Highly-skilled European craftsmen of the old school devoted thousands of hours cutting, fitting and finishing luxurious wood veneers for the Octagon’s walls and ceiling. Art, artifacts and lighting are all original pieces painstakingly restored or replicas carefully sourced to create an elegant, intimate belle époque theme. As you walk through the magnificent doorway, you know you are in for a truly unique experience of food, flavour, art and ambience.
The entrance is an original cast iron, 24-carat gold gilded doorway that was rescued from the famous St. Regis Hotel in NYC. You walk into a foyer featuring hand-carved, solid mahogany cabinets beautifully displaying the Octagon’s impressive selection of fine wines.
As you enter the main dining room, you are enveloped by a rich tapestry of expensive marquetry, antique lighting and stained glass, beautiful oil paintings and statuary. The 18th century stained glass panels were salvaged from a Belgian church that was destroyed in WWII. Antique mirrors add rich ornamentation and reflect the interesting artifacts and alluring lighting.
One of the Octagon’s most impressive features is the massive, hand-carved mahogany mantle and over-mantle surrounding an Edwardian faux finish polished slate fireplace. This mantle was rescued from the E.D. Smith mansion in Grimsby, ON. The ornate Victorian mantle clock was a gift from E.D. Smith’s grandfather.
The lovely private dining rooms also features a spectacular antique, stained glass ceiling and are ideal for quiet meetings or intimate gatherings.