Moxie's Grill & Bar- University
Moxie's Grill & Bar- University

Moxie's Grill & Bar- University

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://moxies.ca/blog/toronto-downtown-now-open
  • Phone: 6477487172
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am, Monday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Brandon Thordarson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wellington
  • Parking: No
A word from Moxie's Grill & Bar- University
Now open at 70 University Avenue in Downtown Toronto! Located in Toronto's Financial District, off of University Ave and Wellington St, next to the St. Andrew Metro Station, Moxie’s is a premium casual restaurant offering weekend brunch, lunch, dinner or late night dining. Passion. Food. Friends.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Moxie's Grill & Bar- University reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (56)good for groups (35)great for outdoor dining (20)vibrant bar scene (20)hot spot (14)special occasion (12)late-night find (8)scenic view (8)fit for foodies (8)neighborhood gem (8)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)romantic (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I had a good lunch at the restaurant. It was a busy & happening place. Service and food choices were great. It is not a place to come to have a meaningful conversation as the noise bounces off the walls and travels in all directions. It felt like I was in a cantine. I could't have a normal conversation with a friend. No music could be heard over the noise. That is the only complaint.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    great spot and we enjoyed the food and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch on Sept 3
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We were there for lunch with a group of 5. Food's very good. Menu has good variety for every to choose from. Service was excellent. Prices were reasonable. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • moxie's moxy
    Rapman58VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    You got have moxy to go up against earl's, the drake, etc. etc. in the downtown lunch and after work scene - especially on the edge of the core. Moxie's seems to have found the formula. Interesting food for a reasonably priced place, great servers (both attitude and looks) and a clean cool atmosphere. Best to sit in the bar area when cold - the patio when warm. The dining room can be a little loud. Kudo's to Moxie's especially because their location at Yonge and Sheppard just pales in comparison, so I wasn't expecting much when I first came here - but I've now been 4 times and not one disappointment. Cheers,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice spot for lunch
    Lindyloo
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Always a great spot for lunch. A tad too noisy but not overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience
    Particularfoodies
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We wanted to sit outside so I liked that they had a patio. Not a lot of sunshine on the patio though. We went to Moxies as it is a reliable chain with good food options. We enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great business lunch!
    AngelaH
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Making an online reservation was fast and easy. I was able to book the time/date that I wanted for a business meeting. The hostesses did a terrific job in escorting each guest to the assigned table upon arrival. The wait staff was very attentive to our need to indulge in a business coversation and made sure to interupt only when appropriate. And, the food was good. Thanks for taking care of my needs with a business client!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing out of the ordinary
    DowntownDiner
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I made a reservation for my team lunch, the web reservation tool was great and easy to use. I would've given Service 4 stars for our server, he was great. Unfortunately, I wanted the score to reflect the cold greeting we got at the door/reception. There was a real lack of energy, and we didn't feel that Moxie's was excited to have us there. It was not an inviting vibe at the door. No greeting other than a "Hi" as supposed to any restaurants around the area would've greeted us with a smile, welcome, and how may I help you. We were gestured by the greeter to follow her instead of "I've got your table ready, right this way please." Unfortunatly these little things at first impression really stuck out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Patio season
    MaryellenVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    If you are here during the summer, try and grab seating outside. Even though the view isn't great because it's in the financial district, it's a nice break from the loud music and crowd inside
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a great experience- no rush- able to enjoy appetizers and dinner before concert in their covered patio...perfect for rainy summer day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had an issue with one of our orders and the Manager was fantastic! He took care of the problem and ensured that we had a great dining experience, which we did!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Loud
    cindyVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Went during World Cup and it was really loud. Not sure the sound barriers are good; seemed like the noises bounces off one and another. Lots of people, food is nothing special.. if you are looking to catch up with a friend, it may be hard to talk if it's busy..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long Wait Times
    CasualDiner
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I attended this restaurant - along with two friends - with high hopes, considering my positive experiences at other Moxie's locations. However, in this case it seemed as though they were under-staffed. Please keep in mind that it was Canada Day. We were not attended to immediately - took about 15 min. We endured approximately a half an hour wait time between anything that was ordered (starter, entree, the bill, and even the card machine). In addition we had to request for utensils, we had to repeatedly ask for water, we were checked on rarely, and the food was not satisfactory. The restaurant environment however, was energetic with practically everyone enjoying the FIFA match.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    LibbyK
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food and atmosphere is always great. I always recommend this to friends for lunch, as it's close, the ambiance, service and food is always good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a stop by
    Zenix
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Nice place, good food and service. Recommend the spiced mojito! Enjoy
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice casual lunch
    Eliz008
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Went for weekday lunch with friends. Food was good and service was well timed. Nothing exceptional, but nice overall. Noise level a bit too high for my liking. Had difficulty hearing each other while conversing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • World Cup Fever @ Moxie's
    Monkeyfinger1
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Happened to catch a World Cup Game on June 26 at Moxie's on University and Wellington. The place was hoping. The beer was cold and the service from Columba and Ex GM Alex superb. Couldn't have wished for a greater lunch. BTW Germany won!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazzybirman
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Thanks to FIFA, the noise level was deafening. Food was great. Had the steak. Love the non-aloholic mango martini. Service is top-rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time at this Moxie's
    lunchalot
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Not as attractive as the other Moxie's in town - rather sterile-looking. Very crowded front room. Noise level is terrible. Food & Service were very good so I'd go back for that. Prices were good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Food and service was excellent. The patio wasn't open the day I was there, but will definitely be back to try it out.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Excellent food and service. Many TVs and depending what is on it can be very noisy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • After the game
    Longtimer
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went to Moxie's after the ball game on a Saturday. Not crowded, not too noisy, excellent service. A bit of a walk from the Skydome, but worth it to get away from the crowd.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KGuy
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The virgin margarita, appetizer, and the dessert were amazing but the main entree both of us had was lacking substance and taste. I would say it good enough overall for us to come back another time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 27 reviews are from the Moxie's Grill & Bar- University reviews archive.
  • Very noisy, food was good
    winefindgirlVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Had a meeting there on Friday, very very busy and it was hard to hear each other. I had the fully loaded hamburger and it was quite good, the sweet potato fries were overcooked and not hot. Overall, it was basically a young people lunch place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What did you say?
    Indigestion
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We would have loved our experience at Moxie's if we had only been able to hear one another. There were six of us at a booth, but even seated right beside each other we could hardly hear what was said. There was no hope to speak with people across the table. We will not be back
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful lunch with good service
    Lindyloo
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I am so happy Moxie's opened in the Financial District. It's a huge place with great seating (nice large booths). I love their lunch salads especially the citrus arugula salad. Our waiter was funny and friendly and not intrusive. The noise was a little loud, hard to hear the specials but not too loud that I couldn't hear my lunch companion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MrDineOut
    thudmeizer
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    One of the gems in the downtown TO eating scene! I used to go elsewhere in the area for years but now frequent this location awaiting its opening. It has changed my eating radar in that part of the corridor. Well done!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great tasty food
    Valeria
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    love the food, but could tone down the salt a bit. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Review
    John
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Came to watch the Raptors game. Food and service was excellent but the TV's are in really awkward positions and there are not enough of them. Had trouble seeing the game. Would go back but never to watch a sporting event
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too noisy
    Anonymouus
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I had hoped I could get a quiet table where I could touch base with friends. Unfortunately we got the table just near the bar despite my request on the reservation. however the service was good ...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good time at lunch
    waySM
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Had a great time with colleagues. The manager Alex was very accommodating Sevice excellent and menu a little different than typical roadhouse fare
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with the Lads
    LNCH4CLSRS
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great new property for Moxie's downtown location. Natural light and great urban deco. It's got a lot of hustle bustle but that comes with the territory. staff were great at taking it at our pace and kept us hydrated and satisfied. Thx Sarah & Chanel ! Be back soon ...
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad table, Great Server
    Duckbillious
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Lunch crowd was raucous and we were seated at a tiny table near the kitchen despite rezervations. Service was impeccable. Food was good off the luch menu although my salad was over dressed. The Tuna on Taro Chip app was great!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for dinner downtown.
    downtowndiner
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Moxie's is a very classy yet relaxed restaurant downtown. The food and service are excellent. Can be a bit loud in the evenings though.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Friends, Good Food, Great Time
    ChansyGurl
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Moxies at University and Front in Toronto was great. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. If you havent' had the white chocolate brownie, your missing out. It was AMAZING!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food's gone downhill
    cityeats
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    visited this Moxie's when first opened-was much better; this time went with a couple of friends and shared appetizers; have never seen such small-sized calamari and the portion size was too small for the cost (seemed like the remnants of their supply and the size portion wasn't this small the previous time had been there); we also ordered nachos and the same situation - portion way too small for the cost of the dish - we always order nachos everywhere we go and never have we received a plate where before even starting to eat, we could already see the bottom of the dish... seriously, you're being that stingy with nachos chips... they're like $1.99 bag and yet you're charging so much for the dish... oh, and try not to burn the nacho chips.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place for Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    As of recent, I have been booking my lunch meetings at Moxie's it's been a great place to bring clients... One thing I do find annoying though is the music is very loud! it makes everyone in the restaurant talk louder and creates a very loud environment. Other than that... everything is great
    Special Features:
    late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptionally accommodating
    Friendlyfoodie
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I met my parents here the other night for dinner with a friend of mine. The servers were extremely hospitable and had a great table side manner. Very enthusiastic and easygoing. Not in your face about ordering, on point about when to check in on us. They were also very accommodating about my fathers shell fish allergy. The manager over aswell to ensure we were satisfied. And to end it off we got a free dessert out of it. Amazing experience overall. Best staffed moxies I've ever been to! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service at it's BEST!!!
    ShelleyK
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a lunch booked for March 15th at 12:15pm. I wish I could remember the young lady's name who was our waitress ! She was so amazing.. right on the ball, the food was delish... staff super friendly.. very easy to book via Open Table.. unfortunately I forgot to tell them I had booked this way :( so did not get to claim my points.. I would highly recommend this restaurant!!!! cheers Shelley (we attended Louise Hay I can do it! conference) so were stretched for time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service First
    Vhart
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Service was excellent. Always takes priority in busy financial district. Food was decent. Friendly upbeat staff. Good setting for corporate functions
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic