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Old School - Toronto

4.5
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174 reviews
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 174 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mimz
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 2 days ago

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 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

Old School - Toronto
Responded 2 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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
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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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
6 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
14 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.

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RaquelO
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, waiting a long time to try it
Well worth it ❤️

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AnikB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite place for brunch! Great food & the music is always so good!

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Sabri
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was incredible. Loved the patio. Would return!! Mimosas were a bit steep but overall good experience!

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Anne
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great patio and food, server was the perfect level of sarcastic humour.

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JamieJ
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. Great for breakfast and brunch. Staff are professional and splendid. Nice portions and the pricing are great. Will be returning!!

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ChelseaM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very kind waiter. Location is nice and quiet for brunch meeting.

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viprobbiep15
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server was super lovely on a quiet Sunday morning brunch. Food is always fast and tasty, and so so comforting. Best diner coffee around!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time having breakfast here. Although the menu is not huge, what they make is just incredible. Our server was extremely friendly and accommodating. The food was spectacular and generous portions.

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AdamM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Had wanted to check out Old School's brunch for a while now and finally got the chance to when restrictions lifted. The blueberry pancake tower definitely lived up the hype - I would say that to those interested that you should get it as a shareable as it is quite the pile. Tried the eggs benedict as well which was decent but nothing special. I'm a big fan of spicy Caesars and for whatever reason I really didn't love them there, though others at my table felt differently. The service was quick and the atmosphere was awesome. Overall it was worth the visit and I recommend that people should check it out.

Old School - Toronto
Responded on September 25, 2020

Thanks Adam we appreciate the review and the feedback. Next time you are in, ask that the Caesar be OLD SCHOOL hot! Pair that with our "if you Caesar, Say Hello!" and enjoy. Thanks again, see you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was exceptional, no complains at all. best brunch place I’ve ever been.. chicken and waffles was really good. blueberry pancake needs improvement.. experience was great.. will definitely go back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amazing experience!!

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Abbymack
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I came for the first time to old school and it couldn’t have been better! The food was outstanding and the service was perfect! Nothing but a positive experience!

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Megan
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food - the Eggs Benny was exactly what I was craving. Glad we made a reservation and had been wanting to go for a while. Expectations = exceeded!

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Chantelle
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food ! Amazing service and ambience ! Go there !

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Neets
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had lunch with a friend on Tuesday. Both food and service were outstanding. I had the blueberry hill and my friend had the French toast. We also shared a pitcher of Sangria. Absolutely perfect way to spend an afternoon in the city!

FAQs

Old School - Toronto does offer delivery in partnership with 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 174 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.