Senator Restaurant

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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At the Senator, we prepare and serve fresh, high-quality honest-to-goodness food to lovers of good food. We offer traditional breakfast and lunch as well as upscale contemporary dinners with a selection of fine wines and traditional cocktails in both our main floor restaurant and upstairs in the Top of the Senator. Reservations for dinner are recommended.

For dinner reservation seatings after 6:30 pm, please call us at (416) 364-7517.

For Dinner and Show reservations in the Top O" the Senator on Friday and Saturday evenings, please call us at (416) 364-7517.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.6
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.0
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were exceptional. We felt really bad for
Them as the theatres closed that day.
So it was felt quiet.
As always food was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The sides purchased separately were very expensive increasing the price of the meal significantly and seemed to decrease perceived value.

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LorraineB
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Loved my meal and the ambiance and the waitress.
So disappointed to find the hamburger dinner omitted from the dinner menu.
I wanted my husband to try it before the theatre as a first time iconic treat.

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familyguy
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall1Food2Service4Ambience2

Once upon a time the Senator was a great place to grab a quick dinner before the theatre - they made a great burger and service was excellent- along comes the sell out broadway musical Hamilton and the management at the Senator saw an opportunity to cash in - with the opening of the musical came a new menu that saw the burger off the menu to be replaced by a chicken pot pie for $32.00 and liver that was as tough as cowhide. I was once a fan but they’ve lost me for keeps

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petew
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

a great place for dinner, whether it's pre theater or not.

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CarolineS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I am so glad that I had the foresight to secure a reservation in advance. We loved the experience- and the only issue with the noise level was the diners at the table beside us- one of the guests laughed and spoke so loudly it made conversation difficult. Given the stares from the table directly adjacent to her, I know we were not alone. Although you can't reserve neighbouring guests, I was delighted with the ambience, the food and the service, and look forward to our next attendance.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Very expensive for a diner

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

While the seating is cramped, the food and service were excellent so it makes up for it. Great meal was had by all!

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vipNeighbourhoodfoodie
Toronto
47 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

The new menu is nice but really expensive compared to what was offered before.
Food was good but not outstanding and not worth the price.
Our waiter tried his best but could hardly hear what we were saying to him.... way too noisy.
Also, the lights are so very dim it was hard to read the menu without a flashlight.
Disappointing.

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BobB
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great music made the evening!!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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MaryW
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved being at the Senator. A gem in the city. And great, old school staff.

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ShawnY
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Extremely disappointed as I had high expectations reading the very good reviews. Atmosphere was more like a Soda shop decor from the earlier era. Loud noisy and uncomfortable seating. Wasnt shocked by the absorbent prices as I check the menu before I suggested it for my Birthday dinner. Appetizer of seared scallops was quite good. For $26 for 3 scallops you would expect it to be. I ordered the liver and potato $38 with a request for the liver to be done medium rare. I have ordered it that way in many restaurants before and it was delicious. Mine came to the table well done. I tried to eat it but could not. The waitress apologized and took it back and said will make sure it is done right. Came back again well done. No pink at all. My other guest sent her Gumbo back as well as it arrived cold. Very disappointed and embarrassed as I suggested this restaurant for my Birthday dinner. Sad because I love the fact that it is the oldest restaurant in Toronto and the history behind it. Unfortunately for the price you pay here there are Many more better restaurants in Toronto to choose from. One star out of five.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food. We all had the liver dish which is delicious.

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JenniferN
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was very good. I had salmon which was excellent and nicely presented. Banquettes are cramped and awkward for seating.
A reliable restaurant that we go back to often!

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StevenN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely evening with friends

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RichardD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Seating was cool, but a little cramped. Food was good, but a little overpriced for what it was. Too much food for entree.

Nice dinner, but did not feel it was worth what we paid.

Took a long time to get the bill at the end of the meal, otherwise waiter was very attentive.

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sues
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First rate food and pleasant friendly service. Perfect for great ppretheatre dinner.

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EvangelineN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can’t believe I’ve never dined here before! It’s an upscale diner with gourmet food and perfect service. We enjoyed our experience immensely

JS
JulieS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was good and the service friendly and accommodating

ML
MaryL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food. Service was excellent, attentive and accommodating. Very nice experience. Definately coming back.

RI
vipRICO
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was very good, more than adequate wine list with some interesting "green" choices and the servers were helpful, courteous and friendly. Went back during Hamilton intermission for a glass of wine and it was much quicker than waiting in line at the theatre.

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DougV
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed our pre-show dinner with family. My food was good, just wish the roast beef was sliced a little thicker. Wife's scallops were tasty as well as the gnocchi.

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sophiad
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Senator is WONDERFUL. We had great food and we're looked after as if by family. We were visiting people that we hadn't seen for a long time, & the night was a special one....& I had really sung the praises of the Senator. We had a great night, & every hope was exceeded. Thank you!

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Best fries in city of Toronto. Roast beef was tender and good

SF
SarahF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The new menu plus the incredibly pro service was heavenly and added a sprinkle of magic dust to our evening at #Hamilton!

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ClareW
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This location would have passed me by if I had not found it on the internet. I loved the style and layout. The service and food were both excellent. The bill was what I would expect to pay in London but saying that I thought it was worth it

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BarryO
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

This time my buddy and I ordered your chicken pot pie and were very pleasantly surprised - nice fluffy, golden pastry, lots of chicken chunks and really good flavour at a reasonable cost. Well done!

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HeatherH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Ordinary food that I could have cooked at home myself.
I had not been to the Senator for a while. I think it survives because it is across from the Ed Mirvish Theatre. It also is a good venue (the upstairs) for music. The food was a major disappointment. I visited with a friend (who has her own restaurant). We ordered Arancini as an appetizer and both of us had prime rib for out mains. The arancini tasted like someone served a packaged riceball with pasta sauce out of a can. Fortunately the waitress was smart enough not to charge us for it. We then had Caesar's salad which was better. The prime rib I think I can make better at home. Uninspiring.
The service was good (even with the waitress having to train someone as she worked). The wine was ok. Dessert was ok. Being a Mirvish subscriber helped with a discount. But next time I will go elsewhere for dinner.

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CathyG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Cool diner / booth space with a cozy feel to go with friends - excellent choice of you are going to the theatre across the street!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

Dinner before the theatre. Convenient but over-priced. It’s always been over-priced. They change the menu pretty often, it seems to me, and favourites get dumped. No more crab cakes, what a shame!!!! This has been our go to before the theatre for a couple of years now. But now I wonder why. Not sure we’ll come back any time soon.

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Foodie
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

My dish of chicken pot pie came like soup. Waitress was very good and took it back. My husband finished eating before I got mine. The second one arrived minimally better. It was tasty but too runny.

CA
CarolA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and outstanding service

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KennethR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Senators, changed the menu the day before our visit. They are aiming to be a higher-end restaurant, therefore, higher prices. I think that the restaurant is taking advantage of the theatre crowd across the street. The price for the quality of the food was excessive. The service was very good and friendly. This used to be a favourite place for us.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience1

Second tome we have had lack-luster experience.

CM
CharlotteM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a most pleasant experience. The staff were welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable and professional. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for good food, great service, and a cozy ambience.

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MPike
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Our biggest issue was that the wrong meal was ordered for my husband. He got his meal after the rest of the table. There were 4 of us. We got an apology but no compensation. Plus rice pudding was sparse and bland for the price.

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vipalman62
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

I ate at the Senator a few years back and it was fantastic. I had an excellent steak and the best cream brûlée I’ve ever eaten. This time it was just horrible. My special occasion wasn’t recognized, we were put upstairs in a VERY small room which was beyond capacity, the music was so loud it was impossible to enjoy the meal, the food was less than average... NOTHING like what I remembered. After this visit, I will not plan to ever eat here again. As I said the food was marginal and it was VERY expensive for the quality. Sorry.... this place has lost its mojo!!

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KathH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

The good was fine but overpriced. The Senator is an old diner, which is fine but not worth the prices they charge.

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vipMauiGirls
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant. Had Sir Elton John's favorite Hamburger. It was delish.

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JaniceP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The Senator wine bar is a wonderful venue for live music. We heard Julian Fauth with Carlos del Junco, both great musicians. The food and service were good too. We just wish the chairs were more comfortable. The existing cafe chairs are just not designed for sitting for three hours to listen to music!

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