Drake Commissary

4.3
222 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
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 222 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Drake Commissary is in a weird spot and it took us a while to find the door. Inside is hip retro tech, a cute look. Wait staff were attentive and helpful, service was great and food was really good. The bread and butter are expensive but delicious, duck liver pate outstanding, duck soup was great, paparadelle with walnuts and bitter greens was delicious, drinks were large and tasty. Prices were moderate. But the noise level was really obnoxious. Designed to be loud and then loud music on top, we were shouting at each other to be heard all night. Decided to go elsewhere for dessert because it was just not pleasant sitting there. Wouldn't recommend and won't be back, simply because we like to talk when we eat and you can't do that at D.C. A shame -- we liked it a lot otherwise.

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I’ve been here 3 or 4 times and always been disappointed. The design is fantastic & the breads are great, the employees are friendly & the service is fine, however the food is not great. We both had the egg sandwich on Sunday and they tasted like they were cooked the day before. The eggs were cold & the tomato onion spread was overpowering. The juices were great & our waitress was super friendly, but we won’t be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good except the kids running around

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice ambience but expected better food selection, I would go once again to try a different day. Service was slow.

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c
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Drake Commissary for our anniversary dinner with our 13 and 15 yr old. Everything from the food, drinks, ambiance, and service was top notch. The Brisket melted in your mouth and the food was evidently very high quality and sourced locally. DJ was mixing great but non-intrusive music that gave a hip vibe. ONLY thing that could have gone wrong was we were originally seated on the cafe side of the Commissary (my fault, I requested a booth) For a nice dinner, please be sure you sit on the more formal side- much more creative, beautiful decor and worthy of the not inexpensive meal.
Our other experience at the Commissary was on a stop off the bike path that runs by the Drake- great patio, fish board, and beer; so all round we love the Drake commissary, a much-needed addition to what can be sparse quality in the neighborhood

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R
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I was disappointed with the Drake Commissary. I had been there about 6 months previously, and the menu had not changed - still somewhat eclectic and limited...and items such as a tuna salad did not clarify that the tuna was raw - there are definitely some people that would prefer to avoid that. Service was remarkably slow for lunch, when people have to get back to work. Some bread and dip, and a main course took over 90 minutes. No wine, no dessert, no coffee - no time.

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TO
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Great staff. Great food.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The brussel sprouts and cocktails were the highlight for me! And the service.

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BA
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Id been there for lunch before which was fantastic in all ways so we thought to try a foursome for dinner. Three of us shared a roasted chicken with several veggie dishes . The fourth person ordered the brisket and got two small pieces of meat. The food was okay but not inspired and we did not have enough room on the table for more than side plates (bc the table was small) so cutting chicken was difficult and crowded. The whole presentation was fussy. We each had one drink. The meal was over $200. We were a little embarrassed to have invited our friends to join us given that the food was not special and cost as much as it did. The service and ambiance were both fine. We concluded that perhaps lunch is what Drake Commissary does well and we should stick with that in future.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. A great brunch place.

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QC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a weekend brunch. Delicious food and very friendly staff!

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NM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Music was great!!!!
The service was really fantastic! It’s far from the downtown core but with the 20 min drive!!

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AM
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Birthday brunch with three generations. Great space and food. Server forgot a few items, but we had a great time overall!

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MC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was a bit slow but they were really busy. Food was great and ambiance was awesome. Highly recommended.

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GM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for me at the Commissary, but it will not be my last. The staff were helpful, pleasant and attentive and the food super tasty. Cool spot.

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LB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice experience. Had the smoked brisket family meal. Lots of food for 2ppl. Everything was prepared and displayed beautifully.
Service was attentive and informative.
Drink menu is pricey. We went for a bottle of wine instead of our usual.post and pre cocktails.

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GD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place. I couldn’t have been more impressed. Great atmosphere, outstanding staff. Everything is beautiful! Everything we ate, right down to the ketchup was custom made.

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff went out of their way to make our brunch extra special. Our friends were late due to a marathon that tied up the roads. We didn't want to go ahead without them but wondered if we should since our kids were hungry and it had been a 3 hour drive. The staff brought out little scones for the kids with jam and butter knowing the situation. I thought that was just the most thoughtful thing. Everyone loved the atmosphere and friendly staff. It was a really memorable morning.

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SL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance. Great service. Very enjoyable experience.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is stellar. I found the menu a bit limited but the food was tasty. The room is loud when full.

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JW
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Unfortunately, the restaurant was testing its fire alarm system throughout our lunch. The staff were also upset about it and there was nothing anyone could do.
The vegetarian options were extremely limited.
It's fine, but would only go there when also going to MOCA.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great spot great vibe lots of vegan offerings. No traditional breakfast items.

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T
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 4

Square pizza slice was puny for $ 7.

However the biggest upset was this. THEY CHARGE PATRONS for BUTTER. I ordered a blueberry scone ... and to my suprize they charged me an additional 50 cents on my bill for the little cup of butter that came with it!

I've never, ever been charged for butter with my rolls or scones at some of the best restaurants or private clubs in Toronto or NYC. This is a desperate measure for cash-grabbing at Drake Commissary. Absolutely insulting. (Next it will be the cream and sugar for your coffee ... or the maple syrup with your pancakes.)

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g
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Old friends

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ES
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience and feel of the Drake Comissary is amazing. The staff were super friendly and the food came out in record time. We had a mix of the avocado lemon terrine (amazing), shakshuka, cheese plate and egg sandwich. The only disappointment was the size of the egg sandwich (pretty small). Would have been good to have a standard breakfast option as well but overall delicious food and great service!

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CF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been to the Drake Commissary multiple times on multiple occasions and always leave satisfied. We find that the appetizers and mains are great however the deserts weren't so much. Cheesecake was overpoweringly sweet and salty at the same time, and the peaches and corn.... just nope haha.

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food service the staff was excellent however I shouldn’t have to spend my entire time swatting away flies it was annoying.

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NA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The Drake Commissary wasn't my favourite lunch place. Having said that, it may be a style-thing as many love this neighbourhood treasure and they can't all be wrong! I found the menu difficult to de-code and while you wouldn't describe me as a 'foodie', I have been eating (mostly) good food all my life – I felt the food fusions didn't match well, which was not a win for me. The dishes were beautifully presented and as requested, the condiments were on the side (win!) The artisanal beverages were unpleasant to the palate and the tables were uncomfortably close to each other, but the staff were very friendly and fun.

The scones, however, were *spectacularly* good. So, so good! I'll go back for the scones.

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p
Toronto
73 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
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
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
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
3 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
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

the whole experience was lovely

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