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“Location Good - Food Just Average” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Joe Badali's Restaurant

Joe Badali's Restaurant
156 Front St W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
(416) 977-3064
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Ranked #388 of 6,781 Restaurants in Toronto
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Cross street: University
Transit: We"re located "kitty corner" to Toronto's Union Station on the north west corner of University and Front Street We are very close to both Union and St Andrews subway stations.
Description: Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar brings the taste of Italy to the heart of Toronto. Our fine country Italian cuisine and magnificent landscape captures the charm and savouries of Italy as well as our great city. On your first visit to Joe Badali's you'll immediately feel like you're one of the family. Joe and his extended family welcome you with open arms. "Remember once a Badali - always a Badali" Joe Badali's is located in a 100 year old building featuring exposed brick walls, original hardwood floors and an exposed 16' ceiling. Joe's is interestingly comprised of many rooms, nooks and crannies. When you first enter through our antique wooden revolving door, you'll cheerfully be greeted by a member of the family at the front door. Tradition, family, great food, and hospitality. Hold on to your fork!
Toronto, Canada
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Location Good - Food Just Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Located in the entertainment district this restaurant offers so-so Italian food for the transit crowd. The building is old and charming. The problem is with the food and the service. The menu boasts that the employees are all family members, but it must mean family in the broadest sense. The food is Italian style but lacks authenticity and is served with no style. This is not a restaurant that I can recommend. There are lots of other choices in the neighbourhood.

  • Visited December 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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426 reviews 426 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 156 cities Reviews in 156 cities
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable Christmas office lunch party”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Today we had our Christmas office lunch party at Joe Badali's on Front Street. We had the choice of the buffet or we could order from the menu. I think everyone opted for the buffet, which included a couple of salads, penne in tomato sauce (with or without meat), several vegetable dishes, delicious roast beef and a number of pizza offerings. The wait staff was very good keeping our drinks coming and clearing plates from the table. The bar had about 5 or 6 varieties of beer on tap, and an excellent selection of liquor and wine. I recommend Joe Badali's for this type of office function, and hope to return soon.

  • Visited December 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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TORONTO
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Ate at the bar and had a good meal!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

We sat at the bar and enjoyed that experience. Service was excellent and with a smile.
We ordered the insalata cavolo which was good. It was a good size, but the lemon thyme vinaigrette was a little too strong. The orrecchiette pasta was decent portion, but not large. It had enough calamari and almost enough scallops. It seemed fresh and had a tasty cream sauce. We will return again when down for a game or concert.

Visited December 2014
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Burlington, Canada
2 reviews
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“Delicious Authentic Good Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Made a reservation for Saturday night. Meals were great. We had sausage gnocchi, jambalaya, and ravioli. All so delicious.
Wine was great. Beer was great. Great prices for downtown T.O.!

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Toronto
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Had a nice dinner on a Sunday night. Restaurant was quiet and the food was good, with an excellent chocolate crème brule for dessert.

  • Visited December 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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