5 Spots to Wine and Dine Your Clients at Exhibition Place

December 2, 2022

Best known for its iconic summer events, busy conventions and glittering galas, Exhibition Place is also an underrated dining destination. Here are some dining experiences (and dishes) to add to your client outings.

Exhibition Place is home to an array of unexpected culinary experiences for all tastes—from Japanese cuisine with breathtaking views at Valerie to the thrilling spectacle and historical fare of Medieval Times. Impress your clients with a unique lunch or dinner at these memorable spots, ideal for those in-the-know.


Located inside Hotel X, Valerie is a rooftop fine dining concept serving Japanese-influenced dishes and a panoramic view of the city below. Valerie’s menu features curated cocktails, hot & cold Japanese- inspired snacks, nigiri and chef’s selection of maki. Impress your guests with Valerie’s elevated atmosphere, live music, breathtaking rooftop terrace and sushi bar.

Best for: Elevated Views

Must Try: Teardrop, made with hamachi, wasabi, truffle and scallion

Valerie Restaurant Teardrop (hamachi, wasabi, truffle, scallion)
Valerie Teardrop (hamachi, wasabi, truffle, scallion)

Roses Cocina

Roses Cocina is tailor-made for clients that love fusion fare—its cuisine blends modern North American flavours with a Mexican flair. Inspired by culinary trends across the continent, Chef Adrian Niman’s menu features standouts like the Roses Chopped Salad, Taquitos and an elevated version of a Cheeseburger. With an inspired cocktail menu and views of Lake Ontario, this culinary experience within Hotel X is not to be missed.

Best for: Fusion Fare

Must Try:  Sausage Rolls, made with chorizo, coriander and tomatillo sauce


Grand Bizarre

Grand Bizarre, housed in the former Horticulture Building, is characterized by its 60-foot crystal dome in its interior. In addition to this striking architecture, this spot serves up small plates of inventive Japanese cuisine in a trendy setting ideal for sharing a festive meal. The interior transforms from a classic dining environment to a chic, intimate lounge at dusk, including headliner DJs on the weekends.

Best for: Striking Architecture & Lively Atmosphere

Must try: Steak Board

Grand Bizarre Steak Board
Grand Bizarre Steak Board

Acqua Dolce

Situated amidst beautiful monuments and waterfront views, Acqua Dolce makes for a cozy spot to entertain your guests. Enjoy the intimate corners of the interior, alongside the comforts of traditional Italian cuisine.

Best for: Cozy, Comfort Fare

Must Try: Insalata Burrata

Acqua Dolce Burrata Salad
Acqua Dolce Burrata Salad. Photo Credit: Acqua Dolce

Medieval Times

Not your typical client dining experience, Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is more of a show inspired by an 11th-century feast and tournament featuring medieval-style games. Guests are served a four-course banquet as they cheer for knights competing in the joust, sword fighting and other tests of skill. Definitely a meeting to remember.

Best for: Unique History-Inspired Entertainment

What to order: Her Majesty’s Four-Course Feast


About Exhibition Place 

Established in 1879 and located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto, the award-winning Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest entertainment venue, hosting 1,260 events and attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is an integral component of Toronto and Ontario’s economy, particularly with respect to conventions, sports, festivals, recreation, culture and tourism. Exhibition Place boasts the award-winning, LEED Platinum Enercare Centre; Canada’s largest exhibition and convention centre, and the Beanfield Centre LEED Silver conference venue. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, entitled GREENSmart; which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading-edge green technologies and practices across the site. For more information, visit Exhibition Place’s website or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.  

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