La Veranda Osteria

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508 Reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian

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About

As one of the Kingsway’s most popular restaurants, La Veranda Osteria, at Royal York & Bloor, prides itself on serving traditional, classic Italian fare as well as fresh seafood and steaks. La Veranda Osteria also offers an outdoor patio .
Whether you are looking for a casual meal, somewhere for that special occasion, or a large gathering, (For large gatherings look at our Family Feast Menu Online) please let our staff invite you to experience our outstanding food, service and value that attracts so many of our local clientele.

***Complimentary Birthday Ice-Cream for Kids under 10 years old ONLY. For Birthday Celebrations Please notify and order Dessert with your Server***
If you would like to bring a cake for your party please be aware that there is a Cake Service fee of $15.00 for a minimum of 8 people and $2.00 per each person over the minimum of 8 people.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
June to September

Monday - Thursday: 11:00am -10:000pm (kitchen closes)
Friday and Saturday: 11:00am - 10:30pm (kitchen closes)
Sundays: 11:00am - 9:30pm (kitchen closes)

PLEASE NOTE: Our Patio is on a first come first serve basis. We do not take reservations for our Patio
For late dinner plans or reservations, please call us to confirm closing times as the hours may change without prior notice.
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Phone number
(416) 231-3800
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Tommaso
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bloor Street West and Royal York
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Parking details
Green "P" parking is located across the street adjacent to the Royal York Subway Station. Street parking is also available within a block of the restaurant.
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Public transit
Located across the street from Royal York Subway Station
Additional
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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NT
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience and food is delicious!

F
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was a little disappointed this time, the Caesar salad was flavourless and very pale looking romaine lettuce
Small portion of meat ravioli, good filling and flavour
Lasagna was a super large portion but so hot I couldn't eat it till everyone was finished
VERY salty.
Why do restaurants salt everything so heavily, you can't take the salt out but you can add salt according to individual taste.
Very average food, gigantic menu
I doubt I'll be returning

N
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Veranda never disappoints. The food is consistently good and the service is excellent.

P
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Great restaurant with an extensive menu, lots of good choices to choose from. The only frustrating thing is how they cannot split the bill because they have a very old system. Either one person pays the whole bill, or they give you a calculator to figure it out for yourself. They need to upgrade their system so they can split the bill into 2 or 3, especially for large groups of friends.

A
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

was really great. all my guest loved and of course the little ones as well sea bass and grouper fish dishes are amazing

MC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was one of the worst I have experienced. I had to ASK for bread. The wait time for our meal was very long. I had to ASK the waiter for a drink ... he never asked if I wanted anything. I was never asked if I wanted a second drink when I finished the first. NO refills asked for coffee.
My meal was sub-par. Ordered the veal marsala with mushroom sauce. FIVE mushroom pieces. The vegetables were mushy and without taste.

SB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Now that we no longer live in Toronto, we miss many of our fave dining spots, particularly La Veranda. So on our rare trips there to visit friends, we try to steer the dinner plans toward our fave west-end Italian spot. Always delicious food, excellent service, and a great ambience. I lean toward preferring to dine indoors, but can be lured outdoors to their patio, as it is one of the most sheltered and pretty you could ask for on a busy street. But for those muffer-less motorbikes, my friend and I could hear each other easily. And ladies - it has a TRUE "restroom", worth a visit in itself. I'm already looking forward to my next visit!

RD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the outdoor patio with flowers. LOVE FLOWERS!! The food was ok, ( however some ingredients were missing from the pasta dish we ordered. The server brought the missing ingredients when we notified him I'm Italian and also cook very well so meh..
Still a lovely place, will try other things on menu.
Rose Di Franco
& Piera

GS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. It was very nice to be in a restaurant that plays lovely background music rather than loud music. We could actually talk at the table hear each other!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We had 6 people for a family dinner. Apps were great . Table location was good .
We ordered our dinner and 2 of the meals were wrong . After our dinner our waiter seemed
to disappear. We had to ask if we could order dessert and coffee and for the bill. We had to ask for packages to put out leftovers in. The staff seemed more interested in closing than severing even though they were still open for another 30 minutes. I have been there many times and
this was the first time this has happened.

PG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, good value, memorable staff/service

JV
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great.

A
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I have been going to La Veranda Osteria for many years and have always enjoyed their food and wine.

QB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A little taste of Italy right in our own backyard in the Kingsway! Great food and value. Always consistent with food and service. Nice outdoor patio in the hot summer.

TO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything!
Gluten free options great!
White wine sangria..mmmm!
Ambiance....very pretty and relaxing patio
Food made with love and served professionally...
Will be moving in to the patio for all meals...delicious!

PP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow but food was excellent as usual. We were taken to our table, given menus but it took ages for them to come back for our drinks order. The waiter had not even brought us some water. Apart from that everything was fine.

V
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was good but food overall was okay at best.

MC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

very busy, great pasta and apertizers, friendly staff. Pizza not so great.

OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This restaurant was a bit further away for me, but the reviews and photos enticed me to try it out. And boy are we glad we did! We sat on the patio, and it was just so unique, being surrounded by so many lovely well kept flowers. And the food was unquestionably delicious. Totally worth the drive, and I can't wait to go back! Caution: wknt evening, the patio noise level was loud, simply because your streetside to the transit line with buses passing often. That was the one and only downfall.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I ordered shrimp with linguine in rose sauce. The shrimp just appeared to be boiled, not seared or grilled. The rose sauce was salty and just sauce, no herbs. They do not serve fresh parmesan, only ground. They also have an extensive list of rules if you want to make any substitutions, basically they are not allowed. Very inflexible. My 2 other dinner partners were not impressed either.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We chose to take visiting U.K. guests to the La Veranda because of the location (proximity to the GO train) and the fixed price, quick service lunch. We all found the food to be uninspired and the street noise on the patio just too much.

WW
Toronto
51 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Good seafood selection and not pricey.
Decent patio but noisy because close to the street. That being said did the price they offer a great overall experience. I recommend.

s
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food. They make you feel right at home. Impeccable service and ambiance. Well done!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Have been many times. Food is terrific. Manicotti was incredibly hot and tasty. Enough Caesar salad for four. We were there on a rather busy night but we were never made to feel that we had to hurry. Reasonable $$. Will certainly be back when the patio opens.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely neighbourhood gem. Great staff, great food, very reasonable prices.

S
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy a good meal and friendly service. People are very nice and take care of any request you have. Appetizers and meal were delicious. THe dessert menu says "imported from Italy" I would prefer something home made or fresh made. Other than that, always an enjoyable evening.

R
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

This is a good neighbourhood Italian restaurant. They have too many tables and it's just too noisy. It actually got to the point where I couldn't hear the people at my own table.
I would recommend this restaurant for food and the service was good too but definitely don't go if you want a quiet evening

D
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was mediocre, food disappointing and separate checks not available. Not awful but not great and not worth going back.

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff were very helpful and considerate of one member in our party who is in a wheelchair.
Staff are friendly, the food was good and overall a very pleasant evening!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

We decided to have a pizza night and were dissappointed on how salty all 4 pizzas ordered were. For the price and quality of the food we would not recommend the pizzas. Although the service was excellent, having 4 people wait on us was probably not needed. Still would go back. Nice relaxing night out. Friendly service.

AK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

La Veranda was my personal favourite in the west end of Toronto when they first opened. It seems that the quality and care in food prep has diminished. The service is very good, but can not make up for the lack of care in quality and presentation.

This is not meant to be a bad review, just a statement.

j
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The grilled vegetables quantity was lacking. We were expecting a full plate but go salad underneath. I do not recall if menu stated that this dish was on a bet of greens. If we had known we would not have purchased a salad. The pappadelle all mare with a Rose sauce was good.

GM
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

I have stayed away from this restaurant for quite some time but went again recently due to its convenient location next to the subway. I doubt I will return. Just little things that lack a certain finesse and the restaurant seems to feel that they are doing their patrons a favour. The menu is quite emphatic to the point of pretentious about no changes or substitutions to menu items. Not very customer service oriented that's for sure. Pros secco was served in a red wine glass and the server was not terribly knowledgable about things. I find it ridiculous that a small topping of Parmesan on a salad warrants an extra charge....around 3.95 I believe.....absurd.
A Kir Royal was a full $4 more than a glass of prossecco.....for what....a splash of colour.
Very overpriced for the quality of food and service offered. This is a neighbourhood bistro that thinks it is more and charges dearly for it.

e
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Always good. Enjoyed the express lunch. Staff very attentive.

MG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent and friendly service; a pretty extensive menu selection; great food with "healthy portions". My wife and I will definitely be back!!

s
Toronto
88 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Each of the 6 of us enjoyed our menu selections. We were amazed at all the vegetables that came with the veal. The service was excellent! We would highly recommend this restaurant.d

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The gnocchi here is amazing! I had the pesto version and it was to die for! My boyfriend had the rose version and his was also good, but cold..
The only thing we were disappointed about was that we had gone on Valentine's Day for the lunch special, but they told us that they weren't offering it that day. I completely understand that they weren't offering it for the holiday, but they should have mentioned it when I made the reservation...They also had a giant sign in front of the restaurant promoting the lunch special the week prior. We were extremely unhappy about this.
Overall though, the food was amazing, even if it isn't what we originally went for.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pizza and pasta and veggie platter I've had in the city , which is hard to find as a vegan . We went in a group of 7 , everybody with different tastes and were already trying to plan our return

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was friendly and the food was delicious. Met a friend for lunch and never felt that they were rushing us. Recommend this place for a group of people as well as for 2.

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