Old School - Toronto
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.
- Dining times are a maximum of 1 hour 30 minutes.
- Last call is 9pm. The patio must be empty by 10pm
- We cannot accommodate groups larger than 4, inclusive of babies and children.
-All guests must reside in the same household with exemptions for patrons who live alone and caregivers.
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.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
The food and our server were amazing! The weather was cold but the food was so good that we stayed! It was worth it!
Our server was fantastic , upbeat and timely
The food was good, not great but their heated patio is perfect for the cold weather. They even had blankets at every table that made the experience even better!
Great spot, highly recommend. Could use some more vegetarian options as mains
such a warm winterized patio heaters right next to your table they give you blankets and there’s a tent above you. seriously the warmest patio i’ve ever been on the strawberry milkshake and fried chicken mac and cheese was amazing! not really any music and the patio is street facing so it’s not too noisy just regular street noise nothing bad though . really cute place for a date or gathering! free wifi too
The food was great tasting and well presented. The drinks were tasty, and the server John was outstanding. Attentive but not hovering. The perfect balance. He also knows his stuff and if you don't know what to order, ask him for suggestions.
Enjoyed the patio while socially distancing. Food was good.
I loved the Mac n cheese. I have been on the hunt for the best Mac n cheese I’m the gta and old school is at the top of my list. The fried chicken and waffles was amazing and flavourful. Will be back soon!
A great restaurant making it in tough times. Go to place on Sunday mornings for breakfast.
Tough indeed Robert! But having you as a regular keeps us going. Thank you!!
Good patio. Friendly service if not overly efficient. Good cocktail menu. Food was just okay.
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!
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.
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.
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.
**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?
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
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.
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.
Thanks for the review BT. We are glad you appreciate the patio. Perhaps we will get a few more opportunities before the February Freeze.
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.
Thanks for the review Travelndine, Its getting chilly now so you should come back and check out our fire pits, heaters, and warm personalities! :)
Delicious as always. Fun little heated covered patio.
Glad you enjoyed, come back soon!
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!
Thanks for the Glowing revew! We might still get a few more days on the patio so we hope you come back again soon.
Milkshakes were amazing and over the top!
Right? And they keep getting better with new variations. Look for a few new ones coming soon. Thanks for the 5 stars!!
Except for the tense waitress on the patio, was a great lunch. I’m sure she’s under a lot of stress right now.
Thanks for your understanding Delyn, Perhaps she needed some comfort food of her own. Hope to see you again soon.
Great food, great service!! I would recommend it over and over again.
Please DO! We really appreciate the review.
Love it here.. great food service and environment
Thanks Grace, glad we could host you. And thanks for the 5 stars
It was a great out door patio dining experience! We would go back
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
I had the Cuban sandwich = excellent! They provide blankets + heaters so I was warm. Really well done Old School!
Thanks Myra, We appreciate the vote of confidence. We hope to keep this going even when the snow flies!
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,
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.
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.
Thanks for the review Desiree, If we could change the weather we would do that too. But until then.... Blankets and heaters it is.
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!
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.
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.
Thanks Lauren, We keep adding more heat to the patio, We will look for more opportunities, Thanks for the review!
Our server Skip was the greatest and made the experience amazing! Thank you Old School!
Thank YOU! hope you visit us again soon!
It was my partners 50th birthday. Excellent service, great food and the server bought us each a glass of perseco. A beautiful gesture. Cheers
Happy birthday, so glad you chose us to host their birthday!
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!
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.
Great food and service with very reasonable prices.
Thanks so much Dana, we appreciate the review.
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.
OOOooohh Aly, good choices, that brown butter is devine right? and Bennie and the Jets are rock stars. Thanks for the review.
Service was nice but slow. Restaurant was practically empty with 2-3 tables occupied but waiter took 20 minutes to come check on customers.
Sorry to hear that Ann, We are usually on the ball. Hope you come back and let us earn those additional stars.
The bartender prepared us a delicious drink especially for fall season, highly recommended
Thanks, Glad you enjoyed it. More fall specials coming your way
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!
Thanks for the review, We anxiously await your return
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!!
Thanks Clark, Jackson is awesome! and we are looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow. Bring the whole family!
Outstanding!!!! A must,big you live or visiting Toronto,the place to be for a FULL breakfast.
Thanks Sonia, we dont want anyone going away hungry. So glad you had a FULL breakfast!
Good food, good vibes. I’ll be back hopefully before winter :)
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.
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 198 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.