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The Civic Bar - The Civic, Toronto, ON
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The Civic

4.1
4.1
453 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Located on the ground floor at the Broadview Hotel, this Eastside Destination for, stirred cocktails and familiar-focused foods. The Civic was awarded OpenTable's Diner's Choice 2022!

The graceful restaurant setting is redolent of the building’s architectural pedigree, courtesy of the original brick façade, factory glass windows, a stained wood bar, and a statuesque wine cellar featuring a robust selection of extraordinary wines.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Canadian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 362-8439

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Richard Andino

  • Private party facilities

    The Civic is the perfect space to celebrate your special event. Found on the main floor of The Broadview Hotel, you'll find a mix of old world charm and modern design to create memories for a lifetime. Celebrate surrounded by vintage factory windows, high ceilings, and stately wine cellar. Design your menu under the guidance of Chef Richard Singh

  • Neighbourhood

    Leslieville / Riverdale

  • Cross Street

    Queen. St E

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Public Transit

    Subway at Broadview Station <br />504 Streetcar at Queen St. E and Broadview Ave<br />501 Streetcar at Queen St. E and Broadview Ave<br />

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 453 people are saying

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. a

    aleemv

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent venue and food! The Brazed beef short ribs were so soft it literally fell off the bone!
  2. SS

    SusanS

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time here. Winterlicious lunch menu - portions were very good and was pretty tasty but not spectacular. Having never eaten here before I don’t have a comparison but will go back another time. Wine was quite expensive. Service was terrific. Decor and ambiance were lovely.
  3. S

    Seth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Excellent service. Bring back that pasta dish you used to have with the truffle oil!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The overall experience was OK, 1 dish was under seasoned the other was overly salty. Service staff were friendly but not overly attentive or efficient. As far as hotel restaurants and classic food the experience was perfectly fine but nothing to write home about.
  5. G

    Gregory

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a little family celebration - six of us. The experience was very good. A wonderful room in which to celebrate. We had four of the five appetizers - the hummus and, surprisingly, the radishes were the table favourites. The jalapeno poppers were delicious. We did a run of the entrees - Salmon, Sea Bass, Short Rib, Flank Steak and Fries and the pasta of the day. I had the Sea Bass - the portion was "healthy", perfectly cooked. Spawn One had the short rib and the only complaint was that he could have eaten more; Spawn Two had the the pasta with her girlfriend - they complimented it; and Spawn Three had the steak and fries and devoured it. Spouse had the salmon and thought it lovely. We're not big drinkers - two had alcohol. With tip and tax, it was about $60 a head. Given the venue and the quality of the menu, I thought it well priced. Yes, I would recommend Civic.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    I made a reservation for my husband and my wedding anniversary for the New Year’s Eve fixed price menu. I specifically asked on the phone after I booked if alcohol was part of the set menu and let the person I spoke with know that I don’t drink, and I was assured all alcohol was not included with the meal but could be ordered for an additional cost. When I arrived for dinner, I was told Prosecco was included in the special event menu, and as soon as I told the server that we wouldn’t be requiring any, she whisked the flute glasses away and offered no non-alc alternative to be included. The water we received to drink was warm, we seemingly had a different server at our table every time someone popped over to check on us, and I was charged $7.50 for the worst Shirley Temple of my life (charged on the receipt as “fresh squeezed orange juice”). My husband ordered a cocktail (that we found out on receiving the bill was $18), and all in, two fixed price dinners ($85/each), a non-alcoholic drink and a cocktail were $220. Ludicrous price for how terrible the service was. I wanted to speak with someone about it after I paid, but the server disappeared as soon as he asked if I wanted the receipt or not. No one acknowledged my anniversary even though I added a note to my reservation stating it’s a very special occasion for my husband and I. The whole experience at the restaurant almost ruined our evening. 0/5.
  7. AL

    AndreL

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Mixed feelings. Chicken entre was under-seasoned and discovered that it was raw at the bone. Salmon was also under-seasoned. Sea bass and vegetables on all plates were well cooked and seasoned. We were disappointed that there was only one dessert choice (a cheese plate is not a dessert). The server was cheerful and very good. She arranged to comp for the uncooked Chicken.
  8. DC

    DonC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We were eight guests, the restaurant was empty so the noise level was low. The food was excellent and the service good. I would go again with a group. It was good value asw ell.
  9. YM

    YvonneM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Super slow service to begin with. Waited 40 minutes to receive ordered drinks. The turkey dinner and fish dinner were ordered. Nothing in the menu indicated the fish dinner came with vegetables that had a spicy sauce with them which my mother could not eat. The fish looked raw although we were assured it only looked like such because of the veins, the turkey arrived with out the cranberry sauce so the experience was not the best however we did tip well but will probably not return. The service did get better as the night progressed which was lovely but too many things up with the meals themselves made the experience not worth the price. It is not that price was a point of interest it was and is not, however meals should arrive as described in the menu and if something can arrive looking raw then inform people of such up front not after the meal has been ordered and brought to the table
  10. M

    Maria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Sale had no dressing on it, the swordfish was super salty and the spinach was awful!! The desert was great - everything else was very poor.
  11. S

    Sarah

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My family and I went to the Civic for their holiday special and overall the experience was okay! We had squash soup, the swordfish and crème brûlée. The soup and the crème brûle were great but I did not like main - the swordfish was oversalted and overcooked imo. The service however was great and so was the venue! The waiter was attentive and nice and always made sure to check in w us. And for that very reason, I’ll prob give it another shot next time!
  12. T

    Topendz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyable Christmas Eve menu celebrating our wedding anniversary thank you
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was nice to not make dinner on Christmas Eve. It was really nice and delicious
  14. CK

    CKBreton

    New England

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was great. Had the seabass and it was cooked to perfection. Would have liked to have seen more veggies/side with it. But otherwise delicious. Service was impeccable. The young lady - she mentioned studying journalism - did a fantastic job. Friendly. Attentive. Great reco on the food.
  15. A

    Arlo

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Just meh. Service pleasant but snoozy even with two people occasionally checking in (but not coordinating). Wine never topped up once. Food priced ok but generally small portions. Hanger steak cooked correctly; however, served cold with a chilled lump of butter on top incapable of melting given the temp. Lound, shouting customers.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Restaurant was freezing and staff said they don’t shut the door to the outside. Gusts of wind were coming in. Service and food were ‘meh’ at best

    The CivicResponded on December 14, 2022I’m sorry to hear that your experience was not as you expected.  I would like to discuss this further with you if you can kindly reach out to me at scollier@thebroadviewhotel.ca. Thank you for your feedback, and I look forward to speaking with you!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was quite bland - gnocchi and pasta. Servers were friendly yet didn't go the extra mile e.g. did not bring out fresh cracked pepper, it was brought upon request. Washrooms are not clearly marked.

    The CivicResponded on December 14, 2022Thank you for sharing your review with us - your feedback helps us to improve to be able to provide the best possible experience to our guests. I’m sorry to hear that your experience was not as you expected. I would like to discuss this further with you if you can kindly reach out to me at scollier@thebroadviewhotel.ca

  18. AC

    AliciaC

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We didn't get seated in the Civic I guess it was closed? We were seated in the lobby bar for brunch. Not quite the same experience.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Started off a little disappointing as we didn't have anyone at our table after sitting for almost 15 min. We had to ask for a server, but once they started the staff was awesome. They gave us a glass of bubbly as apology for the wait and compre us the appetizer (crispy artichoke) when we said we didn't like the taste of it. The rest of the food was absolutely awesome however! Would go again, just not order the artichokes
  20. i

    iqster

    Toronto

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful evening with top notch service and the food was first class. The vibe was amazing, a really lively dining room.

    The CivicResponded on November 22, 2022We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and we look forward to seeing you again!

  21. DW

    DaveW

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Nice staff. Good service. Beef tartare was very well prepared and presented. Caesar was….curious. Like a teenager trying too hard to be clever. Definitely some promise but missed the mark. Roast chicken dark meat was tasty; white meat was dried out sadly. The reduction that accompanied was tasty. Definitely will give the place another try but too soon to recommend.
  22. G

    George

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Appetizers were delicious, cheeseburger had way too much BigMac sauce, hangar steaks was delicious, sort ribs were tough and underdone ... service was slow, kept the wine bottle we ordered behind the bar but never refilled our glasses ... eventually had it left on our table never cleaned table off between courses, waited very long for finished plates to be removed, our table was situated right in front entrance to kitchen, very uncomfortable location ... cool decor, would not recommend ir return

    The CivicResponded on October 26, 2022Hello there, thank you for your review of your time at The Civic. I am very sorry to hear you did not have the best experience with us; what you described is not the standard we adhere our restaurants to within The Broadview Hotel. If you could please send me some detailed information of your experience to scollier@thebroadviewhotel.ca, I would greatly appreciate it, and would love to turn this experience around for you. Thank you, we hope to see you again in the near future!

  23. CH

    CherylH

    Atlantic Canada

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The credit card requirement was daunting. Almost didn’t book because of it. Actually went to book the first time and didn’t because of that and then later did. But it’s a deterrent for sure.
  24. HH

    HelenH

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was perfect, a lovely thanksgiving. I look forward to next year.

    The CivicResponded on December 14, 2022Thank you very much for your review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, and we look forward to seeing you again!

  25. J

    Jahwisdom

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food4service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent but the soup was lukewarm
  26. SL

    SandyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I live in Riverside and have visited the Rooftop many times. Have wanted to book the Civic, so was happy to finally have the experience. It was great! My friend and I had a wonderful time. Everything was amazing and I look forward to returning:) I am an Airbnb host and I will happily recommend The Civic to my guests!

    The CivicResponded on October 26, 2022Thank you so much for your review Sandy, we greatly appreciate it! We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your Civic experience. We like to support and be involved in the community as much as possible, so really appreciate you recommending our restaurant to your Airbnb tenants. We hope to see you again soon!

  27. BF

    BrianF

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Very disappointed the promoted Thanksgiving prix fixe menu was sold out (at only 7:15 pm). Our server was friendly but not very attentive. It felt like this was due to the dining room being understaffed. The food was well prepared and nicely presented.
  28. SK

    ShaunK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great Thanksgiving meal with friends! Tried the Truffle fries ... would do this EVERY time! Was a bit dark inside, but a nice calm and chill atmosphere. Definitely looking forward to coming back and exploring more!

    The CivicResponded on December 14, 2022We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. Your feedback helps us to improve to be able to provide the best possible experience to our guests - we look forward to seeing you again!

  29. B

    Brian

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Subpar food. Definitely not worth the price. Eat anywhere else and go for drinks
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Anniversary dinner. We had a fantastic meal. Service was a little slow at first, but honestly a minor issue when the place is cool to spend time in.
  31. K

    jeffK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was lovely and the portion size perfect.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was extraordinary. Very, very appreciated !
  33. SD

    SarahD

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great evening at The Civic. Dinner for 6 - each plate was delicious. Our server was excellent. We agreed it should become one of our neighborhood "go-to" spots. Thanks for a memorable time, The Civic!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service amazing
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the menu, wish I could have ordered everything! Burrata, hamachi, jalapeño poppers, sea bass, all very tasty!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were very attentive, food was delicious (and came out in a timely manner and beautifully presented), the beautiful location was great. Highly recommend it.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the vibe of the live singer playing guitar
  38. AP

    AdrianP

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    The night my friend and I went was quiet, there was live music which I didn't think worked well with the space and it made it hard for us to hear each other. Not the most exciting vibe. The server was good, attentive and knew their stuff. The food was ok, nothing to write home about. We both had the Sea Bass which was presented well and cooked nicely.
  39. SB

    SuzanneB

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We enjoyed our dinner and experience. Waiter was great but unfortunately restaurant understaffed in kitchen and servers as much busier than expected. Would go back as understand staffing is a challenge everywhere. Thank you
  40. WS

    WS001

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    The restaurant was unable to serve us the food according to our specific order (ie. steak was not done to our liking). The options for food was also limited.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Civic is rated 4.1 stars by 453 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for The Civic

106 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 2G1

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Queen. St E

  • Neighbourhood

    Leslieville / Riverdale

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Public Transit

    Subway at Broadview Station 504 Streetcar at Queen St. E and Broadview Ave501 Streetcar at Queen St. E and Broadview Ave

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Richard Andino

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (416) 362-8439

  • Private party facilities

    The Civic is the perfect space to celebrate your special event. Found on the main floor of The Broadview Hotel, you'll find a mix of old world charm and modern design to create memories for a lifetime. Celebrate surrounded by vintage factory windows, high ceilings, and stately wine cellar. Design your menu under the guidance of Chef Richard Singh

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