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Covered and heated patio - Parallel, Toronto, ON

Parallel

4.8
4.8
884 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Middle Eastern
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.”

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Israeli
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 516-7765
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighbourhood
    The Junction
  • Cross Street
    One block North East of Dufferin/Dupont
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Dufferin Subway- Take #29 Bus to Dupont. Walk North on the East side to Geary Ave. Turn right onto Geary Ave and walk until you reach 217 Geary (on the South side)Take Dupont bus (#26) to Dufferin St. Walk North on the East side to Geary Ave. Turn and right onto Geary Ave and walk until you reach 217 Geary (on the South side)
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 884 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Middle Eastern

884 Reviews
  1. SanN

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible food, great attentive very polite service, great portions

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  2. downtowndc

    Toronto

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall a fun experience with great food. Nice brunch menu in addition to the regular one. Very accommodating seating my group of 8 the restaurant verses the covered patio.

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  3. Cosma

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I did not find the picnic table seating comfortable for dinner

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  4. Sherry

    Toronto

    47 reviews

    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for a friend's lunch. Got great service and value for the money. The mushroom dish was delicious.

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  5. AdamM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding experience down to every last detail - the ambience, the cocktails, the food and the service. And price was very reasonable compared to similar restaurants in Toronto. Will definitely be back soon.

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  6. PennyLane

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is so very good. I wouldn't even think twice about coming back. So many of my friends, including myself, are obsessed with Parallel.

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  7. SanN

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always just a great spot — impeccable food and service. Highly recommend it.

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  8. Anne

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible brunch. Super friendly and lovely staff. Bright open space. Generous portions and we needed a doggie bag! Will definitely be back many times.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and drinks and spectacular service!

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  10. BruceL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Superlative food. Creatively rendered middle eastern food. Presentation of everything was beautiful. The server was patient and very helpful, especially supporting my friend with dietary restrictions. One of the best meals I've had in recent memory.

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  11. BethanM

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool space, great staff, every dish was delicious and reasonably priced as we brought leftovers home for at least two more meals.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food! I would suggest to share different things, including one salad, one hummus e one main.

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  13. SamM

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are incredible. Always happy to go back!

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  14. Fpart

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    great food and service outdoor seating and temperature was uncomfortable

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time!!! The staff and food are truly amazing!

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  16. MattO

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is excellent but I want to single out the staff for their kindness. I came in just beyond last call from a funeral for a friend who loved Israli food, and they made it happen with a totally welcoming feel that was amazing at that moment. Victoria in particular I give special marks to. Incredibly sweet and also I wildly over ordered and she helped me reign it in. Highly recommended and I will definitely return.

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  17. AziS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing, just the music didn’t match the ambience :)

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    They changed the menu ‘recently’ but the online menu isn’t updated, so was very disappointed that they no longer had the braised beef (replaced with kefta) when we arrived. They were completely inflexible with the menu to suit our needs/tastes after no longer offering what we came there for. Though the schnitzel is great, we won’t be back.

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  19. AshishM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed everything we ordered. The Mezze platter was fresh, falafels were the best we have ever had (seriously!) And the harissa beef was unlike any other beef we have had. 10/10 meal

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  20. DeborahE

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is ALWAYS tasty and delicious and healthy! Love the Parallel Salad!

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  21. AmandaT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time dining in, usually order takeaway. A nice, semi-casual vibe

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  22. ReganR

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing service, excellent wine, and incredibly delicious and hearty food for fair prices

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  23. faithg

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Parallel lives up to its name entirely. Every time I eat there I'm impressed over and over. The food is excellent. The portions extremely generous. And the service is very good as well. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. Yummy!!

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  24. JohnR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious food. Entrees are large so be careful! We’ll be going back for sure.

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  25. ShawnR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love Parallel. Never disappointed. The salad is worth the drive alone!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    New favourite spot in the city for amazing Middle Eastern food. The service was outstanding and the food is incredible!

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  27. BillC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is amazing. Atmosphere is great. Have eaten at this restaurant before. Enjoyed it. Still enjoy it.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I really like this restaurant after I discovered it not even two blocks from my neighborhood! The food is amazing and enjoyable to share!

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  29. CarolinaS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we enjoy our time at Parallel. this was my boyfriend's first time going there and he was ver satisfied with the food and their flavours

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  30. Shauna

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I've been here more times than I can count, but this visit was different. The servers were miserable and inefficient. They forgot to make our mains and after the third time of the same server trying to clear our plates, I spoke up stating that we still needed our plates for our mains. Instead of checking on them, she yelled at me that she was trying to clear our plates for our mains. The issue with that is that the mains were never even put in, which we found out about only after another 30 minutes of waiting and finally asking our original server. It was not the original server's fault either, they showed up on the final bill, which means the request went to the kitchen, they just never made them. Also, one of the other servers came to our table to drop off our bottle of wine and started badmouthing our original server. All in all, it left us feeling very underwhelmed by the service and the poor communication between staff.

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  31. MoniqueB

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is super fresh and delicious. Can’t say enough about the Parallel Salad. So many textures and flavours that work together beautifully. Great service: wait staff gave good advice on the portions (actually told us we were ordering too much food- we asked!) and the food came out quickly. We were sharing a bunch of items so they didn’t rush everything to the table at the same time either.

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  32. AndyT

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff are so friendly and accommodating and made us feel very welcome there.

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  33. BobS

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The heated patio is great; even on an evening of Minus 10 degrres outside

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I go there for the food. It is always very tasty and fresh.

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  35. CarolB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It's nice to go to a restaurant that does not depend on dairy for flavour. The best middle eastern food in Toronto.

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  36. Vishal

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food . Loved it . Very fresh and fast service

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  37. JosephU

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Parallel Foods in Toronto is a unique establishment known for its innovative approach to food, particularly in the realm of Middle Eastern cuisine. The restaurant, often lauded for its modern twist on traditional dishes, offers a menu that skillfully balances authenticity with creativity. A standout feature is their in-house tahini production, which is a testament to their commitment to freshness and quality. The tahini, made from Ethiopian sesame seeds, is a popular ingredient in many of their dishes. The ambiance at Parallel is often described as vibrant and contemporary, making it a great spot for both casual dining and special occasions. The staff is known for being friendly and knowledgeable, adding to the overall positive dining experience. As for the menu, it includes a variety of dishes that cater to different tastes, including vegetarian and vegan options. The falafel, salads, and hummus platters are particularly popular, praised for their authentic flavors and fresh ingredients. They also offer a selection of unique desserts and a variety of drinks, including local wines and craft beers. In summary, Parallel Foods in Toronto stands out for its fresh take on Middle Eastern cuisine, high-quality ingredients, particularly its signature tahini, and a warm, inviting atmosphere. It's a must-visit for food enthusiasts looking to explore contemporary Middle Eastern dishes.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just a simple date night with my wife. Not exactly ultra-romantic but always know we’ll get great food. Parallel salad is a must, four dips and fresh pita, can’t go wrong. Tried the Stuffed Brisket for the first time and it didn’t disappoint. Top it off with some cocktails and incredible service from Dorothy made it the perfect night. Flavourful food, amazing service, at a good price, easy decision.

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  39. SusanS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great staff. Fantastic dining experience

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  40. DespinaD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food and service! I highly recommend the falafels but anything you get will be worth it.

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FAQs

Parallel does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. Parallel also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 516-7765.

Parallel is rated 4.8 stars by 884 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Parallel

217 Geary Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 2C1

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    One block North East of Dufferin/Dupont
  • Neighbourhood
    The Junction
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Israeli
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Dufferin Subway- Take #29 Bus to Dupont. Walk North on the East side to Geary Ave. Turn right onto Geary Ave and walk until you reach 217 Geary (on the South side)Take Dupont bus (#26) to Dufferin St. Walk North on the East side to Geary Ave. Turn and right onto Geary Ave and walk until you reach 217 Geary (on the South side)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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