Parallel

4.6
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272 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 272 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic health fare and a hopping destination. Will be going back soon!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great meal, kids loved the falafel balls. They were so crisp and green!!! Loved the tabouli salad too!

c
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I found the service to be very slow but the food was delicious. We ordered the merguez shakshuka but I think next time I’ll order the regular shakshuka. I didn’t find the merguez sausage added anything to the dish.

r
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Parallel Salad is my favourite salad of all time! And the falafel balls are to die for.

SH
Toronto
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food at Parallel is really wonderful. Had superb plant based options for sharing at lunch —falafels, house kale salad and cauliflower. Also took home another order for family. Prices are not outrageous but also not cheap. Happy to pay for quality food and excellent service.
Not easy to park on or around Geary so leave extra time.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second visit - great food and attentive service!

LM
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is outstanding. Get the Parallel salad, for sure. I'd eat here every week if I lived closer. (Maybe I will anyway.)

LC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food in a funky setting. Not at all a cozy intimate place, think “party warehouse”. Rich-tasting, generous portions, loads of choice and a great place to hang out.

b
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food
Great atmosphere

WS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my second time here and I can't wait to come back. Food and service are excellent.

DD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Has a kind of food hall vibe, with helter skelter seating. Very industrial look. Despite this, it's not super loud and you can easily carry a conversation with your table. It took us quite a while to have our orders taken, we had to eventually wave down the waiter. Otherwise service was good. The food is AMAZING. Portions look small when they come out, but it will be enough. The flavors are unparalleled (ha see what I did there), and the falafel is the cutest green inside- a must try! It's a bit of pain to get to by transit if you live DT, but definitely worth a visit. I will be back again someday.

MT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The falafel balls were very unique and tasty.
The hummus was a bit sour for our liking
Cauliflower dish was very good
The mushroom dish on a pita was a bit too salty and there was too much tahini sauce
Chicken dish was great
Mushroom soup was great

EP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This is a consistently good place to eat excellent middle eastern food.

M
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Parking was not easy but the food,service and menu were interesting.

R
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went to Parallel as a family celebration. Our server was excellent, he didn’t rush us and provided us with an excellent description of the specials. Our food was brought to us quickly and tasted amazing. I have been telling friends to go to this restaurant as it is fantastic.

GH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

It was OK. Nothing to call home about. I’ve had better Israeli food, I’ve had more creative food, I’ve sat in nicer restaurants.
If I’m ever in the area I’ll swing by again, wasn’t worth the effort of driving long for this place.
Hipsters love this place.. if you are one - rejoice!!

DG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Service was not good, food was either bland or too sour with nothing to cut the acid.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really loved the food and the ambiance. I really just fell upon it so no expectations. Will be back!

DS
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious, the ambience was great, and our waitress was a A+ :)

P
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Casual vibe, large open loft like, inviting space. Attentive, knowledgeable and friendly service.
The cocktails were perfect, and each and every dish we ordered to share amongst the four of us was a feast for our tastebuds.
We were all giddy with how flavourful, perfectly spiced, and meticulously prepared every single dish was .
MMMMMMMMM....Kudos to you Parallel!!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food here is awesome

TS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

I had dinner at Parallel the other night with some friends and the food was great, especially the eggplant, the hummus, the falafels and chicken skewers. (The cauliflower dish was just so so.) But what we didn't like was that we booked a table for 6:00pm and at 8:10 they informed us that we'd need to give up our table at 8:30 so we needed to order desert asap. We didn't want desert, but hadn't planned to chug our second bottle of wine. Other restaurants tell you when you book if there's a time you need to vacate. And they confirm when you arrive. They don't just spring it on you like they did here. So now we're undecided if we'll go back, as there are so many other restaurants with good food and transparent seating policies.

a
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was outstanding. Silly reception with no logic around seating.. and when asking for added meals to take out, the server refused to allow to order of the regular menu, only the Take out menu even though we were seated anyway. I repeat overall it was good and food, excellent.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful and delicious food! A complimentary cookie skillet for the birthday girl 😊

RK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fantastic experience! Loved the new beet salad, turmeric latte, and borekas! Nothing else in Toronto compares!

VS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, loved the lamb ragu. Enjoyed the vibrancy and service!

CS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere, service and food at Parallel were impressive! We enjoyed the lamb and beef ragu hummus, shakshuka, falafels and labaneh. The falafels were by far the best tasting and looking food of the meal with their beautiful bright green colour! 10/10 would recommend and will be back again.

MT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, great variety, especially good for vegetarians. Best hummous and tahini in town, and make sure to try the cauliflower and the tabouleh salad. Just try everything, it's all great.

JS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is incredible, the staff are friendly and efficient, and the space is lovely. Top marks all around!

C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

My friends love this place. I think I may have just picked a not so great dish but should there be any dishes that come out like that?

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Server forgot food. The food we did get was delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

The food is amazing here, but the service is always lacking. I think there was one server for the whole place! Kitchen is fast but I literally had to point out to our server that one of our dishes was up.

KB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing New Year's Eve dinner for two. The specials were incredible!! I have been here for brunch before and the meal we had was so unique and different for a special occasion. Highly recommend. You guys are doing an amazing job keep up the great work :)

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Overall, we really enjoyed the evening. Some of the food was amazing, others dishes were just OK. Service and ambiance were very good... definitely a cool place for a nice casual dinner.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

s
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu is limited but what we had was excellent, creative and delicious.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Casual atmosphere, good food ( tip - don’t order more than 2 meals to start, humus that is served wth a lot of meals is pretty filling and you eat a lot of pitas with it!) service is ok, could be more attentive

AV
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was incredible! Loved the tapas style- we were able to taste numerous dishes among our party of 4. It wasn’t loud inside, even though the restaurant was full - we were able to have a conversation without straining our voices. Highly recommend on all fronts!

JH
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

However, we were freezing throughout our meal, though far from the door and close to the kitchen. You really have to heat that place in winter, when your hearty food is much appreciated.

BP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Food delicious but it was very cold in the restaurant so made the meal quite unpleasant.