Fred's Not Here
Fred's Not Here
  • Address:
    321 King Street West
    Toronto, ON M5V 1J5
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / Entertainment District
  • Cuisine:
    Steakhouse
    Price: CAN$30 and under

Fred's Not Here

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fredsnothere.com/
  • Phone: 4169719155
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Sunday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Huy Truong
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Getting there

  • Cross Street: John Street
  • Public Transit: Subway: 2- minute from St. Andrew Subway Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: City street meter parking and private parking lots throughout the neighbourhood.
A word from Fred's Not Here
Casual Bistro located in the heart of Entertainment District specialize in wood grilled steaks & lobster. Certified Angus, USDA Prime and Ontario Dry Aged Beef grilled over Canada"s first commercial indoor hickory & oak fired pellet char-broiler
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Fred's Not Here reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (30)good for groups (28)fit for foodies (27)neighborhood gem (23)special occasion (21)romantic (14)hot spot (13)great for outdoor dining (11)late-night find (7)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Excellent Paella!
    francoeat
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very tasty lobster seafood paella and blackened prime rib... Very busy restaurant, not a place for quiet dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Burger!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I enjoyed the house blend kobe and brisket blue label burger w/ truffle frites...My husband enjoyed the crispy pork belly with clams & couscous. We will be back, great value, service and food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great spot for something to eat before a show at the Princess of Wales Theatre. A little pricey considering the food was good, not great and the ambiance was not great either. Nice, good food, good service. 😊
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What has happened to Fred's???
    Tornative
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I was a regular (20 yrs ago) so I was disappointed by my most recent pre-theatre dinner at Fred's. We arrived 6ish on a Thurs night & it was almost empty. The host didn't seem interested when I told him I made a reservation. He was irritated that I asked to sit on the sidewalk patio (which was half empty). He just grunted. Server was a beautiful young lady who was very friendly and accommodating. My friend ordered a spicy curry dish & said it was very good. I opted for 2 appetizers: the lobster/crab bisque w/pastry topping was good. The simple salad I ordered was inedible. The spring mix was slimy and/or wilted and I asked the waitress to take it back to the kitchen. She did not offer to replace it, but removed it from the bill.
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  • Awesome
    Ippy4130
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food and service. Our food was brought out at perfect timing. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. Can't wait to go back. Great spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • used to be better
    lovefood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was over salted and not as good as I remember
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was good, service was great
    jacksVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    beef brisket was a tad salty with too much sauce. the blackened salmon was excellent though. sat next to a big group of drunks, wasn't very pleasing. not the restaurant's fault though. the service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Summerlicious Food!
    jandineout
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My friend and I dined at Fred’s Not Here during Summerlicious. Food and service were exceptional. We both enjoyed their “famous” lobster and crab soup. My wood grilled steak w/ garlic mushrooms was tender, tasty and cooked to perfection. My friend also enjoyed her duck confit. We will be back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 7out of 10
    Summerlious
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I've been to Fred's not here before. My salmon was okay. No seasoning. The group I went with everyone else's food was Amazing tasted and looked good too. Just don't order salmon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just meh.
    Dinergirl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I went here with my boyfriend for Summerlicious this year. I was expecting many great things since I had read so many great reviews, but I was severely disappointed with what I received from dining here. I love seafood so I had the lobster and crab soup for my app which I had very high expectations for because I had heard such rave reviews about it. It looked gorgeous, but lacked a lot of flavour and my biscuit was soggy. My bf had the sausage and calamari which was undercooked and under seasoned. We had the steak and lobster&mussel linguine for our mains. Tiny steak and tiny mussels which were not cleaned properly. Also, our waitress was very inattentive and could not be found when we needed her. Overall, very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really enjoyed it!
    YaYa
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We really enjoyed the food and were impressed by the great service! Would definite return to this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I went there for summerlicious and the food was pretty good. However the steak was a bit chewy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and great atmosphere!
    punchkones
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Enjoyed a Summerlicious menu dinner here, it was absolutely amazing food, even better service, and we left feeling exceptionally content. We were a bit late for dinner, the restaurant was extremely accommodating, held the table for an extra half hour for us, and the service did not suffer whatsoever when we arrived. Very friendly waiter, and again - delicious food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place
    cindy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I really like the stake in Fred's not here. I order medium raw, OMG its soooooo good!!! I would recommend this to my friend and my family. I think my faterh will like this too! Hope you always make amazing stake for us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Great service!
    YYZdweller
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I took my girlfriend to 'Fred's Not Here' on a recommendation. Service was friendly, fast and efficient. The food was delicious and the portions spot on.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak & Pork Belly!
    francoeat
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Dined at Fred’s Not Here for the first time last week not knowing it was Summerlicious time. The restaurant was packed, busy and noisy. I ordered the Wood Grilled 20oz. Dry-Aged Cowboy Rib Steak from the regular menu and my wife ordered their famous Baked Lobster & Crab Soup and Crispy Pork Belly w/ Steamed Clams & Chorizo Couscous from the Summerlicious menu. The steak was cooked to perfection and my wife enjoyed her meal. Service was excellent considering how busy they were with Summerlicious business. I will return to Fred’s Not Here but not during Winterlicious or Summerlicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but can be Better
    Fisheee
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Went to Fred's Not Here for Summerlicious with my best friend. I had the famous Lobster & Crab soup, it is just a broth and quite spicy & salty. But I love the puff. The main entrée is sole filet. It was ok for the fish. But my friend has the steak ( medium rare), it was a bit over cooked, she said a bit tough. The portion size for the dessert is for kids (may be not even), my friend just finish a Berry Shortcake with 3 spoon...... Overall, good but can be better!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sumerlicious
    callmedebVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Group of 6 went to partake from their Summerlicious menu. First off - this is the best SL menu I have ever seen when it comes to choices. The food came quickly and was, across the board, fabulous! Awesome waiter too. I plan on coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    maybe because it was summerlicous but service was very quick---in and out in under 1 hour for dinner which is not at all relaxing!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing stood out
    JayToronto
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Went to Fred's Not Here for Summerlicious, so things may be different during their normal times. The service was okay, but throughout the dinner I found the wait staff huddled around the back corner standing around chatting. It was difficult to get their attention when needed. I had the wonton's to start, followed by the steak. The wonton's were bland, only to be saved by the sauce they drizzled on top. The steak was just a bit over cooked - both mine and that of my friend's were like that. The quality of meat also wasn't that great, granted it was a NY strip, but I wish it wasn't as lean as it was. Overall, nothing put me off, but there was nothing spectacular about the place either.
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  • Came for lunch, we loved it!!!
    Wanderingmother
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Crisp skin on the blackened salmon but, more importantly to me, it was super moist! My husband had the sole fillet and fully enjoyed everything on his plate. My daughters' boyfriend ordered the steak, medium rare (came medium-well, just a little pink in the middle) but he still enjoyed it. We all ordered the lobster bisque, we loved the pepperiness. One tiny comment. The crust did not fully puff up on any of ours. Top later crisp, lower were soggy. Each of us had a different dessert and we all were happy with our choice. This was our first time here. We chose to come because we liked the menu. The service was excellent, our waiter seemed to come at the right time. We would definitely come again and I would recommend your restaurant highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eat
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Lunch was a pleasure! Lobster and crab soup (a broth only) very tasty especially with the puff pastry atop the bowl. Steak frites good and steak done to perfection. Our server was knowledgeable and most pleasant. Dessert was simple - sorbet and petite wedge of chocolate cheese cake. Nondescript on both counts.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
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  • Itsjanet
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I have been to Fred's about 6-8 times and I have never ever been disappointed. I love the variety of meals that they have for Summerlicious. Most restaurants only offer 3 appetizers, 3 entrees and 3 desserts while Fred's offered at least 6 entrees so there is always a great selection of food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • beaverandbunnyeat
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The grilled striploin ordered from the Summerlicious menu had a grainy texture which we only took a few bites off before we traded it in for roast beef. The famous baked lobster and crab soup was delicious but the bread part was a little sour. The dessert were very ordinary sorbet and chocolate icecream with a few caramelized popcorn. The service and ambience were average. Overall, we did not think that it was worth the $35.
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  • Not on par with previous visits
    Rusty
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Have always enjoyed the food and ambiance at Fred's Not Here but this time the food wasn't up to par. Not sure if this was because the kitchen was rushed (it was Summerlicious after all). My appetizer, Grilled Calamari, was just so-so and the New York steak was quite chewy and stringy (as was my husband's). However, others in our group truly enjoyed their meal (especially my daughter who loved her Prime Rib). Will probably go again just to make sure this wasn't a one-off disappointment.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fred should be here
    Underwhelmed
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    .. because he is missing out! Went for summerlicious '14 for dinner - and it was fantastic!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • okay but not great
    coldpineapples
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Came here for summerlicious. Of course, their famous baked lobster and crab soup was good, but it wasn't anything out of this world. The ramekins our soup was served to us in were also dirty... Anyway, had the steak as an entree and it was a below average cut of meat. Dessert was most disappointing; half a scoop of ice cream and chocolate drizzle, are you kidding me?! Service was also mediocre. Bottom line: It's an average place, but not anything more.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    kitcat
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food was great. Service was great until we had to pay the bill. Server seemed upset when we asked for separate billing. They did not provide that option at the beginning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best lobster bisque I've had!
    Shannie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Service and ambience- Nice restaurant for a casual get together with friends. The front host/waiter was a tad rude when we showed up early for a reservations. He shooed us away saying absolutely no tables yet. No offer for us to wait at the bar or a courteous please come back later. The waiter we had once we were seated was much better. Food- Lobster bisque was flavorful with a bit of spice. The pastry was top notch. Steak- ask for it a level down from what you like. " if you like medium rare as for it rare". Aside from taht flavor was good Dessert- it tasted good nothing out of the ordinary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of Towner
    DCtraveller
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Food is good but not exceptional. Prices are fair. Service is good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mirvish Dinner Package
    HeatherB
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Had a lovely 3-course dinner part of the Mirvish dinner package. Sadly I didn't get our servers name but he was fantastic. Really took joy in his job and didn't hesitate to give an opinion/recommendation on our choices. For that alone I really enjoyed this place. The food is good, I would recommend that curry with coconut rice. My boyfriend had the steak which he was happy with. I would recommend this place for a date night. Prices are reasonable.
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    special occasion, hot spot
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  • I was expecting a little more
    ChristianKeeler
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Fred's not here is a very good restaurant. The service might have been the best I've ever had. I was let down by the steaks a bit. Very good quality meat, but it lacked a bit on the flavour end. Definitely tasted wood grilled...but not like much else.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food & service!
    Actor62
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Really enjoyed our dinner out at this restaurant. It was my wife's birthday and we had a special dinner to celebrate. I would recommend the lobster/crab soup with the puff pastry. I had a steak and my wife had the seafood paella. The seafood included lobster which was as good as any we have had freshly cooked at a seafood restaurant. Sometimes when it is part of a dish like this it is not so good. Lots of choices for wine and deserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another place to eat
    BobMan
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Simply ok, nothing special, a cut above Applebee's. The three rib pork chop must have come from an odd mutant pig where the other two ribs were missing, poor pig or poor me not understanding that a three rib pork chop is actually only one rib. The service was good the food ok, the price moderately high for what you get. Bottom line I wouldn't go back.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 239 reviews are from the Fred's Not Here reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    good food, good atmosphere near theatre nice area for walking
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Good food, good service. Will be back for more! A very enjoyable theatre dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for the theatre-goer
    Nicola
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Fantastic service. Prompt, attentive and thoughtful. Appetizers were spot-on. Ceasar salad and lobster/crab soup were delicious. Mains were good however the 10 oz steak was siting on a plate with large pupils of oil (from the veg?). Offer made by server to take and replace was declined by diner. Tasted great. Frites were crispy and hot. All in all a good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Company Luncheon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We were in Toronto for a convention and had made reservations online which was great and convenient- the reservation was confirmed promptly and the lunch went great - food was good - service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre theatre meal
    Food4thought
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Freds Not Here is always consistent with delicious food ... Nice presentation, knowledgable waiter, and great selection of food choices. They have a great fixed price menu with appetizer and main with something for everyone. They are known for their steaks, but fish is a great meal too. Make sure to try the lobster/crab soup - its pretty special and great tasting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good pre Show dinner
    Foodwest
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    AN excellent location for a pre show dinner. The food was very good and service excellent.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.