Old School - Toronto

4.2
377 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Comfort Food
**OUR PATIO IS OPEN**

For the safety of our staff and guests, please review the following guidelines:

- Outdoor reservations are rain or shine and there is no option to move inside once seated.
-Your reservation will only be held for 10 minutes.
- Dining times are a maximum of 1 hour 30 minutes.



​We offer a fresh perspective on the classic neighbourhood eatery, throwing back to a simpler, more wholesome time when eating out was fun, approachable and most importantly, accessible.It brings patrons back to the mid-twentieth century – an era defined by a feel-good, optimistic mentality that influenced popular culture and food. Think Leave it to Beaver, Superbad, and Saved By The Bell came together in the most epic way possible.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 377 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
Ambience
4.0
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vipJackG
Toronto
178 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were seated outside near a heater--it was chilly but the heater worked well. The patio was very nicely designed and, though full, was well spaced.The waiter was good--on his second day of work--and the food was good. The blueberry pancakes came in an enormous portion; the scrambled eggs dish had good beans, sausages, and potatoes but the egg portion was very small--1 egg? All in all, a pretty good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Pancakes are good / not the best in town (hard to beat Mildreds ) seating is very good . Service is good . Overall good place

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Natalie
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Food was comparable to other brunch places in the city. Our waitress was amazing but the food took 45 mins to arrive without being informed of a delay. When it did arrive it was cold and the eggs were not cooked Benedict style.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chicken and waffles were awesome! Great size portions!

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AmandaP
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing. Our server Ginger made the great experience a fabulous one!!!! Will definitely be back, can't wait.

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KCho
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great patio!
Great service!
Great coffee!
Will go back.

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Gooz
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

It was not busy but the server was rather disinterested in serving us.
Made multiple mistakes,

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing service staff! The patio wasn’t busy at all so if you are looking for a quiet dinner (with great music) this is a great spot! They had a dinner special of $1/oz wine and half price apps so the value of our experience was unbeatable. I am excited to try brunch at Old School- which we heard is a busier but fun time to dine.

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Jennn
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great all around except for the male server who was trying to upsell extras, and then proceeded to shame the friend who made it clear it was pretty shady when she got her bill. Would come back if we wont get this server again.

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darrank
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place really hit the spot for a nice Sunday brunch.

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Shay
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience5

Food wasn’t good

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ShelbyL
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food and my waiter Ginger was amazing. I will definitely be going again, already have plans.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Brunch was fantastic.

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GaryC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, delicious food, lovely outdoor area and nice coctails’

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

A waitress( a white mid age lady with a Poly tail) has impatient attitude

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Jdsnow
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

My friend got the pancakes which were amazing but my chicken and waffles was dry, both chicken and waffles, chicken was unseasoned. There were wasps flying around everywhere and the staff did not seem to care about our safety and well-being. Great pancakes though!

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DariaG
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

amazing restaurant, delicious food. our server was very kind and let us sit at by the neon sign. overall very good experience

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

We were seated inside, group of 7 ladies for a bachelorette. We were so excited to finally be able to try out Old school, but unfortunately our experience was not good. Our server was not personable at all and overall quite rude. Did not introduce herself, ask if we had any questions. Simply walked over, stared at use and said “who’s first” with a rude demeanour. Throughout lunch, she rolled her eyes when one of the ladies asked if her coffee was coming and never came over to check up. After paying our bills (which already had %18 gratuity added due to us having 7 people), she basically just took our money and walked away without saying thank you for the tip she did not even deserve in the first place or saying goodbye. Loved the location and vibe, but that was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had and put a damper on my friends bachelorette.

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vipNicoleD
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

I understand that it's been a tough time rehiring and retraining serving staff, but our service was extremely slow, unengaged and very nonchalant. We had to ask for the hostess and the person running plates on two separate occasions to have our server follow up with us on missing items. We waited at least a half hour just to get coffee, despite having reserved the table. There was also no one ensuring that people waiting to be seated were socially distanced from those already seated. The menu could also benefit from more diversity to meet various dietary needs. I would recommend this place only if I had a better experience again in the future.

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sueV
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing chicken and waffles. And everyone loved their choices. Superb service. Great value.

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DeniseM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

John our server was truly amazing, he was funny and had excellent customer service.
He was a fast and effiecient and a amazing server he was also very attentive.
We truly really enjoyed our experience and will book again.
The food was very good also and great value for your money.

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Csbcsb
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

They are really kind but we waited over an hour for our breakfast.

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Alyssa
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great server and good portions. Cute patio for food with friends

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AJ123
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

The reason I gave the service a fair is because the server was inattentive. We also tried killing her with kindness but non responsive. The table next to us which had 4 people and came after us, got their water first, got their order taken before and we still hadn’t been even acknowledged. The table next to us got their dishes off their table, their bill and had left and we still had our empty plates in front of us. The server came to check on our meal when we were almost done. Of course it was busy and I’m aware of that service can be slow. But when the table next to you clearly gets better service from the same server - it makes you go hmmm….

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CarleyC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such an amazing brunch, FANTASTIC service, delicious big servings.

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Happydiner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent and attentive service. Food was delicious as always! Huge servings! Come hungry.

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Josh
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. Waiters and waitresses are top notch. Very accommodating - we had a reservation for the patio and they were able to move us inside morning of due to bad weather. Portions are very generous. If you are a lighter eater, you may be fine splitting a dish. We went for brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

8 bucks for pineapple juice

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WeiniM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, really great service. Will definitely be back!

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Gauth
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Absolute horrible experience. Be careful for the wasps.

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TONYU
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Service is good, fried chicken waffle is quite dry, chicken is overcooked

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DerrickJ
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Terrible experience at Old School. For starters we were seated next to an exterior electrical unit being serviced for starters. After waiting almost 10 minutes to be greeted we ordered our coffees and received the cream in disgusting cream containers with brown stain residue on the interior. When we asked our server to change it out we received attitude and decided to call it quits before wasting any more time or money. The table next to us were also complaining that there food had come out cold and that our server just had an overall lack of urgency during a busy service period. We had heard the food was great here unfortunately service and experience were so poor we never got to experience it.

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KellieM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is amazing! Cannot wait to go back and try some different options.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Very good brunch place. Limited options for vegetarians but you can remove the bacon from the pancake to enjoy it. Given a table at the back patios outer section, made up table to accommodate us in spite of a reservation and waiting in line for 30 mins. Would like to visit the place again to be seated and served better.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

The table we got seated at was very dirty. Garbage was all over the floor. Water tasted horrible. Overall it was not a good experience and I unfortunately will not be coming back.

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Sarah
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Lovely patio that is on a side street vs. Dundas so quieter/less busy. We went for brunch and it was great. Reasonably priced, good service. We opted for smaller meals, but noticed others and the portions were huge. So better be hungry!

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F1NG
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

You’ve got to share the pancakes with bacon and try the bennies with ice coffee!

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vipHornet11
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

Wanted to book a brunch reservation for 8 for a milestone birthday. Open Table would not allow more than 6 for this particular restaurant. When called, the restaurant won't take reservations at all. They suggested I book the 6 and "request" a table for 8. It then took 4 more calls and 2 emails over a period of 2 weeks just to get the courtesy of a reply. Not a great customer experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Overall good, but the service needs improvement. We asked for a second milk shake but they ignored it and appeared to bring us the bill. We had to ask them for the milk shake again...

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nishat
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the food was absolutely delicious !! me and my friend enjoyed it a lot at old school :)

FAQs

Old School - Toronto does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. Old School - Toronto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 815-8790.

Old School - Toronto is rated 4.2 stars by 377 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.