The Friendly Society

4.7
31 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
The Friendly Society is Elora's best-loved neighborhood restaurant. The decor is romantic yet rustic, the vibe is hip and comfortable, and the atmosphere is always welcoming. It is located on the river, steps from the Elora Mill, with a licensed patio and live music in the summer.

Chef Brandon Taylor offers classic Canadian comfort food with a French and Quebec twist, and our well-stocked bar offers a wide range of beers, a lovingly-curated wine list, and a full cocktail menu.

Highlights include Sunday brunch, summer cocktails on the patio, a romantic date night, and dinner with friends.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 31 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.7
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MelV
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a great night! Our server was amazing, the atmosphere was so cute and fun on the patio. Also, I had asked for my leftovers to be packaged and accidently they were thrown out, the restaurant was so amazing they packaged me a whole new meal and brought it out to me before I even knew what happened! Incredible customer service! I was so impressed! This was my first time for my friends and I and we will be back!!!

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LZee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent patio set-up for pandemic times. Service and food was great. First time there. Can't wait to return. Thank you to the whole team for a memorable experience.

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SandraD
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu for summer drinks and interesting food! Love this place. Also love that you can make patio reservations!

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Kitty
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

There was an issue with a patron's dog being aggressive and barking loudly and continuously as we tried to enjoy our dinner.

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BruceW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

When you advertise "spicy" it should have a semblance of spice (heat)
The Caesar salad was not good at all

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viiaeats
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from friendly staff, amazing food, plenty of gluten free options, great ambience, all safety protocols followed

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RachelM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the patio, service and food. Everything was amazing.

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SammiA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn’t have the food, but it looked amazing, drinks were absolutely fantastic !! The patio is so cute and a great environment 🥰

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TammyP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a first-time visit, and it was quite lovely! The food was fabulous, the price point was acceptable, and our waitress was dynamite! We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great patio. Service was great

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LillianW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only reason for the 2 4-star ratings is that we were on the patio, which is roadside. So a bit noisy and the tables are safely close together. Patio dining is the only option right now (June 2021). I looked inside the restaurant and can't wait to be able to eat indoors.

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KimberleyI
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the patio- food was great and service was excellent...

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great dinner and good service

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BreH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AAMAZING and their Tom Collins lavender was so delicious too. The staff were all super friendly and answered all my q’s and we can’t wait to go back!

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AnnaJ
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome visit:) felt private enough for covid protocol but close enough to connect with the environment. Wonderful server, wonderful food. Great experience❤️

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Fitladies
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant Friendly and attentive service, delicious food!!

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pml12345
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as per usual!!

Music was loud for diners and at times was difficult to hold a conversation.

Besides this, it was an overall fantastic experience. Staff are super great.

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patricia
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had a great time at The Friendly Society! The staff are extremely attentive, the food is great, and the cocktails are the best I’ve tasted in years!

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KelseyW
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Friendly Society is consistently amazing. Fabulous and delicious food, wicked cocktails, and the best service in town. Nobody does it better!

KC
KateC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was absolutely amazing and so fresh! The Burrata was unreal! The honeycomb it came with was heaven!

JT
JillT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch! We have a beautiful time sitting on their patio watching the world go by. Super friendly staff!

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PaigeW
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my experience at the friendly society, food and drinks were spectacular and the service was even better!

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Madeline
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and the food was incredible! For the second day back after the lockdown the staff were well prepared and incredible. Will be back many times!!

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MattL
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, hearty helpings, and a fun friendly atmosphere. We would definitely go again if in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been before but we certainly will be back!

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SheriC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We cannot say enough about our wonderful experiences at The Friendly. Dine-In or takeout, we have had exceptional service and the food is fantastic. We can’t wait for patio season so that we can spend time with you again. Cheers and see you soon!

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enjoyingniagara
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great spot. Fun and delicious food, super friendly staff and great atmosphere. A little crowded feeling during COVID.

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DeniseB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I loved the overall ambiance and light coming through the windows.
I found the menu to be limited and the pricing was way too expensive.
I had one of the vegan options the "dragon boat". It was different, it looked quite unappealing, and didn't have much taste to it. My partner had an "elevated" hot dog. It was part of they're daily specials. Again...bland and not worth the price we paid. Not going to be back, sorry, I like to support local but will be taking my business elsewhere

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PBRARRAND
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time. AMAZING SERVICE FOOD AND ATMOSPHERE!Will definitely be back!!

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DonE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was just a bit special. We had deep fired Brussel sprouts for an hors d'oeuvres. It was fabulous! Who would have thought?

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MeganR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant so beautiful and cute! Always great food and drinks

FAQs

The Friendly Society offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (226) 384-8452.

The Friendly Society is rated 4.7 stars by 31 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.