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Shawarma Empire

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1823 Lawrence Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-285-1337
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Great Falafel

We love this place. We've had the beef shawarmas before and they are really good; however, we love the falafels. Great taste, lovely spicy sauce and pickled turnips. The service is always friendly, polite and fast. And you can't beat the price.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Have been here a number of times. Food has always been great, especially the shawarma. Prices are very reasonable and customer service top-notch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I work in the area and there are a ton of shawarma places, but this is the go to spot. Fresh, tasty, and priced right. This place get's really busy at noon but the line moves pretty quick.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We love this place. We've had the beef shawarmas before and they are really good; however, we love the falafels. Great taste, lovely spicy sauce and pickled turnips. The service is always friendly, polite and fast. And you can't beat the price.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I've been coming to Shawarma Empire every 2 weeks for at least 5 years. I've tried many on Lawrence and downtown and in 'Sauga and out of T.O. These guys are the top IMO. Busy place and close shortly after dinner, but I know that they will repeat time after time. Offers both chicken and beef in regards to meat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

On a recent trip to Toronto I found myself craving both shawarma and falafel - middle eastern food is non-existent where I live. Shawarma Empire was recommended to me and they did not disappoint! I satisfied both of my cravings and the food was outstanding! I will definitely visit again when I am in Toronto again.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

I am a shawarma lover and went to this place based on the reviews and I must say, I am not pleased. The shawarma is very small than usual but they have a 2 for 1 special which makes it worth the price. I love spicy sauce on my shawarma and their spicy sauce is awful. Although it did have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

I stopped at this place, because I love shawarma, and because the reviews were fantastic. Located in an old, seen-better days strip mall, driving on Lawrence one could easily miss it. It is small inside, but there is seating for a few. The prep area is open, and a door to the kitchen was open while three men cooked. I... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I've read a lot of reviews about this place - so decided to give it a try today. I went with a bunch of coworkers. We ordered the chicken or beef shawarmas. Overall, the wait wasn't too long - we were out of there in about 10 min. I got the chicken shawarma - extra spicy. Overall, it was ok.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

I have been here several times and the wait is always long and usually to the door. The first time was a few years back when it was 2 for $5 for shawarmas. The last time I went, they went up to 2 for $6.99. They are just as good as before but the deal is obviously not as good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

The service has been great for a fast food place. I live in the area and have tried shawarmas all over the place before and none can match the indian spicy sauce they put in their shawarma for that distinctive taste. Not to mention the price is more than reasonable $6.99 for two shawarmas - given the smaller portion size... More 

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Address: 1823 Lawrence Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: 416-285-1337
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Scarborough
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Cuisine: Middle Eastern

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  • Address: 1823 Lawrence Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Scarborough
  • Neighborhood: Scarborough
  • Phone Number: 416-285-1337

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

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Scarborough
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