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The Ballroom
The Ballroom
  • Address:
    145 John St.,
    Toronto, ON M5V 2E4
    Downtown/ Financial District
  • Cuisine:
    Comfort Food
    Price: CAN$30 and under

The Ballroom Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theballroom.ca
  • Phone: (416) 597-2695
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen hours: Sun-Wed: 12-pm-12am, Thurs: 12-1am, Fri-Sat: 12am-2am.

    The Bar and Lanes are open until midnight Sunday through Wednesday, 1am Thursday and 2am Friday/ Saturday
    We are closed every holiday Monday, call for details.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Phil Hubbeard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Shawna Billings (416) 597-2635 x203
  • Entertainment: Thursday nights DJ
    Friday nights live music upstairs
    Saturday nights video dj upstairs

    ...and of course, we have bowling, ping pong, foosball, bubble hockey, and pool.
  • Special Events & Promotions: The perfect venue for any Corporate Events or Private Functions please call and talk to our Events Department.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Richmond
  • Public Transit: 5 minute walk from Osgoode subway station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public Parking beside building
A word from The Ballroom
There's a new alternative for entertainment in clubland, where you can still act like a kingpin from the gutter with perfect game, but your friends won't laugh at you when you strike out.

It's called The Ballroom, Toronto's only downtown bowling alley, now open for business at the corner of Richmond and John.

There are 10 bowling lanes, ping pong tables, a sports-bar and a restaurant.

"I just thought there was a need for something original in this city. This is Toronto's first downtown bowling alley in 30 years."

You can even book two private lanes complete with your own full service bar!

Please note that all reservations are for the dining room, and all the lanes are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Came here for an anniversary date and was very impressed with the food choices and drinks menu. We had a dining reservation as the bowling is on a first come first serve basis, but around lunch time, it's not too bad. We hardly had a server around the alley, but when they were around, the service was friendly and the food did arrive quite quickly. They have daily drinks specials (Saturday $4 Caesars) which makes the bowling ten times better. Would definitely recommend this place to friends and family. Great patio and crowd scene. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Nice place, beautiful sitting areas, service was horrible. We were the only table our waitress was serving yet it was so slow. Three different things we ordered weren't available. Repeatedly had to ask for drinks 3 times in order to get one. Server was probably new so Ill give it another chance."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "When I was reserving a spot using open table, I did not realize that this was for the dining room and not the bowling lanes. It was very nice of them to accommodate us regardless and we were able to enjoy our night. Akila (sp?) was very helpful and is super hot. Overall a great experience but it would be helpful to include on the open table reservations that bowling lanes must be booked separately."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The place is a lot of fun! There were only 4 of us and we came to bowl and grab a bite to eat! The service was excellent but the food was okay!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Came here for dinner with a group of friends. We ordered fried cheese curds. Delicious! They were really good. Ordered Mac and cheese with shaved sirloin for dinner. I wasn't a fan of the Mac and cheese because it was dry. Sirloin was good, though. A friend of mine ordered the 1/2 BBQ chicken and that was amazing ! Their portions are huge! There was a one and a half hour long wait to get a lane for bowling. It's a good thing we put our names on the wait list before dinner. Drinks were good, food was not bad and the atmosphere was awesome!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Hello, I recently booked reservations for a small corporate event using the on-line tool. I made reservations for 12 people for dinner in the dining room. When I arrived, my group of 12 had been placed in a semi-circular booth (suitable for cocktails, not for dining), which comfortable would have accommodated 7-8 people not 12. When I protested the accommodations, I was told that that was how the on-line computer reservations worked; that he computer would select a suitable spot according to the reservations made and that they (on-site staff), had nothing to do with that. The problem with that was that there was no room for 12 people. I will not be recommending your venue to my co-workers at Johnson & Johnson or any other corporations."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Booked a corporate event for visitors from overseas. Overall the food was average pub fair but good. I had also reserved two bowling lanes for our guests. Unfortunately, upon arriving was told that our reservation no longer existed. Apparently the server was down on the weekend causing all reservations to be lost???) Anyways, they decided to fit 11 of us on one lane. Lanes are crampd as is so trying to fit 11 of us on 1 was not a very enjoyable. Overall ,will not be booking another corporate event at the ballroom."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "I planned a company event here, based on the activities such as games and bowling. I was expecting okay food, but was very impressed and so were my colleagues. I had the pulled pork sandwich, it was fantastic - highly recommended. Our server and the bowling lane attendants went out of their way to make us feel welcome...this is a great location and a great spot to go with a group."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "IF you are looking for a nice family style restaurant atmosphere with a bowling alley look no further. With the most juiciest wings and burgers that will put you into a coma after eating you will LOVE The Ballroom. Though our server was having a off day it did not tarnish my experience of the restaurant."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "If you are in the mood for having some drinks with friends and have some appetizers, this is the right place, you can drink play bowling, ping pong, even x-box. Now if the mood is telling you to sit down, enjoy a nice gourmet dinner so you can talk with your significant other or friends, it is definitely not the right place, the service is going to be very slow, the music too loud and the food not that good."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "A bowling alley underneath and a resto up top....interesting combo that works for the Ballroom. Fun spot for a casual bite to eat. Foodies stay away as there is nothing here for you but if you want an energetic place to park yourself and grab some food, this is your place. Waitresses are very friendly and helpful and the hostess not so much. Funny how that happens sometimes."
    Dined on 5/15/2013
  • "We were at the Ballroom during a Maple Leaf playoff hockey game. Service was slow because it was packed so it was expected. Ambience was good if you were there to watch the game and join in the fan excitement. . good spot for a fun night out"
    Dined on 5/13/2013
  • "The Ballroom entrance leads you to a small bowling alley. You walk upstairs to the dining area where there is a performer on stage, ping pong tables and seating and bar areas. The food was good casual dining fare and the vibe was upbeat. If you want quiet, do not go here but if you want fun, give it a try."
    Dined on 5/8/2013
  • "Love this place! Especially for groups. Great drink specials and good food!"
    Dined on 5/1/2013
  • "Sadly we weren't able to get a lane for bowling, but other than that we had a great time and were treated very, very well."
    Dined on 4/29/2013
  • "Loved the overall venue! Great design!!! Great layout and if you love to watch a sports game best place to do so. A few minor issues about booking on line... I thought I had booked 2mths in advance for a lane but the night of my event I called hrs in advance and was told that none where open and that really nothing could be done and I had to wait 2 hrs for a lane when my party arrived. :( We did get over it though as we ordered food. Food from what we ordered: Nachos platter = amazing Flat bread dishes = amazing Pad Thai = horrible (odd paste sauce) Veggie Burger = avoid at all costs, it was like a paste and horrible taste REAL Burger = AMAZING Fries = AMAZING Wait Staff: She was fantastic. Cheery, fast and knowledgeab"
    Dined on 4/10/2013
  • "The restaurant was not busy yet it took over an hour to bring our food out, which was eggs! The server kept on insisting that they were plating our food - pretty sure it doesn't take 20 minutes to plate and she looked annoyed that we were annoyed. Do not come here hungry!!"
    Dined on 4/7/2013
  • "It was a lot of fun. It was Girls Night Out and we all had a great time. The 5 to 9 band was better than the night band. But we were still dancing.We would go back again and bring our husbands."
    Dined on 4/5/2013
  • "Loved the vibe at lunch, not crowded at all and the waitress was attentive. The portions were very generous and surprisingly delicious for what seems like average pub fare on their web site. The kids loved the games room. The staff were open to changing the channel for us in the restaurant. Bowling was fun. Service was not as attentive in the bowling section and our request to change the channel was never made."
    Dined on 3/31/2013
  • "Great waitress very happy and had perfect timing even in the crowded setting She was always smiling. The only thing that was upsetting was we were told that taking names for bowling shut down at 9pm you were not taking any more people for lanes, and you do not take reservations for bowling on the weekend I was told its first come first serve, we showed up at 9:00pm already 45 minutes before our reservation And bowling was done taking names for the night, that put a little damper on the evening."
    Dined on 2/9/2013
  • "Frankly speaking I wouldn't choose this restaurant for dinner (upstairs). The food is adequate at best and the guy on stage with his guitar was singing off pitch the entire time. However if you are in a group and looking to use the bowling lanes (downstairs) then that's your best choice. You can order from the same menu in the bowling lane as in the restaurant. Way more fun. The service was great."
    Dined on 1/18/2013
  • "We had a great time at The Ballroom. We made a reservation for a large group (20) and they were able to accommodate us without any issues. We arrived earlier than our reservation, but there was space upstairs to hang out while we waited. The atmosphere was pretty good, especially with the 49ers/Packers game on. I liked the open space as when I walked around, I wasn't tripping over people or tables. One sort of downside was that I called to confirm my reservation earlier in the morning and I was told it would be a quiet night and bowling would be no problem. When we arrived just after 9:30, the lanes were filled ad they weren't taking reservations any more. Tough news, especially at 9:30. But it wasn't the end of the world."
    Dined on 1/12/2013
  • "Fun atmosphere. Great service. Food was not very good, sadly (we had nachos which were tough to eat due to the hard, dried layer of cheese on top; we also had calamari which was rubbery; wings which were mediocre; and Brie/sausage flatbread which was not bad). Live bands were awesome! Bowling was a blast. :)"
    Dined on 1/11/2013
  • "We went on a Wednesday night for a team event and had a great time! The food is better than average bar food and the drink specials allowed us to have a fun time without breaking the bank."
    Dined on 1/9/2013
  • "My reservation was for 10 and my table wasn't even ready for 20 minutes. I was told that I couldn't pre-book a bowling ally, so I asked if I could put my name on a list right away and was told that they were so full that it would be nearly impossible to get one. Considering it was my birthday, and everyone expected to bowl it was quite disappointing."
    Dined on 11/10/2012
  • "This was a great place for a large group! I was hosting a bachelorette party and it was an awesome start to our evening. The food was delicious and large portions. Most of us had a take home bag. I especially enjoyed the seasonal menu!"
    Dined on 11/10/2012
  • "Overall, it was a good experience. However noise level was too high making it difficult to hear eachother"
    Dined on 11/9/2012
  • "The service was awful. We sat in the downstairs bar and never got served so I went up to the bar to order my food after 20 minutes. Our table reservation upstairs wasn't ready. We put our name in to bowl for 1030. They called me and by the time we got downstairs they gave our lane away. This happened twice. We finally bowled at 12:00 after they told us if we paid for the lane they would hold it for us. Dont know why they didnt tell us that in the first place. After all the fuss... we had a great time bowling."
    Dined on 10/26/2012
  • "only issue I had was the live band. Dont get me wrong the guy can sing, but somebody has to control the volume. From time to time I had to repeat myself when I attempted to have a conversation with my girlfriend. Sometimes it was pretty loud our ears were ringing. Maybe angle the speakers differently."
    Dined on 10/26/2012
  • "Good staff, didn't really order food, drinks were decently priced. A little loud, could hardly hear the guys beside me."
    Dined on 10/5/2012
  • "As a large party we were looking for somewhere we could get some appetizers and food, in a fun and energetic environment with lots to do. The environment was fun and energetic but was ruined with the service. Service was terrible! waitress took only 1 of 2 orders of people seated, constantly rushed to clear plates and drinks, even taking 1/4 drinks away before asking. Did not allow us to keep menu's at the table, was no where to be found when we would have liked to order, we had to find and ask another waitress. She was upset that half of the party was out on the heated patio, or down at the ping pong tables..which we thought was a feature of the venue. Check out Lucky Strike Lanes, Vaughan...North of the city but great service!"
    Dined on 10/5/2012
  • "The food was okay but nothing special. We got a bunch of stuff with a group of 5 and the poutine was okay but didn't have that much gravy even though we said out extra on it. The flatbread wasn't that good. The wings were alright but I've had better. The corn dogs were good. Everything else we had was decent."
    Dined on 9/3/2012
  • "We came as a large group for a birthday and the server first tried to do one bill and then took a long time to bring seperate bills. We ended up on the dance floor after waiting for a while and then were harassed while dancing to pay. Most servers would settle up early and then have people pay per drink to avoid such a situtarion."
    Dined on 8/11/2012
  • "Came here for a birthday and had a wonderful time. It was my second time there and I think it all depends on your group. If you have a large group of people, its great to have the option to taper off and play some of the games they have (ping pong, fooseball) or sit at the table and gab. The staff were nice and quick and the food was pretty decent. And they had a live band playing in the evening (we went on a Friday) and they were pretty good. The only downside I thought was drinks. I went to the bar to order a drink later on in the night and a double dark rum and coke hit me with a $18 bill. If I wasnt having such a great time, I would have sent it back. Otherwise, a fantastic place, absolutely love the atmosphere and the location"
    Dined on 8/3/2012
  • "Overall, we had a great time at The Ballroom. There were lots of options for an eclectic group of people, ranging from pool, ping pong, dancing and of course, bowling. Service at the restaurant was wonderful. Our waitress was great, always ensuring we were taken care of for both drinks and food. She even went out of her way to allow me to order something that was not on the regular menu. Where we were really disappointed was the service received at the bowling reservation desk. The staff was rude, and spent more time chatting then paying attention to our group. We were left waiting for almost half an hour. In the end, we got our shoes and booked the lanes, but it left most of us annoyed. Besides this, we had a great time."
    Dined on 7/14/2012
  • "Ballroom was such a great place. Hosted a birthday on the Patio. Live music was great and a small dance floor. However, I would stick with bar food, I wouldn't try anything fancy. Would visit again without hesitation! Very Happy!"
    Dined on 6/29/2012
  • "The food was ok, lots of cheese on the nachos (good for a few people). But the waiter was nowhere to be found. People couldn't order drinks unless from OUR server so some went without. Bowling was a lot of fun!"
    Dined on 6/23/2012
  • "I made a reservation for a friday night and when I got there I realized I didn't even need it. It wasn't even that busy, so I ended up getting a huge booth for 3 people - which was fine by me. We were given our menus by the nice hostess. But after about 10 minutes, nobody even came to check on us or to see if we wanted to order yet so we had to ask ourselves for a waitress. I guess since it wasn't busy they were training a whole bunch of new waitresses, so there ended up being a bunch of people kind of standing around which I thought was pointless because we still weren't being served. The food was alright, but I didn't like that some dishes didn't have a description. There was a live band which made it really fun to relax."
    Dined on 6/15/2012
  • "Definitely would recommend to friends and family - great group outing!"
    Dined on 6/15/2012
  • "Waited far loo long for our food. Other than that had a great time."
    Dined on 6/14/2012