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Fran's

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Downtown Toronto
Canadian
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20 College St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(416) 923-9867
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 77
    Excellent
  • 104
    Very good
  • 60
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Glory Days Gone!

Once, not all that long ago, Fran`s had five restaurants in Toronto. The menu was appealing, and the slow and matronly service seemed to be, appealingly, from another era. Their breakfasts were huge and tasty, their signature coffee, apple pie, and rice pudding delicious. Now, in 2015, they seem... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Loren H
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Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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267 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Toronto, Canada
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Once, not all that long ago, Fran`s had five restaurants in Toronto. The menu was appealing, and the slow and matronly service seemed to be, appealingly, from another era. Their breakfasts were huge and tasty, their signature coffee, apple pie, and rice pudding delicious. Now, in 2015, they seem to have fallen on hard times. I had to ask twice... More 

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This place is more of an iconic institutional landmark then a great restaurant honestly. Toronto has the largest selection in the world for food but honestly there is nothing like being hungover at frans with vegetarian options and some great greasy food! The coffee gets a good b+ and the place seems organized. With no shortage of grease and fat... More 

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Mississauga
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Went for a breakfast, the four of us on the Family Day Monday morning. Things were busy, but was assigned a table within a coupe of minutes. Our first visit to this iconic restaurant. Was impressed with the menu as it had a fair amount of dishes suitable for vegetarians. We ordered a Vegetarian Rainbow Benedict, a Vegetarian Omelette, Mixed... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I hadn't been here in 35 years. It is in a great location, a block from our hotel. We went for a hearty breakfast. It was very reasonably priced and the food plentiful, hot and tasty. The waiter made us feel very welcome and kept the coffee coming. Thanks Fran's for not disappointing!

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Toronto, Canada
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123 reviews 123 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The one near Yonge St. -Loud music -Busy -Vibrant atmosphere -Small restaurant -Food was pretty good (Scramble Eggs and Croissant) -Service was good

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Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We stopped here for breakfast after hearing about it from friends. The service was excellent and the food was well prepared. We didn't have anything fancy, but it was hot and had great flavour. Definitely a place we will go back to.

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Brockport, New York
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90 reviews 90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Competent omelet and Eggs Benedict. Very crowded and loud with a line. Great service. Good price. Always open. Diner food.

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Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We go to Fran's at 200 Victoria Street before downtown performances at Massey Hall and such. Always busy! Never a long wait as they are soooo organized. The menu is varied so it appeals to anyone of any age...children to seniors. The food is very good and there is always lots of it. Price is good too. A must visit... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Hands down one of my favourite diners in Toronto. Absolutely love their breakfast with great portions. Service is okay and wish they had more room for larger groups. Do not like that when you're with a group of 4 or more at the same table they will add an automatic gratuity without telling you. But in the end their food... More 

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Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Arrived at the restaurant at approx 330am and was ushered to the back of the restaurant which I didn't like. When asked for a seat in the front I was told that the server for that area has already finished their shift. Nevertheless Andrew our waiter was very attentive and took care of us very graciously. Food was good and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 College St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown Toronto
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
  • 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?