Permanently Closed - The Harbord Room

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - The Harbord Room is a restaurant and bar where we focus on using local and seasonal ingredients as much as possible as well as putting forth cocktails keeping true to origins and respective histories.

We are a small restaurant and limited to 20 seats in the winter months and 40 in the summer, but attention to detail and personalized service remain the heart of our concept.

We offer the same dinner menu at the bar, which is conducted on a 'walk-in' basis.

Calling just before joining us at the Bar or the Patio is recommended as we will be able to let you know the availability at that point.
We hope that you will join us for dinner soon.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never made it to The Harbord Room. They closed. Yet they didn't let the people who had reservations know that they had closed. I found out the day before the reservation. Lucky for me. I would have been less than impressed had I actually gone and found it closed. Beyond disgusted.
And I could not even make a new reservation on OpenTable as it showed I already had one (and was unable to cancel).

HB
vipHate2Bhassled
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a solid choice and has been a top 10 choice considering the time it's been around. So laid back, and great food and great relaxed service. Always a great place to catch up with friends in a "not trying too hard" atmosphere. Love it.

DC
vipDCC8
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as usual.

Ronald Clayton and a Burger is my favourite here however, the real secret behind The Harbord Room has to be the fish and seafood dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

When we were there they were filming something which was a bit odd- cameras and lights in a tiny little space- my friend ended up signing a something for permission to have her face in some shots. Apart from that, the staff were very friendly and accommodating and comped us on coffees when the dessert cane late.

H
Hayley
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were outstanding. The fresh burrata and the burger stole the show. Prices very reasonable. Very lovely decor, nice ambience. Have a patio in the summer and open the front windows for a nice breeze. Would definitely go back!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2016
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Would not call it good for special occasions - more like a very loud and very hot (no air conditioning in 30 degree heat) neighbourhood pub.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent as well as the attention to sauces, etc. We loved the linguine, the cornbread and especially, the artic char. My friend said it was the best meal she ever had. Service was also very good. We'll definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal culinary experience. The level of service, from the food to the customer service, was beyond exceptional.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Certainly not the best or most interesting food of my life, but solid simple menu, similar cocktail and wine list and good service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall2food5service5ambience2

Ac wasn't working. Should have been told beforehand. Way too hot.

AP
vipAnthonyP
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Air Conditioning was horrible on the hottest day of the year. many flies in the dining hall from the door opening/closing. steak was overdone/overpriced.

DD
DeniseD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were early and they were still able to accommodate our ask for outdoor setting. Smooth, effortless serving. Good was excellent

MH
MaureenH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent as always

G
Gabir
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not the same restaurant since the the chef changed.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
69 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service as always. Another reminder why we've been going back over and over since they opened. Best burger in the world.

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Spera
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service (Erica) - friendly, courteous, prompt, accommodating.

Suggestion: you might consider having pull-down blinds for your north window. My wife and I were with you from 7:00 p.m. to ~8:30 p.m., and during part of that time the sun reflected off the mirrors on your north-east wall into the eyes of people seated in that area facing east.

CR
ChloeR
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love dinner at The Harbord Room

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2016
Overall1food4service4ambience2

Thanks for 7 great years Harbord Room, good luck with your new business model*, and see you at the (now) vastly superior 'Flock.'

*no oysters, no charcuterie, no composed salad, no composed soup, no draft beer, no inspired beef main, no Athel Brose, no Liquid Swords)

SK
StephanieK
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful backyard patio! Terrific service. The pork belly and liver pate appies were great, as were the pork chops and arctic char entrees. Only criticism was a dry halibut and too heavy on the mint. I would return for another meal without question!

D
Dave
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very hip restaurant with great food and drink options. Limited beer menu. Food was fantastic. Price is mid-high.

S
Ssssmedium
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great cocktails and that burger was fantastic. will be back again.

SA
SarahA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I love the Harbord Room. The burger is so yummy and great little place to gather with friends for good food and wine. Service was very friendly and kind. We enjoyed our time there and will definitely be coming back for another burger :)

JM
JonM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food is noticeably less impressive than several past visits... It's a shame I love the space.

PG
PeterG
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was very attentive. Food is excellent. Table and chairs slightly uncomfortable (stools). Music was good background and only occasionally a bit too loud for conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Had the famous burger and the chicken liver mousse. The burger was very delicious, the liver just okay. The service was excellent, but it was very tight, even on the patio. Overall it was a good meal and a nice place, but maybe not deserving of all the hype.

J
Julie
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Happy that one of my favourite restaurants is still just as consistently good in the more than competent hands of Robbie Hojilla as it was before. The beautifully smoked arctic char was excellent and had me with the spoon scraping every last drop of the sauce!

HO
vipHonestOpinion
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, the service, the ambience and the neighbourhood feel. A gem that is great for a group or in my case a nice date night with my wife!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we 're lucky to get a reservation when we want the best Burger!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always recommend THR, because every time I go it's better than the last. And I've been A LOT.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
69 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We've been coming here since they opened. One of our favourites in city. The food, drinks and service are amazing and it's a testament as to why they're still around and it's still a tricky reservation to get on most nights.

Came here last weekend for a romantic celebration. Had a 9 PM reservation, everything was bliss until the table reserved next to us showed up at 930 with an angry 3 year old. She screamed and cried herself to sleep by about 1030. Who brings a 3 year old out to dinner at 930 to a place where there's nothing on the menu for her to eat? (We heard screaming about that one as well.) You're too cheap for a babysitter but have no problem dragging your child to an expensive restaurant and destroying everyone else's evening. This isn't the Spaghetti Factory, it's a romantic bistro in a small space. There's no kids menu, no high chairs, unless your kids have respect for those around them, they don't belong here.

Thanks for ruining an otherwise great evening.

C
Cocoa
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a friend's birthday and we brought our 2 year old toddler along. The staff called earlier that evening to ask which seats we'd prefer with the little one. When we arrived, they seated us in the corner booth by the windows, which was perfect. However, my little girl got too excited and we had to request a high chair. The staff was very accommodating and understanding and made room for the chair at our table. My girl settled down immediately, so that was good. The great service and the positive attitude from the staff made the night very enjoyable.

The food... presentation was beautiful. Everything tasted delicious. We started with the shishito peppers with miso sauce. It was wonderfully flavoured. A few were spicy, but not too hot. Next, we had the rabbit and pork terrine. This was a well prepared dish. We ordered extra bread. The pickles complimented the dish. We also ordered the roasted heirloom carrot and beet salad with couscous. We liked it, especially the halloumi, and my daughter loved the beets and cheese as well.
I saw the table next to us order the hummus, which looked really good. If we come back, I'd love to try that.

For mains, we ordered the skate wing, the pork chop, and the flat iron steak. I had the steak but sampled a bit of everything. The skate was surprisingly delicious. My husband had the pork chop and said it's one of the best pork chop he's had. He also really enjoyed the sweet potato purée. And my steak was beautifully seasoned, with roasted eggplant and yogurt. We also ordered a side of asparagus, which was good. Overall, I feel like the dishes were thoughtfully prepared and everything worked really well together.

For dessert, we shared the chocolate and tahini semi freddo - it was perfect. Loved all the components.

Overall, the service, atmosphere, and food was excellent. It was a very enjoyable evening out.

LC
vipLisaC
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and perfect service. Easy to understand why it is hard to get a reservation.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have eaten at The Harbord Room multiple times and have been impressed each time. The burger is the best we have ever tried and this time I tried the chicken and waffles. Amazing. Drinks are always great and atmosphere is positive and energetic. Staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. Amazing as always. One of our favourite spots for sure. Always confident bringing guests to Harbord Room. We know we won't leave disappointed.

BM
BrendonM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The burger is the best I have had, the background music was a great and everyone was very friendly.

I must try for any foodie.

BA
vipBrandonA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burger was incredible!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here almost weekly now, it's a local gem. Food, service and drinks always exceptional, we never leave disappointed. Thank god for the Harbord Room.

l
lee83
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience2

More like a scenester vibe riding its well-known name... food is still good but there are tons of similar or better places w a more laidback / friendly attitude. Feels a bit mechanical now compared to a few years ago.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was on point and the the atmosphere was awesome. It's a good place to go on a date.

m
vipmisssayuri
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great spot for Valentine's day! The food was excellent as always, as was the ambiance. Our server was also amazing - pleasant, great sense of humour, and made the night enjoyable. Everything was perfect :)

C
Cccc
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I don't feel like the food was worth the price. But service was amazing, and our server was very quick with the water refilling!

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Permanently Closed - The Harbord Room offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 962-8989.

Permanently Closed - The Harbord Room is rated 4.4 stars by 210 OpenTable diners.