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Ruby Watchco

#61 of 7,076 Restaurants in Toronto
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730 Queen St East, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H2, Canada
(416) 465-0100
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Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 28
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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cozy Comfort Food on a Midwinter Evening

Entering the unprepossessing storefront on a gentrifying street, you might not expect this level of service and food excellence at Ruby Watchco, but find it you will, and in spades! The food, one menu and served family style, is high-end comfort, utterly delicious and plentiful. Think the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Marcia C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Entering the unprepossessing storefront on a gentrifying street, you might not expect this level of service and food excellence at Ruby Watchco, but find it you will, and in spades! The food, one menu and served family style, is high-end comfort, utterly delicious and plentiful. Think the best fried chicken you have ever eaten, with pillowey buttermilk biscuits and perfectly... More 

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Thorold
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is was my third time at Ruby Watch Co and the experience was just as great as my previous visits. The service was excellent and every part of the meal was delicious. They had great music playing all through dinner which created a fun and easy atmosphere. Make a reservation ASAP you won't regret it!

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Thank AmandaBu8
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here to celebrate a few birthdays and we were all impressed by the quality of the food, the service and the atmosphere. It was a set menu and everyone enjoyed every part of it.

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Thank Chocaholic777
Stirling, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything about Ruby Watchco is worth remembering. Sometimes it is Chef Lynn Crawford who greets you and takes your coat. The service is always outstanding and the food is wonderful. The menu is fixed but who cares when the food tastes like this? The wine pairings are really well matched to the food and not unduly expensive. I was there... More 

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Thank Moshinsky
Toronto, Canada
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218 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is Lynn Crawford's place and it will take you forever to get a reservation and that's why. There is one menu each night with a starter, a main, another dish and dessert. You can pick from a small selection of suggested extras such as a delicious house-cured salmon or duck confit. Every course has a suggested wine pairing and... More 

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Thank Elizabeth W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Friendly wait staff, animated, lively , willing to please, couldn't think of a better spot to have a 60th birthday. Lynne Crawford is a true professional. She greeted everyone to her prep station with a smile and kind words. Even Marilyne Dennis and Jan Arden wanted their pictures taken with this amazing rock star. I cant say enough about how... More 

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Thank GoOutInstead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Didn't quite know what to expect, as hadn't been to Ruby WatchCo before. Everything about it was outstanding, the delicious prix fixe menu, the presentation, the fine wine list, and of course the staff. Would highly recommend this restaurant, couldn't fault a thing. The menu changes weekly, and reservations are a must. Can't wait to go back!

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Thank Elizabeth I
Marmora, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Our second visit was just as delightful as our first a year earlier, sorry as country bumpkins we don't often venture into the big bad city. We started with a spinach and orange salad livened up with a beautiful balance of veggies and seeds. We had the extras on offer too and the venison carpaccio was meltingly soft and again... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We went on a weeknight and booked a reservation for 2 at 4pm the same day. It is a good idea to actually show up on time so that you get a decent table and are served promptly. Our server was fantastic, he was quick, friendly, chatty at the right times and lots of fun. He made our anniversary a... More 

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Thank Andrea M
Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Some of the best food I've ever eaten. Great service, friendly funny staff. Great price for the chance to taste Lyn Crawford's food. We try to go there at least 3 times a year. Have brought many friends there and plan to visit in December. If you like fish definitely visit on a Friday.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 730 Queen St East, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > East End
  • Neighborhood: East End
  • Phone Number: (416) 465-0100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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East End
The East End is an eclectic amalgamation of areas that team up to make this district one of the most multi-faceted and alluring. Home to Toronto's LGBT community hub, Gay Village is alive and pumping day or night with friendly bars, nightclubs, and cafes – its thumb is on the pulse of excitement. For a more relaxed day, the East End has the largest collection of restored Victorian homes, and its stately streets, tree-lined and bursting at the seams with affluence, often sport farmers markets and street artists, epitomized by the effusive St. Lawrence Market. One of the most gorgeous of Toronto's neighborhoods, it also straddles Lake Ontario in an area called The Beach, where you'll find folks cycling and strolling along the sandy shorelines, getting some sun or enjoying shopping, dining, and pub options. For some fabulous food, the vivacious personalities running the restaurants in the East End's Greektown is only equaled by the fun and authenticity of the street stalls and restaurants at its expansive Indian Bazaar. 'Something for everyone' has never been so accurate.
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