The Gabardine

4.3
78 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Lunch
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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4.3
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LU
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
2 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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NG
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food is amazing, but service was extremely slow this time we went. We were talking for over an hour and no one ever came to give us the bill.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good comfort food. Large portion sizes

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A
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food was great aa usual. Appetizers were a hit, as we all fought over the devil eggs and the cauliflower. Love the diner feel and the bottomless homemade pot pie - OMG! A hidden gem and a must eat.

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GC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Had to wait a very long time despite having a reservation, and numerous guests were seated before us. Food service was slow and quality was not very good. Overall very poor experience.

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TM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant, very relaxing. The service was very good. I chose the hamburger which was excellent. Portions are large. Would recommend this restaurant to my friends and will certainly be back.

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Sadly we found it to be very over priced for the quality of food. Service was very friendly.

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great to know it will be wonderful every time and nice to have that confidence when recommending. *Bring back the avocado on sour dough!!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Server forgot about us (we assume?) and the couple who was seated next to us (who arrived after us) finished their mains before our food was even brought. They had appetizers brought to their table before our drink orders were taken. We were seated at the table an elbow’s length away from them and we had the same server. Otherwise I love the Gaberdine. Been several times. Probably just a fluke service-fail on that occasion.

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LV
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Busy Friday night! Sandwiches and burgers are awesome; great fries too. Service was kind of slow. Cozy venue, definitely recommend reservations!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it...again!!

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T
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food with huge portions! Wonderful service, fro and warm.

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AN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great restaurant. Understandably busy. Chicken pot pie is my favourite!

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PR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and really good food. Happily accommodated my friends request to change her meal to be gluten free with no added cost.

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KM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was great, server was attentive without being overbearing...very busy at lunch, however space was quite cramped due to the size of the establishment...

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot for a semi-casual business lunch. Food was great and portions were large, we had two delicious soups and shared a sandwich and were both stuffed. The staff kindly split the sandwich And side salad onto two plates for us and gave us separate bills. Without alcohol the bill was under $25 each. Great spot. Tables were a little close together but the noise level was low. Not a very big restaurant, but nice decor and cozy.

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BV
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The ombience was excellent, it is an eclectic place with fabulous food.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience

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BT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Overall food was great. It was quite noisy inside though

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GZ
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Everything that we ordered from the cocktails to the entrees was delicious. The ambiance was superb. The fried cauliflower appetizer was SUPER GOOD. I personally really enjoyed their gin & tonic too, I believe they make their own tonic infused with juniper. Overall I would recommend to anyone in the area.

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SB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

I was meeting a friend to celebrate a new hob. Our waiter was less than enthusiastic and indeed appeared to quite sick with a head cold which was really off putting as she was handling our food. I had gone to try to mac and cheese but just couldn't bring myself to pay $22 for 50 cents worth of mac and $5 worth of cheese. I had the fish tacos and they were disappointing. In general the prices are too high and the quality does not match. Will not be back

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MP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great spot for comfort food. Best bakes Mac ‘n Cheese I’ve ever had!

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HJ
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

We loved our food but the single most important thing that would stop me from returning to your restaurant and why I would not recommend to a friend is the exceedingly poor ventilation. Our eyes burned during the entire luncheon and when we returned to our office, everyone complained that we stank of deep fryer oil. Not pleasant. Couldn't wait to get home, take my clothes off and wash my hair.

Not exaggerating. Your customers deserve better.

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RZ
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The service was very poor. Staff was generally rude and non-attentive. Food was mediocre. Would not recommend .

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PB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Very centrally locates for a nice downtown resto. Good variety on the menu and a willingness to substitute where food issues prevail.

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S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In town for a conference. I had the bubbly fish bake. My colleague had the chicken pot pie. Both entrees were excellent. Check it out!

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GK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

lunch is almost always extremely busy so you need to ensure you come early before the rush. i would recommend the burger or the chicken pot pie.

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M
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this restaurant.
It is such a cozy, delicious surprise for Bay Street. It makes you momentarily forget that you are on Bay Street.
I had a lovely lunch with a colleague that truly felt like a break from work. Our food was amazing and our server was wonderful.
It reminded why I continue to return to this neighbourhood gem.

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G
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Great food, service was not so great this time. One of the servers was extremely rude, she wasn’t our main server though she just helped with the bill. Usually staff are very pleasant, I’m sure this was a one off.

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MM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Gabardine is a fantastic spot. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is great as well.

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TM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

I enjoyed the food but found it difficult to talk to my lunch partner. The restaurant noise level detracts because it’s so difficult to hear. I realize that the footprint of the restaurant is really small but think the tables are packed in a little too tightly. Hard to negotiate around the furniture. A great chicken club sandwich!!

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