The Harbord Room
The Harbord Room

The Harbord Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://theharbordroom.com/home.php
  • Phone: (416) 962-8989
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Late night: 10:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Cory Vitiello
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spadina Avenue
  • Public Transit: The closest Subway Stop is Spadina Station, but the Streetcar does stop at the intersection of Spadina and Harbord. The Wellesley bus does run east from Wellesley Subway Station as well.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: City Metered Parking is available on both the North and South sides of Harbord as well as on Spadina Avenue.
A word from The Harbord Room
The Harbord Room is a restaurant and bar where we focus on using local and seasonal ingredients as much as possible as well as putting forth cocktails keeping true to origins and respective histories.
We are a small restaurant and limited to 20 seats in the winter months and 40 in the summer, but attention to detail and personalized service remain the heart of our concept.
We offer the same dinner menu at the bar, which is conducted on a 'walk-in' basis.
Calling just before joining us at the Bar is recommended as we will be able to let you know the availability at that point. We hope that you will join us for dinner soon.
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The Harbord Room reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)fit for foodies (16)romantic (8)late-night find (5)special occasion (5)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (3)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)good for groups (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great food as always...best burger in Toronto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I dream about this burger...and it is always perfect! The service at The Harbord Room is exceptional, very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We had a lovely calamari salad to start, and my partner had a large portion of fish. The space is small, so it is difficult to get a reservation, but we got lucky on a Saturday night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • abigllamaVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Simply one of the best restaurants in the city. Also one of the best burgers in North America.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KFH
    Unhappyfoodie
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We were very disappointed. The service was terrible, and the food even worse. We had heard such great things about the restaurant. I ordered the flat iron chicken. The plate was drenched in sauce, and made both the chicken and couscous soggy. It was very salty and oily and felt like the chefs really didn't care. Were making the dishes in autopilot and not paying attention. My husband had the seared tuna which resembled pork more then anything. It was extremely over cooked. The octopus salad was also drenched in creamy sauces that over powered everything else. All in all it was just not a great experience. I have never written a bad review before, but this just literally left such a bad taste in my mouth. Then at the end it was $150 for a very sub par meal. I would not recommend this restaurant or go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Fails to Impress and Excite
    jonathancgbright
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My better half and I went to The Harbord Room for a post-work Friday date; we both talk a LOT, so a restaurant that's set up to allow for conversations is absolutely ideal. Long tables and loud background music are absolute no-nos. The Harbord Room did not disappoint! We had a wonderful table in the back, with very cosy proportions, and out of the way. We ended up talking almost all night long. Of course, if the food and drinks were not as incredible as they were, we wouldn't have stayed as long as we did; we ordered the cheese plate to begin, and then she had the absolutely incredible tomato soup and I had the PERFECT burger. We didn't have room for dessert because we also filled up on some incredible Ontario wines and a fair number of the bar's very well-crafted and well-designed cocktails. I would STRONGLY recommend the Harbord Room. It's a little slice of autumn heaven. Absolutely no complaints - but then, we knew we'd have a great time. We've been to The Harbord Room and its counterpart, THR & Co., many times. And we will continue to go to both, for many years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Affordable, simple and good tasting
    HHMH
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Maybe the best hamburger I have ever tasted lives at the Harbord Room. The food was affordable, simple, and perfectly done...not fussy. The staff treated a couple of seniors like we were kids again...lovely! Some might find it loud, and it is. But it is happy loud, and there is somehow a difference that is not easy to define. Think Paris. I will go again...in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outoftowners
    Outoftowners
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food was good, service great. Limited menu and without question, the most uncomfortable seating arrangement ever experienced. four adults crammed into a small space with over large marbe table.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    Lolita
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I just love this place- we go there again and again, the food is always exquisite and cocktails are best in the city.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 103 reviews are from the The Harbord Room reviews archive.
  • Love the Donuts!
    jannyns
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This is a great restaurant located in a convenient location for U of T. The menu items were well priced, delicious but they had me at the homemade ricotta donuts! I'm still thinking about them a week later. I thought our server was one of the best I ever had. Loved her casual but very informed manner. The only negative is the very limited wine by the glass list. There definitely could be huge improvements there with the non-notable wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night. Made me...
    IsupportLambs
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great date night. I'm a young parent who's been cooped up for 4 years. Made me feel cool again. That says it all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT!
    Nooch
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great flavors - food, cocktails and space. The staff was great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must go to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    If youv'e never been to The Harbord Room, you must get there! Great bar service from "Amos" an incredible bartender who mixes a mean drink. All food on the menu is delicious , I've never been disappointed and have eaten there many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice but noisey
    sf109
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I went for dinner at the late sitting on Saturday night. We had been to the Harbord Room before and really enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. The food and service are still excellent but the loud music did not allow us to talk at all. The patio seats were quiet but that area was full. The interior was very noisey. People at tables next to ours looked uncomfortable too. We may go elsewhere next time. Too bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Harbord Room Delivers!!
    SammyVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We went to Harbord room for a fun summer night dinner and were completely thrilled with both the cocktails, food and service! 10/10! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic evening!
    frugalveggie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    4 of us met here for an early dinner. None of us had been here before. The cocktails were fantastic, the Rhubarb Gin Fizz and the Ronald Clayton were especially lovely. We had a bunch of sharing starters, the guacamole with sweet peas and chips, the daily special of soft shell crab, and the fried green tomato salad. For mains we had the ricotta and summer squash gnocchi, the bavette of beef, and the roasted porcini mushroom stuffed chicken leg with gnudi. Dessert was the fresh ricotta doughnuts and pistachio olive oil cake with fresh strawberry sorbet. Everyone was impressed with the presentation, the quality and taste of the food, and the service. Definitely coming back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply delectable!!!
    KAlter
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Melt in your mouth burger and amazing frites! Everything here food wise is well thought out and is a treat for the tastebuds!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Spot
    torontoq
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I had heard so many great things about The Harbord Room and was very excited to attend with my girlfriend for her birthday. It needed to be special and it ended up meeting all of our expectations. The place has a nice homey feel to it and the service staff were very friendly. The food was definitely the highlight. We had their famous burger...which I can confirm is absolutely out of this world! We also had the beef and pumpkin gnocchi which was outstanding. The only slight disappointment was with the cocktails. All of the photos we had seen prior to going there made us believe that their cocktails were served in jars however they came in very small cocktail glasses instead. They were incredibly tasty just not as big as we had thought.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A cold spring evening
    KMP1VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    This restaurant is gorgeous to look at, with warm wood, and lovely lighting. The reception at the door was outstanding; very welcoming. The service was first rate. Our food was pretty good; not amazing (I had the halibut fish special that was a bit bland; my partner had the burger which she didn't love; it was a bit well done). We had a great romantic evening, still, marred only slightly by something the Room has no control over; an obnoxious dude with too many cocktails on board who was quite loud and annoying.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will totally go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    One of the best meals had in a long time. Explosion of delicate and tasty flavours. I don't normally write reviews, but can't wait to go back to this place!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great spot
    cwalla
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    come here often, food and service are always fabulous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME RESTAURANT
    ForgetCiao
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Great service, great food, reasonably priced for what you get, food comes a little slow but that's because they are busy perfecting it! The burger is top notch ... burger priest got a competitor now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We have a lovely evening. Great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Dine4lyf
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Good was amazing, from the meat, to the fish and vegetarian dishes. My only complaint is that the music was quite loud for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal.. Excellent service..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    Great Meal.. Excellent service.. the Burger is super!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, drinks and atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Rated best burgers in town and for good reason. I would have to say its the best burger I've ever had! The rest of the menu is good and the bartender makes some great drinks! Highly recommend for small groups or a romantic evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inventive food, always surprises
    fandp
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    Inventive food, always surprises on the menu, very well informed servers with excellent timing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved our dinner at The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    We loved our dinner at The Harbord Room. Excellent service and attentive care, and the food was simply divine. The prices were much more reasonable than we had imagined. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My absolute favorite place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    My absolute favorite place in the city. It never fails me. Thank you Harbord Rooom
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charcouterie Board was amazing!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Charcouterie Board was amazing!!! I will order one next time for sure! Service was excellent as well as food! definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have eaten here many times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    We have eaten here many times and the food is consistently amazing. The chef continues to use healthy, basic vegetables which are prepared in an intelligent and matched manner.. I love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the wait!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We had to take a late reservation - 10pm. The place was still completely full, incl the spaces at the bar. Our server was fantastic & he knew the menu items thoroughly, made very appropriate wine recommendations. We started with the Raw Fish Platter which was fresh and flavourful, lovely start to the meal. My partner had the house made squid ink linguine, the prawns were tender and the flavourings were balanced beautifully with this colourful dish. I enjoyed the famous house burger, which is a VERY generous serving, we should have shared it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was cleverly delicious,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    The food was cleverly delicious, the staff were wonderfully hospitable and friendly and the space is unpretentiously charming.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great place. After
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    What a great place. After being named as having Toronto's best Burger, I had to check it out. The room itself is beautiful. A little cramped yet very charming and romantic. I ordered the soup and the burger side a side of the beets and brussel sprouts. The burger was of course the standout. It was rich, buttery and very flavorful. I highly recommend ordering it without the cheese in order to truly experience and taste the meat. On top of the amazing food, Bruce from Dragon's den happened to be sitting next to me and that was very cool as well. Cant wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I liked the buzz of the place,
    DChalm
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    I liked the buzz of the place, although it was hard to talk at some points. Food was excellent-great oysters-ordered more.Had an excellent risoto and others had the hamburger which they liked. Wine list is expensive for the type of restaurant-need more options in the $40 range.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous bartenders and best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Fabulous bartenders and best burger in town! This is no ordinary burger either!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have been here a few times
    susie
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Have been here a few times and always a great dining experience. This is my favourite restaurant in Toronto!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always the Harbourd Room
    MargieVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    As always the Harbourd Room does not disappoint. Great food and a yummy gin sour!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    We had dinner at the Harbord Room while in Toronto for the night attending the Theatre. We were pleasantly surprised at the casual fine dining experience we had! The service was excellent - our wine glasses were never empty and yet we were never made to feel rushed as we enjoyed some time to chat. Food was excellent - robust and unique flavors - and just right portion size. Thank- you to Chef Cory and his team for such a pleasant experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very euro ambiance close tables
    lunchingladyVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    Very euro ambiance close tables small room. The waiter let us have three samples of wine to help us chose what suited our palates. We loved the whole evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice spot! Great burgers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    Very nice spot! Great burgers an cocktails. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • happy family!
    lovedbyclientsVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    We arrived, a family of four (boys 11 and 15), and were kindly greeted! Burger was "amazing" according to teenage son, including homemade ketchup and delicious coleslaw! Dad and this mom enjoyed a nice shiraz recommended by waiter! All in all, a great meal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic