Lisa Marie

4.2
448 reviews
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Lisa Marie is the restaurant home of Fidel Gastro's located in the heart of Toronto’s fashion district at 638 Queen St West. Restaurant, bar, late night snack, event space or brunch spot. Lisa Marie is constantly changing and evolving finding new and innovative ways to bring the Fidel Gastro's street food experience. It’s pretty much a brick and mortar with the heart of a popup.. ole!!!

Closed Mondays and Sunday nights!
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LO
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

The food had the potential to be good but ultimately was below par. I had to send my meal back twice. Once for undercooked eggs and another

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ZW
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect - eat here . You'll love it.

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N
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great vibes all around! Will definitely be coming back for half price wine on Wednesdays.

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LA
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I met my son there before seeing a play at Theatre Pass Muraille. It was conveniently located to the theatre. The place was casual and comfy but could use a paint job and some basic cleaning. The food selection was minimal and a little pricey for what it was, but the food was very good, albeit not the healthiest. The Kung Pao cauliflower dish and Pad Thai fries were most unusual and very tasty. Not sure I would go back but my son seemed keen to try the spaghetti and meatballs (they did look amazing! - Wednesday nights only) so he'll definitely be back.

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IT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was overpriced and not very good. The drinks we ordered came in really small glasses for $15 each. Our dishes didn’t come out at the same time. We were two people! Why?! The place wasn’t even full. Really disappointing experience overall.

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OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience. Matt was willing to come out and take a pic with me and that really made my birthday extra special

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BK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious but the place was a little too loud for my liking. I would still recommend for a nice quick brunch!

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We went for brunch. I specifically reserved a table asking not to be placed by the front door and was placed RIGHT in front of it! When I brought this up to the server, she said "that was all they had left", which means they clearly gave us the first table they had on hand as opposed to actually reserving any sort of seating - it was a coincidence we happened to even find some. Every time it opened, there was a gust of cold air from outside.

After that, we were told they don't have an espresso machine, so forget about having a cappuccino with your meal. What kind of brunch place in Toronto (especially one that has a special brunch menu and charges $4 for a small tea) doesn't have one of those these days?!

We ordered the bacon explosion benny with pad thai fries (mediocre, and the fries were fridge cold and had to be replaced), California benny (decent, fries were only slightly above room temp) with the same side, and the smoke salmon latke (the best dish at the table, quite good) with duck fat fries (duck fat fries had dijon mustard - they were ok but nothing to rave about, and were cut too thick IMO). Both bennys seemed overpriced for what they were.

Overall, there are other places in Toronto with far better service that I'd pick over this one for brunch.

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SK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Tables by the window can be too hot and bright. No way to shade your eyes.

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RH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super yum! Rich dishes, but so easy to share. The cheese steak buns and cauliflower were just excellent.

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CT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great vibe! Food was delicious and a good choice for brunch . Better than average coffee. Just a little loud.

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SA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service here was incredible. I organized a group get together on a Saturday night for my husbands birthday and we were shown amazing hospitality all night long. Management helped bring out birthday dessert with candles at midnight on the dot. The cocktails were delicious. Love how this place served amazing food for dinner and and then turned into a bar with a dance floor and an awesome DJ. Very happy with my experience here!

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

So incredibly over priced I couldn’t believe it , we went 2 years ago and now everything has double in price. $12 for a small portion of French fries tossed in hot sauce, are you kidding me? Spent $26 on chicken that didn’t even fill me up, couldn’t believe how small the portion was. We will never be going back

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SK
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We found the menu was limited with its food items. For regular pancakes with no chocolate chips or dressing, we needed to pay the price for the "Smores Pancake" item which was $16.00. For that price my husband was presented with 2 mediocre sized pancakes that were lukewarm that came with a thimble-sized plastic container of syrup. They did not have butter for the toast or the pancakes. Our table were asked to wait about 10 minutes for a freshly brewed coffee. I would think brunch would have coffee ready at all times considering it's a staple for many for breakfast/brunch. My $17.00 shakshukah, although delicious, came luke warm to our table and much later than the rest of our party of 6 were served. It was flavourful, generous with the eggplant and feta cheese and had two small eggs that were smothered in tomato sauce. I would have preferred to have it served in anything but the aluminum platter that it came in. Even though the amount of aluminum that leaches into food is usually minimal, I did detect an unpleasant metallic taste in the tomato sauce. The restaurant was loud and necessitated us yelling to one another across the table. If you're going there in the hopes of having any sort of conversation, save the conversation for later. There was an automatic 18% tip levied for our table of 6 so check your bill carefully prior to paying.

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SM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Liked the decor. Service was good. Enjoyed most of the dishes.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was there for dinner and the noise level was so high. The communal high top tables are too close together and the group sitting beside us were essentially shouting at each other. Food was overall pretty underwhelming as it was under seasoned and lukewarm.

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic, great food, good portion size, fast, friendly

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LW
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Winterlicious. Food, service, ambiance and staff friendliness was outstanding! highly recommend! We can't wait to dine at Lisa Marie again!!

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D
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

My friends and I arrived for Winterlicious on a Wednesday night for 7pm - lots of available seating. We decided to go for the a la carte menu instead and ordered the pad Thai fries ($12), Seoul fried chicken ($26) and pork belly fried rice ($21). Flavours were decent but value was awful. Chicken was $26 for two small thighs, one drumstick, and one small breast. Pad Thai fries were $12 for a dessert plate’s worth of fries.

Service was generally inattentive - server took our empty water jug away and didn’t bother coming back with a filled one.

Nothing inspires me to make a return visit anytime soon.

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JW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch food and atmosphere! Would definitely go back for the eggs benny!

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KD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Went for Winterlicious and food was practically thrown at us . Arrived for 7:30 and were finished 3 course by 8:00. Was barely finished one course and the other was put in front of us , everything was just VERY rushed and didn’t have an opportunity to enjoy the food or the night

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SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best in every way. As always , we will be back

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CW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The experience wasn't bad however there were a couple things that didn't meet expectations. Although the server was good, he took a long time to initially come over and take drink orders. They also first out us at a table near the door and it was very cold everytime people would come in which made us uncomfortable. The food also could have been slightly better. The garlic butter donuts were cold and didn't seem fresh. The main meals were fine but also slightly cold. And the desserts just seemed mediocre, particularly the Elvis which, although tasted fine, the menu didn't indicate it also came in a jar.

So, again, not a bad experience. Just could have been better.

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JN
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great. We expected to be treated like crap since we were there for Winterlicious and our past experiences at winterlicious participating restaurants has been poor. But staff were pleasant and treated us fine. Service was super quick and we probably would have liked a bit more time to enjoy ourselves between courses, but cant complain overall.

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J
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for winterlicious dinner had the tuna ceviche, kung pao cauliflower and tofu, and the elvis for dessert. My fave was the cauliflower and tofu. So delicious! Service was also excellent!

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SF
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad meal here, the Pad Thai fries are worth the trip! Always have fantastic service!

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S
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was terribly underseasoned and tasteless and the service was awful. They have high chair table seating and the couple on either side of us were offered refills on their coffee and we were not. We saw the waitress when she took our orders and when it was time to pay the bill. When we arrived we even stood at the door for 8 minutes before we just decided to seat ourselves. When we did we were told the table was reserved for a group and only then were we acknowledged and seated to a different table. The food is VERY overpriced for the crap you get. Worst place for brunch I’ve ever been to.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was cold and not properly cooked. I might as well have cooked my own meal.

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TH
Toronto
238 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In the tradition of Fidel Gastro, this venue is awesome.
Matt Basile has kept his promise in that "Food should be FUN and that you have to be different to be memorable".
It's no easy task to take a 'Street Food Philosophy' and adapt it to a bricks and mortar location.
BRAVO !

This was our first visit to Lisa Marie and we were not disappointed.
We had a group of six and we agreed (Upfront) to go with One Tab and an automatic minimum gratuity.
This left our Server with the ability to focus on our requests and was very knowledgeable about Food and Wine Pairings; as well as Craft Beers.


We had a truly great 'FG Experience' and are looking forward to a return visit, real soon.


Slainte !

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OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly best dinner I had in TO.
It’s hard to find a comfortable environment where you can enjoy a good warm local, organic meal and also not be SUPER surprised with your total. Reuben was wonderful and added a comfortable service and suggestions that will 100% make us want to come back.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fantastic service and incredibly awesome owners.

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SM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Never had a bad experience. Staff is friendly and top notch brunch

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Good food but please get vegan options. My poor sister wasent offered anything as a replacement and was served cold potatoes with no salt no pepper .. not even onions ..

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CB
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great experience. Just a bit disappointed that when the food came out the eggs were totally cold. I told the waitress and she brought out two fresh hot eggs so it was okay. But others at the table also said their food was cold as well.

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L
Toronto
55 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had brunch with my old university classmates on a Saturday morning. I ordered the smoked salmon latke and it was bomb. The pad thai fries is so addictive. Portion was perfect! I’ll definitely come back for more. Service was good. High Table was a little awkward as you share with other people even though i reserved a regular table. Oh well. Vibe was very chill and casual, typical Queen West vibes.

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B
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place to eat. Brunch is a specialty and always delicious!

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AN
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Food is amazing!! It was my second time here and cannot complain about anything. Will definitely be back again

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m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for any gathering. If your party is more than 2 people make a reservation. Easy going atmosphere with friendly staff.

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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great brunch, portion sizes, service and ambiance. Lisa Marie rules the brunch game!

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YN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bingo and burgers night was great. Wish there was more snacks and appetizers options but the meal was fantastic. Will be back

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