Allen's

4.6
250 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 250 people are saying
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RafaelG
Toronto
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Have been going to Allen's for many years.

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Frankie
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going to Allen;s since I moved to Toronto in 2009. Terrific place, it never fails to offer good food, service, and ambiance. Francisco

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Antony
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal at one of my favourite restaurants.

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CatherineS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Allen's is great for a fabulous meal on a beautiful (and covered!) patio. Excellent service (thanks again Malia!) whether weekend brunch or any night dinner. Love it!

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Mosey
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met up with 3 ladies who hadn't seen each other in years. I had the Korean BBQ chicken and the others had the grilled halibut. Everything was delicious and portions were very generous... Service was fantastic..

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KathrynJ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The patio out back is great. We have a fun time. My fish and chips were delicious!

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Neens36
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a business lunch in the outdoor patio despite heavy rain. The covered patio at Allen's is an excellent setting for safe dining.

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RosemaryB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant outdoor patio, protected from wind and rain. Delicious buttermilk soup and zucchini pizza. Will definitely come for more lunches here.

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BAMM
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I always like to introduce friends to Allen's for first time as they are never disappointed. We were greeted by Ollie and served by Sarah and enjoyed a glass of Rose` with our lunch. Excellent food and service !!

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LisonF
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent as usual. The service was a bit slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here’s the truth. This pandemic has been horrific for the restaurant industry. Staff and owners alike have suffered terribly. All over the city, the effects are apparent, including not just those establishments which have shuttered but those that have tried valiantly, but simply not been able to provide a consistent level of food and service in these extraordinary circumstances.

That is, except for Allen’s. We have been frequenting Allen’s magical backyard patio on an almost pathological basis all through the summer of 2021. Why do we keep coming back to the same place over and over (and over…) again? Because we are consistently treated like gold - an excellent outdoor reservation system, fantastic food, warm and efficient service and the loveliest of backyard settings. This our experience every single time, without fail. It pains me to say we have found only one restaurant in central Toronto that can provide this (and we have tried many others). That’s the sad part. The happy part is, Allen’s has a table for you (if we don’t snag it first). So do not even think of hesitating. Go.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

They advised open table booked us by the door
Not friendly servers
Didnt move our seat although there was empty seat

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KyleS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and informative. The atmosphere was cozy and clean. The food was well thought out and delicious, but not pretentious. Need I say more? I'll be making regular stops here from now on.

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JenniferN
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Giant step above regular pub fare. Excellent place for a get together. Great location and they have a nice patio space. Service was good and they were friendly. Would go back and will recommend.

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vipElizabethT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

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SharonK
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the back patio with the enormous trees. Staff was fantastic as was the food. The location is convenient by subway for all of us. The three of us were thrilled and we will return. Thanks so much!

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HughS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and selection. Excellent, friendly and attentive service. Ambience was fine but the noise level on the outside patio (corrugated roof canopies to minimize rain possibility) seemed to create undue noise level. Otherwise - highly recommend.

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Janet
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. We had the Salmon and Mahi Mahi with 3 salads. However, the specialty Irish coffee - was very disappointing. It was lukewarm and was very weak with seemingly little alcohol. I would not order this again.

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AneetaL
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, service and food! Allen's is always consistent.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Regular monthly lunch with my old friend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fantastic patio. One of the more unique settings in all of Toronto, with mature trees that provide a true escape from city life.

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MoniqueC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my partner's birthday at Allen's yesterday evening. It was very busy for a Monday. The service and food was excellent. Their back patio is lovely, you wouldn't know it was there unless you go. I would higher recommend the butter chicken and lamb shank. It was a great evening! We'll definitely be back soon. :)

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KerstinL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio pretty and well covered against rain. Brunch menu very yummy - especially waffles and all the eggs bennie variations. Got a little noisy once all the tables were full - think that’s because of the overhead cover but was fine. Patio felt safe and airy and staff were attentive and friendly! A great place!

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david55
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Allen's rear patio is a real delight and last night did not disappoint. The food was truly wonderful, served by our friendly and professional server. Everything was perfectly prepared. Our special occasion ended with an incredibly delicious piece of Guinness chocolate cake, which came highly recommended. We look forward to eating at Allen's again.
D & L

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Laughygirl
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the food at Allen’s - best burgers in the city!

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Catherined
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service, will definately go back

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diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burgers in town ... the lamb shank was excellent as welll!

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Susie
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed Allen’s for years…. it’s our go to place with family and friends.
Back to the wonderful patio - now anytime with it being covered.
Always a good time. 🤗

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Manderson
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food was delicious and our server was great too! Over the years have enjoyed my visits to Allen's and have always recommend it to friends.

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Erskine
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were bothered by wasps while eating our lunch. Can this be remedied with spray or other means.
The noise level is also high on the patio.

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KathrynW
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant. on patio. We were a group of five elderly people for lunch. The waiter was very patient and helpful. Food was better than expected.

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MaggieA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely birthday brunch! Food was excellent
Wait staff and maître were attentive and friendly.
Beautiful covered back patio.

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Barney
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The bbq selection was wonderful. We both had different fish dishes and they were delicious. The 3 summer salads were a great taste treat to accompany the meal. Staff were very friendly and efficient.

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vipTerri
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 visits to Allen’s patio since opening. Special reunions with friends after 2 years. Felt totally safe. Signature hamburger was perfect as always. Great, attentive service. Overall great experience.

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NanciH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Unfortunately there was extremely noisy disruptive construction going on the entire time we were there so it made for having conversation very difficult. Hopefully that is done soon.

JM
JenniferM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Have eaten at Allen's plenty of times. The beer selection is fantastic, and their upgraded / covered back patio is gorgeous. Highly recommend it.

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SusanA
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely to be back at a favourite haunt with some old friends who are former work colleagues.

Glad to find the same level of service, as well as familiar (and still delicious!) items on the menu.

Thanks to all for a memorable evening, if a bit noisy.

JM
JMFjmf
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server, Debbie was delightful and very responsive; she was also knowledgeable about the food and beverage offerings. The patio was a bit noisy as the roof keeps all of the conversations within, but otherwise, all was great.

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vipZarjacks
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent except the noise level. Too loud for conversation among old friends not seen for many many months. Server was especially good.

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Aion
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great ambiance. The large willow tree makes for a perfect back patio experience!

FAQs

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

Allen's is rated 4.6 stars by 250 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.