“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.”
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- 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
Fantastic food. Wonderful flavours using healthy ingredients. Excellent service.
Geary is alive and Parallel is one of it’s stars. Amazing middle Eastern food. Fresh. Amazing tastes. Great temperatures. Excellent beer selection. Not cheap, but hey “you get what you pay for.”
Best falafel I've ever had. Top notch Middle Eastern. Tough to get a table but it's worth the effort!
If you’re looking for a change from traditional brunch (eggs, pancakes, a twist on eggs benny), this semi hidden middle eastern spot is just the spot! Everything was fresh and portion sizes were great for the price. Some of the best hummus and tabouleh I’ve had in a long time. SO delicious!!!
Food was super tasty!
My partner and I met my aunt for dinner for the first time during the pandemic and we loved the experience! We order parallel take out often (always impressed with the food) but the ambiance on their patio was amazing. Great views of the sunset, lots of space between tables/other guests, well lit. Our server was incredible, though she was a new hire she was clearly experienced, new the menu and beer list, was attentive and very friendly. Overall we had an amazing time and look forward to returning again soon
Amazing healthy food! Loved the parallel salad! Would recommend.
Delish! Start to finish great experience service and food!
Excellent restaurant, third time there. All the dishes were excellent, only complaint is that the food all came out too quickly - it is mostly sharing plates but there could have been more effort to bring out three dishes at a time instead of all 8 within 5 minutes. Still delicious though.
One of my fav places in the city, I recommend this place to all.
Very good food and the cost seemed reasonable for the quality. The decor was nice though the music was a bit loud.
An enjoyable evening before Covid hit us. Food was delicious. Very loud inside.
This is truly my favourite restaurant in all of Toronto!
Usually this is a go to for me - however this visit was challenged from the beginning.
1. Took 20 minutes to get a drink
2. Sold out of wine bottle and had a replacement bottle offered but didn’t tell us it was DOUBLE THE PROCE
3. Burnt bread that was sent back twice
Really a shame since this place is usually so great
Great food and service but out of staples for alcoholic drinks and even those on their Speciality drink list.
Super brunch menu - unique selection. Food was fresh, healthy and very tasty. Friendly staff. Coffee was delicious. The servings were massive. Although it was crowded, we could hear each other because the ceilings were really high - made for a nice atmosphere. I can't wait to go back to try the dinner menu. Parking is horrific - leave the car at home, if you can.
We enjoyed the open and relaxed atmosphere, plus an excellent meal.
Delicious salads and hummus!! Nice atmosphere. Will be back...I hope!
The food was great but a bit pricey. We were also a bit rushed as there was another reservation after us.
Great food. Good atmosphere. Slow service.
We had to wait 20 minutes for our reserved table because a table of 23 was holding an empty table. The host was amazing she sat us at the bar gave us free falafal until our table was ready. Maybe don’t allow people to hold a table that could have been turned over at least twice while we were there.
horrible server - really took away from the experience
food was yummy
Can’t wait to go back and introduce this place to others. The food was fantastic. Our waitress was great - letting us know how much to order for just the two of us, checking up on us, and recommending a wine (it was great!). The space is beautiful too.
Although the noise level was a bit high, the quality and yumminess of the food, more than made up for it. Would definitely go back
Food was fantastic. Our server was not great. Unable to know how much food to order for a large group (8). Ordered more pita and forgot about it!
Fantastic health fare and a hopping destination. Will be going back soon!
Had a great meal, kids loved the falafel balls. They were so crisp and green!!! Loved the tabouli salad too!
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.
The Parallel Salad is my favourite salad of all time! And the falafel balls are to die for.
Great food but very noisy. Hard to have a conversation without having to raise your voice
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.
Second visit - great food and attentive service!
This place is outstanding. Get the Parallel salad, for sure. I'd eat here every week if I lived closer. (Maybe I will anyway.)
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.
This was my second time here and I can't wait to come back. Food and service are excellent.
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.
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 4.9 stars by 301 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.