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All reviews grilled squid seafood sardines poached pear bread stew fresh fish steak portuguese cuisine our waiter service was excellent cataplana platter downtown
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten here so many times recently that I felt compelled to write a review. Adega is bar far the best Portuguese food in Toronto and that is saying something given the numerous options. From the service to the meal itself, everything about this place...is top notch without being pretentious. While everything we've tried on the menu has been fantastic, fresh seafood is where Adega truly excels. While on the pricey side, the service and quality more than justify the premium paid and I would highly recommend both for an enjoyable meal with your significant other as well as lunch with clients.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed October 6, 2023

Without Ryan the place has no charm. Wait staff are clueless,food has gone downhill,I think they have a new chef. Perhaps the seafood is no longer from Europe everyone got sick. The manager didn't do a thing about it. I won't ever step near one...of these locations.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed October 4, 2023

I came here a year ago to celebrate my 40th birthday with my parents. It was a spectacular evening with perfect food and excellent service - Ryan was our waiter and he was attentive, charming, detail-oriented, and incredibly professional. It was an amazing evening -...total perfection. Fast forward to a year later where, last night, I reserved at Adega for my boyfriend's 50th birthday. Service was below average for a restaurant of this calibre, it was actually a bit shocking to be honest with you and the food was not nearly as good. My steak and frites was mediocre at best and my boyfriend was not very impressed by the seafood risotto he ordered. We also ate the grilled squid and octopus with pork belly. It became clear that quality on all levels had quickly deteriorated. We were disappointed but when we both got sick from the seafood overnight and the next day, I knew that it was truly the end of this restaurant for us, especially after I called the general manager and told him what had happened. He didn't take responsibility and still expected us to return. I like to give businesses an opportunity to make amends when things go wrong. The restaurant business is a tough business, especially now, and mistakes can happen, but I got the distinct sense that corners are being cut to safe costs and that's a very dangerous thing to be doing with seafood. I no longer trust the seafood at this restaurant and I am very particular about where I consume seafood. Where restaurants source their seafood is also very important to me. My recommendation - go to Terroni's - I have been eating seafood from them for years, they have excellent, consistent service and I have never gotten sick from their food.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 27, 2023

We ate here during a recent trip to Toronto. We have visited Portugal a couple times and were looking forward to some portugese cuisine. My husband had the shrimp bisque to start and said it was very good. We had wines from the Alentjo region...by the glass and they paired well with our entrees. For an entree my husband had the Cataplana, fresh fish stew, which he said was amazing, I had the monkfish dinner which hit the spot with me. For dessert we had the chocolate cake and the creme carmel which were very good. My husband had a double espresso to end the meal. The prices were a bit more expensive than we expected, but the taste was authentic and delicious.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 21, 2023

Thumbs up for the grilled sea bass and the leek and potato soup. Great service! Wonderful chocolate mousse dessert.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 19, 2023

My Partner gave me a Thumbs Down on This selection - after a run of 5-6 Thumps-Up Picks on restaurant choices. The place is very nice (albeit more A/C is needed) and the Service was very good - although a few workers looked almost suicidal....Now - the not so good stuff. There is ZERO mention on their website that they do NOT serve their regular Menu - only Summerlicious items - this is NOT acceptable - MENTION this on your site - it takes 1 MINUTE to do. And then the Food - Tiny portions with Blandness as the Main Flavor. Apps - I had the Caldo Verde Soup - little kale, very very little meat, no salt, no flavor - yet somehow this was a Pass - Barely. My partner had the Portuguese cheese - his remark was is Portuguese cheese supposed to have the texture of Tofu? - Fail. Next the mains - I had the Piri Chicken breast - Overdone with mediocre sauce - but again a Pass - Barely. My partner's Mushroom Risotto left No response but he ate most of it - I don't think he liked it a lot. And then desserts - my Chocolate whatever was teeny tiny and flavorless - how do you make Chocolate flavorless? - and my partner had a Fruit Sorbet and finally declared - wow - some flavor at last !!!!! For $65 pp - this is NOT a Good Food Menu. The wine was overpriced But Every decent Restaurant does this. So - despite the very lazy flavorless food and the high prices - I give this Restaurant a Pass - again Barely. Expected So Much More - Mentioning that this was my B-day at the Reservation point meant NOTHING. Wish them the best - nice place and looks like they Try - but I doubt we will come back.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 19, 2023 via mobile

Booked a table on the basis of the very varied and reasonably priced menu on the website, but when we were seated were told they were only serving a $65 (plus taxes etc) fixed price three course menu, with only five choices for each for...the first two courses and three for the third. The food was very good, and the service attentive, but it was just not the meal we were intending (and left a hefty dent in the wallet). Honestly, how hard is it to update the website?!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 7, 2023

When my son, Paul, asked me for a late lunch, a nearby Freshii joint looked a probable choice, as we were hungry and had made no reservation. As we walked down the streets and landed at 33 Elm Street in front of Adega, one of...seafood and Portuguese restaurants in Toronto, warm reception by staff in otherwise nearly empty dining hall was welcome. What I loved most about this restaurant was that the staff members were warm, exceptional and accommodating. And to cap it, the food was delicious, making our first experience memorable. While I had Portuguese Beer, my son looked happy Douro Red wine. Starting with Octopus Pork Belly, we had Cod and Beef Tender loin with a chocolate cake as dessert at the end. It was all so delicious.Everyone from the host to our waiter tonight were so knowledgeable, hospitable and accommodating. It was so pleasant to find this place that has a patio and is still a favourite choice for those who value Portuguese and seafood. The visit was like finding a hidden gem as we both have been checking out various restaurants - Indian, Japanese, French Bistros, Thai and others Adega deserves. a visit as it offers some of the most authentic and exceptional Portuguese dishes besides Beer. We enjoyed the evening. The settings are simple and seating comfortable. The cocktail menu and wine menu are reflective of old school European bistros with many great wines to select from. Thank you Adega, we will definitely come back again soon!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed May 26, 2023

I wanted to rate this "I wish it was better". We love this little historic strip in Toronto. We love that the little independent place is still in business. We love that they try to offer a variety of tasty Portuguese foods . But it...was pretty bad. We ordered bread (at a charge) it came late. We ordered wine - it came late. We ordered dessert - it came late. We asked for cutlery - it didn't come The restaurant closed at 8:30 - we didn't know that. And it's a Friday. They weren't closed for a private party - they just close at 8:30. Had we been notified we would have booked elsewhere. It was awkward - one of our party got locked outside while he went for a smoke. It wasn't that it was busy and didn't notice - there was no-one else there. I wish them luck. The food is good. The service is friendly. You can tell that they are trying. We want them to do well - but I'm not going back. And if you decide to go - make sure you ask them what time they close.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed March 30, 2023 via mobile

The atmosphere of Adega is great. Upscale, but not pretentious. The service is impeccable. Order the seafood, as it’s what they do best. The cod special was perfectly seasoned, and the seafood risotto was FILLED with lots of fish and shrimp. We also had soup...and dessert. We enjoyed every bite.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 5, 2023 via mobile

Visited the restaurant with an early booking of 18:30 this was fairly quiet time which unfortunately led to a very quick service although the food was excellent I would have liked a bit more time to enjoy it. Our starters of sardines arrived which were...delicious but literally as we had our last mouthful the plates were swept away and our mains put down. As soon as it looked we completed our main the dessert menu was slapped down in front of us! When we declined due to insufficient timing we were then asked if we wanted the bill. We left the restaurant with our experience lasting just an hour with only 1 beer and sparking water purchased and a bill over just over 300 dollars. Shame as the venue and food deserved more time .More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 12, 2023

Reserved a table for 2 and received confirmation from restaurant. 2 hours before scheduled and approved reservation received a call from Marco that restaurant can’t accommodate us and reservation is canceled.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed November 27, 2022

Last evening was our first vsit to Adega since COVID. What a fabulous evening. The food was even tastier than I remembered. My fish melted in my mouth. Servings were generous. Service was very profesional. Our server Ryan did not miss a beat. Drinks were...delivered as specified. I highly recommend this establishment.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 27, 2022 via mobile

I haven’t been to Adega in years but it is definitely one of my favourite seafood and Portuguese restaurants in Toronto! What I love most about this restaurant is that the staff are absolutely exceptional not to mention that the food is delicious. Everyone from...the host to our wait stuff and especially Ryan our waiter tonight were so knowledgeable, hospitable and accommodating. I’m so thrilled that this place is thriving even after the last few years that restaurants have been struggling. If you haven’t been here it is definitely a hidden gem but also a long-standing institution in Toronto with some of the most authentic and exceptional Portugese food. We enjoyed the delicious and plentiful platter and tonight’s special app the avocado and tomato salad which were so robust with flavour! I myself have been looking forward to enjoying this cataplan fish stew as I have fond memories of coming here often and enjoying it especially on a cold rainy day like today. The seafood risotto looked beautiful as well! The cocktail menu and wine menu is reflective of old school European bistros with many great wines to select from. Lastly, check out this beautiful cloud of meringue enrobed in caramel! So heavenly! I will definitely have to come back again soon! Thank you again to the staff for this incredible experience!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 7, 2022 via mobile

The Perfect Meal. My wife and I have had some great meals since things opened back up again but none that compared to this one. It is rare that exceptional service and attention to detail to the quality of absolutely everything served come together in...such a way. Every single thing (olives, bread, fresh fish, vegetables, dessert) was perfect. An unforgettable dining experience that contributed to a very special evening.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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