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The Badali Bar and Cucina

4.1
550 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Pre/post-theatre
  • Good for a Date
The Badali Bar and Cucina brings the taste of Italy to the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District. We invite you to join us for fine Italian fare, sustainable seafood, in house made desserts and true Italian hospitality. Whether you join us for a hand crafted cocktail and a sample of our cicchetti menu at our 40 foot bar or for a sit down meal in our Piazza Grande with colleagues, friends or family, we will welcome you with open arms into our home.
Situated just steps from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, some outstanding downtown hotels and local sports arenas, we strive to exceed your every expectation form your first minute with us to your last. Located in a heritage building we would love nothing more than to host you in the splendour of our surroundings and show off our good fortune.


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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of Operation


Monday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Friday: 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM

Saturday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Sunday: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Phone number
(416) 977-3064
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Joshua Huyder
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Catering
We offer catering services for boardrooms and offices in the immediate vicinity.
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Cross Street
University
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Parking Details
There is a street level public parking lot immediately adjacent to the building on the west side. There is also lots of wonderful new below ground parking under the WSIB building and RBC Dexia building immediately west of Simcoe
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Public Transit
We"re located "kitty corner" to Toronto's Union Station on the north west corner of University and Front Street
We are very close to both Union and St Andrews subway stations.
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Special Events & Promotions
We cater to private parties and can accomodate up to 580 at one time
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Private Dining

The Badali's own piece of Italian countryside is anything but "little". With 12,000 square feet of beautiful surroundings, one can't help but be reminded of the wonders of Italy at every turn. Our restaurant easily accommodates large groups with private rooms and areas and custom menus.

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What 550 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Our experience at Badalis was lovely: we were greeted promptly., waiter acknowledged us right away. Food was ordered and came promptly. waiter was very pleasant and attentive.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Although trout was on the menu it wasn’t available on a Saturday night for dinner. The waiter suggested a shrimp alternative which was ok but when the bill came it was $36 for 4 shrimp and 4 beet ravioli. Not worth that cost. Also my partner wanted the veal parmigiana and couldn’t have that because it’s only available at lunch. Disappointing!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Good Selection of menu options even catering to Gluten Free and Vegetarian meals. Efficient, Friendly service. Reasonable pricing. Food was ok. Was here a few years ago and it seemed to have more selection on menu... Food quality ok...calamari had fishy taste to it...ordered a Crab/Shrimp Pasta and that was tasty...the trio of Donuts was so so...donut tasted like bread. Overall a good dining experience.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I have always liked Joe Badali's over the years . . . the ambience, the food
Saturday 12 May was no exception.
The Brick Chicken was the best chicken dish I've ever had . . . moist and delicious.
The Salmon and Shrimp Agnolotti was delicious too.
Both were over priced, especially the Agnolotti. Two adults ordered this as their main lunch dish and when it arrived it was the size of a small appetizer! Such a pity. The only thing that spoilt our visit.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Fun time- I brought a group of 11 work friends who were in Toronto for a meeting. Excellent food and ambience. Food was a bit slow but our group didn't mind. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Waiter was very helpful and accomodating

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The service was friendly and very fast. The food was good Italian style. The background music was not too loud and the atmosphere was relaxed. Just what we needed.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The menu has became me very limited and the food quality was not great. Too bad as this used to be a great place!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Perfect! Thank you

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Amazing night with friends and family!! Service was amazing professional and very friendly 💯 percent enjoyed the evening

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

This was our second visit in recent weeks for a pre-concert dinner. We both ordered a large glass of wine and two apps. Food was excellent and portions generous. Service was friendly and prompt.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We enjoyed the food as always when we go to Badali's. However, at the long table beside us were three or four families. The parents lingered in conversation after dinner and let their children race around noisily with no attempt to control them. Definitely not a relaxing dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Good food. Waiter was rushed and needed to be asked for wine and dessert menu. Felt like we were being rushed out. Otherwise good atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Menu has changed since the last time we were there. Would like to see some the options from the old menu. Especially chicken Parmesan.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. We valued our waitress' personal opinion on menu items. Food was excellent and they have a decent wine list. The cocktails were inventive and delicious! Loved the atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Went on a hockey night. Felt a little rushed but still good

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Wonderful place. Excellent food and nice servers!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We were a group of 12 and I was very positively surprised they were able to accommodate us. There was plenty of space and it wasn’t noisy- ideal for conversations in the group. Our waiter was great - made us feel welcome and was very knowledgeable on the menu. Everyone was happy with their choice. Another positive surprise was that they didn’t apply the mandatory gratuity for groups on. I was happy to leave a decent tip anyways since we were pleased with the service but the fact that it wasn’t forced was a nice touch.
Definitely recommend this for groups and will be back.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food was good but our service was exceptional!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

My husband really enjoyed the Frutti di mare. I had the mussel appetizer and it was sooooo salty. Unfortunately, I had the server give me some Parmesan cheese which didn’t help. I would have liked an option with scallops and pasta. Shrimp and calamari don’t sit well with me but I love scallops.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The burger was fabulous as were the fries- crisp real fresh cut. The service was prompt and efficient. I will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great meals, 6 different meals, pastas, pizza, daily specials all enjoyed! No complaints

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We often visit Badali's before attending the nearby theater. The service is generally prompt and the food is very good. It can be busy and noisy when a sporting event is scheduled in the vicinity (Toronto Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, and Raptors all play close by and concerts can be held at the Air Canada Center or the Rogers Dome) so if you're not attending one of these you might wish to schedule your visit for a quieter evening. If there's a nearby event, be sure to make a reservation!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Spacious, lovely, cozy interior design and decor. Very good food, felt great. Thank you!

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Given the special occasion of a rare family get together, I tried focus on the positives tonight. However, I have to say that I'm very regretful for having chosen to dine here.

While it was easy to reserve a table for seven, and while there was good service, the limited/non-varied food selection, the mistakes with the order filling, and the food itself were just not good enough. Nothing I experienced justified the cost ($200+).

The ratings on the food are:

Calamari- 3.5/5
Bruschetta- 1.5/5
Mussels- 3/5
Veggie pizza- 2/5
Seafood Linguini- 3/5
Veggie soup - 3/5
Badali burger and fries - 3/5
Fish of the day: got, got the order wrong, told the waiter specifically at the very beginning of the night that we do not eat pork, and the fish came with a pork side. It took three waiters before they confirmed the order was wrong and that mystery meat was pork. We were able to cancel the order. But not after accidentally having some and effectively ruining at least one of our nights.

Overall, 2.5/5. I would not recommend the restaurant, despite that it has a nice atmosphere and ok service.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great place to visit prior to the theatre. Good for larger groups. Went to the restaurant 2 Thursdays in a row for play night with a group of 6. Like the round table at the front window. Like that it is quiet enough to talk. Food was great. Would go again.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This place is fast becoming a regular place to go. The food is good, there is good value for the money and it is a neat place to hang and have a great time with friends. It is the perfect spot to have some shared apps and some good wine. Although the wine list is not extensive they do carry some good local and international wines. The charcuterie boards are great and do pair well with most of the wines. My recommendation would be to go and check it out. I think you will like it and probably will go back if you are in the neighbour hood.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food was as good as I remembered from 20 years ago! It could do with some sound-dampening, but wasn't very busy as we were there early - 4:30. It would get much noisier if the place was full. I definitely won't wait another 20 years to go again though.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Server was wonderful an knowledgeable....food was superb!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

First time customer. Booked it for our anniversary. Found the staff incredibly friendly and found the food great. And let’s not forgot the wine-on-tap was not only a bargain, but tasty too. Food was priced right. We will return again.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Overall the food was okay. Staff was great. Place is good for large groups.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The service was slow. Food portions were small and simple. Table server not engaging or helpful.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Service was excellent. Food was tasty but cold. Not a lot of food was served on entree.
Did not get money's worth.

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Was seated at Bus station at the end of the bar was very loud.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

My friend and I went here before he basketball game. I have never had a bad meal here and enjoy the menu, wine list, beer list and creative menu. The chef also has no difficulty with changing some of the ingredients to accommodate people's taste. It is my go to place in downtown Toronto with business associates, friends or family before any sort of sporting event or other similar activity. This particular time I had the chicken for the first time and my friend could not believe that I was able to cut it with my fork and never used my knife. It was that tender.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Close to the ACC and Rogers Centre. The food was fantastic and not over priced for the quality. There server was very attentive to our needs. We plan to make this our destination restaurant for future visits to Toronto.

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Good atmosphere even with the extremely close together tables. The staff were very attentive but kind of poorly trained. One waiter reached right across the table in front of my companion and handed me my salad. They didn't seem to know what to do. The menu was a little bland and food a little over-salted.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We had a fantastic meal before the Pink concert. The food and service were both exceptional!!!! Thank you

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Tight booth for 5 but ok.

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2.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Bar drinks were incorrectly served, timing of food took forever, portions are minimal. Sent back the pasta, tasted like a whole salt shaker was dumped on the food.
Not very good for the prices.
Will not likely return.

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