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Hawker, Toronto, ON

Hawker

4.8
4.8
210 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Tapas / Small Plates
At Hawker, Chef's Jeff Merkel and Leah Steduto spotlight their naturalistic worldview with beautifully composed plant-based small plates, cocktails, and a thoughtfully curated list of vegan wines.

Located in Kensington Market, the cozy dining space features an earthy, palette of dark wood and moss. A picturesque, romantic back patio is naturally decorated with ivy. A front patio lets you enjoy the lively sights and sounds of the market.

All reservations have a 15 minute grace period. Please call us if you are arriving later than 15 minutes. Your table will be reserved for 1 hour 45 minutes for parties of 1-2; 2 hours for parties of 3-6; 2 hours 30 minutes for parties of 7 or more. If arriving late, we may not be able to extend your seating time if there are reservations scheduled after your allotted timeframe.

Please note, an 18% gratuity is automatically added to the bill for groups of 6 or more.

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2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Indian, Vegan
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 628-1905
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    South Asian
  • Executive Chef
    Jeff Merkel
  • Catering
    Enjoy Hawker's naturalist cuisine for various events, from casual to formal gatherings. Our catering services adapt to different settings, ensuring a memorable meal at any venue. With a customizable menu, we accommodate your event's needs, providing a fitting and delightful dining experience.
  • Private party facilities
    Host your private event in our cozy dining room and savour our artful vegan creations with your guests. Our intimate setting can comfortably accommodate up to 18 guests across our intimate dining room. Cherish an exclusive dining experience amidst an earthy decor and inviting setting.
  • Neighbourhood
    Chinatown / Kensington Market
  • Cross Street
    College and Augusta Avenue
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Experiences

  • Chef's Table Tasting Experience

    $80.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join and watch us prepare a Chef's choice six-course tasting menu for you, inspired by our à la carte menu. Each course will be served and explained to you by our Chef while seated at the bar style counter overlooking our open kitchen. The fine print: Your seating is for 2 hours. We will hold the table for 15 minutes before your reservation is released. Give us a call if you're running late! Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will result in a $25 per person charge being applied to the credit card used at the time of booking. The tasting menu is offered at $70 per guest and does not include beverages, gratuity, and tax.
    Chef's Table Tasting Experience photo
  • Indian-Inspired Brunch

    $40.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy our 5-course Indian-inspired tapas style brunch featuring dishes from our small plates menu as well as some brunch exclusives.
    Indian-Inspired Brunch photo
  • 6-Course Tasting Menu

    $70.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Explore tantalizing flavours with our 6-course Tasting Menu. Handcrafted dishes, warm service, and intimate setting. Book now for a memorable dining journey. The fine print: Your seating is for 1 hour and 45 minutes. We will hold the table for 15 minutes before your reservation is released. Give us a call if you're running late! Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will result in a $25 per person charge being applied to the credit card used at the time of booking. The tasting menu is offered at $70 per guest and does not include beverages, gratuity, and tax.
    6-Course Tasting Menu photo

Offers

  • Wednesday Half Price Wine Bottles & Cocktails

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Every Wednesday enjoy half price bottles from our vegan wine selection, cocktails, and mocktails with your small plates or tasting menu experiences.

    Wednesday Half Price Wine Bottles & Cocktails photo

What 210 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Healthy

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Toronto

    Best Food

  • Toronto

    Healthy

  • Toronto

    Vegetarian-friendly

210 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So Good You'll be Tempted to Lick the Plate Clean! 🙈 Wow! Just wow! My dining experience at this restaurant was nothing short of phenomenal. The food was so delicious that I was genuinely tempted to lick the plate clean, but thankfully, they provided the most delightful roti to help with that! Each dish was a masterpiece, bursting with flavors that danced on my palate. The ambiance was absolutely delightful, creating a perfect setting for a date night or even a first date. It’s low-key and intimate, with a charm that makes you feel instantly comfortable. The quality of the ingredients and the hospitality here rival that of a Michelin star restaurant, yet at a surprisingly affordable price point. And let’s not forget the drinks – they were out of this world! Each cocktail was crafted to perfection, complementing the meal flawlessly. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable, enhancing the overall dining experience with their warm and friendly service. I would highly recommend this gem of a restaurant to anyone looking for an exceptional dining experience. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a cozy, intimate meal, this place hits all the right notes. Can't wait to come back!

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  2. Kasia

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food, small plates but luxurious and filling. Serene and very casual setting (both times I’ve been there have been dogs sitting on chairs at their tables) so you can be relaxed while still enjoying very high quality food and service.

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  3. DebbieM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place - my absolute favourite restaurant in the city - - always do the tasting bar experience if you can... it's wonderful and unique!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I attended the 6 plate brunch - we were running a bit late so I called Hawker and we were able to shift our reservation with no issue - the chef, server and staff were incredibly accommodating and friendly and the food was excellent, we will be coming back to definitely try the dinner and chef table experiences and would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As a Panjabi who grew up in Brampton where south Asian food is the best you can get in the GTA, I can firmly say downtown Toronto’s options are very spare and always missing something. Over the last seven years of living in downtown, this is by far the best south Asian food I’ve had. My partner and I had the beautiful Indian inspired brunch, and we were so impressed we considered coming back for dinner service. Every single component of brunch was so intentionally thought of, and there was deep care in the service!!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! All the dishes were unique and thought out carefully. Great vibe in the restaurant too!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding tasting menu and the service was top notch.

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  8. BrenD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. There were a lot of sauces and I would have loved a salad or simple green dish to balance them out a bit. We would definitely come more often but it was a bit too pricy for the serving size to be regulars, but we will definitely come again at some point. We just won't come too hungry. :)

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  9. AnikaS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pre-fix brunch experience was amazing! We loved the play with Indian flavours.

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  10. Foodie

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Good concept and good food. It was missing some ambiance that could make the experience more enjoyable.

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FAQs

Hawker is rated 4.8 stars by 210 OpenTable diners.

Hawker does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Hawker

291 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2M2

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    College and Augusta Avenue
  • Neighbourhood
    Chinatown / Kensington Market
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Indian, Vegan
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    South Asian
  • Executive Chef
    Jeff Merkel
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (416) 628-1905
  • Catering
    Enjoy Hawker's naturalist cuisine for various events, from casual to formal gatherings. Our catering services adapt to different settings, ensuring a memorable meal at any venue. With a customizable menu, we accommodate your event's needs, providing a fitting and delightful dining experience.
  • Private party facilities
    Host your private event in our cozy dining room and savour our artful vegan creations with your guests. Our intimate setting can comfortably accommodate up to 18 guests across our intimate dining room. Cherish an exclusive dining experience amidst an earthy decor and inviting setting.
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