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The Real Jerk Restaurant

21 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

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The Real Jerk Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario has been a city favorite for more than 30 years. Offering authentic Caribbean cuisine in a setting that is distinctly reminiscent of the West Indies, it has a basic concept of good times and good food.

The menu at The Real Jerk Restaurant is full of familiar favorites to those who know about Caribbean cuisine. Appetizers include jerk wings, pepper shrimp, plantain, dumplings and fritters. There are soups and salads, but the centerpiece of the restaurant has to be the different roti options and extensive side dishes that make your dining experience at The Real Jerk Restaurant as authentic as an island holiday.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Caribbean, Jamaican, Soul food
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Phone number
(416) 463-6055
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lilieth Pottinger
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, The Real Jerk Restaurant can accommodate all your special event needs.
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Private party contact
Manager: (855) 978-2098
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We cater to groups of all sizes as we take you and your party to the island in the sun. We offer personalized menus for your event. Party Trays available. Large individual roti orders available Call for catering 416-463-6055 Lily
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Cross street
Gerrard Street East and Carlaw Ave
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Irie-Okee Thursdays
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Orlando)
1.0  Dined on August 1, 2016

They took a reservation and we went all the way there and it was closed :(

EricG (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on July 28, 2016

The food was good as always. We had not been to the new location, having eaten there last in 2008. Our server "Future" was very friendly, prompt, and knew the menu inside and out. We eat there each time we come to Toronto and will be back. I even took a take out order to a friend back home (Harrisburg, Pa) who could not make the trip.

DebiS (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on July 26, 2016

Everything was perfect other than our waitress was constantly taking away our empties right at the moment they finished....and one time when we got back from our waitress took our water glasses.

KarenN (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2016

Our meal was delicious. Great variety on the menu. I took my three grandchildren to Toronto as a graduation gift and The Real Jerk was tops on one of their lists. My grandson who is 16 yrs old tipped our waiter (Jamaican with braids and great teeth) $20 which he took from the $100 he had to spend on himself for the three days we spent in Toronto. I was touched by his generosity. Our waiter was wonderful and took time to chat and have fun with us. This was one of our most memorable times we spent in Toronto. Loved the atmosphere and even though the food was hotter than the children were used to they loved it and the experience that we all had. I will tell this story many times over. Thank you.

vipJojosPicks (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

Love this place so much. The food is fantastic!
The quality for the price is excellent.
Great music
I'll be back !!!

vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

Sloooow. Had a reservation for 6:00. Unfortunately at 7:20 still no food out to us. A party of 2. When we asked our waiter if it would be much longer for our entrees. He replied by saying. " nah, they haven't even started your food yet" I was very disappointed. The thing that bothered me most about this experience was seeing people come in off the street to order take out. And being served within a half hour. Not sure what the problem with this place is. But after my experience I won't be trying it again.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

Service was too slow we had our appointment at 8:45 pm but the food was served only by 10:00 pm by that time we lost our appetite . Curry goat rice and peas and wings are recommended .

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

we went there on Friday for dinner. We were seated on time, however, we were not informed that the service in the kitchen was slow that day. We ended up waiting for 2 hours for our food to arrive. I have never waited this long ever and we were so tempted to leave but they kept telling us the food was almost ready. It wasn't just us but every table had no food and people were complaining. The food was good but after that experience I will think twice before recommending this place. They did not even bother to provide any discount because of the delays.

vipJillH (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 23, 2016

Love this place!

Fwmykigi (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

Awesome food.. Servers are friendly.... Vibrant easy going place. I eat here once a month.