2023 Conference Friday Night Out

All Conference attendees are invited to take part in Friday Night Out - an opportunity to dine in small groups in one of Toronto's many fine restaurants, and get to know some of your fellow SAQA members. Attendees of previous conferences mentioned this as one of the highlights! Note that the price of these dinners is not included in the price of the conference. 

The deadline to make your selections has passed. If you would still like to participate, please email conference@saqa.art or use the alternative RSVP form.



Groups will meet at designated times in the hotel (conference level) and will travel to the restaurant together. Please note the approximate walking distances when making your selections. Alternative transportation will not be provided.

Reservations are pre-arranged and seats are limited.
Some options may be removed if not enough people sign up by April 17.  
Everyone must pay for their own dinner (it is NOT covered by your conference fee).

List of Restaurants

360 - Restaurant at the CN Tower
07:00 PM (** full)
2290 Bremner Blvd. (16 minute walk)
Fine Dining at the Top of the CN Tower -- rotates 360. Group must arrive together. Entry includes access to the observation platform.
V & GF

Art Gallery of Ontario
06:30 PM & 07:30 PM (**both seatings full)
317 Dundas St. W. (13 minute walk)
Innovative, seasonal menu at the AGO, with fixed price lunch and dinner specials.
vegan options

Bangkok Garden
06:30 PM & 07:30 PM (** 7:30 seating full)
18 Elm St. (16 minute walk)
Thai cuisine, from mild to fiery, in a space with soaring ceilings & a weekday lunch buffet.

Bindia Indian Bistro
06:30 PM & 07:30 PM (**both seatings are full)
16 Market St. (16 minute walk)
A wide range of traditional Indian dishes focusing on fresh quality ingredients without compromising the sumptuous flavors that are the essence of Indian food.
V & GF

Hemispheres Restaurant & Bistro
06:30 PM & 07:30 PM (** 6:30 seating full)
110 Chestnut St. (8 minute walk)
Hotel eatery serving varied, creative fare in a glass & brick dining room with an open kitchen.

Hot House
06:30 PM & 07:30 PM
35 Church St (16 minute walk)
Spacious standby for pizzas, pastas & assorted dishes, plus a Sunday buffet brunch with live jazz.
gf options

06:30 PM 
365 Bay Street (5 minute walk)
For 65 years, Hy’s has defined the steakhouse experience in Canada. Featuring Prime Grade steaks, cold martinis and trademark warm hospitality, Hy’s is a dining oasis.
gf options/only 1 vegan option

Ja Bistro
07:30 PM
222 Richmond W.  (3 minute walk)
Modern bistro combines elegant and chic design to reflect innovative approach to Japanese food.The spot for Sushi.

Nami Restaurant
06:30 PM & 07:30 PM (** 6:30 seating full)
55 Adelaide St E. (11 minute walk)
Considered one of Toronto's finest Japanese restaurants with sushi bar, Robata grill & tabletop hot pots.
vg & gf

06:30 PM (** full)
180 Queen Street W (5 minute walk)
PLANTA is an innovative plant-based restaurant inspired by all parts of the world.

Queen Mother Cafe
07:30 PM (**full)
208 Queen St W (5 minute walk)
Relaxed fixture with a back garden patio, serving international dishes & Laotian-Thai specialties.
vg/gf options

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse 
07:30 PM
At the Hilton (conference hotel)
Steaks and Chops at their finest.

Terroni Adelaide
07:30 PM (**full)
57 Adelaide St E (12 minute walk)
Casual-chic eatery in a former court house, with classic Southern Italian fare & thin-crust pizzas.
gf and vegan options

07:30 PM
At the Hilton (conference hotel)
A great selection of fish, seafood and more inspired by fresh, locally sourced produce and protein, sustainable seafood and foraged gems from independent purveyors.