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About The Only on King

The Only On King opened its doors in the heart of historic downtown London, a stone’s throw from Budweiser Gardens and the Covent Garden Market where the casual dining restaurant sources most of its fresh ingredients.


Chef Paul Harding is serving sophisticated but approachable French and Italian cuisine.


The menu, which also features ingredients purchased from local southwestern Ontario farmers, boasts several dishes that are priced $29 or less.


Located in a historic building and former dairy on King Street, the restaurant is a relaxing, warm and inviting space to enjoy an inspired meal and the company of family and friends.


The intimate dining room, which features photographs of historic London, is a true gem for the city’s restaurant-goers.

172 King St
London, ON N6A 1C6
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Coffee/Lunch/Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:00am-1:00am, Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am

Cross Street:
Richmond and King

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(519) 936-2064

Website:
http://www.theonlyonking.ca/

Parking Details:
Free street parking available after 6:00. Two pay parking lots available a minute walk away

Executive Chef:
Paul Harding

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Only on King Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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food

4.5

service

4.5

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4.2

value

4.3

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (120)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Kid-friendly (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Authentic (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (6)
Business Meals (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
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Tasting Menu (3)
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Worth the Drive (3)
Organic (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
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Outstanding Value (2)
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Place was closed down - gone out of business. Sorry to see it go.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Restaurant appears to be closed / out-of-business.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2016

The restaurant is closed permanently. They called to cancel our reservation a week ago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Restaurant is closed. Should not be booking reservations on OpenTable.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2016

This restaurant is closed. We did not realise until we got to the restaurant for our reservation but apparently they closed the Sunday prior so we had to make last minute arrangements. You should this restaurant from your reservation app to avoid more disappointed customers.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 22, 2016

The restaurant called us in the afternoon to tell us that they couldn't accommodate our party of 6 for that night even though it had been confirmed the previous week. I had to try to find another restaurant that would accommodate us and contact everyone to let them know of the change.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Only on King is beyond amazing for ambiance and food! Everything on the menu we wanted to try! Definitely going back

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2016

Good menu: variety of locally sourced options and prices. Great flavours - very yummy.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Kitchen and staff outstanding as always. Food high caliber.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Enjoyed the meal but it was quite loud and my aunt is a bit older and had trouble hearing our conversation. Some sound dampening would help.

Tags: Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2016

The menu, while a little small. had a lot of variety. They were accommodating to make a deletion of an item from my entree. We found the service a little slow although we were in no rush to eat.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Wonderful food and creative drinks. Poached trout was outstanding.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2016

After dining at TOOK a couple nights ago I wanted to tell anyone and everyone who would listen about our experience! The server was friendly and personable, the atmosphere was cozy and warm, the food was delicious - hands down the best restaurant experience I have had in quite some time! Thank you for your hospitality. We will be back, and I know I will be ordering the duck & the chocolate nemisis again - to die for! Delicious!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 22, 2016

This was our second visit after a number of years. Reservation was handled very efficiently and we were seated with no fuss. Our waiter was very attentive but gave us our space and the pace of delivery was perfect. We both enjoyed the beer and cheese soup and then our main course. I had the flat iron steak which was cooked as requested and my partner had the vegetable salad. Overall a very pleasing meal for a reasonable price.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Outstanding Value, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Went before the theatre as a treat for my mom. The food was delicious and plated beautifully, the Harvest Moon is a cocktail worth trying, and the wine list is short but excellent. I ordered a glass of wine after my cocktail but didn't have the menu in front of me; I thought I had seen a South American wine but couldn't remember what it was. I asked for a Malbec, and my server said they didn't have one, so I ordered a Shiraz. Moments later, our server returned and mentioned that they had a Carménère if I preferred (which I did), and I was very impressed that she thought to take a look and make sure I was getting the right alternative.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 15, 2016

The service was friendly and very pleasant. The food was tasty but the portions were tiny.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 12, 2016

The food here is delicious and the service was friendly and casual. There were not a lot of gluten free options but they were able to accommodate us. The place is small and fairly casual and we were enjoying a nice quiet conversation until a large party arrived who were very loud and dominant. At first we were seated at a table that had air conditioning blasting but the server moved us and said that they would turn up the heat a bit. Overall, one of the best restaurants I have been to in London.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Food was very good, great ambience, the parkig was extremly difficult though, it took me half hour to find a parking spot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 29, 2016

Great little place with amazing food! Highly recommend the antipasti and garlic knots and those cocktails!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 27, 2016

The space is fun. The food was earthy, rich, and delicious. Risotto - always a treat and this was excellent. Gluten sensitive options available. Our server was great. Thanks for a great evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 21, 2016

One of our favourite places! This is a place where they truly know how to cook good food. The service is professional but relaxed. The food is like no other place and you can tell that it is local, fresh and from a true chef. We recommend the Only to everyone and have been for the past 6 years. You will pay the same price at other restaurants but there is absolutely no comparison to the quality of food. The owner, Paul is also a super great guy. Very friendly, down to earth and works very hard to keep this place running as beautifully as it is. We will be back soon.

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Small menu but everything on it is exceptional in execution, presentation and flavour. Contemporary and lively atmosphere keeps this casual as a bistro or gastro-pub experience. Will definitely be back. Hope the menu changes every few months to keep it interesting.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Food was really nice but I was hoping the menu would be a bit more original. None of the entrees were that attractive or different from other places in town, and the menu of that night was not as given online. The snacks are a bit basic and pricey for what they are.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 16, 2016

My sisters and mom were looking for a place to eat. My sister said she was dying to try TOOK because she was following you on Instagram and wanted to try everything you posted. Our waiter was awesome. He made us very comfortable and was always there when we needed something. Each of us loved our dish and each other's dish as well. We were blown away!!
We will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Kitchen and wait staff professional skilled and attentive!

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Waiter was always there when we needed without hovering. Food was beautifully presented and prepared. Fresh and imaginative.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 10, 2016

I'm still thinking about that vegetable salad - amazing! I am careful about what I eat and often struggle to find a clean restaurant meal. The man taking care of us at TOOK was fabulous - didn't make me feel bad or crazy about my requests and my meal came out perfectly. The entrees are a little small, and that's coming from someone who is pretty vigilant about portion size, but just order an app and an entree and you won't be disappointed. The timing was great, slow enough to not feel rushed but quick enough to not feel ignored. What a great spot. I'll be back again soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 5, 2016

I attended The Only for a special occasion. There was no wait upon entering the restaurant, and we were taken care of immediately. Every staff working was friendly and welcoming, which always lends to strong anticipation for a meal.
Our server was engaging, attentive and gave detailed recommendations as per our taste.
The ambiance itself is modern and cozy, lending to the overall brand very well.
Our food and cocktails were utterly amazing. We were able to share both plates ordered, and neither disappointed.
Lastly, the kitchen staff was extremely handsome .

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 30, 2016

I went there for a dish involving meat, although I had to return the meat to be cooked again because it was very raw for me to eat it, when my dish finally returned the veggies that came with the meat where ruined and the meat still raw. I could not eat the meat at all. The solution offered by the waitress was send the meat for a second time to the kitchen again. I refused because by that time my friends finished their plates and I just ate the dry and now roasted veggies. So I had to waste all the meat and my money. Do not eat meat there. Other than that that place is OK .

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 28, 2016

Food Day Canada menu was excellent and very affordable. Service was great, as always. I'm really looking forward to the new menu coming next week.
Thanks guys!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Simple ingredients put together in such a tasteful way to creat an deliciously unique dish. I have been there twice for dinner and I rave about it to all my friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 8, 2016

T.O.O.K was fantastic. Neither of us had ever been before and we both plan to be back. The server was very helpful recommending food and drinks. The plates were great for sharing and the quality of food was exceptional. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 8, 2016

Lunch at TOOK - what could be better.....not much.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 6, 2016

Very good service, very pleasant, quiet ambiance. Food was not outstanding, unfortunately: used to be much better. Choice extremely limited if one doesn't like fusion (soy sauce is not my thing). Wines: the Pino Grigio wasn't very interesting, but the Australian Shiraz was excellent.
May go back but am not going to rush.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 5, 2016

small with great organic food menu although limited in menu selection I would recommend this place as a great dining spot very small so not gor big groups

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 24, 2016

TOOK is a grand night out- the food is fabulous- you will establish faves quickly- but the daily specials never fail. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and funky. There is no excuse to go " downtown" and not dine at TOOK.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 24, 2016

The Only has a relaxed atmosphere. We happened to go to dinner around their anniversary weekend and could not resist the blackboard dishes. The asparagus soup with a poached egg was delicious and suitable for vegan or vegetarian. We both had the gnocchi with meatballs - 3 meat in a fresh tomato sauce with a dollop of ricotta. Friendly and helpful service. We were struggling with picking a wine, described what we liked and our server picked the perfect bottle. I am looking forward to returning soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2016

This restaurant used to be such a gem. An oasis of farm to table food which was creative and well done. In its latest iteration it has slid dramatically, creating dishes that could well be seen on menus at National chains. It's very sad. The service remains at its usual high level however this does not overcome the sad state of the menu.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on June 14, 2016

Salad was excellent! Lamb, on special, was freaking amazing!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2016

It was yet another night with live music and it real neat!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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