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Parallel, Toronto, ON

Parallel

4.8
4.8
529 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Middle Eastern
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Israeli

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 516-7765

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    The Junction

  • Cross street

    One block North East of Dufferin/Dupont

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Dufferin Subway- Take #29 Bus to Dupont. Walk North on the East side to Geary Ave. Turn right onto Geary Ave and walk until you reach 217 Geary (on the South side)Take Dupont bus (#26) to Dufferin St. Walk North on the East side to Geary Ave. Turn and right onto Geary Ave and walk until you reach 217 Geary (on the South side)

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 529 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Everything about this place was nice except the food. Not Authentic at all but most things don’t taste good. Don’t get the falafel😭
  2. A

    Atul

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    As always, great food and service! Also, dog friendly.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacularly good food. Amazing spicing sand herbs and greens and tastes unlike anywhere else in town. Best Hummous on the planet. Great friendly staff. A total fave.
  4. CF

    CarlosF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent and the staff is friendly and professional. Love the family share dishes concept and the best Falafel in town. Great restaurant in the Geary Ave Community
  5. MB

    MarkB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    so wonderful to get delicious food without overuse if cheese.
  6. B

    Bean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food! Super well ventilated space which made it a tad bit chilly but no problem, I will wear a sweater next time I come. Highly recommend the mezze, the lemonade, and the parallel salad.
  7. CP

    ChanduP

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, tasty and authentic middle eastern food at affordable prices ... good ambiance Do not forget to take some freshly prepared food for eating later over the next few days...superior and cheaper than supermarkets and specialty food outlets
  8. J

    Jono

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a cool area is developing on Geary Street. We ate across the street from an automotive repair facility that was working late, right beside a nice restaurant with some booming music. Then we had a totally unexpectedly great meal, I never knew what pita and hummus should be like. The "Sandstorm" cocktail was excellent, the Hummus and Tapenade was the best I ever had and the Napa wrapped Kofta was very tasty. Service was polite and friendly and she knew her stuff, ambiance on a cool fall evening could not have been better. Only issue is the parking, take an Uber. Definitely going back.
  9. SR

    SRTinTO

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food in casual atmosphere!
  10. MW

    MoisheW

    Toronto

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent, as usual!!
  11. GD

    GregoryD

    Phoenix

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A neighborhood go to... Terrific food for the vegetarians and others. We look forward to every visit!
  12. MK

    MikeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appreciated being able to make a reservation on the covered patio.
  13. R

    Rihanna

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience in Parallel, the food was amazing and the service was fast. We tried the Mezze platter with Falafel which were great, really recommend this place to anyone looking for middle eastern cuisine.
  14. AP

    AlissaP

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was already thrilled about the delicious menu, the friendly service, the casual yet refined ambiance - but then I found out that bottles of wine were half price on Mondays! Was absolutely phenomenal. High recommend the falafel, Parallel salad, and Parallel cookie. Will definitely become a staple spot for us.
  15. PS

    PandoraS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service, as usual. Falafels are my favourite. Could eat them every day.
  16. NW

    NataliaW

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was great
  17. S

    Smiley

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We came to have a little taste of Middle Eastern cuisine and our taste buds had a party. The food, particularly all the dips and the amazingly fresh, warm pitas were a major hit for our whole party. Come for the experience. You will not be disappointed!
  18. FA

    FeodorA

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We had a reservation at 6pm without mention of time limit. As soon as we sat at the table the hostess rudely mentioned that by 8:15 we have to leave the premises.. it is not acceptable and of course it ruined our party
  19. j

    jeffm

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around!
  20. R

    Rebeca

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A bit pricey, but absolutely incredible food (and good portion for what you pay for). You've gotta try the dips (all are delicious) and the sea bream & tzatziki main-- SO flavourful & nicely presented. The parallel salad is so well rounded. The staff (shout out to David!) also made sure we had a special night since we were celebrating my partner's birthday. Will definitely be back many more times!
  21. MW

    MoisheW

    Toronto

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the service fabulous!! They are very consistent with their food presentation, quality and always tastes great!!
  22. T

    Tracy

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We discovered Parallel by accident, and were absolutely blown away by the food and friendly service. Fresh ingredients, innovative twists on traditional middle eastern dishes, and complex spices and flavours, bring an exciting energy from the kitchen to the table. We were delighted by every dish. SO GOOD. And we loved the hip vibe in this open air space. Raving all the way home, we will definitely be back again for seconds!
  23. BK

    BKlu

    Orlando

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing gem of a restaurant. Everything about our dining experience was top notch. Highly recommended!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    In town for the afternoon
  25. M

    Mannett

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Come here almost weekly! Such good, consistent food!
  26. AE

    AndrewE

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Toronto
  27. ET

    EvanT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent! Delicious food and kind service.
  28. A

    Ally

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly I love the food here. The salads are some of my favourites ever and the other dishes are so tasty. The falafels are a must!
  29. KT

    KarenT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food here is lovely; portion size is shareable for two adults and food are made hot and fresh. Staff are lovely and open to questions. Patio is not outside at the edge of the street so you don’t have to worry about passing cars/dust.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great!
  31. SW

    ScottW

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Absolutely outstanding food and service. Already recommended to friends and will be back soon.
  32. LE

    LisaE

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really good food, friendly service, a bit loud, loved the 1/2 price wine special!
  33. CC

    CourtneyC

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was amazing, we were all impressed. Our only complaint is that it seemed our server was distracted and we kept having to flag other staff for water refills, extra dips/pita after we’d asked out server and it had gone ignored. Very happy with our experience and will definitely go back, but may ask to be in a different section if the same server is working :(
  34. S

    Snapple

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the outdoor (covered) patio. The service was prompt, friendly, and quick. Brunch was delicious. 10/10 will be back again.
  35. MJ

    MJ1973

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding truffle hummus!!! Loved my meal - mixed greens watermelon feta salad and warm chocolate babka. Excellent service from our waitress.
  36. E

    Ella

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    BEST FALAFEL IN TORONTO (Honestly, best falafel I have ever tried)
  37. SW

    StuW

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent. The menu has a good variety of dishes, all intended for sharing. The salad was delicious but enormous, even for sharing for two people. It would be nice to have the option of buying a smaller salad portion.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    10/10 will be back!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I keep bringing new people here and they are always hooked. Keep up the great work.
  40. JL

    JeffL

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    They brought all 5 dishes at the same time, but when I mentioned to the server that it was not appreciated, she immediately took away the hot dishes and remade them later. Cocktails and food were great, as was the service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

Parallel does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. Parallel also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 516-7765.

Parallel is rated 4.8 stars by 529 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Parallel

217 Geary Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 2C1

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    One block North East of Dufferin/Dupont

  • Neighborhood

    The Junction

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Israeli

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Dufferin Subway- Take #29 Bus to Dupont. Walk North on the East side to Geary Ave. Turn right onto Geary Ave and walk until you reach 217 Geary (on the South side)Take Dupont bus (#26) to Dufferin St. Walk North on the East side to Geary Ave. Turn and right onto Geary Ave and walk until you reach 217 Geary (on the South side)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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