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Elephant & Castle - Toronto King St.

4.2
54 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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British
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Lunch
  • Comfort Food
The old Union Jack behind the bar may be faded, but spirits are soarin’. And why not? This is after all, a laugh-out-loud, slap-on-the-back, greet-you-with-a-roar, English-style pub. Where the traditions are as rich and warm as the Shephard’s Pie. And where the stories flow as freely from the tongue as the beer flows from the taps.
Since 1977, Elephant & Castle has rolled out its well-worn welcome mat to anyone and everyone looking for a cracking good time. Whether that means cheering on your beloved team or chatting up your mates or simply savoring fresh made eats with a bit of jolly old England folded in here and there, this is the pub where you get your brit on.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Comfort Food
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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(416) 598-4455
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Cross Street
King St W and Simcoe
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 54 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Not only was the food good but our waiter - Guy - was outstanding...
he is a good ambassador for the E & C...
he's a keeper...

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The staff was the highlight of our experience. We had our 6 year old granddaughter with us (pre theatre) and all of the staff were wonderful. The online reservation was simple and although we had to cancel 2 of our party due to traffic issues, they were very accommodating. The food was good too. All in all - a delightful experience.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

It was a great lunch...food was very good. Service was satisfactory. The restaurant itself was very clean and well run!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Great place for dining before theatre and/or sporting event.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Elephant and Castle is always reliable in terms of menu options and quality of food. I have been there often. The restaurant was quite busy on Sunday as I am sure there were many diners heading to the nearby theatres after their lunch. Service can be a bit slow so give yourself plenty of time if you have some place to be. It is a pleasant atmosphere but it was extremely warm inside during our visit. I think the heat was still on even though it was warm and muggy outside. The server was pleasant and the food was good.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We went for lunch before the theatre. It's in a great location if you want to be close to the theatre. The service was good and the food came out in a timely manner. Everything we had was tasty. I would not hesitate to return.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Had lunch before theatre. Early reservation. Welcomed nicely. Seemed a little understaffed and not as prepared as they might for the bus load of people who arrived later. Waiter was excellent, apologized for slow service and gave a fee dessert. Can not remember his name.
We actually had lots of time because we were early. Certainly would return when back in the area. Good food and excellent server.

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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

After waiting one and a half hours we did not receive out meals. As we had tickets for a play, we had to leave without eating any lunch. Very disappointing. We won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Fantastic meal pre- show at Roy Thompson and still had a screen to watch the 1st period of the Leaf game.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Our first time at Elephant and Castle but won't be our last! Food was terrific, service fast and efficient and price was excellent.

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Our lunch was very disappointing! We ordered drinks - one came and the rest didn’t. Asked our server and she said she would put the rest of drink order in. We still didn’t get them so we cancelled. Our food was so slow in coming and then was only luke warm. We asked to speak to manager and she said they were extremely busy and would give one free dessert. She apologized and took 25% of bill. We have been to E & C and it is often busy but we get much better service. Going to see a play next Sunday but will look for another place to eat.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We were there before our theatre reservation, the atmosphere was friendly and robust, it was a busy restaurant but did not lack in service, the food was delicious and we didn't have to wait long. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and i would go back again.

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1.0Dined on April 20, 2018

We waited forever for our order to be taken, we arrived at noon, there was lots of empty tables but it filled up quickly. Once they finally came over to take our orders it took forever to get them. I ordered calamari and it was the worst calamari I had ever had. Mostly batter crumbs! However, the rest of my group enjoyed their meal.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Very happy with everything . Waiter was very accommodating knowing we were off to the theatre. Food was great

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We were having lunch prior to a musical matinee show on a very busy Wed. We were waited on quickly, food came quickly and meal was delicious and reasonable price. Even though restaurant was super busy, we never felt rushed or that table was needed. And only one block from the theatre to boot!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

6 of us. Very busy because of theatre crowd. Well organized. Good service.
5 of us had no problem with the food. One who had Rueben thought it was too chewy.

Would return on another theatre day.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great restaurant, great location and wonderful menu (hard to choose)

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Good value for pub fare and beer. Service was very fast and attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Reserved a table for 6 after our Come From Away show. Ambience and service are excellent .
Dinner choices are reasonable and priced right. We tried the fish/chips, steak/mushroom pie
and chicken pot pie. Everyone enjoyed their meals.
Unfortunately, the location is very busy with cars and traffic and it took me 39 minutes to go
3 km. from the parking lot back to the pub to pick up our friends. Too bad about that. I would
reconsider going there by public transit from now on.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We were not very happy with our server. Stood behind us to take our order and very hard to hear. Our table wobbled and I tried to level it without success. Teaspoon had food on it and had to be replaced.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Very good meal with friends before the theatre!
Very attentive staff & great food.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Eaten there several times before theatre date. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had a terrific, casual dinner at a decent price. Our server, Guy, was excellent.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Great menu, good selection with many varieties of things to choose from. It was a great location for after seeing Come From Away and seeing it with old friends and co-workers.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We chose Elephant & Castle for dinner prior to an 8:00 pm show at Royal Alexandra Theatre. It was very close by, I had been there before, and we like British pubs. We were pleasantly surprised by the reasonable prices, and we both really enjoyed our stuffed Yorkshire Pudding and drinks.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Staff were waiting for us with open arms. What a good sign!!!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Fabulous food and service. A great meal after the show.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Eight friends met there for lunch before the theatre. We were seated in a private area which was perfect for the occasion and served and out in a timely manner as we were attending the theatre. Good experience! Thanks.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Always good pub food with great curry choices and really awesome fries! Beer selection is ok but could use additional local craft beer choices to make this outstanding. Service was adequate but slow even for a not bust Sunday afternoon.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The issue we always have is the food not being hot enough. The Eggs Benedict was warm but not hot, although the potatoes were plenty hot. It seems that is the constant case when eating at your restaurant. We find the food tasty but never hot enough. If there were some way the kitchen could figure that out, it would be an amazing place to eat. In the past, we have ordered Chicken Pot Pie and at the time of ordering asked that it be hot. Still, we receive it warm in the middle. The waiting staff was friendly but we waited a long time for the food.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I just love this place!!! Anytime I’m downtown, I will always make a concerted effort to stop by for food, a Mexican Bulldog and people watching!!!

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We were disappointed that our meals came to the table within a few minutes of receiving our appetizers, but otherwise it was a good meal.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Had the Bangers and Mash, very good. Nice glass of rose wine and a great catch up with a friend. Good service and reasonable prices.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Good comfort food. Service was good. Can recommend poutine and Mac and Cheese

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We attended the National Geographic Society presentation at Roy Thomson following our lunch.. Very enjoyable

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The venue is nice and spacious with nice lighting and cool throw back music. Our server was really friendly and quick. The drinks were delicious. The food was a little cold when served though

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

This was a post-matinee performance at The Royal Alexandra Theatre. It was quiet on arrival and filled up over the 90 minutes we were there. Service was quite good even though our server appeared to be inexperienced. She was friendly and helpful and service was quick. The food could have been a little hotter, but the flavour was there.

You will be surrounded by televisions showing sports of interest hoping you like the one selection provided. Price was reasonable, if slightly high, but this is a high rent district in the heart of the entertainment district, so to be expected.

All in all, recommended.

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Ambience was very good. Service and quality of food was really good. Not much of a wait time. everything went well. In total very good experience.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Food & Service was very good prior to going the Royal Alex !!

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent service. Piping hot food. The Bread Pudding dessert is a must!

Enjoy!

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