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pero restaurant and lounge

#326 of 7,071 Restaurants in Toronto
#338 of 7,520 Places to Eat in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
West End
Vegetarian, Vegan, Ethiopian, African
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812 Bloor St West, Toronto, Ontario m6g 1l9, Canada (Bloor and Chritie)
+1 416-915-7225
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Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Pero Restaurant is as rich and diverse as Eastern African culture. The...
Pero Restaurant is as rich and diverse as Eastern African culture. The spectrum Pero Restaurant cuisine can be said to lie between two dietary extremes: vegetarianism and carnivorism. The essence of good Eastern African cooking revolves around the appropriate use of aromatic spices. The skill lies in subtle blending of a variety of spices to enhance, rather than overwhelm the basic flavour of a particular dish. Pero food relies on the spices in which it is cooked, just as Japanese Sushi relies on the freshness of the meat, and Chinese food relies on the various sauces to impart the right flavour and taste. It is interesting to see an Eastern African chef at work with a palette of spices, gratuitously sprinkling these powders in exact pinches into the dish in front of him. It is these complexities of regional food in Eastern Africa that make it such a fascinating experience.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food and nice atmosphere.

Pero's is an Ethiopian restaurant that serves delicious exotically made dishes. The spices are fragrant and fresh and unique to Eritrean cooking. For foodies this is a must try. The staff are all very friendly and Pero, the owner, stopped by our table to welcome us. We loved the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pero's is an Ethiopian restaurant that serves delicious exotically made dishes. The spices are fragrant and fresh and unique to Eritrean cooking. For foodies this is a must try. The staff are all very friendly and Pero, the owner, stopped by our table to welcome us. We loved the Eritrean coffee and popcorn, Kitfo (beef mixed with spices) and the... More 

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1 Thank islandmommaToronto
Toronto
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service was both friendly and efficient. Owner/chef greets his customers personally, all wait staff solicitous and conscientious. The combination plates are so tasty, beautifully prepared and a great value. Best Ethiopian in town. Try the delicious vegetarian dips and the chicken and beef stews. Wine very well priced. Well worth a visit. We go all the time - every month.

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Thank 438brendak
Iowa
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Ate here for the first time last week. The service was excellent. The kitchen adapted to my wife's dietary restrictions without trouble. Atmosphere is excellent. Quiet, unhurried. The food is very tasty. You won't regret a meal here!

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Thank cnfinegan
Toronto, Canada
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

My first time there. Fantastic food and service. very friendly staff. Spicy food but not too much. Just enough. really enjoyed it.

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Thank AMS840
Perolounge, Manager at pero restaurant and lounge, responded to this review

Dear Patron, Thank you for recently dining with us for the first time. We are happy to know that your expectations were met. We hope to see you soon again. Sincerely, Management More 

Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Tried various menu items and was pleasantly surprised by all. There were multiple vegetarian options and various meat dishes. The upstairs and downstairs of the restaurant are decorated very nicely. I recommend trying if you've evener had it! Beautiful place.

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Thank DTowe
Perolounge, Manager at pero restaurant and lounge, responded to this review

Dear Patron, Thank you for recently dining at Pero Restaurant. We appreciate all of your kind words. We are pleased to know you tried the many options we have on our menu and enjoyed them. Thank you also for your recommendation. Visit with us soon to try other options on our new fall menu. Sincerely, Management More 

Burlington, Canada
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54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

Our first visit to Pero and we were not disappointed. The service was excellent; attentive without intruding, and very knowledgeable. We had a sharing platter for two which was ample and allowed us to try a variety of dishes. Each was quite different in flavour and texture and all worked well together. Eating with your hands can be a sensual,... More 

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Thank BlueHorizons1
Thornhill, Canada
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134 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Although the food was average, the experience was unusual. Pero, the owner is very personable, and the evening included lights out and candles only for earth hour, a visit to the bar for a limoncello sample, a complementary starter, and a communal dance around the room to Inagine, which people participated in due to the relaxed vibe. Vegetarian sampler and... More 

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2 Thank Kulbi
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Very helpful and friendly staff took us through the menu, being unfamiliar with Ethiopian food, and gave amazing recommendations. The sampler platter, highly recommended by our waitress, was a perfect introduction to Ethiopian cuisine and provided us with a great variety of food. The chickpea vegetable option is incredible, and the overall ambiance of the restaurant made it a night... More 

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Thank Nick-Maddie
Perolounge, Manager at pero restaurant and lounge, responded to this review

Dear Nick-Maddie, Thank you for your recent dining experience with us at Pero's. We are pleased to know that you received great service and enjoyed our wonderful cuisine. Let us know next time in advance so we can seat you at the corner. Thank you again. Sincerely, Management More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Great food, huge portions and lovely atmosphere. Good service. You'll have an awesome experience. Good for couples and nice booths for private parties.

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1 Thank Federica C
Perolounge, Manager at pero restaurant and lounge, responded to this review

Dear Federica, Thank you for dining with us and your kind words. We are lucky to have people like you to love our cuisine and the appreciate the service we provide. We are also grateful for your recommendation of Pero's to others. We would love to see you again. Sincerely, Management More 

Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

My friends and I went there to try the Winterlicious menu. We didn't really know what to expect (all of us new to Ethiopian food) but the menu looked interesting. Overall, our expectations were exceeded by far! The food was delicious (my favourite was the Chef Wondiy Special appetizer but I also loved the Beef Tibsi), the ambiance was great,... More 

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Thank AValalala
Perolounge, Manager at pero restaurant and lounge, responded to this review

Dear Avalalala, Thank you for dining at Pero's for Winterlicious. We are happy your first experience of Eritrean/Ethiopian cuisine was with us;and delighted we exceed your expectation. We would like to invite you to come back again to experience more of our cuisine from our regular menu and listen jazz downstairs in our lounge area. Of course we will seat... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 812 Bloor St West, Toronto, Ontario m6g 1l9, Canada
    (Bloor and Chritie)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > West End
  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +1 416-915-7225

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 22
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan, Ethiopian, African

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Pero Restaurant is as rich and diverse as Eastern African culture. The spectrum Pero Restaurant cuisine can be said to lie between two dietary extremes: vegetarianism and carnivorism. The essence of good Eastern African cooking revolves around the appropriate use of aromatic spices. The skill lies in subtle blending of a variety of spices to enhance, rather than overwhelm the basic flavour of a particular dish. Pero food relies on the spices in which it is cooked, just as Japanese Sushi relies on the freshness of the meat, and Chinese food relies on the various sauces to impart the right flavour and taste. It is interesting to see an Eastern African chef at work with a palette of spices, gratuitously sprinkling these powders in exact pinches into the dish in front of him. It is these complexities of regional food in Eastern Africa that make it such a fascinating experience.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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