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About By the Way Cafe
In the heart of Toronto's Annex, By the Way Café is a popular bistro among local denizens and out-of-towners. Since the 70's By the Way has grown with Canada's most cosmopolitan city and has become a local landmark.
Under the stewardship of Amir Benedikt, By The Way offers a relaxed fine dining experience of unprecedented quality and unassuming prices. So focused on surprising it's clientele, By The Way changes it's exquisite dinner specials… daily! Examples of such fare are a Tamarind-marinated roast half chicken served with buttered asparagus or chicken breast with Mexican "Molé". Vegetarians can enjoy a hand made Phylo Strudel layered with spinach, tofu and sweet potato or our great vegetarian lasagna. From the fixed menu, enjoy our brie à la shum (garlic) or spicy calamari to begin and follow up with middle eastern seasoned lamb chops served with grilled vegetables and aromatic rice.
Toronto, ON M5S 1X5
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Sunday: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday - Tuesday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Brunswick & Bloor
CAN$30 and under
Beer, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
By the Way Cafe Ratings and Reviews
This restaurant is a little bit noisy and the tables are too close together. The waiter was very friendly, but knew nothing about the wine. The fish special came with the head on without warning which kind of threw my daughter off. It was not great for the value there were probably about four bytes of actual fish on the plate.
The lamb kebab with slightly tough on the portion of salad was quite small. Overall not a fabulous dining experience.
The atmosphere was welcoming and inviting. The food was incredible, fresh and hot and seasoned well and the plating was beautiful. We enjoyed many apps and all of us had different entres, everyone at the table was raving about the food. Super happy we chose this place. The service was great and the waitress was very friendly. I would totally recommend By The Way Café. The
The staff greeted us with a warm welcome. The fare was delicious and Mediterranean healthy too. Perfect for the January "cleanse". The waiter accommodated diet restrictions graciously. Love the warm pitas and the hummus reminded me of Turkey. We should consider going there more often.
Yummy food and a cozy atmosphere. Quick srevice pre show. Consistent food over many years, I would recommend it without reservation, no pun intended.It is very hard to get a restaurant where you can safely it out if you have any food issues, and this is one. Even my husband liked the food, in fact love the food, and he is a real traditional eater.
This neighbourhood restaurant maintains its well-earned reputation with a limited menu and an excellent list of daily specials, all of which BTW regulars know they can count on. A friendly oasis in the heart of Bloor Street traffic, it consistently holds its own with splendid no-fuss dining and a wait staff who seem to appreciate the customers as much as we appreciate them -- another reason why we keep coming back for more.
The service was good overall. However, all 3 of our party ordered the lamb kebabs with rice. I specifically was hoping to eat rice (for dietary reasons). The server brought us all lamb and POTATOES (no advance notice). When I questioned why there was no rice, the server said "Sorry, we ran out of rice." How can a restaurant run out of rice? They are on Bloor Street, for heaven's sake. There are grocery stores everywhere. It was inexcusable not to have rice, AND not to tell us that at the time of ordering or before bringing us the meals.
I've been coming to By The Way Cafe for four years now and every time I am truly satisfied. The staff are friendly, the food is simple, middle eastern comfort food with punches of well placed flavour and great specials that display the kitchen's creativity. The wine list is thoughtfully chosen with selections that match the cuisine very well. The best part I have to say is the view. Some of the best people watching can be done at this sweet and neighborly corner of Brunswick and Bloor. Top it all of with a Patio graced by an ancient tree = bliss. By the way, the desserts are lovely ;)
We chose this restaurant because of proximity to a concert venue and it has reasonably good ratings in a few websites. We were extemely pleased. The middle eastern Mezes were delicious and generous portions. A good selection of wines by the glass at reasonable prices. The mains were all excellent and nivcely presented. The waiter was very professional and attentive without being intrusive or pushy. We do not get to the Annex very often but if we go again we will certainly be back to By the Way Cafe.
This has been an early favorite of mine, in the Annex on bloor its a tiny spot with a big covered patio. The bagels are to die for, my husband doesn't leave without ordering to.
The freshness of the food and smiles on the staff make it our go to spot when we head downtown.
Had not been here for a few years, but previously always had a good experience. We had the appetizer plate - which we indicated we were going to share. One of us got a side plate with a small warm Pita, the other nothing, and we had to ask for another plate and Pita. The Israeli Salad was the best thing on the plate, nice and fresh tasting. The Spicy and Crunchy Calamari were rubbery and the Warm Tuna Nicoise was indifferent, and I left some of it. Somewhat of a disappointment, alas.
This was an after show Sunday gathering of friends and family ... it was certainly affordable and the food was consistently great - from hamburgers to lamb kabobs to soup salad and the always favourite of mine Mediterranean plate. Others who had not been there before and loved it!
It has been an Annex institution for years and as one knows nothing foodie lasts in the Annex unless it is good!
By the Way Cafe is a kind of haven from loud crowded Bloor/Annex area, with reliably good food that is not uber-trendy or uber-pricey. Altogether comfortable. On cold evenings, the draft from the corner door can prove chilly -- have a sweater or jacket handy. Service is attentive and friendly, though when the place fills up, the service might be hard keeping up with everyone, so give yourself time to relax over food. It's not our neighbourhood, but it has that kind of feeling, so with its vegetarian-friendly good food, I'll keep returning, Also handy to concerts at nearby Trinity St. Pauls.
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