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Bar'kada, Toronto, ON

Bar'kada

4.3
4.3
48 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Bar'kada is a restaurant + bar in the heart of downtown Toronto. Tapas' style dishes to share with your "barkada" (group of friends). Filipino inspired menu with hints of Spanish, Portuguese, American + Asian flavours which are a large part of Filipino history. Handcrafted cocktails, specialty wines, craft beer + espresso!

Happy Hour daily from 5-7pm, Saturday + Sunday Brunch from 12-4pm + enjoy our amazing back patio available all year long!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish, Asian
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Fri, Sat 12:00 am–2:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 551-8889
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian & Pacific Islander, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Patricia Layadi
  • Catering
    Please email info@barkadato.com
  • Private party facilities
    For private events, please call 416.873.9580 or email us at info@barkadato.com
  • Neighbourhood
    Queen West
  • Cross Street
    Bathurst + Tecumseh
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Streetcar stop right outside at corner light of Tecumseh + Bathurst
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • VIP Room

    $20.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Private Dinner in our VIP Room, minimum spend is $50 per person (including food & drink). Available for lunch or dinner. Dinner menu is done at 10:30pm + Late night menu until 12am on the weekends. It fits comfortably 8-12 people at the most seated + 20 people (standing/cocktail style). This room is for 3.5 hrs. To book this room longer than 3.5 hrs or for larger parties, please call 416.873.9580
    VIP Room photo
  • Rhythm + Brunch [VIP ROOM]

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 22, 2023 only
    Join us for our monthly Rhythm + Brunch Day Party. Featuring Toronto's DJ Tilt, Sweet Touch Foundation (Chillin' & Grillin') + special guests! Brunch includes: - choice of 1 Main dish (Ube French Toast, Longo/Avocado Benny, Chicken n' Waffles or Sausage + Eggs) - choice of 1 Side (Lola's Lumpia, Shishito Peppers, Patatas Bravas or Chop Chop Salad) - Caramel filled Churro for dessert Add Bottomless Mimosas now for just $35/person (everyone must purchase + cannot be shared) FREE BOTTLE OF PROSECCO WITH THIS TABLE! To keep the table for the party + bottle service, please call 416.873.9580.
    Rhythm + Brunch [VIP ROOM] photo
  • Rhythm + Brunch [INDOOR DINING]

    $40.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 22, 2023 only
    Join us for our monthly Rhythm + Brunch Day Party. Featuring Toronto's DJ Tilt, Sweet Touch Foundation (Chillin' & Grillin') + special guests! Brunch includes: - choice of 1 Main dish (Ube French Toast, Longo/Avocado Benny, Chicken n' Waffles or Sausage + Eggs) - choice of 1 Side (Lola's Lumpia, Shishito Peppers, Patatas Bravas or Chop Chop Salad) - Caramel filled Churro for dessert Add Bottomless Mimosas now for just $35/person (everyone must purchase + cannot be shared) To keep the table for the party + bottle service, please call 416.873.9580.
    Rhythm + Brunch [INDOOR DINING] photo

Offers

  • Happy Hour aka "Merienda"

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.,Tue - Sat - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Join us daily from 5-7pm for "Merienda" aka Happy Hour. Selected menu items from our food + drink menu are available for a lower price during these times. 1/2 price oysters, $1/oz wine + $10 cocktails are just a couple of things to enjoy.

    Happy Hour aka "Merienda" photo

What 48 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

48 Reviews
  1. BestFedLawyer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Pandesal bun for the chicken sliders 🍞 was stale and dry. Otherwise food was great. Portions are great. Atmosphere is excellent. I recommend having them smoke the cocktails.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The food was not good. 1. chicharon and Guac. The chicharon seemed like it was from a bag and refried. Guac was just a smashed avocado. Both not seasoned at all. 2. Lola’s Lumpia. The menu says 6 pieces but it’s actually 3 lumpia’s cut in half. Filling not tasty. Not Filipino and nothing fusion about this dish. 3. Crispy pork belly. Nothing in this dish was crispy. I asked the server and she said the skin is supposed to be crispy. Would be a better dish if not described as “crispy” 4. Truffle fries. No truffle flavours in fries or sauce. Shaved cheese was a tiny portion to be generous. Staff was nice and accommodating, place is really nice right at the heart of queen street. But food is not worth trying ever again. .

    Bar'kadaResponded 2 days ago

    Hello Anonymous - Your feedback has been noted and shared with our kitchen. 1. Chicharon is prepared daily from scratch and brought to the table fresh 2. Our menu does not state six pieces of lumpia, it is cut for presentation 3. Truffle is an extremely strong flavour, so we toss the fries in a drizzle of the oil, as do most places, and it is part of the aioli. As we are trying to appeal to a wide customer base, we do not douse the fries in truffle oil as it would turn many off We wish you would have taken the time to alert your server or a manager to your concerns at the time of your visit. This way we could have worked with you to find a solution or provide a new dish to your liking.

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  3. SONIAAA

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've heard good things about Bar'kada, so of course I had to check it out. Everything about the restaurant was amazing. The food was exceptional - these days that's rare. The ambiance, energy, lighting, music and service was above average. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks which was awesome. And even the live DJ was excellent. I wish they had an after hours lounge area to mix and mingle after. I would definitely come back and host an event here.

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  4. Hannah

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    It was good for the price point. The experience made it more worth it. Although, the food and drinks were decent.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem on Queen! Great food, vibe, staff and atmosphere

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    warm sevice and nice food, will visit again for sure

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  7. KarlaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience here. We loved all the small platez we tried - didnt love the large plates but the drinks, music, and service more than made up for that!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Food was too salty.. Erika Service was great although.

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  9. Srijoni

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time during happy hours! Food was REALLY REALLY good. And the coconut cocktail was soooo good!

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  10. JosieR

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Small menu but great items. Not true blue Filipino but inspired dishes

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall2food5service3ambience5
    Food was amazing however the experience was not as advertised. I booked this event a month ago for my birthday and it was advertised as a Soca event- we arrived at 12:15 and until about 2:30 there was slow house music playing-maybe 2 soca songs played. My friends came from out of the country for caribana weekend and I promised them a caribana event. I spoke to the DJ, few waitresses and the manager and they assured soca would play but nothing did. It was disappointing that we payed for a caribana soca event on caribana weekend and the vibe/music was not as advertised. That should be something to take into consideration when advertising future events at your venue. Food was spectacular, amazing chef but it was really unfortunate that no Soca was playing during a soca event.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Ambiance was perfect! The decor, lighting and space created a great vibe. The manger was very nice and helpful when making reservations. Food and portion was decent (on the smaller scale). We had the Korean bbq ribs, short beef rib tacos and two honey garlic wings, aioli fries, cheesecake and crème brûlée. We also had beers. Nothing that really stood out with the tapas/main dish, nothing special. However, the cheesecake and crème brûlée were amazing. The red sangria had great flavour. Was disappointed to see they charged for a birthday cake, usually that would have been complimentary (but I did appreciate them providing a candle) and also wasn’t expecting them to charge extra for dip for the wings!

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  13. ArlyB

    Toronto

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were there Sunday dinner after their Sunday Brunch Party. Seated at back patio. Next to DJ & dance floor. If we were in a “clubbing/ Sat.night dancing mood” it would have been perfect & a great spot. Music was good but tough to have a conversation without shouting at each other. Their outdoor back patio is very nice (trellised & covered with clear pvc to let natural light in). Seating in front half of restaurant & front street patio was quieter so we asked to move (it was a Sunday dinner catch-up with our daughter & her boyfriend). The place has a Fun vibe. Very good cocktails (the “Tita Baby” & their Margarita were great!). Our servers were excellent. As for the food, don’t expect it to be as good as homemade or from Somethin’ Sweet 4 U (Mississauga) or Tinuno. It’s a Fusion type place. Lola’s Lumpia was good but not as good as the other 2 places. Nor was the Chicken Adobo. The Duck Confit Fried Rice with shrimp was delicious. Pork belly also very good. The spicy green beans were ok. Grilled calamari was a bit undercooked. All in all, it was an enjoyable, hospitable experience!

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  14. THK10

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a great time & food was phenomenal! We will definitely come back and recommend to others.

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  15. Maisha

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    I didn’t know the place turns into a club vibe after 9:30pm with really loud music and no light.

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  16. Sean

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    No air-conditioning which made the room ridiculously hot, and the floor had a buildup of condensation which made walking very hazardous especially where the bathroom area was. The waiter was fine however, was more focused on attending to the young ladies across from us. Recommendation would be to better the customers experience, Didn’t get the sense of care from what I believe was the manager who kindly told my table on arrival the exact time we needed to be out as they were more concerned about a party which was happening after. As for the VIP area, it was just normal seating… Which is fine, however, shouldn't be advertised as a disconnected area.

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  17. Carts

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place but need more lighting on the patio . After the sun goes down there is not enough lighting to see what you’re eating.

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  18. DanB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience2
    Unfortunately our meal started with a few bumps. The restaurant didn't have our open table reservation. We were greeted with crumbs on the chairs and stained menus. Our server didn't offer the summerlicous menu's nor happy hour. We had to ask which is a little annoying. Once our food arrived everything was delicious. The food made up for some of the minor hiccups. The service also improved during our meal and they warmed up. I do recommend this place and will definitely go to another happy hour!

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  19. LauraC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food. Went for summerlicious this past Saturday and we were not disappointed. If you have a huge appetite, be mindful as summerlicious portions aren’t big. For people with moderate to lower appetites, you’ll be more than fine.

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  20. NoName

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    All of our dishes were served at different times - not ideal for a group meal. Food was excellent but service was frustrating.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our experience here — so much good food and great cocktails. Our waiter, Julian, was exceptional.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and drinks. Very reasonable prices especially for the size of the meals. Great first visit!

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  23. Anonymous

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The potatas bravas needed more flavour a little bland. The waiter was awesome but extremely busy. They forgot our desserts and had to be reminded. Have more servers. They all seemed overwhelmed. Great idea but needed better execution. Overall a great concept for brunch.

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  24. windowseat66

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delicious food very hospitably served in a lovely environment. The music on the patio was set at a reasonable volume to enhance the vibe but not drown out conversation. The ceiling fan was much appreciated on a summer night. But let's talk food and drink: pork belly lettuce wraps and garlic shrimp may not sound like exceptional offerings on a typical menu, but try them! All the caramelized goodness under the pork was incredible, and the smooth light butteriness of the shrimp made us sop up the plate with the provided crostini rather than complicate the amazing texture of the shrimp with them. Not to be missed is the Sweet Penny cocktail, a St Germaine spritz that complemented our outdoor summer menu choices perfectly.

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  25. karolsierote

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very unique Filipino & Spanish inspired dishes. Could have more vegetarian options. Service was super friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Nice spot for a brunch or happy hour with friends.

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  26. Kate

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Great food & drinks - our server was good too. Only negative experience was that it was my birthday and I asked another server (not at our table) to take our picture as a group and she was a bit rude about it. Said to give her time but never came back. I understand if she couldn't accomodate but there are better ways to communicate it. I would maybe come back for food but not for a special occasion.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Food is okay. Very very tiny portions. Drinks are really bad tho. We ordered sangria and watermelon lychee vodka both tasted water down vodka and zero flavor. Aesthetic is nice. Waitress are nice.

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  28. SarahJ

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We booked a reservation for 6:15pm. It was relatively empty at the time. It seems to really pick up around 7:30pm. The food is exceptional. Beautifully plated / presented, high quality and the flavour of every dish was complex and addictive. Our server, Julian, was an absolute pleasure to have take care of us. He took our order (which were about 6 dishes) without writing it down - then participated in a conversation with us and everything was delivered perfectly. That's skill. He was honest, friendly, and very natural. We're definitely going back, its on our top 10 list for sure.

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  29. Alana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    The service was terrible. The waitress was very rude and no where to be found. It took so long to even get a glass of water. Very disappointed with the service.

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  30. NatalieS

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The restaurant is located on Queen St west of Bathurst. You can sit at the front of the restaurant or you sit inside either at the bar or on in the back where you are also outside but you are sheltered from the elements and have the luxury of a overhead fan.

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  31. TyeD

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small space with a lot of seating options - bar, dining, back patio and front patio. Amazing atmosphere - 2000s mixes R'n'B and hiphop and great energy throughout. Be prepared to be surrounded by people we sat at the bar and expected it so it wasn't a bother. Great options behind the bar and really helpful employees - bartenders walked us through our drink orders and sang along to songs with us. Food is also delicious - we shared six of the tapas plates and were absolutely stuffed by the end of the stay Short rib tacos are a MUST

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  32. shaunak

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I had a blast with my girlfriends celebrating a birthday. The vibes and ambience is just incredible, the staff is quick and attentive, and the food was just as good with good serving sizes.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an absolute fantastic experience and night! Last night was my first time there and so glad I chose it for my bday night… we will definitely we coming here again!

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  34. ChantalD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was an easy 10/10. We shared the truffle fries and Lola’s lumpia (these left us yearning for more. I still dream about them and the dipping sauce was to die for! 😭🤤). I had the chicken waffles as my main and cleaned my plate. This was my 2nd visit and I can guarantee I’ll be back.

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  35. Shey

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for date night, girls night or to celebrate a birthday. Food and music was amazing.

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  36. Jeff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, amazing vibes!! The live DJ had us singing and dancing throughout!

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  37. Tara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and vibes are always on point! Great place for Filipino fusion food

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  38. TaliaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Must try Lola's lumpia. Great music, the atmosphere was lively.

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  39. JulienB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect food and drinks are unique and very tasty. Almost everything is house made and the service is great too. I highly recommend

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  40. Ssssmedium

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You will thank yourself for booking here. Every dish is a 10. Staff are friendly. And DJs spinning after dinner. 10/10. I’ve brought dates here. I brought friends here. I’ve brought my aunties here. Everyone loves Bar’kada.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bar'kada using the Order Online button. Bar'kada also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 551-8889.

Bar'kada is rated 4.3 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bar'kada

745 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Bathurst + Tecumseh
  • Neighbourhood
    Queen West
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Fri, Sat 12:00 am–2:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Streetcar stop right outside at corner light of Tecumseh + Bathurst
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian & Pacific Islander, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Patricia Layadi
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (416) 551-8889
  • Catering
    Please email info@barkadato.com
  • Private party facilities
    For private events, please call 416.873.9580 or email us at info@barkadato.com
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