The Local Cafe and Restaurant
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!
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.
I recommended the food to be covered well and try to minimize coversation.
Bright, cheerful setting, great food and helpful friendly staff.
It is great to see student servers working so hard and helping their Customers!!
Visited to see if appropriate venue for a group of seniors.
Enjoyed our lunch and booked for the party.
Went for their Sunday brunch buffet. Food selection was awesome. Good value for money.
The featured event with with chef Forrest liu was awesome 😎
Restaurant run by Centennial College. Served by students and they did very well trying to serve and learn at the same time. Food varity was good, all cooked from scratch by students as well and tasted good. Price very reasonable for weekend brunch. Recommend.
Valentine’s Day menu had a variety of enticing choices. Food was creatively plated. Inspired use of local and seasonal ingredients. Great value. Grilled rack of lamb was cooked to perfection as was the seared sea bream. Gnocchi was a bit doughy. Before dinner drinks came with the main course. Otherwise, exceptional experience. Have been here for weekday lunch, weekend brunch and other special functions. Will definitely keep coming back.
Amazing Valentine dinner with local ingredients, rack of lamb and cheesecake. Merlot wine was good, and tables were beautifully decorated.
Great selection of salads and entrees, healthy and tasty. The thin crust mushroom pizza was delicious and almost as good as one we enjoyed in Rome, Italy.
We definitely plan on making The Local a regular favourite.
Food is amazing value and well executed by staff and students. The chocolates were a great hit at our table but wished small tongs were available to make it sanitary. Servers could not tell me if there was coconut used in making of the chocolate and had to ask three servers to find out before we got an affirmative answer.
Our student server was very polite and eager. Though too many students often standing around chitchatting rather than watching patrons and being more attentive.
Just wish ingredients list is detailed in front of each dish to assist with food restrictions. Had asked if lamb stew was spicy or had any chili. The answer was no but when one of my guest had a slight reaction, found out that when I asked again for detailed list of spices, another student said small amount cayenne pepper was used.
Always glad to support local businesses and students and highly recommend this place to all my friends and family living across Toronto or visitors.
As usual the food and service was superior. I am fed up writing reviews they are always great!
As always the food is spectacular! Service is a little different as it is students, that said they are very attentive just a little too zealous at points when you are trying to enjoy your meal.
A special place for big family brunch. Exceptional food. Exceptional service. Bravo.
Buffet was delicious with great food presentation. Service was good and it was so nice to see the students participation.
Food is over seasoned in general. A bit disappointed with no desserts included in the buffet lunch anymore.
Sunday brunch again. It was just as good as every other time and a pleasure. Alice, our server, was efficient and friendly, and very attentive. We will be back - often.
Great thought goes into the experience which is admirable considering students do most of the heavy lifting.
A decent menu, pleasant and colourful decor in this cozy cafe and restaurant.
I enjoyed it and will go back.
You will want to reserve ahead and if you have allergies please ask well in advance as well.
The vegetables were grilled very nicely and very tasty. All the meats were a bit dry, the steak and chicken lacked seasoning. The lamb was pretty good but seemed a bit out of place.
Services wasn't very good, we weren't attended to when we wanted to get some tea. Also, stood at cashier for 10mins, no one came to help us get the cheque. Had to asked the lady from the cafe outside to look for someone so we can finally pay and leave.
Well prepared and nice students trying hard
Good selection if food for brunch. Academic centre so service level reflects the learners at their point of development. Food is flavorful but some of the offerings were room temperature so not as enjoyable. Salmon was fantastic, good favour and moist. Sausage rounds great flavour and rapini perfect.
Get to get her with close friends
The Local Cafe is a hidden gem. During the past two years, I have been there with friends/family many times and we are very satisfied ( quality foods and very reasonable price). I have been trying many restaurants around the same neighborhood The Local Cafe is my top pick. I am highly recommend this restaurant. Thank you.
Good vibes and tasty healthy food
its nice space, everyone's helpful and friendly. I just find the space a little tight.
Food, value for money can’t be beat. Noise level too loud.
Students are all very personable and clearly trying hard to please but need more supervision from manager to be mindful as to what crosses the line from being attentive to being intrusive. More communication needed amongst servers to coordinate service with tables/customers. Six students came in the span of 10 min to take our dessert plates and spoons away and we had to keep telling each student not to do so as we were not finished yet, thus interrupting our conversation constantly.
Hi, LeahY. 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.
The food is excellent and so is the price for the lunch buffet. Service could be better; we were offered to try fresh beet juice without being informed that there is a charge for the same. We notified the manager who kindly reverted the cost for the drink. So next time when something is offered for trial we shall ensure the price for it!
Hi, Sharong. Thanks for your review. We're sorry you went through this situation. We’re going to share this information with our staff, so they can be more attentive on that. We hope to have another chance to serve you soon.
Food was great, fun to see the students and how excited they get when you enjoyed one of their dished . Great value
Hi, Anonymous. Thanks for your support for our students! We hope to see you around soon.
The food was cold and not warm enough..The buffet lunch should have some dessert or fruits but actually not included
Hi, WillyT. Thanks for your review and your observations. Our students will be more attentive on the food temperature. We hope to have another chance to cause you a better impression.
Disappointed no deserts were offered or available.
Hi, Anonymous. Thanks for your review. We’re going to share this information with our staff, so they can be more attentive on that. We hope to have another chance to serve you soon.
It would be good if there are more choices in food items.
Hi, SusanaS. Thanks for your suggestion. We appreciate you support for our students and hope to see you soon.
Really great food, and options in the buffet. Staff is friendly and make your experience enjoyable.
Hi, Michelle. Thanks for you review. We appreciate your support for our students, and we hope to see you soon!
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.
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.
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.
Hi, LeahY. Thanks for your review and support for our students. We hope to have another chance to serve you soon.
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.
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.
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!
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!
- 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.
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!
HI, JoyB. Thanks for the compliment! We appreciate you support for our students and hope to see you soon.
Our group of 10 had a very pleasant visit and enjoyed our meal. We would definitely go back.
Hi, LauraB. Thanks for you review. We appreciate your support for our students, and we hope to see you soon!
The Local Cafe and Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 159 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.