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Queen Mother Cafe

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208 Queen St. W (University Ave), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-598-4719
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Today
11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Dependable Choice

You can always count on the Queen Mother as a dependable choice. Sunday brunch is my favourite. It is usually packed with theatre goers. The menu is diverse and is updated every now and then.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Helen C
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Nice place, with cosy atmosphere, good choice of starters and mains. Would not recommend the wine, but definitely go there again for a drink, bite or quick dinner before heading off to the theatre.

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27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

You can always count on the Queen Mother as a dependable choice. Sunday brunch is my favourite. It is usually packed with theatre goers. The menu is diverse and is updated every now and then.

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Montreal, Canada
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9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I had not been back to the Queen Mother in well over five years and when I found out I had to go to Toronto, my mind already popped here. I invited two friends to join me, though I could have just as easily gone alone because it's the type of place where you can go alone, as a couple... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The service is average, hostess seemed like she didn't care if we came or not. Then the waiter was friendly. Odd. A Toronto landmark restaurant. Food is a mix of many cultures and influences. I had a good Quinoa salad. I was also told it is a bit of drunk house on Thursday and Friday evenings. Location is great. Good... More 

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Lunenburg, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The Queen Mother has been a fixture for decades and for good reason. The crowded, warren-like space is packed for lunch and dinner and serves an eclectic mix of Thai appetizers and mains with some of the best desserts in the city. My standard meal is the Nan Jeun rolls with Ping Gai chicken and something decadent for dessert. I... More 

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81 reviews 81 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

Heard great things and finally ventured in for the first time. Great warm atmosphere, casual yet very trendy. Huge front windows let in lots of light. Both had the mixed grill - done to perfection - healthy portion for $21. Will definitely return!

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Toronto
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268 restaurant reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

There are very few Toronto restaurants (let alone trendy/hip cafes) that have been around so long as Queen Mother. I recall an old pal saying that it was her absolute fave going back to the early '80s. We finally ate here for the first time yesterday and enjoyed our meal very much. Wish the portions were larger. Good service. Kudos... More 

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Kingston, Ontario
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87 reviews 87 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We love this restaurant and have eaten here every time we're in Toronto. The clientale, decor and food is so eclectic! I always have the Ping Gai but this time opted to try the KHAO SOY GAI and it was fantastic. My husband had the red curry seafood hotpot and it too was superb. Couple these with a local draught... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I called to inquire about reservations for five people and was told we're not taking reservations tonight. The friendly voice said but I'll tell the hostess to look out for you at the time I wanted to arrive. Thinking nothing was amiss we arrived for a birthday celebration only to discover that the place was packed. The hostess looked incredulous... More 

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Great Wakering, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Friendly and fast service. Good food choices especially for vegetarians. Great atmosphere. Would highly recommend it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 208 Queen St. W (University Ave), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown Toronto
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
  • Phone Number: 416-598-4719
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:00 am

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