Babel

4.5
272 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mediterranean
Located at York Mills Shopping Centre, Babel is a thriving neighbourhood gem serving delicious, creative and colourful Mediterranean fare. Our menus pay tribute to the culinary traditions of countries that border the Mediterranean Sea, including Greece, Turkey, Israel, and Lebanon, just to name a few.

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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
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
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 272 people are saying
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Bella714
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch and it was delicious. Service was great. I know you just started serving brunch and it was very well done. We all shared the Babka French toast for dessert, do good!

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vipJPFoodie
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal! Babel Staff did everything to make it a delightful evening! Highly recommended. Best cauliflower ever!

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ChristinaN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious! Best falafel I have ever had! The service was on point. The atmosphere was lovely and I especially admired the lovely appetizer plates. Would definitely go again!

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RonM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of best dinning experience we have had in months , service was perfect , food was amazing and Erica the GM stopped by to check in on us - she is incredible
Must tries are the coffee martinis and the Lamb shank was awesome
Highly recommend

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vipMichelle
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the new brunch menu - everything was delicious and the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating or friendly! Love that this place has been able to navigate this far through Covid so that we have been able to enjoy their food/atmosphere!

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MosheN
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and highly recommended. A bit too pricey for that kind of food though.

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NicoleK
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything we ordered, service was attentive but not intrusive. Everyone was so lovely and informative. Would highly recommend for a great meal out!

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HarshikaP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything was great, just needed some outdoor lighting.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The kitchen closes at 8:45 pm so go early.

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Mytake
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First experience at Babel. Food was delicious, good portions, service excellent and great value. Highly recommend! p.s. Best humus I've ever had... and the cocktails are lovely.

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olgas
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, very delicious! Nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Will come again with my family and friends!

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cutest Mediterranean restaurant!! We loved the vibe, the service was excellent, it wasn't too busy/crowded and the food was very good.

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gadgetguy
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time here, and my wife and I shared 3 dishes. The smoky eggplant was incredibly flavourful, and we polished it off quickly; we only wished the portion was larger. The smashed avocado salad was nice and refreshing, and I liked the herbs and spices they use, but it wasn't that exciting: mainly a whole avocado on top of green beans and quinoa. But the fish cake (main course we shared) was a standout, and I would have it again! It was a perfectly done, large cod cake with a dill sauce on top, and under it was a large bed of salad of fennel and arugula in a lovely citrus dressing.

Being able to eat outside is nice, although you are essentially eating on the sidewalk and parking lot of the strip mall. They did have indoor dining, but we were not ready to risk that yet ;)

I didn't realize until we got the bill that this is an Oliver and Bonacini restaurant. I have liked some of their places and some I have found just ok, but Babel impressed me overall. There aren't a lot of upscale middle eastern places like this.

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vipAmir
Toronto
174 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food but very slow service. It took them 50 min to bring our food. But overall it is one of favorite places.

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JessLM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We greatly enjoyed our dinner at Babel. The staff was friendly and provided great recommendations.

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NancyL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Cauliflower and Caesar salad nice. Tahini too salty. Fries a bit too commercial. Lamb burger nice. Staff very accommodating. Outdoor seating faces parking lot.

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vipglenbow
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

A new patio set-up in the mall parking lot offered cover for many of the tables with umbrellas or overhang. Seating was prompt and waitstaff friendly and helpful when bringing the e-menu up on the phone was a challenge. A limited menu for mains but our lamb shank was creatively accompanied by delicious herbed Israeli couscous, al dented root vegetables and thick labneh. The eggplant appetizer shared was also creatively presented and delicious with flatbread. Stumble in delivering the main was apologetically recovered. Scrumptious.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , great service

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The quality of food has really
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vipnjjh
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Server was rushing us through dinner which took away from the experience.

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SigaleG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food was delicious!

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SusannahM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lots of vegan options and our server was very attentive!

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Bella714
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided I needed to get out of my apartment. Babel is close by and I enjoy the food. Once again Babel did not disappoint.

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DIaneL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I’ve dined at Babel several times and have always found something interesting and delicious to eat. Servers are attentive and friendly.

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vipColvinC
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid experience, would just like a menu with more choices though.

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CynthiaR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food, slow service

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Roll
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot, enjoyed the food and venue very much! Also note that 2 of us are Lebanese! Need to order the cauliflower, delicious!

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DONNAC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was presented nicely and very tasty. The staff were helpful and attentive.
The ambiance was lovely. All in all a very good experience. I would recommend Babel to
my friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our time at Babel. The food was delicious, service was very friendly and attentive - overall, a great experience. We ordered kebab and chicken which were cooked very well.

We happened to book a table on the patio but since it was raining, we got to sit inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner on the patio was great! We had some awesome specials too.

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SimD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food here is amazing! The host and our server were great as well. Our server definitely went above and beyond for us which we really appreciated!

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deanofeats
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good. Service good. Not sure if it rained what we would have done.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Service was excellent, food looked good but was really bland. The meat had an odd smell to it as well 🤷🏻‍♀️

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DavidB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food had a nice combo of spices. Really tasty.

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meynun
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience at Babel. Service was wonderful with a very knowledgeable server. Food was all very good… I have to say we enjoyed the appetizers more. I also heard they are on a reduced menu with covid now and all. For what it’s worth we would return

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nasm
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Outdoor patio is between garbage bins and the Metro store. Oddly pretentious.

Babel
Responded on July 2, 2021

Hi Nasm, thank you for dining with us and for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit. Given the limitations our restaurant has faced throughout the pandemic, we did our best to create a comfortable and welcoming patio in front of our restaurant, so that our guests would be able to dine with us during this time. We understand that using the parking lot for a pop up patio is not an ideal location, but we have worked hard to create our own little Babel oasis under these challenging physical circumstances, as well as under the restrictions set forth by the Ontario government. Please be assured we are very much looking forward to welcoming guests back into our dining room as soon as possible, so they may experience the best of Babel, as it was intended.

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SallyM
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food at reasonable prices. Friendly, efficient and informed service. Great value. Can’t wait until the pandemic pressures ease and the full menu returns.

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vipEmilC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and incredible customer service from the front line staff. One of the top Mediterranean restaurants in North York.

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have
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Limited menu selection. Food was ok, nothing to write home about. Would eat there again if happen to be in the neighborhood but would not travel more than 15 minutes specifically for it

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I loved the food and service at Babel. We will be back!

FAQs

Babel does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Babel also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 475-6240.

Babel is rated 4.5 stars by 272 OpenTable diners.

Babel does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.oliverbonacini.com/e-gift-cards/.

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.