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Shawarma Empire

1823 Lawrence Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-285-1337
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Ranked #1,879 of 6,590 restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Most recent review
- Jul 19, 2014
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English first
British Columba
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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7 reviews 7 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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36 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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Pickering, Canada
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14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Toronto, Canada
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108 reviews 108 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

I stopped in the other day because I was in the area and I wanted to see if things had changed since my last review so I could update; I truly don't like giving negative reviews. When I arrived it was an hour before closing on a Tuesday. There was chicken on the shawarma cooker, but no beef. Four people... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

Ive known the owner for years and this place is his long life dream and what he does is his passion and he puts his heart into every sandwich. His sauce is one of a kind, the pocket pittas are different, his garlic paste is amazing. Nice staff and helpful and always with a smile. Upgrading the decoration wouldnt hurt... More

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Toronto, Canada
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108 reviews 108 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

I wouldn't go out of my way to get there. The place needs a good cleaning. I am surprised it passes the Toronto health inspector's review. Like I said, the Shawarmas are OK. I wish they would serve them in better packaging that doesn't rip to prevent the sauce from getting all over your shirt.

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