The Pilot

4.3
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35 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Toronto’s landmark tavern. Pouring cold pints, mixing great cocktails and serving a combination of classic pub fare and modern twists over three floors, including our iconic rooftop patio.

We take reservations from 11:30 am to 10 pm Monday-Friday, Noon to 10 pm Saturdays and 11 am to 10 pm on Sundays.

For groups larger than 6 or for a special event such as Tuesday Trivia or live music please contact The Pilot directly at 416-923-5716.
What 35 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RF
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food excellent as always.

The Pilot
Responded on February 14, 2020

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us! It's great to hear you had such a good time!

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K
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience2

The food was not good. The server agreed. It had to be sent back and remade.
Server and hostess were dis-interested; non attentive and did not seem to care about customers
Poor service, poor food sadly.

The Pilot
Responded on January 6, 2020

We're very sorry to hear about your experience here at The Pilot, that is not acceptable on either the food or service fronts. We've private messaged you to speak further. Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback.

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T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

The Pilot has been my go-to place for a drink or two with my friends. The servers are usually pretty nice and friendly. Food is mediocre.

JA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can always count on The Pilot for great food, friendly service, a cool vibe, and very good value. That's why I keep going back!

The Pilot
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thanks so much for your review - we love hearing when people enjoy themselves here!

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EL
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Took forever to be served. Food was terrible. Not clear where the entrance is... total dive bar

The Pilot
Responded on November 26, 2019

We're so sorry to hear about your experience here at The Pilot. We've private messaged you to discuss what happened further. Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback.

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MB
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Beautiful patio. Always love coming here. But, when the sun Goes down it gets dark. Asking a waitress for two candles was a problem. we wanted to see our food. She said there aren’t enough for everybody. Even though there were empty tables in the restaurant. Buy some more candles to make your place amazing!

DA
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent waitress! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent lunch specials. Particularly enjoyed the Reuben, and the service was efficient.

L
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We sat at the bar, server was very nice and friendly.

LS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Drinks, ambiance, and service is amazing, but the food can be improved.

OC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Mac and Cheese was awesome, and service was fast and friendly. Very nice vibe.

AN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Awesome patio... good shade for those who don't like cooking under the sun. Food was very good. A lot of construction noise is the only drawback.

PH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It's a nice place. Price isn't so bad considering it's situated next to one of the more expensive neighbourhoods in Downtown Toronto. The patio is fantastic but the view is kind of bad due to neighbouring construction but it's beyond their control. Food is prepared well and the servers and reception had a great attitude. A swell place to visit with good company.

M
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great rooftop patio for after work drinks and food!

CM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing time at the Pilot! Excellent food and service.

The Pilot
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thanks so much for your feedback! It's great to hear you had such a fun time!

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s
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely experience on the flight deck! Always fantastic food drinks and service at the Pilot. :)

The Pilot
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thanks very much for taking the time to review us and we're so happy to hear you enjoyed yourself here!

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EF
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We ordered Nachos which was served cold. Moreover, It was hard to get the attention of the waitress but when she finally noticed and approached to our table, I told her to warm up the nachos. She insisted that nachos are usually served cold, but took them back anyway. The nachos returned lukewarm after 10 seconds in the microwave. We just gave up complaining and ate the nachos without bothering to call the waitress because it was very obvious that making simple nachos is something they cannot do, nevertheless getting the full attention of a waitress.

The Pilot
Responded on July 12, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear about your experience here at The Pilot. That's not at all how we would like our guests to be treated. Thanks for taking the time to provide this feedback. I've private messaged you to follow-up more.

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TW
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The Pilot is an energetic rooftop bar with a casual atmosphere and great margaritas.

The Pilot
Responded on June 28, 2019

Thanks so much for your feedback, it's great to you hear you enjoyed your margaritas!

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PH
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

Seems like a typical beat up local young persons bar.
We made reservations for 6 including 2 children and when we arrived nobody was interested nor did they know of our reservation. When the checked on line they had to run down a hostess to fix up up.

The Pilot
Responded on June 28, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback, although I'm very sorry too hear about your experience. I've privately messaged you to ask for some more information to find out what happened with your reservation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was very nice and informative. Would definitely go back!

The Pilot
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thanks so much for your feedback, it's great to hear your server did such a good job! We hope to see you again soon.

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FL
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The quesadilla hasn’t enough filling, you should put more chicken and tomatoes

The Pilot
Responded on June 19, 2019

Thanks very much for taking the time to review us. I'll be sure to forward your feedback to our kitchen. I hope you'll visit us again soon! -Kyle Stuart, Operations Manager

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g
Toronto
69 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience5

If your going for the food just don't . But if your looking for atmosphere and drinks and somewhere to hang out this is the place. Here we got the best of both worlds that outdoor indoor feel on the pilots rooftop patio; where we didn't feel rushed by service staff.

The Pilot
Responded on June 19, 2019

Thanks very much for taking the time to review us although I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your food. I've messaged you privately to ask for a bit more information so I can address this with our kitchen. So glad to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere and that our staff treated you well!

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v
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

love the location and onion rings! Service is also great.
Definitely coming here again with coworkers and friends :)

The Pilot
Responded on June 19, 2019

Thanks so much for your review, it's great to hear you had a fun time and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

food is disappointing, don't bother eating here unless you like very bland taste. All four of us ordered something different off menu and no one liked their food...pad thai tasted like nothing but salt, fish (and chips) was very burnt and mushy, char looked like salmon and had no taste, and burger was nothing special. the fries were good though.
lots of large groups on patio (=loud). Most of the staff were friendly though, so will likely return for drinks only, as it is more like a bar for drinking and not eating.

CS
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Terrific service on a busy night, Game 1 of NBA Finals. I didn't get our server's name, but she was lovely. The place could use bigger TVs for these kinds of nights.

L
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

Nice patio! Nachos were great but service a little slow.

RF
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Gracious service in a great space.

The Pilot
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed yourself here at The Pilot.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall1Food4Service4Ambience5

When I got there, our table was not ready and we had to wait an additional 45 mins

The Pilot
Responded on May 19, 2019

I'm very sorry to hear about your experience here at The Pilot. I've messaged you privately to do our best to make up for your long wait.

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SB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful birthday lunch with friends. Good food, service and the afternoon jazz was great.

The Pilot
Responded on May 19, 2019

Thanks so much for your feedback! It's great to hear you had such a good experience here at The Pilot. We hope to see you again soon!

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s
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the ongoing game was a bit loud for a conversation

The Pilot
Responded on April 30, 2019

Thanks very much for taking the time to review us! We really appreciate the positive review despite the noise from the game. Hope to see you here again soon on a quieter night!

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RF
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Solid food, excellent service! With all the construction in the direct area, the Pilot is an island oasis.

The Pilot
Responded on April 30, 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us! It's great to hear such positive feedback!

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OT
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Meh!!!! The place is OK. The tables are small, too close together, the food is OK, nothing outstanding where I felt “OMG I need to have this again” and the service was as expected. Did I have a good time, kind of. Because it is so close to the table that is literally 6 inches from your table, it is way too difficult to have a “private” conversation. Not that I am looking for complete privacy, but trust me you knew what people were saying around you. My friend and I had their classic burger. Again, it was good and I enjoyed it, but not over the top good. Would I go there again, perhaps, but not anytime soon.

H
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great service. Didn’t feel rushed.

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

This is our favourite place to do trivia in the city - the food and drinks are great, and the trivia host strikes just the right balance between nerdy intensity and welcoming.

CD
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Meals were a hearty size and good! I got the crispy chicken sandwich which was cooked perfectly. The breading was underseasoned and therefore somewhat bland, but otherwise the meal was quite good. The area we were seated in was a little cramped, but otherwise a good dining experience.