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Gilead Cafe

4 Gilead Place, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C9, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
647 288 0680
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Ranked #1,957 of 6,590 restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $8 - $13
Cuisines: Canadian, Café
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
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37 reviews from our community

70% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Part of my job is to look after clients. I grab a cab/limo in the financial area of Toronto and take them over to Jamie Kennedy's Gilead Café. Wins me lots of respect. Gilead is a UK/EU style order and find yourself a seat format and they'll bring the food. Good selection/variety of food and tastings. Although a wine bar,... More

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72 reviews 72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I had a date with my husband here on a Tuesday night. We did not take advantage of the free corkage they offer on Tuesday, and instead ordered off of the really interesting wine list. The food and wine was delicious. We shared 4 plates between us and really enjoyed the braised and crispy pork, the chicken galatine, fries and... More

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London, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Seven of us went to Gilead for a special event, and the restaurant was hugely disappointing in several way: (1) The most popular main course on the menu (four of us wanted it) was unavailable; (2) The server was incompetent: he spilt water, knocked something off the table, and, worst of all, submitted my wife's order incorrectly; (3) The result... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I went here for dinner with a small group of people and the mediocre food and poor service made the whole experience negative. This was the second time I had gone to Gilead for dinner, and both times I had bad service (from two different waiters). There are way too many good restaurants in Toronto to waste time and money... More

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Toronto, Canada
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120 reviews 120 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Despite all the buzz about this place. tucked into an alley as it is, with Jamie Kennedy behind the concept, this place is really nothing more than an overpriced cafeteria. The food is cafeteria quality (root vegetable salad was underwhelming and too much dressing, the tourtiere was flavourless and luke-warm, the pulled pork poutine was the highlight, but I've had... More

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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I attended with a group and we had high expectations for Gilead Cafe. It is tucked away on a laneway near the Distillery District in Toronto and parking is an issue. It is a wine bar and nicely appointed but you go for the food and the food and service were very disappointing. The menu is designed to be sharing... More

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Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

A small group of us went on a Saturday night. I enjoyed the dinner. The plates are mainly small sharing plates, though if I was very hungry, I could have made a meal for myself out of some of the plates. Two of the group shared the poutine, hot smoked salmon, sugar pie, vegetarian cabbage roll. They also had a... More

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Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

This wine bar was raved about on Huff Post but I found it just OK. The menu is good, nice eclectic offerings all matched with Canadian wines by the glass. I had an average Wiener schnitzel, crispy, covered with a very ordinary bland cabbage concoction in a salty brown sauce. A nice suggested Ravine Gewürztraminer and fine Clos Jordan pinot... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

I had heard good things about this restaurant. I will try a place 3 times before I give up on it. I find the menu limited. The staff, not that friendly and most of the food extremely unhealthy. I have tried the chicken sandwich, it was ok but nothing great. The quiche, more fat than ham. The ham sandwich OMG... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Gilead incorporates many things I most enjoy when dining out and "casual" is preferred First of all, Gilead does "Fresh and Local" with a French twist. Don't expect a French Bistro decor of tufted velvet and chandeliers, instead, enjoy the informal countrified atmosphere. . If you like wooden floors, blackboard menus, well chosen ingredients and a Farm Store ambience of... More

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