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Fran's

#105 of 6,600 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Downtown
American, Diner, Canadian
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20 College St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(416) 923-9867
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Today
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Topsham, Maine
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105 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had both a breakfast and a dinner at Fran's. Both were very good. The eggs, bacon, and toast were all great. For dinner, the chicken club was excellent and the fries very plentiful. I would definitely go back again.

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Thank amasland
Rochester, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent food, service and fair price. We found this great little diner last time we were here and made sure to come back. Try the maple bacon!

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Thank Lindzee32
Cumming, Georgia
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62 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kristen and i were in Toronto for the weekend and after some Yelp and TripAdvisor research decided to try Fran;s for Breakfast. Open since 1940, this a cool spot for breakfast. Service was prompt although our first cup of decaf coffee was brought out ice cold and had to be returned. Kristen got the Western Omelette with potatoes(don't miss the... More 

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Thank RickKristen
New York City, New York
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here is yummy and the portions are a bit on the larger side. The service was really slow, but the server was friendly and helpful.

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Thank zine454545
London, On
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210 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't be surprised if you run into FLO! This is a recreation fifties diner with a wonderful 50s Diner menu. This is simple good old fashioned eats, accompanied with jukebox music, and cola-floats and milkshakes! The service is very good. Prices are quite normal. It does get very busy as it is very popular. Going a little off of noon... More 

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Thank Falccros
Toronto, Canada
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205 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Above Fran's at 20 College there are two levels, now called The Upper Deck. Only two weeks old, The first level is an interior....roomy and attractive space with a wonderful sit up bar and lots of tables for dining. Above that there is a huge covered deck and bar. The entire end looking out on College street is open. Upper... More 

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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect place to find good food and shear the time with good friends. No matter what you may have here. It's fantastic. Try the club with home fries. Gravy on the side with a strawberry milk shake

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Thank Adrian C
New York
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52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My second time here. Food is delicious and so is the service. Our waiter was extremely friendly, and funny. I would return in a heart beat. Accessible from the hotel within walking distance.

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Thank Yolanda A
Toronto, Canada
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84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We come here a lot for breakfast/brunch. Decent prices and unlimited coffee. Only cons are: 1-lack of much outdoor seating 2-busy waitresses means it's tough to get your coffee re-filled.

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Thank LivO O
College Park, Maryland
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110 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went with a large group. The level of doneness of the poached eggs on all our benedicts varied wildly. Some were very runny. Some were poached hard. (But all were supposed to be the same...) Big downside: NO FREE REFILLS on non-coffee beverages. Really? They brought a fountain soda, but I wasn't informed about the free refill thing until I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $20
Cuisine
American, Diner, Canadian
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Monday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Tuesday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Wednesday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Thursday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Friday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Saturday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 College St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (416) 923-9867

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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