendees had the privilege of visiting 5 Riverside restaurants and getting free samples at every location! 

We wanted to give a special thank you to…

All of the businesses that made this possible:

Animal Liberation Kitchen for the yummy vegan meal and showing all your love about it.
Good Karma for the farm-fresh food and for the large portion.
Eastbound Brewing Company for some great beer and pretzel!
St Johns Bakery for the most delicious fresh bread and amazing olive oil.
Wine Rack for the sangria tasting!

Toronto Food Tours & John Anderson:

For doing an awesome job leading the walk! Be sure to check out their other food tours, and find them hosting events at St Lawrence Market. 

All of the attendees:

It wouldn’t have been possible without you! Thanks for bringing the community together and for learning a bit about Riverside. 

Enjoy some photos from this awesome walk!