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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
  • 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, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, 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
  • "Perplexed by the lack of service at Origin North. Our waitress was very attentive at first but then we did not see her for the rest of the meal. Our hostess was the one who refilled our water, and after waiting an hour between our appetizers and mains, we complained to the manager. They provided us with a free dessert, however, at that point we just wanted to get ome. The only thing that bugged me was that after our first encounter with her, we did not see our waitress appear or our service improved. Overall, our meal took 4 hours, and we left feeling tired and frustrated on a weeknight. Claudio - you need to run your kitchens tighter!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "All portions are appetizer size and way too small for a meal, especially for the price. Flavours are good but we left disappointed and still hungry. Service is slow and erratic. Many of the beers on the menu were unavailable."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Decided to try out Origin North beacuse I like their summerious set dinner menu. After I was seated I realized their Summerlious menu was changed without notice. - Steak Frites was downgraded to just a Burger. Cinnamon Sticky Bun with caramelized walnuts + crème fraiche ice cream was downgraded to strawberry and cream. I would appreciate if they inform me of the menu change when they confirm my reservation. They bait and switch! The waitress who served us doesn't seems like she want to be there working. She gave us a very cold and robot like service. I still gave her good tips, but I dont think she deserved it. Food tasted good, but their service gave me a really bad impression."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We were not impressed with Origin ... The food was overpriced for the portions that was given ... The only reason we went to Origin was to try the Summerlicious lunch menu which was not offered on Sunday only the brunch menu ..."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had summerlicious dinner here. The portions were quite small! For main course, I expected the caramelized eggplant to be filling but the dish only had two skinny, tiny halves of eggplants with a few small pieces of ginger slices. My boyfriend had the chicken breast and he claimed the portion was like an appetizer. We waited for half an hour between the appetizer and main course, which was too long. The only thing we enjoyed about the meal was the dessert, which was the passion fruit parfait. I don't think I'll dine here again :("
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Booked Origin North to celebrate our 11th Wedding Anniversary. Booked prior to Summerlicious, but found out that we would only be able to get the Summerlicious menu. Checked out the published menu & still decided to go. When we got there, the menu had been changed to the point where there was nothing that either of us wanted. We were then told that we could order from the regular menu...big mistake. Our meal took a very long time to come... our fault for not ordering from the "conveyor belt" meals that were being pumped out. But we thought, the food should be worth the wait. Not even close... the beef tenderloin was so salty and peppery that we had to wash it down with water. My veggies were salty and sour. Will not be going back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I went for the first time for summerlicious. The food, price and portion size was just right. I would and will go back to experience the regular menu."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We dined during Summerlicious and the food was excellent. The highlight was Origin North's version of Gazpacho which was really good - it was light but with really rich flavours. We sat in the outdoor patio and although it is right in the parking lot of Bayview Village, the patio is very well designed. It felt like a sleek, urban patio. I will definitely return to this restaurant to try the regular menu."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I expected a little more to be put on my plate for the meal. While the food was good, I wasn't very happy with the portions. Prior to coming here, I did read some reviews and they seemed to have the same consensus."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I went there with my girlfriend for summerlious and the menu was ok, but asked for a regular menu and said that they did not have one... but u guess shift change and found out that they had one but they are asked to push for the special... and only offer if it's necessary. .. that's kind of stupid... The wait staff were nice but I notice that they weren't really happy.... but just tries their best... it was a bit slow in bring the food but its ok cause we werent in a hurry...but after we visited the washroom and it was so discusting it smell like pee or dirty washroom from the staircase down.. it was so dark. .. Overall it's ok only..."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great dinning and friendly service. It was a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We had the summerlicious menu for dinner. Portion size is very small. Burger does not come with anything like fries. Chicken entree has a smear of mash potatoes literally. Dessert was ok, nothing special and very small portion. I get that they're trying to be an upscale restaurant and serve small portions but both my husband and I had to eat something else after dinner ( I had pasta and he had a burger when we went home) We ordered fries on the side $4 which they forgot and brought after we finished eating our burger. We asked to cancel it, then they brought it out a few minutes later. Service was also very slow in between each course. Overall I would come here for a drink or maybe when it is not their Summerlicious menu."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Our group of 6 dined from their Summerlicious menu, and between all of us we tried every item. Each dish was very delicious and stunning in its presentation.. The grilled eggplant dish was absolutely amazing - I've never had a dish with so many different flavours, and they all worked together beautifully. Best meal I've had in ages. The service and ambience were also excellent."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Ok so even though it's Summerlicious at least act like you welcome patrons. Take a moment to explain the menu and come back to ask if we would like wine. Beautiful patio , food just ok staff meh"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Loved the decor. Great location for uptown locals."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Slow kitchen and dismal service. There was a 1 hour gap between our app and main during Summerlicious (for just the 2 of us), even though this was during a weekend dinner service and the place was maybe 65% full at most. Waitress never updated us and was very difficult to get a hold of since she never checked on us. We had to ask other workers for anything (water, checking on the food, bill, etc). Food was mediocre at best and portion/ingredients do not reflect the price at all. This was the second strike for me and I won't be returning anytime soon. At least for my last visit the food was better and came out faster, but the service continues to be embarrassingly poor for a restaurant like this."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Considering they were only serving the summerlicious menu, our food took a very long time to arrive. The server filled our glasses of water halfway through and didn't offer to refill it. Food was mediocre, nothing special. They have a really nice space though and great outdoor patio."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I had both Summerlicious lunch & dinner at Origin North this week. Lunch was very good, though friend who ordered a fish cake had a very small portion compared to the pasta dish I ordered. Hers looked more like an appetizer. It was odd, as the samosa appetizer was huge. Dessert was a bit weird, passionfruit parfait. Wouldn't have that again. Waiter was snarky at lunch, but food was delicious. Dinner 2 days later, disappointed that steak frites was not on the menu, even tho it was showing on a website. Had a burger instead, but it needed something on the side, fries or whatever. Asked for well done, got pink in the middle, but they quickly took care of that. Food was delicious again, but service was rushed. Waiter was very nice."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Went here for summerlicious and had a great time. The portions were very small, but unique, healthy, and high quality."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Went for Summerlicious lunch. Restaurant was moderately busy. Food was good but the service was very very bad. You could see guests were clearly frustrated with the long wait to order, get their first round, the second round and the dessert. Our waiter was serving an unmanageable number of tables. He had a large group of 16 but they were almost finished their meal when we arrived. Despite that, we had to ask for the bill along with the dessert. Felt rushed and stalled!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I had dinner in Origin North before and it was terrific therefore i booked the summerlicious this time. Very disappointment, the choices are very ordiniary except the chilled tomato soup, samosa was extremely greasy. My friends ordered fried chicken burger which the chicken was half burnt and dry, the fries came with it was not edible. I ordered fish cake which was okay as well as the dessert."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I don't usually do reviews but had to comment on Origins. My group of 5 went for Summerlicious 2014, and the menu in the restaurant was different than the one online. Even though we got food at a discount, I still had expectations for the food. Appetizer & dessert were good, but the entree, an avocado burger on brioche, was burnt and the patty was not "medium" as promised. I came to Origin South once before for brunch; it was wonderful. Will not be returning to Origin North."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "If not for the $25 Summerlicious menu (dinner), I would not be dining at Origins North. While the quality of the food is good, it doesn't rate the exorbitant prices and the wine list is extraordinarily pricey. The restaurant was not busy, which may or may not be due to these prices. Finally, the "memories of high-school" sink station in the women's washroom is a waste of our precious resource. Yes, water is a commodity in many countries. When one person washes their hands, enough water is wasted for at least five or six people. For this reason alone, I will not eat at this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My old-timers monthly lunch club (of three) booked here for lunch because we had not been here before and to take advantage of the Summerlicious menu pricing. Origin North was neither empty nor particularly busy at 1 pm; we were seated within five minutes. All the staff we encountered were polite, attentive and enthusiastic. We all had samosas/tamarind sauce to start, I had the pappardelle main, the others had the fish cake, then we all had a passion fruit dessert. My lunch was perfectly fine for me. One friend was critical of the samosa wrapper and content because it was not his traditional style. The other friend was critical of the tamarind sauce as not equal to what she buys elsewhere. Servings were appropriate for the price."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I went to Origin North to try their summerlicious menu. I was surprised that the lunch was only $15, but I understood why when I saw the portion sizes. They should have either called it a sampling menu or they should have charged more and provided more food. It was very disappointing considering I've been to their King Street location many times."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food was made in such small portions. You really do need to order sides and drinks. The service was surprisingly poor and they weren't that busy. We were just ignored and had to ask the waiter just to fill the water. The menu didn't describe the food accurately. None of the foods were what I expected. It was all pre-made so hard to tolerate food allergies. The food was mediocre and even the fries were burnt! I can get better fries at McDonalds for much cheaper. It was $12 for fries! So expensive and wasn't that great. The only redeeming feature was dessert. I'm not going back ever!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Our first time there but we wanted to catch the tail end of Summerlicious and apologies, could not get into our usual spot. Origins is close but we were more than pleased. Great menu, lots of space, great wine. We have found a new special office lunch place. Great find."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Had a summerlicious dinner recently at Origin North. Ordered the hamburger as the main dish. I don't eat avacados so I asked for a slice of tomato instead. The bill came with a $2.00 extra charge for the tomato. We have dined here many times. We'll think twice about dining there again."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Went for Sun brunch (3 adults, 1 kid). Ordered Spanish fries with egg to start/share and a 'brunch' main for each person to follow. Even though it wasn't busy (many empty tables), it took an hour to get the fries. They were good. Then more waiting. Finally, the mains arrived but only for 2 people - the other 2 were left waiting for another 5-10 mins. No mention of an issue (??). So I spoke to the manager - he said the 'kitchen was backed up'. Again, it wasn't busy. Regardless, it hardly justifies delivering meals at separate times. In terms of the food, my wifes' eggs/bacon/sausage was poor - toast was visibilty burnt, no butter. Mine was ok. And $15 for a KIDS MENU hamburger / fries (both small) was a ripoff. Would not go back for brunch."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I've been to Origin Liberty a couple of years ago and the food was phenomenal! However, I was disappointed at Origin North. We booked for Summerlicious and realized they didn't offer it on weekend lunches. I think it's a lost on their part seeing that the restaurant wasn't as full as anticipated. I ordered the brisket benedict and the taste was good but everything was lukewarm. It's too bad because I really enjoyed their food at Origin Liberty."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Not a good variety if food. The calamari was good the rest, I must say. The chef could have chose a much better selection to reflect in the restaurants rep. Not a good selection at all"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We've eaten here several times, both at full price and for Summer/Winterlicious. Service has been hit or miss, food has always been really nice.Last week it was bad. Booking was for four people. Two days before called to see if booking could be changed to six and was told no. Fair enough for Summerlicious, but on arrival the restaurant was almost empty and remained so. Service terrible. Floor manager and servers spent much of their time around the bar talking, manager spent a lot of time texting on her phone. Food was awful. Who serves a burger on it's own on a plate with no side? Burger, was tasteless, adding salt and pepper didn't help. Dessert, tasteless. Caudio Aprile should spend less time on his TV career and focus on his restaurants."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "1) The summerlicious menu was different from what was online. In my opinion, it was not proper advertising as guests often book summerlicious after checking out the menu posted. 2) Two of my guests ordered the burger and they were so bland. The original menu was steak frite and it is definitely a poor substitute of the menu. I ordered the eggplant with miso sauce. When it arrived, the eggplants was so poor we wondered if it was eatable!! 3) Dessert.... A Donut with coffee cream dipping but the donut was tasted like it has been deep fried 3 times. 5) The manager came by and we explained to him and told him the only highlight of the evening was the waitress. He did not validate our complaint at all."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I as impressed with generous portion of yummy food! The duck confit sandwiched by frendh toast was crispy outside but tender and juicy inside with a bit of hoisen sauce. We had a round corner table for 5 on safa seats, the spacious seating makes our saturday brunch extra cozy and comfortable."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I originally came for summerlicious but really wanted to try the beet salad that I saw on Master Chef! It was AMAZING! I also shared the spanish fries with a friend and it was to die for! Amazing food overall!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Went for the summerlicious menu. When I booked the reservation, the summerlicious menu was different than when I got there. I booked thinking the meat dish on the menu was streak frite and when I got there it was a burger. The food was okay but it was deceiving to go there thinking the menu was something else."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I made reservations with the intent to order Steak & Frites however when I got there the menu had been changed to a burger. Seating arrangements were not throught through - as I was literally sitting on the lap of another customer when you could have spread out the seating (the restaurant was not busy). I came here to enjoy a date, not join another table of 2. Server decided the clean the table next to me (along with my bf and our desserts). Food was good but portions were poor. Was not a happy customer to pay over $100 for sample sized food."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Origin North has an inventive menu beautifully prepared with interesting flavour combinations. Our server, John, was perfect and it was a memorable experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Calamari was tasty and contrasted with fennel in a mild peanut Chicken was good.nice presentation."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We were glad they accommodated us with baby. The summerlicious menu was very reasonable for this type of high end place but too small for my husband. Most of their servers were very nice however, it was disappointing to see even one server was being out of energy on the floor. As for this type ofrerestaurant, we expect consistent service. Maybe this would not happen when Summerlicious/Winterlicious is off?"
    Dined on 7/11/2014