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Gilead Cafe

Cafe, Canadian
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4 Gilead Place, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C9, Canada
647 288 0680
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8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 3
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Gilead doesn't make it easy

At its best, Gilead has creative combinations and compelling flavours. But the locavore ideology seems to drive decisions more than customer preference. An odd location, an awkward ordering procedure, emaciated portions, constrained wine list, hefty prices...I could go on. Gilead is an adventure I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 23, 2014
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Horrible!! I had won a gift certificate for Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar a few years ago. I found it recently while cleaning out a drawer. I called the Gilead Café, it being the present Jamie K. establishment and inquired about using my gift certificate. A very enthusiastic gentleman on the other end said absolutely I could use my certificate at... More 

Thank Philippa C
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Stopped by the day after Boxing Day and was surprised to get a table. Our server was good but the rest of the lunch was so-so. Meals arrived individually and from over cooked eggs to a burnt tart we seemed to be out of luck. Not sure if it was an off day, but there are a lot of good... More 

Thank Richard U
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

At a loss to understand the appeal of this place. Odd location, indifferent decor, average food, abysmal service. I can think of dozens of better places to eat in Toronto.

1 Thank Joan D
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330 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

At its best, Gilead has creative combinations and compelling flavours. But the locavore ideology seems to drive decisions more than customer preference. An odd location, an awkward ordering procedure, emaciated portions, constrained wine list, hefty prices...I could go on. Gilead is an adventure I recommend -- but make sure your dinner companion is open-minded, flexible and not looking forward to... More 

Thank Mark16
Toronto, ON
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

WE visited for lunch and enjoyed our order. The food is farm fresh and the wait staff young and accommodating. The location requires a little research as it is in quite a side street (off a busy street) and parking is at a premium. We would recommend this restaurant for the food experience.

Thank Audrey73Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I went to Gilead last night for my 4-year anniversary and I can honestly say, I have never received such exceptional service and attention before then. From the warm welcome, to the free glasses of champagne, to the candle on our chocolate cake, we both felt so special. We were treated like royalty and it's something I will never forget.... More 

Thank balloyd
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

went there for sunday brunch after we relized lady marlmalade had 1 hour wait on 1pm. we asked server whats good in the menu and he said he doesnt really know.. ok...fine.. we ordered whatever that sounded good.. two bunch plates and a coffee with milk. coffee came with cream.. whatever.... server didn't look to enthusiastic so didn't bothered to... More 

Thank shelley h
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39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Between 6 of us we pretty much tried everything on the menu and it was all great (except the marinated salmon which was ok). Service was good, atmosphere ok. I'd go back for an informal meal.

Thank Mike W
Toronto, Canada
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165 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

On a sunny Sunday there was no lineup at the door, unlike many other brunch spots we've tried all over toronto. For good reasons. We came to try out Jamie Kennedy's food, which range from underwhelmingly ordinary at best to down right bad. The brunch pastry basket was overpriced for a pile of blah and stale bread, tiny dollop of... More 

Thank elycee
New York City, New York
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93 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Had brunch here during a recent trip to Toronto. While the food was fresh I didn't find the brunch menu to be very exciting/different. Had the howdy pardner breakfast sandwich and the eggs with hash and salad. Everything was very fresh but not sure it's worth going to the out of the way neighborhood of Corktown for this restaurant. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4 Gilead Place, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 647 288 0680

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 13
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine


Open Hours
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
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