Parallel

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CAN$30 and under
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Mediterranean

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Parallel brings together the experience and background of the three Ozery brothers, Alon, Guy, and Aharon, to create this unique space and product.
“We grew up in a home where sesame butter (tahini) was consumed regularly alongside flavourful Mediterranean cuisine. Parallel was born from our history and love for sesame butter. It’s part of our culture and upbringing, and we want to share that with you.
There are few ingredients that are as versatile, nutritious, and just as damn tasty as sesame butter. That’s why we decided to make it in all its forms: try it in our dressings, salads, dips, bowls, and our famous homemade halva, and seed what is possible.
The three of us share a passion for simple meals with fresh ingredients, bold flavors, and innovative techniques. That, along with our love for good coffee, art, music, and community, is what shapes the Parallel experience.”

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OmerR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, third time there. All the dishes were excellent, only complaint is that the food all came out too quickly - it is mostly sharing plates but there could have been more effort to bring out three dishes at a time instead of all 8 within 5 minutes. Still delicious though.

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Sweettooth
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my fav places in the city, I recommend this place to all.

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TravisS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food and the cost seemed reasonable for the quality. The decor was nice though the music was a bit loud.

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ChanelleM
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is truly my favourite restaurant in all of Toronto!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Usually this is a go to for me - however this visit was challenged from the beginning.
1. Took 20 minutes to get a drink
2. Sold out of wine bottle and had a replacement bottle offered but didn’t tell us it was DOUBLE THE PROCE
3. Burnt bread that was sent back twice

Really a shame since this place is usually so great

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HarrietD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and service but out of staples for alcoholic drinks and even those on their Speciality drink list.

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gillianj
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super brunch menu - unique selection. Food was fresh, healthy and very tasty. Friendly staff. Coffee was delicious. The servings were massive. Although it was crowded, we could hear each other because the ceilings were really high - made for a nice atmosphere. I can't wait to go back to try the dinner menu. Parking is horrific - leave the car at home, if you can.

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RobW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the open and relaxed atmosphere, plus an excellent meal.

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vipdoktorlisa
Toronto
75 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious salads and hummus!! Nice atmosphere. Will be back...I hope!

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Kiki
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal!

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Dhanushan
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great but a bit pricey. We were also a bit rushed as there was another reservation after us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great food. Good atmosphere. Slow service.

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AmandaN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had to wait 20 minutes for our reserved table because a table of 23 was holding an empty table. The host was amazing she sat us at the bar gave us free falafal until our table was ready. Maybe don’t allow people to hold a table that could have been turned over at least twice while we were there.

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ShaynaG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

horrible server - really took away from the experience
food was yummy

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SamM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back and introduce this place to others. The food was fantastic. Our waitress was great - letting us know how much to order for just the two of us, checking up on us, and recommending a wine (it was great!). The space is beautiful too.

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TeresaD
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Although the noise level was a bit high, the quality and yumminess of the food, more than made up for it. Would definitely go back

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vipsnighty
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was fantastic. Our server was not great. Unable to know how much food to order for a large group (8). Ordered more pita and forgot about it!

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PaulieT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic health fare and a hopping destination. Will be going back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal, kids loved the falafel balls. They were so crisp and green!!! Loved the tabouli salad too!

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vipcpninja75
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I found the service to be very slow but the food was delicious. We ordered the merguez shakshuka but I think next time I’ll order the regular shakshuka. I didn’t find the merguez sausage added anything to the dish.

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rebeccar
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Parallel Salad is my favourite salad of all time! And the falafel balls are to die for.

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vipSusanH
Toronto
48 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Parallel is really wonderful. Had superb plant based options for sharing at lunch —falafels, house kale salad and cauliflower. Also took home another order for family. Prices are not outrageous but also not cheap. Happy to pay for quality food and excellent service.
Not easy to park on or around Geary so leave extra time.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit - great food and attentive service!

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LouiseM
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is outstanding. Get the Parallel salad, for sure. I'd eat here every week if I lived closer. (Maybe I will anyway.)

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LaraC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a funky setting. Not at all a cozy intimate place, think “party warehouse”. Rich-tasting, generous portions, loads of choice and a great place to hang out.

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vipbenjiatl
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food
Great atmosphere

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WendyS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time here and I can't wait to come back. Food and service are excellent.

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DanaD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Has a kind of food hall vibe, with helter skelter seating. Very industrial look. Despite this, it's not super loud and you can easily carry a conversation with your table. It took us quite a while to have our orders taken, we had to eventually wave down the waiter. Otherwise service was good. The food is AMAZING. Portions look small when they come out, but it will be enough. The flavors are unparalleled (ha see what I did there), and the falafel is the cutest green inside- a must try! It's a bit of pain to get to by transit if you live DT, but definitely worth a visit. I will be back again someday.

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MilaT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The falafel balls were very unique and tasty.
The hummus was a bit sour for our liking
Cauliflower dish was very good
The mushroom dish on a pita was a bit too salty and there was too much tahini sauce
Chicken dish was great
Mushroom soup was great

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ElizabethP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a consistently good place to eat excellent middle eastern food.

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Marvie
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking was not easy but the food,service and menu were interesting.

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Rich
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Parallel as a family celebration. Our server was excellent, he didn’t rush us and provided us with an excellent description of the specials. Our food was brought to us quickly and tasted amazing. I have been telling friends to go to this restaurant as it is fantastic.

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GilH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was OK. Nothing to call home about. I’ve had better Israeli food, I’ve had more creative food, I’ve sat in nicer restaurants.
If I’m ever in the area I’ll swing by again, wasn’t worth the effort of driving long for this place.
Hipsters love this place.. if you are one - rejoice!!

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DanielG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Service was not good, food was either bland or too sour with nothing to cut the acid.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved the food and the ambiance. I really just fell upon it so no expectations. Will be back!

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the ambience was great, and our waitress was a A+ :)

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vipPrivate
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Casual vibe, large open loft like, inviting space. Attentive, knowledgeable and friendly service.
The cocktails were perfect, and each and every dish we ordered to share amongst the four of us was a feast for our tastebuds.
We were all giddy with how flavourful, perfectly spiced, and meticulously prepared every single dish was .
MMMMMMMMM....Kudos to you Parallel!!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food here is awesome

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TraceyS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I had dinner at Parallel the other night with some friends and the food was great, especially the eggplant, the hummus, the falafels and chicken skewers. (The cauliflower dish was just so so.) But what we didn't like was that we booked a table for 6:00pm and at 8:10 they informed us that we'd need to give up our table at 8:30 so we needed to order desert asap. We didn't want desert, but hadn't planned to chug our second bottle of wine. Other restaurants tell you when you book if there's a time you need to vacate. And they confirm when you arrive. They don't just spring it on you like they did here. So now we're undecided if we'll go back, as there are so many other restaurants with good food and transparent seating policies.

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anonaz
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was outstanding. Silly reception with no logic around seating.. and when asking for added meals to take out, the server refused to allow to order of the regular menu, only the Take out menu even though we were seated anyway. I repeat overall it was good and food, excellent.