A taste of the British coast and countryside

Nestled in the heart of downtown Toronto, Executive Chef Ryan Lister draws inspiration from his quaint hometown of Dorset, England to deliver a taste of the British coast and countryside. Escape to our airy interior where classic comfort and luxury fine dining come together under one charming roof.

Belly up to our main floor bar and allow us to pull you a satisfying ale or shake up a handcrafted cocktail as you enjoy the fresh coastal flavours of our contemporary seaside fare. Just one floor up, indulge in one of the city’s most unique dining experiences with our Chef’s tasting menu and elevated à la carte offerings that change with the seasons.

Whether you’re savouring a full English breakfast or tucking into a hearty Sunday roast, our dedicated team is committed to ensuring every visit leaves a lasting impression. From all-out celebrations to the simple pleasures of good food and good company, The Dorset is Britain at its best.

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The Team

Portrait of District Executive Chef Ryan Lister holding a cup of tea

Ryan Lister

District Executive Chef

Born and raised in England’s small seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset, Ryan Lister grew up a proud Southerner who nourished himself with proper home-cooked food. Between his grandma’s stew and dumplings, his nan’s Sunday roast, and his mum’s rice pudding, he could never get enough of the convivial family huddles around a table of delicious, love-laden food.

The joy and warmth that envelop him through those memories, together with the unrelenting support of his family, drive his contagious passion. Today, Ryan leads the kitchen brigades at over a handful of O&B restaurants including The Dorset, Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery and The Rabbit Hole.

Portrait of Chef de Cuisine Rob Ratcliffe

Rob Ratcliffe

Chef de Cuisine

Hailing from Bedfordshire, England, Rob Ratcliffe’s culinary journey began watching his mother find joy in preparing comforting meals for their family. This early inspiration ignited Rob’s desire to spread happiness through food, setting him on a path toward a fulfilling career in cooking.

With Michelin star training under his belt, Rob relocated to Canada where he flexed his skills in some of British Columbia’s top kitchens. Now settled in Toronto, Rob is delighted to infuse The Dorset with a dose of nostalgia, blending classic British flavours with fine dining flair.

Portrait of General Manager Gagan Singh pouring a glass of wine

Gagan Singh

General Manager

Born in Jaipur, India, Gagan began his career at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, working as a butler for an esteemed clientele. After steadily climbing the ranks at several O&B restaurants including Leña, The Rabbit Hole and Canoe, Gagan now leads our dedicated front-of-house team as General Manager, curating memorable encounters from the moment guests walk through our doors.

Portrait of District Executive Chef Ryan Lister holding a cup of tea

Ryan Lister

District Executive Chef

Portrait of Chef de Cuisine Rob Ratcliffe

Rob Ratcliffe

Chef de Cuisine

Portrait of General Manager Gagan Singh pouring a glass of wine

Gagan Singh

General Manager

Join us Wed–Sat from 5pm and enjoy Taste of The Dorset, a stunning six-course tasting menu of refined coastal flavours.

Our patio is now open! Enjoy the bustle of the city in our charming outdoor setting.

Enjoy half off all beverages and snacks Mon from 4–6pm and Tues–Sun from 3–6pm in The Dorset bar!

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Hours

Bar — Main Floor

Mon: 4–11pm
Tues & Wed: 11:30am–11pm
Thurs: 11:30am–midnight
Fri: 11:30am–late
Sat: 11am–late
Sun: 11am–10pm

Dining Room — Second Floor

Wed–Sat: 5–10pm
Sun: 11am–10pm

To view our location and parking information, please visit our contact page.


Please note that our restaurant has two distinct dining areas. Relax and unwind in our main floor bar or elevate your evening in our upstairs dining room. View menus

All available tables are listed on OpenTable. Please consider another time if you are unable to find your requested reservation. Thank you for your understanding!