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“food is yummy”
Review of The Ceili Cottage

The Ceili Cottage
Ranked #511 of 8,895 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $27
Cuisines: Irish
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
Neighborhood: East End
Reviewed May 30, 2012

service is a little meh at times... but food is always good...

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Reviewed May 17, 2012

We took the Queen St streetcar east to this quaint little cottage. The patio was jammed so we sat inside. The atmosphere was exactly like stepping into a little pub in rural Ireland. Interesting cask ales on tap. A well done menu featuring pub foods like steak and kidney pie to smoked salmon. What a gem.

4  Thank Namellor
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

Have you sometimes felt too insecure to venture past your old favorite places? O.K., I am telling you to STOP that habit. You can bring anyone here including your biggest ego. You will be lulled by the natural flow here and bask in the glow...well, scent of the peat burning...if the toaster-oven sized wood stove is really belting it out. Forgotten will be the other bars and usual haunts as this will now take its place. I challenge you to feel ill at ease. It seems to attract a rare cross section of Torontonian ,...the happy jovial conversational ones, are scattered throughout!. The only other mentionable would be the food/drink aspect. What they do, is top drawer typical cottage fare. Their "Banger/Mash is exquisite. It is what it should be...not too fluffed. They also have (your date/spouse food too) like big healthy- 'all my organicgreens in one dish salad' which is never short of perfect---and really big. See you there. P.S.if you are more than 4 - arrive early to occupy table. No reservations.

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3  Thank losttime
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

This place is an absolute delight and if you like quality pubs with good food you will love it here! I've done plenty of drinking in my time and my friends consider me a connoisseur of "good times". I love visiting various pubs. I have visited many many a pub in many a city -- and, all I can say is: I can't recommend this place enough.

Everything about this place makes you want to like it. First of all, when you consider that this pub is actually a transformed old auto-garage you can only marvel at the vision, effort and craft it took to make it such a beautiful warm, comfortable and authentic looking Irish cottage. Everything from the white washed exterior with black borders and bright red door to the dark marble long-bar lined with high wooden chairs, whisky, framed quality photos, hurling sticks and books, to the small stove that fills the room with the aroma of burning Irish turf -- this place reeks of love and attention. Even the summer patio (always packed) is surrounded by a lovely white picket-fence and is transformed in the winter to a small curling rink with a log-burning fire place. This particular "Irish pub" wasn't quickly assembled from a franchise cut-out, slapped with a shamrock and declared open. The commitment to detail and quality pays-off in spades in our enjoyment,

That same loving detail can be found in the food. The menu is small -- but the quality is large. Vegies and meats are organic and come from local farms. The pub even holds a co-op farmer's market in its court-yard once a week. The centre piece of the food offered is however the incredible array of Canadian, Irish and world oysters. The oysters are fresh flown-in and skilfully shucked before you as you sit at the bar. It's absolute heaven for the bivalve lovers of the world.

This commitment to quality also extends to the beer. Besides the expected array of Irish beers on tap The Ceili Cottage also provides a selection of local craft beers -- with one selection offered via a traditional manual draught. For environmental reasons they do not sell bottles -- which is classy in my books.

The bartenders are professional and the wait staff are friendly. The place is never short of staff -- and service is very attentive. The obvious desire of the owner to make this place a memorable destination -- and not just another bar -- is well ingrained in the people he employs. One result of this is that this beautiful, quaint "Gastro Pub" is often transformed into a riotous "kitchen party" cottage -- complete with sing-alongs. As a caution, I should mention that one or two of the people working here do posses that peculiar caustic humour almost-unique to the Irish (constant playful "slagging") -- and if you are unused to it it may cause some offence -- but it is intended as good fun. A least that's what they told me -- when I broke down in tears :-)

Anyway, It's obvious I enjoyed myself here and I'm sure that all but the militantly determined-to-be-miserable will as well.

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3  Thank Godott
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

It's a cool place to watch the Queen street crowd go by on a Sunday.

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3  Thank normalguyToronto
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