The Big Ragu
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Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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
The food was delicious and the service was terrific - especially considering they were short handed that night.
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.
This restaurant continues to serve great food and fabulous wines at a decent price! Always love it!
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!
The food and service is always AMAZING and NEVER disappoints!
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!
Big Ragu has an easy going atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and the menu suggestions were great.
Good neighborhood restaurant.
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!
Been there a couple of times. Nice prices. Fine food. Great for getting the daily special.
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.
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
Some of the best pastaI've tasted, together with the lovely homey ambience and personal service makes this a top 10!
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!
LOVE this place. You immediately feel at home here. Food & wine & atmosphere are perfect for dining with good friends and famlly.
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.
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.
The food was amazing. Service was good, a tad slow, but overall a great experience.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Just love this place. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. And the food is top notch!
Really great food! Attentive service and all around amazing experience. Will definitely come back! Best Italian I've had in a while.
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.
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!
Attentive service and great food in a warm inviting atmosphere. I'll be coming back
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.