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Parallel, Toronto, ON

Parallel

4.7
4.7
660 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

10:30 p.m.


Booked 49 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Israeli

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Thu 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–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, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 660 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. FamilyR

    Toronto

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very tasty food and large portions. Service was exceptional. Fairly limited menu at lunch when we went but everyone left full and satisfied. Parking very hard to find close by.
  2. France

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal meal excellent service an amazing ambiance
  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The falafels were amazing and the pita were hot and fresh!
  4. Rebecca

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most consistenly great restaurant in the city. Always a 10/10.
  5. AvnerL

    Toronto

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We continue to enjoy our visits to Parallel. It is the closest so far to Israeli food that we can find in Toronto. Service was slow to start but then picked up and food arrived very quickly. It would be nice if the appetizer portions (labneh, eggplant) were larger and if they offered some raw onion with the hummus, but this is nit-picking. The pitas are great as always, especially for everyone tired with the thin wrap-style Lebanese pitas out there.
  6. HappyCustomer

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Told in advance that next reservation was coming at certain time. Having great time , spending over $50 pp, shoved out because 'next reservation had arrived'. I expect them to manage tables better.
  7. kfaj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and excellent experience all around! Highly recommend sitting the patio!
  8. teelaj

    Exclusive

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I was disappointed that there was only 1 vegan brunch option. I asked the server if the shakshuka could be made with tofu instead of eggs and was declined. The stand out was the tahini and the falafel, truly memorable and delicious. Ambiance was on the louder side. Service was utilitarian. Will definitely get the falafel via take out tho!
  9. FarhadE

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great with great recommendations from the staff. We shared the Mezze platter, Falafels, Parallel Salad and desserts - it was enough to feed 4. The Parallel Salad is fantastic. Will Uber Eats this dish by itself as it was so tasty. For dessert, we had the chocolate / tahini bubka and a rhubarb pie. I’d highly recommend the bubka!
  10. Chris

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The food was great. Just didn't know the 2 teas would cost me $8.
  11. stclair

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was flavourful and good portions! Service was kind and attentive.
  12. HeatherH

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great atmosphere and a great time!
  13. TaraE

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for a delicious lunch for business or with friends. The falafel, shawarma humus, and parallel salad were a fantastic combo.
  14. IanB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    food was decent overall. Some portions reduced from previously. ?COVID? Noisy and music too loud. Would question going again until patio is open air.
  15. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The falafel tastes fresh with a hint of pesto, absolutely a must-have! Loved the dips 😍😍😍😍I will surly order them again… Shakshuka was just fine, too much tomato paste. Good fresh coffee 😋
  16. RaquelL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Lovely place, great relaxing atmosphere. The food is Great, I just wish they had “shawarma sandwich” as a dinner option and not just hummus with chicken on top.
  17. cruiz

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We highly recommend the falafels! I am usually not a fan of falafels but they were really delicious and well cooked. We really liked the tabouli salad - we were debating on the parallel salad but a bunch of us are not fans of goat cheese. The tabouli salad was so flavourful and refreshing. We also recommend the Meze - we tried the hummus, babaganoush (which was my favourite), tsatziki, and the sun dried tomato tapenade. We also tried a brunch menu item - the shakshuka with lamb and beef kofta. The shakshuka was flavourful as well but probably our least favourite dish that we tried.
  18. JoyceL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious panoply of vegan options - super fun and filling
  19. Dave

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very good food. I prefer my felafels with less grease, but overall quite good. Thank you!
  20. PaulieT

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and ambiance and a gender-friendly destination. Very cool urban vibe. Much to like!
  21. UltraBoy

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I have been to Parallel many times before over the years. Every time I brought my friends to try has never had any disappointments. Same for this time. Especially I ordered the daily special of Seabream whole fish with Morocco stew was exceptionally delicious. It comes with warmly heated bread to dip into the stew that was just appropriated. I also ordered my staple of Parallel salad and falafels every time. We all couldn't stop digging in without talking much! :-) The servers were just as friendly and the patio was warm enough to feel very comfortable in the winter. For sure will come back again!
  22. JanaA

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent!
  23. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We tried the parallel salad, mushroom mix on crispy za’atar pita, lamb shank with polenta fries, and a lemon pistachio tart because I never leave a place without trying a dessert🙄 I’d say I was more impressed with the food rather than the drinks. My ultimate highlights of the evening were the salad – the mix of ingredients is so interesting and complementing, and I loved the flair of mint and beet sesame butter that made it taste very refreshing and light. And the lamb was soft and juicy. Most of all I liked polenta fries though. Both these dishes intrigued me with their thoroughly considered mix of ingredients. And I really enjoyed the other dish as well as the dessert and overall I’d say this place has an interesting perspective and modern twist on Mediterranean cuisine. We were sitting at the corner of the counter which made the atmosphere more intimate and enjoyable. The service was alright though as I guess our server kept forgetting about us because of our seats. The restaurant takes place in the same factory building where they produce their mezes and other products, so it looks and feels contemporary and simple. I loved the interior and atmosphere, and they have a nice heated patio. 8/10 – and I’d definitely come back again to try something else like their dips and seabream!
  24. PatriciaT

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    We had terrible wait staff service on Feb 10th. The food took over an hour to come and the waitress could not explain the reason why. When it did come, it was cold. My first experience there was exceptional, but this one has left a very bad taste in my mouth. Not sure I will ever return based on this last experience. Very inexperienced wait staff and management.
  25. AngelaC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a great time overall! Worth a visit, especially to the home-baked food section.
  26. Izzy

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I’m a vegetarian and it was wonderful to have such great delicious vegetarian options. The mushroom dish is a new favourite.
  27. Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed this place. Great food and service ! Will definitely be returning.
  28. MichelleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is such great quality and beautifully presented. Great place!
  29. Kennedy

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this spot. Great atmosphere and amazing food. Options for vegetarians and GF.
  30. PhyllisD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, cheerful ambience - a great place for a Saturday lunch.
  31. DianeM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time going to Parallel and I can’t speak more highly about the food and flavours!
  32. HarveyM

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Ok eats Falafel burnt on exterior Dips very good Mushroom Soup very good Grilled mushroom dish had way too much arugula
  33. AliceK

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    You can always count on their hummus being amazing. The salad with goat cheese was also great, and also a huge portion. Disappointed by the risotto (strange flavor profile) and falafels as they were quite salty and tasted a bit burnt. Don’t get me wrong—the falafels are fresh but couldn’t finish them due to the taste, which was a bummer. Would come back for the hummus and to give the falafels another chance!
  34. rubyk

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious, fresh ingredients. Never disappoints ! The mushroom scallion soup was incredible !
  35. AlisonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is tucked away in an area of Toronto that tourists may not know about. I was recommended to go by a friend and it was worth the visit. The food is authentically lebanese/middle eastern with lots of healthy options. It's fun to watch the food being made at the bar area, and there is a huge heated patio for large tables. We had so much fun visiting - be sure to bring an extra carry bag for the amazing sauces, pitas (the best pita I have ever had - even after flying back to Vancouver the next day it was fresh and doughy), tahini's and spice mixtures.
  36. MmOs

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Will keep coming back!
  37. Karen

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    I found it very uncomfortable sitting in the outside area Either too hot because of the heaters or drafts and cold! Left with frozen legs and feet
  38. Jasper511

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food as always, especially the Parallel salad and the dips/pita. Our server was really great at first and then we went 45 minutes without any check-in. We wanted to order more pita for the dips and lamb shank gravy but didn’t get an opportunity.
  39. Emily

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great hummus, patio is wonderful, service was relaxed but attentive.
  40. FoodieD

    Montreal

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    We have been ordering from Parallel from Uber eats and loved it so we wanted to try it fresh from the restaurant. To our disappointment we do not know why but we got a cold lamb shank. Things happen but the restaurant was not busy. It was cold and the sauce was congealed. I notified the waitress she promptly returned it to the kitchen. I thought they re-fire the meal but they reheated I believe in the microwave. It came out tough and stringy. They compt 50% of the dish but my wife ate her meal alone really offsetting the experience. For the price point this is not worth it. I recommend Azhar Kitchen for the same price point but much higher level service, food prep, and care.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.7 stars by 660 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 p.m.


Booked 49 times today
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 Lunch Mon–Thu 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • 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, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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