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Shawarma Empire

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1823 Lawrence Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sun 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Richmond Hill, Canada
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Heard from a colleague that this place serves the best shawarma East of Istanbul.... he was not joking! Food: The chicken shawarma & falafel sandwich are delicious. It's not the 'wrap' type, it's a pita pocket that filled with tasty chicken/beef or falafel (your choice), salad & sauces, simple and tasty. It's good value for your hard earned money. Service:... More 

Thank znzIslandgal
Toronto, Canada
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143 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Family run, mother and her 3 sons (?). Expect a line up at lunch time. 2 shawarma for 8 bucks, beef or chicken, spicy or non. Shawarma plate with rice and salad for the same price. Fast and furious, and incredibly fresh and delicious. None of the other shawarma places in the area can compete. Limited seating, eat and run.... More 

Thank lannykay
Maui, Hawaii
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

Great chicken shawarma...... Enjoyed it. Good value but there is a lineup. ,.......... It really fills you up.

Thank Ragwin
Toronto, Canada
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145 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

The empire knows how to make a shawarma - crispy and packed with flavour. The meat is marinated in a home made sauce that is to die for. 2 shawarma for $9 makes for one of the best deals in Toronto. Worth making the trip to Scarborough for this one. A hidden gem.

Thank Eurotrip2015
Ajax, Canada
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118 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I tried this place for the first time and I will be going back. Great beef shawarma and nicely spiced. Prices are very good and their selection of desserts are pretty good as well.

1 Thank novak500
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71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Time to time we visit this location, and it is always busy with line ups. Very tasted and well priced (2 for 1). Usually I try one beef and one chicken, especially spicy sauce is very good. I do recommend.

Thank TY_Toronto
Toronto, Canada
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121 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Ive been going here for over 10 years. The shawarmas are moderately priced and the food is exceptional. Excellent options for vegetarians as well. Fallafel hummus and tabouli salad. YUM!!!

1 Thank Tdotlyndahica
Calgary, Canada
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153 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

This is a small Palestinian restaurant selling shawarma and falafel , it was ok and tasty but spiiiicy , the location of the restaurant is in the middle of arabic shops in Toronto .

Thank Haydar_Baban
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Have been here a number of times. Food has always been great, especially the shawarma. Prices are very reasonable and customer service top-notch.

1 Thank Stephen K
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I work in the area and there are a ton of shawarma places, but this is the go to spot. Fresh, tasty, and priced right. This place get's really busy at noon but the line moves pretty quick.

Thank ArtGreen

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Lebanese, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Halal
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1823 Lawrence Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Scarborough
  • Neighborhood: Scarborough
  • Phone Number: 416-285-1337

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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?

Staying in Scarborough

Neighborhood Profile
Situated astride Lake Ontario, Scarborough is a district heavily influenced by immigration. With a number of low-rent shopping and dining options making it a highly affordable part of town, and boasting one of Toronto's largest shopping malls, the otherwise green suburban neighborhood is a good place to go for bargains and discounts. It also draws in photographers. The spires, archways, and cavernous rooms of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Palace are filled with breathtaking art, architecture, and detailed reliefs – it’s like entering a different world, The ruins of columns and installation art at the Guild Inn makes a free-for-all exploration site, while the big-name draw for young photographers is the menagerie at the Toronto Zoo. While many visitors shirk Scarborough as too suburban, its houses are some of Toronto's most mystical and haunting architectural beauties. And for adventure lovers, it has river-rafting and some unique hiking trails.
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