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“Unusual, Plentiful and Friendly”

Churrasqueira Martins
Ranked #581 of 8,506 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: York-Crosstown
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Unusual, Plentiful and Friendly”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Martins has become my favourite restaurant and it seems that it is also many other peoples favourite restaurant. If you have not made reservations, then your chances of dining there after 5 pm on a Friday or Saturday are not good. The best time to go there without a reservation would be about 3 pm on a Saturday when it is still relatively quiet. They always meal starts with delicious, fresh bread and soft creamy Portugese cheese. There is usually a soup of the day that is always rich and flavourful or an big selection of appetizers, like grilled calamari - that is done to perfection. There are several "daily specials" as main courses. The last one I had was an unusual tasty stew of slices of dried codfish that had been soaked over night combined into a bean stew with rice and had lemon undertones. It came in casserole dish and could have fed at least six people. You spooned it onto your plate with a large spoon. I took what was left over home and was helped by several others in my family to eat it over several days. My wife usually has a whole seabass that is done to perfection. The sizzling steak with an egg on it is popular. Usually everything comes with both rice and potatoes.

We have got to the point that the serving staff and owner are used to seeing us and give us a warm friendly greeting. They have a good selection of Portugese wines.

It is in an unusual location. You have to look for it. It is the end unit in large plaza that is several hundred feet south of Roger's Road. It is popular with large family gatherings and it is not unusual to see long tables set up to hold a dozen or more people. It is also a hang out for the "guys" who are watching the soccer game on TV, laughing, drinking and relaxing. Free parking is just outside the door. It is two minutes away from where the Black Creek Parkway starts on Weston Road. So it is easy to get to. The food is served quickly and hot. What more could you want.

Even thought the food is as good, this is not one of those sophisticated restaurants you get in Lisbon with the waiters in tuxedos. It is a relaxed, casual, neighbourhood Portugese restaurant where you will get good food and value for your money. There are many Portugese restaurants in Toronto. This is the best one that I have discovered so far.

  • Visited March 2013
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Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
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“Love it”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Since I discovered, this has become my restaurant of choice for those times when I want to entertain friends or family. I love the food, (truly Portuguese), the service is great, very congenial. Make sure that you phone ahead for reservations or you could easily be disappointed.

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1 Thank Manny G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great food, great service,”
Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

A relaxed atmosphere, this restaurant is a hidden gem with its great Portuguese Cuisine, excellent wine list and friendly service. On weekends it's packed with families so you need to reserve ahead, but during the week for lunch you can go on business as it is quiet.
Try the grilled fish (sea bass), or the rib eye steak, just incredible.
A must see in Toronto.

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Toronto, Ontario
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“They don't know what they want to be, but it's excellent”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

The TV's on the walls that are broadcasting soccer games, makes you think it might be a sports bar. The white starched napkins and impressive menu say high-class restaurant. The noise level and crowded room sound like a downtown pub at quitting time. Oh - and they also do take-out. None of those things matter.

The food is awesome start to finish. The start was a plate of thinly sliced dry meat - similar to prosciutto, but with a bit more bite, and less fat. Served with very delicious, VERY fresh bread, and a little side bowl of olives.

We ordered the chicken and the sausage, and both were fantastic. The owner (Martin?) came around to talk to us about the dessert menu - we were full but ordered one to share. While we were waiting for the dessert, we were served a plate of hot, roasted chestnuts. Dessert translated to "piece of heaven" and it lived up to it's name.

There are 2 things that keep this from being a 5. One - that it was a tad too noisy for us,it looked like a fine dining place from the outside and we had some business to discuss and couldn't do it without shouting. Two - the chicken comes with french fries, which neither of us wanted. We asked for roasted potatoes instead (which were being served with other dishes) and were told there was a $5 up-charge, but we could have the parisienne potatoes instead. We opted for those, but there was also an up-charge for those - of $1.99 each.

Hard to find (it's in a plaza, but not well signed) but worth the search.

  • Visited November 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great quality food”
Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

One of the best quality food ( Portuguese ), in Toronto. I went there at least 20 times with different family members
I have tried everything, always good.
Some times litle noisy, that's all.
I recommend every body to try

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