Senator Restaurant

4.3
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163 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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American

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Pre/post-theatre
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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.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.0
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RD
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

s
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

EN
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was good and the service friendly and accommodating

ML
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

RI
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

DV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

s
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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!

JR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

SF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

CW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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

HH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

BO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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!

CG
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
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.

F
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
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and outstanding service

KR
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
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience1

Second tome we have had lack-luster experience.

CM
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.

MP
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.

a
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!!

KH
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.

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

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

JP
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!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience2

Had reservations. Waited 20 minutes for tablr

JP
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We went on a Friday night for dinner and live music. We liked the Senator Wine Bar’s cozy space and atmosphere- and the food was very good. We plan to go back again soon!

JP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome service, delicious food.

CW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Went for a pre-theatre dinner and while the staff was hospitable and lovely, the menu is limited. I ordered the daily catch, my dinner companions ordered the burger. It was all very salty. Two of us developed severe bloating and had gas pain all through the show (and into the morning). Neither of us managed to finish our meal. So while the food looked good and tasted good, apparently it was not good.

L
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great ambience. Lovely little spot conveniently located across from Mirvish theatre. Food quite tasty and service attentive. Expensive, though.

G
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service by a super friendly server Shannon. Food was good , a little tight & noisy but that’s what makes it charming.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Going to Mirvish production after !

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Nice spot. Not elegant if that’s what you are looking for. Service was great. Food was decent. Lots of places in the neighborhood. May look to somewhere else next time.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very enjoyable pre theatre dining experience. Wait staff very friendly and attentive.

PB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Noisy but cozy. Friendly staff. Great comfort food. Definitely will come back

p
Toronto
90 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service a d food was great. We had hamburgers

TW
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Dining at The Senator is like taking a date to the 1950’s. The food is excellent. The atmosphere is classic and nostalgic and there’s an initimasy you don’t have in many restaurants. Also, the food is excellent

MK
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

I truly enjoy going to the Senator. It's loaded with many great memories as well as good good and friendly service.

PC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food. Good beer. Friendly, attentive and helpful waiters.

TC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

A lot of things go into making a visit to a restaurant an enjoyable experienece. The quality of the food, the value in the price, the ambience, and the Senatot has all these sthings.

But the great intangible is how the restuurant makes you feel. Do you feel valued as a customer, do you feel that the staff are truly extending themselves to make you feel it ia a pleasure to have you there, and I think this is where the Seantor realle excels.

Shelly, the manager is the perfect host from the time he greets you to the time you leave. And the staff follow that lead for your entire visit. It;s a very enjoyable experience.

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