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Fran's

#468 of 6,656 Restaurants in Toronto
#518 of 7,177 Places to Eat in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Downtown
Canadian
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20 College St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(416) 923-9867
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always good breakfast

hadn't been here in years but decided to take the family out for breakfast and I always loved going to Fran's when I went to school in TO. Nothing has changed, the food is still great dinner fair and coffee is always consistent, yes you may pay more than a regular fast food joint but it really if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

After hearing how great this place was, my work companion and I decided to go for breakfast. They weren't busy, but apparently it was more important for the Host to roll cutlery, than seat customers. After waiting about 7-8 minutes, we, along with the family of five and another couple all left. You just lost an easy $100.00. Why are... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We had just arrived and wanted something quick and convenient before getting into bed after flight. With a little more thought , sure we could have done better. Salads were brown and tired.

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Liverpool
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Maybe we had been spoiled the day before but our breakfast at Fran's while quite acceptable was not as good as we had had at Cora's and the price was very similar. Don't know what it is like for other meals but the breakfast is just ok.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

hadn't been here in years but decided to take the family out for breakfast and I always loved going to Fran's when I went to school in TO. Nothing has changed, the food is still great dinner fair and coffee is always consistent, yes you may pay more than a regular fast food joint but it really if worth it.... More 

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Toronto
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57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Won't be back! Upon arrival we had to break the host away from his tv and when we said excuse me (in a polite way) he turned around looking annoyed that we interrupted. Even my kids noticed. Took forever for anyone to come by and it was a slow night (thus the tv watching). Food was mediocre at best. I... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

by far the greatest pancakes i have ever eaten, the staff was friendlily and the food came out very quickly.

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

On our last day in Toronto we stubbled across Fran's diner and were amazed at the quality of the food and the staff. Excellent range of home cooked food with big portions. I recommend the meat loaf and apple pie. Enjoy

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Our hotel recommended Fran's, which was about 2 blocks away. We went there 2 mornings while staying in Toronto for breakfast. Fran's is a diner style restaurant and some of the fixed booth seats have seen better days, but the service is great, the food very good, and the coffee strong and black. Their portions are large, so unless you... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This eatery never closes & has hearty large portions with a focus on breakfast items. Large multi level seating with outside sidewalk tables. I had the braised beef benny which was very good, my companion had the "Big Breakfast" which had the most beautiful pancakes I've ever seen. An icon in this vibrant neighborhood comes highly recommended.

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

While visiting Toronto for a few days, I decided I needed to give poutine a try. It's always sounded so disgusting but I had to see what the fuss was about. Fran's seemed a good place to try it: near my hotel, warm out of the cold, efficient helpful servers, great diner vibe... I ordered a classic poutine starter, then... More 

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Address: 20 College St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: (416) 923-9867
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: Canadian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 College St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (416) 923-9867

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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

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