Romantic Loft Will Steal Your Heart

Consistently named one of the best tables in Ashland, Loft is a cozy, authentically French restaurant right on the Plaza with intimate dining rooms and an expansive creekside terrace.

If you’re a fan of traditional bistro fare (and who on earth isn’t?) Chef Jeremy Vidalo’s menu will not disappoint: Tarte Lyonnaise, Moules Frites, Escargot, Caramelized Onion Soup, Coq au Vin, Bouillabaisse and Braised Lamb Shank grace the menu alongside popular Bistro Burgers, a drop dead Filet Mignon and Macaroni Gratin (yeah, that’s exactly what you think it is – except here they truffle it!)

Lovely food, always, but the restaurant’s gorgeous décor and understated service make every visit here feel like a special occasion. The recently expanded bar ‘Carpe Noctem’ is a classy, light-filled, feminine space with comfortable banquette seating and sophisticated craft cocktails. The walls, drenched in butter yellow (that most iconic of Parisian colours!) are hung with gorgeous works by local artists. This is where you meet your friends for Happy Hour, of which Loft has two: from 5-6pm, as well as 8pm ‘til closing each night. Fresh raw oysters, rillettes and truffled fries are just a few of the sexy offerings, and drinks prices in those magic moments drop to just $5 or $6.

The wine list, carefully curated by owner Jacqueline Vidalo, is as intimate as the restaurant itself, with about 50 labels and a dozen or so available by the glass. JV leans into French and French inspired wines, as well she should, the result being a lush collection at accessible pricing. Sure, you can spend $350 on a single bottle if you really want to, but most from their list can be had for under fifty bucks.

Setting Loft apart from many of Ashland’s other high-end eateries is the daily lunch they offer in addition to dinner – a remarkable place to take business clients or celebrate a friendship. Loft is one of our favourite places in Ashland to get starry-eyed … happy heart, happy tummy.

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