The Gabardine

4.4
109 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Lunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Cozy
The Gabardine is open for lunch and dinner. The simple diner décor is a nice environment for friends to get together for lunch and catch up. Dine on chicken liver pate, a taco salad or classic caesar salad. A family coming for dinner at The Gabardine will fit comfortably into one of the booths or one of the tables throughout the dining room. Enjoy a chicken pot pie with herbed pastry crust or Atlantic cod tacos or the falafel patty sandwich. Stop by for a quick dessert before heading home. The Gabardine offers mud pie, sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream or pineapple upside-down cobbler.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were a little early for our reservation, which wasn't a issue, we were seated right away and ordered drinks. The menu has something for everyone. We ordered the Halifax Cheesy Bread which was delicious. We had the Fish Tacos which were really good, but the Macaroni and Cheese was the best we ever had. Don't tell your mother! The staff are very friendly. Will definitely be coming back when we return to Toronto.

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Toronto
73 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Hip New York feel with cocktails and dark wood. My kind of place. I had the surprising lunch special of grilled octopus (very tender) on a Korean pancake. Perfect!

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SU
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Casual atmosphere in cozy surroundings with great ambiance. Comfort food but with an upbeat twist. A fun place to eat!

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OT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Fried chicken special was excellent.

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BI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lunch is great at Gabardine.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The place was very noisy otherwise not too bad

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HM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful as always...thank you for your exceprional taco salad...can't get enough of it

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T
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great local restaurant. Love the atmosphere. Food is fantastic.

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GC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and atmosphere was top notch. Menu had an excellent variety and our meal was delicious.

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R
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always tight and noisy but you’d expect that at a tiny restaurant so not a surprise or detracting. Superb home style cooking, great service, and an overall outstanding experience.

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MW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Totally unexpected dining experience. Fabulous food and service. Not a bar like the exterior appears but a very cozy restaurant with steaks and fish, plus a few burger options. A definite do again!

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JP
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Restaurant was hot, uncomfortably hot. Food and service were very good.

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

No Amex accepted= fail for any business or work related dinners. Weak service. Food was average.

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K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had ginger mint julips, cauliflower, deviled eggs, mac and cheese, pork chop, and pineapple upside down cake. All wonderful with an awesome wait staff. Make a res....

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VA
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food, great waiter, would definitely come back. thank you.

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DM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Saw this restaurant on the tv show YOU GOTTA EAT HERE. Yes, that is true! YOU GOTTA EAT HERE. I am definitely going back at least twice to try the Chicken Pot Pie and the Mac and Cheese. I enjoyed the Bacon Cheeseburger - the bun was super fresh and soft. Burger was so big that I could not open my mouth wide enough, so ended up using a fork and knife! Glad I made a reservation before the hockey game, as the place quickly filled up, even the barstools were occupied.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Marcella is always warm and friendly and Johnny Mac's fish specials are always amazing!

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite lunch spot in the Core. I'm there at least 2-3 times per month for business.

Ashley and the whole team take care of you like family and always in and out within an hour.

Keep it up!

Brett

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Another great meal at Gabardine!

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OT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food options are few but eclectic and every item is delicious!

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b
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The Garbardine has remarkable good food! Never disappointed!

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CQ
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant and have been many times. Great staff and always friendly.

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HL
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Very good place but I asked for the burger without the bacon and it came with bacon. Waiter excellent and took it off the bill.

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RR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great place but lighting is dime, you can’t see the food on your plate.

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DW
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was great, nice atmosphere. Would recommend for a lunch or upscale casual dinner.

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o
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great appetizers and mains, comfortable atmosphere, friendly service and clean bathrooms. It was a fun evening. Definitely will go back.

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BM
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Food was good, but is an overwhelming preference for garlic - we sat near the open kitchen and the smell of garlic cooking was so strong and overpowering that we couldn’t finish our meal. Strange experience - maybe sit near the window and would be fine!

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LK
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Food and service was good. A little noisy. Might think about expanding the dessert selections.

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KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the chicken pot pie and the ambience. Thank you

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K
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding!

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LU
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The Mac and cheese I had was AMAZING! However not much else appealed to me on the menu. I also think having a smaller, appetizer size of the Mac and cheese would be a great idea since it is too large to enjoy with anything else and eating that much cheese and pasta did not make me feel great after. Also it was quite loud in there. I’m not sure how you could fix that but it was a struggle to have a conversation with the person sitting right in front of me.

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

All the wait staff were very pleasant and prompt
Lunch hour being an hour
A bit tight a squeeze at the 2 seater tables
Food was scrumptious and overflowing
It would get a high recommendation from me

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JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best burger in the city

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, terrific service. This was an excellent restaurant. We really enjoyed everything. Do yourself a favour and make a reservation.

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KS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the menu and the food, but it was noisy for our business meeting over lunch,

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BN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Burger and fish pie were beyond satisfying. Highly recommend this place for its food and service. Just be prepared to talk loud since it is small and popular.

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BA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really, better than the sum of its parts. A house made tonic in the G&T, an attentive and friendly staff, nicely presented plates. None of it blew me away, but I look forward to going back.

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TC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, reasonably priced. Always a good option for lunch

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LT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Food was delicious, but service was sub-par. Our friends ordered a half litre of red wine and it was served to them warm, bordering on hot. I’ve had coffee the same temperature! When they told the server, they were only offered a bucket to chill it. It seemed like an odd solution for this. Time lagged between sitting and when we were offered menus and a drink. It did seem like they were understaffed but still. And a smile goes a long way! But the food is really tasty.

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T
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An absolute gem of a find! It's a quaint and cozy place with an eclectic mix of guests with everyone from couples, girls night out, business men, and locals. Service is always top notch and the staff are very knowledgable on the menu. Our favorite comfort food is the fish tacos, chicken pot pie, or the must try. . Mac and cheese dish with or without large cubes of ham on top. If you're in Toronto on Bay Street or near Nathan Phillips Square then... You gotta eat here!

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