Allen's

4.7
361 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
American
Allen's is reminiscent of a New York City saloon from ages past. The tin ceiling, the wood floors and the cozy old bar make it an experience in itself. Yet Allen's also has a fabulous menu that is sure to inspire and delight.

With more than 300 kinds of whisky, more than 100 wines and over 140 beers, it will satisfy your need for liquid refreshment. The food is pub fare improved thanks to the reliance on organic and locally raised meats and careful preparation. Burgers, salads, soups and so much more await those who pay a visit to Allen's.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 361 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food

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Elizabeth
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent experience at Allen's! Our visit was extremely enjoyable, from start to finish. After a busy morning of Christmas shopping, it was so nice to take a break to enjoy a fabulous lunch, away from all the hustle and bustle. I had the salmon fillet special and my companion had the fried chicken special. Both meals were absolutely delicious and very satisfying! The warm, welcoming atmosphere at Allen's always makes me feel like I'm amongst friends. There's a reason why I keep coming back again and again.

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MaggieD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was a Christmas lunch with a friend, we had been there before. It was not up to scratch. I realize it's the pandemic, etc., but the server seemed new and was awkward when placing drinks and plates. The food was lukewarm and the chowder gave me the runs later. I hope they recover their usual exemplary food and service soon.

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Rosemary
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our fiftieth wedding anniversary and the staff made it quietly special. The service was prompt but not intrusive and we weren't rushed. Suggestions were thoughtful and helpful. Everything we ordered was elegantly presented, beautifully cooked and delicious. We all agreed that we would eat there more often.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal as always! We have been going to Allen’s for years. Consistently excellent! Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good but it’s a bit cold by the door

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vipPaul05
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great staff at the bar, front of house and at the table. Nothing was a problem. Food was solid, as always….

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CharlieL
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been a regular at Allen's since 1998. It was the first restaurant I tried after moving to Toronto. I love the ambiance, th incredible patio (BEST IN THE CITY) and all the waitstaff. They are all really great people. For a bar/restaurant the menus is perfect. Their specials are always good and of course the best hamburgers I've ever had and I grew up in New York City. Also...I was surprised at how good the curries are. Finally, when visitors come Allen's is the place I take them to get a good meal and a genuine Toronto experience. LONG LIVE ALLENS

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DonC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The service was spotty. Our waiter had too many tables it seemed. My steak was tough and the vegetable medley was replaced with five stringy stocks of asparagus. After we finished our mains our waiter was about five minutes coming for dessert orders.

The desserts were a disappointment. The chocolate mousse, which I've had before, was granular in texture, not at its best. The cheesecake was dry and the crust was too hard. Maybe replace the walnut crust with a regular graham cracker crust.

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barbl
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoy dinner at Allen's. Food is great. (Love the calf liver in particular. )
Staff are friendly and accommodating. All covid protocol in effect.

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LindaT
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Just to say the place was too cold. We had a cold wind blowing on us and we were nowhere near the door. Once we got hold of someone, and they found the key, which took awhile, they turned the heat up, at your begging request, and then the place got warmer which was GREAT. All else was terrific. Thanks. Linda

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BrianF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and specials every night with a great ambiance. Never feels rushed. Service is fantastic and friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One of my fav locals love the cozy pub vibe!

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vipSPYYZ
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally perfect every time. The food, the service, the ambience. It’s very much my vibe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A go-to, always spot-on favourite place to eat in Toronto. Reminds me of my favourite places in New York, Allen’s is cozy without being cramped, the food is always fantastic and best in class without being fussy and the whiskey and beer menu is superior. From an afternoon pint to an “occasion” dinner, Allen’s is the place.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best wings in the city!!! Service was great!

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AkemiN
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice cozy pub with a varied menu. The food was delicious and well portioned.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently our local place to discuss business AND have a fantastic meal! The roofed patio is perfect rain or shine outdoors in the summer and now being again indoors, despite being full house, the noise level was low.

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IainS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, great atmosphere, great service. What’s not to love?

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Malden1968
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two out of four of us had birthdays to celebrate. Desserts were complimentary, a nice surprise. That calve’s liver is always my ‘go to’ item!

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SimonF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had lamb shank and mashed potatoes with a glass of red. All were excellent; however, the food while quite warm wasn't really hot. Took away somewhat from the meal.

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vipimf9
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Allen’s never disappoints. The food is always excellent, and the service was great. Wonderful evening.

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Babs
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience1

Fish batter too thick. Chips cold and dry. Meal not hot. Sent food back. They still wanted to charge for one meal. I was not impressed. Bad experience after so many years being away from the restaurant

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JillS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Allen’s restaurant. The food was fresh and cooked perfectly. The service was amazing. We couldn’t of been happier.

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EllenW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had brunch. The service was excellent and the food delicious. No complaints. Is great for an everyday, nice treat.

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JanetW
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent & delicious!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, awesome meals and all round great experience

KB
KarenB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was lovely to be able to visit with a friend and receive delicious food with great service.

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Norm
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our first time at Allen's and we were very excited to go there finally for lunch. There were 5 of us altogether. At 1 pm it was quite crowded and we were glad we had reserved a table. The crowd was quite noisy at times. We were going to have the famous burger but opted instead to have the fish and chips. It was very good, but we chose the skinny fries and found they were too well done and hard. The piece of fish was very good. We will be back and next time we are having the burger! Our Irish waitress was absolutely outstanding with her service and attention.

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vipShirleyM
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Allen's is one of favourite places to go, either by ourselves or with friends. It's casual, the staff are very friendly, and the service is excellent. We can recommend almost everything on the menu and the selection of beers is huge.

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RachelF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine list.
Chowder outstanding. Lamb shank - wow. Rhubarb tart scrumptious. Staff wonderful. Lit a candle for my husband’s birthday. Lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was fantastic!

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Customer
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Came in, wanted a burger.. amiable staff, too frequently interrupted by hostess to see if we ordered and if we like it. Gind that disruptive though perhaps we’ll meaning

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is great with lots to choose from and the service is always friendly and professional. It’s too bad that it can get to be very noisy with the sounds of other guests but at least there is no annoying piped in music. The noise drops dramatically after the main lunch hour dies down. Evenings seem to be ok.

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Paulette
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Allen's is always a reliable neighbourhood restaurant. Feel like I'm at home there.

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TERRIC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food especially! Great chef. Thanks again.

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SusanC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food specials, and an excellent and knowledgeable server.

PI
PaulI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was great!
Food over the top!!!

So great to share a seat with sooo many locals!

Great job!
Thanks
Paul

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JohnP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the great food, atmosphere and service at Allen’s when we visit our boys who live nearby.

FAQs

Allen's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 463-3086.

Allen's is rated 4.7 stars by 361 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.