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The Local Cafe and Restaurant

4.6
4.6
193 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian

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 are proud to offer an a-la-carte dining experience for lunch and dinner providing our students with the opportunity to develop the skills that hospitality employers demand.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 289-5000 ext. 6897

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lilian Cardoso

  • Neighborhood

    Scarborough

  • Cross street

    Markham and Progress

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in Lot 2 or 3 - simply take a ticket and show it to our restaurant host for validation!

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 193 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Toronto / Ontario

    Best Value

  • Toronto

    Best Value

  • Toronto

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  1. RK

    RoseK

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    This was our third time eating here and it was good value for the money. Food was good. Soup was a bit cold.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Great experience. Food was good. Service great! They are students but they exceeded our expectations. Will come back to try out dinner.

  3. T

    Tummy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Everything is slightly salty. I think it is acceptable. However, part of your chocolate cake is really salty.

  4. A

    Amelia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Food was very good and the value is excellent. Though all drinks were tasty, the virgin watermelon mojito did not taste or look anything like watermelon and it was more an orange mojito. Also the server got one side dish wrong (broccoli instead of fries) but it was not a big deal for our table. Service is slow but we understand it is a teaching restaurant for students at the College and we enjoyed being part of the experience. There was no option to tip but you can ask the server for an option to contribute to student scholarships. It will be better if we can contribute immediately as part of the payment process (as we'd normally add tip) so it is easier. Overall a great place for a gathering and highly recommend anyone to try it out!

  5. BF

    ButterFreak

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    This is night and day compared to my experience last Friday. Glad to see the improvements which means the restaurant is taking customers' evaluation and complaints seriously and is quick to take the necessary steps to resolve issues. Thank you! That will surely encourage your patrons to return.

  6. SC

    StephenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Duck confit and the passion fruit pavlova was something I would go back for. Cafe has some good take aways as well. Would recommend and bring people from out of town here.

  7. SC

    SandraC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    overall pretty good, service is very good bread very good and tasty as well as the soup meat is way overcooked, mussels not fresh and desserts too sweet

  8. KY

    KYKY

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice restaurant vibe, with delicious and affordable food. Great service, the wait staff always came to check on us and make sure we were well taken care of!

  9. AI

    AnnI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Always a great experience - delicious food and attention to the diner's needs by the students and staff at the The Local Cafe and Restaurant! Looking forward to many more lunches and dinners at The Local!

  10. SH

    SylviaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Local never disappoint us. It's always clean, good service and good servers. The food is always great and the price is affordable.

  11. V

    Vida

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent value and delicious food. It's a hidden gem.

  12. JN

    JenniferN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely experience! Fantastic food, great prices and it is is nice to be served by enthusiastic and friendly students learning about the restaurant industry. I will return as often as I can.

  13. MG

    MagdalenaG

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Lovely food, with great veg options and willingness to accommodate dietary restrictions.

  14. v

    vanyk

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. What are you waiting for. Book it!

  15. CH

    CristinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food is absolutely amazing! We had a party of 5 and each got a different dish and all were delicious and well presented. Service is a little slow, but this is due to students learning, so just have patience as the food is totally worth it!

  16. F

    Flowers

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The service was fast and efficient this time. All food excellent - just companion's soup was lukewarm. The cauliflower side dish is amazing and the cornish hen and gravy lovely also. Loved the watermelon mohito! Will be back soon. Have recommended to many. Thank you!

  17. H

    Hoki

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff were very attentive and fun. Food was amazing. Will come back again with more friends.

  18. HH

    HelenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    I ordered the brisket this time, expecting it is very very tender soft. A little disappointing. The beverage was good, name N.....beautiful presentation. My sister had the salmon, excellent cooked, crispy pan friend fish skin, very delicious. My dessert this time is Tiramisu in the jar, I love the generous Kalua taste. Lucy was my server that day, very pleasant. When I showed Zai my bread plate with 2 finger print/oil stain marks , she immediately replace it for me and a bow apologize. Over all, it was a pleasant lunch gathering. Before I leave, I picker up a chicken pie, 4 fish cakes, 1 cranberry scone and 3 cheeseballs home. Very enjoyable.

  19. MN

    MiekoN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Overall the food was good. The brisket was tender but on the salty side. The salmon, however, was dry a with a fishy smell. The bread, soup and deserts were very good but the coffee was terrible! I would trecommend The Local Cafe and Restaurant only for certain dishes.

  20. KB

    KarenB

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The food was tasty and well presented. A gourmet meal at a great price! It should be noted that the entrance is on the east side & that one should park in Parking lot 2, and that there is a ticket given so there are no parking fees.

  21. MC

    MariaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I was there with two of my friends, the minute I walked in the restaurant, I find the very comfortable with all kinds of natural day light. People greet us with a smiling face and immediately brought us to a centre table. Re command us the day special 'mussels' very politely explain the way of cooking... Love at the first sight with the open kitchen, I see the girls always spray clean the serving counter top. This kind of pandemic time... we want to see more 'measures'.... Food is so delicious, the food presentation makes people mouth watering. The tea pot set is the most impressed me, that is Le Creuset. I flat ware is kind of 18/10 I believe. They use caster iron cutie petite size container to serve you the fries. My salmon is cooked well only a little disappointed when I asked for black pepper, it didn't come in fresh grind. The dessert is very good, the tiramisu come in a jar, again its cute. Before we walk out the restaurant, we picked up an apple pie from the bakery. On the whole, we enjoy very much. Will definitely come again SOON, and enjoy again.

  22. AA

    AbhishekA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great food, awesome ambience and overall a fun experience. Wish the menu was a bit more varied

  23. a

    alga

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    it's a very beautiful restuarant and the food was delicious. wonderful to have all the students taking care of us. was a very sweet experience!

  24. d

    dabrows

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there for lunch with my girlfriend. Food was awesome. The serving crew messed up when we sent back the salmon that was undercooked and Angela got her desert before finishing her main. The manager noticed the mistake and took Angela's meal off the bill entirely. My only real complaint about this place is the hours of operation...it is basically only a lunch spot if you live or work in the area.

  25. S

    Samira

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service and food was exceptional as always. Thanks for the great meal.

  26. J

    Jeremy

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We tried the Beef Brisket and Atlantic Salmon with brussel sprouts. They are well made with good quality ingredients and splendid presentation. The dessert of my choice would be banana pudding which is an added bonus for the meal. The service under the supervision of Lore is marvelous. I would recommend this restaurant to all my friends without hesitations!

  27. KB

    KathrynB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have just discovered this little gem which is very close to us. The food would rival any posh restaurant. Everything we have eaten has been outstanding, from the home made bread to the decadent desserts. The students work very hard, and they are so much fun. We love engaging with them. If you haven’t tried the Local Cafe - GO!!!

  28. AD

    AnneD

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yet again my experience at the Local Cafe for lunch was a great one. The menu for the Main, Side and Dessert items were varied and it was difficult to choose. The food was delicious and so well presented. Service was terrific as usual. I will be back often.

  29. R

    Retiree

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent value, beautiful presentation, delicious food. The student serves very attentive.

  30. E

    Emma

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was fantastic and the service amazing. I woke up craving the chicken sandwich and chocolate dessert this morning ... thinking I may have to go back before the end of the week when they change the menu. So good and so reasonably priced. There were some great salads, mains and desserts at the grab and go available for purchase on the way out - although I was so full I couldn't possibly have eaten another thing. Best value and experience in the east end without a doubt.

  31. SM

    SnowM

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    It’s different experience dining from a regular restaurant. Food was good quality but both salmon and Korean bbq ribs were over cooked. They provide friendly services and Americano was good! Overall, really enjoyable and good value!

  32. F

    Foodlover

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Awesome food!  All the ingredients were seasonal and fresh. The dessert, red wine poached pear with whipped mascarpone was fantastic and had no additional cost (complimentary). It was an unbelievably good deal! Can’t wait to go back again.     

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic new menu and safe dining experience. The student staff were so keen to help and were very knowledgeable about the food and drinks. It was great to see them learning in action!

  34. N

    Noah190

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Awesome restaurant! Great to see students learning and practicing their customer service skills. The food is reasonable priced and you get a good portion. My only complaint would be the whiskey sour I ordered. It was a fairly decent size but it tasted a little watered down, like there wasn’t enough whiskey. But overall I had a great experience and I will definitely be coming back :)

  35. P

    Peter

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    I feel $15 would be a better price point. It is a restaurant where kids are learning and is a part of their education. Coffee should be included to to practice a full A to Z experience. I would go back, but $15 should be the price for dinner and $10 for lunch. I would appreciate more variety. Overall the food was good. The students were polite. It wasn’t perfect but that’s expected. The students need to be more assertive and confident with the public.

  36. HS

    HoniaraSI

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    I recommended the food to be covered well and try to minimize coversation.

  37. LY

    LeahY

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Bright, cheerful setting, great food and helpful friendly staff.

  38. MG

    MichaelG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    It is great to see student servers working so hard and helping their Customers!!

  39. PB

    PamelaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Visited to see if appropriate venue for a group of seniors. Enjoyed our lunch and booked for the party.

  40. KK

    KelvinK

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Went for their Sunday brunch buffet. Food selection was awesome. Good value for money.

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The Local Cafe and Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 193 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Local Cafe and Restaurant

937 Progress Ave Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Markham and Progress

  • Neighborhood

    Scarborough

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in Lot 2 or 3 - simply take a ticket and show it to our restaurant host for validation!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lilian Cardoso

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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