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The Badali Bar and Cucina

#46 of 6,794 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Downtown West
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156 Front St W, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2L6, Canada (Formerly Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar) (University)
+1 416-977-3064
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11:30 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 21:30
Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We are traveling with our high school band and have a group of about 55 people. We had buffet style dinner and ice cream dessert. Everything was tasty. Friendly service and nice atmosphere.

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Whitby, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Arrived here after Comicon around 5:30. When we were seated we were told in advance that there was a half our wait for our dinner but once it came it was delicious. Ordered bruschetta to hold us over until dinner and again it was very flavourful but the bread was so skinny like melba toast...just expected something a bit different.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on a Sunday for an early dinner so the ambience was low key and the pace not as frenetic as it would be on a Thursday or Saturday night. The food was very good with the basics for a kids menu that you would expect at an Italian restaurant. The atmosphere was very nice and can imagine it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We just had a great experience at the revamped Badali bar last night. Luckily venue was able to accommodate last minute grouping and was seated without incident. Been here over many years but was first time since recent memory and got to enjoy a revamped menu. Portions were great and the variety on the menu accommodated the many 'foodies' at... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

food was excellent both nights, staff were great as they knew we were on a tight schedule, n ot always easy to find.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always busy and nothing Unique - Good fare - But I do not like lien ups - so make a reservation.They are so busy getting turn over that they really do not seem to care about making it enjoyable . Wine choice limited and expensive.

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Oakville, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Before the Raptors game on Monday night our family headed to the Badali Bar and Cucina on Front Street. The menu is very large with Italian traditional food . We choose it for its close location to the ACC and it had items for the fussy eaters in our party. We ordered three appetizers grilled calamari, breaded calamari and bruschetta.... More 

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Timmins, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Badali Bar and Cucina is located very close to the Toronto Convention Centre and is my favorite place to eat when I am attending the annual PDAC convention. The staff is wonderful and the food is very good and arrives quickly once ordered.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The smallest portions for an Italian restaurant with the biggest prices. We are very small people and still left hungry. The "kale risotto" was watery rice with some small pieces of kale, not "kale risotto" at all - very disappointed. The mushroom ravioli was good but was appetizer portion, same with the "risotto". Service was impersonal and rushed, even though... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our most recent visit to Toronto we stopped into The Badali for some Italian food. It is located in the entertainment district at Front and Simcoe Streets. This is a large restaurant so getting a table is not hard. The service was friendly and quick. I had a pappardelle bolognese - prepared with braised veal and beef. My husband... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$26
Cuisine
Italian, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 156 Front St W, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2L6, Canada (Formerly Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar)
    (University)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown West
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown West
  • Phone Number: +1 416-977-3064
Description
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. From the exposed brick walls, original hardwood floors and 16' ceilings, to our outstanding wine list, craft beer selection, and hand stretched pizzas, there is much to enjoy in our home. Come spend some time with us in our family owned and operated restaurant and see for yourself the difference a little love can make.

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