We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Seven Lives

#76 of 6,792 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$
Neighborhood:
Chinatown
Contemporary, Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Fast Food, Spanish
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
69 Kensington Ave, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2K2, Canada
Website
Tuesday
Closed
Hours:
Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

143 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 133: English reviews
new york
Level Contributor
188 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Tacos! Bit of a wait and it was hot. Tried the Gobernador and Octopus tacos. Really big, full tacos - so much so that the shell on the pulpo fell apart. But the tacos were good. Not much room for seating.

Helpful?
Thank ecamin
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Pros: amazing and reasonably priced tacos ($5 each but they are big), friendly service, open kitchen so you can see all the action, vegetarian/gluten free options and delicious fresh juices (hibiscus tea is my fav). Cons: tiny storefront = long lines and cramped waiting areas. Recos: Baja fish tacos, fresh juice, and pork carnitas

Helpful?
1 Thank Courtney B
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Excellent food here! Almost all tacos are gluten free. The food is fresh and tasty. The fish was well prepared and you can taste the layers of flavor in each taco. The carnitas and the octopus tacos were our favorites!!!

Helpful?
Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Port Dover, Canada
Level Contributor
350 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

We lined up on Sunday afternoon for Baja Fish Tacos. This is a popular place so be prepared to wait. The taco was fantastic!

Helpful?
Thank 251ceh
Level Contributor
84 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

The tuna taco's were absolutely superb and tasted so fresh and were well seasoned. I couldn't fault the price on all dishes offered. The menu was unique, I had never visited a fast food place such as this before. My only complaint would be the small standing/seating area, it was rather crowded and uncomfortable. A larger outlet would be ideal... More 

Helpful?
Thank blubirdz
Central Newfoundland
Level Contributor
50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

It was hot when we were in Kensington Market. The humidex had to be near 40 degrees celsius. I would've loved to be in an air conditioned restaurant, but my wife said I had to have Seven Lives tacos for lunch. After the awesome experience I had, I would now walk through Hades over hot coals for this restaurant. When... More 

Helpful?
Thank CentralNLjourno
Newtown, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Best fish tacos ever...made fresh to order, very tasty, and reasonably priced. We tried 3 different kinds and loved them all. Beware of the green hot sauce...it's very hot! Very limited seating, so plan to eat while walking around Kensington market.

Helpful?
Thank denisergz
Barcelona
Level Contributor
22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Tacos here are really great but unfortunately because we came on a Sunday, it was crazy busy and we had to wait for ages and ages to get our food. There's also not really anywhere to sit apart from one big table with two benches inside or two small seats outside so have a plan to go home or go... More 

Helpful?
Thank JennySWM
Ontario
Level Contributor
59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

My son heard about Seven Lives, tried it, loved it and took us there tonight. A little hole in the wall in the middle of Kensington Market. It has a well worn feel both inside and out. It is primarily a take-out spot but does have one table that can accommodate 6 inside. The selection is modest with 8 options... More 

Helpful?
Thank CDN-RS-Traveller
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
248 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

Came by to get a taco. I come from the Southwest of the USA and am used to eating authentic delicious tacos. So my bar is high. Seven lives was not a disappointment. We were told they were famous for their fish tacos so we ordered a round of Baja fish and Camarones a la Diablo tacos. Each one was... More 

Helpful?
Thank dumplings_n_grits

Travelers who viewed Seven Lives also viewed

 
 
Toronto, Ontario
 

Been to Seven Lives? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Contemporary, Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Fast Food, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 69 Kensington Ave, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2K2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Seven Lives staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighborhood Profile
Chinatown
Toronto's main Chinatown has the honor of being the largest in North America. Gaping down across Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, the area is a wonderful medley of shops and restaurants, busy signs and bright red gates, a destination for foodie fun. Chinatown's streets are always bustling, packed with people and outdoor stalls hawking fresh produce and products. The restaurants and authentic marketplaces that shoulder in against each other display shining roast ducks and menus studded with dumplings and noodle bowls. The air is pervaded with music. different languages, and the smell of fried food and mouth-watering desserts. Chinatown's restaurants represent a broad range of fare, from traditional Szechuan and Shanghai foods, to other Asian delicacies, including some of the top Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean spots in the city. Whether you're in the mood for a sit-down tea house or a bubble tea to go, Chinatown is the spot to enjoy an exciting walk and the promise of leaving satisfied.
Explore this neighborhood