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Permanently Closed - Origin North

3.6
862 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Tapas / Small Plates
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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Origin North is a restaurant and bar that offers gourmet global food in a high-energy atmosphere. The menu features options for happy hour, dinner and brunch, including a raw bar and a mozzarella bar to enjoy any time at Origin North. Diners can choose from chilled, hot or sweet menu items to pair with their drink.

Try spicy Spanish fries with chorizo and manchego, a trip to the raw bar for oysters on the half shell with yuzu dressing or a chilled dish of honey rosemary figs, house made ricotta and country bread. The menu at Origin North includes burgers, duck, mushroom and more. Don�t leave without trying the dulce de leche or a cream soda float.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner nightly from 5pm to close;



Brunch services:

Saturday 11am to 4pm

Sunday 10am to 4pm
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Phone number
(416) 479-8833
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Claudio Aprile
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sheppard Ave East
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Parking details
There is parking immediately surrounding Origin North at Bayview Village shopping centre.
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Public transit
Bayview Subway on the Sheppard Line
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Special events & promotions
Please contact our events department for all special event and catering inquiries.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.6  based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.6
service
3.8
ambience
3.1
value
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2014

Nice selection of well priced lunch items. Service was great, attentive but not intrusive. Great place to meet up with friends for lunch

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vipPatioGoer (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on July 26, 2014

Almost every dish ordered was covered in salt! The cod was so salty we had to send it back, but they were good about adjusting the bill to remove the salty cod. While the ambience is very nice, we will not go back.

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vipamandaC (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on July 23, 2014

Perplexed by the lack of service at Origin North. Our waitress was very attentive at first but then we did not see her for the rest of the meal. Our hostess was the one who refilled our water, and after waiting an hour between our appetizers and mains, we complained to the manager. They provided us with a free dessert, however, at that point we just wanted to get ome. The only thing that bugged me was that after our first encounter with her, we did not see our waitress appear or our service improved. Overall, our meal took 4 hours, and we left feeling tired and frustrated on a weeknight. Claudio - you need to run your kitchens tighter!

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TOvisitor (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on July 21, 2014

All portions are appetizer size and way too small for a meal, especially for the price. Flavours are good but we left disappointed and still hungry. Service is slow and erratic. Many of the beers on the menu were unavailable.

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SL333 (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on July 20, 2014

Decided to try out Origin North beacuse I like their summerious set dinner menu. After I was seated I realized their Summerlious menu was changed without notice. - Steak Frites was downgraded to just a Burger. Cinnamon Sticky Bun with caramelized walnuts + crème fraiche ice cream was downgraded to strawberry and cream. I would appreciate if they inform me of the menu change when they confirm my reservation. They bait and switch! The waitress who served us doesn't seems like she want to be there working. She gave us a very cold and robot like service. I still gave her good tips, but I dont think she deserved it. Food tasted good, but their service gave me a really bad impression.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on July 20, 2014

We were not impressed with Origin ... The food was overpriced for the portions that was given ...

The only reason we went to Origin was to try the Summerlicious lunch menu which was not offered on Sunday only the brunch menu ...

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Sunao (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on July 19, 2014

My boyfriend and I had summerlicious dinner here. The portions were quite small! For main course, I expected the caramelized eggplant to be filling but the dish only had two skinny, tiny halves of eggplants with a few small pieces of ginger slices. My boyfriend had the chicken breast and he claimed the portion was like an appetizer. We waited for half an hour between the appetizer and main course, which was too long. The only thing we enjoyed about the meal was the dessert, which was the passion fruit parfait. I don't think I'll dine here again :(

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Luv2DineOut (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on July 19, 2014

Booked Origin North to celebrate our 11th Wedding Anniversary. Booked prior to Summerlicious, but found out that we would only be able to get the Summerlicious menu. Checked out the published menu & still decided to go. When we got there, the menu had been changed to the point where there was nothing that either of us wanted. We were then told that we could order from the regular menu...big mistake. Our meal took a very long time to come... our fault for not ordering from the "conveyor belt" meals that were being pumped out. But we thought, the food should be worth the wait. Not even close... the beef tenderloin was so salty and peppery that we had to wash it down with water. My veggies were salty and sour. Will not be going back.

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LibbyK (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2014

I went for the first time for summerlicious. The food, price and portion size was just right. I would and will go back to experience the regular menu.

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SueL (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on July 18, 2014

We dined during Summerlicious and the food was excellent. The highlight was Origin North's version of Gazpacho which was really good - it was light but with really rich flavours. We sat in the outdoor patio and although it is right in the parking lot of Bayview Village, the patio is very well designed. It felt like a sleek, urban patio. I will definitely return to this restaurant to try the regular menu.

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onetwotango (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on July 18, 2014

I expected a little more to be put on my plate for the meal. While the food was good, I wasn't very happy with the portions. Prior to coming here, I did read some reviews and they seemed to have the same consensus.

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EatNDrink (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on July 18, 2014

I went there with my girlfriend for summerlious and the menu was ok, but asked for a regular menu and said that they did not have one... but u guess shift change and found out that they had one but they are asked to push for the special... and only offer if it's necessary. .. that's kind of stupid... The wait staff were nice but I notice that they weren't really happy.... but just tries their best... it was a bit slow in bring the food but its ok cause we werent in a hurry...but after we visited the washroom and it was so discusting it smell like pee or dirty washroom from the staircase down.. it was so dark. .. Overall it's ok only...

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Likewutever (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2014

Great dinning and friendly service. It was a wonderful evening!

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Lovefood (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on July 17, 2014

We had the summerlicious menu for dinner. Portion size is very small. Burger does not come with anything like fries. Chicken entree has a smear of mash potatoes literally. Dessert was ok, nothing special and very small portion. I get that they're trying to be an upscale restaurant and serve small portions but both my husband and I had to eat something else after dinner ( I had pasta and he had a burger when we went home) We ordered fries on the side $4 which they forgot and brought after we finished eating our burger. We asked to cancel it, then they brought it out a few minutes later. Service was also very slow in between each course. Overall I would come here for a drink or maybe when it is not their Summerlicious menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2014

Our group of 6 dined from their Summerlicious menu, and between all of us we tried every item. Each dish was very delicious and stunning in its presentation.. The grilled eggplant dish was absolutely amazing - I've never had a dish with so many different flavours, and they all worked together beautifully. Best meal I've had in ages. The service and ambience were also excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on July 17, 2014

Ok so even though it's Summerlicious at least act like you welcome patrons. Take a moment to explain the menu and come back to ask if we would like wine. Beautiful patio , food just ok staff meh

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vipJJLIN (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on July 17, 2014

Slow kitchen and dismal service. There was a 1 hour gap between our app and main during Summerlicious (for just the 2 of us), even though this was during a weekend dinner service and the place was maybe 65% full at most. Waitress never updated us and was very difficult to get a hold of since she never checked on us. We had to ask other workers for anything (water, checking on the food, bill, etc).

Food was mediocre at best and portion/ingredients do not reflect the price at all. This was the second strike for me and I won't be returning anytime soon. At least for my last visit the food was better and came out faster, but the service continues to be embarrassingly poor for a restaurant like this.

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Uptowner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on July 17, 2014

Loved the decor. Great location for uptown locals.

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Buddy0602 (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on July 17, 2014

Considering they were only serving the summerlicious menu, our food took a very long time to arrive. The server filled our glasses of water halfway through and didn't offer to refill it. Food was mediocre, nothing special. They have a really nice space though and great outdoor patio.

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SueP (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on July 16, 2014

I had both Summerlicious lunch & dinner at Origin North this week. Lunch was very good, though friend who ordered a fish cake had a very small portion compared to the pasta dish I ordered. Hers looked more like an appetizer. It was odd, as the samosa appetizer was huge. Dessert was a bit weird, passionfruit parfait. Wouldn't have that again. Waiter was snarky at lunch, but food was delicious. Dinner 2 days later, disappointed that steak frites was not on the menu, even tho it was showing on a website. Had a burger instead, but it needed something on the side, fries or whatever. Asked for well done, got pink in the middle, but they quickly took care of that. Food was delicious again, but service was rushed. Waiter was very nice.

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