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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
  • 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
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The ravioli with the stuffed duck is a bit too mashed. The seafood mix spaghetti was very good. We were there for summerlicious dinner."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "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."
    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
  • "First time at Joe Badali's and we were extremely impressed. Excellent food, ambiance and our waiter ( Armando) was attentive and gave us terrific suggestions for our meal. One of the best Italian restaurants we have visited!"
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Many members of our executive board had dinner at Joe Badali's during a recent conference in Toronto. Our service was exceptional, and all the food, outstanding. A very enjoyable time."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "Terrific Italian food - best homemade gnocchi since those my Italian grandma made. Spacious restaurant, many large tables - a bit out of the way from the downtown film festival scene, but the plentiful, tasty food warrants a return trip."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "Took my co worker group for a lunch session, nice ambience, good list of options to choose from, orders were quick to be served , the only observation i had was, every dish comes with salad in side, one of my co worker ordered salad from list as main course, the quantity of salad is same for side and the main course which surprised me!!!.... May be its the case with this restaurant."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "Joe Bidali's is always consistent. Food is well priced (though wine prices by the glass are creeping up), portions are ample and the service the friendliest, most efficient you'll find in Toronto. Be sure to check out their Happy Hour snacks and drinks. Our only quibble this time was that we were seated in the front, with two large families nearby. Fortunately, for the most part, the children were well behaved, but when we're dining out, we don't want to feel like we're in a family establishment with booster seats for a view. Restaurants should be conscious of this--there were plenty of other tables not too far away. We were going to the theater and it was a special night out for us, so this was a slight letdown."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "The location was great, very close to our hotel/ convention center and the entertainment area. The atmosphere was okay. I thought the wait staff was good. Food, nothing special. I asked for a different kind of salad and was told that they couldn't prepare that on a week night. All is all, it met my needs to entertain some people for business, but I would not necessarily go back on my own."
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "A good time, but not a great time The food was acceptable, but not as good as we had hoped. I think the restauarant skrimped on our Summerlicious orders. The next special family outing could well be somewhere else."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "Lots of variety for when you have time to take advantage. We didn't, but our service was so good we weren't rushed. Love having the gluten free alternative pastas. Very nice salad."
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "Fast service, good food but not rushed. Very quiet, which was a surprise before the game but worked well for us."
    Dined on 7/5/2013