Daphne channels midcentury modernism in Toronto’s financial district

Rich interiors set the stage

Foot traffic in downtown Toronto is steadily recovering to its pre-pandemic levels, and new restaurant Daphne is seizing on this resurgence in the city’s Financial District.

Nestled on Richmond Street amidst towering skyscrapers, Daphne is a ‘modern American diner’ that exudes midcentury charm thanks to Studio Paolo Ferrari’s evocative interiors. The Toronto restaurant is the latest opening from Ink Entertainment’s Charles Khabouth and Danny Soberano, and real estate firm Dream Unlimited, and is helmed by chef John Chee.

Daphne boasts four distinct dining zones, each pulsating with its own unique character. A saloon-style lounge extends a warm welcome, featuring plush velvety banquettes and deep armchairs that evoke a classic cigar lounge ambience. Adjacent to this is an expansive art deco-inspired dining room, with bold geometric floor tiles and crisscrossing archways. Dual open kitchens take centre stage, offering guests an up-close view of culinary artistry over woodfired stoves.


A more intimate setting is located off a mirror-lined hallway, with curved velvet seating that embraces the art deco motif, and burnt orange walls adorned with wine bottles.

The bar is enveloped by undulating illuminated walls adorned with leaf motifs. Its backlit bar, with ribbed front, sets the stage for mixologist Nisham Chandra’s bespoke cocktail creations. Noteworthy among them is the namesake drink, Daphne – a cherry-infused gin negroni with bite.

There’s nothing Torontonians love more than a good patio and Daphne presents a 2,000 sq ft outdoor terrace flanked by brick walls and lush foliage. Candy-striped seating accommodates up to 100 patrons to enjoy the last of the warm summer weather.

67 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 1Z5

Photography: Domenic Morabito
Photography: Daphne Toronto
Photography: Domenic Morabito

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