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Covered and heated patio - Parallel, Toronto, ON

Parallel

4.8
4.8
898 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 29 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, 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 898 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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

898 Reviews
  1. Thibi

    Toronto

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I find myself always coming back here for dinners and brunches because the food is so good. Got the strawberry basil lemonade as a mimosa and it was amazing. The shakshuka was so delicious, I couldn't stop eating it despite being full

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  2. RobinL

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is delicious. Good service. Fun casual vibe. Good outdoor seating.

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  3. MichaelG

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place; the food and service are great.

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  4. Bart

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Interesting food mix, good ambiance, bit noisy. Worth a visit.

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  5. safti

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Dorothy was our server. She was outstanding

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  6. Lojo

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love this restaurant! The food is excellent. The only downside is the parking, but our server mentioned that there are plans to put in meter parking on Geary Street which would be a bonus.

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  7. KN1010

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Beef Shawarma Hummus and Shakshuka were fantastic.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and cocktails. Servers are friendly and helpful. The hummus was incredible!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They were very accommodating as we were running late for our reservation. Great service! Great food! We’ll be back! 10/10

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  10. saphireinto

    Toronto

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very much enjoyed the food at Parallel. Would recommend and return.

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  11. Nicole

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been here at least 10 times now. The food is great everytime. The must try are the falafels and dips with the pita. It’s a great place and it’s even better they take reservations. They are a solid option for great food and great vibes in the city!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service and vibes were all 10/10, will be going back 100%

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An interesting and innovative menu of middle eastern cuisine, some meat options but enough veggie variety to show that you don't need meat to have a great meal! Pleasant, attentive service and huge platters mean you should be careful about ordering or you'll end up taking food home! Four delicious appetizer Mezes with the softest pita imaginable. Delicious salad plate and meat kebab. This is a happening area now, so fun to breathe in the lively atmosphere. It's a bit noisy, so I wouldn't go there to confess your darkest secrets... Definitely recommend!

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  14. SanN

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    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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  15. MiraK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food everytime we go. How do they do it! It's a treat

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. SanN

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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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 898 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 29 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, 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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