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The Badali Bar and Cucina

4.1
489 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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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.


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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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
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Phone number
(416) 977-3064
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joshua Huyder
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Catering
We offer catering services for boardrooms and offices in the immediate vicinity.
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Cross street
University
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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
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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.
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Special events & promotions
We cater to private parties and can accomodate up to 580 at one time
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 489 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.2
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4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Always a great meal

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LionelF (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

As usual Avery pleasant dining experience . Our server, Sarah, was excellent. Very attentive.
See you next time.

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JennK (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful experience. Came on Valentine's Day and they were incredibly accommodating to our needs as we needed to catch a show in an hour. The server, Sarah, was professional and warm. She started our night off well and did an amazing job facilitating our table. Will definitely be coming back!

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viplovetoeast (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

I have to admit that I was a little skeptical at first seeing some both good and bad reviews of the restaurant, but my wife and I were very pleasantly surprised. We went early on Valentine's day as we had to get to the hockey game. Food was delicious, came out quickly, and our server - wish I knew his name was absolutely fantastic. I ordered pizza, and it was delicious, but after I saw the seafood pasta, I will get it next time...these days most seafood pasts is made with horrible frozen seafood, but the dishes that I saw looked absolutely amazing. We will be back to Badali's very soon !

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CBvisitor (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. Love the gnocchi!! The service is always impeccable. All this at a fair price. We always dine here when we are in town for a game at the ACC.

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bobV (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Often stay in near by hotels and dine here on occasion. Food is solid, service is attentive but not polished (when my on table pepper mill was empty they grabbed one off an other occupied table served me pepper and then returned it, leaving the empty one, when my companion ordered the house white wine we were told bluntly it is terrible and served warm - may be true but felt like a high pressure up sale to a slightly more expensive wine) . Ambiance is on the loud side so if that bothers you take it into consideration. Over all a good spot for a casual dinner. I have also dined there with two gluten free members of my family and there were several good options for them.

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NadineB (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Brushetta was a little dry but the chicken ceaser salad was good, I would go again

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KenF (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

very nice ambiance, not too loud, service friendly but not over-bearing.

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Renatty (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Tried the Winterlicious menu and it was very disappointing. The chicken was dry, the pasta was soggy. The bread was cold (fridge cold).

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

The food was superb and creative and the service was excellent! Enjoyed the evening immensely and will go again.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

The food was very disappointing. We were dining for winterlicous and maybe that affected the quality of the food. The portions were small, the food was bland and the waiter kept trying to push the most expensive wine. For dessert I got the Ricotta Fritters; they need to remove the 's' because it came with one fritter.

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NickM (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Everything was great All the staff very attentive, never an empty glass.
Food was amazing!!! Cannot go wrong coming to The Badali Bar and Cucina!

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Server was very friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Food was nicely served and very tasty. Fresh bread was declicious. My spouse and I both had dessert, of which, their wasn't a crumb left on the plate. Would certainly return.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

The food was unique, flavourable and fantastic. The service was amazing. Their tiramisu is worth going back for.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Winterlicious was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I'll be back! Really lovely place! Warm, inviting, spacious, lively environment but also allows for really private conversation, great food! Our waiter was very pleasant and present but not hovering which I really appreciate!

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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

The food was great, as was the service... but for Italian fare, it was quite expensive!

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Great place for a get together, large variety of menu selections. Well prepared.

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Adriana (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

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Sparkyont (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  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.

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JanieTO (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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