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Permanently Closed - Origin Restaurant

983 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. Permanently Closed - Welcome to Origin, Chef Claudio Aprile's highly anticipated new restaurant. Origin is located in the historic King East neighbourhood. Origin was born out of Chef Aprile's desire to create a spontaneous, high energy restaurant that serves ingredients at the height of their season.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 4pm - cls
Wednesday: 4pm - cls
Thursday: 4pm - cls
Friday: 4pm - cls
Saturday: 11am - 3pm (brunch) 5pm - cls
Sunday: 11am - 3pm (brunch) 5pm - cls
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Phone number
(416) 603-8009
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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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Cross street
Church Street
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Public transit
Subway: King
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Special events & promotions
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Harvey (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

Great food. Amazing creations. Love the desserts. Definitely worth trying.

Jump (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2017

We wanted to try Origin before it closes next week, and we absolutely loved it- especially the tuna salad & bone marrow! Everything was fantastic- job well done

ELiza (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

I travel and am frequently in To I always make a point of visiting Origin especially for their Chinois Duck! Also love their devilled eggs,the buffalo mozzarella,Brussel sprouts with Carm onions and pancetta and so much more
Fun to share plates. Service is always pleasant and reliable. Noise can be a problem but all else makes it worthwhile!
Devastated that chef is closing this space but look forward to his next project!

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

This was my first time visiting origin. I went with a group of friends for a late brunch. The service was fantastic, tostada was delicious, and they didn't be boot us out the door. Stayed for almost 3 hours and the server was still checking in on us. Highly recommend Forbes tasty brunch menu (the scones were *swoon*) and inexpensive mimosas.

vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on January 4, 2017

The food is good, but the menu hasn't changed in what seems like years. I live just up the street but don't think I'll be coming back until the menu does.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2017

When out steak was undercooked the chef and staff did everything to make it right. They made us a new steak and brought a complimentary appetizer. The staff were attentive the whole evening and the food was fresh and delicious.

Del75290705 (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

I came to origin restaurant 3 times. I was totally disappointed by the last time. I took the tuna salad and it was not the same that the others times : not flavors balanced, too spicy, ingredients coarsely chopped. I don't want to go there one more time.
Maybe the chief was in vacation during christmas holidays...

Bobs (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on December 21, 2016

The service was friendly but extremely slow. Been there a few times and I will take a break from it now. The appetizers were good but the Spanish fries (both orders) were passable at most.
Sorry just being honest

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on December 14, 2016

Service was a bit of a mixed bag.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2016

I booked a table for 10 last Sunday at 1pm. Excellent food and service. We will definitely be back.

Anna (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

Good experience but draft your cold by the windows.

vipDouglas (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 4, 2016

We went for Sunday brunch. The food was excellent, service was good (considering how busy it was, and the decor very attractive. The only downside was the overall noise level: difficult to carry on a conversation at our table.

OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
2.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

Belle présentation de la plupart des plats, mais les saveurs sont plutôt fades.

De plus le service manque de cohésion: commander un verre de vin et le recevoir à la moitié du repas, ce n'est pas l'idéal.

Note globale: beaucoup de potentiel mais tombe rapidement à plat et ce malgré une ambiance très bien.

Vu la multitude de restaurants à Toronto, je n'y retournerais pas certain.

OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

We didn't really even know about this place but just picked it because of location, and our daughter living close by, had passed it and said it looked good. It was one of the best meals all of our party of 4 had had in a long time. All the dishes were superb and the best brussel sprouts ever. Even those who don't like them loved them! The raw tuna salad was excellent as well as the calmari. One of the diners is vegan and she was accomodated no problem. The drinks and wine list were very good. The service was great and our server was lovely...didn't get her name. We did not know the chef was a judge on Masterchef until we were told by someone else but I can see why. Presentation was beautiful too.
Thank-you so much.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2016

The food was delicious and everything was presented beautifully. I'd only ever been there for brunch (which is also fantastic!) but I will go there in the evenings very often from now on.