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Hawker, Toronto, ON

Hawker

4.6
4.6
37 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Tapas / Small Plates
At Hawker, Chef Jeff Merkel spotlights his naturalistic worldview with beautifully composed plant-based small plates, cocktails, and a thoughtfully curated list of vegan wines.

Located in Kensington Market, the cozy dining space features an earthy, palette of dark wood and moss. A picturesque, romantic back patio is naturally decorated with ivy. A front patio lets you enjoy the lively sights and sounds of the market.

All reservations have a 15 minute grace period. Please call us if you are arriving later than 15 minutes. Your table will be reserved for 1 hour, 45 minutes for parties of 1-3; 2 hours for parties of 4-5; 2 hours 30 minutes for parties of up to 6 and 3 hours for parties of 7+. If arriving late, we may not be able to extend your seating time if there are reservations scheduled after your allotted timeframe.

Please contact us for group bookings of 7 or more.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–5:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 628-1905

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jeff Merkel

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown / Kensington Market

  • Cross street

    College and Augusta Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Chef's Table, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Six Course Chef's Table Tasting Menu

    CA$70.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join and watch us prepare a six-course tasting menu for you, inspired by our à la carte menu. Each course will be served and explained to you by our chef while seated at the bar style counter overlooking our open kitchen. The fine print: Your seating is for 1 hour and 45 minutes. We will hold the table for 15 minutes before your reservation is released. Give us a call if you're running late! Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will result in a $25 per person charge being applied to the credit card used at the time of booking. The tasting menu is offered at $70 per guest and does not include beverages, gratuity, and tax.

What 37 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Toronto / Ontario

    Fit for Foodies

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Healthy

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • Toronto

    Fit for Foodies

  • Toronto

    Healthy

  • Toronto

    Outdoor Dining

  • Toronto

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • Toronto

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. AF

    AmyF

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place!! I had to re-order some of the food 2-3 times because it was just that good. Ambience was spectacular , not to mention the detail of each plate; it was like looking at an art piece. The staff and our server were so helpful with their recommendations and their energy to serve us was immaculate. Will definitely be coming back.
  2. M

    Mashal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this spot. Have been coming here for years. Love what they’ve done with it and I’m glad they didn’t close down. The Starry Night is so special, please try it! The staff is wonderful too 💗
  3. SS

    SShah

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved dining at Hawker - superb vegan meal, attentive chef and staff, great tracks and overall experience at the chef's table. So refeshing to dine at a restaurant that actually cares about the quality of ingredients and values the customer experience. We'll be back!
  4. t

    thereviewbot

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, fun cocktails, attentive staff. It was a great experience. It's pricey, but very good.
  5. HK

    HoustonK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just excellent! High recommended. Beautiful small plate full of flavour.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!! Don’t sleep on this experience ♥️
  7. L

    Linds

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Testing menu was just okay unfortunately. Service we loved though!
  8. L

    Lovefood

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful presentation, delicious food. The service was really friendly. The experience was absolutely delightful.
  9. G

    Girlcancook

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had no idea when I booked my reservations that Hawker was a Vegan restaurant. Not that I mind that at all, but was just unaware. It was probably one of the best meals I have had in a long time! Every dish was excellent. I can't tell you all the dishes but I can say that whatever you order will be delicious! Lovely service and pretty back patio. Will definitely go back again. Highly recommended.
  10. E

    Eden

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t typically write reviews for anything, but I couldn’t resist with how incredible this experience was. Hawker is incredibly cutting edge in plant based cuisine in Toronto. I’ve been hard pressed to find any restaurant that really excited me until my experience at Hawker. The ambiance on the back patio was beautiful, with the patio being built around a massive tree, the beautiful Edison bulbs, and charming atmosphere. The service was phenomenal, and the open concept kitchen really elevated the experience. The food, however, was a complete jaw dropper. Every single dish we got was exquisite. The artisanal palette that the chef has is genuinely innovative, and respects such niche elements that we wouldn’t typically see in cuisine. Every single bite excited me. The small plates were perfect to continue on the culinary journey. The plating was art in itself as well, and every single aspect of this dining experience felt like it came from a complete love and passion for flavour. I can’t wait to bring friends and family here in the future. For one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life, the price is completely worth it. I’m actually shocked for 6 top tier dishes, 2 drinks, and tip, it came to only $150 for how breath taking everything was. Will absolutely be back as soon as possible and can’t wait to see this place thrive. Anyone who’s been vegan in Toronto has been dying for a place like this, and it delivered to the fullest. Thank you for the best dinner I’ve had in a long time, and for becoming my new go to occasion spot.
  11. KM

    KimberleyM

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We sat outside in the front patio so the street noise level and too bright security lighting next door were extremely elevated, but that’s not the restaurant’s fault. The portions were extremely small for the price, so that’s my only real criticism. Otherwise, a lovely meal
  12. D

    Dhruvsaini

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Been going here for years. Sit in the back patio !
  13. E

    Elissa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing spot. Everything was absolutely delicious. Will be back for sure!
  14. TS

    TanveerS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great presentation, great staff. Definitely will go again soon.
  15. N

    Nas23

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant! Very accommodating to babies. Delicious melange of unique flavors. Very cozy and romantic back patio. Very kind servers. A perfect place to slow down in our fast paced world.
  16. RA

    RajA

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best vegan food I have ever had! The staff is so friendly. The drinks are phenomenal. Felt so homely, we did not feel like leaving. Highly recommend this restaurant!
  17. TO

    TOFoodExplorer

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Extremely Small Portions For Their Pricepoint. This is a tapas/small plate style restaurant, which I respect and love. Who doesn't like trying a little bit of everything?! The exception here was that the price per item was not proportionate to the (very very) small portion one receives. Their "flowerpot" curry dish for instance, included two tablespoons of curry in a half empty small bowl for $18.00. Moreover, food is just fair - nothing notable or unique. It is recommended to have 2-5 portions per person, so expect to spend over $250.00 for two people and still leave hungry. Purely inflation or are they just taking advantage of customers now?
  18. PC

    PeterC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! A flavour explosion!! Very creative and tasteful. Service was very attentive, prompt and friendly, great staff! Thank you!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience5
    Pretty so so for the amount of food and quality.
  20. N

    Namir

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not a vegetarian or vegan by any standard. Love to eat and cook meat and seafood of all kind myself. But both of my dining experiences at hawker and the previous TVX to which it is a successor make an unbelievably compelling argument to the fact you don’t need meat for food to be delicious with this being one of the best meals of the year. The food is creative, unique and above all else delicious without being tacky or trying to emulate meat dishes in texture or taste. Whether you consume meat or don’t you won’t be disappointed by dining here.
  21. MG

    MishaG

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm not usually one to seek out vegan food (since I'm not vegan) but my friend is and this place was great! Really interesting and tasty food and great presentation. Also the back patio is so cute and the cocktails were perfection!
  22. Y

    Yumm

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food is absolutely delicious, love the restaurant and the vibe. I just feel that the price of each small dish for the amount of food given is quite pricey. When I go dine, I bring friends and we order everything on the menu and share due to the cost. Other than that, it is great and would return and recommend to others. 👍🏼💛
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was very innovative and delicious. Beautifully presented. Servers were kind, friendly and helpful Great to have an entire menu of vegan choices! Bravo!
  24. V

    Vegangirl

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic! The food not only tasted super fabulous, but was presented beautifully as well! Love this place, it’s definitely a must try. Will be going back again soon to have all the other dishes! All vegan = yay! 💚💚💚
  25. C

    Citydweller1

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had the six course chef’s menu. Each course had subtle and distinct flavours made from healthy vegan ingredients. The chef explained each course showing the care and attention given to each plate. Highly recommend this place for vegans and omnivores alike.
  26. JL

    JasonL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eat on the back patio! Fantastic food and amazing service! Happy to recommend, will definately be back!
  27. DH

    DrHunt

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative vegan food Sophisticated tastes where there isn’t an attempt to replica meat A welcome surprise
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  29. HA

    HanaaA

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! Amazing flavours. Highly recommend it. Portions are small but worth it.
  30. f

    frankie

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the raccoons. Never seen a family of them before.
  31. S

    Shiv

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been here now 4 times and everyone I take loves it. It is a great culinary experiment! We especially love the Romano beans and the Starry night dish, they were stand out. I think for the presentation and quality, the price point is very reasonable!
  32. l

    littlebug

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With a city so dense with options, it's not everyday you arrive at what seems to be the finish line of vegan cuisine. Impeccable service, atmosphere and staff. The food itself deserves a separate review because 2000 characters isn't enough to do it justice. Just found my favourite spot in the city, thank you for bringing such attention and love to a misunderstood cuisine. Not only can vegan food taste this good, this is how all food is meant to taste. You've made a regular out of me, see you all soon. Kamilė
  33. AS

    AlisonS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, beautiful patio, excellent service -- a wonderful experience!
  34. D

    Daniel

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    If someone requests Chef's Table, please respect that choice and have the chef come out to explain each dish ordered. It's the part of the experience I enjoyed from TVX and I didn't receive it two nights ago even though I selected it. Additionally, the serving staff were quite soft-spoken and lacked enthusiasm.

    HawkerResponded on July 18, 2022Hey, Daniel. We remember your booking but from our understanding, once you arrived at the restaurant, you requested sitting at the back patio which we accommodated. We apologize you didn't get the Chef’s Table experience you were hoping for but as indicated when booking, that experience is at the front of the kitchen where the chef is able to personally serve and explain each dish to you. Send us an email at hello@hawker.to if you’d like to try that out and we’ll do something special!

  35. N

    Narua

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Great tastes. Great presentation. Loved it.
  36. RR

    RoRo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was good. Server explained the food very well before ordering and once served. Portions were ridiculously small especially for the price. Ambience was great in the back patio and didn’t feel crammed considering the location
  37. BP

    BrittanyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic spot in Kensington, menu is small plates that are great for sharing! Everything was beautifully plated and the palates were complex and perfectly crafted. This place is a treat, highly recommend the starry night.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Hawker is rated 4.6 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Hawker

291 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2M2

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    College and Augusta Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown / Kensington Market

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–5:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jeff Merkel

  • Additional

    Chef's Table, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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