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Real Jerk

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East End
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842 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H1, Canada
+1 416-463-6055
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun 15:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 23:00
Thu 11:30 - 02:00
Fri 11:30 - 01:00
Sat 13:00 - 01:00
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we arrived we were told of a 15 min wait- we sat at the bar for awhile and had the dumplings and gravy which was excellent. Then we were asked to move over by the staff to make room for a larger party. Didn't have a chance to really taste a meal because the service was so slow that... More 

Thank Melissa G
Toronto, Canada
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118 reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The food and service here is excellent, you feel welcomed as soon as you walk in. They have a very extensive rum menu and give great suggestion if you are a lover of rum. Prices are great, don't forget to have rum cake for dessert. A great place to spend an evening with friends, Thursday is also keroke night.

Thank Shan C
Toronto, Canada
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195 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

It's not the best Jamaican I have ever had, that honour would go to Scotchies in Jamaica BUT it's pretty decent. The patties are flakey and delicious, and the jerk chicken dinner with plantain is really tasty.

Thank Fernando7676
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

The Jerk chicken was tasteless...no jerk flavor whatsoever. The cod fritters were amazing as was the rum punch. Great service but come on, how does the jerk chicken not even taste like jerk.

Thank RadNar
Toronto, Canada
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145 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

I love this spot and the food they serve. Music is too loud for me so I often get take out. Jerk chicken is famous but I like the roti.

Thank Christina_Moorshead
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1,057 reviews
711 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 407 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We live near this great place, and it is really good on so many levels, but you need to be prepared for a really relaxed pace here :) The atmosphere is great, with reggae music and Jamaican colours everywhere. The cocktail list is HUGE and completely island inspired. Loved me Red Passion Martini. There are some reasonably priced wines, too,... More 

Thank MaraFromToronto
Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

I keep returning for the ambiance and food that never disappoints. Portions are quite large, just enough spicing and good value for $$.

Thank yyzcanadagal
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Our gang of friends, 29 to be exact; recently met and had a fabulous dinner at this authentic Jamaican restaurant. The service was surprisingly good, considering how many of us were there. The food was excellent. The only complaint is they ran out of dessert before we were able to order it. Next time I.m going to order dessert (sweet... More 

Thank 2009sunseeker
Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

I have been on numerous occasions and the food has been consistently good. Went at about 10 pm last night and had an uppity waiter lecture us on restaurant etiquette. Apparently, he is only able to see patrons after being informed by the hostess that said patrons have been seated in his section and that we should have waited to... More 

Thank PlanesTrainsEtc
London, Canada
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27 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

I look forward to visiting the Real Jerk anytime I am in the City. Visited last time after spending the day at the CN Tower and Ripley's. Its only a short drive from these attractions. I have traveled all over the Caribbean and I would give the Real Jerk credit for the authenticity of their food. They also have a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Caribbean, Jamaican
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
15:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 01:00
13:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 842 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > East End
  • Neighbourhood: East End
  • Phone Number: +1 416-463-6055
We have moved to a new location at Gerrard and Carlaw. The Real Jerk is a cultural icon that burst on to the Toronto food scene in 1984. Most new customers are awestruck by the decor which is inspired by beach restaurants in Jamaica, Trinidad, or Cuba.The restaurant had been at its previous location for 24 years and featured a dramatic facade that drew you in and got you hooked on the signature Jerk dishes. As they say at the Real Jerk "we don't just sell food, we celebrate Caribbean culture". Ed and Lilly Pottinger brought their uniquely Caribbean cuisine and widely popular decor to Queen Street East. It has been a mainstay ever since.If your having a special occasion or simply need wholesome comfort food on a cold winter day, the Real Jerk is the place to be. This 80 seat restaurant is also available for theme parties, movie shoots, and catering special events. Simply call to make a reservation.Come and experience what tens of thousands of Torontonians and tourists have already enjoyed over the years.Everything will be irie....

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