Old School - Toronto

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CAN$30 and under
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Comfort Food

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​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.
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4.4
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TW
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great brunch experience. We’ve had brunch there numerous times over the years and we are never disappointed.

Old School - Toronto
Responded 15 hours ago

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

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SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, large portions, fun crowd and nice staff

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

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.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on January 5, 2020

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

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YB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

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.

SR
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

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.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on January 3, 2020

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

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

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!

TB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Chicken and Waffles were amazing! Definitely recommend those if going for brunch.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on December 26, 2019

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

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food...great staff...appreciated the service.

RO
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Birthday brunch

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

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..

OM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

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.

AL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, vibe, great music, relaxed, chill, Happy to go back for Brunch Anytime with friends!

h
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was ginger - she was so funny and welcoming. Best type of service. And $5 mimosas on wednesdays!!!

OT
Miami
116 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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).

RO
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

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

IP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

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.

C
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

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.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 18, 2019

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

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 🤗

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 18, 2019

Hi Christina, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback! Glad you loved what we had to offer! Best, Orlando

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OT
Miami
116 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 18, 2019

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

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DR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

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

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 18, 2019

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

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N
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

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.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 18, 2019

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

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B
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent!!

JM
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

Bland, tasteless food. Service was decent. Overpriced for the quality of food you get.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

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.

S
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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!!

H
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

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

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great and nice to celebrate my birthday with family and good food

MK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!!

OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks for the amazing service Jack!
I really enjoyed my meal: kale Caesar, chicken and waffles with an aperol spritz!

SG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lives up to its Instagram posts!! Will definitely be back 😀

CT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Made reservations for breakfast, great service and food

BW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

Service was pretty bad. My friend is gluten/soy free and server was not helpful.

CC
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Those blueberry pancakes!! Incredible l, soft delicious and covered in blueberries and bacon!

AC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great Bennies for Brunch ! Service was a little slow but for Sunday brunch it’s expected i guess

KA
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely love this place. 4th time here. This time we got the mimosa bottle service as well as awesome breakfast-so fun to do with gfs!

R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Seemed short staffed - 1 waitress, 1 bartender, and kitchen staff. Service wasn't good but I guess they tried considering they were short people - waited 45mins to get the bill after asking multiple times. No one at the front to greet or seat you. Drinks were watered down (sangrias and the pepsi). French fries were great but pulled pork sandwich was soggy and bland. Not a lot of space so a group sat right in front of the performer and made it difficult for staff to get to tables. Staff were nice.

a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

I went for brunch last weekend and did not have the best experience. I went with a group of four, and we made note on the reservation that it was a birthday (which was not mentioned by the waitstaff or anything). When my boyfriend and I arrived to meet our friends they had given us a table that was in the direct sun for the two of us and all of the other tables were under umbrellas. We tried moving the table back but then our friend would be right up against the people behind us. It was direct sun, I burnt my shoulder and almost fainted when I stood up to leave. When I went back in to get some water and sit down I got very rude looks from all of the waitstaff, despite telling a server I was outside and they needed more umbrellas because we were so hot.

Aside from this we ordered two eggs Benny’s my salmon one was not very good. The salmon didn’t taste very fresh. We also ordered the blueberry pancakes without bacon, because two members of our party don’t eat pork. I took a bite and it totally had bacon in it and needed to be sent back. We were all just grateful I took the first bit and not my friends.

All in all this place would have been better if more attention had been paid to the overall customer experience.