Fresh on Spadina

4.5
62 reviews
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Vegetarian / Vegan
Since 1999, FRESH RESTAURANTS have been challenging the stereotype that vegan or vegetarian food is bland and boring. Whether a dedicated vegan, an occasional vegetarian, or altogether new to this---our goal is to offer a unique and satisfying dining experience.
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Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was great, service was not great, waited 30 minutes for drinks and got appetizers before drinks. And another 20 minutes at the end for birthday dessert. Very frustrating, but good atmosphere and the food was great as usual.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Fresh has done an incredible job at revamping their locations to make for a more comfortable and inviting dining experience. The new decor and layout is so bright and inviting, which to me fits is better with the food they serve. With the renovations they’ve also updated their menu aesthetic from the once placemat like scroll of food options to a more broken out version that isn’t as overwhelming - not to worry they still have an amazing array of choices!

The only thing, that is a bit disappointing, is they prioritize Ritual/takeout orders over patrons in the restaurant (or so it seems). The food wait was about 30 minutes over the lunch hour and the service was subpar. Perhaps having a beefed up (pun intended) both kitchen and wait staff this could easily be avoided.

If you go anytime after 1:30 or so you should be fine to have a speedy service! It goes without saying but as always the food was delicious 😋

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the decor, very cozy and comfortable. Ordered the Beyond cheeseburger with sweet potatoes fries, burger was excellent but the fries were a bit soft. Overall service was good but the food came out a little slow.

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JP
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I love coming to Fresh and have been visiting all the locations for years now. My go-to is the soup salad and cornbread combo, which is what I ordered this time as well. I ordered the large size ($15) with a side of tofu ($4). When my order came the tofu was forgotten (no apology), so I asked if I could still get it and had to wait another 5 minutes. I was disappointed when two tiny pieces arrived at the table and I was still expected to pay $4 for these small pieces. Also I have found that the soup sizes at the renovated locations (Fresh and Front) are smaller than the other locations - the bowl of soup (which comes in the large portion) seems like it's the same size as the cup (the small size), but you're paying more. My salad and cornbread were also smaller than the last few visits. I've also had the pancake platter at different locations and can say it is smaller at the Spadina location than others.

Overall I will still be coming to Fresh in the future, I just wish that the portions were more reasonable and that this issue was handled differently. Every time I come the portions seem to be getting smaller for the same price. I avoid ordering certain dishes because I know the portion isn't what it once was.

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C
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reno looks amazing and spacious!
Quinoa onion rings the best!
Love that Tori’s Bakeshop goodies are sold there.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have always loved Fresh. The food is fantastic. Since the renovation at their Spadina location, the ambience matches. It isn’t noisy, there is plenty of space, great service (very attentive staff) and the decor is very urban chic. Would definitely recommend.

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, great attentive service, and very tasty food. 1st time visit and had the quinoa crusted onion rings shared app (the best!) and enjoyed the cauliflower taco for lunch. Will come back to try some other things on their menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the new decor in this remodeled space! Food was great, service was very good, and not as loud as it can be in there likely because we were dining relatively early. All in all a great experience!

Please bring back the chocolate mint cheesecake!!!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the new renovation! And wine Wednesday deal was great value. Only complaint is the washroom situation, very dirty and grunge

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LG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The food is fabulous and the servers are warm and welcoming. I really dislike the loud music.

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KP
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious, even for a non vegan. Reservations were honoured and had a nice table near the front. Service was 3/5. Wait staff clearly had too many tables to look after and we got our drinks well into our meal, despite ordering them first. Overall though would return.

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L
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely one of my favourite restaurants ever. Love the new look too! Everything is amazing; food, service, etc.

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ET
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, but definitely overpriced. For 5 of us, it came to $170 for lunch (no alcoholic beverages).

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AF
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was friendly and responsive. I love the new design at this location on Spadina. The food is pricey so it definitely is a special treat but so healthy and delicious.

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CD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and lots of menu choices. Service exceptional and decor very nice. Tables are too crowded together and it can be tough to hear people at your own table because of this.

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r
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was great, the atmosphere was awesome, and the service was good. Prices a bit high, but overall a very good experience.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the vibe, the servers and the food. I'd recommend this place to friends!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and awesome atmosphere. Was served quickly and portion was great size. Filled me up!

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JP
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I go to Fresh regularly and I've been to nearly every location. I've now been to Front and Spadina since the renovations and as much as I love the new look, I have noticed that the portion sizes at these locations have shrunk for certain dishes. For instance, a cup of soup (the 'small') at Crawford or Bloor's Fresh is the size of the bowl (large) soup at Front and Spadina. If I'm paying 8 dollars for a soup I would like it to be a good size. Their pancakes and salads are also smaller for the same price, which is frustrating. However, the food is as tasty as ever, and the employees are always very friendly.

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TS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good meal and service. Noise - not too high, but the tables are too close together.

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BR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new design! Great service and food as always

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CK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love bringing friends here! It’s honestly one of my favourite places in the city. I always get the sweet potato poutine 💗 I tried the rose & pistachio donut last time and it was the best donut I’ve ever had 💗

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K
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love the atmosphere and food at Fresh (though, it is a louder restaurant!). However, the food does take quite some time to arrive. Today’s visit was especially slow during the lunch rush. I think there might have been a miscommunication, but it took an hour for a salad and smoothie bowl to arrive. The food was good in the end, though!

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE Fresh! Plus with the new reno it's EVEN better! Beautiful atmosphere, exceptional food and great service. It's a vegan lovers dream! BONUS: non-vegans love it too!

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AC
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I’ve been going to Fresh for over a decade - we sometimes visit a few times a week - and I’d say this was probably our only bad experience.

Our quinoa onion rings came out in minutes, but were dry and cold. They tasted like they had been made a few hours ago in preparation for a busy evening. We order these every time and they usually come out freshly fried and piping hot and crispy.

We’ve been having Beyond burgers at other restaurants, (for about $7.49), so we thought they’d be even tastier prepared at Fresh, (for $18). The burgers took over 30 mins to be served, (we were warned), but were barely warm when they came out. The buns tasted so stale, or perhaps freshly thawed, that they were crumbly and inedible - I took my burger out and ate it with a fork.

Very mediocre food for a normally delicious restaurant. Maybe they’re just working out kinks with the newly expanded size, but I definitely won’t be visiting this location again any time soon.

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AD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were running late and they met us with kindness and patience! Our server smiled every time! It was Boyfriend’s First time and he loved it!

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TV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was with a friend who is vegan and another friend who is not - I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was great! Our server was really friendly and helpful. We enjoyed her buffalo cauliflower and onion rings. The vegan in our group had the beyond burger and the two of us meat eaters had the Buddha bowl. Everything was great and we didn’t miss meat or dairy (in the dipping sauces). I just wish I had one of these near me!

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SZ
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Had the Beyond burger and couldn’t tell the difference between it and meat.

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LL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new look! The restaurant is beautiful. Great food and service as always.

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s
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

All was good aside from the length of time we waited for food after ordering - about 40 or 45 minutes.

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BV
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I’m not sure why Fresh let me make this reservation. They were closed for a private event.
I booked this a few days in advance to celebrate a colleagues birthday.
Could they not have notified me or adjusted the availability here? Really annoyed.

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A
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The newly renovated Fresh on Spadina looks absolutely amazing!! It's super gorgeous, feels so modern, and just lifts your mood when you walk in! As usual, the food is still the same at the same prices, and there is an endless list of options! Think whatever you're craving for (vegan style) and they probably have it and you hardly feel like you are eating a vegan meal. Absolutely delicious! Thank you Fresh!

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WD
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I can always count on the food being fantastic but on this occasion, it took a long time to get our lunch. The restaurant was very busy and after 1:15 I had to leave my associate while he finished his meal as I had to head to a meeting.

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DA
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Not a fan of the refurb guys sorry. I absolutely appreciate the new finishes, better flow/more space for staff and patrons, but the earthy neighbourhood feel is completely gone and has been replaced with a jarring, out-of-character, fine dining vibe. I looked forward to the quirkiness of Fresh. The changes won't keep me away, the food is still amazing, but not as enthusiastic about it anymore.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Disappointed by the service and lack of communication between staff and patrons. Food was still fantastic as always.

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NL
London
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The tables are too close together so it's awkward to get in and out of your seat. I went on an evening that wasn't particularly busy but it felt really noisy because the tables are so close together. I couldn't hear my partner because of the compact noise level.

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

This is the best restaurant in the city and it never fails in delivering high quality service and product.

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HS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My favourite restaurant to hit up for dinner, brunch, or anything in between. Delicious food, every time!

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A
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Felt rushed through our meal because they wanted to turn over the table quickly.

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

Good vegetrian spot with an affordable and creative menu.

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