Drake Commissary

4.1
193 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
Drake Commissary is an eat-in restaurant, a go-to for grab-and-go, a prepared fare destination, and a culinary workshop in the evolving Junction Triangle area. It's 8,000 sq. ft. of innovation and experimentation as chefs, bakers, guests & makers participate in an animated exchange around the creation, presentation & consumption of food in an art-filled environment. So make the Commissary your community hub for all things made-from-scratch.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Canadian
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Hours of operation
Mon–Wed, Sun 8:30 am–10:00 am
Thu 8:30 am–12:00 am
Fri, Sat 8:30 am–1:00 am
Breakfast
Mon–Thu 8:30 am–11:30 am
Sat, Sun 8:30 am–10:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 432-2922
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jonas Grupiljonas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bloor Street West and Lansdowne Avenue
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Parking details
128 Sterling Rd. parking lot and street parking available.
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Public transit
The Commissary can be accessed via TTC by walking south from Dundas West subway station, walking north from the Dundas St + Sterling Rd streetcar stop, or via GO train/UP Express from the Bloor station.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 193 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
4.3
ambience
3.7
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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p
Toronto
70 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

2nd visit. Place was crowded and very viby. Food was great. Service a bit slower than last time but our server was wonderfully friendly and full of smiles. We really enjoy eating here.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love their freshly baked breads, though its higher price point should at least include butter.

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NA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends loved the parking and the new energy in the neighbourhood...the new art gallery...and the anansi press bookstore. Looking forward to many more lunches at the Drake. And it is central for us as some are from west end others central and still others out of area...loved our experience...thank you.

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TS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little hidden gem of a restaurant! Ended up finding this place online as I wanted something close by after the Bansky Exhibit (which was not worth $50/ticket). Literally a block south just past the new Museum of Contemporary Art they are finishing building.

Food and service was excellent and really enjoyed the overall ambience. We would definitely come back and get the halibut and cheescake, also look forward to cooking for brunch hopefully before this place is discovered by everyone.

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SB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and decoration. The service was very friendly but our drinks made it at the end of our appetizers. One of the dish we picked was not good at all (stone baked eggplant), and the waitress generously accepted us to pick another dish instead. Overall, I can not say anything we ate was delicious (except the bread). Some refinement to do on the dishes, otherwise, the place looks stunning.

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PM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there for my birthday with my husband and sons and parents (a range of ages 24-85). Everyone thought the food and drinks were great. The atmosphere was great. (I've been at the restaurant also for lunch outside and breakfast.)

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot, great service. Will definitely be back.

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great spot to catch up with friends while enjoying great drinks and delicious food! Try the brisket platter and the fish plate, both amazing!! The service is also great and scenery very enjoyable. Great vibes! Drinks have a unique flair. The wine list is also good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We brought our 94 year old stepmother there for lunch and she loved the food-especially the pizzas. But it was a little difficult for her to handle the stairs. Not impossible, but difficult. She tires easily. but the luncheon food was delicious and she really liked it.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

No salami with the charcuterie was disappointing, the board still very good. Gazpacho , salad excellent. Service not perfect but server super helpful and friendly. Prices good, resto beautiful. Will return.

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PK
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, very friendly and efficient service, food is fresh and tasty. A must try for foodies.

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L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

the whole experience was lovely

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JM
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came to the Drake Commissary to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating, and even treated us to a plate of fresh scones and champagne. While I understand that a lot of places will give complimentary treats for a special occasion, at the Drake Commissary it truly felt like they went above and beyond to make us feel special, including reserving a cozy corner booth for us. The food was amazing, and my wife really loved the almond milk latte as well. Can’t wait to return!

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p
Toronto
54 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I like the look of the place and it was fun to go but for the price I think it’ll be a cup of coffee next time without one of those expensive pastries.
Servers really need to learn how to open a bottle of wine without Getting their hands all over the mouth of the bottle.
My brisket sandwich was OK but the Tartine was a total rip off.

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f
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool spot, especially pre-going to the Banksy exhibit. Not much else going on around there so not sure how they'd draw traffic once that's gone?? No bacon on the brunch menu was a major negative for one of our group but other than that we all really enjoyed it.

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EF
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, but since they were closing early for a private event that meant we couldn't order from the lunch menu which was a bit disappointing.

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KH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened upon this restaurant when attending the Banksy exhibit. We LOVED this place. The staff was attentive, down to earth, knowledgeable, kind, fun and ABSOLUTELY professional. The menu is gorgeous. The brisket sandwich is definitely a winner. This restaurant meets the needs of so many different community members. Although I do not live in proximity, I will definitely return, next time with a cooler to take home some of that amazing sorbet.

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GE
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was attentive and friendly. We all had something different and all of us thought the food was exquisite. It is a wonderful and friendly atmosphere that is great for family and friends. Can’t wait to go back.

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great care and patience was felt during ordering. Food came out quickly and was delicious.

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E
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

So this place is a pick an item off the menu and share it. That’s fine we did that where we selected a bunch of stuff, like veggies and salad, meat and potatoes. The problem was that the meat items came last. Who wants to chomp on meat at the end? I prefer to have all the items around so you can put together a decent meal. It wasn’t bad but for a place that is trying to be hip they have to up there game. Mediocre at best and really loud. We found ourselves practically screaming to each other and the place wasn’t that full. Anyway I give it a 3/5. Our server was nice.

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JC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Every time it's super, super slow service. Extremely disorganized, forgot items ordered, messed up order. Crossed off my list of go to's

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AH
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

New and consistent with other Drake venues - third or fourth time.

Food innovative and fresh - knowledgeable wait staff

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DR
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good value....nice atmosphere...service is excellent! Love that you can purchase sauces and stuff there! The haberno hot sauce is excellent!!!

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f
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, delicious food and attentive service. Fun and funky. Love all the food products, too. I would definitely return.

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LT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food took ages and was very disappointing it came. The crudite plate was a joke for $5, 2 floppy bit of lettuce and 3 slices of cucumber and tiny bit of pepper. The server couldn't care less when we complained although did remove it from our bill ( taking it away first ) and didn't seem embarrassed by serving it. See photo.

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BD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed each of my three visits to Drake Commissary. Twice for good dining on the patio and once for a cappuccino. Can't wait to see this little pocket on Stirling develop over the next few years.

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M
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent (ordered the spinach mushroom pasta). We were there on a Thursday night and it was packed. Really loud so definitely hard to engage in conversation but fun, young vibe.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was slow. Food was OK.

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EM
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch with family. Love the restaurant very cool, and the service was great. Bread and dips very good but the brunch itself was disappointing. Tomato sauce tasted like it was out of a can. Would try again maybe for dinner.

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M
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food is overpriced for portion size and value. Pretentious and hipstercentric without recognizing main clientele as young families and friends for brunch. Service is sub par. The coffee is good but not once were we offered more paying or not. Disappointed with high expectations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to spend a Sunday morning!

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DA
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We shared a fish board, nice, but two white spreads were very similar. I had a very weird main course, raw striped bass, cucumber, in a weird broth...very tasty! I liked the breads.

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MD
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Take this review in context: we didn’t actually eat there, but not for lack of effort. We had tickets to an art show up the street and were on a tight time frame (and told them this). We ordered drinks and got them but the waitress disappeared.

So, after waiting 20 minutes, the time it took to even get their attention, we had run out of time and couldn’t order. How long would we wait for the food? The bill?

It’s a shame. The menu is impressive and those who were served did seem to enjoy their food.

But I can’t imagine making the trek to the junction again, just to wait out their service.

There are many other restaurants around. Try one of them.

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d
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great. Liked the ambience. I was there with friends to have dinner before attending the Art of Banksy. I really like the Drake chain. Would come back but have to say our server was inattentive - left us for about 20 minutes with dirty finished dinner plates and no wine. Didn’t seem overly busy.

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s
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

service was not very good - lots of people but people seemed to be going in circles and not knowing who is to do what - waited about 40 minutes until order taken - bread took atleast 20 minutes to get to the table

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

The music was incredibly loud which made it very difficult to talk to friends (even friends seated beside me) and hear our server. It led to some miscommunication with our server about our order. We will not return for dinner (7 pm on a weekday), which is a shame since I love the order Drake restaurants.

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AT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Not a good experience. Arrived early for a reservation which was not a problem. Beer was served quickly and was fine. It went downhill from there.

We ordered olives (good) and spread. The spread doesn't come with anything to spread it on and therefore you have to order bread. Which was a very chewy Rye, and Sourdough, plus an overcooked and burnt tasting sesame piece that was disappointing. The taste of the rye and sourdough was good but was a real effort to eat it. The eggplant spread was not a spread, but cut up and roasted in oil, good taste, but not a good dish.

Entress, the brisket sandwich was tasty but fatty, the salad, overdressed. We had the cerviche style shrimp and sea bass, for $18 and came with 3 shrimp, one mouthful of seabass and a pile of cucumber. We asked if this was right, the manager informed us that the dishes are weighted out. Complete ripoff.

When we were informed the dish was correct the manager asked if we were still working on the salad that came with the Brisket, we had received the meal 2 minute prior and enquired about the lack of food. Why she assumed we would then be finished with the other entree 2 minutes after it arrived was strange.

The bread that we also wanted to keep she offered to be removed, as did one of the other staff members a couple of time. We were interrupted to be offered water top ups on numbers occasions and after telling the last server no, the manager came back to top them up again.

A clear problem with communal service, as the customer is constantly interrupted. This is the second time I have been, disappointed both times and won't be back.

That being said the restaurant looks amazing and having eaten lunch at the Drake 150 earlier that day which was excellent I was surprised to see such a vast divide in service and food standards

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PT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

both food and service exceptional, went on 1/2 wine night which was a bonus, we will definitely be back

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k
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

While the decor and ambiance were pretty chic, the service and food were not at par with the price of the food. First of all, it was not made clear to us that the sparkling water would cost us $12.00 (it was simply offered to us; i realised afterwards that we were going to be charged for them. Would’ve been nice if that had been clear from the get go. We were also charged for butterz. Really??? Butter?! The shakshuka i ordered was not very good either; flavourless and the tomatoes tasted tart. Was disappointed for it was overpriced. Unfortunately not going back and not recommending to friends as well.

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, great food, fun atmosphere. Lively and loud, fine for our table of 4 but more people at the table would have been tricky to hear.

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