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Hawker, Toronto, ON

Hawker

4.8
4.8
204 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 7 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 6-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 204 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Toronto

    Healthy

  • Toronto

    Vegetarian-friendly

204 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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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  2. BrenD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  3. 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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  4. 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. Small space and no ambiance; it’s very jarring

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Leah is an artist far beyond a chef. She made vegetables fun again. Don't think twice just book the experiance and be surprised.

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  6. Parc502

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The weekend brunch at Hawker is a not-to-be-missed experience. We were so impressed with the taste, presentation and freshness of this adventure. Try it!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasting experience was incredible and well worth it! Service was exceptional with each dish intricately described by the server. Would highly recommend!

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  8. juliab

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful birthday experience - amazing and varied food and attentive service

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  9. VanessaD

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very creative and good food Very hospitable people

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  10. JoeN

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My partner and I really enjoyed the 6-course brunch experience. Can't wait to return.

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  11. TofuSSG

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Loved their sauces/dips in every course. Quick and efficient service.

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  12. Helene

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing winterlicious experience at Hawker. Place recommended by a friend. Not vegan but loved the entire menu! 👌

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First fine dinning vegan experience. Refreshing and engaging veggies.

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  14. PaulaH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! Excellent service! Everything we were served was delicious.

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  15. visitor

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exceptional and the service and atmosphere were also wonderful. Will definately be returning!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great little restaurant with a flavourful menu! Loved it and would absolutely visit again

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  17. Simran

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is a bit overpriced for the portions and even the taste. A lot of the beans dishes were undercooked.

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  18. jyotin

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this place from the moment we walked in! Was greeted by a lovely woman who took our coats. Food was incredible - hit the senses just right! Highly recommend the winterlicious menu.

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  19. Dolly

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First time visiting and it was winterlicious. The food options were unique and delicious. The fermented chickpea was a standout. The service was good but slightly rushed. We would return again and would love to try the brunch menu

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  20. JonT

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time and some great food! I really liked the cocktails as well!

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  21. AnneC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic experience. The food was incredible and the service was lovely.

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  22. RachelH

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tasting menu was a great way to get acquainted with the restaurant. The small dishes added up to a perfectly portioned meal.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I loved this tasting experience. The flavours were great and so creative. Highly recommend!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative, friendly, yummy and earth conscious! Lovely!

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  25. ArielleB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the most delicious meal (really, best meal I can remember having in ages!), with the most gracious server (Daniel, thank you!), in a lovely ambiance. I can't recommend this place enough!!

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  26. JuanV

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is more than a dinner out, it was and experience. Delicious and creative plant based tapas.

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  27. SavillaF

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Unique experience, intimate ambience and great service.

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  28. Hayyim

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really lovely meal, especially liked the dessert - an elevated spruce ice cream, and a shishito pepper dish that was deeply comforting. Excellent service with very helpful staff.

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  29. CesarH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I had the tasting menu and it was amazing. I loved the concept, the flavors, the detailed descriptions of the dishes, the variety of plant based ingredients, the presentation of the dishes, and the culinary skills and kind service provided by JR. He took the time to explain everything and his timing for the dishes was impeccable. Overall the staff was friendly from the time I walked at the door.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Really amazing vegan food. Will come back! Cocktails were also great 😊

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  31. SarahS

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our third visit to Hawker. We really love the brunch. The dishes are well thought out and so delicious. We leave feeling full and satisfied. Great value. We love that it is entirely plant based

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  32. ChrisW

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hawker came highly recommended, so we gave it a try for brunch. It did not disappoint. So many flavourful dishes. We were blown away. Fantastic service and lovely atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    This restaurant is overpriced for the quality of service, ambiance, and portion size of each item. We tried the 6 course tasting menu for 2, and it cost us $80 plus. We were half hungry after the meal, and there were no repeats on portions. The menu is fairly simple and does not require complex prep work to justify the cost vs. portion size. The taste was good and the food was flavourful. Overall, it is a very average place with not so great ambiance and incredibly small portion of food.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible and the service was excellent. Highly recommend for an elevated vegan dining experience!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So good. Definitely don’t need to be vegan to enjoy the artistry put into the flavours. Such a cozy spot in Kensington.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time great food great service. What more can you ask for?

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  37. notafoodie

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the brunch set menu on a Sunday. Everything was excellent.

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  38. Cathy

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious inspired food, wonderful atmosphere, super friendly staff. Can’t wait to return!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A truly exceptional experience at Hawker. The ambience, the food and the service are all exceptional. I can’t wait to go back. ❤️

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  40. LeslyM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Don't let the small plates fool you. The food here is delicious and very satisfying. I've been to Hawker twice and will be back again. The service was friendly and he server explained each dish to us. Highly recommended!

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FAQs

Hawker is rated 4.8 stars by 204 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 7 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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