Permanently Closed - SpeakEasy 21

4.4
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229 Reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Comfort Food

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. SpeakEasy 21 is a Resto-Bar serving Contemporary Bistro fare with a large selection of custom crafted cocktails and spirits.

We offer hand made cocktails with specially sourced fresh ingredients, paired with a menu designed to be enjoyed in unison.

Our goal is to educate, entertain and gratify with Libations from the bar and Fare from the kitchen.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
Dinner:
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 601-0210
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dean Bernard
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Cross street
Bay St.
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Parking details
Parking is available onsite at the Scotia Plaza or next door at the Trump Hotel (Valet Service). There are several Green P's and Private Lots nearby as well. There is no street parking anytime on Adelaide.
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Public transit
The King St Subway stop offers direct access to the Scotia Plaza. The 506 King Streetcar stops on the South side of the Scotia Plaza at King and Bay just a short walk from the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Tuesday's Live Music @ 5:00 PM

Thursday DJ @ 7
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
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4.0
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4.4
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3.9
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TR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Service was decent. Food was under par. Was very loud.
Better suited for drinks with friends then a date with your wife.

AA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great fish tacos and casual vibe.

EC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent and reliable place for business lunch. Great selection of items and is always very tasty. Sometimes service can be slow when it's busy but can usually get in and out within 1 hour.

FO
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We choose SpeakEasy21 because of the location.
We were welcomed promptly.
The restaurant was half-full with several servers standing around.
We ordered drinks but I was informed they were out of my favourite.
The menu was very limited but we took our time making our decision.
The server seemed impatient to take our order.
We asked to come back.
When came back a few min later she glared at me looking annoyed.
The food arrived promptly. It was good but nothing remarkable about it.
We finished our meal/drinks and again servers were gathered in a corner talking to each other and ignoring the patrons. We were don eating for a while and finally caught a server's attention and paid the bill.
We left and no one server tried to make eye contact with us.

NS
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding service and great drink selection on one of the city's best patios.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All round good music, food and drink special.

s
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great except for the bathrooms. Ew.

A
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was pretty good. Next door to the patio is a major construction site so the ambiance is definitely under reno too. Food was great tho!

CD
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect day to sit out on the patio and enjoy the summer weather and the fantastic food served at this establishment! My friend and I will definitely be back to enjoy the patio views and food before the end of the summer. Polite staff and prompt food service was very much appreciated on our lunch hour. Well done!!

LT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Waitress is very rude

NR
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The chicken fingers was a bit too crispy for me so I had to return it but the sweet potato fries were awesome!!!

Also, you should also serve Malbec by the glass.

m
London
20 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great casual quick bites and cocktails, quiet noisy but good atmosphere, attentive servers. Great place if you don’t want to dress up and happy with sharing plates

WR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only issue was that the SpeakEasy21 did not have my reservation on file, even though it's confirmed in OpenTable and an email confirmation was sent, but it worked out as they took us right away regardless.

DK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Not really the "speak easy" atmosphere. They should probably call themselves a sports bar. Very loud, but it was a Friday night.

TA
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are very friendly and attentive, it was very clean. The food was simple but very good. The drinks were tasty. It felt like a little oasis separated from the street by a wood plank wall. A very enjoyable experience.

H
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was disappointing. Brussels sprouts appetizer was burnt almost to the point of being charred and aioli sauce was insufficient I mask the burnt residue. Fish tacos were deep fried and too oily and cilantro and other fresh ingredients could have helped lift the dish into something more tasty but none of that was done. So the quality of the fish tacos is about the poorest I have experienced in the GTA anywhere this year. Staff were helpful and place had a nice vibe with patio hopping in good weather but food quality was the problem. My partner’s dinner was also poor — oily and heavy steak frites and uninspired steak.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance, patio was perfect and able to easily carry on a conversation.

RO
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service were above average. Noise level made it difficult to have a business lunch. Overall was fine and I would return here.

LS
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speakeasy was a great spot! We had dinner and drinks on the patio (which is perfectly located and completely in the shade) and the mood was great, lively, and not über pretentious/douchey compared to a lot of other spots in the financial core. It gets quite noisy because there are so many people, but we were okay with that.

Service was on point. I had the steak salad, which was okay. Nothing special. The tacos look amazing, so I’ll try those next time :)

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best patio in the downtown core, great food and great deals.

JH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I've been there several times and always a good experience. Only down side was this time when I ordered fish tacos, they were really underfilled with small fish pieces. It was like they ran low of fish and slaw, so threw on whatever was left. Wouldn't order that again and I love fish tacos. Waiter was great. Everything else good.

SD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The fish tacos are the best I've had in the city so far. Service is great.

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good and friendly service, food was tasty and a good value.

MP
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

SpeakEasy has a nice patio for outdoor eating. Inside the ambience was not a hit with me with high top tables and chair/stools that are hard to push in under table. Food and service were good. I'd go back but likely would try other places with a different vibe.

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Harry and Kalya great experiences!

EP
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience3

An unbelievably fantastic waitress. Warned me on the high price of a wine that I chose. She was the best !

KC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good spot for girls lunch! Wine and appetizers! Wine is a bit high priced but good variety.

OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Gave us a terrible table next to the kitchen prep area; big knife next to table was ominous. Really loud given they also host networking events for interns.

MB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great salads !!!

c
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food. Need to get an espresso machine. Won’t come back unless I can get a real coffee.

T
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome time at Speak Easy 21. The food here is amazing! Great service and fun ambiance.

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We needed something pre-theatre -- having just bought the tickets, all the local restaurants were booked. It was a torrential downpour, so I looked for something in the PATH system. We totally lucked out. It turned out to be Taco Tuesday and they were fantastic! The service was attentive and friendly. We finished in plenty of time to walk almost the entire way underground to the Royal Alex Theatre.I'd highly recommend it!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall2food5service5ambience2

Way too loud for a casual get together ....

B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very crowded and very loud ... ordered a cocktail from the bar that was watered down, had to send it back. It would only 6p and they were out of the fish tacos. Food was very good.

JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent so was the food. Very friendly, east going and professional.
Food was very tasty with a lot of flavor.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and service was excellent. Highly recommend the place.

SM
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Very good food and the staff were really friendly and fast! It was really loud though so made conversation difficult.

MS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a group lunch with work. Had more people than I reserved for, but they accommodated us smoothly. Fast service, good food.

TB
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good burgers, both the beef and turkey. Good fries,. Could be more crispy and brown but very tasty. Great service.

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