Parallel

4.8
361 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.”

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 361 people are saying
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Noise · Moderate
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JackyC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place - everything tastes fantastic, down to the mint leaves on the salad!!!

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ZoeL
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe with indoor dining. They have plexiglass sheet in between tables. Great service and food. On the noises side though😞

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ricardamundo
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

A series of surprises from the streetview (wasn't sure we were entering a restaurant or a factory), the decor (shop, kitchen, warehouse, packages of food), the service (hip and casually efficient) and the food (how to describe ... re-envisioned Middle Eastern).

A delightful lunch where the food deservedly takes centre stage. This wouldn't be my choice for an elegant date night or a special occation but boy, I'd run there if I was looking for comfort, pleasure, happiness and food that is just so good!

The pitas are plush and perfect, the hummus the best ever and the tabouli something special. Falafel is not something I seek out, but it was good and the arias were very tasty.

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plume
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Dishwasher leaked over cashmere coat. Ruined my headset inside. Poor service.

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Raquel
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was “Meh”. Impersonal service, small menu, I was disappointed overall yet liked many of the things we ordered

MK
MichaelK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service. They don't have their own parking lot and street parking in the area is limited.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So delicious and fresh, and beautiful presentation too. Such a delight to eat in the restaurant after months of ordering online. Doesn’t compare !

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MarkG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food is truly spectacular gastronomically and visually. Amazing to remember what real hummus tastes like, and the innocent combinations was a delight to the palate
The only negative- way too noisy and for my generation truly difficult to conduct conversation

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so amazing, I always order too much!

HF
HardcoreFoodie
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love their food! So fresh and tasty

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food, friendly service. Counter seating leaves much to be desired.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service here is always spectacular!

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Azie
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is so delicious here. Great neighbourhood place. The food doesn't come out very fast so if you're on a time crunch, its not ideal. Its great for leisurely lunch! Service is great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is amazing will definitely be coming back!

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Andimal
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went to parallel with my grandmother for lunch, and had the most amazing time! Food was delicious and flavourful and the industrial interior was super cool.

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TittamaF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good experience. Great food and service. We did not feel rushed yet the server was very attentive. Perfect balance.

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FrancesG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and excellent service! I wish I had left with some take away from the shop too.

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ItsSaj
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to catch up with friends over a great meal

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foody
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. We love the parallel salad, the taboule,the falafel and the arais. We had a lovely server. Overall, one of the nicest restaurants in Toronto!

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RachelF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service and food.
Need some noise baffling.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Hostess was able to seat us earlier than our reso which was very nice! Other than that the service wasn’t super great… not sure if they are doing a rotating server program but some of our requests got lost and we had to ask a few times. Truffle hummus was okay, pitas were exceptional! Overall not too bad, but wouldn’t try again.

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Foodie123
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Falafels are one of the best I’ve tried in the city! Hummus and babaganoush were delicious and warmed the heart! Celebrated a birthday with one of their delicious cookies! Would absolutely recommend and go again:)

MD
MartineD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was simply amazing

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MOAM
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Parallel Salad & Falafel are always my go to! Delicious every time!

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donnas
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Felt covid safe.

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Darl
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great and the food was excellent. Great flavors and fresh ingredients and sizable portions.

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RachelP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic meal. The baba ganoush and labneh were fantastic. As were the arais and sweet potato with labneh. We couldn't leave without picking up some tahini and treats to go!

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GabrielleZ
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Parallel. The food is the best middle eastern food in the city (in my opinion :). The service is refreshingly authentically friendly. Love this place.

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JulietteD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was so good
service was great
best falafel in the city

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GloriaF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent.
The food fantastic
I appreciated that the staff fully checked our vaccine status before seating us inside. This is very important for me when I select a restaurant to frequent.
Will definitely return over the winter months
Happy Thanksgiving!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing dinner definitely coming back!!

KA
KathyA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We'll be back - fluffy pita, babaganoush and ful felafel..I could go on!

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Nickname
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parallel, as always, was delicious. Terrific food, excellent service, and the outdoor patio was a welcoming and pleasant dining environment. My partner and I had four dishes which ended up being more than we could handle, but everything was wonderful.

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mosheG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Would definitely go again.

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ahmada
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Would definitely keep coming back here, the food and set up is incredible.

JL
JoaLap
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Indoor eating space not finished, so unless the weather turns awful there is only patio dining. Servers are good, food is very good, and the whole experience is pleasant.

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vipBart
Toronto
77 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Loved the food particularly the hummus with chicken and the falafel. The patio is quite make-shift and with a cool breeze last night it was uncomfortably chilly. Staff was friendly and attentive. Over-all we enjoyed the experience.

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DarylS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic...Service was fast and fun...everything was so flavourful...

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ElleTee
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was just ok. Friend really wanted to try it so I agreed, and we got hummus labneh, chicken, and the sea bass - all of which tasted great but it was just ok.

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StephenJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Parallel so much: it's been our go-to spot for special nights for years, and last night's meal helped make a special occasion (anniversary!) even better. The food was incredible as always and the service was even better than usual. The patio setup's fantastic. I can't recommend the sea bream enough, and the hummus and pitas are an absolute dream.

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 361 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.