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Origin North
Origin North
  • Address:
    2901 Bayview Ave
    Suite 300
    Toronto, ON M2K 1E6
    Neighborhood:
    North York
  • Cuisine:
    Tapas / Small Plates
    Price: CAN$31 to CAN$50

Origin North Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://originnorth.com
  • Email: info@origintoronto.com
  • Phone: (416) 479-8833
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner nightly from 4pm to close;

    Lunch Monday through Friday from 11.30am to 4pm;

    Brunch services:

    Saturday 11am to 4pm

    Sunday 10am to 4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Claudio Aprile
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact our events department for all special event and catering inquiries.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sheppard Ave East
  • Public Transit: Bayview Subway on the Sheppard Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is parking immediately surrounding Origin North at Bayview Village shopping centre.
A word from Origin North
Origin was born out of Chef Claudio Aprile's desire to create a spontaneous, high energy restaurant that serves ingredients at the height of their season. Our large, naturally-lit space is great for all occasions that demand fresh, creative food, and first-rate service.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I really like how they do the demonstration for the northern harvest. It's a nice experience."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "we were very impressed and enjoyed our dinner. The fact that we could share gave us the opportunity to try more of the dishes ......excellent ... waiter was a little hasty in the beginning to give time to review the menu but then settled to a comfortable pace."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "appetizers were interesting, went downhill from there, mains did not deliver. Service extremely slow and not attentive. mozzarella bar -great!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "saw origin north on masterchef canada and had to try it. every last detail lives up to chef claudio's persona. well priced value for money... don't waste time at any chains when there's places like this around."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Server was fairly attentive at beginning, but faded. Did not offer refill of water glasses when glasses was totally empty. Food presentation was satisfactory but no added garnish to embellish plate. Expected more attention to detail. Nothing special or memorable about the dining experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I decided to try Origin North because I saw the show, Master Chief Canada. The food on the show were not on the menu, which is disappointing. The main course wasn't great, but I really liked the dessert."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went for mother's 80th birthday. She loved the energy of the restaurant. Will go back."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We started with the caesar salad, which I thought was amazing, couldn't get enough of it - the capers were a perfect touch. For mains, we ordered the tenderloin, chorizo risotto, and the Sunday dinner special: butter chicken with naan and basmati rice with some small cucumber plates. The tenderloin was great and the risotto was really creamy. However, the butter chicken was somewhat a disappointment, the chicken was relatively dry and the sauce itself fell short, I feel. Despite that, the dessert - apple compote was delicious!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great food as always - the chinois duck was the best dish. Enjoyed the beet salad and the asian beef salad. Did not care for the pastrami spring rolls and the miso cod was too salty and overpriced. Biggest disappointment - despite there being tons of kids in the restaurant - no baby change table in either washroom. Just wasted space and a try too have retro elementary school sink. Waitress was not as good as the last waiter. She gave poor direction on number of dishes per guest (despite being directly asked) and because of that we were too full for dessert :("
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Servers could be more attentive. Food was good and quick. Cocktails were awesome."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "It was a first visit for all and we were pleased with everything Origin North had to offer. I would surely come back again and again; just because each bite is as delicious as the first. I am very happy to experience a new part of Bayview Village. Thank You for being here."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food. Good service. New menu items. Great place for sharing Tapas style dishes."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our waiter avoided us at every opportunity. We couldnt make eye contact at all. This resulted in a brunch that was way too long."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Love the atmosphere, good food and drinks. Looking forward to try more dishes."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "After dining at Origin in downtown TO, we figured we would try the one up north. Same exceptional quality and service. A great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Went there with son for a brunch last Sunday. It is because Chef Aprile's restaurant so I wanted to try, however my experience there was just ok. Nothing wow me. It is similar with RED, O & B's, and some others morden bistro types. I'll prefer back to downtown, if I want something exordinary."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My only complaint is that the portions are too small. For $35, I would have liked to have left satiated ($35 bought me french toast + side of fries + ceasar), and I didn't. I might go again and try a different dish... but considering french toast is mainly bread, they could have economically made the portions larger."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My friends asked for hard-boiled eggs for their daughter although it's not on the menu. The waiter said it's not served here as it took a very long time to cook. But we're not in a hurry!!! When we're about to finish our order, the waiter suggested to pick something from the kid's menu which was not given to us at the beginning. After eating, the waiter asked if they wanted to pack the leftover for their daughter. They said yes but the leftover was never brought back by the waiter. They asked again and it took more than 15 mins to have the leftover. We believed that the waiter had forgot and had the chef cooked again. Definitely not a good experience! Perhaps the waiter didn't sleep well the night before and had lost his mind."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The Brunch menu was the only one available and limited. Coffee was cold, no extra hot water was offered for tea. Convenient and comfortable for a lunch but little else going for it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have been to Origin North several times. The food and service are never disappointing. I usually book reservations online. This time I did the same one week in advance. I received a confirmation by email 2 days in advance, then I received a phone call as a reminder a day later, which I thought was odd and a bit annoying since it only was a lunch for two. The funny part was that when we showed up at the restaurant, there were no reservations. We were accommodated but ..."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "A first time experience and I am sure to be back again. We were a table or four and there for lunch. We all felt the same regarding the atmosphere , food and its presentation was great. The service was exceptional too. I would and will recommend it to my friends."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Everything was just "ok". Obviously better than any chain restaurant eg. Milestones, Moxies etc but not what I had hoped. Also, the bathroom needs work. Couldn't get any soap and while the sink etc was a fun throw back to my youth - the plastic basin and cheap towels seemed out of place."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I was filled with local (Bayview) village pride when I saw two of "our" chefs, Bonacini and Aprile both on the panel of "Master chef Canada". So we went for dinner at Aprile's place "Origins", with big expectations. We already made our mind about we would order from their web place. Well, they changed the menu. The new menu was not new, but much shorter. None of the the things that we wanted were on this new menu. Whatever we had was average; my duck chinois was too greasy and on the dry side.Very few desserts. We had the table side bar of nitro ice cream, that was fun , but not haute cuisine. The wine selection was original, and very good. The server was nice, but she had to answer "no" to many of our demands , due to menu "shrinkage"."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This was my first experience for brunch at this restaurant and it was to celebrate a belated birthday. Unfortunately while it has a terrific location and was very busy, I found the service to be fair as far as attentiveness goes, our food was cold and the bacon was undercooked. The sweet potato mash was very good -- would be better minus too much cheese. In fairness we did not mention anything to the server as we were all just happy to get together and catch up. It was very busy so obviously many enjoy the restaurant it may have just been our luck that day."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Really great ambiance, wonderful, friendly staff, great food - overall a pleasurable experience!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food, service, ambiance and comfort. It's an amazing place. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our second time at Origin North. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We ordered two appetizers which came out on time, but after ordering a third they brought out the wrong one. The server questioned if we really ordered the other one "because the chef was upset we sent the wrong one back." Since I have ordered at origin before and had this dish, I knew exactly what I wanted and even pointed to the item on the menu. After we received the item we ordered we waited about 45 minutes for our main dishes to come out, and when we finally asked where they were the waitress said we didn't order anything else. She had forgot to enter in our main dishes and asked if we would still want them. It took another 45 minutes for them to come out, which we ended up taking to go because we had been there for 2.5 hours."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "First rate flavours, service & ambiance AND plenty of close, free parking!!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I have been to Origin on Church and like it very much but after two visit to Origin North, I think something is lacking in the food prep. The same dish I LOVE downtown, is just not the same. Great space, great service, but food a bit disappointing..."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I've been there once Sep 2013, this time Mar 2014 winter Monday, though not a lot of people, but was very slow, waiting time too long, though waitress is good, but still, seems very long night waiting and wating."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Food was very tasty and quite original. Service was great as well. Ordered a second bottle of wine and the server informed us that the selection was not available. She recommended another bottle which she said was similar in both quality and price and was right on. Would go back for dinner for sure and will even drop in for lunch. The lobster ceviche appetizer was amazing."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "we had brunch on Sunday early afternoon. the restaurant was not that pack. bUT after we finish the appetizers, it took them at least 20 minute to serve the main dish. and I need to remind them to refill my coffee. we spilled the juice on the table, the waitress passing by just completely ignoring us. we had to ask someone to clean it up. also, no butter or jam with the toast, And not even s spon for the soup. we had to request them ourselves. food was pretty good. but they have lots of work to improve for their service. brunch wise, cora is way better in terms of services and food."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My husband and I took our parents here for dinner on a Sunday night. We have dined her previously on Fri+Sat nights as a couple for a 'date night'. Great service from our young lady server (the lady with the tattoos - nothing offensive about them - sorry I just can't remember name right now, but she is super friendly and charming). Overall, my fave dishes are the bufalo w/pear app (hands down winner), scallop ceviche, calamari, tender beef, + dulche de leche dessert."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This was our 2nd time there. Greeting was good along with the sitting. Waitress was attentive. Food was good but I would not order the Brussel Sprouts again. That was a weird taste. Ceviche (for some reason they spell it with an 'S) was excellent. I like that they have various dishes to try. Not all can be really good and there are still more for me during the next visit. Good restaurant for sharing."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I'm going to make this quick. The food wasn't good at all and very over priced. The service was terrible waitress was unexperianced very bad. Nice setting. Has potential"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We both live in the area and had never experienced Origin. Upon entering, we were greeted by a lovely young Hostess, very well groomed and engaging. I must say that the decor is gorgeous, very funky and fun! I love the idea of an open kitchen. Our female server (don't recall her name) was, at first, helpful, but as time went on her level of service dropped. She explained the menu adequately, however, recommended a white wine to my friend that was too sweet. When my friend requested another glass of wine, she mentioned it, however, was not given an apology by the server. The server merely suggested a Chardonnay. I ordered the Florentine Frittata which was a plain, tasteless omelette with spinach and little or no feta! Way overpriced at $14"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Went for lunch on a Monday. The butternut squash risotto was the best we've ever tasted, so creamy and delish. And the portion was huge. The Thai curry shrimp was another winner. The soft and thick naan bread was just perfect for sopping up all the yummy curry sauce. The burger was juicy and big. I didn't sample the quiche myself but my friend was raving about it. Thought the dishes were supposed to be tapa sized but we only ordered one dish per person and were so full we had to skip dessert. Service was okay good but lacked sophistication. Overall, we all enjoyed our meal very much and will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The food is outstanding. The ice cream made at your table a must (and I'm not an ice cream fan)! Our server was helpful and very knowledgeable. We gave the chef a wave and he came to our table to give us some dessert recommendations. Next time I would request a booth when making my reservation as the tables are seated very close together."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "not too sure why the food are not as before. our server was not too friendly that night."
    Dined on 3/8/2014