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By the Way Cafe
By the Way Cafe

By the Way Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bytheway.to/
  • Phone: (416) 967-4295
  • 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
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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 ;)"
    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. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The ambience and service are lovely, But the lamb on the kebobs was very dry."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Interesting menu, good food, excellent value for money."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "It was really packed and uncomfortable in there but the food was really good!"
    Dined on 4/28/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2012
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/25/2012
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/4/2012
  • "The food was excellent but the best was the wonderful waitress."
    Dined on 3/30/2012
  • "Good food, very friendly service. We really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 11/3/2011
  • "Good for a casual, healthy, reasonably priced meal."
    Dined on 9/13/2011