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By the Way Cafe

3.9
47 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation

Breakfast:

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Brunch:

Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Lunch:

Monday - Sunday: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Dinner:

Sunday - Tuesday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Phone number
(416) 967-4295
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Amir Benedikt
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Brunswick & Bloor
Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.2
service
3.7
ambience
4.2
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on May 10, 2017

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

Casual. Popular with locals. Great value. Healthy. Relaxed.

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vipRastaozzie (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

A great pre-theatre dinner. The restaurant is small but the menu offers numerous tasty offerings. The service was very friendly.

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DiningDiva (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2017

We loved everything about this cafe. The Middle Eastern food choices were delicious and the servings were generous and well presented. The service was great. It is a small cafe and was full the evening we were there. Reservations recommended.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2017

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

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ginab 
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2017

Been going to By the Way for years and this was the first time the food was just ok. The weather was dreadful and people with reservations, myself included, came very late. Always the best place for dinner in the area, even when it's not up to par.

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Pleased (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on December 5, 2016

I found that the portions were meagre and the food was mediocre

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2016

I'm a regular. Lovely staff, a nice ambiance and excellent food make By the Way Café just right for a quiet dinner with a good friend or special someone. The menu is fresh, tasty and healthy.

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vipNancy (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on October 6, 2016

A decent casual place if one is in the area. Patio was pleasant in spite of busy Bloor St. Management should make the effort to see that hot food is served hot (not tepid).

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

Very good food
Sevice quick enough to let us go to the theatre after

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2016

Met here with four friends pre-concert for dinner and drinks. Fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

Great food and a amazing place

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vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

The food was very good and presented beautifully!!
A Lovey patio, when the weather is good and great service!

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MattC (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on May 27, 2016

I haven't been to BTWCafe in years but it is as good as it always was. A great little casual eatery in the Annex. Menu is a little more limited than I remember but the middle eastern focused menu is excellent. I will go back more often.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

Great food with a bit of creativity, relaxed, cool atmosphere. Above average warm knowledgeable service

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on March 31, 2016

Most patrons were in a rush to get to a concert. We were served promptly and well and were able to leave by the deadline we gave our server, after a delicious dinner. It was a pleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

We came with some friends (group of 4) for dinner. The service was great, the food came quickly, and the food was really good.

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vipSCON (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

Although not a "destination" restaurant, this is quite a viable option for eating in this neighborhood, perhaps before a flick at the Hot Docs or a show at the Randolph Theatre, as we did. The restaurant is comfortable and we had a good meal.

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POGO (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2015

wonderful area of town great people watching while relaxing in restaurant enjoying good food , down to earth prices, friendly service

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