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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.

400 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON M5S 1X5
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan

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

Cross Street:
Brunswick & Bloor

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(416) 967-4295

Website:
http://bytheway.to/

Executive Chef:
Amir Benedikt

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

By the Way Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

4.2

ambience

3.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (96)
Great for Outdoor Dining (38)
Great for Lunch (33)
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Kid-friendly (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Casual (8)
Special Occasion (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Scenic View (3)
Authentic (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Toronto)·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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service3
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 8, 2017

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

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food4
ambience3
service4
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vip
 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find
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 (Tampa)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic Canada)·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

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·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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 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 5, 2016

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

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 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Toronto)·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).

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 24, 2016

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 18, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2016

Great food and a amazing place

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vip
 (Toronto)·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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 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on May 20, 2016

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

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 (Toronto)·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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 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2015

Enjoyed a pre-theatre dinner mid-week. Big portions for everything we ordered. Soups were yummy, as was shared appetizer of brie with apples & pita bread. Burgers available in bun or wrap -- good size & lots of toppings available.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 25, 2015

I wouldn't go there again. I had the worst kebob. It tasted like nothing. I had no idea what it was.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 18, 2015

nice to sit outside. accomodate special dietary restrictions.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 6, 2015

I had a great time at By the Way on a sunny Monday afternoon. Place was not busy for dinner and the food was very tasty. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 13, 2015

Convenient location for Tranzac Club or Bloor Hot Docs. Very good middle eastern food, very friendly patrons, nice wines by the glass and excellent service. Will definitely go back whenever I'm in the area for a show.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 7, 2015

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 6, 2014

Good attentive service throughout. Food was very good and well displayed. Enjoyed our time there, at a patio table, watching the crowds pass by.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 31, 2014

Great Middle eastern food. Enjoyed the cook on the meat. Wished the menu was more elaborate, particularly with the grill meat options during dinner time. However, quality was high.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 31, 2014

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 5, 2014

Not impressed. The food was mediocre as was the service. Not kid-friendly at all.
We won't be going back.
Can't understand why this place has been around so long; it's nothing to write home about.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 10, 2014

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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 3, 2014

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 ;)

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 3, 2014

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 18, 2014

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 10, 2014

The ambience and service are lovely, But the lamb on the kebobs was very dry.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 8, 2014

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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2013

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 13, 2013

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 4, 2013

Interesting menu, good food, excellent value for money.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 28, 2013

It was really packed and uncomfortable in there but the food was really good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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