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
73 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (43)great for lunch (20)special occasion (18)kid-friendly (17)neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (13)great for brunch (10)hot spot (9)romantic (9)great for outdoor dining (7)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Dissapointing Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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 $20 pasta? The atmosphere was good, the location is good, the food was okay not what I thought when order was placed. Service was good,very rushed at times, but very nice. Overall it was just okay. They really need to work on that kids menu pricing!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • summerlicious 2014
    TheYellowDart
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Went for the 2014 summerlicious dinner. Food was neet and different and the menu was a good price (25$). 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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    • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome pasta
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had the ravioli di zucca (housemade butternut ravioli) and added Italian sausage. Was absolutely delicious... couldn't finish it... was great as lunch leftovers the next day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious
    qdpi
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We were in town and booked because they were part of summerlicious in Toronto. Three of us had the steak and one was nervy. My mate had the shrimp pasta and thought it was good. I ordered an Aperol spritz - not that good. The desserts for Summerlicious were pretty limited (watermelon and mint salad is good but whipped cream on top? Gross). Keep it simple
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not superb
    ehBeth
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    group of 3 for summerlicious. table was ready for us with the summerlicious menu already out along with the other menus. service was mostly very good but with odd timing. everyone was pleasant and helpful, but sometimes 3 people would be by to check on us within 2 or 3 minutes while there were also gaps where we wondered if/when the next course was coming. the food, once served, was excellent. we all particularly enjoyed the roasted cauliflower soup dressed with basil pesto and with a fresh shaving of romano at the table. All of the parts of the experience were fine, but the service could be smoothed out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good price
    summerlicious
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The ravioli with the stuffed duck is a bit too mashed. The seafood mix spaghetti was very good. We were there for summerlicious dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience, but
    LJCB
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food was very good and they have gluten free, the prices are reasonable and the service was also very good, but the temperature in the restaurant made dinner an uncomfortable experience. It was an extremely hot evening and it seemed there was no air conditioning. Otherwise, I would highly recommend this restaurant. The ambience would have been fine, if the temperature had been normal. Good location and great value all round.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing!
    CourtG
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Good food BUT lack of A/C made for a less than enjoyable experience. Not our first negative experience here. One of these days ir will be our last!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    Fabulousfoodie
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We had tickets to a show and knew downtown would be busy. Made a reservation and had the buffet. Excellent choice, great food and service. Definitely would go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I love the concept of special food promotions like the Beet Special. I love beets so would have liked to have more on my salad. It did not really do the Beet Bonanza idea justice. Promoting Canadian local produce, whether vegetables, fruits, beef or cheeses would be very much appreciated!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 121 reviews are from the Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar reviews archive.
  • Our go to place
    Jerseygirl57
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a wonderful evening and dinner at Joe Badali's. Great food, great service, knowledgeable staff, comfortable. We were treated like special guests. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bustling
    AlCathVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great food and service--calamari, tiramisu, chicken parmagiano--all recommended. A table at the front will be really noisy--there's a television in the bar that will blare over your conversation. Much nicer at the back, but the music during dinner was still too loud and it's hard to hear yourselves talk. A good place to go before a concert, but not a restaurant to choose for an intimate night. Even with a foursome, it's tough to carry on a conversation. It's considerably calmer for lunch.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    honeybeeVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Always thought this restaurant was a tourist venue, but we've now been here a few times before theatre & sporting events, & have found food & service to be consistently good. They don't rush you but get you out in time for your show.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian in Trornto
    Tipster
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special birthday
    Celebrator
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buffet was uninspiring and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Buffet was uninspiring and many dishes were luke-warm. Not many healthy selections. I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We absolutely loved the insalata
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't seat who you can't serve
    rocker11
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My caprese pizza was awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    My caprese pizza was awful and the music was far too loud. It interfered with our conversation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was tasty and well presented,
    jmw81
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not that great
    Coolchick
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Food wasn't very good. Pasta over cooked. Red sauce was bland. Not very good Italian food at all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for Winterlicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at Badali's
    ConnieandHoney
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic