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About The Badali Bar and Cucina

The Badali Bar and Cucina brings the taste of Italy to the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District. We invite you to join us for fine Italian fare, sustainable seafood, in house made desserts and true Italian hospitality. Whether you join us for a hand crafted cocktail and a sample of our cicchetti menu at our 40 foot bar or for a sit down meal in our Piazza Grande with colleagues, friends or family, we will welcome you with open arms into our home.
Situated just steps from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, some outstanding downtown hotels and local sports arenas, we strive to exceed your every expectation form your first minute with us to your last. Located in a heritage building we would love nothing more than to host you in the splendour of our surroundings and show off our good fortune.


156 Front St. West
Toronto, ON M5J 2L6
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:


Monday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Friday: 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM

Saturday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Sunday: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cross Street:
University

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 977-3064

Website:
http://www.joebadalis.com/

Catering:
We offer catering services for boardrooms and offices in the immediate vicinity.

Parking Details:
There is a street level public parking lot immediately adjacent to the building on the west side. There is also lots of wonderful new below ground parking under the WSIB building and RBC Dexia building immediately west of Simcoe

Public Transit:
We"re located "kitty corner" to Toronto's Union Station on the north west corner of University and Front Street
We are very close to both Union and St Andrews subway stations.

Executive Chef:
Joshua Huyder

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We cater to private parties and can accomodate up to 580 at one time

The Badali Bar and Cucina Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (36)
Good for Groups (34)
Pre/post Theatre (33)
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Good for a Date (28)
Special Occasion (23)
Comfort Food (21)
Business Meals (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Authentic (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Fun (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Romantic (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Cozy (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Live Sports (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The service was impeccable and the place is very nice, but the food did not meet my expectations. I would have expected better taste in a restaurant of this caliber. Not a place I would recommend for the food, but maybe for the convenience and the service.

Tags: Quick Bite, People Watching
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·Dined 6 days ago

I have to say that it was rather underwhelming at Toronto prices. Our bill for 4 of us was over $200 but didn't feel that the meals were satisfying. While it's not a bad place, I wouldn't go back just because I know that I can get better Italian food elsewhere for the same price.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

We went for dinner. Large Italian menu for selection with 3 additional specials to choose from. After we ordered the assistant server brought the bread, the poured oil & balsamic vinegar into one dish... which we would have preferred to pour our own into our own individual plates... we're not that impressed with sharing. There was a large crowd of what appeared to be an after work quick drink gang. Although they were in the next section of the restaurant they were loud, made it difficult for us to talk at our table. Meals were good, nice presentation a generous size serving. Not much of a dessert selection.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

The server was excellent. Unfortunately the meal was marginal and over priced.

Tags: Live Sports
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The ambiance was nice and the food was good. A bit too much noise for a conversation at our table. Good evening nonetheless.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Went for a drink and a bite before Leafs game. Ambience, beer on tap, service all top notch. Had the rigatoni, a little to al dente for my liking.

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great service and great food. Have been here a number of times and will continue to come here. Our group was going to the hockey game afterwards, and our server ensured we were out on a timely manner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is a great restaurant. Recommend if you are looking for a warm, family feel restaurant (that is actually quite large!). Pictures make it seem a bit more "hip" but we still loved the food and our server was very pleasant!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food and service were excellent, would recommend this restaurant to any of my friends or family.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

All the people had heartburn after the meal, and felt sick. Not the tastiest of food. Very disappointed.

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

The service and food was great, the hostess in particular was very engaging, welcoming and friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 16, 2017

There were 8 of us that got together for a Xmas get together. 6 of us were from out of town ( Thunder Bay & Sudbury) one couple local . So it was special . I immediately asked a young man to turn the background music down , we were there to talk !
We arrived at 6:30 so restaurant was not busy .3ordered the seafood special -scallops-my gosh if I had gotten that dish it would have gone back! An appetizer portion of three scallops for a $30.00 entree & it was served cold - Embarrassing!!!
The other 5 were happy , my rigatoni fed the three that ordered the special as well ( I’m a lite eater & I had a good portion ) The Blood Orange Sherbet was out of this world good ! My husband loved his burger. The ravioli was enjoyed by two .

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Not so impressed with the pre fix dinner. Wish we could order from the menu or we could have gotten the pre fix menu ahead of time so we can have the option to go to other restaurants.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 12, 2017

This was our second time. The food was good, the atmosphere was great but the service could be improved. Our waiter may have had a bad day. He was less than enthused to serve us.

Tags: Disabled Access
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was absolutely wonderful - we ordered comfort foods which were incredibly flavourful and enjoyable. The service was unexpectedly poor -- we had to interrupt a manager walking by to have our order taken.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was OK, most certainly not worth the price. Waiter was fantastic, very funny. He made the visit almost worth the money (but not quite). Food not any better than a chain restaurant but certainly much more expensive.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Good menu choices and wine selections. Noisy at 6pm on Friday with active bar scene. Friendly and efficient services. Great place before the game.

Tags: Quick Bite, Live Sports
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great service, and fast service for a group of 6 during a busy time of the evening. Foior and drink selection were good, and the waitperson was very good.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Amazing service, great food and very nice atmosphere right at the center of Financial District. Great for business lunches!

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

The servers came around very often, but that didn't guarantee the service being great. The water was filled often (Thank you!), but someone (not our server) took our bread and dip when we had 3 full slices uneaten without asking. And when we tried to ask him to bring it back, he didn't seem to have heard because he just looked at us, nodded, then continued to walk away with the bread. There were a few other times that he took away plates with food still on them or plates that we were keeping for sharing food that we needed to stop him and ask him to leave it.
The service wasn't bad, but I think they could have been more attentive to what we actually wanted instead of assumed what they thought we wanted.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Went here for a friends bday with a group of 8! The table and location was great (close to union) and they had balloons on the table when we arrived. The food was delicious! Will be recommending to friends looking for a place to eat in toronto. Thanks again

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The service was good - friendly and attentive. However, the food was not very appealing. Greasy chewy calamari lacking seasoning. The brussels sprouts should have been crispy but were undercooked and underwhelming.
Water was fine.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed a Saturday evening dinner - generous portions of pasta were delicious! Servers were attentive without being bothersome - thank you!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The service was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive. Food was ok. Value was good.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Went with the kids before a game -
service was fast and very kid-friendly. Great for young families and big groups.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent service, first-rate food, all around great experience. Risotto truly excellent, great burger. Unfortunately boring fries. But overall a place we will be returning to again and again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Attentive staff and decent menu. I had the pasta special with beef tips which was delicious

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Overall, the food was fair but not great! The bruschetta was bland and boring. More oil mixed in with the tomatoes would have been a nice touch. The main meals were good. The apple crostata was terrible, lacking in flavor and spice. I would try a different dessert the next time.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

It was a great place, amazing food and fast service.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Consistantly great! We’ve used Badali’s Bar and Grill for date night, lunches and business gatherings. It is never disappointing!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was a good experience overall. Everything from the online booking to service on the night of went smoothly. Thank you!

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Fun, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had been before. Traditional menu choices well prepared and tasty. Good wine list. Service warm and timely. Would go back again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great nite - second time at this restaurant - both times for Pre- concert dinners. Great service, amazing food and drinks. Prompt attention to our table - with refills of bread and drinks. Wait-staff on both occasions had great personalities, knew the menu & specials of the day and were very helpful to make sure we got our orders in before the kitchen rush, to ensure we could eat at a leisurely pace prior to our show.
Food looked and tasted great. would definitely recommend and will be back.
Thanks!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

The ambiance was great. DJ was wonderful setting the mood for the upcoming Janet Jackson concert that night. Service was perfection. And the food was absolutely outstanding. Hot to the table and delicious. You could taste the freshness in the herbs and spices used.
Owner was on the floor, talking to patrons which was very nice to see. Dj was fun and friendly to everyone.
Absolutely love this restaurant and looking forward to having a girls night there very soon.

Tags: Live Music, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Waiter was great made sure our food order got in some we made it to the hockey game in time. We both had the burger and craft beer pregame special and although I don’t think it is any great value (you. Get a beer but no fries for $3 more than the burger and fries price) the burger was great. Good spot before the game!

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

While the food and service were very good, this establishment is completely inaccessible to those who have a physical disability.
My daughter and I were dining prior to attending an event, and she is confined to a wheelchair. When we arrived at the front entrance, there were approximately 10 stairs up to the front entrance. I had to carry her wheelchair up (and down) those stairs, while separately supporting my daughter for the same long and difficult task of gaining entrance (and departing).
Prior to leaving, we discovered that the bathroom had only 3 smaller bathroom stalls. There was no larger stall and no wall bars to support a safe transfer. Again, I needed to help guide her in and out of this potentially dangerous situation...for the most basic of needs!
I was very disappointed to discover that there had been no attempt to comply with current laws to create barrier-free access for those who have disabilities.
I will not be returning to this restaurant again.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 24, 2017

A busy place because it's convenient to sports & theatres. A good selection of Italian foods (pastas, pizzas, etc.) that should please most everyone. Often hosts larger groups who can be somewhat noisy and the acoustics don't muffle the sound much so quiet conversation may be a bit challenging at times. We arrived late due to heavy traffic but still got seated because there were no sporting events that evening. We had theatre tickets and the staff expedited our service accordingly. Prompt, friendly, and efficient.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food was good. The service was excellent, our waiter was fantastic. The place was very quiet which was unusual for a night when there was a hockey game at the ACC. It was a Monday night though so maybe that was part of the reason.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was fantastic and service was fast. What more can you ask for? A great evening out!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was excellent. Served hot. Portions just right. Service was attentive. A good selection of menu items. Only complaint was the seating. We were seated at the front of the restaurant at a small table so close to the next table you couldn't get up and walk between them without moving the table. I felt you could literally reach across the table to touch the one beside.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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