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The Senator Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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The Senator is Toronto's oldest restaurant, dating back to the 19th century when it was just a house at 249 Victoria Street. Since then, the Senator has put its heart and soul into making the freshest, highest-quality food for generations of good-food lovers.
$10 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Diner, Canadian
Private Dining, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Five of us adults and four children came to the Senator on Canada’s Family Day after a weekend getaway. This was easily was the tastiest meal of our trip as said by all nine of us! Not only was it tasty but service by Shannon...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Originally we were hoping to have dinner there, but it was full. So we went back the net day for brunch. My travel mate had the French toast, which I did try, by far the best French toast I have ever had. I had the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank tmetaylor
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and broccoli with a mushroom gravy and it blew me away. The taste and freshness and portion was amazing. Served piping Hot. My Friend had the portobello burger with goat cheese and arugula, equally as amazing. the salad...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank Lou-SueC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here before a play. A small, old diner type of restaurant, with a nostalgic appeal. It was noisy, as expected. The food was good but overpriced. $36 for a Steak Frites? A piece of cake for $10. Very busy, so make sure you make...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank 2010worldtraveller33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been drawn to breakfast at the Senator for many an occasions. A real doozy of a hangover - the Senator is the cure; in need of breakfast in a cozy and comforting place - the Senator fits the bill; want to take your...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank LawrenceE625
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I read an article where Elton John said " When I visit Toronto I always lunch at the Senator" So intrigued by this I needed to hit this restaurant to see for myself ! It was great, Just as Sir Elton said! Not only is...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank John4828
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Charming place with excellent service and food. Great for casual but worthwhile lunch or dinner. Good location

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank meltfoodie
Reviewed January 17, 2019 via mobile

I was so disappointed with $18 grain bowl, listed under salads. Yes, I wanted a salad but what was in the small bowl that arrived wasn’t one. The soup bowl was lined with one salad leaf, topped with a huge amount of quinoa, a spoonful...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Orvokki52
Reviewed January 14, 2019 via mobile

Arrived in Toronto earlier than expected and was killing time walking around the Eaton Centre where nothing opens until 10am. Went outdoors to continue my walk and came upon the Senator...open at 7:30am daily! A friendly greeting as I walked into a very nostalgic kind...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank nearnorthduo
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

My daughter recommended The Senator, as we had an evening booked in Toronto and brunch plans with a friend. The eggs benedict with their house made biscuits were some of the best I have ever had. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his corned beef hash.

Date of visit: January 2019
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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
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January 5, 2019|
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Response from wpl77 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There were several children at the restaurant during our visit.
April 2, 2017|
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Response from Steve B | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they take reservations ... it's busy but we were able to get a table right away...
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October 5, 2016|
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Response from Markmmmmm | Reviewed this property |
Did. Or notice any stairs and on ground floor- narrow isles with booths so worth checking direct
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