La Veranda always hits just
La Veranda always hits just the right note. It is local for us and we walk down. The owners are consistently present and greet patrons with a pleasant smile and hello. The staff is attentive without being overly so. We were a party of four. Three of us had the sea bass which is wonderful and cooked just right. The fourth the veal marsala which was also just great. Salads are plentiful and my husband had lentil soup which he declared was excellent. It is a gem in our neighbourhood which serves a prix fixe lunch as well and is very successful. We often have lunch or dinner here with friends as it is so convenient and reliable.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great restaurant! Great food,
Great restaurant! Great food, great service. Never disappoints.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good variety, good quality.
Excellent service, busy but family run style restaurant. Staff were friendly and attentive and the food quality was high especially considering the extent and variety in to menu.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was a very nice dining
It was a very nice dining experience. I find that it gets quite loud after a certain hour and it is hard to carry on a conversation unless you are speaking loudly.
I would love to consider it for a special occasion but get the sense that there is no privacy for groups other than at the back of the restaurant.
All in all, would definitely come back for another meal! Thanks so much!!!
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this restaurant. I
I love this restaurant. I was there in Feb for my birthday brunch with some friends and we were totally impressed with the food and the service. This time I was there for dinner with the same friends and we couldn't believe how good the food was. Their attention to detail also made for a wonderful dining experience. Can't wait to take my husband there as he is a chef and enjoys a good culinary experience.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took my mom here for an early Mother's Day dinner and we had a great time. Most of the staff are delightful and the great personalities match the vibrant food.
The main course was delicious I recommend the pollo alla Gorgonzola con fungi - trust me its worth breaking your diet for.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were a group from work and there was not one complaint about any of the food - the appetizers - (especially the mushrooms were amazing) - everyone enjoyed their main course (and even were still talking about it the next morning) - and the desserts right down to the coffee were delicious. Definitely would go back.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
La Veranda Osteria has the magic touch to blend all the elements that make lunch perfect. I often meet west-end clients and work colleagues at La Veranda. I take the subway to the Royal York Station. They drive in from Oakville, Guelph, Mississauga, wherever, and conveniently park at the Green P across from the restaurant. I have not had any one say anything but great things about La Veranda, many adding that they will return during the evening and/or weekends with their spouse or significant other.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
First Time and Loved It!
We had seen the restaurant many times but had never dropped in before. The menu was extensive, as well as the wine list (with numerous choices for a single glass or 1/2 litre). The staff were very friendly and the service was excellent. They prepared 2 special antipasto plates for the 4 of us, one meat/cheese and one veggie. We all had different pasta dishes - fresh, al dente and delicious, and none of us could resist indulging in dessert too. The lemon gelato swirled with Limoncello was a big hit.
What we liked most about the restaurant (besides the food) was the friendly, welcoming atmosphere. This is a happy group of people and they want you to be happy with your dining experience as well! We will definitely be going back.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great neighourhood find!
Loved the food and the fact that offer gluten free pastas is a definite plus. The service was great, even though the place was very busy everything arrived in a timely manner.
This was my first time for dinner, their lunch menu is also great and service was swift and polite.
I did find it a bit loud with all of the families dining but for a great dinner out close to home it's perfect.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Return from Italy
Met up with family here and some are staunch environmentalist so it was great that the Royal York Subway leads to the door and for those that drove ample parking in the same vicinity. Would recommend some sort of validated parking for the first 1.5 hrs from the resto.
Lunch was lovely, seated in a scenic spot and rain did not hamper the good food experience especially after my return from a cuisine and culture tour of Italy.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food but slow service
Great food as usual - pastas are always done to perfection - but the service was very slow.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
An excellent choice for Father's
An excellent choice for Father's Day lunch. Wide variety of food selection much appreciated. Very friendly and excellent service.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, wonderful staff, very attentive. Good wine! Everyone enjoyed the food. A real gem. Beautiful garden area outside if you wish to dine outdoors. I would highly recommend you try dining at La Veranda. It was my first time and I will return again soon.
Across from the Royal York subway station. Very easy to get to for anyone on transit and plenty of street parking in the area.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
very romantic dinner for two
We had an amazing anniversary dinner at La Veranda Osteria. Although a bit pricy, the food was superb - the gnocchi were one of the best we ever had and the desserts were delicious. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Highly recommended.
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoy this restaurant immensely. When we want to impress someone or ensure a good time, as we did this past week for my daughter's birthday, La Veranda is our top pick. Everyone is so helpful and friendly. The food choices are outstanding, even for the gluten-free member of our party. Desserts (if you have room) are outstanding as well.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I went out for the first time in a long time without our 4 year old and had dinner here. The hostess greeted us immediatley with a smile. The service was friendly and the table location was perfect. She sat us right near the window where we had a view. The food was great, I had the 10 ounce steak and my husband had the veal parmesean. He loved it and I really enjoyed my steak. We had the antipasto to start, it had the cheese and meat selection. Very good over all, although the pasta that was served with the meal was kind of generic, just basic tomato sauce. The portions were very generous.I would definitley come back again.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had a great dining experience at La Veranda. the staff are very friendly and the owner is hands on. Food was lovely and the wine was delightful. Totally enjoyed it.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
dinner with friends
Six friends went for dinner. The service was fantastic and the food was brilliant. The decor is amazing and the overall experience will definitely bring us back
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
great italian neighborhood place
We love the cozy feeling at this reataurant. The food is delicious, and the service wonderful.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
really enjoyed the large selection.
really enjoyed the large selection. good service and large portions to share. would definitely go back.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always love la Veranda
This is a great, dependable, consistent restaurant - staff is always friendly, food is always good. The waiter was most accommodating to let us sample the 2 wines as the wine menu has changed (I liked it better before). This time I tried the ghnocchi which I found to be a bit hard and tough - aren't they supposed to be light? but the meat sauce with them was delicious. Will always go back.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service was amazing..Keep
Food and service was amazing..Keep up the good work
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visiting our Daughter and 2 children. We all had a great time and everyone was friendly.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!!
We had a great evening. The food was great. It was nice sitting on the patio. Love the pictures of the different dishes on the menu and also the beautiful sites in Italy. Nice to reminisce for those that have visited those places!! Been to your restaurant a number of times and never been disappointed. I always recommend your place to my neighbours (as we are within walking distance). You must spend a lot on your flowers which always look fantastic on that side of Royal York Road.
Will be coming back soon for our children's wedding anniversary, just trying to find a date.
See you soon and keep up the good work!!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem of Etobicoke
It's not my first time to La Veranda Osteria nor will it be the last time. An appetizer not to be missed is the Grilled Calamari which can be ordered with or with out sauce !!!! Prepared to perfection it can easily be ordered as your main meal.
Staff seem to love their job .....................they are very attentive & lots of fun to be with.
I have thoroughly enjoyed both lunch & dinner & now look forward to brunch !!!!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Time Experience
It was my first time at this restaurant. We celebrated my b-day. Anyhow, what a lovely find. It is just right across Royal York Subway station. Once I was seated in their patio, I felt like I entered an oasis - you would know that you were sitting on a busy street. It was totally beautiful. There are a large section of food with huge portions to match and very reasonable prices. The waitresses and waiters looks like they have been working their for years - experienced servers are obvious - they made our dining experience wonderful. The next time I return to this restaurant, I will sit inside - I had the chance to go and take a peek - it is nice roomy restaurant, but with the evening so nice enjoy their patio.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place. My wife & I love the kingsway, and this by far is the nicest there is. Great ambiance, awesome patio, excellent food & friendly service.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
he food was good. We were
he food was good. We were there for lunch on a lovely day. They have made their outdoor dining very nice.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thursday night at La Veranda
This is a nice Etobicoke local, right across the street from the Royal York subway station on a side street of Bloor. Perfect spot on a warm summer night on the patio, which is surrounded with flowers and potted herbs.
The seabass was perfectly cooked, the grilled veggies were abundant in the antipasti and we had a good Southern Italian wine with the meal which was quite affordable at $42 and ready to drink.
There's lots of wait-staff and we felt very well looked after by the entire group of them. It was quite cute, every time someone came to our table, it was a different person.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girls Night Out
The relaxed feel of the restaurant and the wonderful service contributed to a wonderful dinner out. The menu choices are endless and the staff made us feel like we were friends coming home. The limoncello flute was to die for. Wonderful way to spend the evening with friends.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Evolution of neighbourhood gem
This restaurant used to offer very good food at favourable prices (low). It has now evolved into offering the same very good food but now at medium prices. The wine list has also moved more upmarket so it is difficult to have an appetizer, pasta and a bottle of wine for two for under $100.
What I always say about this restaurant is that whenever your order arrives at your table, the food is always hot and I can't say that about many restaurants.
Look out for the rules. The owner seems to like to set rules in place such as no splitting of a bill among other things. Not quite sure yet why when they take my order for me as an individual why they can't bill me as an individual. Beats me.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was wonderful I just don't
It was wonderful I just don't like how they Charge you for cheese when it comes to your tabel
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to La Veranda several times as we live in the neighbourhood. Last Saturday, we had a very nice dinner; the service was excellent. This restaurant is usually very noisy which tends to keep me away, but my husband wanted to go there and it was his birthday.... When I made the reservation, I requested a table away from large groups and we were accommodated. It was still very noisy.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food and ambiance. Service was a little slow on this visit. A must return-to dining experience.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
La Veranda never disappoints
With its extensive menu that reads like a book, there is always something to satisfy every member of your party. It's a reliable restaurant with a pleasant staff and décor and a menu that never disappoints. The arugula pomodoro and caprese salads are perennial favourites as are their pastas. The wine list is good with something to satisfy every budget.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
West end gem
Food is excellent quality, and presented beautifully. The express lunch is incredible value. Location can't be beat: right at the subway! The lush garden outside distinguished LVO, and offers a lovely view to diners inside. We were lucky enough to sit near the window. A crowd pleaser for the three generations gathered at our table. We will definitely visit again. Thank you!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the first time that we have been there. La Verenda Osteria was recommended by my daughter. We were not disappointed. The food and service were excellent!!! The restaurant was clean and the ambiance was good. We will definitely be going again.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is friendly, always consistent, service is excellent. It is my fall back place to go when meeting with friends for a casual, not expensive meal out. Highly recommend.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hidden gem on Royal York
A very welcoming restaurant as soon as we entered. Staff were impecabble and took very good care of us, not a shortage of staff to take care of you. The special was a veal tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto served with risotto, absolutely wonderful would recommend this dish in a heartbeat. Also ordered was the pasta in an alfredo sauce with chicken. No room for dessert.
We felt the price was reasonable with appetizers, entrees and bottle of wine.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for late dinner after movie
We went for dinner after seeing a movie at The Kingsway. Quick service, amusing waiter but not intrusive. Menu is huge, like reading War and Peace... so should be something for everyone :-)
Many restaurants close too early for dinner after a movie, La Veranda's kitchen is open to 10:30 on Fridays, so is a good place to keep in mind if you like to eat late. Food was good, wine list extensive enough and reasonably priced. Large room and fairly bright so not the most romantic spot, but overall a good experience.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Pleasant Experience
I had an enjoyable lunch with a friend, a few weeks after attending an "Office Retirement Luncheon" for a big group of patrons. Both of them were very impressive. I would --and I did-- recommend La Veranda Osteria to friends for a good dining experience.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was as expected (
The food was as expected ( very good ) as was the service ( there when you wanted them and not when you didn`t )
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always very good
I've always had pretty good food at La Veranda, but our dinners Thursday evening were all outstanding. The 4 of us shared 2 appetizers.. I always think of bruschetta as being a standard app, not really worth getting excited about. This was really brilliant and flavorful. And I think that the Ceasar was the best I ever had. Most Italian restaurants have standard dishes that taste pretty much the same. Here, they're each totally unique. You cannot beat the taste and texture of fresh made pasta, and the sauces are distinctive. Far too full, we split 2 desserts: chocolate lava cake and frozen lemon sorbet. The chocolate cake was a bit disappointing. The lemon was, as always, outstanding. Over all a very nice evening of dining out.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM