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The Senator Restaurant

$$ - $$$American, ,
249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
+1 416-364-7517
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“brunch” (47 reviews)
“pancakes” (53 reviews)
“meatloaf” (20 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM Hours
American, Diner, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just had breakfast here and it was delicious. This is a historical place, cute and charming and the food was really good. I had the spinach and egg bowl and my husband had the shakshuka.

Thank Hagar B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This restaurant has it all! Its located in a historic building & you can read all about the history on the menu. The staff are very friendly & the breakfasts we had were delicious!!! I had “ The Senator” & everything was tasty & cooked...More

Thank Alison G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a gem. The service was spot on and very friendly. I had the egg white bowl with avocado. Everything is fresh and tasty. Make sure to ask for their homemade salsa, biscuit, and jams.

1  Thank BajaHoncho
Reviewed 1 week ago

Breakfast at least 3 times, same dish...forgot what I ordered but everything was G O O D ! Go there tonight or tomorrow AM.

Thank dew1962
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seriously...there is no doubt about the quality and the service @ the Senator. By far best breakfast I had since years in the US and Canada. Fresh ingredients, very well prepared-served by very friendly staff. It’s the Senator you have to see.

1  Thank Impuls2a
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in on a whim for brunch. What a charming place! Place was packed, but we got a table upstairs; the furnishings were eclectic and fun! Staff were quick and friendly. The food was very good. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

1  Thank KirkinPA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in Toronto for a conference and, after doing some online research about cozy places to enjoy dinner, made a reservation at the Senator's upstairs winebar, which has a French theme. To the restaurant's credit, the person who took our reservation on the the...More

Thank brmusicman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, where to start, I know this is a Toronto landmark, haven been around for a long time, but were people thinner back then? The booths were extremely tight and lunch didn't find its way downward for a bit of time. The service was good...More

Thank Kelly-Lee R
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

This was my first visit to the senator although I work near by. We were pleased to get a seat for dinner before a show at the Mirvish Theatre. Actually the friend I was with had enjoyed it for brunch and suggested it. I was...More

Thank sls_ontario
Reviewed July 11, 2018

We went for dinner before seeing a show at Mirvish. Let's start with the positives: - seated quickly, service was very good, water arrived at table quickly, homemade soup with egg bread was delicious, homemade pie was outstanding, new menu item eggplant and zucchini stack...More

1  Thank Anne Marie M
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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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...
Jane F
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
February 8, 2016|
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Response from HappyEarthWalker | Reviewed this property |
Weekday (7:30-11:30) breakfast, Weekend (8:00 a.m.) brunch/all day breakfast There is no mention now of an early bird special. They do have a Senator Breakfast (weekdays $9.95 Cn weekends $10.95 Cn) See website for menu... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-364-7517
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.
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