Old School - Toronto

4.3
357 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Comfort Food
**OUR PATIO IS OPEN**

Dinner is available Tuesday to Saturday.
Happy Hour specials on weekdays between 5pm-7pm.


For the safety of our staff and guests, please review the following guidelines:

- Outdoor reservations are rain or shine and there is no option to move inside once seated.
-Your reservation will only be held for 10 minutes.
- Dining times are a maximum of 1 hour 30 minutes.



​We offer a fresh perspective on the classic neighbourhood eatery, throwing back to a simpler, more wholesome time when eating out was fun, approachable and most importantly, accessible.It brings patrons back to the mid-twentieth century – an era defined by a feel-good, optimistic mentality that influenced popular culture and food. Think Leave it to Beaver, Superbad, and Saved By The Bell came together in the most epic way possible.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 357 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall2food5service1ambience4

We were seated inside, group of 7 ladies for a bachelorette. We were so excited to finally be able to try out Old school, but unfortunately our experience was not good. Our serve Sara was not personable at all and overall quite rude. Did not introduce herself, ask if we had any questions. Simply walked over, stared at use and said “who’s first” with a rude demeanour. Throughout lunch, she rolled her eyes when one of the ladies asked if her coffee was coming and never came over to check up. After paying our bills (which already had %18 gratuity added due to us having 7 people), she basically just took our money and walked away without saying thank you for the tip she did not even deserve in the first place or saying goodbye. Loved the location and vibe, but that was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had and put a damper on my friends bachelorette.

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sueV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing chicken and waffles. And everyone loved their choices. Superb service. Great value.

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DeniseM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John our server was truly amazing, he was funny and had excellent customer service.
He was a fast and effiecient and a amazing server he was also very attentive.
We truly really enjoyed our experience and will book again.
The food was very good also and great value for your money.

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Csbcsb
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

They are really kind but we waited over an hour for our breakfast.

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Alyssa
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server and good portions. Cute patio for food with friends

AJ
AJ123
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The reason I gave the service a fair is because the server was inattentive. We also tried killing her with kindness but non responsive. The table next to us which had 4 people and came after us, got their water first, got their order taken before and we still hadn’t been even acknowledged. The table next to us got their dishes off their table, their bill and had left and we still had our empty plates in front of us. The server came to check on our meal when we were almost done. Of course it was busy and I’m aware of that service can be slow. But when the table next to you clearly gets better service from the same server - it makes you go hmmm….

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CarleyC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing brunch, FANTASTIC service, delicious big servings.

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Happydiner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and attentive service. Food was delicious as always! Huge servings! Come hungry.

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Josh
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Waiters and waitresses are top notch. Very accommodating - we had a reservation for the patio and they were able to move us inside morning of due to bad weather. Portions are very generous. If you are a lighter eater, you may be fine splitting a dish. We went for brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

8 bucks for pineapple juice

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Gauth
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolute horrible experience. Be careful for the wasps.

TO
TONYU
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service is good, fried chicken waffle is quite dry, chicken is overcooked

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DerrickJ
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Terrible experience at Old School. For starters we were seated next to an exterior electrical unit being serviced for starters. After waiting almost 10 minutes to be greeted we ordered our coffees and received the cream in disgusting cream containers with brown stain residue on the interior. When we asked our server to change it out we received attitude and decided to call it quits before wasting any more time or money. The table next to us were also complaining that there food had come out cold and that our server just had an overall lack of urgency during a busy service period. We had heard the food was great here unfortunately service and experience were so poor we never got to experience it.

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KellieM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is amazing! Cannot wait to go back and try some different options.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very good brunch place. Limited options for vegetarians but you can remove the bacon from the pancake to enjoy it. Given a table at the back patios outer section, made up table to accommodate us in spite of a reservation and waiting in line for 30 mins. Would like to visit the place again to be seated and served better.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The table we got seated at was very dirty. Garbage was all over the floor. Water tasted horrible. Overall it was not a good experience and I unfortunately will not be coming back.

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Sarah
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely patio that is on a side street vs. Dundas so quieter/less busy. We went for brunch and it was great. Reasonably priced, good service. We opted for smaller meals, but noticed others and the portions were huge. So better be hungry!

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F1NG
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

You’ve got to share the pancakes with bacon and try the bennies with ice coffee!

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vipHornet11
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Wanted to book a brunch reservation for 8 for a milestone birthday. Open Table would not allow more than 6 for this particular restaurant. When called, the restaurant won't take reservations at all. They suggested I book the 6 and "request" a table for 8. It then took 4 more calls and 2 emails over a period of 2 weeks just to get the courtesy of a reply. Not a great customer experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall good, but the service needs improvement. We asked for a second milk shake but they ignored it and appeared to bring us the bill. We had to ask them for the milk shake again...

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nishat
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was absolutely delicious !! me and my friend enjoyed it a lot at old school :)

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victoriah
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

It's not horrible, but I wouldn't plan to have brunch here. If it is spur of the moment, nothing better is available, then this place will suffice.

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EmmaV
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful spot for a fun brunch. Our server was amazing. The food was slow to arrive, but we weren’t in a rush. We assumed a busy kitchen. The eggs Benny were a bit over cooked, and pancakes were dry. My kids could have cared less- ha! Fries are outstanding- as was the French toast. overall delicious.

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Crystal
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Food was just okay but the service was absolutely terrible... Server forgot to punch in our order and then blamed it on the kitchen being "backed up" when we were there on a Monday at 11:15am....and tables that came in after us got their food before us. Food took an hour to come and when it finally came, she got my order wrong so I had to wait even longer for them to fix it and she didn't even apologize for the mix-up.

Would not recommend this place - there are much better brunch spots in Toronto.

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DianaC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Food was amazing!

Our server wasn’t the nicest man- he seemed like he did not want to be there. Ignored my request a few times. Made the experience not as great.

Still tipped him well- but he needs to have a more positive attitude especially working in that industry.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place has great comfort food and great service. I’ve been here twice and both severs were friendly and accommodating.

The only thing on this visit , eating outside there were some wasps they seemed to really like the food too. But other than that place is great.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great server and fun atmosphere

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SabrinaA
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Honestly Mac and cheese was the best! Everything else wasn’t too good. They sat us all the way
At the back, started raining, had to call our server for the bill! Only worthwhile for the Mac and cheese. Should have gave us better seating

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice environment and adorable aesthetics. Washrooms need to be tended to to enhance the customer experience.

JV
JV44
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Different breakfast experience! Great menu selections.

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Dani
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our 3rd time being there were very disappointed with the quality of food. Tried to order 2 items was told that one was out of stock and the second item couldn’t be made since they did not know how to use a waffle maker. Waited extra time to reorder a differnt dish. Ice coffee came with particles floating and the salad, over priced and not fresh, leaves were not crunchy they were soggy in sauce and the croutons were soft.

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JeffS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at old school and it was great for brunch. We will be back!

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LexK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot - their patio is my fave in the Fall! Comfort food and friendly service. Hard to beat!

SG
SabinaG
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Eggs Benedict and a great ambiance. Mimosas were great too!

MM
MichelleM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing breakfast along with amazing service; our waitress and waitresss-in-training were so sweet and accommodating!

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Saundra
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was recommended this place highly and it did not disappoint. Staff was great and service fantastic. Food was delicious. Definitely going back! Great brunch place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Unfortunately we had to wait 45 min for our table outside in the sun , even when I made a reservation . Everything was very unorganized, seemed like there was no management around and understaffed . Staff were not that friendly , service was very slow , food was cold and it took over 20 min just to get our drinks . Very disappointed overall with everything .

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Very slow service- no water until after we had ordered our meal and we had to ask for our bill. Wasps were bothersome but tables were also not cleaned very well, sticky and butter in between the table cracks.

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TeresaT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Definitely needs a good cleaning and renovation. We had to ask the server to clean our table, plexiglass was filthy. Food was tasty.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely place with delicious food! Will definitely return :)

FAQs

Old School - Toronto does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. Old School - Toronto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 815-8790.

Old School - Toronto is rated 4.3 stars by 357 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.