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Senator Restaurant

$$ - $$$American, ,
249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
+1 416-364-7517
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (37 reviews)
“baked beans” (21 reviews)
“challah toast” (17 reviews)
Opens in 15 min
All hours
American, Diner, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had brunch and lunch (Burger) at this place. It is a small restaurant at Victoria St near the junction with Dundas Street East. There is an italian touch, the food is delicious and the prices reasonable. Good option! I recommend.

1  Thank Andrenalini
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's been around in some form since Victorian days (under other names), but the Senator remains a charming and unusual place to visit in Toronto for diner fare. The menu won't surprise you but everything is well done, the staff are friendly and the room...More

Thank Westward040
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the Huevos Rancheros and it was full of flavour. My friends really likes they're food as well. Service was good.

Thank jo_3yy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner a week ago before going to the theatre across the street. The food was great, allow at least a hour and half for service. The atomphere is homey.

Thank R. Bruce M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

However we decided to have dinner at the Senator, what a hoot! Reminded me so much of a New York restaurant in its business. It's all good for me I love that type of energy. The owner came by and had us try some condiments...More

Thank Dolo1123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The vegetables in vegetable curry were two cauliflower florets, two carrot slices, one sweet potato cube. The rest was garbanzo beans. About 50 of them. Cost $24. Other restaurants know vegetable curry means vegetables, lots of different ones. They don't bulk the dish with legumes....More

Thank Suzie066
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous! Great food, great atmosphere and excellent service? The yoghurt surprise was delicious, and my husband chose eggs benedict which was also delicious I believe. One of the best breakfasts I've enjoyed in a long time.

Thank nettipoo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Returned to this classic restaurant after 25 years and it was exactly as I remembered. Dark-brown booths, thick coffee mugs, excellent bacon and eggs and pancakes. Just the place to start off a day of touring Hogtown.

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had breakfast with good friends here last week....it was delicious! The blueberry pancakes were loaded with plump delicious blueberries...generous portions, too. My friends had other breakfast dishes, and were all pleased with their meals. Booth seating was comfortable, place was busy but staff were still...More

1  Thank 946GailS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just what a diner should be, individual booths or counter service. Great food, especially the sandwiches, bottomless coffee and super fast service. Overall a most satisfying place for lunch with am amazingly varied clientele. If thereis a better waiter in Tori to than Jesse then...More

1  Thank NICHOLASVancouverBc
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination
for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip
and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with
a strong student influence from the Ryerson University
Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in
flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities,
with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to
Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of
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3 April 2017|
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Response from Steve B | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they take reservations ... it's busy but we were able to get a table right away...
Jane F
6 October 2016|
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Response from Markmmmmm | Reviewed this property |
Did. Or notice any stairs and on ground floor- narrow isles with booths so worth checking direct
9 February 2016|
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Response from HappyEarthWalker | Reviewed this property |
Weekday (7:30-11:30) breakfast, Weekend (8:00 a.m.) brunch/all day breakfast There is no mention now of an early bird special. They do have a Senator Breakfast (weekdays $9.95 Cn weekends $10.95 Cn) See website for menu... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:30
07:30 - 14:30
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-364-7517
The Senator is Toronto's oldest restaurant, dating back to the 19th century when it was just a house at 249 Victoria Street. Since then, the Senator has put its heart and soul into making the freshest, highest-quality food for generations of good-food lovers.
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