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Dark Horse Espresso Bar

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684 Queen Street, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1E5, Canada
+1 647-352-3512
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Niagara
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63 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in to Dark Horse on the recommendation of a local friend and we were not disappointed. The service was friendly. The coffee and pastries were really good. The space (on Queen near the DVP) was open and attractive.

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Thank Ridermel
Brussels, Belgium
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133 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Music too loud, no plugs! I was surprised that this place made a list of great workspaces in Toronto: I completely disagree. The cheap top 40 music was way to loud to concentrate, and there were no plugs to charge laptops upstairs. Also, there were two people working, a man and a woman, the woman was pretty nice, but the... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

While the lattes and the chocolate croissants were more than adequate, the experience of sitting in the wide open space, listening to the well-chosen music, and the general ambience made this an above average cafe experience for a quick breakfast.

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Thank Jonathan F
London, United Kingdom
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79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

Might be a bit trendy, but great great coffee, only thing why no brown sugar. Espresso was as close to perfection as you can find

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Toronto, Canada
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67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Visited today, and was not impressed with either the coffee or baristas... The lattes were mediocre at best, and the cafe was a mess and in need of a through cleaning. To top it off the baristas were busy with the pretentious regulars that they were chummy with, and took forever to make a latte. Even serving someone that arrived... More 

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Toronto
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2016

We spent an hour here killing some time in east Toronto. We enjoyed a couple of lattes. I was worried about the new location. Its newness loses some of the original homey charm. I think this will pass with use and patina.

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Thank Spazzy
Lisbon, Portugal
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

This cafe has good big tables to use your laptop and study with wifi. Unfortunately it's super busy and they have very loud music and no outlets.

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Thank dianacqin
Sutton England
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369 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2015

Lovely old historic building with great period features like the tin ceiling. The coffee was excellent, see why it gets a mention in the DK Top Ten Guide. Very nice staff and tasty bits to eat with it.

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2015

A pretty trendy and hipster type of coffee shop with large open spaces with a slight pretentious vibe. It looked interesting enough to warrant a visit but that was a regrettable decision as this place serves some pretty terrible espresso! Stay away from their 'punchbuggy' espresso - it's absolutely disgusting and not fit for consumption! Will not be coming back!!

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1 Thank L T
Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2015

The coffee is not properly made. It is far to bitter and those are for coming from Italian standards. I brought a group of Italian friends, I mean right from Italy and they literally threw out the espresso, it was not drinkable. If it is diluted with milk and froth it becomes ok. The food is not bad but expensive... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 684 Queen Street, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1E5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Queen Street and West Queen West
  • Neighborhood: Queen Street and West Queen West
  • Phone Number: +1 647-352-3512

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Queen Street and West Queen West
Known as the Art & Design District, West Queen West is one of the most energetic and dynamic of Toronto's neighborhoods. Along with its great modernist museums, clubs, and restaurants, it's home to some of the funkiest specialty shops, ranging from clothing to stationary to collectables, and caters to niche and vintage shoppers of all kinds. That makes it a mecca for creatives, including hobbyists designers, writers, and painters. With ink on their hands and fabric pelts in their bags, visitors to Queen Street traverse the avant-garde blend of historic architecture and ultra-contemporary fare. Home to some of Toronto's chicest hotels and most modish java fixes, busy with street cars, and always suffused with live music drifting onto packed patios at bars and clubs by nightfall, the vibrancy of West Queen West is undeniable.
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