The Big Ragu

4.2
31 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

A traditional Italian trattoria that speaks to and positively impacts Toronto's Corso Italia. We deliver a singular dining experience for every guest. From the moment you set foot in the door you'll notice that the interior has been conceived as a subtle, elegant portrait — contemporary and innovative, yet mindful of tradition. Just as you would expect. Welcome to The Big Ragu.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation

Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 410-6699
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Private Party Facilities
The Big Ragu is an ideal dinner and party venue with our authentic Italian food and expertly selected wines in an rustic Italian setting. It is very child friendly, perfect for family get-togethers and accommodating to special needs and requests. It can open early for private groups meeting minimum
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Private Party Contact
Big Ragu Team: (416) 410-6699
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
St Clair Ave W
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.9
Value
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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was terrific - especially considering they were short handed that night.

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3.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Nothing was as advertised. We went because of the price fixed menu listed on open table. When we got there we learned the price fixed menu we looked at did not exist, and the staff did not offer to honour what was posted. Additionally, every dish we wanted to order was sold out or missing key ingredients. Noise level was good as we were the only diners in the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2017

This restaurant continues to serve great food and fabulous wines at a decent price! Always love it!

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2017

The Big Ragu was easy to find, there are lots of street parking near by. There is also a bus terminal, so getting there was Easy.

The food was amazing, we had the salmon, and it was the best I have had, cooked perfectly.

It was a quiet night we were there, the server was very attentive and the ambience was just right. Anyone interest in Italian food should give it a try!

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2017

The food and service is always AMAZING and NEVER disappoints!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2017

We selected the Big Ragu based upon reviews on Open Table. It is a quiet little place on the corner of Lansdowne. We went to meet another couple for a birthday celebration. From the beginning we were met by very attentive and friendly service. The food was amazing and the Chef came out to make sure we enjoyed our dinner. We were loud and stayed well past anyone else. No one hurried us or asked us to leave. This is one of those wonderful neighbourhood restaurants that I truly hope people frequent. Such kindness and quality. Fresh homemade food. Go!

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2017

Big Ragu has an easy going atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and the menu suggestions were great.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Good neighborhood restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2017

This was a family get together/birthday, with grandparents, parents, and grandchildren, so the atmosphere and service had to accommodate a wide range, as did the food/drink options, - ranging from carnivorous to vegan! Everything fell into place perfectly, - the kids felt free (no, not noisy!), the service was great, and the staff had exactly the right measure friendliness.
We would definitely recommend!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2016

Been there a couple of times. Nice prices. Fine food. Great for getting the daily special.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

My plate was very good however my partner had issues on hers. The meat was hard to chew and there was ingredients missing. She did not want to complain and got frustrated. It was a bit overpriced as well. Other than that is a very good restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

Best Italian food in Toronto and terrific service. Love going there. The pasta is excellent. I wish it was at the top of my street

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2015

Some of the best pastaI've tasted, together with the lovely homey ambience and personal service makes this a top 10!

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3.0Dined on August 27, 2015

Pasta especially gnocchi and ravioli are excellent at this restaurant. The owner chef makes them himself and they are delicious. The decor still in place from the previous owner is well... a bit odd and could use an update. The service was excellent and attentive. We will go back and enjoy the pasta another time!

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4.0Dined on August 24, 2015

LOVE this place. You immediately feel at home here. Food & wine & atmosphere are perfect for dining with good friends and famlly.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2015

This quaint little place is a gem! The menu has great variety & the food was excellent. Service was friendly & the chef came out to check on our meal. Prices were also reasonable.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2015

Want good food with friends, this friendly intimate eatery is a very enjoyable Choice. Reasonable prices and great service and a wide variety of Italian specialities to choose from without pretention makes for a very relaxed atmosphere. If you want a place where your conversations can be had without raising your voice against the din, this is the oasis for you.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2015

The food was amazing. Service was good, a tad slow, but overall a great experience.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2015

We felt like we had stepped back into Italy. What a fantastic find. The fresh homemade pasta was excellent. The wine list was limited but decent. Our server was also fantastic, again making us think we were in a small neighbourhood Italian eatery. I would recommend this for anyone.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2015

Personalized service and very accommodating. Chef greeted us personally at the table and the service was exceptional.

Every part of the meal (and wine) was fantastic

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2015

Took my elderly parents for a Father's Day celebration. Slightly difficult access for them as there is a bus stop directly in front of the restaurant so I couldn't drop them there. But great service once inside: friendly, considerate and easy to hail when we needed help. Crostini appetizer was superb, and was sufficient for the four of us. Mains were a range of OK to excellent - the signature pasta dish (the `Big Ragu' ) was a disappointment, as the lamb was not first quality (too fatty); however, the two different ravioli specials were both excellent (tip for the future, always order off the blackboard as the pasta items listed there are all made fresh on site). Tiramisu for dessert surpassed the standard offering in Toronto, which is already high. My parents thoroughly enjoyed it all, so we'll be back.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2015

This restaurant has great potential but doesn't quite realize it yet. The food is great but the furnishings and washrooms are tired. A facelift would improve things greatly.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2015

The Papardelle was perfect! Tasty and satisfying Italian fare delivered without pretense in a quaint and rustic-clean environment. Equally well suited to a cozy date or a family dinner. Service was friendly and attentive!

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2015

We received prompt and curtesous service at the Big Ragu. The waitresses were attentive and accommodating for our requests. For example we wanted an ice bucket for our red wine. No problem. A little more bread. No problem. I found the service very good without over doing it. The restaurant is small enough that you can easily get the waitresses' attention.
The complimentary bread and tapas was delicious. Our mains were very good. The desserts were run of the mill but adequate. Only complaint from my husband is he would have liked more potatoes on his plate. Overall experience was good!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2015

I took my mother to The Big Ragu and we were both so satisfied with our meals. We were greeted by friendly staff and the chef came out and asked us about our food which made us feel so at home. This is a perfect restaurant to bring your family for any special occasion. Boy will we be back!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2015

Just love this place. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. And the food is top notch!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2015

Really great food! Attentive service and all around amazing experience. Will definitely come back! Best Italian I've had in a while.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2015

Small restaurant and a little out of the way, but the food was well worth it. Was absolutely impressed with all the dishes and the service was excellent. Nice little gem that is reasonably priced. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2015

My husband and I came here for dinner on a cold winter night and it was a delightful experience. The restaurant is small and cozy and the service was attentive. The food is exceptional. Everything is made to order so it is hot and fresh. I will definitely be returning and recommend it to fellow foodies! You will not be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2015

Attentive service and great food in a warm inviting atmosphere. I'll be coming back

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2015

Excellent home made pasta with nicely balanced (and rich) sauces. The crab ravioli was stellar, and the gnocchi is out of this world.

Portion sizes are very fair (without being excessive) so I'd recommend skipping the primi unless you're a very big eater or plan on sharing it.

With friendly service, good food and reasonable prices, this is a family run neighbourhood gem.

Check out gnocchi Thursdays for a great dinner special.

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