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Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar
Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar
  • Address:
    156 Front St. West
    Toronto, ON M5J 2L6
    Downtown / Entertainment District
  • Cuisine:
    Price: CAN$30 and under

Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.joebadalis.com
  • Email: mike@joebadalis.com
  • Phone: (416) 977-3064
  • Hours of Operation:

    Daily Lunch: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM.

    Daily Dinner: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Wolfgang Schlitter
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We offer catering services for boardrooms and offices in the immediate vicinity.
  • Private Party Facilities: Joe"s own piece of Italian countryside is anything but "little". With 12,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped surroundings, one cannot help but be reminded of the wonders of Italy at every turn. Our restaurant easily accommodates large groups with private rooms and areas and custom menus and arrangements to accommodate any group. when you visit Joe Badali's see our "thank you" letters from groups and corporations who have experienced the excellence of our hospitality.
    Not only does our venue accommodate large groups, it does so with style and panache. Our unique environment and our experience ensures you host a successful event
  • Private Party Contact: Wube Girma (416) 977-3064
  • Special Events & Promotions: We cater to private parties and can accomodate up to 580 at one time

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University
  • Public Transit: We"re located "kitty corner" to Toronto's Union Station on the north west corner of University and Front Street
    We are very close to both Union and St Andrews subway stations.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a street level public parking lot immediately adjacent to the building on the west side. There is also lots of wonderful new below ground parking under the WSIB building and RBC Dexia building immediately west of Simcoe
A word from Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar
Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar brings the taste of Italy to the heart of Toronto. Our fine country Italian cuisine and magnificent landscape captures the charm and savouries of Italy as well as our great city. On your first visit to Joe Badali's you'll immediately feel like you're one of the family. Joe and his extended family welcome you with open arms. "Remember once a Badali - always a Badali"
Joe Badali's is located in a 100 year old building featuring exposed brick walls, original hardwood floors and an exposed 16' ceiling. Joe's is interestingly comprised of many rooms, nooks and crannies. When you first enter through our antique wooden revolving door, you'll cheerfully be greeted by a member of the family at the front door.
Tradition, family, great food, and hospitality. Hold on to your fork!
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Diner Reviews
  • "I live outside Toronto but everytime I return I always make sure I go to Joe Badali's. Great food. Never had a bad meal."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Buffet was uninspiring and many dishes were luke-warm. Not many healthy selections. I wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This restaurant is our choice for birthday celebrations. We were mildly disappointed on this occasion that there was a restricted menu and a buffet as a result if a concert at the Acc but the food we had turned out to be delicious. We like to sit at the front of the restaurant where it is more intimate.They accommodated our party of 8. We had some choosy eaters who were also given additional options. We all agreed the food was wonderful. The wine selection is very good but expensive. They are great at dealing with allergies."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We absolutely loved the insalata sana and the penne pollo aglio olio! The bread was plentiful and warm which was good because the kitchen was backed up due to the number of patrons attending the concert that evening."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Two friends and I ate here on the evening of February 26, 2013, the night that we were going to the King's of Leon concert at the Air Canada Centre. We were seated at the back of the restaurant at a table where a wooden partition had been placed between two halves of a larger table. Strange. Our server was unenthusiastic and very slow to serve us. She got my friend's order incorrect and I heard another table claim they hadn't received their soup. Not once did she come to check on us after our meals were served by other staff. She was slow to bring us the bill even after asking us if we wanted coffee/tea/dessert. The food was very tasty and the wine to expectations. I would eat there on a slow night as they can't handle volume."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "My caprese pizza was awful and the music was far too loud. It interfered with our conversation."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food was tasty and well presented, good portion sizes, but service was very slow, especially given that it wasn't that busy, and that left a bad impression on my guests and I. Have been other times though and didn't have this problem so hopefully it was just a fluke."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Food wasn't very good. Pasta over cooked. Red sauce was bland. Not very good Italian food at all."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Food was good. Had a Caesar salad to start, wild boar lasagna for my main and a pear tartlet for dessert. We were there early and the foods came with little wait."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We have dined here many times and have never been disappointed. It is so convenient to the Conferences and Concerts at ACC. Waiters are great and the food is excellent. I love being able to make on line reservations for Open Table Thanks Connie and Honey Belleville On"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "These days it is hard to find a restaurant that has both - if the food is great, the service tends to be subpar (and vice-versa). Joe Badali's gave us the best of both. Everything from the appetizers, to the main course was fantastic! The staff are so friendly, you would think you had known them for years. Will be returning here again!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I returned with a group of co-workers (we were 8) all visiting Toronto. The bar had a group function going on and was packed. We were seated (ahead of schedule which was appreciated) and had a table in an out of the way corner that was great. Our server, Mitch, did an excellent job of making our evening enjoyable and seeing that we never wanted for anything. The food is always good (the squash soup special was amazing!) and the prices very reasonable for the quality and experience. We all had a very enjoyable evening! We'll be back again."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "From the welcome at the door, through the service and food and farewell, it was another pleasurable dining experience. Good selection of beer and wine. Great appetizers (the arancini and the grilled calamari are highly recommended!). Friend had the veal, scraped plate implies it was good. I had the halibut which was a bit salty but the fennel risotto was quite nice. Wrap up with a slice of flourless chocolate cake, and you're done! The dessert menu does leave a bit to be desired. Also, be sure to make a reservation, it gets busy!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner with family and all of them would be back again."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Had a great dinner, Alfredo was a little too Cheesy for my liking but good wine list and good service overall!"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "We had a good dinner. Attentive service and delicious food."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "We have been to Joe Badali's place many times and never have been disappointed. The food is the greatest and the service is usually good. My fish and my wife's salad were very much appreciated and enjoyed. We will return soon."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Joe Badali's provided an excellent dining experience in celebrating my daughters' birthdays. Friendly, attentive server, appetizing food, great libations and superb ambience!"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "We had a really nice experience and meal before heading over to see a concert for my husbands 47th birthday. The service was excellent and the food was good."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "We had a fabulous experience at Joe Badali's - the food was excellent, service impeccable and the atmosphere comfortable. Location is perfect for the Entertainment section. We'll return for our next evening out at a show. Al from Whitby"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "The Team had a great event. Thanks to all re the venue for a large group. All were thrilled and the venue and meal are still reciving thanks. Barbara Singer"
    Dined on 10/24/2013