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1823 Lawrence Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-285-1337
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Rating summary
  • 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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Ontario, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Ontario, Canada
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Toronto, Canada
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133 reviews 133 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
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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Oshawa, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

As a result of a review I heard on CBC, my wife and I headed out to experience what some have called the best shawarma in GTA. It is a hole in the wall restaurant in a strip mall but it does have very good shawarma and falafels. They grill their chicken so it is crispy and you can have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

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

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