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El Fogon

West End
Peruvian, South American, Latin, Spanish
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543 St Clair Ave West, Toronto, Ontario M6C 1A3, Canada
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: No steps to enter restaurant or to washrooms.

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic introduction to Peruvian cuisine!

Having literally just arrived in Toronto from Sydney after a 22 hour trip, we were quite famished and exhausted...but our friend (whom grew up in Peru) had insisted we drag ourselves out to this highly recommended restaurant...we were not disappointed at all! Being a complete stranger to Peruvian... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
Danny H
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Toronto, Canada
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256 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yuck! That's how I want to start. Here we were looking for some well cooked fish, and I ha heard Peruvian preparation of fish is amazing with an interesting blend of spices. Boy did this restaurant disappoint. While the ambiance and service was good, the food was just plain terrible. I don't know if I got them on the wrong... More 

Thank Kunal C
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72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great place this is! It's a Peruvian restaurant, nicely decorated, comfortable seating, excellent service. We ordered an appetizer trio to share - with breaded and fried calamari, fried plantains and fried cassava -- served with huancaine dip -- one of the best I ever had! The breading was light, none of the fried foods were greasy, the plantains... More 

Thank torontojudy
Stoney Creek, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Great service, excellent food, reasonable prices, authentic Peruvian food. I purchased a gift card with the owner on the phone to surprise my brother for his birthday. He went with his wife for his birthday and had a great time there

Thank Lizzyv2016
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

Do right and eat everything. Excellent food and wine prices. Delicious home cooked Peruvian food. Friendly service, great food and a cozy atmosphere makes this place definitely one I would eat at again.

Thank Lauren K
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Everything was great. Nice atmosphere..great cheerful service..large portions os delicious foods. All made in house fresh is obvious. Would go back again definitely.

Thank Kathryn G
Calgary, Alberta
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35 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

My wife and I were visiting our daughter in Toronto and the two of us decided to try El Fogon. It had received some good reviews in the past. Our server Kevin turned out to be the highlight of the evening. He was alone serving all the tables in the restaurant and doing a great job. He told us that... More 

Thank Earls69
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

Having literally just arrived in Toronto from Sydney after a 22 hour trip, we were quite famished and exhausted...but our friend (whom grew up in Peru) had insisted we drag ourselves out to this highly recommended restaurant...we were not disappointed at all! Being a complete stranger to Peruvian cuisine, we took the plunge and ordered some unique dishes such as... More 

1 Thank Danny H
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49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I had dinner last week with family for a birthday celebration. We were seven and ordered various dishes, all very fresh and tasty. From the ceviche, to beef dishes, to fish, to chicken, we all enjoyed every thing. We also had Sangria, Chichamorrada, wine, which were fine. The service was simple, effective and staff welcoming. A good experience overall- we'll... More 

Thank annecie
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

As a Peruvian living in an American city that doesn't have a Peruvian restaurant to travel to a different state or country and find one it is always awesome and creates great expectations and excitements! My husband and I traveled to Toronto Ontario Canada and I found this restaurant which it had great reviews. I ordered a portion of anticuchos... More 

1 Thank marishkaBuffalo
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

This is a great place to try Peruvian food. I ate there with a friend from Peru and he said the tastes were very authentic. The purple corn drink (forgot the name) was very good. Fried yucca with traditional dipping sauce (aji) was great. Ceviche mixto was ok, but not great. The bass ceviche was excellent though. All of the... More 

Thank Jonathan K

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 543 St Clair Ave West, Toronto, Ontario M6C 1A3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > West End
  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Phone Number: 4168508041

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Peruvian, South American, Latin, Spanish


No steps to enter restaurant or to washrooms.
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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