The Local Cafe and Restaurant

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The Local Cafe and Restaurant was created to offer experiential learning opportunities for our students. The Local is located on Centennial College, Progress Campus.
At the Local, the hospitality, culinary and baking students learn in the restaurant as part of their embedded courses as well as their field placement's under the direction of our Faculty, Chef and Restaurant Technicians.

Our menus are inspired by the international flavor profiles that represent the incredibly rich diversity of those who call Scarborough home. While sourcing locally available ingredients from the bounty of this Province, we have designed an interactive dining experience for our guests, featuring a seasonally inspired market style lunch, internationally inspired dinner buffet with nightly features and a weekend brunch.

Join us in the restaurant or visit the cafe for coffee, baked goods or takeaway meals. Our students look forward to welcoming you!

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, and options in the buffet. Staff is friendly and make your experience enjoyable.

LN
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I understand this is student run, but the students really need some training. They stand around and watch you the whole time you are there, always hovering, it makes for a very uncomfortable and awkward experience.

The Local Cafe and Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Hi, LNAD. Thanks for your review. Our students are learning and improving every day and every feedback is valuable for them. We hope to have another chance to serve you and cause a better impression.

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LY
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top quality ingredients. Wonderful Variety of choices for different tastes and food restrictions. Very accessible (though handicap parking is limited)
Decor is very modern yet warm. Love the open kitchen. Would turn TV off though as it just adds more unnecessary noise and visual stimulation in an already busy and noisy space.

The Local Cafe and Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2019

Hi, LeahY. Thanks for your review and support for our students. We hope to have another chance to serve you soon.

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was fantastic, with a good assortment of choices. The mocktails offered that night were also very good. Tried the peach "mojito" which was very refreshing. The flank steak was excellent (which it always is) and the nice flavours of autumn with the squashes and gourds in various preparations was delightful. Highly recommend.

The Local Cafe and Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2019

Hi, Amelia! Thanks for your review. We will be addressing your compliments to our students. It is great feedback for them. We hope to see you around soon.

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P
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food was excellent and well presented. Service was very good. Our server (Jack) was very polite and he was always smiling. The Peach Mojito, Verbena drink and the Strawberry one were great! Very good to see a place with students working and learning hands on. I will definitely go back!

The Local Cafe and Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2019

Hi, Phil! Thanks for your review. We will be addressing your compliments to our students, specially for Jack, your server. We appreciate your support for our students and we hope to see you soon!

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WW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

- the hot water has the taste of detergent
- the food is not good, the carving meat is cold, the pizza is cold, should offer to reheat the pizza
- the food refill is too late and took too long
- I brought the 6yo kids and hardly ate anything but got charged $10 ea. not worth it for family with small kids
- the selection of food is very limited
- should offer some simple food such as pasta
- should have more salad choice.

JB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

No where in Scarborough can you find a better meal, more pleasant atmosphere, kind diligent service or value for money

I enjoyed an amazing Thanksgiving lunch!

J

The Local Cafe and Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2019

HI, JoyB. Thanks for the compliment! We appreciate you support for our students and hope to see you soon.

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LB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our group of 10 had a very pleasant visit and enjoyed our meal. We would definitely go back.

The Local Cafe and Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2019

Hi, LauraB. Thanks for you review. We appreciate your support for our students, and we hope to see you soon!

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AQ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Sarah was a great server. She has an excellent customer service! Overall comment is very good!

The Local Cafe and Restaurant
Responded on October 10, 2019

Hi, AdelaidaQ. Thanks for your review. We will be addressing your compliments to our students, specially to Sarah. We hope to see you soon.

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t
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food . Love the idea of dinning sales goes for to students learning experience .

The Local Cafe and Restaurant
Responded on October 10, 2019

Hi, tleu24. Thanks for your support for our students. We hope to have another chance to serve you soon.

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DG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We were a group of 5. Everyone thought the food was very good. Excellent value for the money. On the down side, we waited too long for our beverages and for used plates to be removed. I'm sure this will improve as the students get more training. I would return and would also recommend to others.

The Local Cafe and Restaurant
Responded on October 10, 2019

Hi, DotG. Thanks for your review. Our students are learning and improving every day and it is great feedback for them. We hope to see you around soon, it will be a pleasure to serve you again.

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PM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Some of the servers are too eager to help... better than the opposite. They should keep the walkways clear, not stand in them. Food healthy and tasty; interesting variety.

The Local Cafe and Restaurant
Responded on October 10, 2019

HI, PeterM. Thanks for your review. Our students are learning and improving every day and it is great feedback for them. We hope to have another chance to serve you soon.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Centennial alumnus heartily recommending this hidden gem, particularly the lunch buffet which sources local ingredients with the seasons and follows Centennial's Global Citizenship and Equity initiative!

The Local Cafe and Restaurant
Responded on October 10, 2019

Hi, Sheena! Thanks for the compliment! We appreciate you support for our students. We are also open for dinner and weekend brunch, come and try that as well. It will be a pleasure to serve you again.

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k
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

steak for brunch was kinda cold & the cups had reissued on it but overall nice experience good price for the variety

EP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food is fresh and tasty, it's good that it's possible to taste different dishes in small amounts.
The environment is little bit chaotic because of many students around. Sometimes the music is too loud for dining or is it for students room listen to???

The Local Cafe and Restaurant
Responded on October 10, 2019

Hi, EvaP. Thanks for your review. Our students are learning and improving every day and it is great feedback for them. We’re sorry that the music was too loud. We’ll be more attentive to that. We hope to have another chance to cause you a better impression.

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WS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great lunch buffet and service, excellent food, great price!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, buffet style and delicious food

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I do not recall you have soup. You may add this on your buffet menu go along with your homemade bread and butter.
Overall, food is good and fresh. only roast pork is a bit overcooked, hard to cut and chew.
To the staff who serve us and who work in the kitchen, good job, good attitude!

WS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great local sourced food. Great hospitality. Love it.

T
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Firstly, the food, choices, tastes are outstanding - as always!!!!
I am a little hesitant in bringing this to your attention but I know you will take it with a grain of salt.
I brought a friend who had never been to the restaurant - we sat at a booth close to the window.
We may have been mistaken but we thought we saw one of the student chefs checking the meat with
his finger.
When lunch was nearly done there was a student chef outside - he was not cooking but he had on the
cooking clothes and he was touching his nose and face.
I know he was not touching food but it is a negative perception seen by guests.
I brought a friend who had never been before and she is the one who brought it to my attention.

Sorry, three more points.
1. George Brown College has their students wear starched white shirts and black pants - very professional looking. Maybe you might consider all students wearing the same type of black pants and black shoes?
2. There are always many students around the front desk, bar area. It just looks as if they are milling about with nothing to do. Just a little noticeable.
3. I know it may not be possible to do anything about it but the restaurant is noisy. Being over 50 years old our hearing is not as good and we have difficulty hearing each other speak. Would it be possible to lower the music? As well is there anyway you could find out where the quietest location is?
I have tried the far corner and the booths but I am not sure which is the quietest.
Overall, I cannot tell you how wonderful the food choices, flavour, service is - absolutely outstanding - I come for lunch at least once a month and usually more frequently.
Everyone that I bring are also impressed.
Keep up the great work!

Sorry - one more point - my daughter is Vegan and I was just wondering if there could be more vegan choices. I have not brought her yet but would like to do so soon. (She is not in the city now)

F
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My family and I enjoyed the food and environment. I will go back again. Staffs are very friendly.

The Local Cafe and Restaurant
Responded on October 10, 2019

Hi, Foodlover. Thanks for the compliment. We appreciate you support for our students and hope to see you soon.

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AC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Not many students show smile when serving the customers.

S
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was terrible. Pasta was too salty , Salmon was too smelly ( no spice or salt) Server did not clean my dishes. Terrible experience so far. There wasn’t lot of food option. Never going back there.

BB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food for great value. Very comfortable setting.

v
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding meal at the Local.We will visit again for the weekend brunch

d
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We have a great time trying out a couple of "Tapas Style" dishes. Shrimp Skewers was surprisingly tasty. Miso Marinated Cod has the Asian infusion, visually appealing and tastes great. The beef striploin was tender, confit fingerling potato was a good match, however, the tomatillo sauce is a bit of mismatch. The Romesco sauce Pork Ribs is a fun dish, a play on Doritos flavour, well done!

Whipped chocolate pot de creme maybe is a bit heavy/sweet for most people. It would be nice if there is something to go with, like a small slice of sponge cake. But on the other hand, it's so smooth and I do enjoy it. The chocolate cappuccino sorbet is interesting, first, you taste the chocolate and have the coffee aftertaste.

Passionfruit Mojito is very refreshing, especially for a hot summer day.

F
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing. Miso cod, grilled asparagus, home-baked bread were our favourites but all the dishes were excellent. The staff are training to serve the hospitality industry so they appreciate feedback - we had nothing but positive things to say about the service and quality of food preparation.

P
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service, very good value. Tables are a bit cramped and there were little flies on the wall. Will definitely go back.

PS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Too noisy and students not assigned to anyone take. All over the place

CG
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were very pleased that Marianna looked after us. Will not hesitate to recommend friends to the Cafe Restaurant.

Thank you.

v
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome experience. The cleanliness of the environment together with the ambiance was amazing. The food and service were outstanding.We enjoyed each and every item, WE are considering returning for supper.
In addition we visited the eight floor and we were blow away. WE never knew this facility existed. A Scarborough Gem.

Regards ,
Vicky

d
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall1foodservice1ambience

The restaurant is closed today but there are no indication at all. Called ahead, voice mail said to check website. Website didn't mention any closure. Followed the link on website and successfully made reservation on Opentable.

Making all the way to the restaurant only to find out the building was locked and the restaurant was closed.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Love the food selection this time - was great with seafood additions!

YE
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

we just loved the new summer tapas menu, and ordered 3 per person!
So good; small portions, great value, great taste!!!
Our server Gunika was very good, kind and nice.
Really great dinner; thank you : 0

A
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food at a very reasonable price. It is a learning environment for students, so very happy to support the Local.

f
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

buffet lunch not much choices, the servers not experienced, Michael, the in charge is wonderful. Overall pretty satisfy, if there are more choices of food, it will be much much better.

G
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Have visited The Local couple of times, Nice place, good service, but being part of a culinary school I’d expect food to be better prepared than it is, ingredients they use are fine BTW, they just need to taste and sample the food as they cook it to season it and cook it for longer time or les time they normally do if needed. All in all it is a good value.

R
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great brunch. Bold coffee.Fun atmosphere. Lots of helpful staff, a little doe-eyed at times. You can tell it's a learning environment but I feel that is all part of the experience. The food quality and price point is outstandng

SK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place for dining and parking facility is availabe and close by. Good value for lunch and brunch.

YE
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The Boston Bibb salad was amazing with blueberries and pickled beets, the mussels were also very good, so was the burger.
The shoe-string fries were brown and burned. Consider switching to big chunky fries, which would be easier to make without burning, and contain less oil. The local sodas and drinks were outstanding.
Service was also very good, friendly and attentive.

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