Old School - Toronto
Made a reservation for 12 o’clock on a Friday (Valentines Day), restaurant was busy, shoved in a corner table with barely any room. Upon seating, made our order about 10 minutes after and waited until 12:50, never got our food and left. Waiter continued to look at our table to see we had not yet received food and tables who were seated after us were well gone. Unfortunate as this was our first time going and we didn’t even get to try it, and unfortunately will not be returning.
Hi! Thank you so much for the feedback. I know if I was in that position I wouldn't be happy either. We're sorry you had that experience. We never want our guests to feel that way. We'd love the opportunity to do right by you and have you back in our restaurant (on us, of course) to show you what I believe we're all about: genuine classics with quality and compassionate service. If you're interested in continuing the conversation, please reach out to me directly Orlando
Small restaurant with an eclectic vibe serving southern favourites. Had the Mac & Cheese with fried chicken on top and have to say that the Mac &Cheese was excellent, the chicken was good with hot sauce but was not in the same league as the main part of the dish. Definitely worth trying again.
Hi! Thanks so much for this great 5-star review! You hit the nail on the head, with our eclectic vibe with epic comfort food and top-notch service. The Skillet Mac & Cheese is a great option and always leaves you satisfied! Our fried chicken is made fresh daily and adds the perfect touch. Looking forward to seeing you again soon Orlando
Everything was great! Food, service and atmosphere was perfect
Hi TyYy, Thanks so much for sharing some love and a 5-star review! Our modern approach to comfort food and commitment to deliver a great experience - is what we strive for daily. We love seeing the work we put in pay off with happy guests, such as yourself! Looking forward to seeing you back soon. Orlando
Food was so good! I definitely will be coming back!
Hi! Thanks for leaving us a 5-star review and the love for our modern twist on comfort food. We look forward to your next visit with us! Orlando
Lovely place. The food was nice. The server was super friendly.
Hi Rebeca, Thanks for sharing some love this way. Glad you enjoyed our modern twist on comfort food, and I will share your kind words with the team. We look forward to seeing you back again soon! O
Always a great brunch experience. We’ve had brunch there numerous times over the years and we are never disappointed.
Hi TrixieW Thanks for your great review and giving us 5 stars, means a lot! We love delivering an incredible brunch experience and love even more, when you can come back time and again. We're happy to have you as a valued member of our community and look forward to your next visit with us. Orlando
Great food and service
Hi Karina, Thanks for sharing love our way! Always great to deliver a 5-star, epic comfort food experience See you again soon Orlando
Great food, large portions, fun crowd and nice staff
So yesterday i went to old school for a brunch with my friend everything was good, the food, service and everything. But at the end,when it was time to pay our bills, the waiter has been very unpleasant with us , because of the tip who may not have lived up to his expectations.He made us undertand his dissatisfaction with eye roll , blowing , by speaking to us in an authoritarian way. He even threw my card on the table after paying. We are students and we couldn't put a big tip. He left without even looking at us or saying "thank you goodbye". He left moaning and blowing. We were very disappointed the waiter didn't make us want to come back again to the restaurant. He should have stayed professional. His name was Josh or something like that.
Hi Yasmine, Thank you so much for this feedback. I'm thrilled that everything went well until the end, and heartbroken that we dropped the ball at the finish line. It is up to you whether or not you want to/can leave a gratuity. While certainly, our service staff make the majority of their income off of tips, there is no excuse for him making you feel unwelcome because of it. I am so sorry to hear this. Hopefully we get to welcome you in sometime soon. Orlando
The food is mediocre and overpriced. The coffee was terrible too. The servers were nice though and it was quite enough that I could have a conversation with my friends.
Beginning the year at this place was a BAD idea. Went for breakfast on New Year's day. Food was mediocre at best. Service is the worst I've experienced in a long time...and that's saying a lot for Toronto. The first thing they will say to you when you enter is not "How are you doing today?" but "We'll be able to give you a table only for an hour and a half". Our server was alright, but there was one other server who was exceptionally obnoxious, who felt the need to comment loudly about my choice of putting salt on bland and tasteless home fries. The acclaimed hot chocolate was nothing to write home about. Definitely not going here again. I can think of many better places that don't make you feel like they're doing you a favour. Also, doesn't help that me and my husband came away with queasy stomachs.
Hi Shuchi, I want to thank you personally for your honest feedback about your appalling experience with us. It appears that we let you down in all areas, from the greeting to goodbye. While we must occasionally enforce the 1 1/2 hour seating time from our reservation policy, it should not have been used as a greeting, and I'd feel as uneasy about things if the same happened to me while dining out. Our team would love the chance to right your poor experience, so please reach out to us! O
Really nice restaurant! The food was amazing!! I usually don’t finish my food and I ate my entire plate (France toast, bacon and home fries). The sides are huge, so consider sharing with a friend. Water wasn’t the best but it was cold. Super friendly and if you’re using USD, we paid $32 for 2 meals!
Chicken and Waffles were amazing! Definitely recommend those if going for brunch.
Hi Tanya, Thanks for taking the time to leave us this review! The Chicken and Waffles are an Old School classic and I'm glad you got to have those. I recommend our Blueberry Hill or French Toast upon your next visit. See you again soon! Orlando
Amazing food...great staff...appreciated the service.
Good service, friendly staff, great food, the only thing is the avocado toast was ok not that exiting but again Everything else was great. Great date spot
Just a brunch with friends. Waited for our food for ~45 minutes (other tables that got there AFTER us) were served quicker... and our reservation for 1:15pm got delayed till 1:30pm even though there were a couple empty tables..
Blueberry pancakes were excellent - portion was generous and cooked to perfection. Fried chicken eggs benny was mediocre - eggs weren’t warm, English muffin was dry and over toasted and fried chicken was rock hard over done. The service was really good, ambiance trendy but a touch on the loud side. 3.5/5 stars.
Wonderful food, vibe, great music, relaxed, chill, Happy to go back for Brunch Anytime with friends!
Our server was ginger - she was so funny and welcoming. Best type of service. And $5 mimosas on wednesdays!!!
Was my daughters 30th birthday. Brunch was outstanding, the service amazing as was our server from start to finish. Food allergies well addressed and highly recommend
It was a great place to have brunch with a group of lovely woman. Food & atmosphere were both great. Service was kind of weird but that just may be the style being in forgiven land because a lot of our wait staff was weird the way it worked. Americans are more get in & get out. But overall very nice the drink were great & affordable. Only down fall my friend mad a reservation online & the day of she called saying we would be late. But I also made a reservation online which was fine. So idk where the confusion lied but it was fine we ending up having an appetizer at the place down the street Almond Butterfly (recommend Kale Salad).
Busy Saturday lunch, however more staff needs to be on hand. Too much pressure for one server for so many customers. We arrived at 2:15 did not get seated til 2:30 and then received out order at 3:25. Coffee was luke warm also. Fries were cold.
We had a lovely server Ginger, however as I have stated it is too much pressure for one pressure
Very overpriced food and slow service. We waited about an hour or so to get our food. The pancakes were good but the other items we ordered were not great. The healthy bruncher was a very confusing plate that did not go well together. They forgot a couple of items that we ordered. I don't think I'd come back.
I would only recommend Old School if it’s for a table of 2-4. Otherwise, it’s best to go else where for bigger parties.
Our experience at Old School was not the best. We booked for a table of 5, but they gave us a table for 4. 3 of us had to squish into the bench seating.
We were not comfortable while eating, it would have been more enjoyable if we were not concerned with hitting other people at the table.
We asked our server if we could get a bigger table or get one more seat, she said “good luck with that”. We were hoping she could have been more accommodating and understanding, unfortunately - that was not the case.
We will not be returning as our first experience was not pleasant.
Hi Carmen, Thanks for taking the time to leave us this feedback. We're grateful you chose us, but disappointed that we let you down as our guests. While, yes: it is true that space is very much at a premium here, and that some of our tables set for 4-6 are situated close together during peak hour, we're sorry that our server's tone towards you was unkind, and not fitting of who we are as a restaurant. Hopefully, we get the chance to win you back with our super-friendly service sometime! O
We were a large international group and the staff was super friendly, accommodating! All the food was delicious and came out at the same time. Excellent service and ambiance. I highly recommend 🤗
Hi Christina, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback! Glad you loved what we had to offer! Best, Orlando
From the moment we arrive my food allergies were address and a printed version put on the table and given to the chef. Our server was very attentive and told me nothing fried based in my allergies. I ordered the mile high blueberry pancakes. Simply amazing as was the Fitch toast. Highly recommend and we will return
Hello! Thank you so much for spending part of your week with Old School. We're honoured you chose us, and beyond thankful that you took the time to leave your feedback about us. While we are not an allergen-free facility, we take every dietary concern very seriously. The safety and comfort of our guests and staff is more important than anything else we do, and I'm thankful that you recognized our care here. Thank you again. Orlando
Very slow service
Eventhough we had a reservation for 10 am for Sunday brunch and the restaurant wasn't busy at that time, it took about an hour for our order to arrive
The blueberry pancake is to die for though
Hello Didar, Thanks for this piece of feedback! I'm disappointed to hear that we dropped the ball at getting your breakfast out to your table in our usually speedy time, but I can certainly understand how that would leave you unsatisfied. On behalf of the entire team, we'd love to hear a little more about your time with us in hopes that we can win you back to our restaurant. If you'd like to continue the conversation, DM us on Instagram (@oldschoolyyz) Orlando
The service was amazing! Everyone was kind, warm, funny and personable. If only the food was better! We started with the mozzarella sticks, but they were pretty bland: I even added salt and pepper to mine just to get some flavour. 2 of us ordered the chicken and waffles, which we both found a bit flavourless. I added tobasco sauce to the "tobasco honey" (which was neither spicy, nor tasted like honey), which helped, but doesn't compare to fried chicken that's properly seasoned. I don't need spice, but I do need seasoning and flavour. Our friend ordered the steak and she wasn't a fan of it either. The service was so good that I might be willing to give it another try if a friend invited me there, but I probably wouldn't go there again myself. Which is a shame, since all the items on the menu sound perfect.
Hello Naima! Thank you again for taking the time to write your feedback about your visit. We're thrilled that you loved our service, but extremely disappointed that our dinner fare fell flat for your and your dining companions. Your feedback about the respective dishes has been passed on to our Executive Chef Stu to monitor as we get ready to launch our upcoming fall-winter dinner menu. We'd love to hear more about your experience. If interested, please DM us at @oldschoolyyz! Orlando
Everything was excellent!!
Bland, tasteless food. Service was decent. Overpriced for the quality of food you get.
Not a good experience from the moment I stepped in. It smelled really bad like it was dirty. Sat down and had fruit flies flying in my face every few seconds. I could tell I was not going to enjoy the food from how gross the restaurant seemed but my friend made me stay. I ordered chicken and waffles they were ok. I would not come back here until they do a deep clean of the front and back of the restaurant. Smells like they have a lot of open beer bottles just rotting away or something.
Loved the energetic, yet homely and welcoming vibe. The initial patio seat we got had too many wasps flying around. Our waitress happily moved us to an indoor table.
The food was AMAZING!! We shared the blueberry pancake stack and eggs benny. Highly recommend both!!
i wish the pancake that i had was little more warmer other than it was perfect! and there were tons of bees during that time
It was great and nice to celebrate my birthday with family and good food
Great Sunday brunch! The music wasn't working so our server joked that we could sing our order - my husband did, and we shared the amazing Blueberry Hill with sides of sausage and eggs. Friendly and fun service, relaxed atmosphere, delicious food.
We were visiting Toronto for the weekend and went to Old School twice we loved it so much. The food was absolutely amazing, the drinks were great, and the owner was so friendly. Definitely stop here while in Toronto, you won’t be sorry!!
Thanks for the amazing service Jack!
I really enjoyed my meal: kale Caesar, chicken and waffles with an aperol spritz!
Lives up to its Instagram posts!! Will definitely be back 😀
Made reservations for breakfast, great service and food