Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar
Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar

Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.joebadalis.com/
  • Phone: 4169773064
  • 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.
  • Special Events: 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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Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (65)great for lunch (30)special occasion (28)fit for foodies (26)kid-friendly (23)neighborhood gem (22)romantic (14)hot spot (12)notable wine list (12)great for outdoor dining (11)great for brunch (10)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I ordered the duck pizza without the egg- very disappointed in the flavour. On the flip side, my friend's salmon was excellent. Great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The service was excellent. The two things I would mention that hindered the night were the fact that the tables (in the back room) were so close together that I thought at times I was dining with the people at the next table. Tables are way too close together. When the waiter has to pass your food/water etc across the table to you then you know it is a tight squeeze. Also, I would think because it is so crowded I found the noise level was bothersome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good we came back the next nigth
    DavePsyVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food and service service were so good the first night we were there that we came back the next night to try some of the other entrees that had looked good the previous evening. Service again was great. This time no hockey game. Everything was done in a prompt and courteous fashion with no mistakes and excellent timing between courses. The wait staff was very friendly. I had the lasagne which was some of the best I have ever had. My wife had the gnocchi which she loved. This place is definitely a find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service even with hockey game
    DavePsyVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We didn't know our time was competing with the diners coming in advance of the hockey game. The wait staff was very busy but still was friendly and provided all of our orders in a timely manner. The place cleared out after about 7:00. Overall, the food and service were excellent and we plan on returning again tonight, just later than the hockey crown. Kudos to the management to be able to manage the onslaught of guests with time pressure before the game.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent before a game at the ACC
    David7664
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Staff are great and they get you in and out in time to see the Leafs lose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BrianH
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had a business group dine at Joe Badali's before the hockey game. The detailed, professional waiter kept us on schedule knowing the system of game night rush. We all agreed our food was very good, service prompt and atmosphere pleasing. Thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good group casual spot
    Bubbles123
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    we were a group of ten. Perfect for a casual evening out with good food and reasonable prices. Steak was perfectly done, seafood ragu was tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oct. 3/14
    makaza
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had to wait 45 minutes for what one would have thought to have been an easy meal to prepare (pizza and pasta). We then had only 15 minutes to eat in order to make it to the Leaf game on time. Although our server was polite and professional, the food wasn't worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dk1975
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was not what I expected for the price that was paid. Very expensive for the quality of the food. $19 for a the Burata salad which came with 4 or 5 slices of tomato and 1 piece of cheese.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food Prompt Service
    FridayDining
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was fabulous and the service was excellent. The waitress and all the staff were very attentive. They made sure we got to our next engagement with plenty of time to spare. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and would go here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Nicely received by Jordan Gibson, and served by Laura Badali. Reservation worked well for dinner before ACC visit Food was just what we expected as a repeat customer. Great location for dining before local events at ACC and MTCC. Cheers Joe J
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joe Badali's Experience!!!
    LuvJoeB
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Love Joe Badali's the food was hot and delicious. We have been there before and enjoyed the food and atmosphere. I brought a couple of friends with me and they loved the food. One friend was a Celiac and she was impressed with your gluten free options. She said the dish was very good. We had dessert for the first time and it was ok. There is definitely room for improvement on the dessert menu. We had the cheese cake that was a little dry. We also had the apple spice pie was a little blah. It came with a lemon sauce of some kind it would have been nice with a scope of ice cream or even a bit of caramel sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for small gatherings
    LibbyK
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Went for lunch. We had a nice spot. The service and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to standards this time
    BusinessVisitor
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I went with a small group of co-workers and we've been many times. Tonight was just off for some reason. It started off great with a beverage at the bar and a very attentive and knowledgeable bartender. Then we were seated. The service was OK but not what we are used to there (even AFTER the mass exodus of people for the game). My veal was tough and chewy as was my colleague's. Maybe just an off night?
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    the service was terrible. we arrived at noon and order shortly after. our food did not arrive until 1:30. my client had to eat in a hurry as had to be back to the office for a 2pm meeting. I stayed back to pay the bill and recieved a 25% credit.....Hmmmmm not sure if that was a good trade off and I am a regular customer.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downtowner
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I would like to overall the food was good, but I can't. I ordered the mussels dish, unfortunately some of the mussels were not fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Middle of The Road Spot
    TODinerVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This is a great place for decent food at a reasonable price in a location convenient for events at the Air Canada Centre or Rogers Centre. Service was a tad slow but the server was very apologetic on behalf of the unusually slow kitchen. That said, I will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it very much
    sayuri
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The ambiance was the right one for a group - spacious tables, appropriate lighting (not too bright, not too dark) and nice Italian-style decor. We had great food at affordable prices and the service was excellent! I especially liked the wine selection. I'd definitely go back with other friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    monalisa
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is one of our favourite spots to eat at before a Blue Jays game. The food is pretty good and the service is excellent. There is a good selection of beer and wine and an upbeat atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The table next to us was very close and the couple's loud converstion was distracting. As well the water glass my wife was given had lipstick smudges on it
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was just OK
    daveshay
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We usually go to this place when we are in Toronto. We were with a group this time, down to see Cirque de Soleil. The food was mediocore this time around. Two of our group had the spaghetti and meatballs and found it to be not bad, one person had the pork tenderloin and didn't like it at all. My veal marsala was good. The waiter struggled to answer a lot of questions, espeically about the cocktails. I think we might find a new haunt when we stay on Front Street.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointing Experience
    diningout
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I reserved a table as my relatives were coming from out of province for a get together. I had been here in th epast and was pleased, However, our table was not ready for us, so we had to wait for them to find another. All but one of the 7 meals were overdone, not hot, or missing items. The waitress did not smile once the whole time and seemed generally unhappy to be there serving us. Management removed the items from the bill and gave us two deserts so we appreciated this gesture. However, our meal was pretty much a failure all round and most of our table didn't end up eating at all as it took so long to be served the first time. I would not recommend Joe's in the future.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    While disappointed at first that despite reservations we we're give a a table in middle of the restaurant even though it was early and plenty of tables/booths available, when asked, we were given a booth. Food, service, everything is great here. Been here several times now, at least whenever in town to take on aball game, great location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable
    IknowwhatIlike
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had a gift certificate for $125.00 but we knew we would not be able to use it all for lunch so we called and asked if we could use it more than once. They were very accommodating this way so we made reservations for supper for after the ball game. We both enjoyed everything we ordered and were very satisfied with the portions. The evening meal was also enjoyable but the service was not quite as good as it had been at lunch. Overall the food was good and the prices were reasonable. Great coffee.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with a friend August 20
    KathleenW
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Service was great, pasta was okay. Really happy that there are gluten free pasta options.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Special Service
    mealorganizer
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I organized a dinner / baby shower for my dear friend. The staff went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect for us, accommodating my special requests with seeming ease. The evening was perfect, and I was pleased I made the decision to go to Joe Badali's for the occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dine and Dash
    DuffDinesHere
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Service was a little slow for the pre-ball game crowd, but the management was extremely quick and overly generous when even the slightest issue is raised.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night for two
    AuroraCouple
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Just a quick note to thank your staff for the amazing service we received last Saturday night. Our children were at a concert and we spent most of the evening being treated extremely well by your staff. The food was very nice but was exceeded by your wait staff. We look forward to another evening soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great dinner
    mooseb1
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Returned to this restaurant for dinner before a concert at the ACC. Can always depend on prompt and courteous service and great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    algeeVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Went here before a ball game. Large location, food was good, service was very good, wine list is okay. They ask if you are going to the game so it gets the food out quicker. Would go back but, probably not on a game night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good
    CanOnTo
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I've dined here many times but it has been a few months since my last visit. The food is consistently good. I wish the menu had a bit more variety. Would definitely recommend; especially if you have a show or game to attend. They are very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit overpriced for simple food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I think what shocked me the most was the $14 for a kids meal. And what pasta restaraunt doesn't even offer garlic bread when you're having $20 pasta? The atmosphere was good, the location is good, the food was okay not what I thought when order was placed. Service was good,very rushed at times, but very nice. Overall it was just okay. They really need to work on that kids menu pricing!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • summerlicious 2014
    TheYellowDart
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Went for the 2014 summerlicious dinner. Food was neet and different and the menu was a good price (25$). The food itself was fine, we didn't have any problems with it. But the service was not good at all. The server took forever bringing paid drinks (Ice tea) and we had to request water from a different server passing by, and didn't offer refills on iver at all. Summerlicious is a three part set menu and they were a little slow bringing the different dishes.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Their food gave me heartburn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Italian food is spiced with herbs; pepper is only used in meat and this is usually optional. A combination of ingredients and bad cooking process gave me the heartburn.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AcrossfromAquarium
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The waiter ' Stan' was among the best, most Professional that I have ever seen. Very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was excellent and definitely a place I will return several times. Such taste. Very well presented and prepared. Obviously great teamwork to bring the food to the table. Thank you so much for the excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seating was a issue
    Babycake
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been here several times in the past. I have always had a good experience. Unfortunately my most recent visit did not live up to expectations. There was a limited menu and no substitutions as it was busy. So I ended up ordering a satisfactory pasta dish but was not really worth the price. My daughter was happy with hers, it was tasty. I had to ask for bread, and the serving was very skimpy. Calamari portion was large but mediocre in quality. The worst part was the seating. I had reservations and was seated right in front of the open kitchen. Terrible. I have never sat in the back section, and never would again. I felt I was eating my dinner in a restaurant kitchen. I get the open concept, but this was too open.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good but slow
    BubbleGut
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our waitress was pleasant but got overwhelmed by her section. She knew we had a function later in the night and promised to dine us speedily, but then the dinner rush was too much for the wait staff to handle. We must have been served by 5 different employees when they noticed we were waiting for our next course. The meal was delicious and fun so waiting was not a huge issue for us. We made it out with a few minutes to spare and the summerlicious meal experience took 2 hours from entry to exit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GIJo
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Friendly staff. Varied menu. Huge restaurant. Very noisy. Due to the open kitchen, pizza ovens and buffet it was very hot inside. Food was good. Close to ACC
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Summerlicious menu was weak
    Niel
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The salmon salad wrap was awful. The cocktails were over priced and the service was slow
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great options for the price
    Areviews
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Overall I had a great experience here. Service was fantastic (he was Italian so it made the experience even better). Food was tasty, wasn't unreal but simple and nice and great for the price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.