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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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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (36)
Casual (31)
Good for Groups (26)
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Good for a Date (24)
Special Occasion (21)
Great for Lunch (17)
Authentic (16)
Bar Seating (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Business Meals (16)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Fun (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Cozy (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Notable Wine List (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romantic (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Healthy (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Live Sports (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great Beer (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was terrible. Poor excuse for an Italian food!!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Nice restaurant- have a menu for lunch, it is quiet so good if you need to talk

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent service. Our waiter made small talk and was very funny. The food was delicious! The atmosphere was relaxing and European. I will definitely return!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 12, 2017

It was my first time going to this restaurant. I really like the ambiance. I ordered the Badali salad with chicken. It was delicious! Would order it again! My friend had the gnocci and really enjoyed it. Service was good. Definitely going back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great place and location for a business lunch. Good food and not noisy like some other downtown lunch places. Staff asks if you have time constraints and they respond accordingly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The waiter Bobbie was fantastic!! Thank you for all of your help and patience retrieving my husbands phone!!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Our group of 8 had a great time. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The service was great. It's a pass on the mushroom soup. It's a great book club spot!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great food and service. Thank you! No halal options to make it 5 star but all good!

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great place to bring relatives visiting from Italy...great location and great food!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 25, 2017

True Italian cuisine and outdoor atmosphere. Went on our honeymoon to Italy the year before and felt like we were right back there at this place. Excellent.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our waiter wasn't the most enthusiastic (my friends characterized him as "grumpy," but regardless, it was a great night, and good food:

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our meals were good value and our server was friendly. We felt the service was rushed. We had drinks appetizer and dinner done in one hour. We were looking for a more leisurely evening.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was our second time to the restaurant and our food was not as good as the last time.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The food was great but the server innterrupted our business conversation on multiple occasions. I think she may have been new so it can be forgiven as long as she learns to be more unobtrusive. Generally a great place for a business lunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Seafood linguine was very good, patio was nice, servers friendly, presentation excellent and price was reasonable

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food and service were excellent except for one of the meals which was Sea Bass. It was terrible and should not have been served. If I had known at the time I would have complained.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Convenient downtown spot for a get-together with a group aged 25 to 85. Very accommodating, friendly service, and everyone loved their food. Thank you!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were heading to the Jays game so we made reservations and expected it to be busy.
We arrived at 7:15 by 7:45 we had water and had not seen the waiter. We flagged down a manager and asked for bread while we wait still respecting they were busy. She gives a 15% off apps next visit and bread. A waiter comes by takes our orders. All good we received our apps and waited. At 9:00 we realized the tables were turned over everywhere. I went to find the manager once again and the excuses started at 9:15 we got up to leave hurry rush now everyone is at our table. We agreed to pay for the drinks and leave when the bill came they overcharged jus $30.00 for the drinks!!! We left the coupons on the empty table. Yikes can forgive being busy but how can you loose our order twice??

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Very friendly waiter (cheers, Armando!) and other wait staff who supplied us with our meal and drinks. A very pleasant dinner after the Cirque du Soleil show!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

This was our third weekend in a row dining at Joe Badali's .
Our first visit was prior to a concert- the service was quick and the meal very good.
It was mentioned we were celebrating a birthday but was overlooked as the server was quite busy with other tables.
The next weekend we went with a group of nine friends- and as expected another busy night.
We were sent a complimentary plate of cannoli's to compensate for our meals being delayed. Our meals were worth the wait and the service was good.
The following weekend we went back ( again a large group- to celebrate my husbands birthday).
Two servers thanked us for coming back- we were very surprised they recognized us.
Again good service and another great dinner.
Dessert was brought to my husband - thank you!
We will be back.
Greatly appreciated-
Lisa Falkins

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Reasonable food and great service in allocation where that combination can be hard to find.

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