Old School - Toronto

4.5
189 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Comfort Food
​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 189 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RobertB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A great restaurant making it in tough times. Go to place on Sunday mornings for breakfast.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 24, 2020

Tough indeed Robert! But having you as a regular keeps us going. Thank you!!

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Bmack
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

Good patio. Friendly service if not overly efficient. Good cocktail menu. Food was just okay.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 24, 2020

Glad you liked the patio and service. We pride ourselves on great food and value. I hope you come back and try us again. I recomend the Blueberry Hill Pancakes! Yummy!

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Danielle
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The fried chicken eggs benny: eggs were poached hard and had to be re-done. Fried chicken was pretty bland.

The fried chicken sandwich: ok but underwhelming.

Great service and nice and warm patio though.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 24, 2020

Thanks for the feedback Danielle. We are glad you enjoyed the patio. I hope you give us an opportunity to move those 3 stars to a 5 when we reopen.

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jlui
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was AMAZING. So friendly and funny. Offered great service, we had an amazing time. The patio was beautifully set up with sufficient heaters all around. The complimentary blankets were a nice touch. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a heated patio this fall/winter. One of the better set up patios in the city hands down.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 24, 2020

**Tears** Mixed emotions here at Old School, we have tears of joy from getting your awesome review, and tears of sadness now that we are forced to close the patio and dining room yet again. Its just temporary and we look forward to seeing you again when we reopen. Perhaps in the meantime some comfort food picked up on your way home or delivered to your door would be a short term compromise?

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Darren
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Jack wasn’t even our server but he sat us and popped in with us every now and again to make sure we were good and was delighted to help us out with a candle for a birthday we had. Extremely pleasant he did a great job. Will be back

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 24, 2020

Good ol' Jack, always above and beyond. He will be thrilled to read your review, as we are to have him and you as a friend of Old School. Hope to see you back when we get through this latest shutdown. Remember you can always pop by for some take out, or we would be happy to send Jack on a delivery! LOL.

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bt00
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Visited this place in the late fall during COVID when there was only outdoor dining. The patio is quaint with fire pits and blankets to keep warm. The blankets got passed around guests which is a little concerning during COVID.

Food selection is moderate, fried chicken was delicious. The drink menu is crafty and delicious. Value is OK, and on the pricy side for what you get.

Service was great, with very attentive and polite servers.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 24, 2020

Thanks for the review BT. We are glad you appreciate the patio. Perhaps we will get a few more opportunities before the February Freeze.

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vipTravelndine
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice patio, appropriately social distanced. Blankets provided for every seat and apparently heated although it was warm when we went so didn't see it.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 16, 2020

Thanks for the review Travelndine, Its getting chilly now so you should come back and check out our fire pits, heaters, and warm personalities! :)

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious as always. Fun little heated covered patio.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 16, 2020

Glad you enjoyed, come back soon!

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A251
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went for Saturday brunch on their patio. The tables were well spaced apart and there were fire tables and enough heaters that the patio was comfortable. They also provided flannel blankets at each table, a nice touch. We also saw someone disinfect the table right before we sat down. The servers were all masked and the food was great, coffee was good and cocktails were strong. Will visit again for sure!

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 9, 2020

Thanks for the Glowing revew! We might still get a few more days on the patio so we hope you come back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Milkshakes were amazing and over the top!

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 9, 2020

Right? And they keep getting better with new variations. Look for a few new ones coming soon. Thanks for the 5 stars!!

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DelynS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Except for the tense waitress on the patio, was a great lunch. I’m sure she’s under a lot of stress right now.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 5, 2020

Thanks for your understanding Delyn, Perhaps she needed some comfort food of her own. Hope to see you again soon.

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Digiteye1999
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service!! I would recommend it over and over again.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 4, 2020

Please DO! We really appreciate the review.

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GraceV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it here.. great food service and environment

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 3, 2020

Thanks Grace, glad we could host you. And thanks for the 5 stars

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KarminaR
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

It was a great out door patio dining experience! We would go back

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 3, 2020

And we hope you do Karmina! It may not be the patio next time, although this week looks spectacular. Maybe get one more patio in before the snow flies. See you soon. And thanks for the review.

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Amanda
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Went for brunch. Server was nice but seemed annoyed at the beginning. Food was good, not outstanding. Benny sauce was made well, fried chicken and waffles was nothing to phone home about. Overall a 6.5/10.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on November 2, 2020

Thanks for the review Amanda, We are sorry we missed the mark for a 4 or 5 star review. We would like the opportunity to improve on that rating. If you have time to give us more feedback on what could have been improved please contact me via our website. Thanks again, Anita.

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Mimz
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Arrived a few minutes before my booking. The patio was pretty crowded but we were attended to almost right away. Took a while to get our order in but I think there might been confusion about who would cover our table. Our server was so sweet and attentive after that initial delay, the heater and the blankets they provided really helped us stay warm, the background music was great, and the food was beyond delicious. It's been a while since I was pleasantly surprised by a restaurant!

We ordered the fried chicken Mac and Cheese, and the blueberry pancakes. 5/5 for the former, SO delicious in going to have dreams about it. And maybe a 4/5 for the blueberry pancakes, delicious but a tiny bit dry. Would have liked more blueberry compote. I think if I've mentioned anything they probably would've fixed it too.. Not sure why I didn't.

Overall, a great experience. Will definitely be going back.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 26, 2020

Thanks Mimz, We are so happy you came out, and that we were able to keep you warm. That was a great review, thank you. Please let us know next time if there is anything we can add to your experience, Including.... a mountian of blueberry compote on top of the stack of blueberry hill pancakes. :)

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MyraL
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the Cuban sandwich = excellent! They provide blankets + heaters so I was warm. Really well done Old School!

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 26, 2020

Thanks Myra, We appreciate the vote of confidence. We hope to keep this going even when the snow flies!

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EmmaD
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

It was the most delicious place I’ve ever been to, that being said I felt so sick after from eating so much. WARNING DO NOT GO THERE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF APPETITE ENHANCING SUBSTANCES.

A tad pricey,

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 21, 2020

LOL Emma, We draw no conclusions, and no judgement. Nor do we take responsibility for those that cant resist our pancakes! Glad you enjoyed. I hope we gave you great value! Extended belly included.

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DesireeD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

i am very grateful for everything Old School has done to accommodate during covid. The blankets, pillows and heaters really made the difference. Will recommend to my friends.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thanks for the review Desiree, If we could change the weather we would do that too. But until then.... Blankets and heaters it is.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service & cozy atmosphere! The blankets and the fire pit were the perfect additional touch! It was an unforgettable Sunday for me and my friends!

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 21, 2020

WOW thanks for the awesome review, We are trying to keep you cozy and warm on the patios. We are going to keep you warm all winter long.

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LaurenL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the Bluberry Hill pancakes and the espresso martini. Both were good. Very big portion of pancakes, could definitely share. Service was good. The patio was quite busy even though it was a chilly October evening during COVID. I had a reservation so it was ok. We were there for a while and eventually it was almost empty. We were seated by the fire pit and were given blankets but after 2.5+ hours we got too cold. Would be nice if they had more/better heaters but not their fault.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thanks Lauren, We keep adding more heat to the patio, We will look for more opportunities, Thanks for the review!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Skip was the greatest and made the experience amazing! Thank you Old School!

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank YOU! hope you visit us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my partners 50th birthday. Excellent service, great food and the server bought us each a glass of perseco. A beautiful gesture. Cheers

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 16, 2020

Happy birthday, so glad you chose us to host their birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The service was amazing and the food was even better! Everyone who helped out and served us was super friendly and funny!The food was beyond great and the portions really filled us up! 10/10 recommend!

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 15, 2020

Well its a shame you are anonymous as we really to appreciate your review. But the food was better than the service? We are just going to have to pick up our game. Come back soon.

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Dana
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service with very reasonable prices.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 15, 2020

Thanks so much Dana, we appreciate the review.

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AlyPascual
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a great time. Sat on the patio due to COVID restrictions.
Server was polite, pleasant, and very informative/ helpful.
Ordered the “go-to” items from the menu. Chocolate milkshake, blueberry pancakes, and eggs Benedict.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 15, 2020

OOOooohh Aly, good choices, that brown butter is devine right? and Bennie and the Jets are rock stars. Thanks for the review.

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AnnT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Service was nice but slow. Restaurant was practically empty with 2-3 tables occupied but waiter took 20 minutes to come check on customers.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 15, 2020

Sorry to hear that Ann, We are usually on the ball. Hope you come back and let us earn those additional stars.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The bartender prepared us a delicious drink especially for fall season, highly recommended

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 15, 2020

Thanks, Glad you enjoyed it. More fall specials coming your way

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Went to have brunch and the food was delicious! The French toasts’ jam was perfect. The ambiance is perfect for brunch with friends. Would definitely come back!

Old School - Toronto
Responded on October 8, 2020

Thanks for the review, We anxiously await your return

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vipClark007
Toronto
45 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful brunch with a fabulous server called Jackson.
I’m coming back with my son tomorrow again for brunch or was that good!!

Old School - Toronto
Responded on September 30, 2020

Thanks Clark, Jackson is awesome! and we are looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow. Bring the whole family!

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soniaA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding!!!! A must,big you live or visiting Toronto,the place to be for a FULL breakfast.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on September 30, 2020

Thanks Sonia, we dont want anyone going away hungry. So glad you had a FULL breakfast!

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Princess003
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, good vibes. I’ll be back hopefully before winter :)

Old School - Toronto
Responded on September 28, 2020

Gosh Princess, did you say winter? EEK! no no no, its always warm at old school and the food is hot, Please come back before winter blows through the patio.

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Caylyn
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time. Nice patio, great food, very chill. Exactly what we were looking for.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on September 28, 2020

Thanks Caylyn, Glad it was chill and not chilly! FYI we are here next weekend too, so come on back.

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EmmaW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Good portions and amazing food, nice location with good beats playing

Old School - Toronto
Responded on September 28, 2020

Thanks Emma, We thing the old shool food, and the old school tunes are a great pairing too. Come back soon.

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SelsS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Cute place the food looked amazing I loved the burger I went out of my comfort zone and tried other things wasnt that good but the burger was amazing.

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kana
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great and our server was friendly. I loved their Toronto Cuban Melt sandwich and the pancake!

Old School - Toronto
Responded on September 18, 2020

Thanks for the reveiw Kana. Come back soon and try our general Tso Chicken too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Went for brunch, ordered the blueberry pancakes and French toast both we’re great. Staff was friendly

Old School - Toronto
Responded on September 23, 2020

Thank you for the review, Hope to see you back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We were celebrating a birthday and I let them know ahead of time. I was a little disappointed with the table we were given but they switched us when I asked to be moved. Would have been nice if they provided a desert. Overall the food and service was great.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on September 16, 2020

Thanks for the review, We do have some delicious deserts including an awesome cheesecake. Come back and give it a try.

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Ella
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The food looked very good but the taste did not match exactly. Some of the food was kind of bland.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on September 14, 2020

Thanks for the feedback Ella, We pride ourselves on providing delicious old school recipes. We hope you will come back soon and try another dish. Let our serves know and I am sure they will find a great suggestion.

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Bonovox
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

This was the first place we visited for brunch when we moved to Toronto. I remembered it a little fancier. Cool, “hipster” place but upscale.
I didn’t remember they had cheap cutlery, presentation was like a highway diner with cups of ketchup and some salad leafs for decor.
Very disappointing. Considering the catchy name, great decor, friendly staff and the best background music in town, the food you’d think would be equally nice. A change in the menu would help? More authority to the chef? Chef got tired? Even the flavours on the easy breakfast didn’t match.
A change is needed. I would still give them a chance.

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 4.5 stars by 189 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.