By the Way Cafe
By the Way Cafe

By the Way Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bytheway.to/
  • Phone: 4169674295x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast:

    Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

    Brunch:

    Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Lunch:

    Monday - Sunday: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

    Dinner:

    Sunday - Tuesday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Amir Benedikt
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brunswick & Bloor
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from By the Way Cafe
In the heart of Toronto's Annex, By the Way Café is a popular bistro among local denizens and out-of-towners. Since the 70's By the Way has grown with Canada's most cosmopolitan city and has become a local landmark.

Under the stewardship of Amir Benedikt, By The Way offers a relaxed fine dining experience of unprecedented quality and unassuming prices. So focused on surprising it's clientele, By The Way changes it's exquisite dinner specials… daily! Examples of such fare are a Tamarind-marinated roast half chicken served with buttered asparagus or chicken breast with Mexican "Molé". Vegetarians can enjoy a hand made Phylo Strudel layered with spinach, tofu and sweet potato or our great vegetarian lasagna. From the fixed menu, enjoy our brie à la shum (garlic) or spicy calamari to begin and follow up with middle eastern seasoned lamb chops served with grilled vegetables and aromatic rice.
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By the Way Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (5)fit for foodies (4)great for outdoor dining (4)good for groups (2)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)romantic (2)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • rsrt11
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good attentive service throughout. Food was very good and well displayed. Enjoyed our time there, at a patio table, watching the crowds pass by.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time review
    bwizard
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great Middle eastern food. Enjoyed the cook on the meat. Wished the menu was more elaborate, particularly with the grill meat options during dinner time. However, quality was high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • By The Way Cafe: Still cooking
    George
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This neighbourhood restaurant maintains its well-earned reputation with a limited menu and an excellent list of daily specials, all of which BTW regulars know they can count on. A friendly oasis in the heart of Bloor Street traffic, it consistently holds its own with splendid no-fuss dining and a wait staff who seem to appreciate the customers as much as we appreciate them -- another reason why we keep coming back for more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Not impressed. The food was mediocre as was the service. Not kid-friendly at all. We won't be going back. Can't understand why this place has been around so long; it's nothing to write home about.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 16 reviews are from the By the Way Cafe reviews archive.
  • Where's the rice??
    MikeTO
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The service was good overall. However, all 3 of our party ordered the lamb kebabs with rice. I specifically was hoping to eat rice (for dietary reasons). The server brought us all lamb and POTATOES (no advance notice). When I questioned why there was no rice, the server said "Sorry, we ran out of rice." How can a restaurant run out of rice? They are on Bloor Street, for heaven's sake. There are grocery stores everywhere. It was inexcusable not to have rice, AND not to tell us that at the time of ordering or before bringing us the meals.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • By The Way...I Love You
    eatyourwords
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I've been coming to By The Way Cafe for four years now and every time I am truly satisfied. The staff are friendly, the food is simple, middle eastern comfort food with punches of well placed flavour and great specials that display the kitchen's creativity. The wine list is thoughtfully chosen with selections that match the cuisine very well. The best part I have to say is the view. Some of the best people watching can be done at this sweet and neighborly corner of Brunswick and Bloor. Top it all of with a Patio graced by an ancient tree = bliss. By the way, the desserts are lovely ;)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Experience
    thornhiller
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We chose this restaurant because of proximity to a concert venue and it has reasonably good ratings in a few websites. We were extemely pleased. The middle eastern Mezes were delicious and generous portions. A good selection of wines by the glass at reasonable prices. The mains were all excellent and nivcely presented. The waiter was very professional and attentive without being intrusive or pushy. We do not get to the Annex very often but if we go again we will certainly be back to By the Way Cafe.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Brunch Spot
    FoodieInTheBurbs
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This has been an early favorite of mine, in the Annex on bloor its a tiny spot with a big covered patio. The bagels are to die for, my husband doesn't leave without ordering to. The freshness of the food and smiles on the staff make it our go to spot when we head downtown.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place to visit
    Luv2dance
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The ambience and service are lovely, But the lamb on the kebobs was very dry.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just So-so
    BearClaw
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Had not been here for a few years, but previously always had a good experience. We had the appetizer plate - which we indicated we were going to share. One of us got a side plate with a small warm Pita, the other nothing, and we had to ask for another plate and Pita. The Israeli Salad was the best thing on the plate, nice and fresh tasting. The Spicy and Crunchy Calamari were rubbery and the Warm Tuna Nicoise was indifferent, and I left some of it. Somewhat of a disappointment, alas.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed good food, friendly service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    This was an after show Sunday gathering of friends and family ... it was certainly affordable and the food was consistently great - from hamburgers to lamb kabobs to soup salad and the always favourite of mine Mediterranean plate. Others who had not been there before and loved it! It has been an Annex institution for years and as one knows nothing foodie lasts in the Annex unless it is good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice place for a good quiet dinner
    Atalanta
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    By the Way Cafe is a kind of haven from loud crowded Bloor/Annex area, with reliably good food that is not uber-trendy or uber-pricey. Altogether comfortable. On cold evenings, the draft from the corner door can prove chilly -- have a sweater or jacket handy. Service is attentive and friendly, though when the place fills up, the service might be hard keeping up with everyone, so give yourself time to relax over food. It's not our neighbourhood, but it has that kind of feeling, so with its vegetarian-friendly good food, I'll keep returning, Also handy to concerts at nearby Trinity St. Pauls.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable
    capegirardeauVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Interesting menu, good food, excellent value for money.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but packed
    Anndrea
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    It was really packed and uncomfortable in there but the food was really good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was an amazing evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/5/2012
    It was an amazing evening thanks to the fantastic service and great food. The outside area is not the most fancy area but inside the restaurant offers a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • By the Way, Great for Everyday
    eatyourwords
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    By the Way Cafe has been a favourite spot of mine since I moved to Toronto two years ago. I found it very much by happy accident while wandering through the Annex. The food is eclectic and flavourful, the service is friendly and fast, and the people watching is absolute perfection. Not to mention a great mix of both domestic and international wines. I bring my family and friends here anytime they drop in for an unexpected, or expected visit. Everytime, they love it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • By the Way is an unpretentious,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    By the Way is an unpretentious, casual restaurant with good food and cheerful, efficient and friendly service. If you're a concert goer, heading over to Trinity St. Pual's after dinner, you'll enjoy your meal and still have time to get to the church on time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/30/2012
    The food was excellent but the best was the wonderful waitress.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, very friendly service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/3/2011
    Good food, very friendly service. We really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for a casual, healthy,
    ShirleyvsVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2011
    Good for a casual, healthy, reasonably priced meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate