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“Disappointing!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Badali Bar and Cucina

The Badali Bar and Cucina
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Ranked #50 of 8,401 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $26
Cuisines: Italian, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Kids, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown West
Cross street: University
Transit: We"re located "kitty corner" to Toronto's Union Station on the north west corner of University and Front Street We are very close to both Union and St Andrews subway stations.
Description: The Badali Bar and Cucina brings the taste of Italy to the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District. We invite you to join us for fine Italian fare, sustainable seafood, in house made desserts and true Italian hospitality. Whether you join us for a hand crafted cocktail and a sample of our cicchetti menu at our 40 foot bar or for a sit down meal in our piazza grande with colleagues, friends or family, we will welcome you with open arms into our home. Situated just steps from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, some outstanding downtown hotels and local sports arenas, we strive to exceed your every expectation form your first minute with us to your last. Located in a heritage building we would love nothing more than to host you in the splendour of our surroundings and show off our good fortune. From the exposed brick walls, original hardwood floors and 16' ceilings, to our outstanding wine list, craft beer selection, and hand stretched pizzas, there is much to enjoy in our home. Come spend some time with us in our family owned and operated restaurant and see for yourself the difference a little love can make.
Caribbean
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187 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Disappointing!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

We came here for Winterlicious, Toronto's restaurant fortnight where participating restaurants have prix fixe menus at around $25. The restaurant is very large and on entry you get the feeling it is a pub. Further past the entrance you come into the large seating area which is more like a restaurant. When we arrived at the hostess station, the hostess looked up at us but continued to finish whatever she was doing before saying hello! While the waiter was trying to take our order, the busser ame on to the scene trying to pour water..not enough space for both and distracting looking around him to the waiter...training is missing here both for the hostess and the busser. I had lamb shank which I found tough. The others in my group were happy with their choices. For dessert two of us had bread pudding and one had brownies. The bread pudding was rubbery; strangest bread pudding I have ever eaten...and I am disappointed with myself for having eaten it. The brownies were inedible and when the waiter saw we had not eaten it, said it was a bad batch as someone else had also returned it! but to his credit he did offer to give us a different dessert which we did not do however. We had ordered a bottle of wine..after pouring the first glass, at no point during the entire meal did the waiter come and refresh our glasses and nor did he ask if the beer drinker in our group wanted another...so one glass it was...on the other hand it was expensive so that was just as well! So even though it was a $25 menu it failed in the promotion it was attempting to do..that of making me want to come back another time...

  • Visited February 2013
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West Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Resonable and great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

This is a great place to go to if you are staying by the convention centre. A very good menu with a large slection. The service and food was excellent and the prices were very reasonable for downtown Toronto

Visited January 2013
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“Easy Family Dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

We went here as a family before the hockey game at the ACC. As parents of young kids we were hoping to find easy dining and good service. Mitch delivered both and more (I should say Cody did as well). Mitch provided great service, catering to the kids and ensuring we had everything we needed..and in a timely manner! The kids had pizza, and we shared a large ceaser salad. My husband and I shared mussels and shrimp cocktail. All the food was to perfect temperature, and taste was good too! We will return here again when having dinner before a game at the ACC! The bathrooms have not only soap, but cream AND mouthwash in pump dispensers..perfect after a garlic filled meal and they were clean too! Thanks for the great dining experience Mitch!

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Toronto
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“Great lunch experience!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

I just wanted to say that I was very happy with my lunch experience at Joe Badali's!! The atmosphere, service and especially my server, Mitch, made the experience really great!! I will definitely be back again for lunch and dinner!

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Birthday Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

Had a group of 10 people here for a little birthday get together recently. Great food and excellent service, the staff was very helpful in helping us understand the menu and the executive chef even came to our table to answer a few questions. Desert consisted of moose and chocolate brownies and was definitely the highlight. Check this place out if you have a chance, traditional Italian menu with some unique twists.

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