Senator Restaurant

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CAN$30 and under
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American

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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.
What 94 People Are Saying
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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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JF
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

It’s a diner with great food and active manager

F
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Love the history and it’s decor. The Duck was amazing. The rest of the plate was not. The veggie choice was wrong in my opinion and undercooked. The white beans were just ok as a starch. Messy plate presentation for the hype.
Waitress was lovely but very inattentive.
The musical guests were perfection in every way. Made the night for us. The Drink menu was on point. Great selection.
Overall just a ho hum experience. Expected much more for the price and history.

M
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, fun vibe, convenient to Mirvish Theatre.

PD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed it but more expensive than I would have liked.

JC
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the second time in two weeks that we dined here. It is somewhat of a throwback, but definitely worth the time. The meal and service was outstanding!

S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was great plus the waitress was very friendly and fun. When we called for a reservation, they recommended that we be there at 5:45 so we would make it to our 8:00 Show in time. The timing was perfect... also, it was within walking distance to our hotel and the theatre, which was convenient.

EL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The character of this spot cannot be underestimated. It has preserved its old world dining experience. Food was delicious, loved my whole leaf Caesar salad. Special was salmon dish, simply prepared, excellent flavour and well presented.

FM
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best spaghettini meal I have ever had. Wonderful piano player. Had we not had a play to go to would have stayed until it closed. We will definitely be back.
Best ....... Frank McCarthy

BK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent friendly service. We arrived just at opening time so there were few other patrons and it was very quiet. Very relaxed retro ambiance (including background music) like stepping back in time to the 40's or so. Food was excellent. I would definitely recommend the Rack of Lamb. Would certainly go again.

PW
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the Senator! It's a great meal and a history lesson all wrapped up in a friendly classic diner atmosphere. It is onveniently located right downtown Toronto and perfect for dinner or breakfast if you in for a show. Liver and Onions to taste and Eggs Benny for breakfast were both spot on. Definitely going back!

DG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quaint, we had burgers and Elton John was right they are delicious

LL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

It's been years since I was here ... love the location and the building. Food was dated, plating was unimpressive and obviously not cooked to order

LS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I have autism so off-peak time was good. Lighting subdued. Booths cosy! Stairs to the bathroom a tad steep...
Food predictable and consistent. Yummy frites good to find if you can't be in France!

y
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From start to finish we had the best experience. Shannon and Iris were so personable. Felt like we had known them forever. We met Shelly too. Interesting maître de and super nice person. The meals Shannon suggested were oh so delicious!! We will definitely be back again and again!!
Thankyou!!!

JV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience2

Definitely too expensive for what you get. $27 for fish and chips with too much batter on very little fish is not worth it. $14 for a 5oz glass of mediocre wine not worth it. You have to select between a 5oz glass or a while bottle... no 1/2 litre option! Actually wine selection was not good.

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

It is very noisy..but still love it there....food is always good..our server was great.

M
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was very good It’s a must if you’re going to the theatre the staff is very friendly and I definitely recommend the chicken pot pie best I’ve ever had 😀

CS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

we were very disappointed to be seated upstairs when we made a reservation 5 days in advance for the downstairs.

KS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Out with friend

JP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. it was the first time we have eaten on the second level, and found it to be absolutely charming. A great venue to host smaller private gatherings.

LD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We loved the quaint atmosphere, the attentive service and the salmon catch of the day!

ML
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food and service were excellent. Good vibe and very convenient for dinner prior to the theatre.

JL
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

THE RACK OF LAMB WAS VERY TASTY, THE CHICKEN POT PIE AND SHORT RIBS WERE O.K. THE DESERTS WERE DELICIOUS.

MS
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

We have been there twice before. The first time was good. Food was delicious. We brought friends the next time and things were alright. This time it was freezing in the restaurant . The dressing on the Caesar salad wasn’t good. Different then before. I had salmon which I’ve had twice before. The fish was fine but certainly the wrong sauce on it. The potatoes were burnt and the snow peas were awful . Stringy, that you could not swallow them. My husbands pasta was just alright, but certainly lots of shrimp.
We expected the meal to be on a par as previous visits.

LM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was brilliant! Thanks to Andrew for the great recommendations and awesome attention.

TC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The Senator has always been a special place in ambience and value but the true measure of any restaurant is how you are treated.

And in this case there was a problem with my reservation and as usual on a Friday night, The Seantor was at capacity with a pre show crowd. It wuld have been very easy for them to say that with apologies , there was nothimng they could do for me.

But Shelly, the manager went out of his way to accommodate me, to make sure there was no disappintment for me and my guest that night. That's what you remember, that extra effort. That's what builds customer loyalty.

Thanks Shelly.

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is such a good restaurant. No pretenses, feel comfortable, food is good and service attentive and cheerful. The noise level is pretty high, but given the structure of the place, that is inescapable. Portions are not big---but so good one is tempted to double the order. Accommodating special requests is done with grace and a smile.
Recommending a friend comes with the thought that this great little restaurant will become even busier and reservations will be needed weeks in advance! lol

B
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food and the staff wonderful very caring and attentive especially catered to theatre crowd

R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's my 30th year dining at The Senator. Hopefully that says it all.

k
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we are from burlington.. and each time we are at the theatre across the street, senator is our "go to".. thanks for being there.. staff are great.. and so is food.. and service.. 'til later.. karen.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable room with good ambiance. Food was very tasty, and service was excellent

MP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

EXPECT GRDAT FOOD, BUT NO MORE SHEPPARD'S PIE. DON'T TRY TO HOLD A CONVRSTION THAT MUST BE PRODUCTIVE OR SHARED...DO A LOT OF HAND WAVING OR TEXTING...NOISE LEVEL IS VERY HIGH...NO DAMPENING ACCOUSTICS THERE!

g
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Our burgers were overdone especially the one ordered medium rare.

The onion soup was expensive and disappointing.

We had not been back for several years but the meal was disappointing

HL
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Pre theatre dinner. Across the street from the Mervish theatre.

S
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Tight seating and a bit loud. Pricy for the quality, but tasty. The jalapeño corn bread amuse bouche was a nice touch. Frites were excellent. Service outstanding.

JW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a wonderful meal. Liver and onions is a favourite for me as no one else in the family likes it but at the Senator it is cooked to perfection and a super treat for me! Lots of veggies that are also cooked properly!! Servers are always so amicable and make you feel so valued. Reservations are a must due to the popularity of this place!!

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our Caesar salad was the best we’ve ever had! We loved being upstairs!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful, friendly staff— food is delicious

c
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, our experience at the Senator Restaurant was relaxing and an excellent experience. Hence, we continue to return because of the friendly staff, great service and tasty food.

JM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Reliable, friendly, great atmosphere, always a treat . Great menu options, no bad choices.

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