The Gabardine

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CAN$30 and under
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The Gabardine is open for lunch and dinner. The simple diner décor is a nice environment for friends to get together for lunch and catch up. Dine on chicken liver pate, a taco salad or classic caesar salad. A family coming for dinner at The Gabardine will fit comfortably into one of the booths or one of the tables throughout the dining room. Enjoy a chicken pot pie with herbed pastry crust or Atlantic cod tacos or the falafel patty sandwich. Stop by for a quick dessert before heading home. The Gabardine offers ice cream sandwiches, sticky toffee pudding or goat cheese "icebox" cheese cake with pumpkin puree.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food and great service in an energetic setting. If you're looking for a casual dining experience in the Toronto's financial district, don't miss The Gabardine!

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I have visited this restaurant many times in the past. Service was not good. We were left for an unreasonable amount of time with our menus. Server was not personable, no attempt to engage with us . First time my friend was there, don't think she will return as a result. Disappointed.

s
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sad to see this place closing! Best place in town!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Server was extremely rude

c
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

P
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome chicken pot pie and mac and cheese with ham. The pot pie is really creamy with loads of chicken. The ham on the mac and cheese was delicious and not dry. Our table ordered pot pies and the 3 of us split the mac and cheese. For dessert we had the sticky pudding which is light and very tasty. It's too bad that this treasure of a restaurant is closing on October 31.

t
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love the Gabardine for lunch dates. A real gem with incredible food. We will miss it when it’s gone October 31

TN
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

My entire suit is stink after a business lunch. I can smell the greasy food on my clothes the whole aftenoon. Their vent are definitely not working very good.

KS
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I ate lunch at the Gabardine and enjoyed the experience. She had the Pot Pie and I had the Mac and Cheese and both dishes were very good.

F
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fish dip was excellent—and served with plenty of crackers (yay!). Loved the fish tacos, as well. Three servers waited on us. Tons of energy in the joint. Fun!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Place was empty at 8:30 on a Tuesday night, and the server was clearly unhappy I was there. Blonde fellow, darker beard. Another customer entered shortly after me and asked if they were still open; his response? “We are closing the kitchen right after he orders”, thumbing over his shoulder at me. I was obviously an inconvenience.

I ordered the Katsu Porkchop. Generous size, but the fat of the chop tasted freezer burned. I actually had to spit it out. The rest of the chop was dry and overcooked. It came with sides. Perhaps my bad for not reading the menu properly, but if my server had being paying attention, he might have suggested something. He was too busy complaining about some “tip issue” at the counter. No bread, nothing to break the monotony of freezer burned gravy and chop. Once I had finished, and someone else had cleared my plate, I waited to see how long it would take to be offered desert or another glass of wine (which actually was pretty good). 20 minutes later I flagged down the other server for my bill. Sigh.

I rarely comment on my reviews, as anyone can have an off night, but this was a double whammy: bad service in an empty restaurant and bad food.

PD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great, but it took 50 minutes to get the food.

LB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was our first time. We both enjoyed our shared app (the fish dip) and our mains were delicious. We found it noisy as the place filled to capacity and the service was a bit curt. Could work on making the customers feel more welcomed.

KH
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very tasty. As an appetizer-Recommend the Halifax Cheese Bread with Donair sauce. As meals, we had the chicken sandwich special and the BC rock fish dish. Thoroughly enjoyed both. Waiter provided great service and recommendations. Had a great dining experience.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service is amazing!

OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We have been here a few times and generally love it. The service is exceptional and the staff extremely professional and friendly .

My meal was as good as normal but for some instance tonight my wife said her Macaroni and Cheese was very dry. She often raves to everyone about it. However it could have been an off night as we are all human. Our server was extremely gracious and offered a free dessert to compensate for my wife’s meal.

The restaurant was also very warm and that too was unusual.

We are not complainers by any means and will definitely be back as one so so night doesn’t spoil the few excellent meals we have had.

Thanks again for trying to make it right 👍🏻

CT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal. The Korean cauliflower appetizer was perfect to share for 2--spicy, sweet and delicious. The katsu pork chop was beautifully cooked. My friend had a shrimp and grits special that she pronounced perfect. Portions were big. We could have shared one appetizer and one entree. Our waiter doubled as bartender, but he was still totally attentive. Great experience.

DB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. I always order the chicken pot pie. The atmosphere is very cozy.

S
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Boring food. Crappy Chardonnay. Terse service. Better at McDonald's. Used to be good but deleted from contacts.

AD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and service - A little too loud, had to work really hard to try and hear my lunch date's voice across the small table.

V
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is very good with great staff. It is very loud at peak times, however, so keep that in mind.

NY
Toronto
44 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great lunch spot. Food always good. Service spot on.

JK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was nothing special and we had a particularly surely waitress who was brusk and rude for no apparent reason. I’d recommend going somewhere else that appreciates your business.

BM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was attentive and friendly. They were able to give educated recommendations from the food and wine menu. 10/10!

Y
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfy, quaint and good service. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food was awesome. Best chicken club I’ve ever had. Couldn’t stop talking about it.

P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a little early for our reservation, which wasn't a issue, we were seated right away and ordered drinks. The menu has something for everyone. We ordered the Halifax Cheesy Bread which was delicious. We had the Fish Tacos which were really good, but the Macaroni and Cheese was the best we ever had. Don't tell your mother! The staff are very friendly. Will definitely be coming back when we return to Toronto.

e
Toronto
73 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Hip New York feel with cocktails and dark wood. My kind of place. I had the surprising lunch special of grilled octopus (very tender) on a Korean pancake. Perfect!

SU
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual atmosphere in cozy surroundings with great ambiance. Comfort food but with an upbeat twist. A fun place to eat!

OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fried chicken special was excellent.

BI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch is great at Gabardine.

SP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The place was very noisy otherwise not too bad

HM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always...thank you for your exceprional taco salad...can't get enough of it

T
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local restaurant. Love the atmosphere. Food is fantastic.

GC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and atmosphere was top notch. Menu had an excellent variety and our meal was delicious.

R
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always tight and noisy but you’d expect that at a tiny restaurant so not a surprise or detracting. Superb home style cooking, great service, and an overall outstanding experience.

MW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Totally unexpected dining experience. Fabulous food and service. Not a bar like the exterior appears but a very cozy restaurant with steaks and fish, plus a few burger options. A definite do again!

JP
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Restaurant was hot, uncomfortably hot. Food and service were very good.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

No Amex accepted= fail for any business or work related dinners. Weak service. Food was average.

K
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had ginger mint julips, cauliflower, deviled eggs, mac and cheese, pork chop, and pineapple upside down cake. All wonderful with an awesome wait staff. Make a res....

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