Bar Centrale

4.4
38 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
Our wine bar is a great meeting place for casual dining, wine tastings, aperitivi or breakfast.

If you’re in the mood to explore some indigenous Italian wines while you share some food with friends, you’ve come to the right spot. Centrale has an extensive Italian wine list and we would be happy to help you find something to complement your meal.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Wednesday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
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DOMENICA IN FAMIGLIA - EVERY SUNDAY
Family Style Prix Fixe Menu - $30/Adults $18/12 and under & wee ones eat for free.
No a la carte menu available after 4:00 PM
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Phone number
(416) 966-1372
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Cross Street
Yonge St & Price St
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 38 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Good food, really good patio.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The service was abysmal.
After we placed our food order nothing came for one full hour.
They then brought out our main course and had forgotten the appetizers we had ordered.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Outstanding food, best in the city. Service just as good.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I love the look and feel of the bar/restaurant. Great ambiance and service. Food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always a delicious meal! Our server was great!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great service, good pasta and salad options at reasonable prices. Not as noisy as Terroni upstairs and booths are cosy and comfortable.

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1.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Very disappointed. Had a wonderful evening Until the bill came. Was charged for a different wine than the one ordered and told by the manager that the waitress had pointed on the menu to the wine- not so. Manager said we drank it so should pay for it. Was extremely rude. Made us wait 15 minute for adjusted bill.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

They have a new prix fixe Sunday menu. No choices. $30. All great tho: gnocchi, salad, roast chicken, fingerling potatoes, rapini, served family style. Quiet Sunday evening. Nice!

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I picked this restaurant just because for the convenience of where all diners needed to go after the breakfast. The location is good but the restaurant is too not so comfortable mainly due to the size and the seat arrangement. I was quite surprised that the coffee took so long to come, even all the food were on the table and the coffee was still not ready, my second order of the coffee also took long time to come. The breakfast dish could be better or maybe the Chef didn't work that early? I do like their croissant and definitely will stop by for pastries at the address Server gave me that is close to Yonge & King.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was fantastic! We absolutely loved the pandolci. The scrambled eggs and truffle dish could have used more toast

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Bar Centrale is one of our favourite restaurants. It’s our “go to” place ... LOVE the staff ... they’re like family to my husband and I. Always great food ... always good fun ... always GREAT music!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

My experience at this restaurant was beyond what anyone could wish for. From the moment we walked in, we were actually welcomed by one of the chefs, Adriano. His pleasant demeanor and welcoming attitude instantly made us feel more comfortable; considering we had never been there... and we chose this on a whim.

They sat us down, allowing us to choose our seat (as it was busy, but not overly crowded).

The main waitress and the bar staff that assisted with bringing the food, were extremely courteous and well versed in the food menu along with wine pairing! They honestly took the anxiety and stress of ordering from an unfamiliar menu, right away.

(FUN FACT: the special of he day, is rarely/ never repeated)

We had the chickpea fries with parmigiana as our appetizer - too die for!!( SIDE BAR: can be a tad salty, but still so amazing). For the main course We ordered the duck special of the day, paired with a glass of their white Giulian, and the Bolognese with a not so “full tasting” glass of red. The recommendation was spot on! Their explanation of the wine pairing with the food options was not overwhelming at all... Actually, it made the experience fun and super easy to decide.

(FUN FACT: all the wine served in this venue can only be bought there, by the case)

Finally dessert! The homemade gelato paired with an almond tart-drool. If you are an almond fan, this is definitely something you should order. The tart had a slight hint of zesty lemon, while the gelato, was not too sweet at all! Perfect match

This restaurant is definitely under rated and over looked. It’s quaint/modern style of decor, with hints of old school wood and exposed brick make this space, a place to really enjoy yourself and the company you are with.

I am just an ordinary person. They made me feel like royalty. The genuine care that is put into the food along with the service, is what every restaurant should strive for!

Bar Centrale literally “raised the bar” to new height!

Thank you!

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2018

One of my favourite places to eat!!!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Love this restaurant b staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Would go back anytime

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2017

Was fine. Felt rushed due to people waiting

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Food quality always reluably good.

Normally great dining experience was marred by slow kitchen this time. Over an hour wait after our appertizers for mains.

Server and sommelier were very knowledgeable about wines.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Sea bass was excellent, pasta dishes were tasty. The service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent service and food delicious, authentic and perfect temp
When it arrived at the table. Good wine selection and the recommendation was spot on. I dine at Bar Centrale every
4-6 weeks and the food /service is consistently very very good.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Bar Centrale is one of my favourite places. The food is authentic Italian prepared with quality ingredients.
My niece and her new partner were in from out of town and we had lunch there. The calamari and risotto were BIG hits. Really exceptional.
I often meet friends there for breakfast, lunch and dinner....and I often bump into friends there. The decor is great, the terrace is great, the food is great and very well priced.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2017

Lovely warm day to sit on pleasant patio. Really excellent pasta

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3.0Dined on September 14, 2017

Extremely salty food!! Sent salad back because it was inedible, brought one back just as salty! Not impressed...

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2017

Dinner was delicious. Hip cool relaxed vibe. Very comfortable. Perfect for a date on a rainy day.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Great service with relaxed ambiance and very nice wine list. We appreciated our server's ability to accommodate various food allergies.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2017

A great spot for drinks, snacks or dinner. Cocktail list is creative and tasty. Food is delicious. Service is friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2017

All our food came at once - rather than in courses - so things got cold pretty quickly. Otherwise the food was tasty, and the service was prompt.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2017

Bar Centrale...how could I pick between this delightful diner and it's bigger half Terroni that resides above it? Arguably, I have written more review about Terroni which is truly one of my go-to standard, never disappointing, meets all my cravings, any time of any day and/or night- than any other restaurant I've been asked to review. So, without having to pick between my favorites, I'll dive right into what makes Centrale such a special place to land when you want an intimate experience, quick but excellent service- and the culinary engine that drives this gastro-block at Prince and Yonge. For one, you don't have to walk up any stairs...which is a bonus if you're just not feeling up to it, or can use all the time you have to grab a quick bite. But far more important, is the cozy, smaller scale of the place, that is welcoming like a diner- not overwhelmingly noisy, no crowds or exciting buzz, just easy vibes...and direct sunlight if you plant yourself in front of one of the windows-which I did on the only sunny day last week. The menu is also concise and yet full of options. It's easy to decide when not faced with 14 delicious pasta or pizza options...the few things that are on the menu are the best hits, and you won't feel like you're missing out if you don't pick what you don't pick. Service is fast and personal. Food is divine. And so is the coffee....which is why I ended up buying a 2 1/2 pound bag right there and then. Awesome place to kick off the weekend (I was there for Friday lunch). And it may just have to be the favorite I pick this time around....

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Great food great location
Fun and great patio
Service is just average

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Nice, quaint little restaurant

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2017

Fun, casual place, with Toronto roots. Friendly staff.

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2.0Dined on January 26, 2017

It was hard to get a server or bartender's attention. Too bad. Nice space.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Everything was tasty. My risotto was a little under cooked but still flavourful. Service was attentive and our server made great recommendations

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3.0Dined on December 14, 2016

Bar Centrale has managed to maintain their standards - still a very good Italian trattoria. We find the food and service more consistent than Terroni.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2016

I love the room and the energy go the restaurant. It's my favourite place to meet for breakfast.

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2.0Dined on September 28, 2016

We dined here a few nights ago to celebrate a promotion. We ordered bruschetta as an appetizer, as one does. Not only did it take forever, but they served it to us after we got our main meals (we were half way through them)... When we tried to cancel the order (we tried multiple times but they stalled), they rushed it out and then made us feel pressured to still receive it. We tried to cancel the order twice. The server insisted it was coming and initially refused to accept the cancellation, she blamed the kitchen as well - which made no sense because our mains came out in a timely manner (she had obviously forgot to punch in our app, but then still forced it through). Very bad experience. Completely ruined the celebration, and made it feel like we wasted our money... we're still quite upset. We didn't even receive an apology.

Don't accept a cancellation, then still bring out an app that is super late, during a main course, and pressure people to still accept it. Insanely bad service.

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2016

Didn't have a record of the reservation - luckily had a table.

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2016

This is an excellent restaurant with an outdoor patio on a side street off Yonge. Friendly helpful staff but the service is TOO SLOW at dinner. Our server apologized several times for the slowness saying the kitchen was backed up but I was there on a weeknight so this shouldn't happen. Lunch is much quicker there.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2016

A great spot for drinks or a delicious meal. My daughter and I shared three delicious appetizers for an early supper before I headed out of town on a Friday night. The food and service were great, and the neighbourhood provided a nice place for a short walk after dinner before I hit the road. Would definitely go back.

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2.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Terrible service: slow, disorganized. Overcooked food.

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