Parallel

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214 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Mediterranean

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Good Vegetarian Options
Casual
Parallel brings together the experience and background of the three Ozery brothers, Alon, Guy, and Aharon, to create this unique space and product.
“We grew up in a home where sesame butter (tahini) was consumed regularly alongside flavourful Mediterranean cuisine. Parallel was born from our history and love for sesame butter. It’s part of our culture and upbringing, and we want to share that with you.
There are few ingredients that are as versatile, nutritious, and just as damn tasty as sesame butter. That’s why we decided to make it in all its forms: try it in our dressings, salads, dips, bowls, and our famous homemade halva, and seed what is possible.
The three of us share a passion for simple meals with fresh ingredients, bold flavors, and innovative techniques. That, along with our love for good coffee, art, music, and community, is what shapes the Parallel experience.”
What 214 People Are Saying
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious as usual

JP
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food, the ambience and the amazing staff. We'll be back!

CR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice casual place, good healthy food. We will come back.

JF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything here is so delicious and fresh. The service is excellent and we can't wait to return!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently fantastic

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This restaurant has a funky relaxed vibe and the food is amazing! So much selection for a vegetarian. The hummus, falafels and tabouleh salad are outstanding!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Music is too loud but great food

A
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and meal were on point. Everything was quickly brought out of the kitchen, and our food was to die for. Great value and plates for price point. Can't wait to come back.

TL
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely service, warm atmosphere, and great food, especially for those who want to share plates and try everything. Highly recommend the Arais (if you're a carnivore) and the sublime Mushroom Mix – make sure you order extra pitas if you're getting dips – they're delicious. A great casual night of noshing and sipping, will definitely be back. Thanks Parallel!

RK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The Ozery family are the most caring and generous hosts and food creators. I have been to Parallel three times and plan on returning with new guests and my Ryerson class in November. Attentive service, delicious, fresh and healthy food, as always. What a pleasure to experience the evolution of this great family business!

BB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I have been dined in this restaurant for several times since it was opened. It never disappointed me every time. The food was just as authentic and delicious each time. The atmosphere is vibrant and relaxing depending on the day. My only comment is they don’t have a variety of deserts choices. If they can work on that would be a five stars experience!

C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Food was great.
Much too noisy for our friend with a hearing problem.

GS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was excellent, and the service was good, but the space is noisy and conversation was difficult.

We had a parallel salad, a fattoush salad, a Black Sabbath, and split orders of hummus and falafel. All were quite good

AS
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Falafel were amazing, thought the hummus surprisingly bland, even with the meat ragu. Fattoush salad is a hipster interpretation of a fattoush salad, not a real fattoush salad. Surprisingly underwhelmed.

LR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent service and excellent food!!

F
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service & food were excellent. I've been to Parallel once before, in the winter and I found it was rather cramped for space. With the patio open this time of year it was a much better experience as you didn't feel like you were sitting on top of the table next to you.

We had the Parallel salad, falafel, truffle hummus and the grilled seabass special. It was all delicious.

We'll be back!

MW
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was spectacular, a little noisy but overall excellent.

OT
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very creative recipes with high quality and super fresh ingredients. Very friendly service!

RR
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was excellent - shared their daily special watermelon salad and I ordered their Parallel Salad (I added grilled tofu). Both were really good. My friend ordered the lamb & beef kabobs for her main. My only complaint was that although we said we would start with the special, my salad came out too so I was more than halfway done before my friend even got her main.

Very noisy.

AM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great location, really hype ambience! The portion sizes of the dishes were great. Lots of vegan options available. I would definitely recommend this place.

d
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous!!!

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LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Very nice meal accompanied by very poor service. Wait staff all seemed new to the industry. Our drink order was taken, then the meal, then we were ignored for the rest of the time we were there. I had to get up to find a waiter for a second drink and again to get the bill. The food was quite nice though so could be worthwhile only if you’re very patient.

L
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

Falafels were amazing- service was kind and attentive without being in your space.

Only complaint is that it is quite loud, and with the high ceilings- it just seemed really busy with lots going on- hard to focus on conversations.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Braised beef lamb was amazing. Loved the pita. Service was excellent and looking forward to going again.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Everything was great.

Cleanliness was under par with expectations. Toilet was filthy. Our plates were greasy and the laminated menu was covered in food splotches.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food, good atmosphere. I would definitely recommend to others and dine here again.

c
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Going back this Sunday! The food here is off the charts delicious.

S
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service! Brunch on the patio was spectacular!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious!

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MB
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is awesome.

KG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

The kale salad was wilted - tired. It did not seem fresh. I’ve had it here before and was much fresher. Should always be fresh.

GH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic food experience, completely unpretentious. Everything was tasty and plentiful. Service was great. 10/10. My fave restaurant in TO.

DB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a good time. Server was a hoot. Thanks db

DR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best food ever. I’ve never had falafel like this, it is life changing! Very vegetarian friendly

VB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my partner out for a nice brunch for his birthday. The service is excellent, they gave us the option to sit on the patio + the food is delicious. Their falafels are so airy and fluffy! How do they do this sorcery? :)

MH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food is well prepared but quite pricey for the amount of food you get. Highlight was their in-house hot sauce spice mixture. The space indoors is a large concrete room so it is very reverberant and hard to hear others when there loud house music playing in the space.

PT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food, and excellent service, but it's too loud. The high walls intensify the crowd noise and electronic music. Maybe I'm too old...Again, the food was great, and the was perfect.

RH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wait staff very attentive. Seated promptly. Food terrific.

G
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious Mediterranean fare ... falafel and tabluleh salad are a must!

S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I book my reso incorrectly on open table, booked the wrong day by accident. The hostess was very nice and was able to get ya us a spot at the bar. The place was busy! The Bar was perfect the bartender was very cool and the help is with menus sections! All the selections were amazing, incredible food! Thanks Parallel for an awesome experience. I’ll be back very soon!