The Senator is now open for Grab and Go and Breakfast and Lunch on the Patio from 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m
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The Senator consists of two very distinct historic rooms - the original 1940’s Diner on our main floor and the Top o’ the Senator, an intimate room that dates back to the 1860’s, on the second floor. Both rooms are fully licensed.

The Top o' the Senator is located on our second floor in the original building that dates back to the 1860's. A talented roster of artists, highlighted by our resident Juno award-winning blues pianist Julian Fauth, perform various genres of music every Friday and Saturday night; please see full listings on our MUSIC page. The 24-seat room is on top of the original Senator Diner and is outfitted with period furnishings including a 1920’s Prohibition era bar from Cleveland and a classic 1929 Heintzman upright piano.

JULY 2020: SENATOR SERENADE FROM THE BALCONY SERIES:
The historic and incomparable Senator Restaurant, long associated with live music, is set to continue its successful new LIVE concert series for the summer: the ‘Senator Serenade from the Balcony’ — every Friday this July!

The Victoria Street mainstay has taken musical matters into their own hands, transforming their balcony into a well-spaced stage 25 feet off the ground to ‘Serenade’ patrons and passers by alike every week from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

“It’s a Senator Serenade from the Balcony,” Senator Restaurant operations manager Sybil Walker enthuses of creative and safe workaround to satisfy Toronto live music lovers in the time of COVID-19. “In the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, we are hoping to raise our community’s spirit with this balcony concert series.”

And speaking of lemonade, a freshly squeezed selection of the restaurant’s summertime specialty will be on sale at street level by Senator staff, as well as pastries, sweets, coffee, tea, and more.

Friday, July 3rd - Shannon Butcher, Nathan Hiltz & Chris Gale
Friday, July 10th – Ori Dagan, Nathan Hiltz & Alison Young
Friday, July 17th – Laura Hubert, Nathan Hiltz & Shawn Nykwist
Friday, July 24th – Ori Dagan, Michael Shand & Alexander Brown
Friday, July 31st – Natasha Buckeridge & Domenic Zavarella (watch for them on Breakfast Television)
August 7th - Ori Dagan with Nathan Hiltz and Alison Young
August 14th - John Alcorn with Nathan Hiltz and Colleen Allen
August 21st - Laura Hubert with Nathan Hiltz and Shawn Nykwist
August 28th - Luanda Jones and Reg Schwager

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The return of live music to the Senator has been welcomed by patrons who supported and loved the original Top o’ the Senator - our internationally renowned jazz club - which flourished from 1991 until it closed in 2005. As we only have seating for 24 in our intimate Top o' the Senator which dates back to the 1860’s, we highly recommend that guests make reservations to guarantee a table for dinner and then watch as the room transforms into an old-fashioned, late-night speakeasy with plenty of audience participation.

Our resident artist at the Top o' the Senator is the Juno award-winning blues pianist, Julian Fauth, who performs Fridays with a featured guest. On Saturday we showcase a wide range of artists in every genre – please see our listings below. The natural acoustics and sight lines are brilliant in the Top o' the Senator - now truly back on top of the original Senator.

UPDATE: Senator Serenade from the Balcony Series:

The historic and incomparable Senator Restaurant, long associated with live music, is set to continue its successful new LIVE concert series for the summer: the ‘Senator Serenade from the Balcony’ — every Friday this July!

The Victoria Street mainstay has taken musical matters into their own hands, transforming their balcony into a well-spaced stage 25 feet off the ground to ‘Serenade’ patrons and passers by alike every week from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

“It’s a Senator Serenade from the Balcony,” Senator Restaurant operations manager Sybil Walker enthuses of creative and safe workaround to satisfy Toronto live music lovers in the time of COVID-19. “In the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, we are hoping to raise our community’s spirit with this balcony concert series.”

And speaking of lemonade, a freshly squeezed selection of the restaurant’s summertime specialty will be on sale at street level by Senator staff, as well as pastries, sweets, coffee, tea, and more.

Friday, July 3rd - Shannon Butcher, Nathan Hiltz & Chris Gale
Friday, July 10th – Ori Dagan, Nathan Hiltz & Alison Young
Friday, July 17th – Laura Hubert, Nathan Hiltz & Shawn Nykwist
Friday, July 24th – Ori Dagan, Michael Shand & Alexander Brown
Friday, July 31st – Natasha Buckeridge & Domenic Zavarella (watch for them on Breakfast Television)
August 7th - Ori Dagan with Nathan Hiltz and Alison Young
August 14th - John Alcorn with Nathan Hiltz and Colleen Allen
August 21st - Laura Hubert with Nathan Hiltz and Shawn Nykwist
August 28th - Luanda Jones and Reg Schwager

Friday, July 03, 2020

Shannon Butcher with Nathan Hiltz and Chris Gale

Friday, July 10, 2020

Ori Dagan with Nathan Hiltz and Alison Young

Friday, July 17, 2020

Laura Hubert with Nathan Hiltz and Shawn Nykwist

Friday, July 24, 2020

Ori Dagan with Michael Shand and Alexander Brown

Friday, July 31, 2020

Natasha Buckeridge and Domenic Zavarella

Ori Dagan with Nathan Hiltz and Alison Young

John Alcorn with Nathan Hiltz and Colleen Allen

Laura Hubert with Nathan Hiltz and Shawn Nykwist

Luanda Jones with Reg Schwager