Permanently Closed - Signs Restaurant

4.4
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296 Reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - A mix of unique interaction with our professional Deaf servers and an exquisite dining (a blend of Canadian and International food) experience gives Signs Restaurant & Bar the rare character of the whole restaurant industry.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Canadian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Permanently Closed
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Phone number
(647) 349-7446
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
SIGNS Restaurant & Bar offers a unique catering service! Contact us for more details.
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Cross street
Wellesley St. W
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Parking details
A Green P is located only a few steps away. Found on the south side of Wellesley a few steps east from Yonge Street.

There are plenty of lots and street parking about.
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Public transit
Wellesley Subway Station is a few steps away.

#6 Bay Street bus and #94 Wellesley bus each have stop right near SIGNS Restaurant & Bar
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 296 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.4based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Quiet
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LA
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation at this restaurant and then discovered by fluke on the day of my reservation that the restaurant had closed 4 days prior to the day my party of 8 was to attend 😡😡

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

restaurant was closed ?????
Why did your system take reservations ?????

AM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed down. Reserved for nothing.

JW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Due to bad weather we were about 10 minutes late for our 5:30 reservation. Found the doors locked, lights out and no one in restaurant. A 'For Lease' sign was in the window. Another person also tried the doors. We all left.

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Closed for good llllllllalajsjdjdjdjdjdjdjdjdjdjdkdjdjdjdkdkdkdjdkdkdkdjdjdidjdjdjdjdjdkdkdkdkdkd

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My partner and I had booked this restaurant using OpenTable for the night of our anniversary this past Monday. I received email confirmations from OpenTable that they communicated with the restaurant and booked us a table. Although everything appeared to be in order leading up to our special date, when I arrived for my reservation it turned out that the restaurant had been closed down for quite a while and I was now stuck in the freezing wind with my partner dressed tithe nines for our anniversary. A horrible experience and humiliating nontheless. Why would OpenTable lie to me and say they have contacted the restaurant - when clearly no such contact was even able to be made? Thanks for ruining my anniversary.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food with a wonderful opportunity to learn some basic ASL!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation at Signs for my birthday dinner and I had am impeccable time. The food was great and the staff taught my guests and me some American sign language. Overall we all had a great time.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Quite regularly I would come across this restaurant and decided to give it a try. Our group of three thought that the staff that we interacted with were extremely friendly, enthusiastic and very willing to help us navigate communicating with them. It was fun. The food was delicious and competitively priced, and the memory of our visit will last. I would recommend Signs to everyone.

NM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A truly unique experience since the focus is on sign language. Patrons have the opportunity for exposure to this unique language and can learn something new. I loved the peaceful ambience- no competing with background blaring music. Servers were friendly and accommodating. There was some confusion about kitchen closing time as it was different from website. Food was quite good.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience2

fun with great food lighing is very bright maybe foe the signing needs but does not lend itself yo dining experience but that is the only minor issue I has

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Staff friendly and attentive.atmosphere conducive to quiet conversation. Will go back.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Loved being in a deaf environment. Food was pricey & wasn't overly good. Miss the potato & salmon that used to be on the menu.

ML
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It was ok. Overpriced but nice servers and decent experience

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at Signs was a great experience. Such an interesting idea, with customers learning how to interact with the staff. I would recommend it to everyone I know!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. The food was amazing and the service was great we were seated and served are meal within 20 minutes. Waiters were amazing. Over all it was an amazing experience I would definitely go there again

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience3

For the theme and ideal it was very interesting, and it is great that they are able to find meaningful work for the unfortunate.

Quality of food is decent, but not great considering the price. Presentation was excellent. Taste was ok, nothing exceptional to comment on.

Service was great. Servers were very nice. Ordering food with sign language was a very new experience, but in the long run I doubt I would be interested in doing it again.

I don't remember much about the decor and atmosphere, I only remember it felt like a place average $20 a person.

Overall, this is a rather interesting experience to try. I would recommend to people who would like to try the experience, but don't place high hopes on food and atmosphere. I would not come back again due to value.

F
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Although an interesting concept, not all items on the menu are available in sign language. It was also difficult to see the motion with pictures provided. I think the restaurant should have tablets that show you how to sign a specific item. The menu is creative but I am not sure all the flavour combination work together. I had the blacken mahi-mahi and the sauce was in a cold coconut mango sauce. A little weird for my taste.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The where short staff at the bar.. They did manage... Enjoyed our food and learned a bit of sign language

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and cooked perfectly. Staff was friendly, patient, and helpful. It was fun and interactive experience.

EW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a unique and wonderful experience to learn how to sign to order and have simple exchanges with our waiter Julien. He was patient and encouraging, so he really made our night. My daughter and her friends had been practicing sign language among themselves, so they were very excited to have a chance to try it out with someone who is fluent. And everyone enjoyed their dinner.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Luba was wonderful waitress! My friend and I had amazing time. She ensure she clartify what we want and make sure we got our order. I wish food menus should have more option over all foods was good quality to taste. Well done signs resturant.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service. Wonderful place to go for lunch. :)

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Was celebrating my graduation with a large group and everyone had an amazing time, it was a great experience for everyone. The service was absolutely amazing, I really hope they expand to give more opportunities to those who are hearing impaired.

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiters were perfect, funny and polite and very attentive. The food was very good and hot and well timed. I would recommend this restaurant

j
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Out of the box and require you to learn a bit of sign language to order but the carrot soup was excellent

DM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience4

In town for vacation, looking for a different experience for dinner. This was it! An unique setting with great staff. Couldn't ask for better. Definitely worth a second visit.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I enjoyed the service which was friendly and helpful. I enjoyed the food and it was tastey. The only thing was the gray colour of the restaurant. Maybe it could be a brighter colour or some décor added. Overall I enjoyed the restaurant.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We were excited to take a friend both hearing and excellent in sign that had heard much about the restaurant. Our experience left us a little disappointed. The Waitress surely did her part, food was OK, but over all a little short .

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I wanted to bring my deaf son to Signs, to be part of his culture. The restaurant was beautiful, although we not need (fluent in asl) the cheat sheets, they were quite handy. The food was good, although I was disappointed that chicken breast was not an option on the dinner special.
Waitress was great and the hostess was amazing!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great family get-together. Everyone tried signing, even our little ones. The food was outstanding. The staff were friendly and patient. We all left smiling and full of comments regarding our experience. We will definitely go again!

D
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Loved it! Food is outstanding. Paint and fabrics are a bit worn and tired, but the fantastic people more than make up for it!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Absolutely loved Melyssa, our server. She was always happy to help out and to recommend stuff.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've had dinner at Signs a few times. It's consistently friendly, comfortable, and quiet with very good service and very good food at a reasonable price.

B
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The concept is interesting but the rest disappointing. The decor is inexistant, too much light and loud music, food is relatively ordinary. Price is OK. We wont return.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Signs because of its proximity to the Panasonic theatre and the novel concept of the restaurant. We were greeted warmly and introduced to our server. We were immediately taught some useful ASL signing and given our menus. The menus show the appropriate signing for the available items, and there is also a flip file on the table that contains most of the signing you might need for your dining experience. Signing is somewhat intuitive and fun. It's nice to be able to express yourself in a non-verbal way, and this would be a great skill to learn well.

The food is excellent. Good portion sizes, flavourful, nicely presented. The menu is somewhat limited, but that makes sense because the servers will be able to guess what it is you're trying to sign if you're struggling. It's a little on the pricey side, perhaps, but not outrageous.

My family thoroughly enjoyed our time at Signs and we will definitely be back to try again!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, delicious food. Accommodating to any changes to a dish one might need. Very comfortable seating/booths. Friendly and swift service. Signs Restaurant is a fantastic experience.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great. The food was good and the staff was excellent.

AM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was interesting dining in a restaurant where all (well almost) all the staff are deaf. However, the food isn't good enough to justify a second visit.

KH
London
38 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed trying to sign. Our server could speak and read lips so she really helped us a lot!