Dinner at the CN Tower

The Best Way to Do the CN Tower Is To Dine There.

••• The 360 Restaurant is a revolving restaurant at the top of the CN Tower. Photo © CN Tower

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The CN Tower is Toronto's most visited landmark. The view is awesome, but like so many other city towers that offer sky-high views (the Empire State Building for example), the overall experience can be marred by crowds, expensive and time-consuming.

The top of the CN Tower rewards visitors with a bird's eye view of Toronto but is costly and usually requires time spent in line to get there.

However, a reservation at the CN Tower's 360 Restaurant offers visitors some advantages and may be the best way for you to experience this Toronto attraction.

First and foremost, the food is quite good - not typical tourist attraction food, but real restaurant food - fresh and well presented. Second, by making a reservation, you skip the line up for the tower and head straight to the restaurant. Following your meal, you have complimentary access to the Lookout and Glass Floor. Finally, during your meal you enjoy an unobstructed, revolving panoramic view 114 building stories over Toronto.

Dining at 360 does not come cheap, with set lunch and dinner menus running at at least $65 per person for a prix fixe, three-course meal not including beverages (a little more than half that for kids), but if you consider that you have not spent $30 on admission ($20 for kids), a leisurely meal at the top of the tower isn't a bad way to go.

Make a reservation at CN Tower 350 Restaurant

Dining at CN Tower 360 Restaurant

Advantages:

  • Skip line up
  • Don't have to pay admission to CN Tower; it is included in the price of your meal at 360. After your meal, you are welcome to stay as long as you like at the tower's Lookout and Glass Floor levels.
  • Get relaxing, revolving view of city
  • Lots of vegetarian options
  • Portions are generous. You won't leave hungry.

Disadvantages:

  • Relatively expensive - prix fixe is about CAD $65 to $75 and entrees run at least $40. A couple should expect to pay CAD $250 with wine, tip and tax.
  • Though the food is better than your average tourist attraction fare, it is still not the city's finest dining.

Tips for Dining at CN Tower's 360 Reservation

  • Call 416-362-5411 to make a reservation or book online.
  • Ask for a window seat, although they will generally not guarantee this.
  • Consider going at dusk to take advantage of both daytime and nighttime views of Toronto.
  • Go on baseball game night in summer when the Rogers Centre dome is open. You'll be able to see the game going on from 360 Restaurant.
  • If you're hungry, order the set price menu as it is better value.
  • Don't forget that though the meal is expensive, part of the cost is for admission to the CN Tower. Remember this, and you won't be disappointed by your meal, which may very well be the most expensive one you have in Toronto.

Did You Know?

  • Lightning strikes the CN Tower an average of 75 times per year. Long copper strips run down the CN Tower to grounding rods buried below ground to prevent damage.
  • The CN Tower is an incredible 2.79 cm (1.1 inches) within plumb, or, true vertical.