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#123 of 7,071 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
American, Canadian
As featured in One Day in Toronto and 1 other guide
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20 College St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(416) 923-9867
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Fran's - A Toronto Institution

We had breakfast on Saturday. The Eggs Florentine had lots of spinach, hot, great hollandaise. Son had waffles and chicken strange combo, but great waffles with real maple syrup. Hubby had waffles with fruit and caramel sauce. Waffles had great flavour - they probably were from a mix, but they sure... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Aylmer, Ontario, Canada
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St. Catharines, Ontario
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I recently stayed in Toronto near College St. and found Fran's. I love diners and was not disappointed. Although it was dinner time, I found myself having a great breakfast. I found out that Fran's has been around for about 75 years. They must be doing something right!!!

Thank Karen L
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This review is incredibly late, but I can't pass up an opportunity to praise this place. I went to Fran's with a group of friends for breakfast during our stay in Toronto. I ordered a pancake dish with blueberries and raspberries, and they were honestly the best pancakes I've ever tasted. The fruit was baked into the pancakes as well... More 

Thank beccabee33
Aylmer, Ontario, Canada
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had breakfast on Saturday. The Eggs Florentine had lots of spinach, hot, great hollandaise. Son had waffles and chicken strange combo, but great waffles with real maple syrup. Hubby had waffles with fruit and caramel sauce. Waffles had great flavour - they probably were from a mix, but they sure tasted homemade. Real maple syrup helps. Excellent, friendly service... More 

Thank Archangelsgirl
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to this location several times and had meals from breakfast to dinner. Everything is pretty standard fare, well prepared and what you would expect. Service can be inconsistent but there are good servers working here too. It's always open so fills the gap when you need it!

Thank Cindy H
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pretty good restaurant with some good comfort food. The chili was exceptional and definitely the best part of the meal. Plenty of different offerings for everyone.

Thank Timtimn11
Plano, Texas
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wanted to find someplace to grab a nice big breakfast prior to a late morning meeting. Order the hash and eggs, huge portion, great hash, great potatoes...really enjoyed.

Thank smoberly
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96 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Originally established by FRAN DECK in 1940 at St. Clair and Yonge they used to have other popular mid-town locations but are now down to those listed on their web pages which are worth checking to look over their wide and varied and popular menu before making your first visit ... You will receive large portions and they serve 24-hour... More 

Thank colonel77
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254 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Established in the late fifties this brand was known for solid family entertainment. Now in multiple locations the brand is updated and the locations remain friendly. The food is family affordable and many tourists find it a fun destination.

Thank travellingsinclairs
Niagara Falls, Canada
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

- I've been to this restaurant a number of times and this was the first time taking my boyfriend here and luckily it was the BEST time I have ever gone. - Had the BLT and a breakfast meal and it was so good. Their home fries are my favourite. - Very reasonably priced. - I would recommend to wait... More 

Thank Deidra L
Milwaukee, WI
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Ate there with my family of five on Christmas Eve. Every other place was closing, but not Fran's. The service was fantastic and food was even better. Some of us had breakfast and some had dinner. The rice pudding with raisins was amazingly good.

Thank gw

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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: American, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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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Neighborhood Profile
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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