Cher and Ellis Knightingale opened Kalendar restaurant in 1994 with only 15 tables inside and 2 patio tables outside. We have grown over the years moving up from “tiny” to “cozy & intimate”. Our store front has been a meeting spot since 1912, this space started as a barber shop that offered haircuts for 10 cents.
We opened our restaurant with a romantic vision of evoking favourite places visited all over the world, and bringing that romantic flavor to our little spot.
Kalendar’s patio creates a sparkling warm atmosphere on a summer night. Our patio lanterns are from a delightful cafe in Sultanamet in Istanbul, Turkey, created from hollowed out gourds, and colorful reflective beads.
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Continually voted as best place for a first date, and most romantic restaurant in Toronto..
We have the original latin names of the calendar months stenciled on the red wall in the dining room along with the year Kalendar opened. Did you know the original Roman calendar was only 10 months and only 304 days? An additional number of winter days, reckoned between the end of December and the beginning of the following March, were not assigned to any month. The original Ro- man calendar is believed to have been based on a lunar calendar. The 10 months, beginning in modern March, were named Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, and December. The last six of these months were derivatives from the Latin words for five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten, respectively. According to legend, Romulus, the fist King of Rome, is supposed to have introduced this calendar in the 8th century BC.
We found a majority of our clocks in Les Puces de Saint-Ouen market in Paris. The clock in the dining room on the north wall is from an old country school house in Ontario. All of our clocks worked when they started here, but mysteriously they are never able to continue working once hung on our walls (in fact the bar clock moved backwards for days before finally stopping all together!). Perhaps our clocks are telling us, for now time has stopped. Enjoy your time here with us.
The golden crystal chandeliers in the bar were originally brought over from France for the historic Sherbourne Villa, originally a private home and later the Fudger House, one of the grand houses of Victorian Toronto on Jarvis St. The house was torn down in 1964, but we have saved a little part of it’s history here.
A little Toronto history on the Fudger house: When it officially opened in January 1917, the Sherbourne House Club offered one hundred and fifty rooms for “self-supporting business women,” most of whom worked for Simpson’s. A variety of activities were offered to residents and outsiders, including classes, clubs, dances, exercise, readings, and other means of broadening one’s horizons. Some decorum was expected of residents—showing up for breakfast in curlers was a no-no. According to the Star, “It was Mr. Fudger’s feeling that the beautiful artistic equipment and surroundings of the property and the comfort and economy afforded…should be an inducement to all the residents to co-operate in every way in study, work and prayer for the betterment of the community of the city of Toronto.” article
Kalendar offers a wide variety of cravable dishes, eclectic international comfort food. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and of course for Kalendar’s very popular weekend brunches.